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Governor Tomblin Aims To Help Middle Schools

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is moving ahead with his plan to bolster West Virginia's middle schools. On Monday, the governor called for a 10-month review of the state's middle grades with an executive order. The new commission will include administrators, principals, and teachers, along with Higher Education officials. The review follows up on findings by the Southern Regional Education Board that made recommendations including a greater focus on college and career readiness. The executive order is part of a push to improve public schools that also includes pending legislation.

Man Arrested for Driving on Revoked License

Something that fell off the rear rack of a motorcycle on Sissonville Drive Saturday night led to a traffic stop, and the deputy learned the driver had his license revoked for eight prior DUI offenses. 57-year old Hansford Milton Corner of Sissonville was arrested for driving on a revoked license, and the motorcycle was towed away. A Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy also noted the license plate on the motorcyle was from another vehicle.

Former Bus Driver Sentenced

A former Kanawha County school bus driver was sentenced to prison Monday. Samuel Larry Burkhamer pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and was sentenced to five to 25 years in prisonm and 25 years of supervised release when he gets out. Burkhamer made friends with a 9-year old girl on Facebook, who was a friend of his stepdaughter, and then allegedly exhanged phone numbers with the girl and sent sexually explicit messages.

Forest Fire Risk Remains High

This is forest fire season, and outdoor burning is prohibited between 7am and 5pm each day as a measure of prevention. The National Weather Service issued an advisory yesterday not to burn anything outside at any time in counties including Kanawha, Putnam, Roane, and others, because of the risk of forest fires. Commercial burning is allowed in the daytime with a $125 fee for each site issued by the Division of Forestry.

Police Connect Shooting Victim to East End Murder

Two people were shot along Washington Street on Charleston's West End early Saturday morning, and now the shooter is behind bars, and the victim is facing charges in connection with a murder on the East End. Andre Williamson was arrested on Monday and charged with accessory after the fact in connection with an the murder of David Booker. Williamson was shot in the legs early Saturday. Late Monday night, police arrested Robert Smith for allegedly shooting Williamson apparently in retaliation for Booker's murder.

Solid Waste Board Member Quits

A Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board member has resigned. A private company that took over operation of the Slack Street recycling center recently, and the Charleston Gazette reports Greg Sayre quit over related concerns. Sayre was appointed to the Solid Waste Authority by the state Department of Environmental Protection, and turned in his resignation letter Thursday. West Virginia Recycling Services now runs the Slack Street facility.

West Side Shooting Investigated

A shooting early Saturday on Charleston's West Side is still under investigation. Police found more than 40 shell casings along Washington Street West, and they think those came from more than one single gun, and there may be several suspects. At least two people were shot, but the injuries were non-life threatening. No arrests just yet, and police are still investigating to see whether the shooting was drug related.

Police Make Weekend Drug Arrests

A Charleston man is facing drug charges for allegedly dealing crack out of his home. Stanley Bebee's lives on Charleston's east end, and officers report finding a small amount of crack cocaine in his home. Bebee is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

South Charleston police also made a drug arrest over the weekend. James E. Meddings was arrested Saturday evening on MacCorkle Avenue, and police found several bags of bath salts, along with meth and prescription pain pills. Meddings has been charged with possession with intent to deliver.

Mayor Addresses Son's Drug Arrest

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones released a statement Thursday about his son's drug arrest. 23-year-old Zac Jones was arrested earlier in the day on charges of possession with intent to deliver an ounce of cocaine. Mayor Jones said in the statement he was relieved when I found out Zac was arrested because he knows the only things that might save his life are isolation and incarceration. The mayor said Zac is a hopeless drug addict who has broken the heart and the will of everyone and anyone who has tried to help him. Zac Jones was pulled over for speeding, and the criminal complaint says 5.7 grams of cocaine were found during a search of the vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputies Make Meth Bust

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called Wednesday night to 206 Broadlawn Terrace in Pinch, and were able to catch a glimpse of people hiding materials used to make methamphetamine. After getting a search warrant, the deputies discovered what they have described as a “medium size” clandestine laboratory. Four people were arrested and charged, including the home's owner, Robert “Bob” Jarvis of Pinch. Two from Charleston were arrested - Shawn Pittman and David Moore, along with Thomas Huffman of Clendenin. Captain Sean Crosiers says Jarvis was arrested about six months ago at the same home for making methamphetamine.

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