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11 COLD OPEN
COMING UP ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT A FAMILY IS DOING TO TRY TO SOLVE AN ARSON THAT KILLED THREE KIDS...
AND I'M ELIZABETH NOREIKA...
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS.
I- WHAT WE KNOW
.......HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW.
THE FIRE HAPPENED JANUARY 29, 2009 IN MONAVILLE
5 PEOPLE DIED IN THAT FIRE, INCLUDING 3 CHILDREN.
THE FIRE IS BEING INVESTIGATED AS A POSSIBLE ARSON...YET INVESTIGATORS HAVE HIT A ROAD BLOCK AND HAVEN'T RECEIVED ANY NEW INFORMATION
NOW FIRE MARSHALL'S HAVE UPPED THE REWARD TO 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS...HOPING MORE MONEY WILL HELP CLOSE THIS CASE
EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER LESLIE RUBIN WAS IN LOGAN COUNTY TODAY..SPEAKING WITH FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SAY THEY JUST WANT WHOMEVER IS RESPONSIBLE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE....LESLIE?
LESLIE @ KIOSK MON
"This is Trey..."
EACH OF THEIR PICTURES HANGING ON HER LIVING ROOM WALL - WITH A SINGLE CANDLE ABOVE IT...
"On their birthdays we light a candle for them."
HER LIFE FOREVER CHANGED ON JANUARY 29TH, 2009...THE MORNING A FIREFIGHTER CAME KNOCKING ON HER DOOR EARLY IN THE MORNING. HER DAUGHTERS HOUSE JUST A HALF MILE UP THE ROAD IN MONAVILLE WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES....
"I went down there while the fire was still burning. And after that...there was...."
STATE FIRE MARSHALS SAY AN EXACT CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS NEVER BEEN DETERMINED, BUT IT IS BEING TREATED AS AN ARSON. SPACE HEATERS, FAULTY WIRING , AND OTHER TYPICAL CAUSES WERE RULED OUT EARLY IN THE INVESTIGATION. BUT THEY'RE MISSING VITAL INFORMATION...INFORMATION THEY BELIEVE SOMEONE KNOWS. INFORMATION DEBORAH SMITH IS BEGGING FOR SOMEONE TO BRING TO LIGHT...
"If it was your babies you would want somebody to. That's what I want. I want justice for my babies."
RECENTLY, THE STATE FIRE MARSHALS OFFICE DOUBLED THE 25-HUNDRED DOLLAR REWARD IN ARSON CASES - NOW OFFERING 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR CREDIBLE INFORMATION THAT COULD LEAD TO AN ARREST. ON MONDAY - THE FAMILY IS OPENING A SEPERATE REWARD FUND THEY HOPE THE COMMUNITY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THAT WOULD ALSO GO TO THE PERSON WHO COMES FORWARD. SHE SAYS IF THIS CASE IS NEVER SOLVED, THE MONEY WOULD GO TO ANOTHER FAMILY IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES...
"I hope and pray that it helps mine, but if it don't, I want someone to know that it will help somebody sometime."
THIS IS ALL THAT'S LEFT OF THE HOME WHERE MELINDA DAILEY- HER CHILDREN - AND DEWAYNE ELLIS LOST THEIR LIVES. A CONSTANT REMINDER FOR SMITH THAT JUSTICE STILL NEEDS SERVED....
GRX LOGAN ARSON REWARD
ON MONDAY - THE FAMILY'S REWARD ACCOUNT WILL BE OPEN AT THE LOGAN BANK AND TRUST. DONATIONS TO THAT ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED BY THE FAMILY.
REPORTING LIVE IN THE STUDIO, LRU, EYN.
EYEWITNESS NEWS ANCHOR KALLIE CART IS HERE WITH MORE ON A CASE POLICE DESCRIBE AS DISTURBING...
A MAN FROM SOUTH CHARLESTON IS ACCUSED OF TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AND SEXUALLY ABUSING A YOUNG GIRL.
REPORTER WALK TO BAM
27 YEAR OLD KRISTOPHER WOODSON IS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT.
POLICE SAY A 14-YEAR-OLD FAMILY MEMBER TOLD FORENSIC INVESTIGATORS AT THE HOSPITAL THAT WOODSON FORCED HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON HIM EARLIER THIS MONTH... POLICE SAY SHE WAS ALSO FORCED INTO THE SITUATION TWO OTHER TIMES BACK IN AUGUST.... POLICE SAY ALL OF THE ALLEGED CRIMES HAPPENED ON INDIANA STREET IN SOUTH CHARLESTON... WOODSON SAYS HE'S INNOCENT.
