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Full animal shelter lowers adoption fees


Staff at the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association Animal Shelter are so overrun with cats and dogs they are again being forced to lower adoption fees.

“When we need to move them, we mark them down,” ...

St. Albans man charged with DUI


Sgt. J.M. Williams of the Chesapeake Police Department went to 122nd Street and MacCorkle Avenue just after 5 p.m. Thursday after a man smashed a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into a telephone pole, drove throu...

Charleston man faces domestic violence, brandishing charges


According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Ebony Dawn Newell and Joceylayn Mia Johnson were standing outside on Carver Street near Dunbar on Thursday when Joshua Ronald Mitchell, 20, of...

County Commission votes to start removal proceedings against Plants


Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted unanimously to start removal proceedings against Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants on Thursday.

Commissioners Kent Carper, Dave Hardy and Hoppy Shores voted at a regula...

Tax commissioner says he won’t help remove Plants


The state tax commissioner said in a letter to Kanawha County commissioners that his department won’t take part in any attempt to use tax law to oust Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants.

County Commissi...

County exploring ways to remove prosecutor from office


Kanawha County commissioners are trying to figure out whether they can use an obscure section of the state’s tax code to remove Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants from office.

Commissioners Kent Carper, Dave H...

Charleston recycling site to bar electronics


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The operator of Charleston’s Slack Street recycling center said he’ll no longer accept electronics after the end of the month.

George Hunyadi, who operates West Virginia Rec...

Beckley Sanitary Board defends personal use of truck


Officials for the Beckley Sanitary Board say a manager who took a government-owned truck on vacation to South Carolina last week did nothing wrong.

The vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup truck with the West Virginia muni...

Charleston man arrested in weekend slaying


Marlon Dewayne “Ice” Dixon shot to death Branda “MiMi” Basham because she was working with law enforcement as a confidential informant on drug investigations, police said Thursday.


Supreme Court justice’s son arrested on DUI, pot charges


The son of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman was arrested last week and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana.

According to a criminal complaint on file ...

Man shot by Parkersburg police identified


Authorities have released the name of a man shot by Parkersburg police on Tuesday after he allegedly pulled a gun on officers.

Paul Christopher Johnson, 42, of Parkersburg, was shot about 1:30 p.m. by officers of t...

New Kanawha deputy continues training


Twelve weeks into his 16-week training regimen, Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy trainee John Kiser is pretty sure he’s going to graduate from the West Virginia State Police Academy.


South Charleston mayor supports absent councilman


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said Tuesday he still supports a city councilman who has not attended a City Council meeting in months.

Councilman Dayton Griffith, of the city&...

Kanawha officials perplexed by spike in jail bill


Kanawha County officials are trying to figure out what’s responsible for a recent spike in the bill for housing prisoners at the South Central Regional Jail.

The county&#...

Police question using Kanawha drug funds to pay for special prosecutor


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A decision to use drug forfeiture funds to pay for a special prosecutor in the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office is ruffling some feathers within the Charleston Police Department.


Boy Scouts recognize merger of two local councils


Officials with the national leadership of the Boy Scouts of America have officially recognized the merger of Charleston's Buckskin Council with the Huntington-based Tri-State Area Council.

Jeff Purdy, Buckskin Coun...

County takes more from Plants’ budget to pay for special prosecutor


Kanawha County commissioners took more money Tuesday from the budget of Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants to pay for a special prosecutor appointed to handle child abuse cases after Plants was charged in connection with t...

Tours of Clendenin’s Hedges mansion may be ending


FOR THE LAST 12 years, L. Forrest Akers Jr. has presided over what is probably the most significant house in Clendenin, tending the well-groomed grounds, holding court in its stately rooms...

West Virginia National Guard pressing for Medal of Honor for Vietnam veteran


Those who survived a November 1970 top secret mission behind the lines in Laos credit Master Sgt. Edward Ziobron with saving the lives of his platoon during an off-and-on, four-day running battle with the North Vietnames...

Man charged with murder after Cross Lanes shooting


A man faces a murder charge after he allegedly shot another man early Thursday after finding the man in his ex-fiancée’s home in Cross Lanes.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County ...

State Police defend shooting of dog


Although they say they regret the incident, officials for the West Virginia State Police are standing behind a decision to fatally shoot a family dog in Mason County last week.

“The West Virginia State Polic...

