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Early on Friday - at 1:10am according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's office - Scott Thaxton of Big Chimney was walking alongside US 119 north Elk River Road in Mink Shoals when he was struck by a car traveling north. The Sheriff's office says Thaxton suffered minor injuries to his arm and the car kept going. Witnesses described the car as an older model "muscle car" possibly a Chevrolet Chevelle dark (black) with white racing stripes from the front end to the back. The car should have damage to the passenger side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. You can remain anonymous.
A man has been formally charged in connection with a recent standoff. 34-year old John Richard Banks. Jr. was charged with a felony count of false reports concerning bombs or other explosive devices after allegedly threatening his father and others with a grenade on Patrick Street in Charleston. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad examined the grenade and it wasn't harmful, but the threat sent Banks to the South Central Regional Jail.
A Hurricane man is facing a felony charge after allegedly admitting that he created fake vehicle inspection and registration stickers. The Charleston Gazette reports 42-year old Brian C. "Chris" Dickerson was arrested after a State Police trooper saw a fake motor vehicle inspection sticker on his SUV in the parking lot of the Putnam County Courthouse. Dickerson admitted to making the registration sticker on his home computer. Dickerson is editor of the West Virginia Record, a free weekly paper that reports on lawsuits and legal matters.
West Virginia wildlife officials are urging hunters to be careful. There has been one death already this season, and hunters are urged to use a harness and other safety measures when they hunt from a tree stand. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reports nine tree stand incidents in the state have resulted in life-threatening injuries. Hunters should fully understand the safety features of tree stands before setting them up.
A jury has awarded $646,000 to former East Bank police officer Steve W. Smith, on claims that city officials wrongfully fired him after he charged town recorder Bill Thompson with obstruction and disorderly conduct for intervening in the arrest of his neighbor. The controversy came in 2008, and now the jury finds the town liable of intentional infliction of emotional distress and orders $93,000 in compensatory damages including back pay, and $350,000 in punitive damages.
West Virginia State University has received a six figure donation it says will help improve the campus and offer more resources to students. The anonymous $300,000 donation will support "STEM" -- science, technology, engineering and math -- programs at the school and will fund a faculty position in bio-energy research. The anonymous donor will be revealed early next year, and more details about the donation will be announced then. WSVU also recently received a $1 million anonymous gift to build a new athletic complex on campus.
All the lights in Kanawha County are not on yet, but much progress has been made after the early week effects of Hurricane Sandy. Both AEP and First Energy have been repairing damaged power lines and transmission stations, but still 108,000 customers in West Virginia are without power. After a peak of about 44-thousand in the dark in Kanawha County, AEP's website says that number has been whittled down to near 10-thousand. Nicholas County remains among the hardest hit in the state, with well over half of the county without electricity. AEP hopes to have power restored to nearly all customers by midnight Sunday. First Energy spokespeople predict power should be restored to all customers by the middle of next week.
Mountaineer Gas had requested a 4.9 percent, or $12.2 million, base rate increase for its residential and small commercial customers. On Wednesday, the Public Service Commission approved a 2.5 percent, or $6.3 million hike, or roughly half of what Mountaineer Gas had been seeking. Here's the twist. Despite the base rate increase, Mountaineer Gas customers can expect lower bills because the price of natural gas has declined since last year.
The Logan County Sheriff's Department is investigating Wednesday morning's accident that left an 18-year old girl dead. Investigators say the grl was driving along Interstate 10 near Hanging Rock Road when she lost control and crashed into a Hillside. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Another accident happened not far from that one in Logan County around the same time although the driver and passenger were both able to walk away from that crash.
You have the weekend to see the replicas of the Pinta and Nina. The replicas of the historic ships have extended their stay at Haddad Riverfront Park through Sunday and will leave Monday morning, since Superstorm Sandy abbreviated the time that the public can tour them this week. The Pinta and the Nina were part of Columbus' fleet when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492. This week in Charleston, the replicas ended up with four inches of snow on their decks.