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Two Charleston Shootings May Be Linked

Charleston police have two people in custody after a drive-by shooting. Two men were arrested for the shooting on Red Oak Street, and detectives say it's related to another shooting early Tuesday in the city's west side. There is a person of interest in that case, but no arrests in the West Side shooting. At a Tuesday news conference police identified the person of interest as Levi Carter. No one died in the shootings, but there were at least two injured.

Man Arrested for Threats Against Sen. Mancin

A West Virginia man has been arrested on charges of making violent threats against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and his family. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that 49-year-old Steven Anthony Major of Barboursville was arrested Friday. In a criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Jason Bollinger says Major made multiple calls to Manchin's Washington, D.C., and Charleston offices from March 17-20. The complaint says Major identified himself in the calls and threatened Manchin and his wife and children. An FBI news release says Major faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Arson Investigation Underway in Fayette County

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people of interest after a fire in Oak Hill. Two women had severe burns when they were found, and one of them passed away. She's been identified as 28-year old Cheryl Ward of Oak Hill. 39-year old Jamie Castillo is still in critical condition. Arson investigators have been at the home, along with the state Fire Marshal's Office. Witnesses saw two men walking in the East Main Street Area near Gatewood Road in Oak Hill within an hour either way of midnight on Saturday night. Anyone who might have seen those men is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. One man is described to be in his twenties, and the other in his fifties.

Mayor Jones Reacts to New Gun Bill

In response to the Governor's signing of the gun bill that will allow firearms on city-owned property like rec centers, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has released a statement. The mayor has been opposed to the bill and now the law, and said the the statement the city expects to "proceed to Kanawha County Circuit Court to find out whether these recreation centers are, in fact, part of the Kanawha County School System." Mayor Jones says, "If we prevail, that would make carrying guns on the property a felony. If we do not prevail, We hope there will be no trouble at the recreation centers."

Two Detroit Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Kanawha County

A month long investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office STOP Team led to the arrest of two Detroit men Sunday night. The Kanawha Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed dual search warrants on the suspects’ apartments in the Big Eagle Apartment Complex in Jefferson and seized a large amount of cash from both apartments as well as a loaded pistol and approximately one ounce of Heroin from one of the apartments. 29-year old Keival L. Kelley and 38-year old Steven Walker are facing charges, and the sheriff's office says they are collaborating with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding potential federal charges against Walker, due to prior felony convictions.

Hearing Date Set On Freedom Industries President's Salary

Freedom Industries' president Gary Southern wants to get paid for work since January as the company moves through the bankruptcy process. The Associated Press reports Southern's motion to get paid will be considered in an April hearing. Court documents show Southern's salary since joining the company full-time in January is $230,000. There are previous reports that the company plans to file an objection, and those have to be filed by 5 p.m. March 28 and replies to these objections must be filed by 5 p.m. April 4. The bankruptcy judge will then hear the issue at a 1:30 p.m. April 18th.

State Police Add New Cadets

West Virginia state police have a class of cadets, that were part of a first-ever accelerated program. The 28 cadets were already part of law enforcement in some capacity. The new troopers were sworn in Monday morning at West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. Overall, there have been 64 classes of cadets with 3,500 troopers on patrol in the past century because of the program. The first order of duty for the new troopers will be field training.

Investigation Continues Into Elkview Woman's Death

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating Monday morning's fatal accident. 21-year old Ashley Whitehair of Elkview was killed just after getting off a KRT bus. It happened on Frame Road in Elkview, and she was hit by a pickup truck near the entrance to the Elk Crossings Apartment complex as the truck was headed east toward US Route 119. Deputies are looking into whether the bright horizon was a factor in the accident, and they're considering driver error, speed, mechanical faliure, and the environment.

Dunbar Bridge Closed Each Night This Week

Last night was the first night for the Dunbar Bridge closure, but the bridge will continue to be shut down at night through the week. The state Department of Transportation says the bridge will be closed each night for inspection from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through this Friday the 28th. Drivers may see the alerts via the electronic message boards that are up along U.S. 60 and Interstate 64.

Tracking System In The Works for Hazardous Materials

Kanawha County officials are creating a computer program to catalog hazardous materials storage sites that could threaten the county's waterways. C.W. Sigman is the county's deputy emergency services director and tells the Charleston Gazette that emergency services and Metro 911 officials are developing the computerized tracking system, which County Commissioner Dave Hardy requested in the aftermath of the January Elk River chemical spill. Hardy says officials need to be proactive in finding facilities that store hazardous materials. Sigman says there are several hundred in Kanawha County. Sigman says five water plants provide drinking water to Kanawha residents, and all are supplied by rivers.

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