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Flying high: Cancer survivor organizes event to honor veterans

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Betsy Murphy loves history, loves airplanes and loves dressing up.

So the two-time cancer survivor decided to organize a living history event to combine all three.

On Oct. 25, Murphy and her charitable organi...

Fate of Kanawha parks director still uncertain

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Members of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission want the board’s personnel committee to determine whether or not to discipline county parks director Jeff Hutchinson.

Commission members voted to...

Arrests made in connection with dump truck theft

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Ohio police have arrested two men who allegedly stole a dump truck near Sissonville Sunday, robbed a convenience store and then left the truck abandoned and burning.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheri...

Brothers accused of shooting bouncer to remain in jail

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Two brothers accused of pumping 12 bullets into a bouncer for kicking them out of a downtown Charleston bar will remain in jail, a Kanawha County circuit judge ruled this morning.

Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey refu...

Work begins on new bridge for Coonskin Park

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Contractors have begun work on the supports for a new bridge into Coonskin Park.

The $6.2 million bridge will cross the Elk River at Mink Shoals and allow state officials to close Coonskin Drive and improve securit...

Statewide test of alert system scheduled for Wednesday

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State and federal officials are conducting a statewide test of the Public Alert and Warning System on Wednesday.

“During an emergency, federal, state and local public safety officials must be able to provide...

Kanawha parks board to discuss fate of director

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The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission has amended the agenda for their Thursday meeting to discuss the fate of Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson.

Retired Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, parks commission chairman...

Loudendale sewer system feasible; now where’s the money?

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Jeff Blount didn’t come to be a community leader in Loudendale by being a pessimist.

That’s why Blount refuses to give up on a sewer project for the community that’s been talked about since 199...

Kanawha library supporters kick off election campaign

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Supporters of Kanawha County’s upcoming library levy vote kicked off an information campaign Friday with rallies at several area libraries.

The levy, on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election, would supp...

Tractor trailer wreck closes Interstate 79

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A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 79 was closed for hours Thursday after a tractor trailer carrying chemicals overturned in Braxton County.

A Braxton County emergency dispatcher said the truck wrecked about 4:30 p.m....

Seven arrested in raid on West Side bar

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Seven people were arrested Thursday night in a raid on a bar on Charleston’s West Side.

Cpl. Mark Petty of the Charleston Police Department said an officer was driving by the Park Place bar on Central Avenue...

Kanawha County Commission invests in police, fire and ambulance service

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On an evening when many Americans were recalling the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack that destroyed the Twin Towers, members of the Kanawha County Commission voted to invest in tools to help law enforcement officers, firefi...

St. Albans police identify man found dead in park

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St. Albans police have identified a man whose body was found in St. Albans City Park on Tuesday night.

Capt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department identified the victim as Micah Burdette, 20, of St. Albans...

Paving changes entrance at Slack Street recycling center

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Residents who want to drop off material at Charleston’s Slack Street recycling center will have to use a temporary entrance when paving begins at the site next week.

Additionally, drop-off hours will be rest...

Kanawha sheriff wants new software in police cars

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Sheriff Johnny Rutherford wants to put new computer software in sheriff’s cruisers and police cars throughout Kanawha County.

Rutherford said the $1 million project ...

Top Secret: WWII spy lives quiet life in Charles Town, W.Va.

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At 92, Fred Mayer still mows his girlfriend’s lawn and drives the Meals on Wheels van around his community in Charles Town. When his daughter, Claudette, comes to visit, Fred Mayer does all the work.

Fred Ma...

Charleston rapist gets up to 68 years behind bars

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A Charleston man who pleaded guilty to breaking into a woman’s home and raping her will spend up to 68 years in prison, Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ruled Friday.

Michael Salisbury, 30, of Pennsylvan...

Plastics 101: A guide to local recycling programs

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Because plastic takes up a lot of space but doesn’t weigh much, many recycling centers only accept the one or two types of plastic that bring in more money, and don’t want to fool with the rest. West Virgin...

Kanawha parks officials weigh fate of director

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Members of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission want to review transcripts from last month’s timber theft trial before deciding on the fate of Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson.

The parks board ta...

Tool-savvy tinkerer trying to get car ready for Labor Day

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Darren Husband is used to doing things at the last minute.

But Husband, a hopeless tinkerer who for fun builds bicycles, motorcycles and hot rods from scratch, is worried he may have cut his latest project a bit to...

