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The latest Annual Highway Report released by the Reason Foundation says the state's highway system has gotten worse compared with the rest of the nation. The report ranked West Virginia 27th and 30th in the previous two reports, and now ranks 32nd. West Virginia ranks 47th in fatality rate, 45th in deficient bridges, 39th in rural interstate pavement condition, and 30th in urban interstate pavement condition.
Raleigh County sheriff deputies are investigating after the Family Dollar store in Glen Daniel was robbed Tuesday. Someone wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and a camouflage mask showed a handgun and made off with money. No arrests have been made, and the robbery remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 304-255-9300.
Charleston police are looking for two men who stole a Jaguar and a Land Rover from Smith Company Motors. Surveillance video shows a black male entering the showroom of the dealership about 6 p.m. Monday, and when employees were busy with other customers he found and took the keys. One of the suspects is described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left forearm. The other suspect is a white male, 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. Police think registration plate 2CL 625 was put on the Land Rover and 9TB 965 was placed on the Jaguar. One of the vehicles was spotted heading toward Beckley on the West Virginia Turnpike, but so far no arrests.
A Kanawha County woman entered her plea Monday to leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a man. Amanda Pritt was sentenced to two years in prison on the charge involving the accident and an unrelated charge of fraudulent schemes. The hit and run accident happened in 2010. James Dixon was riding his motorcycle home from work when Pitt made a u-turn in front of him and caused the accident. Dixon lost his right foot in the accident.
Terry Greenlee has officially taken over as mayor of Dunbar, with the official swearing-in on Monday. City council members were administered the oath of office Monday too, outside Dunbar City Hall.
Farmers in the area who want to help the state Department of Agriculture fight gypsy months can sign up now for the annual suppression program. Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says applications are available now and the deadline to return them is Aug. 31. To be part of it you've got to have at least 50 contiguous acres. Agriculture officials say the gypsy moth is one of the most serious pests in the state's forest. It's a non-native, invasive insect that feeds on 500 species of trees and shrubs, including West Virginia hardwoods. Defoliation can kill trees and make them more vulnerable to other pests and diseases.
There will be many opportunities to view fireworks this week, even before the 4th. The city of Charleston is having its fireworks display on Wednesday night at Haddad Riverfront Park after a performance by the West Virginia Symphony which starts at 8pm. The fireworks will likey go off around 9:45pm. On Thursday, fireworks will be on display over Appalachian Power Park. The West Virginia Power takes on the Hagerstown Suns at 7:05 p.m, and the fireworks are expected about 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. that night. You can also see fireworks in Spencer Thursday night at 10pm.
A former Congressional aide has gone from serious politics, to posting parodies on youtube. Rob Raffety is a former aide to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and the Charleston Gazette reports has produced and directed several short films about life on Capitol Hill. His comedy series is named Cap South, named after the Metro stop Capitol South, where many congressional staffers get off the subway to go to work every day. The series will air on YouTube starting this month and each episode is 3 to 5 mintues long. Raffety says his show is different than others because it focuses on the staffers, rather than the political figures.
Early Friday morning there was an attempted robbery at the 7-Eleven store at 5425 Midland Drive in Rand, and the investigation continues. Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's department explains what happened:
Nothing was stolen. Anyone with information should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, or submit an anonymous tip on the website.
The Fayette County commission is doing what it can to help retired mine workers keep their benefits. Commissioners approved a petition Saturday morning supporting the United Mine Workers of America, and the petition has been sent to UMWA headquarters. Without action from bankrupt Patriot Coal, some retired workers could lose their benefits starting today, July 1.