WOODSON IS IN JAIL ON A 10-THOUSAND DOLLAR, CASH ONLY BOND.
KALLIE @ BAM WALL TAG
DAVE @ HUNTINGTON
I RUSSELL BLACK
DANETTE SHAFER-13:51-HE'S A GOOD GUY, WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.
CHARLETON: 58:33-WE DO HAVE REPEAT OFFENDERS..
DANETTE SHAFER LIVES ON UNDERWOOD AVENUE... JUST A FEW HOUSES DOWN FROM WHERE POLICE SAY RUSSELL BLACK SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A MENTALLY CHALLENGED WOMAN IN HIS HOME.
EVEN THOUGH BLACK SPENT 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR A SEXUAL ASSAULT CONVICTION... SHAFER STILL BELIEVES HE'S INNOCENT.
SHAFER-14:00-YOU THINK HE WAS GUILTY THE FIRST TIME? I DON'T KNOW ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES, I THINK IT WAS HE SAID, SHE SAID.
ACCORDING TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT, THE 21 year old VICTIM CLAIMS THAT BLACK FORCED HIMSELF ON HER AND THREATENED TO KILL HER FAMILY.
POLICE SAY THE ALLEGED ASSAULT HAPPENED AT BLACK'S HOME ON UNDERWOOD AVENUE IN MID JANUARY. STATE POLICE SAY THERE ARE WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF IF A SEX OFFENDER LIVES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
ALSO, CHECK THE STATE POLICE WEBSITE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY TO FIND OUT IF AN OFFENDER LIVES NEAR YOU.
CHARLETON-:22-JUST BE CAUTIOUS, IF SOMETHING SEEMS OUT OF WHACK, IT PROBABLY IS.
SHAFER SAYS EVEN WITH A PAST CONVICTION... SHE BELIEVES RUSSELL BLACK WAS SET UP.
SHAFER-13:10-I'VE KNOWN HIM FOR YEARS AND BEEN HERE WHEN THE GIRLS BEEN WALKING AROUND HIS HOUSE, PEEKIND IN WINDOWS, SETTING BY HIS DOOR TRYING TO GET INTO HIS HOUSE.
CORPORAL CHARLETON SAYS THERE ARE 33 HUNDRED SEX OFFENDERS REGISTERED IN WEST VIRGINIA... 300 ARE IN CABELL COUNTY. REPORTING LIVE IN HUNTINGTON DAVE BENTON EWN.
I JONATHAN LAYNE
JONATHAN LAYNE'S FEDERAL SENTENCE WILL BE FOLLOWED 20 YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE.
LAYNE HAD MORE THAN 600 CHILD SEX PICTURES WHEN HE WAS BUSTED IN ST. ALBANS.
HE PRIOR CONVICTIONS, INVOLVING SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR.
CASSANDRA HOLSINGER OF MCARTHUR IS FACING 12 CHARGES FOR RAPE, SEXUAL BATTERY, GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION AND KIDNAPPING. SHE WAS INDICTED ON THOSE CHARGES TODAY. INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE WAS IN A POSITION OF TRUST WITH THE CHILD WHEN THE ALLEGED CRIMES HAPPENED... THE VICTIM IS UNDER THE AGE OF 13.
GREENUP MURDER ARRESTS
GREENUP MURDER ARRESTS
FRONTIER SAYS THAT DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS, IT HAS INVESTED NEARLY $300 MILLION TO IMPROVE ITS COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE IN WEST VIRGINIA... THEY SAY THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THAT TASK.
WV HOUSE SPEAKER RESIGNS
SPEAKER RICK THOMPSON IS EXPECTED TO OFFICIALLY RESIGN HIS POSITION AND TAKE OVER AS SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS ASSISTANCE.
WEST VIRGINIA GOVERNOR EARL RAY TOMBLIN ANNOUNCED THE MOVE THIS MORNING.
CURRENT VETERANS ASSISTANCE SECRETARY KEITH GWINN IS RETIRING BECAUSE OF HEALTH CONCERNS. THAT'S EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF JUNE.
WHEN GWINN OFFICIALLY STEPS DOWN, THAT'S WHEN THOMPSON WILL FORMALLY LEAVE HIS POST AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO JOIN THE TOMBLIN ADMINISTRATION.
