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The Kanawha/Charleston animal shelter is making an effort to find homes for as many pets as possible. The shelter is running at capacity and hasn't had room for more animals lately. At the same time, the Charleston Gazette reports Humane officers brought in 17 dogs from one Charleston home on Wednesday, which put further strain on the shelter. To try to place as many animals as possible, adoption fees are being reduced. The shelter is also looking for foster homes.
You'll have the chance to view a little bit of history this weekend. Yesterday a World War II ship that was at D-Day on June 6, 1944, docked in Charleston. The nonprofit group, USS LST Memorial, says the LST 325 is a 328-foot-long landing ship tank that docked at Haddad Riverfront Park and opens for tours today between 9 and 5. The ship was built in Philadelphia by the U.S. Navy Shipyard and saw its first action in October 1942. It made more than 40 trips from England to Normandy in support of U.S. troops.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for ages 6-17; and free for ages 5 and under. Family tickets (two adults and two children) can be obtained for $20. School groups can tour the ship for $3 per student, with one chaperone admitted for free per 10 students.
A teacher lost most of her possessions after workers sent to clean out a foreclosed home went to the wrong address earlier this month. Nikki Bailey of Logan returned home to find workers loading her stuff onto a truck after they an address mixup between Godby Street and Godby Heights. Police straightened it out, but the Logan Banner says the workers had already thrown some possessions, including furniture and college diplomas, saying it was "all junk." Her lawyer, Tim DiPiero, is working to figure out the bank responsible.
A Beckley Correctional officer is facing drug charges. 41-year old James Howard Butcher was arrested this week and charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. He is a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley. Investigators think his girlfriend was getting prescriptions and transporting them to Fayetteville where she and Butcher sold them. The girlfriend is also facing charges.
Daniel Turner pleaded guilty in late July to the second-degree murder charge in the death of Terry Clark - whose body was found along Route 119 in Roane County in 1999. After a decade, investigators got Turner's DNA and it turned out to be a match. Yesterday, Turner was sentenced to thirty years in prison.
South Charleston police are looking for a man they say took $6,500 worth of jewelry from The Antique Mall in South Charleston. The heist happened in broad daylight, just after the store opened Monday morning. The man made a $5 purchase, but security cameras saw him breaking into two locked jewelry showcases and taking off with more than twenty rins that had diamonds, sapphires, rubies and other precious stones set in them. Anybody with information should call the South Charleston Police Department.
A Charleston woman is facing an attempted murder charge after a stabbing. 42-year old Kerry Harvey is accused of stabbing the father of her children and his new girlfriend at their home in the 900 block of Rugby Street. Charleston Police say Harvey was upset because the father had their children, ages 13 and 9, with his new girlfriend. After the stabbing Harvey took the children and left. After an investigation by Child Protective Services, the children were placed with another relative and Harvey faces one attempted murder charge, and another of malicious wounding. Both stabbing victims are expected to be okay.
After a five month investigation, the Kanawha County Sheriff's office has made an arrest in a case that involved stolen property from the school district. Corporal BD Humphreys says Gary Lee Cochran had been employed as a Child Nutrition Director for the school system and resigned in February. When his desk was cleared pawn tickets were found for two computers that the Board of Education had asked be returned to the school. Deputies couldn't find Cochran once they had a grand larceny warrant, but eventually using a tip through WCHS TV’s Fugitive Files program and other sources, Cochran was finally located on Mason Street in Milton, Cabell County. He was arrested and taken to South Central Regional Jail.
The lawyer for the husband and wife allegedly wronged by Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and other officials said they are ready to file a list of civil lawsuits. Attorney Mike Callaghan told the Charleston Daily Mail that he sent the required notices to several public agencies informing them of planned lawsuits on behalf of Robert and Kim Woodruff. That includes the state Supreme Court, the Mingo County Commission, State Police and the city of Gilbert.
Federal prosecutors claim Thornsbury had an affair with his secretary Kim Woodruff and tried to frame her husband Robert for several crimes, including drug possession, larceny and assault. Thornsbury was indicted earlier this month.
The settlements continue after a blast last year in Sissonville that melted part of Interstate 77 and destroyed several homes. In fact, the Charleston Gazette reports all but one of seven lawsuits filed last month over the massive gas line explosion in Sissonville have been settled. Several who lived nearby sued NiSource and its subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission, saying the companies didn't "exercise due care" in maintaining the transmission pipeline that ruptured. They also claim there was a lack of training in emergency response. The settlement amounts have not been released.