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Firefighters needed in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of entry-level firefighter.

Applications are available at the Morgantown City Clerk’s Office at 389 Spruce St. or on the city’s website. The completed application and $25 application fee are due in the city clerk’s office by 5 p.m. October 18.

There will be an agility test at 1 p.m. October 26 at the Northside Fire Station.

Agility exam practice is available at the Northside Fire Station from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 21 and October 19.

Applicants who pass the agility test will be given a book to study for the 100-question, written Civil Service Exam which will be given on November 25. The time and location have not been announced.

Applicants need to score at least 70% on the written exam.

For application information click here.

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Fall economic development conference coming to Morgantown next week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Economic Development Council is bringing the Annual Fall Conference to the Morgantown Marriott Waterfront Place Monday and Tuesday.

The conference is presented and sponsored by the WVU John Chambers College of Economics and Business and WV Forward.

Participants will be greeted with a presentation by WVU president Gordon Gee, Morgantown Mayor Bill Kawecki and Monongalia COunty commissioner Tom Bloom.

There will also be presentations from Marshal University, WVU professor Dr. John Deskins, a legislative update and information about the emerging cannabis market.

West Virginia Economic Development Council president Robbie Morris says they’ll take tours of WVU athletic facilities and areas of economic development areas around the city of Morgantown.

Morris said,”Morgantown is obviously a very bright spot in West Virginia and our economy with so many different developments.”

Morris a major focus of the conference is to explore ways to diversify the state economy.

Morris said,”We’ve seen a lot of growth in the auto industry, we’ve a lot of growth in aerospace, we’re seeing growth in chemicals, but there’s other things especially technology-related we want to go after.”

There are two different site selection consultants scheduled to make presentations about economic diversification.

Morris said,”What those industry sectors are looking for when it comes to building footprints or land requirements, broadband, utilities, all the information that we can get to attract those businesses to the state.”

The two-day event will also offer ways to improve employee recruiting, understanding the current workforce and taking adavantage of new data sources.

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Family of mobster slain at Hazleton files $200 million lawsuit

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – The Family of Whitey Bulger has filed a $200 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. The eighty-nine-year-old convicted mobster was beaten to death in his wheelchair hours after being transferred to the United States Penitentiary, Hazleton from the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City.

Bulger was convicted of 31 of 32 federal racketeering charges, including 11 murders, in 2013 and sentenced to two life terms plus five years.

In September of 2014, Bulger was sent to the Coleman II United States Penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida. On October 29, 2018 he was transferred to Hazelton, 11 hours later he was found beaten to death.

The primary suspect in the killing was mafia hit man Freddy Geas, he has never disputed his role in the killing.

“We believe that James Bulger was deliberately placed in harm’s way,” the Bulger family said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. “There is simply no other explanation for the transfer of someone in his condition and inmate status to be placed in the general population of one of the country’s most violent federal penitentiaries.”

At the time of his death Boston Globe investigative reporter Shelly Murphy said“It’s very strange that he was sent to that prison. We know there were people at that prison, not just the guy now suspected in the murder, but others that have Boston ties there,” she said. “It’s just a little strange they would put Whitey in a place with known adversaries.”

Bulger was the third inmate killed within seven months.

The family also says that because of all the civil judgments and restitution orders against Bulger they would never benefit from a court decision in their favor.

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Morgantown ambulance escape attempt ends in arrest

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Morgantown police say an inmate from the West Virginia Department of Corrections took an ambulance from Ruby Memorial and attempted an escape Friday.

At 2:25 p.m. Craig Allen Martisko, 45, of Granville, allgedly took the ambulance and drove in the direction of West Virginia 705. Martisko was in an orange jump suit and handcuffed when he crashed near Chateau Royale and ran up a hill from Don Nehlen Drive.

A canine officer tracked Martisko to Building 2700 of Chateau Royale where he was attempting to break into an apartment.

The suspect was arrested without further incident.

While fleeing police say Martisko hit a Star City ambulance, several cars and fixed objects. He was examined before being taken back to the North Central Regional Jail.

