Child poverty forum to be held March 16 The Campaign to End Child Poverty says 30 percent of Logan County children, age zeri to six years old, live in poverty. A meeting with several leaders from area agencies, businesses and companies speaking to Logan County and West Virginia Legislators about Child Poverty, will be held in room A-111 of the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Saturday March 16, at 11 a.m.
At this event, families from Logan County will ask l...
Aldredge arrested after standoff Reports say the Logan City Police answered a call to Charles Street in Logan where Gregory Aldridge, 38, of Charles Street, allegedly tried to break into an elderly woman’s home and threatened to kill her.
Arrival of the police brought about a threat to an officer before Aldridge ran into his own home. At that point,West Virginia State Police were called in.
Police entered the home several hours later and encountered Aldridge, who was bra...
UBB boss now in minimum-security W.Va. prison MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former superintendent at the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in 2010 is now behind bars at a minimum-security federal prison in Morgantown, U.S. Bureau of Prison records showed Tuesday.
Gary May was sentenced in January to 21 months in prison on a conspiracy charge for his actions at the former Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch Mine.
May, 44, of Bloomingrose pleaded guilty last year to charges that ...
Groups sue 3 W.Va. coal mines over pollution HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups filed federal lawsuits against three coal companies Wednesday, claiming that runoff from their mountaintop removal mining sites have polluted West Virginia waterways.
The Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition filed the three lawsuits in federal court in Huntington.
The groups accuse Alex Energy Inc. and Fola Coal Company LLC of contaminating w...
Logan Co. BOE returns $9M grant The Logan County Board of Education met with the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) Monday and returned the $9m grant that was to be used for the new Logan Elementary School.
“We had to go back to the School Building Authority to answer questions and we returned the nine million dollar grant,” Wilma Zigmond, Superintendent of Schools, said. “We told them that we are committed to building a new Logan Elementary School. We are look...
Hall faces misdemeanor and felony charges West Virginia State Police responded to a domestic call from a residence at Logan.
Upon arrival, the officers observed Jody Dale Hall, 42, of Logan, curse and yell at the victim, Kellie Cochrane.
When the officers spoke with Hall, they noticed the odor of alcohol. When officers asked if he had been drinking, he told them yes.
Hall was arrested and charged with domestic assault first/second (by threats) and public intoxication.
Daring duo shoot out window A couple went shoplifting at Wal-Mart, then shot out glass from one of the store’s doors.
The Logan Police Department responded to a call from Wal-Mart and the criminal complaint says John Adam Hensley, 22, of Holden, entered the store with co-defendant Deidra Dawne Browning.
Hensley selected a jacket and put it on, proceeded to sporting goods, where he selected and concealed an airgun and cartridges, as well as a PS3 game cartridge and a...
W.Va. bill forces blood tests on arrested drivers CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Under legislation debated on Tuesday, West Virginia drivers could have their licenses revoked for refusing to take a blood test after they’re arrested.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the bill to try to crack down on drugged driving in the state.
The bill allows police officers to test for drugs as well as alcohol after an arrest for driving under the influence.
Driving while under the influence of drugs has alwa...
Ex steals checks An arrest was made by Logan City Police after a warrant was served on a man who wrote two stolen checks for purchases at Wal-Mart.
The incident occurred on April 1 and April 11 of 2010. Officer M. E. Dickerson obtained video surveillance for the dates the checks were written.
The man shown writing the checks was later identified as Kennith Raymond Browning II, 42, of Holden, who was the ex-husband of the victim.
Allegedly, Browning made...
W.Va. Senate panel tweaks gov’s ed bill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin saw his proposed overhaul of public schools clear its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, when the Senate Education Committee endorsed the bill with modest changes to language addressing teacher hiring and the school calendar.
Advanced to Senate Finance on a non-unanimous voice vote, the bill would now also require the Department of Education to cut personnel spending by 5 percent during each of ...
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Danville man alleges misconduct by several county officials MADISON — About a year and a half ago, David Richard Stollings was charged by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a shooting of another Boone County man as well as for assaulting another local woman.
In January of this year, Stollings said all the charges were dismissed.
“I acted in self-defense and they had no case against me,” Stollings said. “The deputy charged me with drug dealing because his girlfriend was involv...
Boone Co. man sentenced in shooting death CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Boone County man will spend 20 years in prison for shooting his friend.
Media outlets report that 39-year-old John Hudson claimed he accidentally shot Michelle Gillispie in January 2012. He said he panicked, took her car, some electronics and tools and pawned the items to get money to leave town.
