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Around 3:15 this morning, a woman crashed her car into a church building in Rutledge. The woman died as a result, and the Freewill Baptist Church sustained some damage. More details are expected today.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies made a second arrest this week related to a Pinch home invasion. Detectives arrested 21-year old Casey Michael Givens of Elkview, related to home invasion robberies in Pinch from February 28th. Givens is the second person charged in that case. The co-defendant, Aaron Chapman, was charged last month. Givens was charged with first degree robbery, attempted first degree robbery, and two counts of nighttime burglary after turning himself at Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office headquarters early Wednesday morning.
The entire courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot outside the building. Sheriff Crum was shot just after noon, and died shortly after that. West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous told media outlets including ABC national news, that witnesses described a man walking up to the sheriff's vehicle and firing two shots inside as he ate lunch, then calmly walked to his tan Ford Ranger pickup and drove away. The suspect has been identified as 37-year old Tennis Melvin Maynard, and he was wounded in a shootout with police.
Someone tried to rob the Fas-Check grocery store on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City Wednesday afternoon. There are reports that he demanded money but didn't get away with anything. Anyone with tips should call police.
Neighbors in the Dutch Road area of Mink Shoals reported hearing gunshots Tuesday morning, and others said their homes had been hit by projectiles. Other homeowners reported a man knocking on doors in the area. More Kanawha County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at that point, and saw 27-year old Aaron Shaffer walking toward them with a shotgun. He dropped the gun when deputies demanded it. He was arrested without incident, and charged with one count of Wanton Endangerment. Monday night Shaffer called 911 to report prowlers outside his home, but deputies didn't find any. They're also checking the house for explosives since it was barricaded.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.