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A Charleston man was arraigned on attempted murder charges over the weekend, stemming from a shooting six months ago. Robert Smith was allegedly part of a shootout in March on Charleston's West Side in front of a Korean restaurant on Washington Street. Police said there were multiple shell casings. Smith was already facing charges for malicious wounding, wanton endangerment, and firearm possession. On Saturday, attempted murder was added. There is one other person charged in the shooting.
Shoppers on amazon.com will have to start paying sales tax in a week. Anyone in West Virginia who buys merchandise from amazon.com will have to pay a 6 percent state sales tax starting October 1st. The company is changing its policies to comply with a new West Virginia law passed in April by the legislature. The new law applies to out-of-state retailers that have "an office, distribution house, sales house, warehouse or other place of business in West Virginia." Amazon has a new distribution center in Huntington.
A threat to blow up the Walmart in Beckley has landed a man in jail. Police say 25-year old Travis Lee Persinger of Beckley is being charged with three counts of making false bomb threats after making the alleged threats at the Walmart on Eisenhower Drive earlier in September. Persinger was employed by the store, and reportedly told police he only made the threats because he was bored.
The US Attorneys Office on Thursday released documentation of corruption in Mingo County. Federal prosecutors say Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury conspired with a local prosecutor, county commissioner and the late Sheriff Eugene Crum to stop a confidential informant from giving the FBI information about his drug deals with the sheriff. Suspended Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury was charged Thursday with one count of conspiracy. Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks had recused himself from prosecting the Tennis Maynard case. Maynard is the man implicated in the shooting death of Sheriff Crum. Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden is also implicated in the latest filing by the US Attorneys Office, regarding the alleged corruption in Mingo County.
There was a robbery Tuesday at the McDonald’s on Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says it happened in the restroom. 23-year old Robert Marshall of Cross Lanes is the main suspect in the case, accused of grabbing a 27-year old man by the neck and grabbing cash from his pockets. A warrant has been issued for Marshall, and anyone who knows where he is asked to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Sen. Joe Manchin has made it clear he will vote against President Barack Obama's nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman. Manchin said this week on a conference call with the media that nominee Ron Binz's track record as head of Colorado Public Utilities shows he would focus too much on renewable resources. Manchin is on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and wants someone as chairman who would have a more comprehensive approach, and include coal and natural gas. Manchin's no-vote will likely be the one that spoils Binz's nomination.
The Kanawha County Adult Drug Court program graduated 7 people on Thursday. Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent D. Benjamin attended the 10th graduation ceremony for the drug court, and that makes more than 50 the number of graduates since the program began in May 2009. The drug court is one of 20 in the state. There are also 16 juvenile drug courts. Proponents of drug courts say they are much cheaper than incarcerating offenders and graduates are less likely to offend again.
At today's Kanawha County Commission meeting, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office will honor two employees for recently helping save lives. Sergeant Justin H. Thaxton prevented a woman from attempting suicide, and Tax Division Deputy Christine Shamblin assisted an interstate traveler who had received a life threatening bee sting until an ambulance arrived to take that person to the hospital. Sheriff John Rutherford will make a presentation at the meeting to honor the two.
Federal prosecutors filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Charleston requesting a plea hearing for Dave Baisden. A trial for Baisden had been set for October 21st, after Baisden allegedly demanded that Appalachian Tire sell him tires for his personal vehicle in 2009 at a discounted price that is available only for government vehicles. A plea hearing wasn't immediately set, but there are reports Baisden will plead guilty. Baisden is no longer Mingo County's purchasing agent, but he is still a county commissioner. The plea hearing request was first reported by The Charleston Gazette.
After the pre-trial hearing was cancelled earlier in the week, a new one has been set for Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury. The judge was indicted last month on federal charges of conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of his former secretary's husband. With no pending motions, a pre-trial hearing this week was cancelled, but a new one has been set for next Thursday, September 26th. Federal prosecutors accuse Thornsbury of plotting to plant drugs on the husband of his secretary, after she broke off an affair with him.