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New coal mining standards set

Federal officials want to keep coal mining away from a dam in Wayne County. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that any that any operators that want to bid for leases to mine federal land around East Lynn Lake in Wayne County must keep mines at least 1,585 feet away from the dam. The agency also wants a 200 foot buffer around the lake. It's a popular lake for fishing a boating, and recreational users have been among the advocates to keep the coal industry at bay.

Donations help kids swim this summer

Kanawha County owns the Shawnee Park Pool, but the City of Dunbar has taken over operations of it. Two local business have offered donations, and the Dunbar Mayor says that allows the city to offer free admission to kids 12 and under who don't have the means to pay. The County agreed to let the city run the Dunbar pool back in March after it had been closed for two years.

Reward offered in Snow case

A reward is being offered now in the murder case of Robert Bob Snow. Snow was reported missing May 23 and his body surfaced in the Elk River three days later. He worked for 7-11 as a district manager, and the company is contributing a reward as the investigation continues. Prima Marketing LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of those behind Snow's death, according to a news release. Anyone with information should call Charleston police.

WVU implements tuition hike

Students attending West Virginia University are dealing with the news that they'll see another 5 percent tuition and fee hike next fall. The school in Morgantown is trying to balance a $917 million budget and pay for a faculty pay raise. The board of governors voted to approve the tuition increase yesterday at its meeting in Charleston. $10 million in the budget plan is set aside for pay raises for faculty and staff. The staff raises are based on a salary schedule. The faculty raises are based on merit. The cost per semester for in-state students will increase by $145 to just over $3000, and the cost per semester for out-of-state residents will go up by $445 to about $9400.

Two charged in Wayne County murder

The two men accused of killing a man last Thursday were in court yesterday. 18-year old Dylan Jarrells and 26-year old Willie Copley, both of Dunlow, have been charged with murder of James Spurlock of Radnor. Investigators think it may have been over Spurlock's pain pills. Both had their preliminary hearing on murder and armed robbery charges in Wayne County yesterday, and waived their cases to the next grand jury that meets on July 6.

Two new laws crack down on copper and other metal thefts

Two new laws designed to deter copper and scrap metal thieves take effect today. One of the new laws creates tougher penalties for those who steal copper wiring and other scrap metal from utilities, railroads and other sites for resale. When anyone attempts to sell guard rails from the road, water meters, or manhole covers, that will be more tightly scrutinized. Until now, the metal theft crimes have been misdemeanors, but as of today it becomes a felony if a metal theft disrupts a utility. Another new law makes scrap metal dealers in West Virginia register with the Secretary of State's office to track metal purchases.

Skeens convicted and sentenced in coach's murder

The man accused of murdering former football coach, Scott Jarrell, has been convicted by a jury. Clinton Skeens was a former student and player of Jarrell's, and had been on trial for stabbing him more than forty times in December 2010. A jury yesterday found Skeens guilty of first degree without mercy in the death of Jarrell. The jury had four verdicts from which to choose, and that was the most serious of the four. Skeens has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Police seek bank robber

The Fifth Third Bank in Kanawha City was robbed yesterday just after 10am, and Charleston police say the suspect is described as a white male standing about 6'2" and weighing about 180 pounds. Police believe he may be in his 20s or 30s with a lanky build. The man reportedly demanded employees get on the floor, then went behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the tellers' drawers. He was wearing a black mask that completely covered his face, but he took it off after he got outside and a camera caught a shot of his face as he looked back. Anyone with information should call Charleston Police.

Police make arrest regarding stolen ATV and mobile meth lab

A man wanted for allegedly having a mobile meth lab on a stolen ATV has been arrested. Police say Jamie Harmon dropped a bag containing materials used to make with, as a deputy approached the parked four wheeler in Sissonville May 23rd. Police say the all terrain vehicle was stolen from Jackson County

Woman in surveillance video comes forward

The two people seen on surveillance video connected to the Robert Snow case have come forward. The woman in the video called police a few hours after investigators released the footage. The man and and woman are not suspects, but police are hoping they can help put the pieces together during the time frame Snow was missing. His body surfaced on the Kanawha River three days after he went missing.

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