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Flood Insurance Rates Won't Increase

The Kanawha County Commission is happy with Congress. Commissioners said in a news release they've received calls from several concerned citizens worried about an increase in flood insurance rates because of the Biggert Waters Act of 2012. But earlier this week, Congress reached a bipartisan that would delay flood insurance rate hikes to give FEMA time to work on a feasibility and affordability study. The rate hike will be kept at bay for at least four years.

Miners Rally in DC

More than 5,000 people were part of yesterday's "Rally for the American Jobs" event in Washington, D.C. Miners attended, along with politicians, energy workers, and other supporters, to show support for the mining industry, according to a news release from the West Virginia Coal Association. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, head of the Congressional Coal Caucus, emceed the event. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Congressman Nick Rahall, Congressman David McKinley and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also attended.

Former UC Basketball Player Sentenced

Former University of Charleston basketball player, Quincy Washington, was sentenced Tuesday to two to 10 years in prison on two robbery charges. Prosecutors have said Washington and two other former basketball players, along with another man, robbed two men on Virginia Street last spring. The other three men charged in the case are set to be sentenced today.

Woman Accused of Hitting Trooper Enters Plea

State police said it was a shoplifting incident that led to another charge against Jennifer Garretson last December 31st. On Monday Garretson pleaded guilty to malicious wounding after being accused of hitting an off-duty state trooper with her car while she was fleeing the scene. Garretson was accused of shoplifiting from Goody's at the St. Albans Mall when an off-duty trooper tried to intervene. The Associated Press reports that Garretson faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 9.

Plea Entered in West Side Shooting

A man accused in a shooting at a West Side Convenience store has entered his plea. Antonio Collins appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to attempted murder, being a repeat offender, and malicious wounding. Josh Lawson was shot in the neck and his friend was also shot last April at a 7-Eleven on Charleston's West Side. Collins was arrested in Columbus and brought back to Charleston to face charges. He'll face 13 o 50 years in prison when he's sentenced.

School District Continues to Weigh Calendar Options

The Kanawha County school district is required to hold two public hearings as the move forward on setting a school calendar. The first has already been held, and there's another pending. Public comment is also happening on a new state policy that would give county boards of education more flexibility in adopting a school calendar each year, while at the same time requiring the county boards to actually provide students with 180 separate days of instruction. That policy takes effect next fall. The state Dept. of Education says the average number of instructional days in Kanawha County over the last five years is 178.8. The Kanawha County school board will consider all of that this fall, and will decide whether this fall's unusually early start of August 9th will happen again.

Alleged Car Burglars Arrested

A break in the investigation regarding recent car burglaries. Two people have been arrested, and court documents say Christopher Hall and Jacob Curry have broken into nearly a half-dozen cars recently near Brentwood and Norwood Roads in Charleston. Charleston police have also issued an arrest warrant for Logan Truman, and court document say he has confessed and found with several stolen items.

Mingo Judge Wants Suit Dismissed

Former Mingo County judge Michael Thornsbury is asking that a lawsuit against him be dismissed. The husband of his former secretary filed suit alleging malicious prosecution, wrongful imprisonment, and false arrest. Thornsbury is accused of having an affair with his secretary, and trying to frame her husband so he'd be out of the picture. The Charleston Gazette reports Thornsbury wants the lawsuit dismissed because a process server delivered the lawsuit to a house where Thornsbury no longer lives, and gave the lawsuit to Thornsbury's wife, who is divorcing him. Thornsbury has another court date coming up in January.

Extra Patrols Will Be Out on Halloween

Again this year Kanawha County Sheriff John Rutherford has authorized extra Halloween Patrols, and that means there will be 26 Deputies out on patrol from around 5:00p until needed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. These extra Deputies will be placed in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism, and they'll be in both marked and un-marked vehicles as well as on foot with strict orders of “Zero Tolerance” for would-be vandals. Captain Sean Crosier tells us those found breaking the law will be arrested.

In addition to the normal and Halloween Patrols we will be using grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program specifically for Drunk Driving Prevention. Consequently there will be an additional 3-5 Deputies searching for impaired drivers.

Permanent Drop Box for Prescription Drugs in Putnam County

Law enforcement agencies across West Virginia participated in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, and collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medication. Sites in Putman and Kanawaha Counties participated in the event, with a large share of the drugs collected in Putnam County. Putnam Sheriff Steve DeWeese says a permanent drop box is now available at the sheriff's office in Winfield. All of the drugs collected will be properly disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

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