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Child found in Danville

DANVILLE, W.Va. (WASZ) Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident where a 2-year-old boy was found walking along the street alone in Danville.

The boy was found Saturday morning around 11 a.m near Giovanni’s and was returned to his mother.

Neighbors say the child was found only wearing a diaper. They said the mom said she had fallen asleep.

Child Protective Services responded to the scene and paramedics gave the child a checkup.

Barker says the case is still pending, but criminal charges are likely.

Neighbors were shocked.

Blankenship lawyers want explsion evidence out

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship want evidence about the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine kept out of his criminal trial this fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the attorneys filed a motion late Friday asking a federal judge to instruct jurors that the trial does not concern the explosion that killed 29 miners, its cause or who was responsible. Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at the mine from January 2008 until April 2010, when the explosion tore through the tunnels. The indictment does not specifically allege he was responsible for it.

Four investigations found that worn and broken cutting equipment created a spark that ignited accumulations of coal dust and methane gas.

Regulators cite Murray Energy subsidiary for fatal accident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Murray Energy subsidiary has been cited by federal regulators for an accident that killed one worker and injured three others at a mine in Marshall County.

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says McElroy Coal. Co. didn’t adequately support the roof, face and walls where miners work or travel.

The report also attributed the accident to a faulty mining method.

On March 8, 45-year-old John M. Garloch of Neffs, Ohio, died after a piece of coal and rock fell from an exposed area where a longwall machine was extracting coal. Three other workers were injured. The accident occurred at the Marshall County Mine.

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