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Spike Reported in Daytime Home Break-ins.

There's been a big spike in daytime home break-ins this summer in Gallia County. Sheriff Joe Browning says there have literally been dozens and dozens reported, most of them during the day when people are at work. The Sheriff says they have their eyes on a couple of suspects. He says it's always a big help when neighbors keep watch for each other and call police to report any unusual vehicles or people.

Sobriety Checkpoint Planned

A sobriety checkpoint is going to be conducted this Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am on Route 817 near Saint Albans. It will be conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Program. The Sheriff's office says Kanawha County has a zero tolerance policy for impaired driving.

Two Zip Codes to Change City Name

Following a survey by the US Postal Service, some addresses listed as Charleston will be changed to South Charleston. Mayor Frank Mullen says the zip codes in which the city name will be changed are 25303 and 25309.

Robber Beat Man With Bat

Police are looking for the robber who beat a Clay County man with a baseball bat outside of a restaurant early Thursday. 71 year old William Vineyard was attacked as he left the Jessie Sez restaurant in Maysel. The robber got away with about 10-thousand-dollars from the restaurant's poker machines,ATM and cash register. Police believe that the robber had cased the restaurant and was waiting for them to close and come outside with the money. The owner of the restaurant is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

Holes and Corrosion Led to MCHM Spill

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the Freedom Industries chmeical spill in January, according to federal investigators. The Chemical Safety Board also found that the leaky Freedom Industries tank wasn't the only shoddy one. Another Freedom tank that held the same spilled chemical had a similar hole in its floor. The board detailed three crude MCHM tanks with pitting, holes or other damage. The Chemical Safety Board says corrosion from water pooling inside the leaky tank likely caused the holes. The substances traveled through soil, gravel and water systems under the Freedom site before hitting the Elk River.

Two Suspects Sought After a Man Is Attacked With a Sword

State police are looking for two suspects after a man says he was tied up and attacked with a sword. It happened along Campbell's Creek Drive in eastern Kanawha County, and the man told WCHS TV he though he was going to be killed. He says the suspects tied him up with extension cords, and assaulted with a three to four foot sword. After about 45 minutes he was able to escape and run through the woods. The suspects were known to him, and he identified them as Ronald Coleman and Patricia Dilo and state police have warrants out for their arrest.

Lawmakers Announce Grants for Job Creation

Seven public-private regional councils in West Virginia will receive $70,000 grants apiece to produce economic development strategies that support creating jobs. The grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration were announced Tuesday by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall. The councils serve a total of 32 counties across the state.

Jobless Rate Drops

Unemployment in West Virginia fell slightly in June. WorkForce West Virginia says June's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from May. Employment gains were reported in mining and logging, construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. Declines were reported in government, educational and health services, financial activities and other services. The national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.1 percent.

Man Goes Without Food To Draw Attention to a Cause

A man is fasting to draw attention to a cause he cares about. Roland Micklem has been fasting as a way of taking a non-controversial stand against mountaintop removal. WCHS TV reports Micklem is hoping to bring the issue to the government's attention, but he doesn't consider it a protest. He plans to continue going without food as long as he is physically able to do so.

Volunteering Mentoring Group to Close This Summer

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia says it will close its offices at the end of the month because of funding cuts. The Morgantown-based organization pairs youth with adult mentors in Harrison, Marion and Monongalia counties. Its last day of operations will be July 31.The organization says in a news release that its operations are no longer feasible due to several funding cuts. It is encouraging adult volunteers to continue to find ways to mentor youth in their communities.

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