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Man with cerebral palsy shares video of himself crawling down steps and into car
A 30-year-old man with cerebral palsy is sharing footage of himself crawling to his car to go to work for a heartbreaking reason.
In the footage, Patrick Stubblefield, can be seen climbing into his vehicle after apparently using his arms to clamber down steps outside his home.
He is bravely sharing the clip to raise awareness about accessibility for wheelchair users.
The university worker's disability affects his body movement and muscle coordination, which is why getting into his car every morning is such a challenge.
Around two weeks ago, he says he was forced to undergo surgery after developing an infection on his knee from crawling in the street.
Patrick, a video game design instructor from West Virginia, US, said: "The house I'm currently living in doesn't have a ramp for my wheelchair so I normally crawl up the steps.
"I cut my knee about two week ago and was hospitalised for a knee infection.
"I had to have surgery and can't crawl on my knees, so I had to find another way to get into my house.
"Most people were unaware that housing for the disabled is that difficult to access. Housing offered is usually in senior high rise with waiting list, yet I'm only 30-years- old.
"Muscle spasms are painful and I'm unable to stand or walk.
"I was born with cerebral palsy so I've learned to adapt to certain situations. My condition could be worse so I just try to live be the best life I can and not let obstacles get into my way.
"It seems normal now as it's my means of getting around when I can't use the wheelchair. It's been difficult though since I've had the surgery."
He added: "Housing is limited and landlords are afraid to rent to people with disabilities.
"The housing options for young people in wheelchairs is usually in housing made for the elderly. New housing needs to be barrier free
"I cut my knee on the concrete steps and I'm also I diabetic so I got a severe infection in my knee.
"The doctor opened my knee and cleaned out then infection and I have to pack my wound and dress it in bandages twice a day until healing occurs."
Earlier this month, one of Patrick's pals shared a picture of his friend crawling up the steps outside his home on Facebook.
He said that his "heart hurts" for Patrick.
"I honestly have never met a man with a bigger heart and more community spirit. He is extremely intelligent and educated," he wrote.
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Mr. Mike 304TV Interviews David "Alligator Jackson" Williams
WE HEART WEST VIRGINIA NEWS ARTICLE
And you can make a difference too.
Even against seemingly overwhelming odds.
Take it from someone who knows, David “Alligator Jackson” Williams.
His “Alligator Jackson Inside Huntington WV” Facebook page has thousands of likes and followers.
He’s also written two popular books, The Boiling Point and Money Town, which are fictional accounts focusing on the local impact of a drug culture.
Simply put: People read what he writes.
And his online posts spark discussion, lots of give and take.
Many praise his efforts to empower folks at the grassroots level.
Fans like his determination to attack the city’s opioid epidemic head on.
“We are at the point that many of us automatically wonder if there’s been an overdose when we hear sirens or see the police lights on. It just really is that bad here,” he said.
It’s personal for him on many levels.
Last week’s shooting of a neighbor in his apartment building isn’t the first time violence has taken place there.
Drug dealers aren’t hard to find in some nearby local alleys, and that availability compounds the problem, he said.
Just walking his dog can be an education, so he is sympathetic to others’ experiences and fears.
He’s willing to listen, and post graphic information about what’s happening on city streets.
Often in unforgettable detail.
Jarring pictures, chilling words and prophetic predictions served a purpose, he said.
Especially in the beginning, shock value was his tool in trade.
It was a way to “make people really see the lives being lost to heroin,” he said.
Envision addicts literally dropping in the streets and fast-food restaurant bathrooms, as well as nodding of behind the wheel while driving.
Last year there were overdoses in the same retail parking lot three days in a row, he said.
“It does happen all the time on the street because these people are addicts, and want to do the drug as soon as they get it. They can’t wait long enough to get home.
They are sitting there shaking, and need a fix. If they buy it around the corner, they will hit an alley or wherever they think they won’t get caught,” he said.
Huntington received national attention last August when 28 people overdosed over a five-hour period after using heroin sold by a single drug dealer.
In 2017 the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy introduced a two-year plan for addressing the opioid crisis in Huntington, Cabell and Wayne counties.
City officials estimate that more than 10 percent of the population are opioid addicts.
