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The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation arrested 51-year old Clay Culhane Counts of Charleston on Wednesday, charging him with fourteen counts of First Degree Sexual Assault, Use of a Minor in Filming Sexually Explicit Conduct, and Sexual Abuse by Parent, Guardian, or Custodian. Captain BC Robbins with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says Counts was initially arrested in September after officers discovered he was downloading and distributing child pornography. The most recent arrest was made after video tapes were located in Counts' home. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be added.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Kanawha Valley is looking for more volunteers, and held a rally Thursday evening to raise awareness. The organization says there are 75 children, mostly boys who are still in need of a Big Brother mentor. Last night's event at Smith Motor Cars in South Charleston also kicked off the Bowl for KIDS Sake Fundraiser set for January.
A Kanawha County teacher's aid has been arrested after police say she bought prescription pills off the street. Heather Lively was arrested after West Virginia State police say she got into a fight with a cashier at Magic Mart in Quincy. Lively is accused of assaulting the woman and throwing a pair of boots at the cashier. During the arrest, officers found illegal prescription drugs. Lively has been placed on administrative leave from Riverside High School.
The Smithers Volunteer Fire Department is open again after correcting some problems with insurance. After falling behind on it's payments, the department closed November 10th. It reopened Tuesday, and still has some training issues to address before it's in full compliance with the state. Fayette County Fire Coordinator Steve Cruikshank says the department also plans to revise its bylaws to ensure some public oversight. At least three members of its board will be citizens.
Veterans and current military members in West Virginia who want to share an opinion with lawmakers have until Friday to do it. A survey has been up since September,, and active military members and veterans in the Mountain State, along with members of the National Guard and Reserves are encouraged to take it. The survey results could lead to legislation in the next regular session that begins in mid-February. You can take the survey online at www.wvmilitarysurvey.com. The deadline is November 30th.
Longtime Massey Energy Division President David Hughart has been charged with a federal crime. Hughart, of Crab Orchard has been charged with conspiring to impede the Mine Safety and Health Administration and conspiring to violate mine health and safety laws, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's Office. He was charged in federal district court in Beckley on Tuesday. He is the highest-ranking official charged to date in an ongoing federal investigation. The investiation covers the years 2000 to 2010, and looks into whether illegal warnings were given about federal inspections, and whether workers concealed violations.
Kanawha County school system employees are collection donations at the Elkview bus terminal. The employees want the "Fill the Bus" project to bring in enough toys to help as many children as possible. You can Fill the Bus between 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release from organizers. You can also donate during the same hours Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. Toys, non-perishable food, clothing and monetary donations are appreciated.
West Virginia didn't win the Powerball. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona. The estimated jackpot rose to $579 million before the drawing, and the winning numbers were 5-16-22-23-29 and the Powerball was 6. The jackpot rolled over 16 times without a winner, and now there are two. The Powerball is played in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The $579 million jackpot is the biggest in the history of the Powerball, but the all-time U.S. record payout of $656 million was set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot that was split between three winners.
The man accused of murder Kathy Goble in 2010 was in court Wednesday. Charles March is accused of killing Goble, cutting up the body, and burying it in his backyard. The remains were not found until nearly two years later. Goble and March worked together at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. Kanawha County Judge Duke Bloom rejected a tentative plea agreement in the case and set a trial date for December 26th. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say March suffered injuries when he tried to commit suicide in jail. Prosecutors say March left behind a suicide note, claiming he loved his family and couldn't go to jail for a crime he didn't commit.
Putnam County Family Court Judge William Watkins came before the state Judicial Hearing Board Tuesday to address his past behavior in the courtroom. Watkins is facing seven charges for allegedly screaming and yelling at people in court, delaying rulings, and failng to enter domestic violence orders into the state's tracking system. The state Judicial Investigation Commission found in their investigation that Watkins violated the state Code of Judicial Conduct. Watkins has apologized and waits to learn what disciplinary action comes next.