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Lawsuit Filed After Nicholas County Shootout

After a violent shootout Friday in Nicholas County, two families wasted no time filing a lawsuit against law enforcement officials, asking for compensation. Attorneys say the lawsuit was a last resort, and that none of the defendants named in the suit offered to clean up the bullets and damage from the gunfire. Defendants named in the suit include Nicholas County sheriff, West Virginia State Police, the Summersville and Richwood Police Departments and the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. 84-year old John Evans was killed in the gunfight at his home, and neighbors say their homes were also damaged.

Body Identified As That of Missing Putnam County Man

A body found Friday by a hunter in a wooded area of Putnam County has been positively identified as that of a man missing. The remains were identified as 23-year old Brian "Chris" Sexton, who was last seen Oct. 14. The cause of death was undetermined, pending toxicology tests. There is no evidence of physical trauma, violence or foul play, according to the State Medical Examiner's office. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Body of Missing Man Found in Woods in Scott Depot

An autopsy will confirm the identity today, but Putnam County deputies say a hunter found the body of Brian Sexton, who had been missing since October. The body was found Friday afternoon in the woods off of Interstate 64 in Scott Depot. Family members had asked for the public's help finding Sexton after he was last seen at a party in Scott Depot October 14th. Investigators don't suspect foul play, but local deputies along with FBI are continuing to investigate.

Michigan Man Arrested For Distributing Heroin in the Kanawha Valley

A Detroit man is facing charges after his arrest on Friday. The Kanawha County Sheriffs STOP team says it received a tip that a man from Detroit, Michigan was in the area distributing heroin. After an investigation, the man was identified as Denzell Lamarr Bunkley. Detectives got a search warrant for Bunkleys motel room, and as a result of the search several thousand dollars in cash was seized along with a quantity of Heroin. Bunkley was charged with possession with intent to deliver and was lodged at the South Central Regional Jail.

Marshalls Employee Arrested in Shoplifting Scheme

A Marshalls store employee was arrested Friday as part of an alleged shoplifting scheme. Charleston Police say Sandi Jean Maberry is the employee, and Donna Kaye Gandee was the customer caught in the scheme. Police say video footage shows Gandee and an unidentified man bringing merchandise to Maberry who would then pretend to ring up the items and place them in a bag and give the bag to Gandee and the unidentified man. Both women were arrested. They say the scheme ran from early November until Friday when they were arrested. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Several Accidents Reported Because of Slick Roads

Sunday morning's snow caused several accidents and caused cancellations, including many area church services. Accidents were reported along Corridor G, I-77 N near Leon Sullivan Way, DuPont Avenue near the DuPont plant and I-64 west of Institute. Two tractor trailers crashed on U.S. 35 Northbound near the I-64 interchange in Putnam County. There was also an accident just before Exit 11 heading west on I-64, among others. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

Former Sissonville Coach Passes Away

A former fixture on the sidelines of Sissonville High School football games has passed away. Larry Jones passed away Sunday at the age of 66, following a long battle with cancer. Jones coached the Indians from 1988-1997, and also coached wrestling and track and field. In fact, the walking track at the school is named in his honor.

Charleston Man Faces Vehicle Theft Charge

A Charleston man is in trouble with Dunbar police. 29-year old Christopher Andrew Radar is facing charges of grand and petit larceny, driving while license suspended or revoked and destruction of property, according to the criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Radar was pulled over by Dunbar police after reports that someone stole a vehicle that was running in the Go-Mart parking lot on 16th Street in Dunbar. The owner ran inside for something, and when he came out of the store his SUV was gone. Police caught up with Radar behind the wheel a short time later.

Former Fire Chief Arrested

After an internal investigation, a former fire chief has been arrested on an embezzlement charge, accused of improperly using a credit card. Larry Nunnery is a former assistant chief of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, and WCHS TV reports he admitted to making inappropriate purchases with the station's credit card. An internal audit flagged the purchases, and a follow-up investigation led to the arrest. Nunnery has been with the Madison Fire Department for more than twenty years. West Virginia State Police are leading the investigation.

Holiday Parade Set for Saturday in Charleston

Charleston's Christmas parade is coming up tomorrow. The city of Charleston says the floats and walkers will start lining up at 10am on Court Street and Washington Street East, and the parade itself will get underway at 11am. The parade route runs south on Court Street to Virginia Street, then east on Virginia to Capitol, continuing north on Capitol to Washington and then crossing Washington Street. Charleston Town Center will be judging the floats.

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