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Man arrested after

kids left alone in car

SOUTH CHARLESTON - A West Virginia man has been arrested after police found two young children alone in a car at a Walmart.

Media outlets report 31-year-old Matthew Stover of Lizemores was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, receiving and transferring stolen property and obstructing.

According to a criminal complaint, police Wednesday found a 3-year-old boy wearing shorts, a jacket with no shirt underneath and no shoes or socks. A 1-year-old girl smelled strongly of urine. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of a severe rash.

Police discovered the car's license plate was stolen and a window was missing. The complaint says the man showed police fake identification after he left the store in South Charleston. The children were later released to their mother.

Stover is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.

Amber Alert: Police search for missing teen

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Authorities in West Virginia have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 14-year-old girl who police say might be with a convicted sex offender.

According to an Amber Alert posted on the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police say 14-year-old Nicole Hall was reported missing Wednesday from Greenbrier County and might be with 27-year-old sex offender Christopher Rider and another man. The statement says Rider should be considered armed and dangerous.

Hall is 5-foot-8 inches with blonde hair and brown eyes. Rider is 5-foot-10 with brown hair and brown eyes.

Officials say they believe they may be headed to Florida or California in a silver sedan.

West Virginia health division holds forum

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will hold a public meeting as part of an effort to develop an opioid response plan through public engagement and a partnership with regional and national experts.

The Register-Herald reports that the department invites the public and subject matter experts to Thursday's meeting at the West Virginia Water Development Authority in Charleston. Speakers will present on the West Virginia Opioid Fatality Report, and discuss the stigma associated with addiction, as well as the significance of treatment.

Comments and ideas on prevention, early intervention and screening, treatment, recovery, decreasing overdoses and reducing maternal drug use and neonatal abstinence syndrome will be considered for the West Virginia Opioid Response Plan that will be submitted to Gov. Jim Justice and the state legislature.

Legislator backs free IDs for the homeless

KEYSER, W.Va. - A West Virginia lawmaker says he'll reintroduce legislation in January to help homeless people get identification documents needed to get jobs or apply for public benefits.

Delegate Gary Howell, House Committee on Government Organization chairman, says it would require the Division of Motor Vehicles to provide them for free to people living at shelters in the state.

Documents would include a photo identification card, replacement driver's license or birth certificate.

The bill introduced last February didn't get out of the House Judiciary Committee.

Howell, a Republican from Keyser in the eastern panhandle, says too often homeless people are "caught in a trap" where they can't get needed identification documents without money or a permanent home.

He says government shouldn't block people trying to lift themselves up.

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