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Some Utility Customers Will See Rate Increase

Mon Power and Potomac Edison say West Virginia regulators have approved a rate case settlement that will result in a rate increase for customers. The case involved the recovery of expenses from two weather events in 2012, increased costs at coal-fired power plants and improvements to enhance power reliability. The settlement approved by the Public Service Commission results in the recovery of about $63 million in additional revenues.
The PSC also issued a separate order regarding an annual fuel rate adjustment settlement filed in December 2014. Reflecting both rate changes, typical Mon Power and Potomac Edison residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month can expect their bills to increase by about eight dollars starting Feb. 25.

Man Robbed After Trying to Buy Xbox

A man is wanted after a robbery on the West Side early Wednesday. Charleston police say a 19-year old man was robbed at gunpoint at a house in the 1200 block of Stuart Street about 12:30 a.m. after going there to buy an Xbox game system. A man pulled a gun on the victim once he was inside, and got about seventy dollars from him. The suspect is described as a black man about 6'2" and weighing about 190 pounds. Anyone with tips should call the Charleston Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

Several Arrested in Rand Warrant Sweep

Seven people were arrested Wednesday in Rand in a warrant sweep. Cpl B-D Humphreys says warrants for grand larceny, accessory to burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, domestic battery, battery, and destruction of property offenses were served. More warrant sweeps are planned, and tips on finding those with active warrants can be submitted at

Man Faces Charges for Medicaid Billing by Ambulance Service

A Princeton man faces bribery and other charges stemming from a state Medicaid investigation. James Cecil Nance is accused of directing and allowing employees of Life Ambulance to provide advanced life support services and bill Medicaid after the company ceased to have ambulances licensed for these services. Nance is charged in Kanawha County Magistrate Court with bribery, false claims, conspiracy and criminal penalties. He was Life Ambulance's director of operations, which was part of First Med EMS and shut down in December 2013. Nance was arrested last week.

Judges Won't Be Elected on Party Lines Under New Bill

West Virginia House lawmakers have approved a bill making elections nonpartisan for magistrates and judges, including state Supreme Court justices. On Wednesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 90-9 to get rid of party affiliations in the elections starting in 2016. The change would apply to the Supreme Court, magistrates, circuit courts and family courts. The elections would take place during the May primary. Right now West Virginia is one of seven states with judges elected on partisan lines. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Charleston Police Look for Vehicle Break-in Suspect

Charleston police are looking for the person who broke into a vehicle last week on Tennis Club Road. Officers say a black male was riding in some sort of Toyota SUV with a skull sticker on the driver's side, and police have pictures of that vehicle. The last four digits on the license plate were 4555. If you have information on the vehicle or the suspect, call Charleston police.

Man Accused of Ramming Deputy's Vehicle Faces New Charge

Another charge has been filed against a man accused of ramming a police officer's car. 34-year old Brian Spencer had been facing charges for with leaving the scene of a crash causing property damage and personal injury. Now add an attempted murder charge. Cpl B-D Humphreys recapped the accident that happened January 24th and said Spencer drove head-on at high speed into a Kanawha County Sheriff's Office vehicle that was parked and occupied by Corporal A. J. Miller. Cpl. Miller saw the vehicle coming toward him and turned on his emergency blue lights to warn he was parked ahead, but the vehicle accelerated and steered directly into Cpl. Miller's vehicle. The new attempted murder charge was filed Monday.

Sheriff's Office Asks for the Public's Help with Theft Case

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person who may have committed several thefts. On December 22 there was a call from employees of Shamblin Stone at their Hugheston location, and they reported a theft, and deputy sheriff's have persons of interest in the case. They think this burglary might be related to others in the area, and are asking for tips as they continue to investigate. If you know anything call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at

South Charleston to Decide on Excess Levies

South Charleston residents are voting now on whether to renew the city’s $1.66 million excess tax levies. Some of the levies have been in place for eighty years or more, and renewing them would pay for street maintenance, police and fire departments, recreation and to help support the South Charleston Public Library. The Charleson Gazette reports the levies make up about $1.66 million of the city’s $22 million budget. Early voting continues today at City Hall in South Charleston, with the election on Saturday.

Lawmakers Could Do Away With Tolls

A new bill before state lawmakers would remove tolls from the West Virginia Turnpike by 2021. The House Roads and Transportation Committee has the bill now, and a similar bill actually made it through the House two years ago but it was never taken up by the Senate. The difference now is, Republicans currently have control of both houses. If turnpike tolls are repealed by February 2021, that would mean the governor has issued a proclamation verifying that Parkways Authority bonds have been paid off and that road conditions are up to standards.

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