THOMPSON IS AN ARMY VETERAN WHO SERVED FROM 1972 THROUGH 1978.
HE JOINED THE LEGISLATURE IN 2000 AND TOOK THE SPEAKER'S JOB IN 2007.
TOMBLIN AND THOMPSON WORKED CLOSELY TOGETHER AS THE LEADERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.
WHEN SPEAKER THOMPSON FORMALLY RESIGNS, THE GOVERNOR WILL HAVE TEN DAYS TO CALL THE LEGISLATURE INTO SPECIAL SESSION. THAT'S WHEN DELEGATES WILL SELECT THE NEW SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.
G WV HOUSE SPEAKER RESIGNS
JUDICIARY CHAIR TIM MILEY FROM HARRISON COUNTY AND FINANCE CHAIR HARRY KEITH WHITE FROM MINGO COUNTY ARE ALSO PROMINENT MEMBERS.
AND KANAWHA COUNTY DELEGATE DOUG SKAFF HAS REPORTEDLY INDICATED AN INTEREST IN RUNNING FOR THE SPEAKER'S POSITION.
THE FESTIVAL WILL OFFER A SMORGASBORD OF BLUES FOR MUSIC FANS.
THE EVENT IS FREE AND WILL HOST RETURNING ARTISTS: AVA POPOVICH, DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS.
OTHER BIG NAMES INCLUDE KIM WILSON AND THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS, MAGIC SLIM AND THE TEARDROPS AND MOJO THEORY.'
THE TWO DAY FESTIVAL BEGINS TOMORROW NIGHT AT HADDAD RIVERFRONT PARK.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PERFORMERS FOR THE FESTIVAL, GO TO OUR WEBSITE, WCHSTV.COM.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT HOSTESS PARTY
IT'S ALL IN ANTICIPATION OF GIRLS NIGHT OUT!
LADIES WHO ARE HELPING TO HOST THE EVENT GATHERED FOR THE "HOSTESS PARTY" TONIGHT AT YEAGER AIRPORT'S EXECUTIVE AIR TERMINAL...
THAT IS WHERE GIRL'S NIGHT OUT WILL BE HELD IN AUGUST!
TONIGHT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HOSTS TO MEET ONE ANOTHER AND FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE CAUSE, THE YWCA RESOLVE FAMILY ABUSE PROGRAM... A PROGRAM THAT HELPS EMPOWER WOMEN TO GET OUT OF ABUSIVE SITUATIONS.
OVER THE PAST DECADE, THE GIRLS ONLY PARTY HAS RAISED MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS... THIS YEAR'S PARTY AND FUND RAISER IS SET FOR AUGUST FIRST AT THE EXECUTIVE AIR TERMINAL.
FACEBOOK TV GIVEAWAY
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G FACEBOOK TV GIVEAWAY
YOU HAVE UNTIL 4:00 PM TOMORROW TO ENTER.
JIM WEATHER BUMP
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KITCHEN DOOR BUMP
HERE'S EYEWITNESS NEWS ANCHOR PATRICK MCMURTRY WITH THIS WEEK'S BEHIND THE KITCHEN DOOR.
Spring is definitely here and so is the Charleston Blues Festival in downtown this weekend, and if you're heading that way, listen up. We start out this week's Behind the Kitchen Door at Shoney's in Charleston.. Inspectors found fourteen violations, including 6 critical. There were problems with employees not properly washing their hands, raw meat was stored improperly over ready to eat food in the cooler, eggs were stored improperly, lids and containers were dirty and the dishwasher wasn't dispensing sanitizer.. Most of those violations were cleaned up and inspectors gave them a good rating.
Up next, Hibachi's in South Ridge where inspectors found eleven violations, four critical. . . An Employee was handling ready to eat food with his bare hands, there was raw meat stored over food in cooler, raw eggs were stored at unsafe temperature and there was an improper employee drink. All those violations were corrected and inspectors gave Logans Roadhouse an excellent rating.
A couple of weeks ago we reported about some issues with the Putnam County Health Department. Commissioner Joe Haynes was quoted as saying information from my investigation saying some restaurants hadn't been inspected for up to two years was wrong. Today he told me he was misquoted and promised to get together with the head of the health department, me and a camera. We'll bring you that discussion next week.
We do have a clean kitchen to tell you about and it's pretty close to Hibachi.
I MINI HORSE THERAPY
EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER DARRAH WILCOX HAS THAT STORY FROM POMEROY.