Man arrested after alleged knife assault on deputy


A Boone County man faces criminal charges after allegedly coming after a sheriff's deputy with a butcher knife late Saturday.

The man was taken to the hospital for an apparent drug overdose, and Charleston Area Med...

National Guard plays role at golf tournament


With tens of thousands expected to descend daily on The Greenbrier resort for the annual Greenbrier Classic, local emergency officials can use all the help they can get.

That's why members of the West Virginia Nati...

Kanawha deputy recruit learns defensive skills


INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Halfway through their training at the West Virginia State Police Academy, Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy recruit John Kiser and other trainees are starting to get a little breathing room...

Plants never applied to receive continuing education credits after trip


In 2012, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants and his top assistant attended a conference in Florida. Records say they went to get some of the continuing legal education credits necessary for every lawyer.


No arrests made in home invasion


Charleston Police said no arrests had been made by late Friday in the Wednesday night break-in at a North Charleston home by two men who were allegedly posing as police officers.

According to Lt. Steve Cooper, chie...

Supreme Court will not reinstate DiTrapano law license


Members of the state Supreme Court have refused to reinstate the law license of a Charleston attorney disbarred in 2007 for drug addiction.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, justices turned down a request from Dante Di...

Nitro mayor reunited with long-lost coins and jewelry


It isn't often that Roger Hughes gets to return lost property to someone.

So when Hughes, an administrative assistant for State Treasurer John Perdue, saw a safe deposit box come into the state's unclaimed property...

Solid Waste Authority officials are unsure where the Civic Center’s recycling goes


Members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority aren't sure what happens to recycling collected at the Charleston Civic Center — but the arena’s general manager said recycling is happening there.


Recycling center taking bids for painting, paving


Charleston’s Slack Street recycling center may be in line for a major face lift.

Members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority voted Tuesday to accept bids to repaint the recycling facility and pave th...

Longtime Democratic party head looks back on a life of politics


Norris Light was 17 the first time he was asked to drive up and down Sharon Hollow Road on Election Day.

Light and a friend taped cardboard signs reading “Democrat car” to both sides of the vehicle an...

Containment trench overflows at Freedom site on Elk River


Inspectors for the state Department of Environmental Protection were called to the site of a potential spill Thursday night at the Freedom Industries site on the Elk River in Charleston.

According to a DEP press re...

Plants to contribute to special prosecutor fund


Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted to accept an offer from prosecutor Mark Plants’ office to help pay for a special prosecutor while Plants' office is barred from handling cases involving children or p...

Chainsaw artist to auction work for hospice facility


Chainsaw artist Darren Brake is putting his latest sculpture up for auction to help raise money for HospiceCare, a Charleston-based organization that provides end-of-life care to 16 West Virginia counties.


Hot rods roll into Charleston


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Kins and Maureen Wiltse got ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary earlier this year, they wouldn’t let their kids buy them an ocean cruise.

Instead, the Florida couple sai...

New deputy getting used to training regimen


After more than six weeks at the West Virginia State Police Academy, John Kiser is settling into the routine of training and classwork.

“This is what I want to do,” said Kiser, 24. “I felt call...

Bombers, gliders played a role in D-Day invasion, local veterans recall


Kemp McLaughlin was just getting back from a 30-day leave when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 in a massive invasion meant to end World War II in Europe.

McLaughlin, a major in...

Supreme Court rules computerized assessment data not exempt from FOIA


State and county tax officials must turn over computerized tax assessment data to the public or business owners, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The court overturned a January 2013 ruling in Kanawha County ...

New concealed weapons holders can skip federal background check


West Virginia residents getting a new concealed weapons permit will qualify for an exemption to the federal background check when they buy a gun from a licensed dealer.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a...

Dunbar holds grand opening for Shawnee Park


The water was fine Wednesday at Shawnee Park, even if it was a little chilly.

The pool, golf course and other activities at the facility were free, as the city of Dunbar held a grand opening celebration for the par...

Confiscated drug money to fund fill-in prosecutors


Kanawha County commissioners voted Tuesday to take drug forfeiture money in an account held by Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants to help pay for a court-ordered special prosecutor appointed to handle cases Plants and his ...

Should elder drivers undergo extra scrutiny?


On May 24, Auvil Whited of Nitro drove his Chevrolet Lumina through a lane that had been closed for construction on Interstate 77 near Charleston, jumped a bridge and ended up on a hillside.

Whited, 97, remained at...