A total of 1,476 overdose incidents were reported in Cabell County in 2016, a 443 percent increase since 2014.
The county’s youngest overdose victim in 2016 was just 11 years old.
Desperate times call for drastic measures, according to Williams.
He’s even posted the occasional photo of a body bag being removed from a downtown crime scene.
“People think I’m just being an ass for posting pictures or even names. But I have the same fears that I do about coming home and finding someone dead. It can happen to any family, and this is my idea of a wake-up call,” he said.
Not everyone approves, and he understands those concerns.
Especially the feelings of families devastated by addiction and overdose deaths.
He knows from personal experience how addiction can make life hell.
“I can’t get away from it. I go to work, and I work with it. I come home and I have to worry about a family member. Then there are also the people I try to help online.
Even though I personally have never done a drug, I live with it 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.
Trying to make a difference, whether personally or professionally, isn’t easy.
“I know how it feels to struggle, and not know what to do when someone is an addict. There is a fine line between helping someone and enabling them,” he said.
Denial helps no one in the end, and “might be the worst form of enabling,” he said.
“If you don’t acknowledge a problem, you are saying it doesn’t exist. You are allowing it to do whatever it wants. We have all seen that denial doesn’t work.
So I guess I am really searching for something that does work.
The ultimate solution is getting drugs off the streets, but first people have to know how bad it is out there. That’s when they demand action, and are even willing to help make a difference,” he said.
Other people aren’t the only ones learning an important lesson.
“I no longer post all of the overdose names from 911, and I don’t post those same kind of pictures anymore unless it will send a different message.
At first I thought people needed to see addicts passed out in the streets so they could realize what was happening.
Now people have seen that and maybe even accepted it, we have to move forward. Staying the same isn’t going to work, but the temptation is to look past the problem. Not dealing with this is my biggest fear,” he said.
Even though last week was especially violent, Williams is hopeful community members will continue to unite for a better future.
There were five shootings, three dead and three wounded, all within four days and walking distance apart, the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper reported.
So far there have been 19 confirmed homicides, with two also being investigated as homicides, in 2017, and the majority are drug related, city officials say.
Dozens of people attended last Friday’s rally organized by local religious leaders after the deadly week.
After walking to the Huntington Police Department, “church leaders and city officials shared in prayers for Huntington,” according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail Newspaper.
That’s a very positive sign, Williams said.
“I do believe our police department is doing the best they can, especially since they are short staffed. And there are lots of people who want to see things change. So I plan to continue doing whatever I can to help keep moving things in that direction.”
Flats on 4th in Huntington to be torn down
by RAVEN BROWN
Wednesday, September 19th 2018
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — An abandoned property in Huntington known for criminal activity is slated to be torn down after fencing was put up in hopes of keeping people out.
Many people in the city are calling the fencing effort around Flats on 4th a joke and are happy to see the building go.
"It doesn't even keep my dog out, it's not going to keep anybody out," said Huntington resident, David Williams.
Some people are not happy about the new orange plastic fencing placed around the abandoned building.
"I was hoping it would be a something a little stronger than what's up there because that lasted maybe one day," said Ted Kluemper, a businessman in Huntington.
The fencing was put up after the property fell into bankruptcy causing abandonment and housing broken glass, squatters making it a place for crime and drug activity.
Kluemper said he would be happy to see the building torn down.
"I'm more concerned about the parents and stuff who come to visit their children and they go to walk downtown and they have to walk by something like this," Kluemper said.
With pressure from city officials, the owner of the property, JP Morgan Chase Bank, plans to sell the building to a company in Indiana that intends to tear it down for future development.
"It's the safe thing to do," Williams said. "It's productive property. It's also one of the first places that people see when they come to a Marshall football game or they come down to it. It's a big representative of our city."
City officials said the bank will sell the building for $300,000 to the company but there will be a brief period where other interested parties can make a higher bid.
"It needs to go and something new and productive needs to take its place. Huntington is growing and it's looking better and we need to keep going forward with that," Williams said. "Right now, this is holding us back."
City officials say an order to approve the sale of the property is expected to be entered within 30 days.
Concerned citizens try to tackle prostitution in Huntington
Posted: May 24, 2018 06:57 PM EDT
Updated: May 24, 2018 06:57 PM EDT
HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - Community members in Huntington are hitting the streets to combat prostitution in their own way.
