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Mitt Romney easily carried West Virginia, and in fact the race here was called as soon as the polls closed based on data from exit polls. Approval ratings for Barack Obama's presidency have been low since his administration's environmental regulations hit the coal industry - an important part of the West Virginia economy. Even though just over half of registered voters in West Virginia are Democrats, Republican Mitt Romney carried the state. Obama also lost West Virginia in 2008.
A Charleston firefighter is awaiting court dates after his arrest Saturday for driving while intoxicated. Grant Kelly Gunnoe has also been charged with fleeing and obstructing an officer. A police news release says officers pursued Gunnoe for about three miles before pulling him over in Winfield Saturday evening. When he wouldn't get out of his vehicle, officers had to remove him at gunpoint. Gunnoe's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. The Daily Mail reports Gunnoe will not be suspended, and will continue to report to work as a firefighter. The Fire Chief Chuck Overstreet says he's innocent until proven guilty.
A Utah man has been sentenced for his role in a scheme that involved the sale of property in a Hurricane subdivision at inflated prices. Raymond Morris of South Weber, Utah, had his sentencing hearing postponed last week because of Hurricane Sandy, and it was rescheduled for Monday in federal court in Charleston. Morris will spend our years and nine months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar scheme. Federal prosecutors said six defendants were sentenced in the scheme that skimmed nearly $2 million in equity from defrauded lenders in less than two years.
A statewide event aims to bring veterans together with high school students. Across West Virginia, more than a dozen high schools are holding Take a Veteran to School Day. Journalism students are also taking the time to interview veterans and archive their stories in the Library of Congress. Veteran's Day is this Sunday.
The Kanawha County Metro 911 Center is being staffed now with new dispatchers. You would work 12-hour shifts and have every other weekend off. To apply or find out more information, go to www.metro911.org. Applicants have to be 18 or over and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
At Monday night's city council meeting, Charleston City Council members approved a settlement for a woman who sued the city, claiming a Charleston Police SWAT officer kicked her repeatedly and fractured several of her ribs during a 2010 raid. Council members approved $48,000 for Ludie Perdue. Search warrants had been issued for Perdue's sons on charges of entering without breaking and also on receiving and transferring stolen goods and they were the primary target of the raid, but there was also a search warrant for Ludie Perdue for receiving or transferring stolen goods.
A 54-year-old Beckley man was shot and killed Sunday on Cohen Street. The Raleigh County Sheriff's office says three people got their vehicle stuck in his yard and a confrontation ensued. 54-year old Danny Kennedy was shot once and died at an area hospital. 22-year old Dominic Paige of Beckley is facing first-degree murder charges and is currently being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail. Officers are still looking for a juvenile and Antonio Wade, both of the Beckley.
Early on Friday - at 1:10am according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's office - Scott Thaxton of Big Chimney was walking alongside US 119 north Elk River Road in Mink Shoals when he was struck by a car traveling north. The Sheriff's office says Thaxton suffered minor injuries to his arm and the car kept going. Witnesses described the car as an older model "muscle car" possibly a Chevrolet Chevelle dark (black) with white racing stripes from the front end to the back. The car should have damage to the passenger side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. You can remain anonymous.
A man has been formally charged in connection with a recent standoff. 34-year old John Richard Banks. Jr. was charged with a felony count of false reports concerning bombs or other explosive devices after allegedly threatening his father and others with a grenade on Patrick Street in Charleston. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad examined the grenade and it wasn't harmful, but the threat sent Banks to the South Central Regional Jail.
A Hurricane man is facing a felony charge after allegedly admitting that he created fake vehicle inspection and registration stickers. The Charleston Gazette reports 42-year old Brian C. "Chris" Dickerson was arrested after a State Police trooper saw a fake motor vehicle inspection sticker on his SUV in the parking lot of the Putnam County Courthouse. Dickerson admitted to making the registration sticker on his home computer. Dickerson is editor of the West Virginia Record, a free weekly paper that reports on lawsuits and legal matters.