Chief Jordan's Son Paid $2,250 By Police Fund
Weeks after PutnamLIVE.com filed a Freedom of Information Act request, the City of Nitro finally coughed up police fund checks written to family members of Chief of Police Jack Jordan.
Those checks include $2,250 in three checks written to Jordan's son, Charlton, for music vocal performances at town events.
Getting copies of the checks proved to be a challenge. After City Attorney Richie Robb promised full cooperation, officials at city hall failed that mission. PutnamLIVE.com had to telephone Robb who expressed surprise that Recorder Rita Cox and Mayor Russell "Rusty" Casto failed to comply with the FOIA five-day deadline under West Virginia law. (We filed the FOIA request November 21st, 2011). Violating the state FOIA law is a misdemeanor.
"We'll get them to you, I promise," said Robb, during a December 6th, 2011 telephone call. The next afternoon, copies of the checks were faxed to PutnamLIVE.com.
It is important to report that these funds were raised privately and are not tax dollars. Still, some are questioning as to why some of the checks were made out to the chief's family members. The City of Nitro has not provided any evidence of a bidding system for Charlton Jordan's performances.
"The city is now controlling these accounts," says Casto. "Council is overseeing how the money is being spent, now."
Because the funds were privately raised, it does not appear that any laws were broken, though many are questioning the ethics involved in the situation.
Nitro Examining Police Fund Checks
Council Discussing Zoning Where They Can't Go
Years after PutnamLIVE.com reported that the City of Hurricane has the most lifetime registered sex offenders, and long after we reported that the problem got worse, the new city council is taking action.
During its December 5th meeting, council discussed creating zones where sex offenders would not be allowed, including schools and parks within the city limits.
According to the West Virginia State Police, 23 men listed Hurricane as their city of residence when this article was published. Another five work in the town. That's actually a slignt decrease from the 25 that called Hurricane home since PutnamLIVE.com last reported on the issue.
Chief of Police W. "Mike" Mullins got council's attention when he told them one of his officers spotted a sex offender sitting in a car in the parking lot at Waves of Fun. While the officer parked next to the sex offender and made it clear that the officer was watching his every move-nothing could be done to force the felon to leave.
If council passes the ordinance during its January, 2012 meeting, Hurricane Police will have the authority to remove sex offenders from certain areas.
Sex Offenders are required to register their home addresses and work addresses with the West Virginia State Police within 10 days. However, most local police agencies also keep a watchful eye on them.
Hurricane is a popular place for sex offenders to live because it has a city and county park, Walmart, and several schools. All of this is troubling to parents of children who would rather have the sex offenders live elsewhere.
When PutnamLIVE.com first reported the Hurricane sex offender issue, city officials lied and said West Virginia law prohibited the town from taking action. Now, fortunately, the town is taking action that it should have taken years ago.
Across The United States, many cities restrict sex offenders from areas around beaches, churches, parks, and schools. PutnamLIVE.com applauds such statutes and hopes that other Putnam County government agencies take similar action to protect our families.
In 2002, PutnamLIVE.com's (now) Publisher Mark Hallburn was instrumental in forcing the West Virginia State Police to comply with a 3 1/2 year-old law requiring the agency to post lifetime registered sex offenders, and their information, online. Until Hallburn took action, only about half the counties in West Virginia were published. Now you can see all of the information by clicking here. That link is also available every day on the home page of PutnamLIVE.com.
Jefferson County Has Highest Median Income Level
Life is good in Putnam County.
That's the word from the United States Census Bureau.
We have the second-highest median household income in The Mountain State. Jefferson County is the highest, at $63,156. Putnam County is second at $52,942 and Berkeley County comes in third at $50,923.
McDowell County has the lowest income, at $24,133, and the highest poverty level at 33.6 percent comparted to Putnam County's poverty level of 10.4 percent. The West Virginia average poverty level is 18.2 percent.
Our border states' median household income and overall poverty rates are Maryland, at $68,933 and 9.9 percent; Pennsylvania, at $49,245 and 13.4 percent; Ohio, at $45,151 and 15.8 percent; Kentucky, at $40,089 and 18.9 percent; and Virginia, $60,665 and 11.1 percent.
Fire Stops With You: Tips From The WV Fire Marshal
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more, and cause more than
$990 million in damage, according to the federal government.
Every one of those fires and tragedies are easily avoided.
With the winter holidays upon us, one of the best gifts that you can give your family isn't a present under the tree, it's a safe home in which to celebrate the season and its festivities.
by placing it in a stand that holds water. Check the water level every day.
To learn more about living independently and safely, please visit MTSTCIL's fire safety online skills training class at: Fire Safety
For more information on home safety, please visit these Web sites:
Publisher's note: A news release from the West VIrginia Fire Marshal provided information for this article.
Steakhouses Top PutnamLIVE.com Reader Survey
PutnamLIVE.com readers want a Rafferty's to come to our community.
That's the result of our latest survey which has 17.2 percent of the voters (64) in favor of the Paducah, Kentucky-based steakhouse. In fact, steakhouses made three of the top four slots with Claim Jumper sliding in at number two with 51 votes/13.7 percent and Outback taking fourth place with 43 votes/11.5 percent. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville took third with 46 votes/12.3 percent. Cheesecake Factory took fifth place with 36 votes/9.7 percent.
Most of the top finishers were restaurants that do not have a presence in West Virginia, which tells us that people travel and want to bring their favorite restaurants home to The Mountain State.
There were 373 votes placed during the survey's run from Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 until we closed the survey Saturday, November 26th, 2011.
Of course, this is a non-scientific survey for the enjoyment of our readers. However, it gives Putnam County officials a list of restaurants to start recruiting to improve our quality of life and bring more jobs to the region.
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