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The courts were working on the 4th of July, and 29-year old Ronnie Lee Thomas Jr. was arraigned on drug charges. Thomas faces a felony charge for attempt to operate a clandestine drug lab, and distribution and/or possession within 1,000 feet of a public or private school. In this case it was two schools - Midland Trial Elementary school and Riverside High School. He was arrested in Diamond, off of U.S. Route 60. The criminal complaint says Thomas was carrying methamphetamine making materials on school grounds.
A man died this week a day after he was in a storm-related car accident. 33-year old Charles Slater of Scott Depot was driving a Range Rover SUV Tuesday on West Washington Street in Dunbar, and the SUV collided with a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Two others were injured, and Slater died Wednesday in the hospital. Deputies said the weather was a factor in other accidents around that time - about 6:30pm.
The American Civil Liberties Union is questioning a monument of the Ten Commandments installed on the Wyoming County Courthouse lawn. ACLU-West Virginia chapter staff attorney Sarah Rogers tells the Charleston Gazette that there are constitutional concerns. She says government property is being used to advocate one religion over another. County Commission president Jason Mullins said the monument was paid for and installed by a group of churches and business leaders. Mullins said the group didn't seek the county's permission to install the monument. But he says commissioners who saw the monument being installed didn't object. Mullins said the group wanted to address the county's drug problem and inspire others.
Authorities are still searching for a South Central Regional Jail inmate who escaped while on work release earlier this week. 31-year-old Eric Lamont Jackson didn't return to the jail Monday evening after he left his work release job. He was being held at the jail on a domestic battery charge.
Charleston police are investigating after a pizza delivery driver and a woman in a vehicle were robbed Monday night. Charleston police said in one of the robberies a Pizza Hut delivery driver had just made a delivery and stopped at the intersection of Watts Street and Crescent Road to look up his next stop on a map when a man approached, demanded money and took the delivery driver’s wallet. The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has tattoos on his arms. In another robbery the same night, a woman told officers she was stopped in a vehicle at the intersection of Lewis and Shrewsbury when a man came up and demanded money. That suspect is a black male and about 5 feet 9 inches tall. Anyone with information should call Charleston police.
Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.
The latest Annual Highway Report released by the Reason Foundation says the state's highway system has gotten worse compared with the rest of the nation. The report ranked West Virginia 27th and 30th in the previous two reports, and now ranks 32nd. West Virginia ranks 47th in fatality rate, 45th in deficient bridges, 39th in rural interstate pavement condition, and 30th in urban interstate pavement condition.
Raleigh County sheriff deputies are investigating after the Family Dollar store in Glen Daniel was robbed Tuesday. Someone wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and a camouflage mask showed a handgun and made off with money. No arrests have been made, and the robbery remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 304-255-9300.
Charleston police are looking for two men who stole a Jaguar and a Land Rover from Smith Company Motors. Surveillance video shows a black male entering the showroom of the dealership about 6 p.m. Monday, and when employees were busy with other customers he found and took the keys. One of the suspects is described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left forearm. The other suspect is a white male, 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. Police think registration plate 2CL 625 was put on the Land Rover and 9TB 965 was placed on the Jaguar. One of the vehicles was spotted heading toward Beckley on the West Virginia Turnpike, but so far no arrests.
A Kanawha County woman entered her plea Monday to leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a man. Amanda Pritt was sentenced to two years in prison on the charge involving the accident and an unrelated charge of fraudulent schemes. The hit and run accident happened in 2010. James Dixon was riding his motorcycle home from work when Pitt made a u-turn in front of him and caused the accident. Dixon lost his right foot in the accident.
Terry Greenlee has officially taken over as mayor of Dunbar, with the official swearing-in on Monday. City council members were administered the oath of office Monday too, outside Dunbar City Hall.