Archives for December 2017

Getting Proper ID For The Homeless

A West Virginia lawmaker says he’ll reintroduce legislation in January to help homeless people get identification documents they need to get jobs or apply for public benefits. Delegate Gary Howell, who chairs the House Committee on Government Organization, says he offered the bill during the Legislature’s session this year that would have required the Division of Motor Vehicles to provide them for free to people living at shelters in the state.

Unemployment Edges Up In WV

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.3 percent in November. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed residents increased by 100 last month to 39,900 and total nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 1,000. The national unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in November.

Amber Alert Issued In Greenbrier County

An alert for a missing West Virginia teen has been upgraded to an Amber Alert. Authorities say she is believed to be with a convicted sex offender.

The girl is identified as 14-year-old Nicole Hall.

Hall, who is from Greenbrier County, is said to be in extreme danger. She was last seen Monday morning at a Super 8 motel in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Nicole is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 104 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark blond to brownish hair.

The Greenbrier Sheriff’s Department said Hall is believed to be with 27-year-old Christopher Rider, a convicted sex offender in West Virginia and a parole absconder. Deputies say another man, 21-year-old Charles Kraft, could be with the pair.

Rider is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Did Unemployed Coal Miners Get Ripped Off In Career Transition Program?

Some people who took classes intended to turn unemployed Appalachian coal miners and others into computer software technicians have sued, saying they didn’t get promised paid apprenticeships and jobs. The complaint in West Virginia proposes class-action damages for everyone who lost months of their time and other employment possibilities since January 2016. Jonathan Graham, one of the principals, says students paid no tuition or fees and several found jobs.

Making Sure Kids In Need In Greenbrier County Get New Toys

In Rainelle, there are alot of people working to make sure kids have a Merry Christmas. The Greenbrier County Toys for Tots campaign has been getting help putting together bags of toys that will go to children in the community and even to kids in other counties. Officials say a high level of need remains in the aftermath of the 2016 flood. If you know anyone who is in need and is in a family with children, the deadline to call to get toys is Thursday. The phone number is through Rainelle Police, (304)-673-4586.

Justice Updating Mine Development Blueprint

Republican Gov. Jim Justice has announced a “new approach” for the planned development of a former West Virginia mine site initiated by his Democratic predecessor. Justice says the West Virginia Army National Guard will use part of the former Hobet surface mine site in Boone and Lincoln counties for a training facility for all military branches. He says the state has a “wonderful chance” to bring in millions of dollars in investments from military contractors.

Guilty Plea In Drug Case

A Beckley woman cops a plea to drug trafficking counts in court. 33 year old Detria S. Carter copped a plea to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Carter is one of 23 defendants indicted in June 2017 after a comprehensive investigation of drug trafficking in Southern West Virginia. Prosecutors say Carter admitted that between October 2016 and June of this year, she took part in a drug trafficking conspiracy with multiple participants. During this time period, she was assisting her brother, Velarian Carter, a codefendant who previously pleaded guilty.

Gas Station Shooting Probed

Three suspects are on the loose after a reported shooting at a gas station in Raleigh County. It happened around 3:30 pm Sunday at the Go Mart on Harper Road in Beckley. At this time, no arrests have been made and deputies are still on scene looking for three persons of interests. Police say someone fired off five rounds in the parking lot of the place and they have identified a woman involved, but not the two men who were.

Highways Officials Want Groups To Host Holiday Safety Breaks

The West Virginia Division of Highways is encouraging groups to apply to host holiday safety breaks at rest areas and welcome centers. The program is intended to encourage drivers to take a break while traveling. The agency says permission is granted only to civic nonprofit organizations with an identifiable safety program targeting transportation or to groups that participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program.

Fire Sunday Morning In Greenbrier County

There was an early morning fire Sunday in Greenbrier County. It happened on Monroe Draft Road Near Organ Cave. The call came in at about 5 in the morning. Ronceverte and Monroe County Fire both responded and Raleigh County deputies directed traffic as the fire was put out. No one was home at the time and it’s not clear how the fire started. No injuries to firefighters.