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Drug task force nets two arrests, confiscates meth in Westover bust

WESTOVER, W.Va. – Members of the Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested two Morgantown residents and confiscated a large amount of methamphetamine Thursday.

Task force members served a search warrant at the Econo Lodge motel room being shared by Walter Johnson, 52, and Melissa Allen, 36, and found a large amount of methamphetamine, packaging materials and scales.

Both are being held in the North Central Regional Jail and charged with possession with intent to deliver.

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WVSP: Hit-and-run with school bus reported in Kingwood

KINGWOOD, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police are looking for tips to find a vehicle that hit a school bus Tuesday.

Troopers say a blue Subaru four-door sedan hit the school bus on Route 7 near the Victory Dodge dealership in Kingwood. Information can be left confidentially by calling 304-329-1101.

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Former Mountaineer, NBA player steps up for the Miller family

PHEONIX, Az. – Former WVU basketball player and current Phoenix Suns point guard Jevon Carter and his mom have launched a campaign to raise money for the family of Alex miller, the high school football player who died during a game last Friday.

For every dollar contributed via the cash app, $NextLevel3CEO or paypal the donor’s name will be entered in a drawing for a pair of shoes or other signed items from Carter.

All proceeds will go to the Miller family.

The drawing will be held Sunday, September 22 at 5 p.m.

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Subdivision rules proposed in Mon County

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Monongalia County commissioners are advancing a plan to enact subdivision regulations.

Subdivision regulations are designed to guarantee safe and adequate streets, utilities, drainage, entrance and exits. They are a standards used by developers to construct developments that conform to county regulations.

Variances are still possible for areas were terrain or circumstances make compliance too costly or not practical.

Monongalia County director of planning Andrew Gast-Bray said,”Patterns for roads, ect in Monongalia County are struggling under the load of new development, which is a good thing, but we’ve also identified that infrastructure is inadequate, we’ve been struggling with storm water issues and washouts.”

Commissioner Tom Bloom says the standard rules will be good for development.

Bloom said,”For all of those developers that do it correctly and then hear concerns from those who don’t follow the rules. This way, everyone will be treated equally and everyone knows the form.”

Beginning in October, the commission is planning to hold public meetings with the hope of having a draft final plan by the end of November. If adopted, the rules could take effect in March of 2020.

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Mon Health inks partnership with Grafton City Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In an effort to keep independent healthcare choices in the Grafton community Mon Health has entered into an affiliation with the hospital there.

The top leadership of Mon Health and the Grafton City Hospital have agreed to the plan that make Mon Health business support services, clinics and purchasing options available to the staff in Grafton.

“The national health care economy is posing significant challenges to many community hospitals,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System. “When community hospitals like Grafton City Hospital can align with another community-based healthcare system like Mon Health to improve efficiencies, the biggest winners are the citizens Grafton City Hospital serves. Mon Health is proud to live up to its not-for-profit mission and its legacy by stepping up to help maintain health care choice in the Grafton community.”

Goldberg has eyed the partnership since he assumed the role in the fall of 2018.

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Miss West Virginia returns home to raise childhood cancer awareness

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Reigning Miss West Virginia and Morgantown native, Tariane Graal attended the Monongalia County commission meeting Wednesday to bring a cancer awareness message home.

One of the families Graal brought to the meeting was Andrea Stevens and her son Benjamin. Benjamin was diagnosed with nueroblastoma in April of this year, he continues to fight the disease.

Graal, an educator took the cause of childhood cancer awareness up when a student of hers named Scarlet was diagnosed with children’s leukemia when she was three-years-old, now she has been cancer free for the last seven years.

Graal said,”If it weren’t for the help of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and people like us advocating for children who do not have a voice of their own she would not be back in second grade doing well and continuing to live her life as she did before she was diagnosed.”

She says that although her focus is children with leukemia, she is garnering support for all children battling cancer.

Graal also took time to promote the campaign,”Go Gold For Kids With Cancer.”

Graal said,”October is pink out month for breast cancer, but September needs to be let’s go all gold for childhood cancer and just for West Virginia University.”

The “Go Gold” effort was started by a group of parents in 1997.

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