County to hold public hearing on mine waste plan

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Kanawha County officials will have at least one public hearing on a plan to pipe mine waste from several coal mines in the Slaughters Creek area to a diffusion point on the Kanawha River.

Executives for several Pat...

In wake of leak, emergency plan reviewed

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While most of the emergency response to the Jan. 9 chemical leak went well, there were still some areas where changes might be made, officials said Tuesday.

About two dozen state, local and county officials from K...

No start date yet on repaving Slack Street recycling center

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Kanawha County solid waste officials say they don’t yet have a start date for a repaving project at the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston.

“I think we’re still a few weeks out from ge...

Police: SUV that crashed had IEDs, guns, pot, chickens

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Pennsylvania man was arrested Friday morning after the SUV he was driving — with live chickens and “altered fireworks” inside — ...

Parks commission may decide fate of director Hutchinson

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The president of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission said parks officials should review court transcripts of this week’s timber theft trial before deciding if disciplinary action should be taken aga...

Teenager’s sentence stands in West Side shooting case

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The teenager who drove the getaway car in the gang-style shooting of Tymel McKinney earlier this year will spend six years in jail, a Kanawha County circuit judge reaffirmed Thursday morning.

Naquil Sayles was 17 a...

Logger acquitted in Coonskin timber trial

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A Kanawha County jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday before finding logger David Russell Bowen not guilty of allegations that he stole timber from Coonskin Park.

“I’m glad that justice has been...

Defense to begin in Coonskin timber trial

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Defense attorneys will present their case Wednesday in the timber theft trial of logger David Russell Bowen, who is accused of stealing timber from Coonskin Park.

Kanawha County prosecutors finished questioning the...

Trial over timbering at Coonskin Park begins

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than two years after the derecho that splintered and felled trees throughout Coonskin Park, the trial for a man charged with cutting down numerous trees in the park began Monday.

Dav...

Kanawha provides seed money for English as Second Language program

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission agreed Thursday to provide $73,000 in seed money for West Virginia State University to create a program to teach English as a second language.

Commissioners Kent Carper, Dav...

Commission signs petition to remove prosecutor from office

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All three members of the Kanawha County Commission signed off on a petition Thursday to have Prosecutor Mark Plants removed from office.

Commissioners Kent Carper, Dave Hardy and Hoppy Shores signed the petition to...

Charleston P.D.: Woman stabbed boyfriend over heroin

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston woman is in jail after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in a dispute over drugs.

Sgt. Tony Hazelett of the Charleston Police Department said Alicia Dawn Bias, 26, and Charles...

Deputy: Coonskin Park logger recorded saying, ‘If I went too far, I’m guilty’

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A logger accused of stealing hundreds of trees from Coonskin Park last year told a Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy he might have overstepped his agreement to clean up storm damage at the park, according to testimo...

Former Ansted police chief suing city

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Ansted’s former police chief is suing the city, alleging he was wrongfully fired by Mayor Pete Hobbs.

Former Police Chief John L. Kiefer filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday morning in Fayette County Circuit Court,...

Safety officers to patrol as school resumes Monday

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County emergency services providers will be out in force next week to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention for the start of the school season.

“Our children will...

Residents warned of telephone scams

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St. Albans police are warning area residents about a telephone scam that has cropped up in the city three times over the past few days.

Scammers are calling elderly residents pretending to be a grandchild in troubl...

Security, patrols to be stepped up after assault near Power Park

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Charleston police are stepping up patrols around Appalachian Power Park, after a woman told police she was sexually assaulted after she left the ballpark late Tuesday.

“We’re taking it very seriously,...

Son of Supreme Court justice arrested after allegedly beating sister

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The son of Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman allegedly beat his sister and left her bleeding in a Kanawha City ditch late Tuesday.

Edward E. Gardner, 27, of Quarry Creek in Charleston, is charged with maliciou...

Interstate construction to take several months

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Drivers who use Interstates 77 and 79 north of Charleston for their daily commute will have to put up with delays and construction for several more months.

Several construction projects are either ongoing or in the...

Problems with digital radio network force Kanawha to keep using analog system

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Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies are reporting problems with a $40 million digital radio system that is supposed to allow emergency responders to talk to one another all over West Virginia.

“Itȁ...

Full animal shelter lowers adoption fees

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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

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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

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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

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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...