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Investigations Continue Into Wet Weather Accidents

More now about an accident along Coal River Road Wednesday night. A vehicle went into the Coal River near the 6500 block in the Tornado area, and the Kanawha County sheriff's office says the 20-year old driver left the roadway and hit a tree, then went over the embankment and into the river. The driver kicked until she shattered the door’s window glass, then swam to the shore. She was treated at the hospital and is expected to be okay. Weather is believed to have been a factor in the crash. About ten minutes later a separate crash was reported in the Clendenin area along U.S. 119. The driver of a vehicle traveling north lost control of the vehicle and struck a southbound vehicle, and the driver of the southbound vehicle was killed. She has been identified as 53 year old Ramona Abbott of Walton. The accident is still under investigation.

Kanawha County May Sue Over Coonskin Park Trees

The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission may pursue legal action against a man accused of abusing his cleanup priveleges at Coonskin Park after the derecho in the summer of 2012. The Daily Mail reports the commission will consider whether to file a civil lawsuit against Russell Trucking and its owner, David Bowen, at their November meeting. Russell Trucking is accused of pulling 337 trees out of Coonskin Park's shelter area and damaging more than 20 others. The initial authorization was to cut 30 trees. A little fact checking helped he Kanawha County Commission discover that some of the lumber removed as then sold to a sawmill for $66,000.

Investigation Shows Sheriff Crum Was Being Investigated When He Died

More on alleged corruption in Mingo County...a federal search warrant says Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was being investigated by the FBI for laundering money by arranging to buy campaign signs with cash he got from a doctor convicted to running a pill mill; that according to the Charleston Gazette. The amount of cash was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The FBI was also investigating mail fraud allegations, and whether Crum sent in fake campaign disclosure forms by mail. There was also an investigation active over whether Crum possessed illegal drugs, and whether or not he was going to distribute them. Crum was shot and killed in his police cruiser in April, as he at lunch in the parking lot.

Former Firefighter Faces Battery Charges

A former Charleston firefighter is facing charges. Charleston police arrested 34-year old Keith Linville Hawk of Elkview and charged him with domestic battery, according to the criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Police say Hawk allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend and held her down at one point. There are previous battery charges against Hawk from two incidents earlier this year. Hawk was taken to the Western Regional Jail and bond is set at $25,000.

Woman Sought Over Forged Checks at Lowes

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is looking for someone they say issued forged checks. It happened on or about August 31, and CPL Brian Humphreys says a white woman went into the Lowe’s home improvement store at the Nitro Marketplace and purchased several items with forged checks. The checks were stolen from a vehicle the previous night. Anyone with information should contact Detective A. R. Crawford at 304-357-0560.

Missing Man Sought in Putnam County

Anyone with information on a missing Putnam County man should contact police. Putnam County deputies are looking for 23-year old Brian C. Sexton, whom they say was last seen Monday at about 10:15 p.m. near the power lines near Joyce Road in Scott Depot. He's described as a white male with blonde hair, about six-foot tall and 145 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light grey button up shirt, black jeans and tennis shoes. WCHS TV reports his shirt was discovered behind the Save-A-Lot Grocery Store along Route 33 in Scott Depot. If you have information, contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Department at 304-586-0214 or 911.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Moves Its Offices

The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau has voted to leave the Charleston Civic Center. Instead of housing offices at the Civic Center, the board voted to work out of offices the city owns at Appalachian Power Park. The nine employees will have more office space and a larger conference room, and they'll pay more each month for it. The CVB does plan to continue to market the Civic Center as a spot for conventions and conferences.

Former Meth House Catches Fire

Another former meth house burned this week in Sissonville. WCHS TV reports there are between 40 and 45 condemned meth houses in the county and that's only county unincorporated areas of the county. That's not including cities, like Nitro, where a fire broke out in a former meth house this week. The Sissonville fire also consumed a site where a meth lab had been found in April and had been condemned and boarded up since. WCHS TV also says the county was in the process of seeking a court order to tear down the house in Sissonville that burned on Tuesday night and had expected to demolish it within the next 45 days.

Warrant Sweep Nets 11 Arrests

A warrant sweep on Thursday netted several arrests for the Kanawha County Sheriff's office. Cpl BD Humphreys tells us there were 11 arrests for domestic violence and family court issues. The ages of those arrested ranged from 25 to 56, from Charleston, Nitro, Institute, St. Albans, and Clendenin, among others. The sheriff's office invites you to visit their website at to check the warrants and submit an anonymous tip on someone that will be forwarded to the proper deputies.

Tennis Maynard Trial is Rescheduled

The trial of a man accused of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been rescheduled for March. Tennis Maynard's trial had been set for Dec. 9. Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach told the Charleston Gazette that prosecutors believed they needed more time to review evidence and interview witnesses. The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office agreed to represent the state in the trial after former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks stepped down from the case in September. Sparks resigned last week after he was charged in federal court with conspiracy in an unrelated case. Maynard is accused of shooting Crum on April as the sheriff ate lunch in his car parked in downtown Williamson.

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