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Two Kanawha County deputies were called to a home at 6154 Quick Road near Pinch Saturday around 5pm about a domestic dispute. Deputies saw a 45 year old man through a window who appeared to be trying to hide, but eventually he opened the front door and fired at the deputies, who returned the fire. The suspect, Lawrence Edward “Pete” Vaughn was killed, but neither deputy was hurt. The initial call said there was a violent altercation between the son and his mother, but she was not hurt. Cpl. BD Humphreys with the Sheriff's Office says family members at the scene indicated Vaughn had been violent with his mother before. A full investigation is underway.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is an honorary chairman of a new citizens' movement called "No Labels." It is made up of Democrats, Republicans and others, aimed at creating a bipartisanship in Congress. Manchin said on State of the Union on CNN this gives all parties a chance to sit down to have a meaningful conversation without labels. So far, 25 democratic and republican lawmakers have agreed to sign on to be problem solvers. The goal is to have 75 members.
After the body of 88-year old Grover Morrison was found inside his home along Stratton Street in Logan Tuesday, officers had been searching for the murder suspect. 37-year old John Edward Dempsey was considered to be armed and dangerous, and was located by officers Thursday night, but not before he may have killed again. State police say Dempsey attempted to invade the home of an elderly man in Taplin last night, but that man ran Dempsey off with a gun. He then went to a neighbor's home and stole a woman's car and led troopers on a short chase before he was shot and killed by officers. A man named Freddie Williams was murdered at his home Thursday night, and officers believe that murder is also connected to the crime spree. No word yet on a motive.
The search for the suspect continues in Logan County after the boyd of 88-year old Grover Morrison was found inside his home along Stratton Street Tuesday. He had been reported missing earlier that day. Police are looking for 37-year old John Edward Dempsey, who is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. Dempsey is considered to be armed and dangerous, and he could be in the Man area.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation arrested a woman Wednesday in connection with a burglary at 4030 Spencer Road, near Clendenin on New Year's Eve. Deputies say Alesha Goodwin is the fourth arrest related to the investigation of a a burglary where several items were taken including a Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Medal that belonged to the victim's daughter, who was killed in Iraq. Billy Woods Jr. and Paulette Dickey were arrested on January 4, and Marty Atwell was arrested earlier this week. Deputies say Goodwin and Atwell shared a home together, and items were seized there that belonged to the victims. Detectives hope to recover other items.
The Charleston Police Department is accepting applications for the 18th Charleston Citizens Police Academy course. Classes meet every Tuesday at 6pm, and run March 5th through April 30th. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background check. Those in class get an inside look at how the Police Department operates, and will be part of practical training exercises like police driving simulators, firearms instruction and an optional ride- along with a patrol officer. To apply, go to www.charlestonwvpolice.org
An arrest has been made related to a home invasion on Maryland Avenue in St. Albans Monday. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says Cody Hanson was arrested Wednesday after a short foot pursuit. Hanson has outstanding warrants for robbery, burglary, and wanton endangerment. Nick Trent Hanson has also been arrested and charged with the same offenses. The investigation continues, and anyone with information should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.
304-357-0169. Detective Crawford
The mayor and city clerk in Dunbar are getting raises, after the green light from the Dunbar City Council. Currently, the mayor makes $38,000 each year and with the raise that will move to $41,000. The city clerk will also get a $3000 raise. The increases will take effect after the city's election winners take their seats in July.
West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources is starting the new year by firing one of three officials on administrative leave. Department spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman says Assistant Secretary John Law will be dismissed Jan. 23. Law has been on administrative leave since July along with Deputy Secretary Susan Perry and general counsel Jennifer Taylor over disagreements about bids on a six-figure advertising contract. Law hasn't filed suit, but Perry and Taylor have filed separate whistleblower lawsuits. Law had been with the department since 2001.
Voters in Lincoln County will have the final over whether a new pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school will be built. The Lincoln County Board of Education has approved several options to buy 14 acres of land for a proposed school between Duval and Midway. Voters will decide whether the school becomes reality when they head to the polls Feb. 23.