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Charleston Police Investigate Possible Kidnapping

A 20-year old woman in Charleston may have been kidnapped last night, and Charleston Police are investigating. Officers say the women told someone at the Jet Stop Marathon Gas Station in the 800 block of Greenbrier Street that she'd been kidnapped, and then a man came out of the store and drove off with her in the car. It was a newer model brown or copper colored sedan with license plates IOU 660. The driver is described as 5'7" tall white male. He was wearing a black ball cap, a blue button-up shirt and black dress pants. Charleston police are checking surveillance video and sending out national alerts. If you have information, call 911.

During Heavy Delivery Time of Year, Package is Swiped from Local Porch

A couple that had been out of town returned to their home on Twin Lakes Drive in Cross Lanes Sunday to discover that a package that had been delivered was missing. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says security cameras caught a white female with medium length blonde hair stealing the packages and a wreath from the front door of the home. She drove a dark colored BMW. Deputies are investigating and are accepting tips at http://www.kanawhasheriff.us/law-enforcement/tips/, or by phone at 304-357-0169. The victim also posted the surveillance video on Facebook.

Kanawha County Mother Found Safe

Kanawha County deputies had been looking for 20-year old Nikki Morgan, who hadn't been seen for nearly a month. She was last seen at Kroger's on the west side of Charleston, and she left in a vehicle while her parents were buying groceries, but after a public appeal for help finding her, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says she has been found safe. She has a toddler son that turns two next week.

Man Sentenced After Stabbing At A High School Football Game

A Randolph County man has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of another person outside a high school stadium before a football game. Nineteen-year-old Thomas Chevy Vas of Dailey pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday, a day after jury selection began in Randolph County Circuit Court. A judge accepted the guilty plea and sentenced him. Vas had been charged with felony murder in the October 2012 stabbing of 17-year-old Dustin White after a stabbing outside Tygarts Valley High School's stadium about 20 minutes before a football game between Tygarts Valley and Hundred High School. Vas and White both were Tygarts Valley students.

Dunbar To Vote Soon on A New Cat Ordinance

City leaders in Dunbar will soon decide what to do about stray cats. Under a new policy proposal, stray cats in Dunbar would be spayed or neutered and returned to the streets. The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association would do the surgery on the cats and also give them a rabies vaccination under the program. The Dunbar City Council will give the ordinance a second reading and vote at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting.

Investigation Continues After Cruiser Crashes Into Townhouse

A Kanawha County cruiser on its way to another call crashed into a townhouse Sunday night on Greenbrier Street. The deputy has been identified as Sgt. Shawn Layne who was on his way to a domestic violence call on Rutledge Road when he left the roadway and crashed through a gate and garage of the townhouse. It happened at Hemingway Place and 61-year-old Sammy Lynn Gee was inside the townhouse who became trapped with the accident. The injuries were not life-threatening, but both were taken to CAMC General. The Charleston police department is investigating the accident.

Gas Tax Changes Expected To Save Drivers Millions

Motorists will get a break on gasoline prices in West Virginia thanks to an annual tax recalculation. Beginning Jan. 1, the state's tax for conventional motor fuels will drop about a penny per gallon from 35.7 cents to 34.6 cents. Deputy revenue secretary Mark Muchow tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the decrease will save motorists more than $15 million compared to what they are paying this year. The state Tax Department is required by law to recalculate the average wholesale price of motor fuels in the state every year. Conventional motor fuels include gasoline, kerosene and diesel. The variable tax is one of the state gas tax's three components. The tax also includes a flat state rate and a flat federal tax.

Candidates Urged To Campaign Against Mayor

Fred Joseph, chairman of the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee, wants other candidates to campaign for mayor. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones announced last month he'll run for a 4th term and Joseph tells the Charleston Gazette he’s actively recruiting candidates to run against Jones, because of what he says has been Jones’ support of a Democratic congressional candidate and also support of the city’s user fee. Monday was the first day to file for a place on the city ballot, and the deadline is December 12th.

Statue That's Popping Up Across The Country Comes To Charleston

There's a particular statue that has been popping up across the country, and Charleston has one now too. It's a bronze statue of a man who looks to be homeless on a park bench on Washington Street in downtown Charleston, across the street from the post office. When you look closer you'll see it's a representation of Jesus, and the Charleston Gazette reports a donor gave the money to buy the sculpture. The paper also says Charleston is the fifth American city and the eighth worldwide to get one of the statues, first cast in 2012 by the Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz.

Home Rule Cities Ask For Sales Tax Implementation

Several cities participating in West Virginia's home rule program are seeking approval to impose sales taxes. The tax proposals and other requests will be considered by the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board today during a meeting in Fairmont. The Exponent Telegram reports that Charles Town, Martinsburg, Nitro, Parkersburg, Ranson and Vienna have proposed enacting sales taxes. Wheeling wants permission to increase its existing sales tax. Wheeling is one of the four charter home rule cities. The other cities were accepted into the program in October.Board chairman Patsy Trecost says she expects the proposals will be approved, as long as the cities have taken certain steps like public hearings.

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