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A Charleston man charged with illegal gun possession has been sentenced. Tres "Trey" Davis was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for the most recent crime, where prosecutors say he admitted to shooting Mark King at a Huntington gas station in December 2011. Davis has previous convictions in Kanawha County, and admitted to selling crack cocaine to undercover officers on Charleston's West side.
The burn ban across West Virginia has been lifted for two days now. The ban that had been in place since July 6th was officially lifted Saturday after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin gave his approval. The governor says recent rainfall has improved the abnormally dry conditions and it's safe to burn debris from the June 29 storms. We should all be cautious when burning though, by putting debris in several small piles instead of one big one, and having water and tools close by case the fire gets out of control.
The Putnam County fair continues this week and runs through Saturday at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Eleanor. In addition to the 4-H market shows and exhibits, the fair has the demolition derby, mud run, tractor pulls, motocross, concerts, and of course the food and midway. Kids five and under get in free, otherwise daily admission is $8. Gates open at 4pm today and there's a Kids Tractor Pull at 6:30, and karaoke at 7:30.
It appears West Side Elementary is getting a new name. After a vote makes it officials, the school will be renamed in honor of Kanawha County's first black principal of a desegregated school - Mary C Snow. She was principal at Glenwood Elementary for several years. The Daily Mail reports school board members are confident a vote is coming this Thursday, despite the move not being listed on the official agenda. A group of ministers has been pushing for the name designation since February. The official name will be the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School
The West Virginia Attorney General's office warns of a scam on your cell phone. You may see a text message that says you've won a $1000 Target gift card and it contains a link to a fake Target website that prompts you to enter personal information and a social security number. The scam uses the Target logo, but Target has nothing to do with it. If you get the message, just delete it.
More now on a shooting early Thursday that claimed the life of a man from Rand. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 5300 block of Elaine Dr. and found 21-year old William Cordle II of Rand. The initial investigation showed some type of disagreement between Cordle and 19-year old Brent Burdette led to the shooting. Burdette has been arrested and faces first degree homicide charges. The investigation continues.
First the loss of accreditation, and now a class action lawsuit has been filed against Mountain State University. The revoked accreditation makes students' degrees worthless, and now three students are suing the school, former President Charles Polk, and the Board of Trustees. Papers were filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court, and the students are seeking class action status, meaning others could join. The plaintiffs say the suit should cover anyone enrolled since 2008. Mountain State is appealing the loss of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
The state Board of Education voted this week to give the Lincoln County school system preliminary full accreditation status. Up next for the school system, a full audit this fall and if that goes okay Lincoln County would regain full control of its schools. The state took over in 2000 over the state of disrepair of the buildings, illegal hiring practices and low student test scores. In December 2010, the state returned control of most of the system's operations to Lincoln County, and full accreditation would be the next step.
Any damages from the June 29 storms that haven't yet been reported should be reported to emergency managers. FEMA has been in the area assessing damage this week, and the information they collect along with reports gathered by local emergency management officials will go into a report for the governor. That will be used to formally request public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox has estimated the cost of cleaning up the highways alone is near $14 million. The state is looking to recover most of the costs for repairs.
25-year old Ethan Chic Colbert awaits sentencing after being convicted this week of child neglect in the death of 11-year old Jahlil Clemments. The boy ran into traffic and was struck by a car, as he tried to get help for his mother, who was allegedly being beaten on the side of the road by Chic Colbert. The judge this week threw out the more serious murder and kidnapping charges, saying there wasn't enough evidence to support them, but the child neglect charges remained. Sentencing is next month, and Chic Colbert could get seven to thirty-one years behind bars.