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Sandwich Shop Operators Arrested a Second Time

Two operators of Ms Sylvia's Sandwich Shop on West Washington Street have been arrested a second time. Rodney Armstrong and Emma Laughlin were arrested by Charleston police Sunday for manufacturing and selling alcohol without a license, and arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating conditions of their bond. Police arrested the two in the stairwell of the Kanawha County Courthouse parking garage Wednesday.

ACLU Files Suit on Behalf of Inmate

The American Civil Liberties Union's West Virginia chapter has filed a lawsuit that alleges that a correctional officer at the Beckley Correctional Center told other officers and inmates that one prisoner had HIV. The inmate was harassed by the officers and other inmates. The ACLU filed the lawsuit earlier this month in Kanawha County Circuit Court on behalf of the inmate, and told the Charleston Gazette the Division of Corrections doesn't have effective policies to ensure that inmates' medical information is kept private. Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein says all employees are adequately trained regarding confidentiality matters.

Man Involved in South Hills Shooting is Arraigned

The man who fired shots at his home and with police in the South Hills area Monday is out of the hospital, and went straight to court. Mark Bramble appeared Wednesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and was arrainged on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment. Charleston Police say Bramble started firing a gun from inside his home , and they say when officers arrived he intentionally started shooting at police. After being treated for self inflicted gunshot wounds and released from the hospital, he was arraigned and sent to jail.

FEMA Money Awarded to West Virginia

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $1 million to West Virginia to help the state recover from fierce summer storms in 2012, specifically those that came in June of last year and wrecked havoc. A derecho on June 29th, and the storms that followed, left three people dead and more than 680,000 customers without electricity across the state. U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the funding this week, and highlighted the operations center that provided support to local emergency operations and state agencies that lost electricity and water.

AG Lawyer Facing Charges Once He's Out of the Hospital

A West Virginia Attorney General's Office lawyer remains hospitalized after undergoing surgery for what the police chief describes as self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster told the Charleston Daily Mail he doesn't know how long Mark Bramble would be in the hospital. The chief says charges will be brought once he's released. Bramble was taken into custody more than two hours after the standoff began Monday in the city's South Hills neighborhood. He remained hospitalized Tuesday. Bramble was an assistant attorney general for the attorney general's employment programs division. He was hired in June 2012 and had turned in his resignation notice last Thursday. The resignation is effective later this month.

Huntington Man Who Bought Drugs in CA, Busted in Kanawha County

A man is accused of buying prescription drugs in California, and Charleston police made the arrest. 36-year old Bryan Lee Staley is from Huntington, and was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. A detective found Staley in possession of a valid prescription of 60 milligrams of oxycontin and 30 milligrams of roxicotin, but learned he had taken a woman's credit card to pay for it. He gave her some of the drugs in return.

Airgas Cited After Explosion

Airgas is contesting, but an OSHA investigation has led to six citations. The investigation into a May explosion that burned two workers at the Airgas plant near Poca turned up four serious violations, and six all together. Workers were taken to the hospital for burn-related injuries. OSHA is proposing $19,000 in penalties for the violations.

Ratification Vote Coming Up for UMWA

Some resolution for those with eyes on the coal industry. The United Mine Workers of America announced Monday that the union reached a settlement with Patriot Coal. The UMWA said in a news release that the agreement came with new terms and conditions of employment and after several weeks of negotiations, they have something that can be taken to the membership for ratification. The union said it was able to restore, or at least improve upon things like wages, health care benefits, paid time off, and pensions. The vote is set to happen Aug. 16.

Bear Paw Vandalized at State Capitol

West Virginia Capitol police are investigating the vandalism of a stuffed bear that sits outside the Attorney General's Office. Attorney general spokeswoman Beth Ryan says that someone cut off part of the bear's left paw. Ryan says a receptionist noticed the damage last Tuesday and filed a report with Capitol police. She says there aren't any security cameras monitoring the hallway outside the office. It's not a small crime, since state law prohibits possessing a bear or bear parts unless the animal was killed during hunting season and registered with the Division of Natural Resources. DNR training officer Lt. Tim Coleman says there's no expiration date on possession of bear parts, so the law would apply to a bear that's been stuffed.

Terrorism Charges Dropped, Others Stick for Elswick

The man found with a gun on school property last year with a gun has entered his plea. 52-year Russell Elswick of Clendenin pleaded no contest Monday morning in Kanawha County Circuit Court, after being charged with possessing a gun on school property and making terroristic threats. The terrorism charges were dropped. Elswick will face 2 to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in the coming weeks. The incident happened at Herbert Hoover High School in November 2012.

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