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A UC athletic coach is moving on to take a different position. Mark Downey has resigned as the men's basketball coach at the University of Charleston and will move on to coach basketball at the University of West Alabama. The search for a new coach begins immediately.
Two people have entered pleas after a home invasion in Campbells Creek last year. Tonia Blount and Terry Shamblin pleaded guilty in connection with the violent home invasion, assault, and robbery of James Chapman at his home last year. After the pleas, the judge sentenced Blount to two years probation, with the condition of receiving drug treatment. Shamblin was sentenced to one to five years in prison. Their arrests came in December of last year.
Sheriff's deputies are still looking for two armed robbery suspects in Fayette County. The men are accused of robbing a Sunoco gas station early Saturday morning. The clerk told police that a white woman with short blonde hair and several tatoos on her arms, walked around in the store for a few minutes. Later, a black man with a handgun came in and demanded all the cash in the register -- threatening to kill the clerk. He's been described as perhaps having a large growth on his neck. The two may be driving a Ford Taurus. Anyone with information should call the Fayette County 911 Center or Crime Stoppers.
During a drug deal last week in Cross Lanes, one person sold grass clippings which the customers thought was marijuana. The customers later later tracked down that person on Rocky Lane and beat him, and since he's paralyzed from the waist down he was unable to defend himself. The attackers also stole prescription pills. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the suspects are 21-year old Robert Chastin McFadden of Cross Lanes, and 22-year old Joey Lee Ashworth of Scott Depot. Both have been arrested and charged with armed robbery. The sheriff's office says charges may be pursued against others involved in planning the attack.
A man wanted for questioning in North Carolina was found this week in Putnam County. 35-year old James Michael Burcham was pulled over by West Virginia State Police on Interstate 64 near the Hurricane exit, after his vehicle had been flagged by law enforcement in North Carolina. Burcham was wanted for questioning in connection to a death investigation. He'll be taken back to North Carolina.
A serious drunk driving accident in Roane County left one person dead and one severely injured early Thursday. Police have arrested the driver of the pickup truck that ran off W. Va. 36 and hit a house near Looneyville. 23-year-old Chaz Simmons of Spencer is charged with DUI causing death and DUI causing injury. Thirty-year-old Kelly Casto was killed and 38-year-old William Cottrell was severely injured, in serious condition at Charleston Area Medical Center. Police say Casto and Cottrell were asleep inside the house when the accident occurred. Simmons was treated for minor injuries and released.
Hunters can get permits now for two hunts later this year. The Division of Natural Resources says the antlerless deer hunts will be conducted at seven wildlife management areas, three state forests and in 10 counties. The hunts on public and private land will be held from Nov. 25 to Dec. 7, Dec. 19 to 21, and Dec. 28 to 31. A hunt from Oct. 24 to 26 is for private land only. A bear hunt without dogs will be offered by permit only on private land in 19 counties and will be held from Nov. 25 to Dec. 7. Applications are available on the DNR's website, at district offices and through licensed agents. The application deadline for either license is Aug. 19.
West Virginia's House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley announced changes Thursday that included Majority Leader Brent Boggs and Finance Chairman Harry Keith White exchanging their posts. Miley had been Judiciary chair when delegates elected him speaker last month. Miley has promoted Vice Chairman Tim Manchin to take over that major committee. The Democrats also hold a slim majority in the House, occupying just 54 of its 100 seats.
Two firefighters were injured battling a house fire in Marmet last night. The home that caught fire was on Route 94. The condition of the firefighters hasn't been released.
Swimming pools around Kanawha County are going to close early this year since school starts August 9th. Pools will stay open on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend, but the last day they'll be open during the week will be August 9th. That's pools across the county. It's also possible city pools in Charleston will close early as they lose lifeguards, but no final decision has been made.