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Local & regional news briefs for September 17, 1998

Body identified

Clarksburg police have identified the body of a man found in an apartment above the Mid-Town Lounge Tuesday as Jefferey Phillip Kutcher, 57, of that address.

According to a police report, officers were called to the residence and found Kutcher's partially decomposed body lying on the bed. Police said the television and a fan were still on in the apartment. Police believe he died of natural causes.

Truck driver cited in interstate wreck

The driver of a tractor-trailer that spilled several thousand gallons of grape juice on Interstate 79 Tuesday morning has been cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said Wednesday.

William L. Myers of Lake Wales, Fla., was traveling north on I-79 near the Lost Creek interchange when his vehicle overturned in the median, causing his load of grape juice to spill onto the highway, as well as a minor fuel spill.

Williams was taken to United Hospital Center, where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said.


Randolph man arrested on drug-related charges

A Montrose man is free on $20,000 bond after he was arrested Wednesday by members of the Randolph County Sheriff's Department after deputies allegedly found marijuana plants, another narcotic substance, a weapon and approximately 25 pounds of an unidentified explosive in and around his residence.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said deputies received an anonymous tip that Kevin Kalar, no age available, was allegedly growing marijuana on his property. A search warrant was obtained, the spokesman said, and deputies found approximately 26 marijuana plants in the house.

Deputies also obtained a search warrant for Kalar's vehicle and seized a .44 caliber pistol, marijuana and an unspecified amount of a narcotic substance believed to be either opium or heroin.

When the explosives were found on the property, the spokesman said, an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was called in to assist.

Wallace man injured in two-car accident

A Wallace man was taken to United Hospital Center following a two-vehicle accident on Gregory's Run late Wednesday afternoon, Harrison County Sheriff's Department deputies said.

Burl Barker, no age available, was traveling north on Gregory's Run approximately 1/4-mile past the Wilsonburg Elementary School at about 5:09 p.m. when his 1992 Ford Festiva collided with a 1987 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Casey Long of Weston. Long was not injured. Barker was being treated in the emergency room Wednesday night.

According to Sgt. R.E. Martin, Long was traveling west on Turkey Foot Hollow and attempted to turn left onto Gregory's run when the head-on collision took place.

No citations have been issued, and the investigation is continuing, he said.

Traffic on Gregory's Run was backed up behind the accident for nearly 1/4-mile in both directions for almost an hour Tuesday as the sheriff's deputies, Reynoldsville Fire Department and county Emergency Services dealt with situation.

WVU alternatives aired in ABC report on binge drinking

University officials are waiting to see how West Virginia University is portrayed by "Good Morning America" when its segment on binge drinking airs on the ABC news show Sept. 25. between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The segment was to air a day after a Harvard University survey on binge drinking was released. It was bumped from the Sept. 11 show when Ken Starr's report on the Clinton scandal broke.

The Harvard study indicates college students who drink are doing it more heavily and more often with the intention of getting drunk.

The segment features interviews with President David C. Hardesty Jr. and a number of administrators and students. The three-minute piece is focused on WVU's efforts to combat the problem and features its Up All Night program in the Mountainlair, late night activities for students that offer an alternative to the typical college weekend scene.