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The Division of Natural Resources is proposing changes to West Virginia's black bear hunt that would expand the season in more than a dozen counties where hunting bears with firearms is currently restricted to December. The agency is proposing allowing hunters to hunt bears with firearms during the 12-day firearm season for deer in late-November. But the number of permits would be limited to prevent hunters from killing too many bears. Kanawha County is not on the list of affected counties, but Nicholas, Randolph, and Clay counties are, among others. The Charleston Gazette reports that DNR biologists presented the proposed regulation changes to the state Natural Resources Commission on Sunday. The commission is expected to vote on the proposed changes in April.n
A blown transformer on Charleston's East End was the cause for a power outage Monday night. Appalachian Power says the transformer blew near Power Park around 9:30pm, and that knocked out power to more than 700 customers before it was restored.
Lincoln County Voters on Saturday cast ballots on a multi-million dollar school bond issue that would fund building a new elementary school, a new middle school, and would make improvements and additions to West Hamlin and Harts Elementary schools, and would go toward athletic facilities at Lincoln County High School. Voters said no to all of it. The $24 million school levy failed, with 75 percent voting against, and 25 percent in favor. If the measure had passed, the West Virginia School Building Authority would have kicked in $17 million.
A dome light in a car helped surveillance video capture drug activity, and it landed two men in jail. An officer at the casino was watching surveillance video when 28-year old Joshua T. Wilkerson and 45-year old Selwyn G. Brewer got into a car illegally parked in a handicapped spot, then the officer says he saw Wilkerson give Brewer pills, and watched Brewer crush and snort them. Both were arrested by state police and face several charges. It happened at the Mardi Gras Casino Friday night.
A man could be facing charges for several apartment burglaries in Charleston. Gregory Fugate of Charleston was taken into custody Friday morning, and police think he may be connected to almost two dozen burglaries at the Greenbrier Apartments since the beginning of the year. Fugate was on parole and had served jail time for burglarizing apartments in Kentucky. Fugate was a maintenence worker at the apartment complex and had a master key.
A woman is behind bars after being accused of stealing from her employer. Juanita El-Bedawi worked for a Charleston Kohls, and a loss prevention officer there saw her put clothing items under her clothes and carry them to an employee area. About $300 worth of merchandise was found in her purse during that incident, according to the officer, and investigators said she admitted to stealing about $2,000 worth of merchandise since she had started working there late last year. El-Bedawi faces an embezzlement charge.
Dunbar Police have kicked off a neighborhood crime watch program to try to crack down on some of the graffiti that's been plaguing areas including 16th Street, and all of Ward 3. Profanity and other symbols have been left on property in that area, and it will be addressed at the first meeting March 23 at 3 p.m. at the police station.
The Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's office will decide whether more charges will be filed after a man apparently fired shots in a Kroger parking lot in Cross Lanes, across from Andrew Jackson Middle School. After Sara Lacy showed the deputy where her husband, Gary Lacy Jr. fired the shots and a shell casing was found. Sara Lacy said she took the kids to the Kroger lot so he could tell their children he loved them. She saw a silver object hanging out of his pocket as he walked, up, and she fled. Then he fired one shot. Later, a witness reported seeing Lacy throw a semi-automatic pistol from his vehicle as they both passed through the school zone at Point Harmony Elementary School while children were arriving for school. Lacy. was arrested and charged with felony wanton endangerment. There are also charges for a separate domestic violence incident.
An established Kanawha County assistant public defender is on the sidelines for the next 30 days. John P. Sullivan won't be able to practice law during that time because he ignored an error in a client's case. The West Virginia Supreme Court suspended his license Wednesday and said another attorney has to supervise him during a two-year probation. The case in question was in 2009 - an error in a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge's sentencing order delayed Anthony White's eligibility for parole for six months. The order says Sullivan knew about the error and did nothing to fix it, and ignored calls from White and his family. The Charleston Gazette reports Sullivan will remain with the Public Defender's Office.
Charleston Police are still investigating a fatal accident involving a KRT bus. It happened around 5am Thursday on Stockton Street, and police say the bus with five passengers aboard was trying to turn right on 4th Avenue when 40-year old Joseph Bias was run over by a back tire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was dark at the time, and police are investigating whether visibility was a factor. No charges are expected.