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The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols on the road tonight and into the early morning hours tomorrow. Captain Sean Crosier tells us each of the 23 Deputies will be looking for impaired drivers as well as answering both emergency and non-emergency calls. If you'll be out, you're urged to utilize a designated driver, free cab service or stay put until becoming sober. The sheriff's office is also reminding party hosts and bars that serve alcoholic beverages to someone else, that there are legal responsibilities associated with serving the alcohol. Deputies will be practicing “Zero Tolerance” for impaired drivers.
The trial is underway for a mother, whom police say was found passed out on drugs with her little boy strapped in the back seat of her car. Jury selection in the case against Susan Adkins started Monday. She is charged with child neglect after driving last summer to an alley off McQueen Street in Charleston, where she injected herself with cocaine and passed out. It's not clear how long she was unresponsive before neighbors found her in the car, with her two-year-old son in the backseat. It was 85 degrees out that day and the child was locked in the car, with the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning wasn't on, but the child was okay. For more, go to www.wsaz.com.
A Kanawha County girl was laid to rest Monday after an accidental shooting. 10-year-old Payton McKenzie-Bea Thomas of Quick died three days before Christmas after a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot her in the chest and an arm. The funeral was held Monday in St. Albans.
With an increase in the number of drivers on the road and the risk of impaired drivers increaseing, police will be increasing their presence on the roads. There will be DUI checkpoints will be set up all over, and officers tell WSAZ TV that there are usually more disturbance calls related to drinking and partying on New Year's Eve, and they'll be prepared for that. C And H Taxi will be doing their intoxi-taxi program, offering free rides home. All you have to do is give them a call Tuesday night between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. These are only rides home and are only free for the first 15 miles. For more, go to www.WSAZ.com.
A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in West Virginia will be introduced during the upcoming legislative session. WSAZ.com reports Delegate Mike Manypenny will sponsor the bill. This is the fourth time he has introduced legislation to legalize medical marijuana, and says this time he has 18 to 20 delegates who are ready to sign on and support the proposal. The legislative session starts Jan. 8.
West Virginia is working to make signs on interstate and U.S. highway routes more legible and visible. During regular sign replacements, the Department of Transportation is installing signs that feature a font called Clearview. DOT spokeswoman Carrie Bly tells the Associated Press that the font, in general, is easier to read. So far, signs with the Clearview font have been installed along Interstate 77 north of Charleston and Interstate 64 in the Huntington area. The DOT began replacing signs along Interstate 70 in the Northern Panhandle this year. U.S. 50 is up next, followed by Interstate 79. States must request interim approval from the Federal Highway Administration to use the Clearview font.
An alleged home invasion suspect is facing chargees today. Jimmy Walker was shot while trying to break into a home in Logan, and was arrested after medical treatment. He's been charged with burglary and conspiracy after allegedly breaking into a home he was watching for friends. Justin Blair is charged with nighttime burglary, battery on a police officer without a weapon, obstruction, destruction of property, possession of a controlled substance, escape from custody and a probation violation for his involvement in the crime.
There are just two days left in 2013, and if the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau is on target, there is much to look forward to in 2014. The Convention and Visitor's Burea expects the coming year to be a good one, and says it has booked more than 17,000 rooms in the last six months, almost 5,000 more than they predicted. Many of bookings are coming from area events the Bureau signs up as they try to market themselves as a premiere destination. Already, conventions are booked for USA Boxing, Hot Rod Power Magazine Tour, and the American Cornhole Organization. Events booked by the Visitor's Bureau this year through 2017 will bring in almost $14 million. And once the Charleston Civic Center is renovated, that could bring in even more conventions. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM
Kids are staying busy at the Clay Center over the holiday break. Kids out of school have been making arts and crafts that teach them about different cultures. On Saturday, kids made paper peacocks that represented folding fans found in India and China The Clay Center also has Christmas trees from around the world on display. Families can learn about different cultures and take part in the activities through Tuesday.
A proposal to rein in weekend special elections is among the bills Kanawha County officials want to introduce to the West Virginia Legislature. Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper is strongly opposed to the idea of having what he says are "elections every time you turn around", calling them a waste of money. Under the bill, which Carper said has the backing of Kanawha County lawmakers, it would no longer be legal to run a special levy election within six months of a regularly scheduled election, or to rerun a failed levy within one year of the original election. Carper said the intention of the bill is to encourage government agencies to put special elections on a regular election ballot.