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Grandson Missing After Running Off From Grandfather

Last Sunday a grandfather, Paul Ferguson, called the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office about his runaway grandson. The grandfather was taking his grandson - 17 year old Paul Browning of Branchland, WV - to meet a transport van at the Mink Shoals park-and-ride lot. The van would take the 17 year old to a juvenile placement center, The Youth Academy, in Fairmont. But Browning went into a hotel to use the restroom, then fled through another exit. A canine sheriff' tracked Browning from the hotel to the banks of the Elk River near Mink Shoals. As of yesterday, Browning is still missing. He is 5’10” tall, approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call 304-357-0169. No foul play is suspected.

Controversial Cat Bill Advances

The full Charleston City Council will review a controversial cat bill soon. The ordinance and rules committee advanced a bill this week that says a property owner can call and have unwanted cats that wander onto their property removed. The bill aims to keep animals on the owners' property, but concerns have been raised about how difficult that can be with cats. Under the new measure, a cat's owner can be fined if it wanders onto the property of someone who doesn't want the cat there. The bill is going before the city council soon.

Power Settlement Agreement In The Works

Negotiations are underway to resolve FirstEnergy's proposed $151.5 million rate increase for two West Virginia subsidiaries. The West Virginia Public Service Commission had planned to hold evidentiary hearings on the company's request this week. The executive director of the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division, Jackie Roberts, tells The Exponent Telegram that the hearings are in recess as negotiations continue. Any settlement agreement must be approved by the PSC.

Student Expelled After Threat

A student has been kicked out of school after making a threat. The Kanawha County student was expelled for threatening to bring a gun to Riverside High School, and Principal Valery Harper says that the student has been turned over to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Harper said the threat was directed at the entire student body and not any individual student. She says the student made the threat in a conversation with other students, who notified school officials. Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the sheriff's department says the incident is under investigation.

Man Faces Charges After ISIS Threat

A homeless man is facing charges after calling 911 and saying ISIS told him that a Charleston building was going to "come down." 58-year old Daniel Alfred Levasseur was arrested Tuesday at the Charleston Town Center and charged with making terroristic threats. The criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court says Levasseur made the threat Tuesday morning, and said he did not know the time or location, but knew the threat was true. He also said he had warned authorities prior to the Oaklahoma City bombing, but no one would listen. And the criminal complaint says Levasseur told dispatchers he was a member of the Mexican Mafia sent from Tucson, Arizona.

State Police Trooper Accidentally Shot While Cleaning Gun

A West Virginia State Police trooper is recovering from a gunshot wound after his personal weapon accidentally discharged. State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says one round discharged as the trooper was cleaning the gun Monday evening at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. The trooper was shot in the hand or wrist area. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Baylous says the trooper was at the academy for training.

Parole Denied For 1989 Killing

A man convicted of killing a Putnam County sheriff's deputy in 1989 will remain behind bars for at least three more years. The West Virginia Parole Board on Monday denied parole for Robert Gray following a hearing at Huttonsville Correctional Center. Monday's parole hearing was Gray's sixth since he was sentenced to life in prison in 1990. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Deputy John Janey. Janey was off-duty and staking out a home for an insurance company when he was fatally shot.

House Speaker Boehner Campaigns for WV Candidate

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is coming to West Virginia to participate in a get-out-the-vote rally with Republican House candidate Alex Mooney. Mooney's campaign says the one-hour rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paddy's Irish Pub in Charles Town. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden also is scheduled to speak at the rally. Mooney faces former state Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey in the race to fill Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's seat in the 2nd Congressional District. Capito is running for the U.S. Senate. Mooney is a former GOP chairman and Maryland lawmaker who moved to West Virginia last year.

Extra Patrols Over Halloween Will Watch For Drunk Drivers

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office will have extra patrols on the road this Wednesday through Saturday evening, in an effort to crack down on vandalism. Officers will show special focus to vandalism-prone areas. Captain Sean Crosier says, in addition to the normal and Halloween Patrols they'll be using grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program specifically for Drunk Driving Prevention. That means there will be an additional 4-6 Deputies searching for impaired drivers, and there will be DUI Checkpoint Saturday night, and more about the time and location will be provided as required by law, according to Captain Crosier.

Sheriff's Office To Watch For Vandals On Halloween

Again this year Kanawha County Sheriff John Rutherford has authorized extra Halloween Patrols to keep Trick-or-Treaters and citizens safe. Captain Sean Crosier says the KCSO will have varying totals of 21-24 Deputies out on patrol from around 5:00p until needed on Wednesday, Thursday (Trick-or-Treat), Friday and Saturday nights. These extra Deputies will be placed in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism, and they'll be in both marked and un-marked vehicles as well as on foot with strict orders of “Zero Tolerance” for would-be vandals. Those found breaking the law will be arrested.

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