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A book written by a Charleston storyteller has been selected as the West Virginia title for the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington. Bill Lepp's "The King of Little Things" is aimed children and young adults. The book is illustrated by David T. Wenzel. The book's selection was by the West Virginia Center for the Book. Lepp is a five-time-champion of the West Virginia Liar's Contest. The National Book Festival is scheduled for Aug. 30.
There was another anti-violence event last night in Charleston, called the Guns Down, Hands Up to Pray Prayer Walk and Information Rally. Grace Bible Church on Kanawha Blvd. hosted the event as follow-up to last month's rally where hundreds marched against violence. At last night's event there were representatives on educational and career opportunities available to at-risk youth and young adults 14 to 25 years old.
Nitro city councillors have approved a second reading of a home rule ordinance that would give the city more local control and allow for faster decision-making. Under the ordinance, city leaders wouldn't have to go through the county, or state for some things. Nitro will still have to apply with the Municipal Home Rule Board to make it happen.
A woman inside a home in the 4800 block of Ohio Street in South Charleston Monday got a scare, when a man came in through the front door, and another through the back. A relative of the woman's boyfriend was hit by gunfire in the home invasion. South Charleston police are still looking for the two men involved, but they have little to go on since their faces were covered and the victims couldn't get a good look at them. Anyone with information is asked to call South Charleston police.
The votes from last week's primary were canvassed on Monday, and all absentee and provisional ballots were counted. There were more than 260 ballots that were challengable during the canvassing process. Kanawha County Commission president Kent Carper praised the County Clerk's office for their handling of election night duty. And he said the canvass went well with no changes and one close outcome:
Police say a Kanawha County teenager has drowned in a lake in Jackson County. Sheriff Tony Boggs says the accident occurred Sunday afternoon on the grounds of the Parchment Valley West Virginia Baptist Conference Center near Ripley. Boggs identified the victim on Monday as 15-year-old Shawn Jones Jr. of Charleston. Jones was a student at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Charleston. Boggs says Jones and another boy were in a kayak that capsized. The other boy was able to swim to shore. The sheriff says Jones was with a church group visiting the center.
The Charleston City Council last night approved a new grant application that would help buy new police equipment, including mounted lights and tasers. The grant application goes to the Bureau of Justice, and would help buy the equipment for both the Charleston PD and the Kanwaha County Sheriff's Department.
A robbery and kidnapping that happened Friday is still under investigation. It happened sometime before 9am Friday at the parking lot area of the 7-11 Store at West Main Street and Coal River Road in St. Albans. The manager said he was taking the daytime deposit to the bank and when he got into his car, a man wearing a black and green ski mask confronted him with a knife and forced him to drive an isolated area along the Coal River on Strawberry Road. The robber ran off after punching the manager, and took and undisclosed amount of cash with him. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 357-0169 or go to Kanawhasheriff.us.
West Virginia state biologists want to know if you see or hear the whip-poor-will. The Division of Natural Resources is fearful the bird with the distinctive call is on the decline. That's why they're asking residents to report any sightings of the bird through July 31. Whip-poor-wills are gray, brown and black, and you should report the sightings by email to DNR biologist Rich Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The story of two young boys at a Mingo County Middle School is making national news. The boys are accused of sexual abuse, working together to restrain victims and grope other students, and one victim alleges she was raped during a class trip to Charleston. CNN reports that the Mingo County prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the boys, and this comes after West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morissey filed a request for a civil injunction. The incidents happened at Burch Middle School in Mingo County between November 2012 and May 2013.