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Charleston police are investigating a New Year's Day shooting, and one suspect is in custody. 30-year old Michael Underwood of Beckley turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, after a 2 a.m. shooting in the 600 block of Virginia Street. A 23-year old Charleston man was injured in the shooting between the Ramada Inn in Charleston and Recovery Sports Grill. Underwood has already been arraigned, and was taken to the South Central Regional Jail.
A Fayette County man faces charges after allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend on Christmas Day, binding her hands and feet and dumping her at a mining site. The Register-Herald reports 36-year-old Larry Junior Nelson of Springdale turned himself in and is being held without bond on charges of domestic battery and kidnapping until he can appear in circuit court. Nelson's girlfriend told police that he hit her, tied her up and left her at a strip mine. She said she managed to free her legs and walk more than an hour through the woods on a 13 degree night for help.
A Kanawha County Commissioner has filed a complaint against a bar in Cross Lanes. Kent Carper filed a complaint with the state Fire Marshals Office this week against the Appetizers Restaurant and Lounge saying it's been over-capacity and doesn't have the proper fire exits There was a large brawl outside the bar December 26th involving about fifty people, and one man was shot in the leg. Carper is also renewing a complaint filed with the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration over licenses.
A business owner who was viciously attacked earlier this week in Charleston has been moved out of ICU and into a regular room at CAMC General. Jerry Smith is accused of attacking Betty Whiteley on Monday after she refused to give him money. It happened inside a business along Virginia Street on the city's West Side. Smith has been arrested. For more news, go to www.wsaz.com
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols on the road tonight and into the early morning hours tomorrow. Captain Sean Crosier tells us each of the 23 Deputies will be looking for impaired drivers as well as answering both emergency and non-emergency calls. If you'll be out, you're urged to utilize a designated driver, free cab service or stay put until becoming sober. The sheriff's office is also reminding party hosts and bars that serve alcoholic beverages to someone else, that there are legal responsibilities associated with serving the alcohol. Deputies will be practicing “Zero Tolerance” for impaired drivers.
The trial is underway for a mother, whom police say was found passed out on drugs with her little boy strapped in the back seat of her car. Jury selection in the case against Susan Adkins started Monday. She is charged with child neglect after driving last summer to an alley off McQueen Street in Charleston, where she injected herself with cocaine and passed out. It's not clear how long she was unresponsive before neighbors found her in the car, with her two-year-old son in the backseat. It was 85 degrees out that day and the child was locked in the car, with the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning wasn't on, but the child was okay. For more, go to www.wsaz.com.
A Kanawha County girl was laid to rest Monday after an accidental shooting. 10-year-old Payton McKenzie-Bea Thomas of Quick died three days before Christmas after a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot her in the chest and an arm. The funeral was held Monday in St. Albans.
With an increase in the number of drivers on the road and the risk of impaired drivers increaseing, police will be increasing their presence on the roads. There will be DUI checkpoints will be set up all over, and officers tell WSAZ TV that there are usually more disturbance calls related to drinking and partying on New Year's Eve, and they'll be prepared for that. C And H Taxi will be doing their intoxi-taxi program, offering free rides home. All you have to do is give them a call Tuesday night between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. These are only rides home and are only free for the first 15 miles. For more, go to www.WSAZ.com.
A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in West Virginia will be introduced during the upcoming legislative session. WSAZ.com reports Delegate Mike Manypenny will sponsor the bill. This is the fourth time he has introduced legislation to legalize medical marijuana, and says this time he has 18 to 20 delegates who are ready to sign on and support the proposal. The legislative session starts Jan. 8.
West Virginia is working to make signs on interstate and U.S. highway routes more legible and visible. During regular sign replacements, the Department of Transportation is installing signs that feature a font called Clearview. DOT spokeswoman Carrie Bly tells the Associated Press that the font, in general, is easier to read. So far, signs with the Clearview font have been installed along Interstate 77 north of Charleston and Interstate 64 in the Huntington area. The DOT began replacing signs along Interstate 70 in the Northern Panhandle this year. U.S. 50 is up next, followed by Interstate 79. States must request interim approval from the Federal Highway Administration to use the Clearview font.