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Shawn Lester of Charleston reached a plea deal earlier this week in the sniper-style killings of 2003, pleading guilty to second degree murder in connection with just one of the three deaths. As part of the plea deal, Lester can't be tried on the other two murders. The state is recommending a 30-year sentence, although Lester could get between 10 and 40 years.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a robbery Tuesday morning at Kelly's Kafé, at 7030 MacCorkle Ave in Jefferson. The clerk said a man walked into the cafe and began verbally threatening to kill the female clerk as
he demanded money. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money and got into a red small size truck and fled west on US60 toward St. Albans. Investigators describe the suspect as a white man in his twenties, about 6'3" tall with a medium build, blonde hair, and a tattoo on his left forearm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha Bureau of
Investigation at (304) 357-0169.
A Logan County gas station has been robbed twice in one week. Police are looking for two men who held up a Rich Oil station in Cora Tuesday around 6am. The men made off with cash and cigarettes, and state police said one of the men had a knife. Two men robbed the same station July 22, but investigators don't know if the two cases are related. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police.
The Beckley Narcotics Unit this week arrested a man known to impersonate a police officer. There were actually two arrests - Deborah Price and Jeffery Morton - whom investigators arrested for the sale of oxycodone. Detectives say the two were first seen near a pharmacy on Eisenhower Drive during a drug deal, then later police found items Morton was allegedly using to impersonate a police officer. Both are being arraigned and sent to Southern Regional Jail.
Century Aluminum is seeking a power rate structure that would protect it from the wild aluminum price swings that happened in 2008 and 2009. An attorney representing West Virginia's largest manufacturers told the state Public Service Commission this week the rate request is unreasonable, and asked commissioners to reject the plan. Century Aluminum says the rate increase is necessary and it would help it reopen its Ravenswood smelter. The three-day hearing on the rate request wraps up today.
The Kanawha County Metro 911 Director is giving up her postition to move over to the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority. Carolyn Charnock will be the ambulance authority's public relations director after 14 years as director for Metro 911. During her tenure, the county 911 center expanded into a new facility on Corridor G, and the dispatch system was computerized. The Metro 911 center will have an interim director until a permanent replacement can be found. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Rutherford will act act as the interim director. Rutherford is also a candidate for Sheriff, and if he's elected he would take office in January.
More than 50 activists from the group, Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival protested over the weekend at a Patriot Coal mining property in the Kanawha State Forest, and 20 were arrested and charged with trespassing and obstructing. A spokesperson for the group says they're trying to raise half a million dollars to bail out those arrested. The protesters were arraigned in Lincoln County Magistrate Court and are being held in Western Regional Jail, each in lieu of a $25,000 bail.
Pertussis vaccinations are still a good idea. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say almost twenty thousand people in the US have been diagnosed with whooping cough since the beginning of the year, which is more than double the number of cases at this time last year. Whooping cough hasn't been a huge problem in West Virginia, but it's enough of a concern that health officials encourage vaccines. There have been 56 cases reported so far this year in West Virginia, and this time last year there were 45.
A man has been indicted on first degree murder charges in the death of a Kanawha County woman. 39-year old Michelle Gillespie was shot in the head at her home near Chesapeake earlier this year, and her boyfriend was the one who found her body several hours later after he returned home. John Edward Hudson of Ashford has been indicted on first degree murder charges, and he's also accused of stealing Hudson's car after the shooting. Arraignment is scheduled for August 30.
Cabela's has announced the grand opening of the new Charleston store will be Aug. 9 to Aug. 12. During that period, there will be live music and a ribbon cutting ceremony, with the doors opening at 11am August 9th at the Southridge Centre store. Later in the weekend they'll have archery demonstrations and giveaways. Lines have already wrapped around the block this summer at this Cabela's store, even though they haven't officially opened. Cabela's sold hundreds of generators with a special permit after the June 29 storms.