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Event Planned to Help with Gandee Family Funeral Costs

As Sissonville mourns the loss of three people, the families are making funeral arrangements and fundraisers are expected to help. In fact, an off-road riding event is planned to honor MTV reality show star Shain Gandee, who died this week in an SUV accident. The bodies of Shain Gandee, his uncle, and friend were found Monday in a mud pit near his home. Gandee's cousin, Ashley Gandee Lewis, says the event is set for today in Proctorville, Ohio. She says those who want to be involved will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Proctorville Kroger. The cost is $10 for riders and $5 for spectators. Gandee says she also is accepting donations at a general store she recently opened in Crown City, Ohio. Proceeds will go to pay for funeral costs.

Boone County Fire Victim Identified

The man killed in a Boone County fire has been identified as Jerry Dunlap. The fire broke out at the man's mobile home Monday night around 6pm, and he could not get out in time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Judges May, In Effect, Get Raises

Judges in West Virginia will get a raise if a bill before the state Senate passes. The West Virginia Senate Finance Committee has advanced the bill, and now it goes before the full Senate. State judges have a pension system that is funded by employee and employer contributions, and because of better than expected fiscal returns, the judges' pension plan is overfunded. The proposed bill would decrease the amount that judges pay into the plan from 10.5 to 7 percent in the next fiscal year, giving them more take-home pay. After that, the percentage would be determined by the actuary who governs the pension fund. Senate Majority Leader John Unger said the change would mean an increase in judges' pay of $4,160 per year.

Gandee's Vehicle Partially Submerged in Mud

The wreckage that held Buckwild cast member Shain Gandee, a friend, and an uncle was discovered by one of Shain's friends who had been searching trails and terrain after he was reported missing Monday. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud next to a trail. Mud was covering the lower part of the passenger side door of the vehicle, but the driver’s side of the vehicle was above the mud. The muffler of the vehicle was completely submerged, and the vehicle itself was about a mile from Shain Gandee’s home in Sissonville. The sheriff's office says the bodies have gone to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

New Governor's Portarit to be Unveiled

A governor's portrait of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will be unveiled this week at the state Capitol. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will host the unveiling of the portrait at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Charleston. The portrait was painted by artist Larry Bruce Bishop, and once it's unveiled it will go up in the Governor's Reception Room. Manchin served as governor from 2005 to 2010 before being elected to the U.S. Senate following the death of Robert C. Byrd.

Dunbar Narrow Mayor Candidates

Dunbar held an election over the weekend and picked its candidates for mayor for the upcoming general election. The new mayor will replace Dunbar Mayor Jack Yeager, who decided not to run fo re-election. Democrat Terry Greenlee will face Republican Michael Hall in the mayor's race June 4. City council candidates were also chosen for each of Dunbar's four wards.

Dunbar Toll Bridge Done with Inspections

After several weeks of work, the Dunbar Toll Bridge is open again in both directions. Required inspections had the bridge closed several times during the week, although closures were usually limited to nights and weekends. But the West Virginia Division of Highways has finished the inspections and repairs, and drivers shouldn't expect any more inspection-related delays there.

Driver's Ed Teacher Faces Charges

A driver's education teacher is facing charges after encouraging students to do something reckless. Edwin "Bud" Anderson teaches driver's ed students in South Charleston and police say he encouraged a student to do donuts in a grass field owned by the University of Charleston, and then weave in and out of several power poles. Anderson was charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and destruction of property. WCHS TV reports the girl was entering the military, and he was trying to teach her skills she might need when driving a Humvee.

Nitro police look for Burglar

Nitro police are still looking for one suspect after two people broke into a home in the Brookhaven subdivision. A man reported soemone running from his house and jumping into a car, and then the man discovered things out of place in the living room and kitchen. Malesha Grass and Joseph Lobuts are accused of breaking into the home and have been charged with burglary and conspiracy. One other suspect is still on the loose.

Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Fatal Accident

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office has been investigating a fatal accident that happened on I77 just north of the City Limits of Charleston early Thursday morning. 48-year old Edward Pete Bryant of Big Chimney was driving south on I77 on his way to work when he was struck head-on by a wrong way driver. That driver has been identified as 46-year old Angela Renee Walker of Charleston. The wrong way driver suffered serious injuries, while Bryant was pronounced dead at CAMC. Investigators believe alcohol was involved, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office asks anyone with information to call. You can remain anonymous.

(304) 357-0169 and speak with Lt. F.D. Beasley II or Deputy J.L. Lester

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