Hudson was staying with Gillispie and her boyfriend. He said she had pulled a gun and threatened to kill her boyfrien...
School bus goes off road Logan County School officials have yet to comment on the bus accident that took place this morning. The bus was making its morning run on a one-lane road at Hainer Branch when it veered off the road onto the site of some new construction. Witnesses said injuries appear to be minor. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Mother and son face multiple charges A mother was arrested and charged with conspiracy to take property and accessory before the fact; her son was arrested and charged with grand larceny, robbery and impersonating an officer.
The criminal complaint filed in the Logan County Magistrate Court says West Virginia State Police officers responded to a robbery call from the Mt. Gay area on Sunday night. As they were en route, 911 advised the officers a man, later identified as Brando...
Fight lands Litteral in jail Chapmanville Police Cpl. Lee Preece Jr. responded to a call about a fight on Tomblin Drive and found two men fighting when they got there.
Cpl. Preece pulled one of the participants in the fight away, handcuffed and placed him in the back of the cruiser.
Brian M. Litteral, 35, the other man involved in the fight began screaming and threatening to kill several people in the area. The officer took him by the arm, then handcuffed him and sat...
Big debate on bill to ban insurance cancellations CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In West Virginia and most other states, an insurer can choose not to renew people’s property insurance policy if a claim is filed over weather damage.
A West Virginia Senate bill that would ban that practice was heavily debated on Monday as lobbyists for trial lawyers and the insurance industry made their cases before the Banking and Insurance Committee.
There are strict regulations governing when an insurance com...
W.Va. House votes to repeal local gun laws CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A nearly unanimous West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday approved a measure that would repeal a handful of municipal gun control ordinances, affirming the Legislature’s supremacy over that area of law.
The bill and its 94-4 passage to the Senate with two absences also signals lawmaker support of Second Amendment rights amid a debate renewed by horrific mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere.
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Pro-ownership view dominates W.Va. gun legislation CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has had a few partisan clashes this session, but one issue seems to be uniting Democrats and Republicans: gun rights.
Congress and some states are considering assault weapon bans and similar measures in response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere. But in West Virginia, lawmakers seek to allow firearms in schools and at the state Capitol, block enforcement of...
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W.Va. marks colorful milestone in state history CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is marking a colorful milestone in its history.
Fifty years ago this week, the state’s 56th Legislature passed a resolution adopting old gold and blue as the Mountain State’s official state colors.
Members of the West Virginia Legislature passed the unanimous resolution in the hectic final hours of the 1963 session in which lawmakers warring over “blue laws” and election procedures.
The Charleston ...
Feds plan plea, forfeiture in W.Va. pill mill case CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Kentucky woman will plead guilty and her husband will forfeit nearly $500,000 in an investigation of a West Virginia pain clinic.
Court filings suggest Myra Miller is ready to admit to misusing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registration number of a doctor at the Mountain Medical Care Center.
Investigators raided the Williamson clinic three years ago this month. They allege the ...
Boil water advisory issued The Logan County Public Service District has issued a boil water advisory for their customers in the McConnell area due to leaks in the main line on Monday, March 11.
The LCPSD recommends bringing the water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
Customers of the area will be notified when they will no longer need to boil their water.
Customers are also asked share this information with...
Further investigation ongoing in baby’s death Police are reportedly looking into the death of another child of Timothy, 25, and Bessie Marcum, 21.
The couple was arrested on Wednesday, March 6, following the death of their youngest child, 1-month-old Alexander. Both were charged with child neglect resulting in death.
Another child of the couple, Timothy Jr., died May 28, 2010. The child was only a few months old, being born Feb. 8, 2010.
The Marcums told officers that both had take...
O’Briant among Leadership West Virginia Class of 2013 Erica O’Briant of Logan was one of 52 leaders from across the state who accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of nominations that was submitted in late 2012. O’Briant is with the Hatfield-McCoy CVB and Logan Chamber of Commerce
Leadership West Virginia (LWV) is now in its 22nd year as the premier statewide education and leadership development program in West V...
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Did you remember to set clocks ahead? Daylight Savings Time began at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. Clocks were to be “sprung” forward one hour.
This is also a good time to put new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios.
Some places don’t observe daylight saving time. Those include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3.
Boil water advisory lifted The Logan County Public Service District lifted a boil water advisory on Friday, March 8, for the areas of Cow Creek, Barnabus, Stirrat and Sarah Ann.
The advisory had been issued on Wednesday, March 6.
For more information, call the LCPSD at 304-946-2641.