State cracks down on drunk boaters
SOUTH CHARLESTON - West Virginia authorities are planning a weekend crackdown on drunken boating later this month.
It's part of a national effort known as Operation Dry Water. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officers will be out in force on state waters June 27-29 looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08.
The division says in a news release that the goal is not just to arrest impaired boaters, but to also promote awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.
Truckers compete in Charleston
CHARLESTON - Professional tractor-trailer operators from West Virginia will participate in a competition in Charleston.
The West Virginia Trucking Association's annual Truck Driving Championship is set for 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.
The association says the competition is designed to promote safety. Each driver has a chance to demonstrate his or her driving skill and knowledge through written and field tests. Drivers will be competing for a chance to go to a national truck driving contest in Pittsburgh in August.
Man awaiting trial admits shooting
PENN HILLS, Pa. - A 21-year-old man awaiting arraignment on a criminal homicide charge has told police he accidentally shot an 18-year-old friend at a suburban Pittsburgh house party as they were looking at guns previously stolen from the suspect's house.
Penn Hills police returned the guns to the suspect, Damien Franklin, on Wednesday, mere hours before the shooting that left Nathan Hurrell dead.
Peter Marshall hosts W.Va. 'Squares'
CHARLESTON - Longtime "Hollywood Squares" host Peter Marshall is returning to his home state for a West Virginia version of the TV game show.
The Huntington native will tape four episodes of "West Virginia Squares" at the Clay Center on Monday and Tuesday as part of Charleston's FestivALL celebration.
The game show will feature questions about state music and history. West Virginia Public Broadcasting will film and distribute the shows to state schools.
The 88-year-old Marshall tells the Charleston Daily Mail the local game show "sounded like a fun thing to do."
FestivALL's website says among the celebrity squares are Wheeling native Joyce DeWitt, "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.
By The Associated Press