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May 4, 2014

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 Flags lowered in honor of ex-Supreme Court justice

West Virginia flags at state facilities will be displayed at half-staff in honor of former Supreme Court Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered flags lowered from dawn until dusk today, the day of Maynard’s funeral in Goody, Ky.

The Mingo County native died Thursday at age 71. He served a 12-year term on the court as a Democrat starting in 1997.


Judge allows chemical spill probe to proceed

A Putnam County judge has ordered a Hurricane landfill where wastewater from a Charleston chemical spill was dumped to produce documents sought by the city of Hurricane in its investigation.

Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers ruled Friday Hurricane has a right to protect its citizens under the state home-rule law. The Charleston Gazette reports Stowers still must decide how much power the city has in the investigation it launched last month into the Disposal Services landfill owned by Waste Management.

More than 40,000 gallons of wastewater mixed with sawdust from the cleanup of the Freedom Industries site in Charleston is being stored at the landfill.

The dump refused to allow Hurricane to complete its investigation. Landfill attorneys say they don’t believe Hurricane had the authority for the investigative order.


Teenager charged with stealing pizza delivery car

A Charleston teenager has been accused of making a getaway in a pizza delivery vehicle.

Charleston police say Matthew Gomez, 18, was arrested Friday night in woods behind a church after abandoning the vehicle during a police pursuit.

The car was stolen from a pizza shop’s parking lot in Charleston. Police say the delivery driver had walked into the restaurant and left the keys in the ignition. When she returned, the car was gone.

WCHS-TV reports Lee is charged with grand larceny and fleeing from police. He was being held Saturday in South Central Regional Jail. Jail records didn’t indicate whether Lee has an attorney.

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