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Two Parkersburg women have been indicted on charges that they used Girl Scout funds to take a trip to Florida. A Wood County grand jury indicted Denise Davis and Mary Farnworth last week on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a felony. Both are former troop leaders of the Girls Scouts of the Black Diamond Council. Council spokeswoman Jennifer Brown says Davis still works as the council's director of membership services. Special prosecutor Joshua Downey says the women allegedly used $2,400 from cookie and yard sales to take their daughters and a friend to Sea World in 2011. Downey says the money came from outreach groups. The Black Diamond Council serves most of West Virginia, along with some areas of Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.
Three arrests have been made in connection with crimes last Wednesday that turned out to be linked. First a burglary was reported on Church Road in Pinch, and surveillance video showed three white men going to the back of a house. They ransacked the house and stole several items. Later that morning a stolen vehicle was recovered in the Davis Creek area after it had been taken from Fields Drive, near Chandler Drive. A car was also stolen from a nearby garage where the man who lives there works on cars. That vehicle was later recovered after a crash, and those inside ran off. Deputies also investigated other stolen vehicle reports and were able to link the crimes together. 24-year old Allen Michael Burgess is facing charges, along with 18-year old Devin Craig Thaxton and 24-year old Harry Wayne Asbury, all of Sissonville
Police are investigating a disturbance that happened Saturday in front of the “5 o’clock Somewhere” bar at 1233 Ohio Avenue in Dunbar. An event was being held there on Friday night to benefit the victim of a recent murder at the Motel 6 in Cross Lanes when a fight broke out between two people in the middle of a large group. Three men brandished handguns and fired about 8 shots at each while running west on Ohio Avenue towards 13th Street. The bar owner's vehicle was hit by stray bullets and so was a nearby daycare's windwow. There were no injuries. Detective JA Payne says witnesses are being uncooperative with police, and Dunbar police are looking for tips. Call the anonymous tip line at (304) 766-0201, or submit a tip through the Dunbar PD Facebook or Twitter accounts.
A stabbing is under investigation in Cross Lanes. It happened Sunday near the Dollar General store on Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes. Christopher McClanahan ran into the store with stab wounds, and the suspect, Stephen Dwayne Sneed, followed McClanahan into the store and threatened him again, this time with a level. An employee intervened and Mr. Sneed left, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. McClanahan was taken by ambulance to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Division for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. A warrant has been issued for Sneed, and anyone with tips should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip through www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Expect a lot of traffic and activity around the Culture Center for the funeral of former Governor Arch Moore. The public memorial service takes place today from 9:30 to 11:30am at the Culture Center, and there will be a visitation tonight at Grisell's Funeral Home in Moundsville from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Another funeral service is set for tomorrow in Moundsville. Former Governor Moore is the father of US Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, and passed away January 7th. He served three terms as governor in West Virginia -- from 1969 to 1977 and from 1985 to 1989. He is the only governor to be elected to three terms.
The Republican-led Legislature wants to repeal state renewable energy standards that a power company official said could be met at no additional cost. A House of Delegates committee unanimously passed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio repeal Thursday. A Senate committee discussed it without voting. The portfolio requires generating 25 percent of electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025. More efficient coal-burning technologies would qualify.
More than 26,000 West Virginians have signed up for the health insurance marketplace under the program's second open enrollment. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 26,236 people signed up ahead of the deadline Thursday for coverage starting Feb. 1.
For those who missed the deadline, an open enrollment period will extend until Feb. 15. If that deadline is missed, the earliest coverage for those seeking coverage would be 2016.
The state Board of Education is being urged to take immediate action to fix safety problems at an Oak Hill middle school. Several Fayette County residents addressed the board Wednesday at a meeting in Charleston. Fayette County Republican Delegate Tom Fast reminded the school board that it took control of the county school system in 2010, so it was up to the board to act quickly. Fayette County school officials closed Collins Middle School's main building on Monday, a month after a building housing the school's gym and a school-based health clinic was closed. Seventh- and eighth-graders are being moved to other schools. A third building housing fifth- and sixth-graders will remain open. Collins Middle School was built in 1950.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a St. Albans body shop owner of illegally installing junkyard parts on new vehicles. Greg Chandler tells the Charleston Daily Mail that he feels vindicated by the ruling. Former Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed the lawsuit in 2011 against Greg Chandler's Frame & Body and Liberty Mutual Insurance, alleging that Liberty's policy to use reconditioned, remanufactured or used parts for vehicle repairs violated state law. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Charles King dismissed the lawsuit on Monday.
Appalachian Power is planning to upgrade a roughly 21-mile power line in Virginia and West Virginia. The company says that if approved by regulators in both states, it will upgrade the South Bluefield-Wythe transmission power line from a 69 kilovolt line to a 138 kilovolt line, and will likely cost between $70 million to $90 million. The original line was built in 1917. The Roanoke Times reports that most of the West Virginia work will be in Mercer County and won't start until 2016. They'll complete the project in 2018.