The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 16, 2013

WV news briefs


Emergency sirens to be placed at state Capitol

CHARLESTON (AP) —Two emergency siren towers will be installed on the state Capitol Complex in Charleston, while a group is studying locations for two others.

The Capitol Building Commission approved locations for the first two towers Wednesday. The Charleston Gazette  reports they are part of a federal Homeland Security grant to upgrade emergency warning sirens in the Kanawha Valley.

One 40-foot-tall steel pole with loudspeakers will be attached to the Capitol Complex parking building. Another will be in a parking lot east of the Capitol grounds.

The locations of the other two towers will be studied further. Commissioners want to see if they could be made less noticeable. Plans call for those to be installed behind an outdoor stage area and at the southwest corner of the complex.



Another ‘BUCKWILD’ cast member arrested

CHARLESTON (AP) — Another cast member of the reality show “BUCKWILD” is in trouble with the law.

An official at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston tells media outlets Michael Douglas Burford was arrested Thursday night on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence. He has since been released.

Burford, known as “Bluefoot” on the MTV show, didn’t have a listed telephone number and it wasn’t immediately known whether he has an attorney.

Burford said on Twitter Saturday he let many people down and takes full responsibility for his actions.

Earlier in the week, cast member Salwa Amin was arrested and charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance at a Summersville residence. A search found oxycodone pills, heroin and $3,000 in cash.

“BUCKWILD” was filmed largely around Sissonville and Charleston.



Warner to appeal lawsuit against Morgantown

MORGANTOWN (AP) —An ex-chairman of the state Republican Party and his three brothers will appeal a federal judge’s decision dismissing their lawsuit against the city of Morgantown.

Kris Warner and brothers Ben, Monty and Mac sued a former city manager and fire chief, along with code-enforcement officers and fire marshals in 2010.

They say a years-long pattern of intimidation led to the collapse of their businesses and bankruptcy.  

They argued the city was unfair in its enforcement, issued vague and arbitrary citations, and delivered unreasonable remediation orders.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley ruled recently that the Warners may not have liked the city’s style, but its actions didn’t constitute outrageous conduct.

Kris Warner told the Dominion Post Friday he’ll go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.



DEP fines Michels for drilling mud pollution

CHARLESTON (AP) — A pipeline construction company that West Virginia regulators say polluted a stream must pay a $3,800 fine and stop storing mud from gas drilling operations at its site near Lumberton.

The Department of Environmental Protection is taking comments until March 15 on a consent order for Wisconsin-based Michels Pipeline Construction. It runs an equipment and supply storage site known as Michels Equipment Yard.

The DEP says inspectors discovered last fall that Michels had put drilling mud from an Antero Resources operation into an unlined waste pit.

That improper disposal method allowed the slurry to run offsite and foul a tributary of Stewart Run.

The agreement says Michels completed a cleanup five days later.

Michels admits no wrongdoing in the agreement but says it will comply with state law going forward.