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Police staged a crackdown on crime at the Charleston Transit Mall on Wednesday. Police raided the bus stop and arrested 9 people on charges including drug possession, public intoxication and outstanding warrants. A police spokesperson said the raid was part of an attempt to send a clear message that the city is not going to tolerate the kind of behavior that has been going on at the transit mall. Area residents say they've been scared of the people gathered there, saying you don't know if they're going to hurt you or just sell you drugs.
A rock slide just outside of Charleston sent one person to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. The slide happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 about 4 pm. One person whose car was hit by rocks was transported to the hospital. The slide reduced traffic in the southbound lanes for the rest of the evening rush hour.
A chase involving Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies ended in a deadly crash last night. The chase began around 7 oclock when a man a green Camaro pulled out of McNally's Pub in Cross Lanes and began passing cars in the turn lane. Deputies spotted it,and tried to pull him over. He took off, and the chase reached speeds of up to 85 miles an hour with some drivers swerving off the road to keep from being hit by the Camaro. Deputies gave up the chase in the 48 hundred block of Big Tyler Road. They kept driving in that direction however, and came across a wreck involving the Camaro and a Honda Accord. The Camaro was burning and rescuers weren't able to get the driver out. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The people in the Honda suffered serious injuries. The road was closed until about 11 oclock last night.
If you groan when you open your electric bill, here's something to make you feel better. We pay less for electricity that a lot of other state's. In fact, the West Virginia Public Service Commission says Mountain State residents paid the sixth lowest residential electric rates in the country in 2013. The only states where folks paid less were Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota and Washington. The typical West Virginia customer got a bill for just over 95 dollars a month last year.
The state's school chief is going to be stepping down. West Virginia Superintendent of Schools James Phares has submitted his letter of retirement. Phares plans to relinquish his duties on June 30th. He was appointed to the superindent's office in 2012.
Seven people were arrested when Charleston police raised a West Side bar last night. Police moved in on Shaar's bar on Central Avenue around 9 PM ; they said they were called to the bar after several nuisance complaints from concerned neighbors. Police were also reacting to a series of shootings in that part of town last week. Police say those involved in the shootings frequent Shaar's Bar. Arrests were made for disorderly conduct and drug possession. Police say they will be looking into revoking the bar's liquor license.
Governor Earl Tomblin signed a hike in the West Virginia minimum wage into last last night. The law raises the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 by 2015. It's the first minimum wage hike in our state since 2008. The governor has some concerns,however, about overtime changes addressed in the law. He asked for a special legislative session in May for lawmakers to address what he called "unintended consequences" before the law takes effect. Critics of the law agree, because as it stands it overrules federal exemptions for police and firefighters. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says it wold cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime. Jones says the city doesn't have that money,and won't spend it.
Firefighters made quick work of a house fire late last night in the Davis Creek area. They got the call around 10:40 PM, and flames were shooting out of the house when they arrived on the scene on Berginator Lane. There were no residents at home in the burning structure at the time. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
For the sixth time this year, a million dollar lottery ticket has been sold in West Virginia. This time the lucky winner was Katie Ivers of Pullman. She bought a Powerball ticket in Ellenbro for Saturday's drawing and matched five numbers but missed the powerball. Ivers says she'll use her winnings to take care of her family. She also considering a nice vacation with her daughter and grandson.
A former Kanawha County teacher is going to prison for sexually assaulting three students. John Watt the third pleaded guilty in January to two counts of third -degree sexual assault. The assaults date back to the 1980's when Watt was a teacher at the former McKinley Junior High School in St. Albans. On Monday, Watt was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison for each count. Those sentences will run consecutively.