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Middle schools seem to get the worst of it when it comes to bullying, with about half of the bullying taking place there. According to a new state report, 26 percent of bullying cases occur in high schools and 18 percent in elementary schools. The Department of Education report is based on data from the 2011-2012, the most recent available. It said schools reported more than 6,300 cases during the period in which students were disciplined for bullying, harassment and intimidation. The majority, in fact seventy-three percent of the students who were disciplined, were boys. The Charleston Gazette said state Schools Superintendent Jim Phares presented the report Tuesday to a legislative interim committee. He told lawmakers that the Department of Education is conducting professional development and special programs to address the problem.
Several Solid Waste Authorities in the area are getting grants from the Solid Waste Management Board. That includes 12-thousand dollars for Boone County, 6-thousand for Jackson County, more than 14-thousand for Kanawha County, and almost 13-thousand for Lincoln County. The funds are expected to go for tires and fuel in many cases, and in Kanawha County for educational materials and conference expenses.
Tuesday afternoon a taxi Driver from Huntington called Metro 911 to report being robbed. He said a passenger asked him to stop at the Eden’s Fork park-and-ride in Sissonville, near I-77, and the passenger acted as though he had a weapon although one was never seen, and left with $100.00 cash. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the suspect is a white male wearing blue jeans. He was not wearing a shirt, and has tattoos. He was last seen walking with a white female in a yellow shirt along Kanawha Two-Mile Road. Anyone with information may call 304-357-0169.
Kanawha County deputies are investigating a late night stabbing that happened Monday evening at a motel in Jefferson. 31-year old LaSalle Burnett had been drinking heavily, according to deputies, and was taken to a Charleston hospital. Meanwhile, 62-year old Willis McLemore of South Charleston and his daughter, 25-year old Amber McLemore of Nitro had called 911 dispatchers to report their involvement. Deputies learned Amber McLemore and Burnett have several children together. Amber McLemore said that Burnett was supposed to be looking after the children, "but instead took them to a bar where they played with a ball while he became inebriated," according to Corporal BD Humphreys. Amber McLemore told deputies that she and her father went to Burnett's apartment to pick the children up, when the two men got into an argument and that's when the stabbing happened, when Willis McElmore said he tried to defend himself. Deputies said no arrests have been made, and no one is currently pressing charges. But additional information will be taken.
West Virginia State Police officials say the agency needs more troopers, particularly minority officers. Lt. Reggie Patterson says the agency has 12 black male troopers, one black female trooper, 18 white female troopers, five Hispanic male troopers and one Hispanic female trooper. There are a total 698 troopers. State police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers says the agency needs an additional 275 troopers. Smithers and Patterson discussed the agency's staffing needs Monday during a legislative interim meeting, and said minority recruitment is a priority. Finding and retaining talent is a challenge because of money and other issues.
A Charleston worker had to be taken to the hospital Tuesday after being overcome by methamphetamine fumes while he was cutting brush. Police said the worker was in a lawn tractor, cutting brush along the road near Edgewood Country Club when his tractor apparently gouged a garbage bag full of meth materials that made him sick. The worker was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was being evaluated.
A man entered his plea Monday to a murder that happened 14 years ago. 41-year old Terry Clark was found dead along Route 119 outside of Walton, and it remained an unsolved mystery for many years. Daniel Turner submitted a DNA sample and it was a match. Turner had been serving time for a drug charge in Tennessee when he was indicted for Clark's murder. Prosecutors are recommending a 30-year prison sentence to run concurrently with Turner's drug sentence that expires in 2015. Sentencing is set for August 29th.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of check fraud after it was written at a grocery store in Cross Lanes. In the days following July 12th other forged checks were identified, and the sheriff's office says the account belonged to the victim and her mother, who had passed away. Detectives are working now to identify a suspect from surveillance video from a Go-Mart in Teays Valley, but they say the forged checks stretched across several counties. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Captain J. S. Bailes at 304-357-0169.
Investigators think an early morning house fire Monday on Charleston's west side was arson. The fire broke out around 4am on Stockton Street, and Charleston Firefighters say something came through a small window in the back of the home and that's what likely started the fire. The house had been boarded up by the city and was vacant at the time. Building Commissioner Tony Harmon told WSAZ.com the home was boarded up due to unsafe conditions, and the city has found people living inside of it a couple of times that weren't supposed to be there. The home will probably be torn down if the paperwork goes through. Anyone with information about the arson case should call the Arson Hotline at 800-233-FIRE (3473).
Concussions are a concern across sports, and high school and middle school coaches in West Virginia are being asked to watch out for them during the upcoming school year. The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is requiring head coaches for all sports to receive training on how to recognize concussions and how to deal with them. The training isn't limited to coaches. The SSAC is opening the course to anyone as part of an effort to educate school communities about concussions. SSAC executive director Gary Ray says that football is the focus of the effort. But he says concussions can occur in any sport. The SSAC also plans to collect monthly data on concussions from every school.