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Two home invasion suspects have entered not guilty pleas. Terry Shamblin of Eskdale and Tonia Blount of Charleston are accused of breaking into a home in December 2012 and assaulting James Chapman and taking his wallet. The two pleaded not guilty this week to robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges. The trial is coming up at the end of June.
Next to health care, the most difficult item in the Kanawha County budget is housing prisoners at the South Central Regional Jail...that's according to County Commissioner Dave Hardy.
Hardy says Commissioners will study results of a forensic audit program used by Mercer and Cabell counties at tonight's meeting. And Hardy says they'll consider a proposal that Kanawha County do more and more auditing:
Hardy says right now it costs the county about 50-dollars a day to house a prisoner.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed his massive education reform bill into law yesterday during a ceremony at the capitol.
Tomblin says the education measure became a reality with hard work from a lot of people:
Tomblin said high school graduates must be ready to either enter the workforce or make a seamless transition into college or vocational school.
The MTV reality show Buckwild has turned out to be short lived. MTV says it's canceling the show after the accidental death of 21-year-old star Shain Gandee last week near Sissonville. Network spokesman Jake Urbanski confirmed the decision Wednesday. Gandee, an uncle and a friend were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning April 1 after Gandee's SUV got stuck in the mud near his home in Sissonville, and the tail pipe was submerged. Season one was filmed last year, mostly around Sissonville and Charleston and shooting of season two was under way when the decision to cancel it was made.
The Kanawha County school board made a move on Monday that could mean more students are able to attend a high school in the district. Board members lifted the ban on out-of-area transfers for George Washington High School after overcrowding put the ban in place. The reprieve will last at least the next year, and board members will evaluate at that point. Enrollment was closed at George Washington and John Adams Middle School last year, but some of the overcrowding issues have been fixed in the months since.
Assorted furniture and vehicles are among the items up for sale at a West Virginia state surplus property auction set for this weekend. The auction will be held Saturday at 2700 Charles Avenue in Dunbar. The Department of Administration says other items to be sold include a 2005 GMC Canyon, a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, as well as household furniture and office furniture. The items can be inspected Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the auction Saturday.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call Monday night in the Witcher Creek and U.S. Route 60 area, near Belle. Two men were carrying backpacks and the deputies saw the two operating a clandestine meth lab. 22-year old William Clifton Massey and 34-year old Robert Randall Meade, both of Belle, were arrested. The investigation led to another home on Witcher Creek Road, and a search turned up evidence of another meth lab. 39-year old Jody Lee Dawson and 20-year old Emerald Diana Massey, also of Belle were arrested there. The sheriff's office says all four were charged with attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory and conspiracy to operate a clandestine laboratory.
It was just practice on Tuesday, but it looked like the real thing. Police, EMS and SWAT teams took part in drills at Charleston's Yeager Airport, that helped them prepare for emergencies and practice emergency plans. Federal, state, county, and city agencies practiced the "what ifs" including hostage situations, active shooters, and threats that would require them to act quickly.
State Police said the suspect in the slaying of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum is up and moving around at a Huntington hospital. Sgt. Michael Baylous said Monday that Tennis Melvin Maynard is improving daily and expected to survive the gunshot wound inflicted by a deputy who chased him after last Wednesday's shooting. Still no official word on a possible motive for the shooting. Maynard's father said last week his son is mentally disturbed. Maynard is charged with first-degree murder and with attempted murder for allegedly aiming a weapon at the deputy.
A woman accused of robbing a bank last fall has pleaded guilty. 37-year old Jennifer Lee Garretson of Belle appeared in Kanawha County Circuit Court Monday and entered her plea, admitting she she walked into the City National Bank in Glasgow on October 2012, told the teller in a note she had a gun, and ran off when she got the money. Garretson pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree robbery, and said she did not have a gun. Sentencing is coming up in May.