And she's got four legs... and a furry coat. But Erial here,
NATS of chewing
isn't your typical four-legged friend who visits residents at the Rocksprings Rehab facility in Pomeroy.
"This is the first! First miniature pony we've had definitely, and I'm excited that we have it here to share with them for sure."
Erial's owner, Jayme Calhoun, and her son Tanner brought the animal to visit with some of the residents here after feeling like there was something special about their pet.
"We just realized how sweet she was and we had different people that would want to come see her at the house and stuff and we just decided that we would take her around and visit nursing homes we figured that would be a good idea and she does really well."
Erial is making her rounds in Meigs county Thursday afternoon, meeting with some residents here at Rocksprings... like Theodore Vancooney.
"I like them. Yeah"
He said it reminds him of a pony he used to own.
"White man. Chuckle. He was all white!"
Calhoun said just seeing one nostalgic reaction like this is worth bringing Erial around.
"That's why I do it. We kind of just live for trying to please everybody happy and smile."
ERIAL'S VISIT HAPPENED DURING NATIONAL NURSING HOME WEEK... ROCKSPRINGS ALSO HELD A CARNIVAL FOR RESIDENTS THIS AFTERNOON.
MARK @ KIOSK
2.TOP OF THE FIRST.. SISSONVILLE'S ABBEY JORDAN A LITTLE CHOPPER IN FRONT OF THE PLATE… SHE BEATS THE THROW.. KATELYN LINVILLE SCORES.. 1-0 SISSONVILLE.
3.NEXT BATTER.. REAGAN JOHNSON… LINE DRIVE UP THE MIDDLE… BEKAH BALDWIN SCORES… 2-0 SISSONVILLE..
4.BOTTOM OF THE FIRST… WAYNE'S ALLIE MAYNARD.. DRIVE TO DEEP CENTER… IT FALLS.. THAT PLATES JACEY PARSONS AND KASEY ENDICOTT.. GAME TIED AT 2..
5.EMILY THOMPSON… BASE HIT TO LEFT… THAT SCORES MAYNARD… WAYNE TAKES A 3-2 LEAD.
MATT BRAFFORD LEAD IN
THE STATE'S BEST WILL BE ON DISPLAY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...
JOSH LEWIS HAS MORE WITH ONE DISTANCE RUNNER WHO IS HOPING TO MAKE A SPLASH-- DESPITE HAVING TO SQUARE OFF AGAINST ONE OF THE NATION'S ELITE...
MATT BRAFFORD PKG
BUT THEY NEVER WON A CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE OF A GUY NAMED MICHAEL JORDAN...
SOMETHING MATT BRAFFORD AS HE'S HAD TO COMPETE AGAINST JACOB BURCHAM FOR THREE YEARS...
BURCHAM HAS MADE WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS TOUGH ON BRAFFORD...
BUT THE 7-TIME STATE CHAMPION HAS ALSO MADE THE GEORGE WASHINGTON JUNIOR A BETTER RUNNER...
MATT BRAFFORD "I FEEL THAT MAKES EVERYONE IN THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA A BETTER RUNNER BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS PUSHING THE PACE IN RACES. HE'S MAKING US DO BETTER IN EVERY SINGLE RACE."
AND WHILE BRAFFORD WILL BE A LONG SHOT TO WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND..
HE IS RIGHT ON THE VERGE OF A COUPLE OF SCHOOL RECORDS...
A HALF SECOND AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL RECORD ON THE 2-MILE...
AND ONE SECOND AWAY ON THE MILE...
MATT BRAFFORD "I FEEL I HAVE A REALLY GOOD CHANCE OF GETTING IT. I'VE BEEN TRAINING REALLY HARD THESE PAST FEW WEEKS. BEEN TRYING TO MAKE SURE I PEAK RIGHT AT THE RIGHT TIME AT THE STATE MEET."
BRAFFORD HOPES TO COMPETE AT THE DIVISION ONE LEVEL ONCE IS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER IS OVER...
AND HIS COACH-- A FORMER D-1 ATHLETE HIMSELF-- SAYS BRAFFORD IS A CAN'T MISS PROSPECT...
BRENT WALKER "THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. I RECEIVE LETTERS WEEKLY FROM D-1 COACHES WHO SAY HE COULD BE A STAR."
A STAR WHO IS LOOKING TO SHINE THIS WEEKEND....
IN CHARLESTON, JOSH LEWIS EYEWITNESS SPORTS...
MARK @ KIOSK
CLARKSBURG CHILD NEGLECT
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