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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Bluefield, West Virginia Health care a a a a state a-12 a sports �-1 state health homies prepare for care Prem Lurns showdown will wont increase Semins Les Cloudy Chance of rain highs in the mid-40s weather a-12 . 105 no. 352 saturday december 18,1999 50 cents 105 no. 352 one entire room s0off or Isioro a fas a chairs a mirrors a pictures a lamps chests amp much is be nth Lue Stoi gtd interiors formerly Blu Stonk Beduino Virginia a a a a a a staff photo by Eric Dinovo big Christmas wish. Lenaie Lawless of Princeton appears to be pleading her Case As she makes her final request on her Long Christmas list As Santa visits the children at a child care facility in Princeton. Man Dies from injuries suffered in explosion workers remove two dilapidated structures on Friday to make Way for the new Span that will replace Easley Bridge in Bluefield. Staff photo by Eric Dinovo by Charles Owens of the daily Telegraph staff Claypool Hill a. A a Man who sustained severe Burns after a Flash explosion at the Clinch River corporation in Tazewell county died Friday at a Kentucky Hospital. The explosion was reported at 6 04 . Thursday at the company at the intersection of route 719 and route 1020 on Airport Road at Claypool Hill. The victim was Daniel Ray Webb 24, of Wardell according to Tazewell county sheriff Joe Johnson. Webb died Friday at the . Hospital in Lexington ky., according to Hospital spokesman Christine Lopez. The Man sustained Burns Over 90 percent of his body according to a report from the office of the Coroner in Lexington by. A it was a Flash explosion a said Randy Puckett assistant fire chief of the Richlands fire department. A it was very Quick. There was very Little structural damage. The gentleman was burned pretty badly. Usually that a Flash explosion is very Quick. You done to have time to Puckett said the victim was working in a paint room when the blast occurred. The company makes mining related equipment. A second employee was treated for smoke inhalation at Clinch Valley medical Center in Richlands according to the Tazewell county 911 communications Center. Puckett said the Blaze was extinguished by employees with a fire extinguisher. The Accident is being investigated by the mine safety and health administration according to Jim Mann regional director of the Virginia department of labor and industries in Roanoke. A the Abingdon Field office will be handling part of that investigation a Mann said. A we sent a person up there today to Start a preliminary Mann said the investigation could take up to six months. An unidentified company spokesman declined comment Friday. Explosion a-3 Bluefield a work finally is under Way on the Long awaited Easley Bridge construction project in Bluefield. I to vacant houses on Cherry Street were demolished Friday to make Way for the new seven Span Structure. It will replace the old . Route 52 Easley Bridge which continues to deteriorate with age. The Structure initially was constructed in the Early 1920s. The new $7.5 million Span will be 100 Yards East of the existing Bridge and will have 1.6 million pounds of structural steel. Construction is expected to take 18 months. A they just started this morning a said Bluefield mayor Nelson Walker. A this is the beginning of construction. This is very Good news. They say it can be done in 18 months. I done to know but we will Walker said the two structures on Cherry Street Are the Only houses that will be demolished for the Bridge project. However an old car Wash on Bluefield Avenue also will be demolished. A a it a just those two structures a Walker said. A they were vacant. I think they were condemned by the by Greg Jordan of the daily Telegraph staff Princeton a nearly 40 people were indicted Friday by a special Mercer county grand jury called to handle cases resulting from regional drug taskforce a october drug sweep. Arrests were made in Mercer Raleigh and Wyoming counties oct. 14 when the regional unified drug task Force rude concluded a six month investigation. The cases resulted from several undercover operations involving the Transfer and Sale of narcotics razing the roof. In addition to the car Wash and the two houses several Power lines also will be relocated As part of the project according to Walker. The construction is being done by Ahern and associates inc., of South Charleston. The construction company submitted a Low bid of $7,585,000 for the project in late october. Local leaders have been working for More than a decade to that ranged from prescription drugs crack cocaine cocaine powder and marijuana. Approximately 100 people were arrested during the sweep. The 39 local indictments the operation generated would have been an additional Burden to the february 2000 grand jury session said prosecuting attorney