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Early on January 27th, 18-year old Kevin Clemens was stabbed multiple times outside Impulse Night Club, and over the weekend the suspect turned himself in. 26-year old Aris Hairston of Institute has been charged with malicious wounding. Police had witness accounts confirming that Clemens and Hairston had gotten into an altercation inside the club over a spilled drink. Hairston's girlfriend gave a statement to police and identified Hairston in surveillance video that was captured outside of the club, according to the criminal complaint.
Trapping season for fisher has ended as of yesterday, but other trapping seasons are still open. The Division of Natural Resources says the seasons for the red and gray fox, bobcat, coyote, otter, mink, muskrat and raccoon continue through Feb. 28. The beaver trapping season ends March 31. But during the month of March, traps for beaver can only be set in water.
Putnam County sheriff’s deputies are asking for help finding a woman who robbed the Par Mar/BP gas station in Hurricane at knifepoint Wednesday night. The sheriff's dept. says in a news release the woman entered the store, flashed a knife, and demanded money at the store at the intersection of Hospital Drive and Route 34. The woman is described as blonde, about 5'3" tall and had parts of her face painted blue at the time. She could be driving a Blue Dodge Intrepid. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Putnam County sheriff's department at 304-586-0214.
The City of Charleston Planning Department has plans to revoke the permit for Impulse Night Club. Following a stabbing outside the club last weekend and continued concerns over safety, the city notified the club owner of the intent to revoke the permit in a letter dated January 31st. The letter says a conditional use permit granted in 2007 was based on the city's zoning ordinance that sets guidelines that operations cannot be offensive, dangerous, or detrimental to public interest. The letter also makes it clear last weekend's stabbing was not the reason behind the decision to revoke the permit, but it was a contributing factor. The permit will be revoked in ten days, and Impulse Night Club has thirty days to appeal the decision.
That protest related to Patriot Coal's bankruptcy this week had an impact on a rule on methane in West Virginia mines. Three members of the state Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety were in St. Louis for the protest and missed a meeting. The State Journal reports that kept the board from reaching a quorum, and therefore a decision on a rule that could strengthen limits on methane gas levels in coal mines. Board administrator Joel Watts says the rule may have stalled even if they'd been present. Federal rules require mining equipment to shut down at methane concentrations of 2 percent or more. Proposed state regulations would cut that to 1.25 percent if the levels are sustained. There's still come debate of the definition of "sustained" too.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office made a dozen arrestsThursday during a domestic violence and family law warrant sweep. A news release from the sheriff's office says two people from Dunbar were arrested for failing to pay child support, along with one person from Nitro and two from Sissonville. Three people from South Charleston were arrested on domestic violence charges, along with one person from Institute and one from Sissonville.
A trial date has been set for a man accused of shooting down another man in West Dunbar. 21-year old Franklin Beverly reportedly confessed to shooting 21-year old Joe Green at a Smoot Avenue apartment back in October. Beverly's trial date is set for March 4.
Nitro City Councilman Craig Matthews is leaving. Matthews is a Charleston firefighter serving his second term on the Nitro council and said he will be resigning his seat at the next city council meeting. He recently got married and had a baby earlier this month. His new wife lives in Putnam County, and he's been dividing his time between his parents' home in Nitro, his new wife's home in Putnam County, and the Charleston fire station. Nitro's city charter requires council members to live within city limits and Matthews said he will be moving full-time to Putnam County.
The fact that there a NO lights has drawn the spotlight. The West Virginia Veterans Memorial at the Capitol Complex has been without floodlights and walkway lights for some time because of an electrical problem. Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown told the Charleston Daily Mail the electrical panel may have been impacted by leaking rainwater, but it's in a confined space and it's hard to tell for sure. A contractor is coming in to look at the problem. One Air Force veteran says a darkened memorial is disrespectful to veterans.
Two men are in trouble after deputies found evidence of a meth lab at the Pine Valley Trailer Park in Sissonville. Shane Steven Thaxton was on home confinement after a conviction for attempting to operate a meth lab and wasn't home when deputies arrived. His home confinement officer was one of those there looking for him. After evidence of a meth lab was found, Jamie Lee Harmon, another resident, was arrested. Officers are still looking for Shane Thaxton, and anyone with information is asked to call 304-357-0169.