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West Liberty To Have new President by the Fall

A West Liberty University search committee has set a timeline for the process of naming the school's next president. The committee set a June 12 deadline to receive applications and has scheduled a June 19 meeting to narrow the pool to about eight to 10 candidates. Preliminary interviews would be held in early July. Finalists would be selected in September with the goal of naming the new president in early October. Former President Robin Capehart resigned March 11 following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty. John McCullough is serving as interim president.

Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Suspect in Car Chase

A follow up to a story we brought you earlier this week....Robert C. Bonds was arrested Wedesday after a Sheriff’s deputy found him in the Sharon area of Kanawha County, after several tips came in. Bonds was arraigned Wednesday afternoon. This after a woman called police Tuesday morning to report that Bonds of Chelyan was in her house near Belle. She said she had a restraining order against him and he was threatening her and her mother. Bonds led police on a chase that went through the road construction area where crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways are cleaning up a landslide and struck and damaged a work truck belonging to the State of WV.

Blankenship Attorneys Overwhelmed With Documents

Attorneys for Don Blankenship say prosecutors have given them more than 4 million pages of documents without identifying information that the government plans to rely on at the former Massey CEO's trial. In a motion filed this week, the attorneys say they won't have time to review all the documents to find this information before the trial, which is scheduled for July. Their motion asks U.S. District Judge Irene Berger to order prosecutors to identify all documents that they intend to use. Blankenship's attorneys say prosecutors' massive production of documents doesn't meet their obligations under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The ruling says prosecutors violate a defendant's constitutional rights by not turning over evidence that could prove a person's innocence. The Charleston Daily Mail first reported the filing.

Report Shows Mining Happens Closer to Homes and Communities

A nonprofit environmental group has released a mapping tool it says shows mountaintop coal mining has been expanding closer to communities in recent years. Appalachian Voices released the map Tuesday in consultation with SkyTruth, a nonprofit group that uses satellite images to study environmental changes. It identified 50 communities in 23 counties most at risk from mountaintop mining, including 22 in West Virginia. Appalachian Voices says since 1999, surface mining has grown closer to West Virginia communities even as production from those mines has declined.

Shooting Threat Under Investigation

What could have been a scary situation Tuesday turned out to be nothing at all. Someone called Metro 911 about an active shooter on the roof at Ruffner Elementary in Charleston, and that caused the school to be placed on lockdown. Police didn't find an active shooter, and no shots were ever fired. Investigators are working now to figure out who called in the threat.

No Charges to be Filed After Domestic Incident

South Charleston police aren't filing any charges after a domestic dispute Tuesday along MacCorkle Avenue. WCHS TV reports officers were conducting a separate investigation near Hardee's when they noticed a couple arguing inside a vehicle and the started following it. The man eventually got out of the vehicle and pulled a gun case out of the trunk, and was detained by police in a cemetary. The gun case turned out to be empty, and the woman didn't want to press charges. He is a convicted felon, but didn't have a weapon in his possession.

Fallen Workers Honored at the Capitol

The West Virginia AFL-CIO has honored 17 workers who died on the job last year. The 27th Workers Memorial Day ceremony was held Tuesday at the state Capitol in Charleston. The Charleston Gazette says about 150 people gathered in front of the West Virginia Coal Miner's Statute to remember workers including coal miners, truck drivers and utility workers. West Virginia AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Josh Sword read the names of the fallen workers. Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Labor Council president B.B. Smith rang a bell in memory of each of them.

Gov. Tomblin Hasn't Decided Whether He'll Run for Congress

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet. Tomblin told The Associated Press he has been approached about running for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins. Tomblin said he hasn't made "any final decisions on anything yet," adding that he's keeping the door open. Tomblin cannot run for re-election because he is reaching his term limits.

Sheriff's Office Asks for Tips in Theft Case

Over the last several months a business on Greenbrier Street has seen its share of crimes. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says Power Parts Supply in the 3100 block of Greenbrier Street had a vehicle stolen from its lot February 9th, and it was later recovered at Mill Creek Landing Apartments. Then sometime on April 5th the gates and buildings were broken into at Power Parts Supply and tools stolen. Anyone with information should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.

George Washington High School Graduates Record Number of Twins

High school graduation is a landmark day for all students, but twelve students at George Washington High School are making school history next month. There are six sets of twins graduating from GW this year, and all six sets of twins are fraternal. None of them are going to the same college together after graduation, so the fall will mark the first time the siblings have been apart from each other for more than a few days. All of the George Washington High grads will walk across the stage May 20th.

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