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Trial set for Bluefield man accused of mine violations

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) -- A southern West Virginia mine foreman indicted by a federal grand jury on safety violation charges is set to stand trial this summer.

A July 30 trial date has been set for 36-year-old Craig Belcher of Bluefield.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Belcher was released this week on a $10,000 bond.

He was charged in April with four counts of providing a false statement, representation and certification in a Mine Safety and Health Administration document.

The alleged incidents occurred at mines in Wyoming, Fayette and McDowell counties.

View previous report on Belcher's arrest

The indictment says Belcher signed reports that he completed mine inspections between January 2009 and July 2010. However, Belcher wasn't certified as a foreman when the reports were completed, and he allegedly used foreman's certificate numbers that weren't his.

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