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Police roundup: Highlawn shooting victim ID’d

HUNTINGTON — Huntington police have released the identity of the man who was fatally shot Tuesday in the city’s Highlawn neighborhood.

The victim has been identified as Kendall Orlando Williams, 37, of Huntington.

The investigation is still being conducted and no arrests have been made.

Around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the incident in the 2700 block of Highlawn Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found Williams slain.

Detectives and forensics investigators later arrived to interview witnesses and process the scene.

The following information was provided by the Huntington Police Department:

The Huntington Police Department reported 13 new incidents in the 24-hour period ending at 3 p.m. Thursday. However, the individual police reports were not made available, so these are the only known details:

Burglary, entry of dwelling or outhouse, 9:34 p.m. Wednesday, 600 block of West 5th Street.

Brandishing, 8:26 p.m. Wednesday, 200 block of Guyan Street.

Petit larceny, midnight Tuesday, 500 block of Washington Avenue.

Destruction of property — misdemeanor, 6:11 p.m. Wednesday, 1800 block of Artisan Avenue.

Information report, 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, West 11th Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Petit larceny, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2300 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Destruction of property — misdemeanor, noon Tuesday, 2600 block of Chesterfield Avenue.

Petit larceny, 8 p.m. Tuesday, 2200 block of 8th Avenue.

Parking in alleys and narrow streets, 2:18 p.m. Wednesday, 1000 block of Jackson Avenue.

Missing person, 1:41 p.m. Wednesday, Chestnut Drive.

Warrant service/execution, 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, 700 block of 5th Avenue.

Deceased person, 10:51 a.m. Wednesday, 2900 block of Shepard Drive.

Domestic battery, 3:37 a.m. Wednesday, 1200 block of Marcum Terrace.

Cabell Commission discusses legislative issues

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Commission approved a legislative issue nomination to the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia that will support a statutorily created regional jail task force.

The motion was brought forth by Commissioner Kelli Sobonya at the commission’s Thursday meeting. According to a copy of the nomination form filled out by Sobonya, the proposal is to create a task force to bring stakeholders together to develop ways to redirect the regional jail bonds revenue to restrain increases to the per-degree jail bills on counties.

“I felt like this could be a legislative agenda item for our association to consider to have a dialogue and a seat at the table as we move forward,” Sobonya said.

She compared the proposed task force to the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force. All three Cabell County commissioners supported the motion.

Thursday’s agenda included another legislative issue nomination regarding sober living/drug recovery oversight, but the commission withdrew this item during the meeting. Sobonya had also submitted this item but moved to remove it during the meeting.

Commissioners voted to accept a bid for an access control system from Tri-State Electronics of Milton. The commission was scheduled to open bids for a fire escape painting project adjacent to the Cabell County Courthouse, but no bids were received.

At the end of the meeting, commissioners went into executive session for almost a half-hour to discuss opioid litigation. Cabell County is part of an ongoing lawsuit with the city of Huntington against drug wholesalers AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, which accuses the distributors of sending excessive shipments of opioids into the area for eight years.

The commissioners discussed other litigation in open session at the beginning of the meeting. One resolution authorized litigation against West Virginia Skydivers Inc. and Pier One Landing LLC. The second authorized litigation involving the Cabell County Airport. Sobonya voted against these resolutions, but Commissioners Jim Morgan and Nancy Cartmill voted in favor of them.

Alchemy Theatre brings Shakespeare performances back to Barboursville

BARBOURSVILLE — While the fourth annual West Virginia Shakespeare Festival doesn’t take place until June 19, theater fans can be entertained while they wait with Alchemy Theatre performances this weekend.

“Antigone,” directed by Leah Turley, features an all-female cast and opens at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Barboursville Park Amphitheater. Another performance will take place at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Purchase tickets at https://www.alchemytheatretroupe.org/show/antigone/tickets/.

The comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” directed by Gene Anthony, opens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, also at Barboursville Park. Purchase tickets at https://www.alchemytheatretroupe.org/show/the-complete-works-of-shakespeare-abridged/tickets/.

Bring chairs, food and drinks.

Saturday, June 19, is Alchemy Theatre’s all-day West Virginia Shakespeare Festival Event, featuring vendors, food trucks, games, a Shakespeare-themed puzzle room by The Lost Escape Room and performances throughout the day. Jon Joy will lead a children’s Shakespeare workshop at 10 a.m., and Hilary Brewster of Marshall University will lead a “Teaching Shakespeare” workshop for anyone interested at 4 p.m.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” returns at 5:30 p.m. June 19, followed by the final performance of “Antigone” at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets for the festival are $20 and available at https://www.alchemytheatretroupe.org/show/the-4th-annual-wv-shakespeare-festival/tickets/.

Thanks to a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a series of workshops about Shakespeare, ancient texts and more will take place early next week at ReGeneration Church in Huntington, on 4th Avenue, above the old Latta’s building (now Brand Yourself). All workshops and seminars are free to the public.

These workshops run from 6 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-16. Sign up online at https://www.alchemytheatretroupe.org/show/the-4th-annual-wv-shakespeare-festival/tickets/.

Online poll

Disaster aid

QUESTION: More counties in the region have become eligible to apply for disaster aid following ice storms and flooding earlier this year. Have you applied for the special assistance?

Visit www.herald-dispatch.com and click on the News tab at the top of the page to find the poll and record your vote. Then visit the newspaper’s Facebook page where you can elaborate on your response. Poll results will appear in this column Monday.


Here are the results of a poll conducted Wednesday and Thursday that asked, “West Virginia recently introduced upscale tent camping in four state parks. Have you been camping in a state park?”

Yes: 67

No: 104

Total: 171

RCBI to offer robotics camps

HUNTINGTON — RCBI will host two robotics camps in July.

WeDo 2.0 Robotics and Coding Express Camp for students ages 6-8 will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 19-23, and a VEX IQ Robotics and RAD Drone Camp for students ages 9-14 is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 19-23, at the Robert C. Byrd Institute, 1050 4th Ave., Huntington.

Focusing on fundamental building and programming skills, interactive games and fun challenges, each camp will provide information about age-appropriate competitions and how to get involved and stay engaged in robotics. NASA staff will lead the camps.

To help defray costs, a $50 donation for the WeDo camp or a $100 donation for the VEX IQ camp is suggested.

Visit www.rcbi.org/roboticsJuly2021, enter the student information, then select the July 19-23 Huntington event under Hands-on Robotics Camps.

For more information, contact dstone@rcbi.org or 304-781-1659.

For more summer camps, visit www.Herald-Dispatch.com. Click the menu button then Summer Camps for Kids 2021.