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No Charges After Last Week's Bomb Scare

That bomb scare last week outside the Charleston Marriot came after a homeless man abandoned his backpack, and police have said no charges will be filed. Detectives were able to track him down and question him, and apparently he left all of his belongings in the backpack and tried to hide it so he could come back for it later. There was a tupperware container in it with screws and nails inside, and that's what prompted the call to police.

Man is Arrested for Sexual Abuse

An Elkview man has been arrested for touching a 14-year-old girl inappropriately. Deputies say there were three separate incidents that happened while the girl was sleeping at his home in Elkview, and Johnie Winnell is accused of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Three Arrested for Breaking into Boarded Up Home

South Charleston police have arrested three people for breaking into a home that had been condemned for meth. The home on Forest Circle had been boarded up, and Mara Altizer, Michael Barned and Jesse Reed have all been arrested and charged with burglary for prying off a plywood windo. Altizer used to live there, according to police.

Sheriff's Office Puts C andidates to the Test

The Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission and Sheriff John Rutherford are beginning the Civil Service Testing process to pick candidates for Entry-Level Deputy Sheriff. It's a rigorous process, with the physical ability test getting things started this Saturday at West Virginia State University Lakin Field. The sheriff's office says they're expecting 180 applicants. Those who pass the physical ability test will move on to the written exam Saturday. Those that score at least 70% on that move onto the thorough background investigation phase, and then a polygraph examination. After that it's interviews and a psychological exam, and finally a medical examination.

Each candidate who meets all of the criteria will go before the Kanawha County Commission for the formal acceptance into the Sheriff’s Office.

Parents Fined for Truancy

The truancy crackdown continues. Ten parents in Kanawha County will have to pay fines and perform community service because their children didn't go to school. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom this week fined each parent $211 and placed them on 90 days of probation. The Charleston Daily Mail reports all 10 parents were charged with first-offense truancy after their children had more than five unexcused absences from school. The absences ranged from 10 to 41 days. If their children miss any more school, judge Bloom told them he wouldn't hesitate to send them to jail.

Students Honored for Character

56 high school students were honored Thursday night for good grades and good character. US Attorney Booth Goodwin hosted the ceremony at the Culture Center, and named the students Ambassadors for Justice. The ceremony honored high school juniors selected for outstanding character and citizenship, after administrative officials at their schools nominated them.

Charleston Air Quality Improves

The American Lung Association has removed the Charleston area from its list of the 25 worst U.S. metropolitan areas for year-round particle pollution. The association's annual State of the Air report released Wednesday shows the five-county area's short-term particle pollution levels dropped significantly since the 2012 report. The Charleston area ranked 17th worst in the nation last year for year-round particle pollution. The association also examined ozone levels. It found that Kanawha County had a total of eight days of high ozone levels, three more than in the previous report. But American Lung Association Mid-Atlantic CEO Deb Brown says Charleston's area quality is cleaner than when the first State of the Air report was released 14 years ago.

Arrested UC Basketball Players Kicked Off the Team

Two more University of Charleston basketball players are facing charges, connected with a robbery that happened downtown early Sunday morning on Virginia Street. Charleston Police arrested 20-year old Terrell Lipkins Tuesday night and charged him with two counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of fraud by use of a controlled access device. Charleston police say two other players - Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington -- will be charged with first degree robbery too, for the attack on Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison early Sunday. UC President Ed Welch says disciplinary action has been taken:

The two victims were injured in the attack where cash and a credit card were stolen. Then the men used the stolen credit card at a 7-Eleven.

Man Sentenced Over Illegal Prescription Pain Killers

A man was sentenced to more than two years in prison Tuesday on charges related to prescription pain killers. US Attorney Booth Goodwin says 40-year-old Thomas Henry Banks, Jr. of South Charleston, also known as “Fat Cat,” man possessed thousands of dollars in cash, hundreds of powerful prescription painkillers, and a loaded firearm inside a toddler’s bed at his home. Banks pleaded guilty in June 2012 to possession with intent to distribute prescription pain killers. Goodwin says this case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.

Supreme Court Justices at WSVU

Students at West Virginia State University are getting an up close look this week at the inner workings of the state Supreme Court. Justices are hearing four cases this week at the Institute campus, in the James C. Wilson University Union. The proceedings are open to the public. Chief Justice Brent D. Benjamin says in a news release that the justices have been looking forward to hearing cases outside the court's chamber at the Capitol.

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