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Deputies are investigating an early morning shooting in Putnam County. 35-year old Robert Hill Jr. took himself to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston about 5 a.m. Monday and said he had been shot during a robbery attempt on West Virginia 817 in Putnam County near the Coca Cola plant. He underwent surgery and was questioned by deputies who say they've received conflicting information. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation has the case now.
Hurricane police say a recent string of home invasions have them on alert. Daytime breakins have been reported over the past few weeks in the Lower Coach Road, Kingswood Estates, and Linden Lane areas. Mayor Scott Edwards and Hurricane police have sent the word that the public should be aware of what's been happening and call police immediately if you notice any suspicious activity. Police say the suspect is a male, about 5'9 to six feet tall with light hair and a thin build. If you see anything suspicious, you're urged to call 911.
Alcohol is suspected in a crash that killed two people in Lincoln County early Saturday morning. It happened about 12:30 a.m. Saturday along Route 10 in the West Hamlin area. 33-year old Shaun Terry ran off the road and hit a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the road at a business. The 22-year old passenger, Tasha Icenhower was prounced dead at the hospital, and state police say Terry ied a few hours later. Troopers say Terry's birthday was Friday.
Two Kanawha County deputies were called to a home at 6154 Quick Road near Pinch Saturday around 5pm about a domestic dispute. Deputies saw a 45 year old man through a window who appeared to be trying to hide, but eventually he opened the front door and fired at the deputies, who returned the fire. The suspect, Lawrence Edward “Pete” Vaughn was killed, but neither deputy was hurt. The initial call said there was a violent altercation between the son and his mother, but she was not hurt. Cpl. BD Humphreys with the Sheriff's Office says family members at the scene indicated Vaughn had been violent with his mother before. A full investigation is underway.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is an honorary chairman of a new citizens' movement called "No Labels." It is made up of Democrats, Republicans and others, aimed at creating a bipartisanship in Congress. Manchin said on State of the Union on CNN this gives all parties a chance to sit down to have a meaningful conversation without labels. So far, 25 democratic and republican lawmakers have agreed to sign on to be problem solvers. The goal is to have 75 members.
After the body of 88-year old Grover Morrison was found inside his home along Stratton Street in Logan Tuesday, officers had been searching for the murder suspect. 37-year old John Edward Dempsey was considered to be armed and dangerous, and was located by officers Thursday night, but not before he may have killed again. State police say Dempsey attempted to invade the home of an elderly man in Taplin last night, but that man ran Dempsey off with a gun. He then went to a neighbor's home and stole a woman's car and led troopers on a short chase before he was shot and killed by officers. A man named Freddie Williams was murdered at his home Thursday night, and officers believe that murder is also connected to the crime spree. No word yet on a motive.
The search for the suspect continues in Logan County after the boyd of 88-year old Grover Morrison was found inside his home along Stratton Street Tuesday. He had been reported missing earlier that day. Police are looking for 37-year old John Edward Dempsey, who is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. Dempsey is considered to be armed and dangerous, and he could be in the Man area.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation arrested a woman Wednesday in connection with a burglary at 4030 Spencer Road, near Clendenin on New Year's Eve. Deputies say Alesha Goodwin is the fourth arrest related to the investigation of a a burglary where several items were taken including a Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Medal that belonged to the victim's daughter, who was killed in Iraq. Billy Woods Jr. and Paulette Dickey were arrested on January 4, and Marty Atwell was arrested earlier this week. Deputies say Goodwin and Atwell shared a home together, and items were seized there that belonged to the victims. Detectives hope to recover other items.
The Charleston Police Department is accepting applications for the 18th Charleston Citizens Police Academy course. Classes meet every Tuesday at 6pm, and run March 5th through April 30th. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background check. Those in class get an inside look at how the Police Department operates, and will be part of practical training exercises like police driving simulators, firearms instruction and an optional ride- along with a patrol officer. To apply, go to www.charlestonwvpolice.org
An arrest has been made related to a home invasion on Maryland Avenue in St. Albans Monday. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says Cody Hanson was arrested Wednesday after a short foot pursuit. Hanson has outstanding warrants for robbery, burglary, and wanton endangerment. Nick Trent Hanson has also been arrested and charged with the same offenses. The investigation continues, and anyone with information should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.
304-357-0169. Detective Crawford