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Competitors in Fayette County are getting ready for Bridge Day this weekend. It's billed as the largest extreme sports event in the world, with more than 75-thousand expected to turn out and watch on the the New River Gorge Bridge, according to the organizers’ website. The BASE jumps will last from 9am to 3pm, with the New River Gorge Bridge as the launch point. With all of the jumpers and walkers on the bridge, traffic will be shut down Saturday from 7 a.m. until about 5 p.m.
As the Kanawha County Library continues to look at its funding options, it was dealt another blow recently. A supreme court decision back in February released the school district from its obligation to provide funding to the library, although it can still offer fund voluntarily. Now the West Virginia Library Commission won't award more than $25,000 in grant funding to the library because the library's 2013 operating expenditures didn't meet standards. The Charleston Gazette reports that will result in a penalty, with grant funds reduced by $25,398.
The 2014 Charleston Distance Run is happening on August 30th 2014, but registration has already opened. More than 1500 runners participated in this year's event, and the race plans more growth and improvements. There will be a 15-mile run; three-person, 15-mile relay; plus a 5K run; and also 5K and 10K walks. Registration fees for the 15-mile race are $40 by July 15, 2014 and then you'll have to pay ten dollars more, or twenty dollars more after Aug. 5, 2014. In the 5K race and three-person, 15-mile relay, registration fees start at $35, and it's $25 for the 5K and 10K walks. www.charlestondistancerun.com has the registration info.
The Unitarian Universalist Church on Charleston's West Side will host a seminar on sex trafficking later this week. The US Department of Justice says the practice impacts between 100,000 and 300,000 American children each year, and a group that aims to prevent and eliminate sex trafficking will lead the seminar. Sister Anne Victory is education coordinator for the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking, based in Ohio, and she'll be the lead speaker. The session is at Unitarian Universalist Church Thursday night at 7pm. It's at 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.
Nitro police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred after a traffic stop early this morning. Police searching for the suspect after pulling over a car on Interstate 64 about 2am. 911 dispatchers said the person in the car shot at the officer and hit the cruiser. The officer wasn't hurt, and shot back. The suspect took off. All police in the area are on the lookout.
The investigation continues into possible Mingo County corruption. Now the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating three Mingo County attorneys - Matthew Chandler, Wesley White, and Ronald Rumora - who have been mentioned in other pending corruption cases in Mingo County. Chandler resigned last week before an emergency meeting of the Mingo County Commission where Teresa Maynard was appointed to take over as prosecutor for Michael Sparks, according to the Daily Mail. Chandler and Smith work together at Smith's private law firm, and resigned rather than risk a conflict of interest.
An investigation is underway to determine whether a state official's gunshot wound was accidental. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the training coordinator for the state Division of Homeland Security suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at his home Dons Drive outside Charleston Sunday afternoon. Deputies found Frank Kennedy with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso, and a handgun was found in the woods nearby. Kennedy is at CAMC General Hospital after surgery.
Charleston police are investigating after a man was allegedly attacked Sunday night at the Bigley Avenue Go-Mart. The victim told police two men attacked him in the parking lot after asking him if he wanted to buy some marijuana. A woman was also involved, reportedly shooting the man with a stun gun. The victim was taken to the hospital, while five people face charges. Roland Brungard, Stephon Thomas, Chardene Cope, Lauren Watson and Juan Chapman were all arrested.
Two teenagers associated with Riverside High School lost their lives Saturday in a crash in Marmet. Police says the accident happened in the 7800 block of Maccorkle Avenue around 9:45 p.m., and only one of three in the cars involved survived. State police say 18-year-old Mason Roush was driving a pickup southbound on Route 61 when he tried to pass a car, and hit another smaller pickup head-on in the northbound lanes. Roush and the teenager driving the second pickup both passed away. 16-year-old passenger with the second victim, Kirsten Young was taken to CAMC General with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. WCHS TV reports all three of the teens were either current students or recent graduates of Riverside High School.
Charleston Police arrested Randolph Wilson Friday in the 900 block of Central Avenue Friday on meth charges. Officers said they found shake and bake meth lab in a two liter plastic bottle. Wilson was arrested and charged with attempting to operate a meth lab. In a separtate incident, police in Dunbar pulled over a car and found a bottle with meth making materials in it during a search. Elizabeth
Miller and Steven White were both arrested and charged with attempting to operate a meth lab.