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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 The criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court said Boddy’s driver’s license was revoked for driving under the influence.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.
If your water bill was incorrect recently, you are not alone. About 49,000 West Virginia American Water customers' monthly bills have been adjusted to correct billing errors. The company says the errors happened with the transition to a new billing software system back in May. Adjustments are coming on the next bill. About a thousand customers will see a new charge, because a surcharge paid to local governments was inadvertently left off.
Daivd Williams was arrested Monday after weekend vandalism of cars in South Charleston, and now there has been another arrest. Police said Jocelyn Melin is charged with misdemeanor destruction of property, and they think she slashed at least a couple of the tires in a string of vandalism to 33 vehicles. The vandalism stretched from Kentucky Street to Ohio Street near Thomas Memorial Hospital. Williams has also been connected to car vandalism that occurred last week.
A Charleston man ended up at the South Central Regional Jail after being charged with malicious wounding. Charleston police say 75-year old Thomas Lewis and 55-year old Richard Brannon were drinking together at a home on Red Oak Street on Charleston's West Side Sunday, when Lewis allegedly made a disparaging remark about Brannon's family. Brannon allegedly then stabbed Lewis and hit him over the head with the base of the knife. Lewis was taken to CAMC General Hospital. Brannon is facing a charge of felony malicious wounding.