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One company's success has been noticed by a federal lawmaker. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is returning to the area this week to celebrate what he considers one of the signature achievements of his nearly 50-year career, the Toyota manufacturing plant in Buffalo. Rockefeller will join Toyota Motor Corp. chairman Shoichiro Toyoda and others in celebrating production of the 10 millionth unit on Wednesday afternoon. In March, Toyota announced a $45 million expansion of the Buffalo plant that will create 80 jobs, to bring the plant's total to about 1200 employees.
Charleston police have identified the fourth suspect in an April 21st robbery in downtown Charleston. Three University of Charleston basketball players are in custody and charged with robbery - Terrell Lipkins, Robert Dreher, and Quincy Washington not only face charges, they've also been evicted from UC residence halls and were removed from the basketball team. Now detectives are searching for 22-year old Timothy Schmachtenberger of Canton, Ohio. He's not a University of Charleston student, but police think he was with the three UC basketball players the night two men were attacked and robbed on a downtown Charleston street. Schmachtenberger may not be in Charleston or Canton, but when he's tracked down he'll face two counts of first-degree robbery.
That bomb scare last week outside the Charleston Marriot came after a homeless man abandoned his backpack, and police have said no charges will be filed. Detectives were able to track him down and question him, and apparently he left all of his belongings in the backpack and tried to hide it so he could come back for it later. There was a tupperware container in it with screws and nails inside, and that's what prompted the call to police.
An Elkview man has been arrested for touching a 14-year-old girl inappropriately. Deputies say there were three separate incidents that happened while the girl was sleeping at his home in Elkview, and Johnie Winnell is accused of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.
South Charleston police have arrested three people for breaking into a home that had been condemned for meth. The home on Forest Circle had been boarded up, and Mara Altizer, Michael Barned and Jesse Reed have all been arrested and charged with burglary for prying off a plywood windo. Altizer used to live there, according to police.
The Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission and Sheriff John Rutherford are beginning the Civil Service Testing process to pick candidates for Entry-Level Deputy Sheriff. It's a rigorous process, with the physical ability test getting things started this Saturday at West Virginia State University Lakin Field. The sheriff's office says they're expecting 180 applicants. Those who pass the physical ability test will move on to the written exam Saturday. Those that score at least 70% on that move onto the thorough background investigation phase, and then a polygraph examination. After that it's interviews and a psychological exam, and finally a medical examination.
Each candidate who meets all of the criteria will go before the Kanawha County Commission for the formal acceptance into the Sheriff’s Office.
The truancy crackdown continues. Ten parents in Kanawha County will have to pay fines and perform community service because their children didn't go to school. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom this week fined each parent $211 and placed them on 90 days of probation. The Charleston Daily Mail reports all 10 parents were charged with first-offense truancy after their children had more than five unexcused absences from school. The absences ranged from 10 to 41 days. If their children miss any more school, judge Bloom told them he wouldn't hesitate to send them to jail.
56 high school students were honored Thursday night for good grades and good character. US Attorney Booth Goodwin hosted the ceremony at the Culture Center, and named the students Ambassadors for Justice. The ceremony honored high school juniors selected for outstanding character and citizenship, after administrative officials at their schools nominated them.
The American Lung Association has removed the Charleston area from its list of the 25 worst U.S. metropolitan areas for year-round particle pollution. The association's annual State of the Air report released Wednesday shows the five-county area's short-term particle pollution levels dropped significantly since the 2012 report. The Charleston area ranked 17th worst in the nation last year for year-round particle pollution. The association also examined ozone levels. It found that Kanawha County had a total of eight days of high ozone levels, three more than in the previous report. But American Lung Association Mid-Atlantic CEO Deb Brown says Charleston's area quality is cleaner than when the first State of the Air report was released 14 years ago.
Two more University of Charleston basketball players are facing charges, connected with a robbery that happened downtown early Sunday morning on Virginia Street. Charleston Police arrested 20-year old Terrell Lipkins Tuesday night and charged him with two counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of fraud by use of a controlled access device. Charleston police say two other players - Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington -- will be charged with first degree robbery too, for the attack on Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison early Sunday. UC President Ed Welch says disciplinary action has been taken:
The two victims were injured in the attack where cash and a credit card were stolen. Then the men used the stolen credit card at a 7-Eleven.