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St. Patrick's Day is coming up Monday, and it will be a big weekend ahead of that on The East End. There are many activities planned for Saturday with the 3rd Annual East End St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. There will be food, live music, and scores of people celebrating on The East End from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to information on Charleston East End Main Street’s website. There will be five East End pubs participating near the intersection of Washington Street East and Elizabeth Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and four more pubs at the corner of Leon Sullivan Way and Lee Street from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Last year, almost 700 people registered and crawled around the streets of the East End and more are expected this year.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has rescheduled oral arguments and a moot court competition that were canceled because of a winter storm. The court had planned to hear four cases at the West Virginia University School of Law in Morgantown and judge the school's annual George C. Baker Cup competition on March 4. The events were canceled after a winter storm made road travel hazardous. The court says it will hear two of the cases on March 25 and two on March 26 in Charleston instead of Morgantown. The moot court competition also will be held in Charleston. It's set for March 26.
A 29-year old man from Hansford is charged with attempted burglary and violent crimes against the elderly after allegedly trying to break into a Kanawha County woman's home. An 81-year old woman reported someone trying to break into her home Monday, and the criminial complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court says he had a metal tire iron hidden in his clothes.
Organizers of the Taste of All Charleston festival have announced the date for their event this summer. Taste of All will happen Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Grand Hall. They're celebrating FestivALL's 10the anniversary with a Chef Off featuring some of the best culinary talent in the area, and an amateur cake competition too. A news release says chain restaurants and those outside the area will have to get approval, but any Charleston restaurants can apply. FestivALL as a whole, is 10 days long with 130 events and 360 performances.
Budget woes continue, and now the Kanawha County Library Board of Directors has voted in favor of putting an excess levy on the November ballot. The school board will have to chime in, but a $3 million excess levy could be before voters this fall. An excess levy was defeated last year. The library is also requesting over $4 million in funding from the city of Charleston and the Kanawha County Commission.
Sentencing is coming up in April for a man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with a robbery at a Rite Aid in the summer of 2012. The store in South Charleston initially reported a shoplifting incident, and when a clerk noticed a bottle of liquor being stolen the clerk tried to intervene, and was assulted. Dominque Sanders said the clerk was fighting with a woman and he left the store with a bottle of liquor. He'll face one to five years in prison when he's sentenced April 30.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Monday that the natural gas pipeline that ruptured in 2012 near Sissonville could have been prevented. The NTSB said the rupture was caused by external corrosion that could have been discovered by the pipeline operator, and added that it took ten minutes for the operator to realize it was a rupture, despite alerts that the pressure in the pipeline was starting to deteriorate. Three homes were destroyed and part of Interstate 77 was burned after the pipeline ruptured. More than an hour passed before the pipeline was shut down. . The NTSB issued three safety recommendations to the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation and one to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration as a result of the report.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that happened on Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes Monday morning. Depuites say a Buick SUV attempted to pass an uninvolved vehicle in a no-passing zone while driving toward Dunbar. A Ford Explorer was being driven by a 16 year old driver toward Cross Lanes, and the Buick hit the Ford head-on.
Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles until they were extricated by members of the Tyler Mountain Volunteer and Institute Volunteer Fire Departments, and taken to the hospital by Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority personnel with non-life threatening, but serious, injuries. Cpl B-D Humphreys says the driver of the Buick will likely face criminal charges.
A fugitive wanted in two states spent time in the South Central Regional Jail over the weekend. 42-year old John Barta was arrested after allegedly holding a man at knifepoint for two hours in the Knights Inn in Kanawha City. The victim told police he wanted to leave, but Barta wouldn't let him and held a knife to his throat. The victim eventually got away and was able to call 911 from his cellphone. Barta is facing kidnapping charges, and parole violations out of Virginia and Indiana.
Nitro voters headed to the polls over the weekend and okayed a special levy to increase taxes for supporting several public services. The 84 percent yes vote will give about $369,000 dollars each year for the city, and the money will go toward park improvements, street maintenance and repairs, street lights, police and fire wages, and the library. It's a 4-year levy that will go into effect July 1st. Property taxes will go up by less than a hundred dollars per year on a $100,000 house.