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Police are investigating the armed robbery of a South Charleston 7-11 store. Police say a man robbed the store neary the intersection of Kanawha Turnpike and Chestnut Street around 5pm Sunday, then rode away on a bicycle. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man dressed in a t-shirt and shorts and police have few leads. Anyone with information should call South Charleston Police at 304-744-6903.
The Stand Your Ground law in Florida has received much attention lately because of the Trayvon Martin shooting. But West Virginia has the same law. It allows a person to protect their home with reasonable, and sometimes deadly force. Twenty six states have similar laws. Members of the group, the Second Chance Campaign, are writing letters to lawmakers and working to get the law repealed in West Virginia and all states that have the law. So far, the reports are that West Virginia lawmakers have no intention of repealing the law.
The Kanawha County school system is looking into questionable purchases and practices at the Crede Operations Facility and the maintenance department. After an internal investigation that lasted about three months, the Maintenance Department director told the school board last week that more than two thousand dollars in cash was missing, along with air conditioning units valued at around $7800. The investigation also showed at least three thousand dollars was improperly spend on power tools, and a lack of oversight is getting the blame. Measure for more oversight are being put in place, and the information has been turned over to the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.
Mountaineer Gas customers will have the chance to voice their opinions on a proposed rate hike. The Charleston-based company is seeking a rate increase that would send a typical bill up by about $3.40 each month. Large customers would be exempt from the rate increase. The state public service commission will hold the public hearings in Charleston today, in Huntington July 5th, and July 12th in Beckley.
This was the last weekend for the 6th Annual FestivALL and thousands turned out for it. The Children's Art Fair and Kanawha County Public Library Street Fair in front of the library were a big draw, and more than sixty artists showed their wares at the Capitol Street Art Fair. During its run, FestivALL has grown from a four day schedule to ten days. The Art Walk was something new this year that drew more people than expected, so that will be repeated next year.
Back in 2002, the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority was trying to find ways to save money and landed on the idea of bulk fuel, where a lot of fuel could be purchased at a set price and market fluctuations would not matter. The Kanawha County Commission learned last week at a meeting that the total savings from that program in the past ten years has reached almost one million dollars. The total savings from buying bulk fuel is over $940,000. Most of that is gas, but over $350,000 of it is diesel. Agencies that use the bulk fuel include the Kanawha County Sheriff's department, Parks and Rec, and the assessor's office.
It's being engrained in the minds of boaters this summer that BUI's are possible. A "boating under the influence" charge can bring harsh punishment, and conservation officers conducted an annual crackdown over the weekend. Officers were out looking for boaters with blood alcohol levels that exceed the limit of .08 percent. The Coast Guard has said recreational boating deaths are up, and as of last year reached their highest level since 1998. Even though the crackdown is over, law enforcement officers are still watching the water.
The Fourth of July is next week, and officials are sending the reminder taht fireworks are prohibited in West Virginia. That includes not only the sale of them, but also possession and use. Prohibited fireworks include Roman candles, firecrackers, torpedoes and skyrockets, according to the state fire code. Sparklers and novelty items like glow worms, party poppers and snappers are okay. There was a bill before state lawmakers this year that would have legalized fireworks with a ten percent safety fee, but that died in committee.
Police think an intruder may be targeting the elderly in Chesapeake. An elderly woman over the weekend woke up to find a man in her bedroom who ran out with her purse. He got in through a window. Another man had his home broken into after he fell asleep. Chesapeake police have no leads. A town hall meeting is planned for July 2 where some residents will ask for more police patrols.
Charleston police were called to a shooting last night on Charleston's west side along Central Avenue, and when they got there they discovered it was a pellet gun that was involved. A St. Albans man was shot in the back five times and sustained just minor injuries. A suspect has been identified, but there have been no arrests. The man who was shot has been treated and released.