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Sinkhole

Some help for that sinkhole - Dunbar City Council members agreed to spend $4,500 on emergency street repairs at the corner of Pine Circle and Walnut Street at their regular meeting Monday night. The sanitary department says about 200 feet of corrugated metal piping rusted through on the top and bottom, causing a large sinkhole to form. The whole pipe would have to be replaced and estimated that the work could be completed by late fall at the earliest.

Electric Chair or God

The electric chair or jail - that's what the borthers of a West Virginia man think should happen after their sibling was accused of raping an elderly woman in New York City's Central Park. Word from authorities - David Albert Mitchell has been in and out of prison since he was 18. Twice arrested on charges of raping elderly women. He was suspected of killing a female neighbor but never charged and acquitted of killing another.

Drug Bust

A hotel guest from Detroit had a little more than his luggage with him. Word from Nitro police - they, along with officers from the Metro Drug Unit searched a room at the Economy Inn under the suspicion of drugs. During their search they located oxycodone, heroin and crack cocaine hiding in the ceiling. Numerous drug charges have been filed against Charles Chilsom - he's in Western Regional Jail on 75 thousand dollars bond.

Kanawha County Cars

A new ride for Kanawha county sheriff's deputies and they say so far they're impressed. The county just bought 14 new Ford Interceptors for about 27 thousand each. Just four of the new cars are on the road now - the rest will follow

Teen Killed

A single vehicle crash Sunday morning leaves a community in mourning - Word from Charleston police - they responded just after 11:15 a.m. Sunday to a single vehicle crash off Quarry Ridge Road and found a 2006 Lexus convertible coupe over the hillside on its top. The 15 year old driver's name has not been released - police say he lost control of the vehicle, struck a utility pole and a tree on the edge of the road before flipping the vehicle over the hillside. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was restrained in the crash. He had no visible injuries. The passenger - fourteen year old Drew Morton was ejected from the car - he died from his injuries. The teen driver had a learner's permit, and that allows 15-year-olds to practice driving if accompanied by a licensed adult driver. Another stipulation of driving with a learner's permit is that all occupants of the vehicle must wear seatbelts. The boys were alone in the vehicle, and Drew was not wearing a seatbelt.

Tavern Shooting

A fight early morning Sunday ends with one man dead. WOrd from Raleigh County police - Donald Moore got into a fight around 2a.m. at Jillbilly's Tavern on Coal River Road. the fight moved outside and that's when deputies say Moore shot the man. He died from his injuries. Moore later turned himself in.

Missing Drugs

Missing drugs from the Beckley Police Department's evidence room will not affect federal cases - at least for now. The Register-Herald is reporting U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says his office is still looking into the matter. In August the drugs turned up missing and Raleigh County prosecutor Kristin Keller has said because evidence had been compromised state drug cases going back with 15 months would be dismissed. A criminal investigation is underway by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the police department has started an internal investigation.

Nicholas County men indicted for murder

Two men have been indicted by a Nicholas County grand jury on murder charges. 29-year old Jonathan Fields and 29-year old Rodney Snodgrass Jr., both of Nettie, were arrested by Nicholas County sheriff's deputies and charged with murder in the death of April Moore and Howard Delp in May 2007. Fields and Snodgrass were being held without bond at the Central Regional Jail.

Woman finds rare painting at the flea market

And it's a story that's making national news... A West Virginia woman paid $7 for a box of items at a flea market two years ago, and it turns the box contained an original painting by the French impressionist Renoir. The painting has a Renoir plaque on the front, but of course needed the works in terms of analysis to make sure it was the real thing. No one knows how it ended up in West Virginia. It'll be auctioned off September 29 and could fetch $75,000 or more.

Striking workers not planning a vote, according to union

There will be no vote by striking workers on the latest contract offer from Constellium. The company made the offer last week after both sides met with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in Charleston. Constellium says it expires at midnight Saturday. A United Steelworkers representative says union workers won't have a ratification vote, although the exact reason hasn't been given. The strike is in its fifth week now and affects about 700 workers. The negotiations have focused on proposed changes to health insurance, with workers having to pick up 5 percent instead of having the benefits 100 percent paid.

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