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Homeland Security Official Hospitalized

An investigation is underway to determine whether a state official's gunshot wound was accidental. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the training coordinator for the state Division of Homeland Security suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at his home Dons Drive outside Charleston Sunday afternoon. Deputies found Frank Kennedy with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso, and a handgun was found in the woods nearby. Kennedy is at CAMC General Hospital after surgery.

Five Arrested After Go-Mart Attack

Charleston police are investigating after a man was allegedly attacked Sunday night at the Bigley Avenue Go-Mart. The victim told police two men attacked him in the parking lot after asking him if he wanted to buy some marijuana. A woman was also involved, reportedly shooting the man with a stun gun. The victim was taken to the hospital, while five people face charges. Roland Brungard, Stephon Thomas, Chardene Cope, Lauren Watson and Juan Chapman were all arrested.

Wreck Kills Two Teens

Two teenagers associated with Riverside High School lost their lives Saturday in a crash in Marmet. Police says the accident happened in the 7800 block of Maccorkle Avenue around 9:45 p.m., and only one of three in the cars involved survived. State police say 18-year-old Mason Roush was driving a pickup southbound on Route 61 when he tried to pass a car, and hit another smaller pickup head-on in the northbound lanes. Roush and the teenager driving the second pickup both passed away. 16-year-old passenger with the second victim, Kirsten Young was taken to CAMC General with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. WCHS TV reports all three of the teens were either current students or recent graduates of Riverside High School.

Several Meth Arrests Reported in the Area

Charleston Police arrested Randolph Wilson Friday in the 900 block of Central Avenue Friday on meth charges. Officers said they found shake and bake meth lab in a two liter plastic bottle. Wilson was arrested and charged with attempting to operate a meth lab. In a separtate incident, police in Dunbar pulled over a car and found a bottle with meth making materials in it during a search. Elizabeth
Miller and Steven White were both arrested and charged with attempting to operate a meth lab.

1st Annual McTrooper Run A Success

Money raised through the McTrooper 5K on Saturday will go directly to support the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill kids. The goal is to build a brand new home in Charleston that will help kids and families across the area. About 300 runners were part of the event Saturday.

Logan Co. Meth Bust Leads to Six Arrests

A Logan County meth bust has six people facing charges. The arrested after police executed a search warrant at a home outside of Chapmanville on Stone Branch Bottom. In addition to prescription pills. police found meth-making materials and two clandestine labs.

Guards at WV At Work During Shutdown, But Not Paid

Prison guards in West Virginia are considered essential employees so they've been working despite the government shutdown. But they're not being paid until the shutdown ends, according to the American Federation of Government Employees in Beckley. The Daily Mail reports furloughed employees will eventually be paid since Congress voted Oct. 5 to give laid-off workers back pay once the shutdown ends. For those that need money right now, the correctional officers' credit union is offering members short-term, low-interest loans.

Shooting Near Rutledge Road Was Self-Inflicted

Detectives with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating the shooting of Frank Kennedy outside his home on Dons Drive, near Rutledge Road outside of Charleston. Detectives say Kennedy was taken from the scene with a gunshot wound to the torso, to Charleston Area Medical Center for surgery. The investigation revealed Kennedy suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Charleston Airport Gets Grant Funds

Eighteen West Virginia airports are getting more than $20 million in state and federal grants. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox announced the grants Wednesday. The West Virginia Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Commission allocated more than $2 million matching funds. The money is for infrastructure, safety and improvement projects. Yeager Airport received the biggest grant, more than $8 million in combined federal and state funding to remove obstructions.

Patriot Reaches Deal to Fund Retirement Benefits

Patriot Coal has reached a deal with Peabody Energy and Arch Coal to help fund future benefits for Patriot retirees. Patriot said in a press release that will clear the way for the company to finish out its financial reorganization by the end of the year. In a separate announcement, the Charleston Gazette reports United Mine Workers has reached "a global settlement" with Patriot and with Peabody that will provide more than $400 million to cover future health-care benefits for retirees affected by Patriot's bankruptcy. Under the deal with Knighthead Capital Management, Patriot will get $250 million in new capital for benefits.

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