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Local Trees to be on Display at the Capitol this Christmas

The Fewell family of Winfield has donated its 25-foot Blue Spruce as one of three trees that will be used for holiday displays this year at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The tree has become too big for their yard, so they called the state and it became a candidate to light up the Capitol at Christmas. State Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said the Fewells' tree would be used around the north fountain at the Capitol. The other two trees came from Crickmer Farms in the Fayette County. Almost half of the farm's 70 acres is dedicated to Christmas trees, and any family can go there to cut down a tree of their own. A lighting ceremony will be held Dec. 6 at hte State Capitol as part of the annual Joyful Night celebration.

Police Look for Suspects who Robbed a Pizza Delivery Driver

Charleston Police are looking for two men who robbed a Pizza Hut delivery driver on Charleston's West Side Friday night. According to dispatchers, the man was delivering a pizza near 6th Street around 9pm when two black men came up to him, pulled out a pistol and demanded money. The only description available, is that one man was wearing a red hoodie and jeans, and the other a black hoodie and jeans. Anyone with information should call Charleston Police.

Marshall Defensive Coordinator steps down

After a 65-59 double-overtime loss to East Carolina, Marshall Defensive Coordinator Chris Rippon resigned. The official announcement came on the Marshall athletics website Saturday afternoon, and head coach Doc Holliday thanked him for his service. Before Friday's loss to the Pirates, Marshall was ranked 97th in total defense and 116th in scoring defense. Rippon joined the Marshall staff in February 2010.

Charleston to host Travel South Showcase

2014 will mark the first time West Virginia has hosted the annual Travel South Showcase. Charleston will welcome the conference Feb. 23-26, 2014 at the Charleston Civic Center. Governer Earl Ray Tomblin says in a statement that the event will boost tourism, and he's "confident our hospitality will lead to further tourism investments." Southern tourism organizations will meet at the conference to connect with tour operators who focus on developing Southern tours.

State of Emergency Extended for Several Counties, including Kanawha

Kanawha County is one of several counties in West Virginia still under a state of emergency after Superstorm Sandy. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared the State of Emergency ahead of the storm for 55 counties, and he has extended the emergency declaration through December 21 for 22 of them. He says in a news release that the counties need more time and help to recover from the storm. Counties still under the State of Emergency include Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh, Randolph, and Wyoming.

Hundreds of Runners Firght Hunger at Charity Run

On a big day of eating on Thursday, more than 500 gathered to fight hunger. Runners and walkers took part in the 2nd annual Union Mission Drumstick Dash Thursday with the proceeds to purchase food for Christmas baskets that are given out to more than 20,000 families statewide. The course took runners through Kanawha City, between the University of Charleston and Charleston Memorial Hospital. Runners brought canned food items as donations before the run/walk.

Charleston Teen Seeks Lesser Prison Sentence

A Charleston teenager is seeking a lesser prison sentence. 17-year old Thomas Mallo is just a few weeks away from his 18th birthday and has to start serving a 40-year prison sentence then. Mallo was convicted of killing an elderly neighbor and has been held at the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem since he pleaded guilty in 2010 to second-degree murder. Mallo was 14 when 80-year-old Phyllis Jean Phares died in 2009. Prosecutors say he stabbed her to death. Kanawha County Chief Public Defender George Castelle plans to ask a judge to reduce the sentence. Kanawha County attorneys are expected to oppose the move.

Charleston Shooting Investigation Continues

Charleston police continue to investigate the death of 39-year old Clinton Green, also known as "Blue." Green's body was found early Wednesday in the middle of the road with multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives say they have strong leads in the case, and think Green may have known the suspect. There's no reason for the neighborhood to believe it was a random crime. Green's body was found at 924 Main Street in Charleston around 2am Wednesday, after green walked home from a nearby bar. Court records show past drug convictions and prison time for Green, along with assault, domestic battery, and burglaries. Police have declined to give a motive in the shooting.

Supreme Court Reverses Putnam Co. Judge's decision

A West Virginia man freed last year after serving 15 years in prison for the rape of a 5-year-old girl has had his sentenced reversed. A decision by Putnam County circuit judge O.C. Spaulding set Joseph Lavigne Jr. free, but the state Supreme Court reversed the decision and sent Lavigne back to prison to finish his sentence. Lavigne was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

Decision on Slack Recycling Center could come soon

A new lease would turn Charleston's Slack Street recycling center over to West Virginia Recycling Services. There was no decision this week, but the final details could be worked out at a December 4th meeting of the Kanawha Solid Waste Authority. As the deal stands now, the authority would take $5.50 from every ton of recycling that makes its way through the center. The building that houses the Slack Street recycling center is more than one hundred years old, and was closed last March when combustible dust was found, among other structural issues. From a public drop off site, the recyclables are currently hauled off to Raleigh and Jackson counties for processing.

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