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News in Brief – 6/26/09

Ky. men charged in railroad track thefts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three Kentucky men face federal charges of conspiring to steal and sell an estimated $190,000 worth of railroad tracks from Norfolk Southern.

A federal indictment filed Tuesday in Huntington charges 65-year-old Clarence Meadows of Paintsville, Ky.; 41-year-old Thomas G. Hamilton of Pikeville, Ky.; and 34-year-old C. Roby Meadows of Mt. Sterling, Ky., with conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen goods.

The indictment charges that the men stole railroad tracks and other track material in the Kermit area from July 2004 to November 2004. The material was taken to Salyersville, Ky., and sold for scrap.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr.

N.C. man sought in dumping of body

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for a North Carolina man accused of dumping the body of a former roommate along Interstate 64 in April.

Sheriff Tom McComas says police are looking for 39-year-old Erick L. Deickman of Morehead City, N.C. Deickman faces charges of felony concealment of a body.

McComas wouldn’t say whether Deickman is a suspect in the death of Andrew Mulvany of Carteret County, N.C.

Mulvany’s body was found in a sealed, industrial-sized garbage can in April. State medical examiners concluded the man’s death was a homicide.

According to a criminal complaint, Deickman and Mulvany were friends and former roommates.

Local student gets SSU scholarship

PORTSMOUTH — The Shawnee State University Scholarship Committee awarded the 2009-10 Edward J. Daehler Memorial Scholarship in Legal Assisting of $700 to Mary Moore.

Moore, of Friendship, is a 1969 graduate of McKell High School in Greenup County, Ky. She is a returning SSU student who plans to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in legal assisting at SSU.