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Protestor Arrested Near Governor's Mansion

Police arrested a protestor Wednesday who is linked to the Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival Group, or RAMPS. David Baghdadi was arrested for trespassing and obstruction after he chained himself to a barrel of dirty water a few steps away from the governor's mansion at the State Capitol. The group says it was trying to draw attention to inadequate water supplies and poor water quality in places.

Nitro Meth Bust Leads to Two Arrests

Two people are facing charges after a meth bust in Nitro earlier this week. A tip came in about possible drug activity at an apartment complex on Tidd Lane, and after getting consent to search, officers found 25,000 grams of pseduphedrine, over an ounce of meth, $3,600 in cash, scales, meth making materials, several tv monitors and surveillance cameras. 37-year old Duane Dunlap and 35-year old Carole Anne Demersman were arrested on several drug-related charges, and also exposure of children to meth since there were two kids present under the age of 8.

City of Charleston Plans Family Events for Dogs

“Pamper Your Dog Day,” is coming up in September at North Charleston Dog Park at 2009 Seventh Ave. If you have a pet you'll be able to bring it out for a free wash and brush, and the toenails will be clipped too. You don't pay anything thanks to the city of Charleston Parks and Rec Department. They'll alos hold a “Dog Day on the Island” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Magic Island. Local veterinarians and trainers will help with dog behavior and agility that day.

WV Lawmakers Ready to Learn from North Dakota on Gas Revenue

State lawmakers from West Virginia are coming to North Dakota to learn more about the state's savings account for oil and gas taxes. North Dakota's Legacy Fund gets 30 percent of the state's oil and gas tax collections. It topped $1.3 billion in assets last month. None of the money can be spent until 2017, and only then if the Legislature decides by a two-thirds vote to dip into the fund. West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler is leading the 17-member delegation as natural gas production increases here. Kessler wants lawmakers to set aside tax revenue similar to what is being done in North Dakota. About a dozen North Dakota lawmakers are slated to host the West Virginia delegation on Thursday in Bismarck.

South Hills Addresses Recent Crime

After at least five home burglaries in Charleston's South Hills area in recent months, and car vandalism too, neighbors want to know how to protect themselves. At a meeting last night, police offered tips like putting newspaper subscriptions on hold when out of town so they don't pile up outside. And perhaps don't mention your vacation on Facebook. One teen has been arrested in a car vandalism case.

Students Back After Water Main Break Near School

School is on as scheduled today at Pratt Elementary in eastern Kanawha County. The school was closed mid-morning Monday because of a water main break near the school, but that won't keep students away today. You may remember earlier this summer, Pratt residents voted to sell their town's water system to West Virginia American Water.

Hurricane Man Accused of Stealing Fuel

A Hurricane man entered a guilty plea Monday for stealing diesel fuel. 42-year old Matthew Todd Brock pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for his role in taking thousands of dollars worth of diesel fuel from a military facility in Putnam County, or theft of government property as U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin put it in a news release. Brock was hired three years ago as the program manager for the Naval Special Warfare Command program in Red House, and used the card to put fuel in his personal vehicle and family members' vehicles, according to the release. He's also accused of stealing diesel fuel and selling it for $1 per gallon. Brock faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine when he is sentenced on Nov. 18.

Mental Health Conference Planned for Charleston

Behavioral health professionals across West Virginia will gather in Charleston next month to share their best practices and form partnerships. The Integrated Behavioral Health Conference is scheduled for Sept. 17-19 at the Charleston Civic Center. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says it will be the state's first such conference. The conference will offer nearly 100 sessions on topics including drug diversion, integration and collaborative care, inclusion, evidence-based programs and practices, stigma reduction and behavioral health awareness.

911 Center Plans Upgrade Wednesday

Metro 911 plans to upgrade its phone system tomorrow between 5 and 6am. The Kanawha County 911 center is replacing a system that's 8 years old, with a new system that is expected to reduce emergency response times, and help dispatchers record calls more efficiently. No service interruption is expected during the upgade tomorrow.

Water Quality Data Compiled for New Report

State regulators are compiling lake and stream water quality data for a report required by the Clean Water Act. The Department of Environmental Protection submits the report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency every two years. It includes a list of impaired waters that don't meet water quality standards. Anyone who has collected water quality data in West Virginia from July 1, 2008, through June 30 can submit it to the DEP for the new report. Oct. 18 is the deadline to submit data.

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