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Man Faces Charges After ISIS Threat

A homeless man is facing charges after calling 911 and saying ISIS told him that a Charleston building was going to "come down." 58-year old Daniel Alfred Levasseur was arrested Tuesday at the Charleston Town Center and charged with making terroristic threats. The criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court says Levasseur made the threat Tuesday morning, and said he did not know the time or location, but knew the threat was true. He also said he had warned authorities prior to the Oaklahoma City bombing, but no one would listen. And the criminal complaint says Levasseur told dispatchers he was a member of the Mexican Mafia sent from Tucson, Arizona.

State Police Trooper Accidentally Shot While Cleaning Gun

A West Virginia State Police trooper is recovering from a gunshot wound after his personal weapon accidentally discharged. State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says one round discharged as the trooper was cleaning the gun Monday evening at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. The trooper was shot in the hand or wrist area. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Baylous says the trooper was at the academy for training.

Parole Denied For 1989 Killing

A man convicted of killing a Putnam County sheriff's deputy in 1989 will remain behind bars for at least three more years. The West Virginia Parole Board on Monday denied parole for Robert Gray following a hearing at Huttonsville Correctional Center. Monday's parole hearing was Gray's sixth since he was sentenced to life in prison in 1990. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Deputy John Janey. Janey was off-duty and staking out a home for an insurance company when he was fatally shot.

House Speaker Boehner Campaigns for WV Candidate

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is coming to West Virginia to participate in a get-out-the-vote rally with Republican House candidate Alex Mooney. Mooney's campaign says the one-hour rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paddy's Irish Pub in Charles Town. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden also is scheduled to speak at the rally. Mooney faces former state Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey in the race to fill Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's seat in the 2nd Congressional District. Capito is running for the U.S. Senate. Mooney is a former GOP chairman and Maryland lawmaker who moved to West Virginia last year.

Extra Patrols Over Halloween Will Watch For Drunk Drivers

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office will have extra patrols on the road this Wednesday through Saturday evening, in an effort to crack down on vandalism. Officers will show special focus to vandalism-prone areas. Captain Sean Crosier says, in addition to the normal and Halloween Patrols they'll be using grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program specifically for Drunk Driving Prevention. That means there will be an additional 4-6 Deputies searching for impaired drivers, and there will be DUI Checkpoint Saturday night, and more about the time and location will be provided as required by law, according to Captain Crosier.

Sheriff's Office To Watch For Vandals On Halloween

Again this year Kanawha County Sheriff John Rutherford has authorized extra Halloween Patrols to keep Trick-or-Treaters and citizens safe. Captain Sean Crosier says the KCSO will have varying totals of 21-24 Deputies out on patrol from around 5:00p until needed on Wednesday, Thursday (Trick-or-Treat), Friday and Saturday nights. These extra Deputies will be placed in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism, and they'll be in both marked and un-marked vehicles as well as on foot with strict orders of “Zero Tolerance” for would-be vandals. Those found breaking the law will be arrested.

Jail Rates Stay Steady

County officials across West Virginia have gotten some good news from the state Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. The per-diem rate that counties pay to house prisoners in regional jails won't increase this year. Jail authority executive director Joe DeLong tells The Charleston Gazette that an increase isn't necessary because of better accounting and a cost-saving campaign by state jail officials. Cabell County prosecutor Sean Hammers and Kanawha County manager Jennifer Sayre say the decision will help their counties control jail costs. Kanawha County has the highest jail bill in the state. Sayre says Kanawha County pays on average about $350,000 a month to house prisoners at the South Central Regional Jail.

Students Asked To Submit Healthy Recipes

West Virginia PTA is challenging students to come up with healthy recipes. The contest’s categories include Hearty Breakfast, Nutritious Lunch, Wholesome Dinner, Nourishing Snack and Appetizers, Healthy Desserts, Allergy Safe Recipes, and a Cooking Video. Students participating in the contest have until Jan. 15 to submit an original recipe to West Virginia PTA. The organization says the goal is to promote healthy habits and to reward students for healthy lifestyles.

Charleston Mother Faces Charges For Abducting Her Kids

Four children were recently abducted by their mother, who doesn't have legal custody of them. WCHS TV reports officers negotiated with the mother and arranged to meet her at a restaurant in Kanawha City where she handed over the children. The children are ok, and are in custody of their legal guardian. Woodson is arrested and charged with child concealment.

Trail Connecting Wineries Could Be Coming

Winemakers and distillery producers met recently to talk about creating a trail that would link wineries and distilleries in West Virginia that are within close proximity to each other. Winery trails have long been established in nearly every state in the country. In fact there are 277 such trails nationwide, according to America's Wine Trails. There just aren't any in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette notes that U.S. wine production and consumption is at an all-time high. Consumption increased 1.9 percent to 325.4 million 9-liter cases of wine in the U.S. last year.

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