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There's been one arrest after a Monday afternoon stabbing in Charleston. It happened at Patrick Street and 7th Avenue, and one woman suffered a stab wound after an argument. One man was arrested, and the woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Freedom Industries had its day in court Monday, and pleaded guilty to three pollution charges related to last year's chemical spill into the Elk River. Mark Welch, chief restructuring officer of Freedom Industries, entered the plea on behalf of the company Monday in federal court in Charleston. Freedom faces a maximum $900,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled June 29. Two former Freedom owners and two lower-level employees pleaded guilty to a pollution charge last week and will be sentenced in June. Another former Freedom owner, Dennis Farrell, and former President Gary Southern face trial later this year on spill-related charges. Southern also faces charges related to Freedom's bankruptcy.
A woman reported missing in Kanawha County was found over the weekend, and her mother was criminally charges. 29-year old Hannah Jenami was found Friday night after Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies spent the day interviewing witnesses and following up on tips. Deputies say she was hiding under a blanket in a bedroom closet of her mother’s home, and the mother, Goldie Jenami admitted she didn’t report it to deputies who kept looking for her. The mother faces a misdemeanor filing a false police report.
The Charleston Area Alliance has launched the Small Business Innovation Research assistance program to help small businesses with applications and give incentives. The Charleston Gazette says the program will have two phases, and in phase 1 companies can receive up to $150,000 for a six-month period to prove a concept works. Phase two focuses on the research and development and companies can receive $1 million during that phase. Applications for the program are available starting today through the Alliance.
Beckley residents will begin voting on a new city logo this week. Today is the deadline for artists and designers to submit entries for the city's logo contest. Public voting begins Saturday and runs through April 11. The Register-Herald says the top five designs will be submitted to the city's Logo Selection Committee. The winning design will be announced on April 14 at a City Council meeting. The winner will receive $500 from the city, along with other prizes.
There's been an arrest after a disturbance Sunday in Jefferson in the 7200 block of MacCorkle Avenue. When deputies got there, 39-year old Owen Higginbotham was bleeding from cuts to his face and left arm, and he said the person who cut him was his cousin Howard Justice, and he was still inside. He refused to come out at first, but eventually complied and was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, a felony. Higginbotham's injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening, but he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler has filed pre-candidacy paperwork for an open governor's race, first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail. In a 2011 special election, Kessler placed fifth in the Democratic primary for governor. He would be up for re-election in the Senate in 2016, and can't run for both. Kessler served as Senate president before Republicans took control of the Legislature this year. Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is also considering a run at governor, a job he held for two terms.
West Virginia secondary school students could win as much as $500 for developing a video about the U.S. Constitution and what it's meant to them. The state Department of Education and the West Virginia State Bar are sponsoring a video contest for students in grades 6 through 12, with a top prize of $500 and second prize of $250 in each category. Deadline for entry is March 27.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be conducting a high visibility sobriety checkpoint tonight from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Midland Drive near Rand. The Sheriff’s Office says it has zero tolerance for impaired driving and this is one of many checkpoints this year.
Bridge Day organizers have approved an optional security measure to address privacy concerns about fingerprint scans. The Bridge Day Commission plans to require BASE jumpers, rappellers and vendors to submit to the scans. The fingerprints will be checked against a terrorism watch list. The Register-Herald reports that the commission has added the option of a paid background check. The fingerprint scans will be free. Commission chairwoman Sharon Cruikshanks says background checks would be conducted by a third-party security company. Bridge Day is the only time that BASE jumping is allowed from the New River Gorge Bridge. Some jumpers have said they will skip this year's event because of the fingerprint scans. BASE stands for building, antenna, span and Earth, the fixed objects from which jumpers leap with parachutes.