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Local and area news briefs for Monday, September 21, 1998

St. Albans man dies in Morgantown traffic accident

MORGANTOWN (AP) -- A 72-year-old St. Albans man was killed when the car he was driving struck a telephone pole.

The accident took place on the West Virginia University campus following Saturday night's West Virginia-Maryland football game.

Morgantown Police said Clutcher J. Ray, the driver, was pronounced dead on the scene. Two passengers were taken to West Virginia University's Ruby Hospital.

The names of the passengers have not been released. Both were in critical condition Sunday morning, a hospital spokesman said.

Rahall hears more about home health care than Clinton

BECKLEY (AP) -- Rep. Nick Rahall says his office has received about 300 calls, letters and e-mail messages regarding the relationship between President Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

A spokesman for Rahall, D-W.Va, says that during the same time period he's received about 3,000 messages regarding home health care services.

Since Independent Counsel Ken Starr's report was delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 9, "300 and some people have been in touch with us, and it's running about 2-to-1 against the president," Rahall spokesman Kent Keyser said.

"On home health care services, in that same time period, we've had over 3,000 on that issue."


Work-release program halted after escape

CHARLESTON (AP) -- State jail officials have temporarily halted a work-release program after an inmate walked away from a job site.

"Obviously, other inmates who are in the program may get ideas," said Steve Canterbury, executive director of the state Regional Jail Authority.

On Wednesday, 41-year-old Sharon Ferren left a work program at the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority's recycling center in Charleston.

Ferren had less than a month remaining on a six-month sentence for theft. Ferren faces an additional year in jail for the incident.

Ferren has no history of violence and Canterbury said he does not believe she poses a danger to the public.


Harrison road to be closed Tuesday

Cherry Camp Road, Harrison County Route 50/3, will close from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday for culvert replacement.

Alternate routes that may be taken are Harrison Routes 50/4, 5, 50/5 and US 50.

The closure will be approximately one tenth of a mile from US 50.


CVI Cable to offer Warner Bros. channel

A new station will be added to the cable package of Cablevision Industries beginning Tuesday.

WVWB, jointly run by CVI and WBOY-TV, will initially appear on channel 58 before making its permanent move to channel 3.