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West Virginia officials are promoting schools as a lucrative market for the state's farmers. State agriculture and education officials plan to start a statewide Farm to School initiative at a luncheon today featuring locally produced foods. Agriculture officials are working with local farmers to produce cold-weather crops and to ensure adequate meat production to meet school needs. Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says farmers have an untapped market in county school systems. Those school systems spend about $100 million each year feeding students. Most of that is spent on goods produced outside West Virginia.
A Boone County man is facing charges after the sheriff's office there says they found two meth labs. 50-year old Kenneth Lee Ball has been charged with two counts of operating a clandestine laboratory. An anonymous tip led deputies to a home on Robinson Lane outside Madison Wednesday evening, and a search of the property turned up the two meth labs. The meth may have been cooked there on a regular basis. Ball could face up to ten years in prison.
Cross Lanes Elementary school janitor Bruce Stanley is facing cahrges after possibly becoming upset over a Walmart gift card. According to police, Stanley told several employees in the school cafeteria he was upset after teachers got a Walmart gift card and he didn't. WSAZ.com reports Stanley told those employees that had he actually received a gift card he’d use the money to buy materials to make a gas bomb. Stanley made his first court appearance Thursday.
Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch will be the keynote speaker at a West Virginia State University leadership summit for high school students. The Upward Bound program's annual event is set for tomorrow, and will students and parents the opportunity to attend workshops on things like college prep and finding scholarships, and then Lynch speaks at the noon luncheon. Lynch was 19 when she was captured along with five others after the U.S. Army's 570th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Iraq in 2003. She was held for nine days before she was rescued. She's a West Viginia native who speaks to groups around the country about perseverance and overcoming obstacles.
The National Governors Association will hold its 2015 summer business meeting in West Virginia. West Virginia hasn't hosted the association's summer meeting since 1950. The association's vice chair, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, says in a news release that the meetings are an opportunity for governors to develop innovative and improved approaches to government.
A Charleston man is facing charges after police say he tossed a gun out the window of his car. Police say 42-year old Diarra Jermaine Boddy tried to walk away after stopping the car, but was handcuffed at that point. Fake crack cocaine was also found in his pocket. The criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court said Boddy’s driver’s license was revoked for driving under the influence. Police also discovered that he wasn't supposed to have a gun because of several felony convictions for drugs and domestic battery.
A second arrest has been made after an investigation into a theft at a gas station in Cross Lanes. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says Tyler Williams was arrested Wednesday and charged with breaking and entering after stealing four bank bags from the Go-Mart in Cross Lanes. Gay Washington is also facing charges in the case.
Investigators are working to determine whether a Putnam County bank robber is a serial bank robber. He's been dubbed the I-55 Bandit, described as a man in his early twenties, about 6' 3" tall with blonde hair. The FBI thinks he may have robbed other banks in the St. Louis area on I-55, and also the Huntington Bank on Great Teays Boulevard in Teays Valley on July 30th. There could be as many as ten bank robberies or attempted robberies in states including West Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, and Tennessee. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Former University of Charleston basketball player, Terrell Lipkins, has pleaded guilty to robbery and credit card theft. Lipkins is one of four men accused in a violent attack and robbery of Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison in April. Sentencing is set for October 30th.
The Lincoln County school board could face heft tax penalties because of deficiencies in the county's tax assessments. Assessor Josh Brumfield told the Charleston Gazette that the county's previous administration didn't comply with a 2007 state law which requires counties to bring their tax assessments up to 90 percent of properties' market value. The law includes penalties against county school boards if assessors don't meet the 90 percent target. Brumfield said Lincoln County's assessments are at an average of about 51 percent of market value. That may mean a tax penalty of more than $875,000.