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After an internal investigation, a former fire chief has been arrested on an embezzlement charge, accused of improperly using a credit card. Larry Nunnery is a former assistant chief of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, and WCHS TV reports he admitted to making inappropriate purchases with the station's credit card. An internal audit flagged the purchases, and a follow-up investigation led to the arrest. Nunnery has been with the Madison Fire Department for more than twenty years. West Virginia State Police are leading the investigation.
Charleston's Christmas parade is coming up tomorrow. The city of Charleston says the floats and walkers will start lining up at 10am on Court Street and Washington Street East, and the parade itself will get underway at 11am. The parade route runs south on Court Street to Virginia Street, then east on Virginia to Capitol, continuing north on Capitol to Washington and then crossing Washington Street. Charleston Town Center will be judging the floats.
A police chase in Dunbar Wednesday morning left the driver facing charges including fleeing, and driving on a revoked license. Officers tried to pull over the male driver Wednesday morning around 3am on Roxalana Road, and said the man hit several parked cars after failing to stop. Four cars parked at Roxalana Apartments were damaged after the driver crashed through a fence, and others were damaged by debris. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment before being charged.
Drivers are getting a small break at the pump. AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state dropped 1 cent over the past week to about $3.32. That's down about 24 cents a gallon compared with the same week a year ago. This week's prices range from $3.20 a gallon in Clarksburg to $3.46 in Martinsburg. Gasbuddy.com says prices in Charleston are in the low $3.30s. Nationally, gas prices average $3.26 per gallon, 2 cents cheaper than the previous week.
West Virginia State Police say two people died in separate traffic accidents in the state over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A total 93 accidents occurred over the four-day weekend that began last Thursday. Seven accidents were alcohol-related. Troopers arrested 44 motorists for driving under the influence and handed out 1,198 speeding citations. Troopers also issued 245 seat belt citations and 13 child restraint citations.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is stopping in sevearl places across the state to talk about job creation, small business growth and educational opportunity. The tour started Wednesday in Wheeling, and Manchin discussed investing in public-private partnerships to boost economic growth and job creation. There's a roundtable discussion planned for today with students and faculty at West Virginia State University in Dunbar. Senator Manchin wraps up the tour with events in Charleston, Hurricane and Scott Depot on Friday.
A former janitor at Kanawha County schools has been sentenced for sexual abuse. John Johnson was arrested back in April, and sentenced Wednesday to five to 25 years in prison, followed by 50 years supervised release. That's the maximum sentence allowed by law. Prosecutors argued the female victim was seven when the abuse began.
A couple from Putnam County is facing animal cruelty charges after malnourished horses were found on their property. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department arrested John Cobb and Gail Cobb on warrants for animal cruelty after a concerned citizen called about the horses on the Cobbs' property in Buffalo. The animals were seized from the property just before Thanksgiving, and deputies arrested the two on Monday.
The Kanawha County school board will talk about picking a new board member next week. Longtime board member Bill Raglin died last week, and with his term ending in May, the current board will have to decide on a replacement. State law says the school board has 45 days from the time Raglin's seat became vacant to appoint a new member. There is a special meeting planned for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 to discuss the process of picking a new member. The new board member may not necessarily come from that meeting. The spot should be filled by early January.
A Martinsburg motorcycle shop owner says motorcyclists should be allowed to add extra lighting to their machines to increase their visibility. Bob Cunningham is working with Delegate John Overington to make that happen. He told The Journal his campaign is inspired in part by the time he was stopped by a West Virginia police for having too many lights on his bike in violation of state law. Cunningham says he's gathered more than 1,000 signatures for a petition in support of legislation that would allow additional lighting on motorcycles. Last year, Overington introduced the bill, but it failed to emerge from the Senate before the legislative session ended.