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Utah man sentenced for role in Hurricane mortgage fraud scheme

A Utah man has been sentenced for his role in a scheme that involved the sale of property in a Hurricane subdivision at inflated prices. Raymond Morris of South Weber, Utah, had his sentencing hearing postponed last week because of Hurricane Sandy, and it was rescheduled for Monday in federal court in Charleston. Morris will spend our years and nine months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar scheme. Federal prosecutors said six defendants were sentenced in the scheme that skimmed nearly $2 million in equity from defrauded lenders in less than two years.

Students honor Veterans

A statewide event aims to bring veterans together with high school students. Across West Virginia, more than a dozen high schools are holding Take a Veteran to School Day. Journalism students are also taking the time to interview veterans and archive their stories in the Library of Congress. Veteran's Day is this Sunday.

New dispatchers can apply now

The Kanawha County Metro 911 Center is being staffed now with new dispatchers. You would work 12-hour shifts and have every other weekend off. To apply or find out more information, go to Applicants have to be 18 or over and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Settlement approved for woman injured in 2010 raid

At Monday night's city council meeting, Charleston City Council members approved a settlement for a woman who sued the city, claiming a Charleston Police SWAT officer kicked her repeatedly and fractured several of her ribs during a 2010 raid. Council members approved $48,000 for Ludie Perdue. Search warrants had been issued for Perdue's sons on charges of entering without breaking and also on receiving and transferring stolen goods and they were the primary target of the raid, but there was also a search warrant for Ludie Perdue for receiving or transferring stolen goods.

One arrested in Beckley death, two at large

A 54-year-old Beckley man was shot and killed Sunday on Cohen Street. The Raleigh County Sheriff's office says three people got their vehicle stuck in his yard and a confrontation ensued. 54-year old Danny Kennedy was shot once and died at an area hospital. 22-year old Dominic Paige of Beckley is facing first-degree murder charges and is currently being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail. Officers are still looking for a juvenile and Antonio Wade, both of the Beckley.

Sheriff's office looks for car that hit pedestrian

Early on Friday - at 1:10am according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's office - Scott Thaxton of Big Chimney was walking alongside US 119 north Elk River Road in Mink Shoals when he was struck by a car traveling north. The Sheriff's office says Thaxton suffered minor injuries to his arm and the car kept going. Witnesses described the car as an older model "muscle car" possibly a Chevrolet Chevelle dark (black) with white racing stripes from the front end to the back. The car should have damage to the passenger side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. You can remain anonymous.

Man sent to jail after bomb threat

A man has been formally charged in connection with a recent standoff. 34-year old John Richard Banks. Jr. was charged with a felony count of false reports concerning bombs or other explosive devices after allegedly threatening his father and others with a grenade on Patrick Street in Charleston. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad examined the grenade and it wasn't harmful, but the threat sent Banks to the South Central Regional Jail.

Hurricane man arrested for making fake car registration

A Hurricane man is facing a felony charge after allegedly admitting that he created fake vehicle inspection and registration stickers. The Charleston Gazette reports 42-year old Brian C. "Chris" Dickerson was arrested after a State Police trooper saw a fake motor vehicle inspection sticker on his SUV in the parking lot of the Putnam County Courthouse. Dickerson admitted to making the registration sticker on his home computer. Dickerson is editor of the West Virginia Record, a free weekly paper that reports on lawsuits and legal matters.

Wildlife officials urge caution for hunters

West Virginia wildlife officials are urging hunters to be careful. There has been one death already this season, and hunters are urged to use a harness and other safety measures when they hunt from a tree stand. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reports nine tree stand incidents in the state have resulted in life-threatening injuries. Hunters should fully understand the safety features of tree stands before setting them up.

Jury sides with former East Bank officer

A jury has awarded $646,000 to former East Bank police officer Steve W. Smith, on claims that city officials wrongfully fired him after he charged town recorder Bill Thompson with obstruction and disorderly conduct for intervening in the arrest of his neighbor. The controversy came in 2008, and now the jury finds the town liable of intentional infliction of emotional distress and orders $93,000 in compensatory damages including back pay, and $350,000 in punitive damages.

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