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More Details Released on Kanawha County Meth Bust

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office S.T.O.P Team worked off of a tip this week as it investigated the distribution of methamphetamine in the area. Cpl. BD Humphreys tells us the S.T.O.P Team received information that subjects from Texas were traveling to the Kanawha County area and staying in local motels distributing Crystal Meth. The investigation led officers to the Budget Host Inn in Malden, and Steve E. Gonzales was arrested. After executing a search warrant deputies recovered enough crystal meth to have a street value of $25,000 and several hundred dollars in cash. Gonzales was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail.

Wayne County Man Sentenced After 2012 Incident

A Wayne County man was sentenced to prison for illegally possessing a firearm. 47-year old Brian Clark of East Lynn, pleaded guilty last October to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and he was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Investigators say that on June 18, 2012, Clark illegally possessed a 9-millimeter pistol near Harts in Lincoln County and tried to rob the Logan Bank and Trust. He was not permitted to possess a weapon because of a 2004 armed robbery conviction. For more Charleston Kanawha Valley News, go to www.wsaz.com.

Gas Prices Hold Steady

The price of a gallon of gas is holding steady in West Virginia. AAA East Central says gas prices increased by a cent from last week, after a steady rise over the past few weeks. The state's per-gallon average is $3.40, up nearly a dime over the national average, but a couple pennies lower than the price at the pump one year ago. Across the state, prices range from a low of $3.27 a gallon in Huntington to a high of nearly $3.60 a gallon in Martinsburg. Gasbuddy.com reports the average in Charleston is about $3.31.

South Charleston Restaurant Break-in Under Investigation

Police are investigating a break-in at Schlotzsky's Deli in South Charleston.
It happened sometime between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Police say someone stole money out of the register and stole the store's surveillance camera. There are no suspects at this point, but South Charleston police are taking tips as they continue the investigation. For more Charleston-Kanawha Valley News, go to www.WSAZ.com.

Huntington Reports First Flu Death

It's always been said that the young and old are especially at risk during flu season, but the first flu death in Cabell County this year is someone in the middle. Few details have been released, but we do know someone between the age of 24 and 35 died Sunday from complications related to Influenza A. The Cabell-Huntington Health Department says the patient died Sunday at St. Mary's Medical Center. There have been no flu-related deaths so far in Kanawha County.

Investigation Continues After Dept. of Agriculture Audit

New information has been released regarding an audit about the West Virginia State Department of Agriculture. Lawmakers say the audit shows evidence of mismanagement of a $5 million loan program administered by the department. Auditors found that 25 of 40 outstanding loans that were given by the department are delinquent. Of half of those delinquent loans, investigators say there was no effort to collect payment. The audit also found the evidence of potential conflicts of interest between former commissioner Gus Douglass and either the loan committee or recipients. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

Natalie Tennant to Tour State

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is planning a listening tour across West Virginia as part of her campaign for U.S. Senate. The 55-county tour will begin later this week in the Northern Panhandle. Other stops are planned over the coming months. The tour will include meetings with seniors, workers, business leaders and students. Tennant said Monday in a news release that she wants to take her campaign directly to West Virginians.

Investigation Underway Into Woman's Death Near St. Albans

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating after a woman's body was found Monday inside a St. Albans apartment. Metro 911 operators received a call of a cardiac arrest on Miracle Drive, near Saint Albans and medics found 26-year old Linda Thornton dead at the scene. Cpl. B-D Humphreys tells us the medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy and toxicology screening to determine a cause of death, and it's possible it was an overdose. Humphrey's also says three children ages 5 years, 3 years, and 5 months were inside the apartment at the time, and Child Protective Services released them to family members.

Sen. Jeff Kessler Promotes Future Fund

Senate President Jeff Kessler says he thinks he has the support of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and House Speaker Tim Miley to create a future fund for education and other needs, despite budget woes. Kessler says the plan would set aside a portion of the severance tax on the state's natural gas industry without imposing higher tax rates or affecting current government programs. The plan could infuse more money for future teacher pay raises, infrastructure and other needs. Kessler will push the plan in the upcoming legislative session, which starts tomorrow.

Dunbar Gets New Police Chief

Dunbar police chief Earl Whittington has been police chief for 29 years, and announced his retirement during a City Council meeting Monday night. Meanwhile, Jesse Bailes was sworn in as the new police chief. Bailes is a 27-year veteran of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Bailes takes over for Whittington immediately. Whittington has accepted a position with the sheriff's department. For more news to to www.wsaz.com.

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