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Kanwawha County Pools to Close Early This Summer

Swimming pools around Kanawha County are going to close early this year since school starts August 9th. Pools will stay open on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend, but the last day they'll be open during the week will be August 9th. That's pools across the county. It's also possible city pools in Charleston will close early as they lose lifeguards, but no final decision has been made.

Meth-Making Materials Found Inside Truck

The investigation continues after meth making materials were found inside a truck this week. Someone called police with a tip that meth was being made inside a home on Stuart Street on Charleston's West Side. Officers didn't find anything inside the home, but a truck that was parked nearby had meth-making materials. They towed the truck to continue the investigation, and they're still looking for the owner.

Police Look for Debit Card Thieves

Charleston Police are looking for two men they think used a stolen debit card to buy cigarettes and lottery tickets. The men were caught by store surveillance cameras at a Kanawha County covenience store, and detectives think the card was used at several other locations around the county as well. One suspect drives a maroon Nissan sedan, and the other suspect was a passenger. Anyone with information should contact Charleston police.

Two Arrested in Copper Theft Case

Charleston police made a bust this week in a copper theft case. 21-year old Brittany Renee Vandale and 22-year old Jerrith Edward Witt, both of Charleston, have been arrested and charged in the case. Police say they stole hundreds of pounds of copper from Charleston's East End. Officers think they stole several copper downspouts and copper piping all over the East End, and they could face additional charges of burglary and transfer and receiving stolen property.

No Injuries in Airgas Fire

Firefighters from Bancroft, Nitro and Poca responsded to a small fire at the Airgas plant in Putnam County yesterday. The blaze was put out quickly and there were no injuries, but the plant may still be on edge after a series of explosions in May. Two workers were injured then.

Coal Miner to Receive New Award

A West Virginia coal miner will be honored with a new award at an annual gala celebrating the occupation. "Rocket Boys" author Homer Hickam will present the "Homer Hickam Collier Award" to a working coal miner who epitomizes the spirit, dedication and skills of the mining profession. The new award is one of several to be given out at the 2013 Miner's Celebration. The gala is Oct. 3rd.

Charleston Switches Some City Vehicles to Propane

City leaders in Charleston this week decided to make a change in what powers its vehicles. The city council approved buying and installing four propane conversion kits and tanks to allow some of the city fleet to run on propane instead of gas. Grant money covers the cost...otherwise it would cost about $40,000. The changeover will happen in the next few weeks.

Bond Set for Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Kanawha Co. Woman

Bond has been set for Timothy Cobb, a man charged with sexual abuse of a woman earlier this year. A Kanawha Circuit Judge set Cobb's bond at 10 percent or $25,000 property or cash bond. In May, police said Cobb tricked a woman into getting his car and drove off, leaving her two friends behind. Cobb then allegedly sexually abused her in the parking lot of the South Charleston Rite Aid. The woman escaped by pretending she had to go to the bathroom, and a Rite Aid employee saw her running in the parking lot. Police said Cobb allegedly warned her that he would kill her if she said anything before he let her get out of the car.

Progress Made on Yeager Airport Project

Yeager Airport has a construction project going on that will remove a knoll in the Northgate/Coal Branch Heights area. The Charleston Gazette says work is nearing completion on the first phase of the project that will last for three-years and cost about $16 million. The knoll is in the path of planes leaving from Yeager Airport. Work to remove trees and brush from the area should be done by the end of the week, and then next week the construction committee will review bids for erosion control, storm water management, and other earth work.

Not Everyone in WV Owns a Computer

It seems like everyone owns a computer these days, but a new federal study says that's not the case in West Virginia. Here, about 35 percent of West Virginia households don't own a computer and that's the second-lowest rate in the nation. The study by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration also says West Virginia has the eighth-lowest Internet adoption rate. About 59 percent of West Virginia households subscribe to high-speed Internet. The national rate is 70 percent. West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council chairman Dan O'Hanlon told the Charleston Gazette that the state is working to expand high-speed Internet access across West Virginia.

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