“It's just not right and people are fed up, so they want to do something about it," said David “Alligator Jackson” Williams, an active community member in Huntington.
Williams is just one of many Huntington residents who are tired of seeing prostitution in their neighborhood streets.
"The prostitution problem, like most of our crime, is directly related to the opiod issues,” said Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial. “Right now, we have the concentration of the prostitution problem in the west end of Huntington."
"[The police] have a tough job,” said Williams. “They've got other things to do. We've got drugs out there killing people. But people are fed up, because this is the big problem in their life. They don't want their kid to be outside with the prostitutes.”
That frustration has started a movement, of some residents taking the problem into their own hands. It's rooted in the streets and fueled by social media. Civilians catch men they believe are picking up prostitutes and post about it in Facebook groups.
"They're taking pictures and they're putting the pictures on Facebook sites like the “Johns of Huntington,” said Williams. “They're trying to shame people into not going into their neighborhoods."
The groups aim to focus less on the supply and more on the demand.
"They're blanking out the girls’ faces, because the police always seem to target the girls, but the guys seem to go free."
One of the reasons some people feel that way is because HPD arrested six women in their most recent prostitution sting on April 11. However, there wasn’t a single man, or “John,” caught that night. What most people don't know, though, is undercover officers planned to also catch multiple Johns that same night, but their operation was compromised when people started broadcasting it live.
"It was our intentions to do that that night,” said Chief Dial. “Folks were coming up and telling us, 'You guys have been exposed, your operation is going on on Facebook.’ That made it very difficult to make the arrests.”
The residents broadcasted that a sting operation was happening, with good intentions, but didn't realize criminals could be watching as well.
"Some of them were celebrating what we were doing, they were happy about it, but when you post it live on Facebook, the criminals also know that,” said Chief Dial.
Not only can chasing criminals be detrimental to police efforts, it can also be dangerous.
“What if somebody decides they don't want their picture taken and they want to get out and either shoot somebody or hit them, or something like that," said Williams.
"Engaging criminals is dangerous behavior,” said Chief Dial. “We're trained for it, we're equipped for it and we're bonded for it. It would be my suggestion that you not take vigilante actions and put yourself at that physical risk."
Somewhere between concerned citizens and vigilantes is a happy middle, where Huntington hopes to find the solution.
"We've got a lot of people out there that want to help right now and that's how we're going to make Huntington better," said Williams.
The Huntington Police Department does want citizens to get involved, but safely.
“I understand people want to be a part of the solution and we encourage that,” said Chief Dial.
A few things you can do include calling 911 if you see prostitution, giving information to HPD’s anonymous tip line (304-696-4444) and attending your neighborhood organization meeting.
Parody Banning WVU Signs in Huntington Sets off Angry Callers
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 19:36 Updated 5 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
A web posted article from “thedigger.com” apparently lampooning Huntington’s clean-up campaign and applying it to West Virginia University supporters has prompted a statement from Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.
Although not labeled “parody” or containing another type of disclaimer, the satire headlined “Huntington Mayor Outlaws WVU Colors and Flags”, then ”quoted” Steve Williams and two city “residents”, Dan Nehlen and Brad Pennington.
Immediately prior to the faux quotes, the article described an authentic ordinance passed by Huntington City Council that targeted furniture on porches, high weeds and high grass.
A second blog writer posted the story on a WVU oriented site presuming the “action” authentic. He later corrected the statement and apologized.
After the mayor’s office received many seriously irate phone calls, Williams utilized Facebook to underscore that he had NOT been interviewed, there was NO ban on WVU signs, and that the reported article was parody.
The Mayor’s Facebook statement reads:
An article written by a “reporter” named “Alligator Jackson” has been brought to my attention. I haven’t read the article. But I understand I am supposedly quoted that the colors of Blue and Gold are now forbidden in the City of Huntington as well as any and all West Virginia University paraphernalia.
The article is a spoof. I have never been interviewed by anyone named Alligator Jackson.
I did not make such a statement. I am a proud WVU graduate receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. WVU is a world class university.
30,000 View Huntington Mayor's Response to "Alligator" WVU Football Parody
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 03:24 Updated 5 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter