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Woman Enters Plea, Trial Set for August

A woman accused of hitting a state trooper with her vehicle last fall, entered her plea Monday. Jennifer Garretson faces a malicious wounding charge, along with petty larceny after an incident where she left a St. Albans store parking lot, and hit the officer on the way out, trying to escape after being accused of shoplifting. Garretson pleaded not guilty, and will go on trial August 5th. Garretson is still in jail on an alleged parole violation. The trooper is still recovering, and having issues after being hit.

Two Arrests at Coal Symposium

Two men who wanted to speak at a coal symposium Monday were arrested after they were denied the chance. WCHS TV reported the two men allegedly refused to leave the Charleston Marriott where the coal meeting was going on upstairs Monday, and were literally joined together with a makeshift cast and another had his hand encased in cement. The environmentalists face misdemeanor charges.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Tips on Shooting

A Saturday night shooting is under investigation today. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office was called out to Smoot Avenue, near the intersection with Carver Street, in Institute, after calls of a disturbance and shots fired in the area. A man in his fifties from Poca had been shot in the face, and deputies say he was transported to CAMC General for treatment. No motives or suspect names have been released, but the sheriff's office says it is following up on several leads in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office. Those providing information can remain anonymous. Anyone may submit a tip on the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office's website, at www.kanawhasheriff.us, or contact Detective A. Pile at 304-357-0556 during business hours.

No Raise for Magistrates

On the final day of the 2013 regular session of the State Legislature Saturday, lawmakers stayed late to address final bills and tie up loose ends. One bill that died in the House, was a measure that would have given pay raises to magistrates. Earlier Saturday, the Senate passed a version of the bill that would have increased pay for 12 magistrates and staff in 12 counties. But that bill didn't make it out of the House. It's possible Governor Tomlin could add it to a special session.

Home Rule Pilot Progam Extended

More West Virginia cities and towns will have a chance to join the home rule program after lawmakers voted Saturday to extend the pilot program for another five years. They also kept limits on gun control ordinances added by the House. Four cities taking part in the home rule experiment, including Charleston, credit the program for fee cuts, reduced blight and less red tape. Saturday's compromise bill invites up to 16 additional cities and towns to apply. But the bill also only allows participants to ban firearms from most municipal property except parking garages. Concealed weapon permit holders could have guns on city-owned property that have no government operations, such as parks or swimming pools.

'System Failure' Allowed Accused Murderer to Buy Gun

The new Mingo County Sheriff, Rosie Crum, was at work this week, one week after her husband, Eugene Crum, was murdered. Tennis Maynard has been charged with Sheriff Crum's murder. Rosie Crum took part in a courthouse ceremony for children who lost their lives because of abuse and neglect. Tonya Webb, a supervisor at Child Protective Services, said Sheriff Crum was always up for helping Child Protective Services, and loved the children of Mingo County. Inside the courthouse, Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks said a system failure allowed the man accused of killing the sheriff to get a gun he never should have been allowed to have. In what Sparks called an "inexcusable delay," mental issues that should have barred Maynard from buying a gun did not make it into the national system. The gun dealer ran a background check but it showed no problem.

Arrest Made in Fifth Third Bank Robbery

Charleston Police had been looking for the man who robbed a bank this week in Kanawha City, and an arrest in the case was made late Thursday afternoon. Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at 4515 MacCorkle Avenue, pulled out a handgun and demanded money Thursday morning around 9:20am. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, he took off down the alley. 40-year old Danny Summers of Dunbar has been arrested and charged with Robbery. The same bank was robbed last June.

State Board Asks for Input on Teacher Evaluations

The West Virginia Board of Education want input on teacher evaluations. As the board forms new policies, this is your chance to help mold it. Education officials say the revised educator evaluation system promotes professional growth and development that advances student learning in West Virginia schools. The board also is seeking comment on changes to the issuing of high school equivalency diplomas, including allowing students in state correctional or residential facilities to earn their high school diploma through the Option Pathway Program. Officials say educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions.

http://wvde.state.wv.us/

ROCKEFELLER ASKS FOR FACEBOOK VOTES

If you love Kanawha County, let it be known...on Facebook. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is asking West Virginians to vote for their favorite county as part of a new contest in concert with West Virginia's 150th birthday in June. West Virginians are being asked to vote by liking the picture of their favorite county in a Facebook photo album featuring photographs of each of the state's 55 counties. Visitors to the social networking site to also share special stories and memories from a particular county. The contest ends on June 20, which is West Virginia Day. The winning county will be featured in photographs as Rockefeller's cover photo throughout 2013.

PROM SAFETY

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Kanawha County Commission and Law Enforcement Agencies in Kanawha County will announce the kickoff of the 8th Annual “Operation Graduation Prom Alive” today. (Thursday) Each season for the past seven years, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has coordinated patrols around the county at post-event gatherings. Operation GPA is an “Aggressive-High Visibility- Zero Tolerance” Program that targets those who choose to drive under the influence and/or use drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication illegally. The extra patrols are made possible by the Kanawha County Commission and funds from the Public Safety Levy.

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