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A correctional officer at the U.S. Penitentiary at Hazelton was stabbed by an inmate over the weekend. A union official with the American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prisons said Officer Timothy Norris was stabbed with a homemade metal weapon on Saturday and he was taken to a hospital in Morgantown. The union president said he is expected to survive. The inmate was serving a sentence for robbery and faces a murder charge stemming from another incident.
A fire at the Kanawha State Forest over the weekend didn't threat any homes and was quickly contained by fire crews, but the brush fire did consume nearly 25 acres. The latest reports show the fire started in a man's back yard, as he was trying to burn a small pile of brush.
Boldly painted rain barrels are going up in the East End to promote upcoming rain barrel workshops. The Charleston Stormwater Management program has four workshops coming up to help you catch and collect rainwater, and the first is scheduled for April 21 at the East End Bazaar. The rainwater collection is part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to cut water pollution that ends up in rivers. Homeowners will learn how to catch the rainwater and save it for use in gardens, at the upcoming workshops.
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More information has been released about the memorial services for Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was shot and killed Wednesday. Visitation will start at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mingo Central High School. His funeral will take place at the school on 1 p.m. Sunday. Crum was shot and killed outside the courthouse Wednesday, as he sat in a marked car eating lunch.
Tennis Melvin Maynard has officially been charged in the murder of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. Maynard has been charged with first-degree murder in Crum's death, and also faces an attempted first degree murder charge for the confrontation with a deputy after that. The investigation continues into the motive for the shooting.
The Charleston Civic Center this weekend is hosting the West Virginia Home Show. That means everything from countertops and flooring, to landscaping and pools will be featured. It's sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston, and the hours today are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., then 10 to 9 Saturday and Noon to 5 Sunday.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for the man who tried to rob the 7-11 Store in Hernshaw early Thursday morning. As the clerk opened the cash drawer to as part of the transaction, the man demanded all of the money. The clerk refused, and the man took off running west toward Len’s Creek Road. He may have jumped into a white or tan older model Buick car. He's described as a white male in his 30’s, with a scruffy beard and was wearing a hood at the time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and speak with Deputy B.L. Adams.
Around 3:15 this morning, a woman crashed her car into a church building in Rutledge. The woman died as a result, and the Freewill Baptist Church sustained some damage. More details are expected today.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies made a second arrest this week related to a Pinch home invasion. Detectives arrested 21-year old Casey Michael Givens of Elkview, related to home invasion robberies in Pinch from February 28th. Givens is the second person charged in that case. The co-defendant, Aaron Chapman, was charged last month. Givens was charged with first degree robbery, attempted first degree robbery, and two counts of nighttime burglary after turning himself at Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office headquarters early Wednesday morning.
The entire courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot outside the building. Sheriff Crum was shot just after noon, and died shortly after that. West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous told media outlets including ABC national news, that witnesses described a man walking up to the sheriff's vehicle and firing two shots inside as he ate lunch, then calmly walked to his tan Ford Ranger pickup and drove away. The suspect has been identified as 37-year old Tennis Melvin Maynard, and he was wounded in a shootout with police.