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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Kanawha provides seed money for English as Second Language program


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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...