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Tips Encouraged in Counterfeit Bill Cases

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating reports of counterfeit bills being passed on Monday. Deputy T.A. Fouch responded to the 7-11 store on Shadyside Road in the outskirts of St. Albans after store personnel reported receiving two fake $20 bills sometime during the day. Store managers are reviewing surveillance footage in an attempt to determine who passed the bills. The sheriff's office says so far this Christmas Season, there have been several counterfeit bills passed in Kanawha County, in no one particular area. Be on the lookout for suspicious currency, including $10’s, $20’s, $50’s and even $100’s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 357-0169. Anonymous tips can be submitted by phone at (304) 357-4693 or on the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office website at

Two Arrested After Police Chase

Two people are behind bars after leading West Virginia State Police on a high-speed car chase Tuesday afternoon. Court documents allege Glen Carpenter led troopers on a chase reaching speeds more than 100 miles per hour. It started on Sissonville Drive outside of Charleston. Police arrested Carpenter in Nitro after they say he ran after ditching his car and passenger. Carpenter's charges include fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot and driving with a revoked license due to two previous DUI convictions. Carpenter’s passenger Christa Collier also was arrested. For more news, go to

Local Union Collects Gifts For Kids

Hundreds of children in the Kanawha Valley will have a special Christmas thanks to a local union. Teamsters Local 175 delivered more than $17,000 in food and toys to the Children's Home Society at its Davis Child Center in Charleston after members donated goods during its December union meeting. A representative from the Teamsters Local 175 says they've also received support from others in the community, including Big Lots in Kanawha City and Save-A-Lot in Charleston. The Children's Home Society will have its annual distribution for children of all ages this Friday and Saturday. The Children's Home Society provides emergency youth shelters, foster care and adoption, as well as other programs to help children and families. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Interim Judge is the Lone Applicant For Permanent Job

The interim replacement for a Putnam County judge who resigned after being accused of misconduct is the only applicant for the permanent job. Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission member Kent Carper tells the Charleston Gazette that former Mason and Jackson County family court judge Deloris Nibert is the lone candidate. The commission will make a recommendation to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who will make the appointment. Nibert has been filling in for former Family Court Judge William Watkins since he took medical leave in January. In March, the state Supreme Court suspended Watkins until the end of his term in 2016. He resigned last month.

Mega Millions Jackpot Swells

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at around $586 million,and lottery officials said it could go even higher, surpassing last year's record $656 million jackpot. No one won the $425 million prize on Friday night. And officials Saturday raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing, the fourth-largest in U.S. history. Ticket sales are up by as much as 20 percent in states that reported their weekend numbers. Sales are expected to spike today. If there's no winner tonight, the jackpot will climb even higher for Friday's drawing.

Charleston Agency Fined For Environmental Violations

The Charleston Sanitary Board has been fined for several environmental violations at a municipal sewer rehabilitation site. The Charleston Gazette reports that documents from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection show the board was fined $12,510 for violations at project in South Hills that called for replacement of about seven miles of sewer lines and installation of plastic lining in about a mile of pipe. Violations included sediment discharge and runoff into a stream. Sanitary Board general manager Larry Roller says the contractor on the project reimbursed the board for the fines, and the problems have been corrected.

Charleston Is Closer To Receiving New Sales Tax Money

The city of Charleston is getting ready to receive the first disbursement from its new sales tax. The money goes to improvements at the Charleston Civic Center. During Monday night's City Council meeting, council members created the fund for the deposits and the first funds will be deposited in mid- to late February for revenue received in October, November and December. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to http://WSAZ.COM

Man Who Failed to Appear on Robbery Charge Arrested

A Kanawha County man was arrested Friday at a home in Fayette County for failing to appear in court. Officers arrested 33-year old Raymond Legg Jr. for not appearing in court on a felony charge after Fayette County deputies received information he was there. Legg had failed to appear in Kanawha County Circuit Court on an armed robbery charge. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Logan Basketball Coach Arrested

After a fight between players, a Logan County High School basketball coach is facing criminal charges. The brawl broke out Saturday night between players of Scott High School and Logan High School, and Champmanville police say Coach Mark Hatcher of Logan High School, tried to intervene. Hatcher is accused of pushing a police officer during the brawl and was arrested following the game. There were no injuries, but Hatcher is facing a battery on a police officer charge and also assault on a police officer.

Holiday School Schedule is Set

The Kanawha County School System announced Friday that the school schedule will go back to the original plan that was put in place for the holiday. On Thursday, the district had changed the schedule to make up for a snow day.But they've reversed that decision because of what they call "misinformation." This Thursday, there will be a two-hour early release. There is no school for students on Friday. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

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