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At a public meeting Monday night, several people spoke out about harvesting trees at a 4-H Camp in Sissonville. Kanawha County planners say the money from the tree harvest would help build a new pool in Sissonville, and that could take about three years. Most don't deny the need for a new pool since the last one at the camp closed five years ago, but they'd rather not cut down trees as a trade off. Kanawha County Commissioners will talk about it again at a meeting Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller leads the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, and says he's monitoring the investigation after the airplane crash at the San Francisco International Airport Saturday.
Rockefeller said in a statement that he is in touch with federal agencies about it, and his thoughts are with the passengers, crew and first responders on the scene. The flight from Seoul, South Korea crashed while landing and injured dozens, and killing at least two.
A shooting early Sunday is still under investigation. Charleston police think it was a drive by shooting on Charleston's West Side that left a 24-year old man with a gunshot wound to the arm. The man got himself to St. Francis Hospital and told police a car drove by him in the 2400 block of Washington Street West and started firing shots. Anybody with information on the shooting should call police...they're still not sure why the shooter opened fire.
A fight between neighbors Saturday in Nicholas County brought in police, and two of them ended up with gunshots wounds themselves. Police tried to intervene as 84-year old John Evans threatened with a gun, and one officer was hit in the leg, and another in the stomach and face. Both are expected to by okay. After a standoff that lasted about four hours, Evans eventually came out of his house with a weapon. Officers fired, and Evans was shot and killed. State Police said Evans had a medical history with health problems, but nothing further was released.
Charleston Police have an eye on the East End after several recent break-ins. It's not just homes that are being targeted, but cars too, and perhaps copper wiring in AC units. But basically, the thieves are grabbing anything they can. Charleston Police have increased patrols in the East End and continue to investigate several cases.
After a shooting outside a restaurant Sunday, two restaurant owners are facing charges. The shooting actually led to a search warrant, which clued in police to something illegal that was happening inside the restaurant. Emma Laughlin and Rodney Armstrong, the managers of Sylvia’s Sandwich Shop and Pool Tables, were arrested for the illegal sale of alcohol.
A daytime robbery in Institute Thursday sent a man to the hospital, and deputies say 21-year old Steven Humphries managed to get himself there despite being wounded. Officers were called to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston after Humphries said he had been shot in the 500 block of Curtis Lane in Institute after refusing to comply with a robber's demand. The investigation continues.
The courts were working on the 4th of July, and 29-year old Ronnie Lee Thomas Jr. was arraigned on drug charges. Thomas faces a felony charge for attempt to operate a clandestine drug lab, and distribution and/or possession within 1,000 feet of a public or private school. In this case it was two schools - Midland Trial Elementary school and Riverside High School. He was arrested in Diamond, off of U.S. Route 60. The criminal complaint says Thomas was carrying methamphetamine making materials on school grounds.
A man died this week a day after he was in a storm-related car accident. 33-year old Charles Slater of Scott Depot was driving a Range Rover SUV Tuesday on West Washington Street in Dunbar, and the SUV collided with a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Two others were injured, and Slater died Wednesday in the hospital. Deputies said the weather was a factor in other accidents around that time - about 6:30pm.
The American Civil Liberties Union is questioning a monument of the Ten Commandments installed on the Wyoming County Courthouse lawn. ACLU-West Virginia chapter staff attorney Sarah Rogers tells the Charleston Gazette that there are constitutional concerns. She says government property is being used to advocate one religion over another. County Commission president Jason Mullins said the monument was paid for and installed by a group of churches and business leaders. Mullins said the group didn't seek the county's permission to install the monument. But he says commissioners who saw the monument being installed didn't object. Mullins said the group wanted to address the county's drug problem and inspire others.