Bill Sadler. A when we were reviewing cases we saw that we had an awful lot of drug cases a Sadler said. A it was easier to everybody involved to handle them now. It will also be easier for the court replace the aging Span linking much of Bluefield to . Route 52 and the communities along its past. The present Bridge connects route 52 to Highland Avenue but the new Span will connect with Cherry Street. The old Bridge has been deteriorating for years which has raised fears from City and county officials about its safety. In some locations the Bridges steel Frame has been exposed. When setting scheduling proceeding with indictments also puts the drug dealing Community on notice. A it also important to Send a message we Are actively investigating drug cases and we Are prosecuting drug cases in this county a Sadler said. Detective sgt. . Beasley of the rude task Force said october a operations did Impact drug sales for several weeks. A for a while it slowed Down. A lot of people were running scared indicted a-3 nearly 40 indicted on drug charges staff photo by Bill Archer warm wishes. Students of Northfork Middle school received Winter Coats through a program sponsored by children inc. Aeysha Montgomery foreground is shown receiving a coat from principal Barbara Smith wearing Antlers. From left to right Are Michael Copeley Brandon Williams Clay Epperly Merrissa Carter Justin and William Church. Story a-12 Easley Bridge work begins by Charles Owens of the daily Telegraph staff suspect claiming to have int robs Princeton store by Greg Jordan of the daily Telegraph staff Princeton a an undetermined amount of Money was stolen from a local business Friday afternoon when a masked intruder claimed to be carrying dynamite came in and demanded Cash. The incident occurred 4 03 . When an individual gender undetermined entered the s amp t wholesale at 300 Rogers Street in Princeton a Mercer county e-911 dispatcher said. This person threatened to blow himself up if he did not receive Money. The suspect then fled on foot. Whether the subject had been carrying dynamite had not been determined said chief . Martin of the Princeton police department. The person wearing a flannel jacket and a mask had a three Sticks tucked inside his or her Belt Martin said. No injuries were reported. The Case is under investigation. Construction worker Dies after fall by Charles Owens of the daily Telegraph staff Claypool Hill a. A a Man who fell from the roof of a Wal Mart super enter construction site thursday in Claypool Hill died Friday at a Tennessee Hospital investigators said. The Accident was reported at 5 30 . At the construction site along . Route 19-460 at pounding Mill. The victim was a construction a-3 Index. Church. A-10-11 classified. .b-6-12 comics. .a-7 crossword. .a-7 dear Abby. .a-6 editorial. .a-4 Horoscope. .a-7 obituaries. .a-2 opinion. .a-4 sports. .b-1-5 to listing. .a-6 today. Giving tree nears goal lotteries. West Virginia daily 3.6-7-3 daily 4.5-1-9-0 Virginia Day pick 3.1-5-1 7, pick 4.5 1 -9-6 Denver Gilligan . Local resident Bob Denver will help to launch the areas first a share a blessings auction today beginning at 11 . At the Bluefield Holiday inn. The Price of admission is a can of meat. A total of $600 was added to this years version of the Community Christmas tree Friday increasing the amount brought in to $11,657, just $343 Short of the $12,000 goal. The tree fund helps by o v i d e Christmas for hundreds of local and area children each a to. The s will get gift bags during a big party on dec. 23, beginning at noon at the Bluefield City auditorium on stadium Dave. The Community Christmas tree otherwise known As the a Little Jimmie program is now in its 83rd year. Fridays contributions in memory of John amp Elsie Martin amp Hattie Law Landrum. 10.00 Dorothy amp . Parks. 30.00 James amp Priscilla Crigger. 25.00 Anonymous. 5.00 Anonymous. 10.00 in Loving memory of or. Amp mrs. . Coppinger or. Amp mrs. Allen Coppinger or. By Todd Brad Sean amp Nicole Coppinger. 100.00 in Loving memory of Diana Demopoulos amp George a a pop French. 50.00 Bernice Witt amp Jole Thompson. 25.00 in memory of tally cat Moose amp Evelyn Wickham. 25 00 in Honor of Elsie amp Paul Rotenberry a 61st wedding anniversary on dec. 17th with love from the family .10.00 in memory of Connie Nelson Harkey from Ginny Chryssikos. 20.00 in Honor of or. Stephen Poolos or. Dennis Pullins Rose Buchanan amp Bluefield regional medical Center Laboratory staff. 115.00 on behalf of Bob amp Sharon Perkinson. 50.00 in memory of capt. Mike Thompson usic Zane amp Don Rick .25.00 in Honor of Wei and Wii veterans from Vietnam veterans of America Blue Gray chapter 628100.00 total.600.00 previous total. 11.057.00 grand total.11,657.00 circulation 327-2802 news room 327-2811 sports 327-2813 advertising 327-2816

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