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After a five month investigation, the Kanawha County Sheriff's office has made an arrest in a case that involved stolen property from the school district. Corporal BD Humphreys says Gary Lee Cochran had been employed as a Child Nutrition Director for the school system and resigned in February. When his desk was cleared pawn tickets were found for two computers that the Board of Education had asked be returned to the school. Deputies couldn't find Cochran once they had a grand larceny warrant, but eventually using a tip through WCHS TV’s Fugitive Files program and other sources, Cochran was finally located on Mason Street in Milton, Cabell County. He was arrested and taken to South Central Regional Jail.
The lawyer for the husband and wife allegedly wronged by Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and other officials said they are ready to file a list of civil lawsuits. Attorney Mike Callaghan told the Charleston Daily Mail that he sent the required notices to several public agencies informing them of planned lawsuits on behalf of Robert and Kim Woodruff. That includes the state Supreme Court, the Mingo County Commission, State Police and the city of Gilbert.
Federal prosecutors claim Thornsbury had an affair with his secretary Kim Woodruff and tried to frame her husband Robert for several crimes, including drug possession, larceny and assault. Thornsbury was indicted earlier this month.
The settlements continue after a blast last year in Sissonville that melted part of Interstate 77 and destroyed several homes. In fact, the Charleston Gazette reports all but one of seven lawsuits filed last month over the massive gas line explosion in Sissonville have been settled. Several who lived nearby sued NiSource and its subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission, saying the companies didn't "exercise due care" in maintaining the transmission pipeline that ruptured. They also claim there was a lack of training in emergency response. The settlement amounts have not been released.
You'll see the West Virginia football team displaying a logo on Saturday honoring the state's sesquicentennial during the 2013-14 season. WVU plays William and Mary, and that will mark the unveiling of the logo, and all 17 athletic teams will wear the logo through the athletic seasons. The logo has the state's outline with the number 150 in the middle. It will be display on the backs of football helmets.
How much did it cost to support the Boy Scout Jamboree? Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's staff expected to pour about $1.6 million worth of resources to keep things running smoothly at the 10-day event at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve near Glen Jean. The Register-Herald reported that so far officials say about $413,000 in West Virginia resources were spent, but that doesn't include the overtime pay for the State Police, including 36 troopers from four states recruited to beef up West Virginia forces. Officials said once all costs are totaled, that amount will be submitted to the Boy Scouts for reimbursement. Tomblin's office said the event spurred some momentary economic jolts throughout the state.
A pharmacy is doing what it can to fight meth problems in West Virginia. All Fruth pharmacies will no longer carry medications containing pseudoephedrine, since it's used in the manufacturing of meth. At a news conference Tuesday, Lynne Fruth, President and Chairman of Fruth Pharmacy said medication like Sudafed will be replaced with a new meth-resistant product called Nexafed. Fruth Pharmacy operates 25 stores in West Virginia and Ohio.
A man accused of firing several shots inside and outside his house in the Sherwood Forest subdivision is facing a higher bond. 49-year old Mark Bramble was charged with murder and wanton endangerment after the incident August 12th that led to a police during a standoff that lasted almost three hours. A judge has reinstated a $200,000 cash-only bond for the Charleston attorney, after it was reduced to $25,000 by a Kanawha County magistrate on Thursday. Bramble remains in the South Central Regional Jail. Bramble's attorney has said his client is suffering from mental-health issues.
After a weekend stabbing at the Sky Lounge on Capitol Street in Charleston, more questions are being raised about safety in that area. It was September 2012 that three people were shot outside of the club following a fight. This past Saturday, 26-year old Sebastian Williams was stabbed after a fight broke out as he was trying to leave the bar. Also downtown, Impulse Night Club closed earlier this year after more than one fight and a stabbing. Charleston police said they're working with the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration to review the incident at Sky Lounge Saturday to see if they are any violations.
Homeless veterans in the Raleigh County area are getting a little help to pay rent. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall say Raleigh County has received more than $105,000 in federal funding to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans. The money is part of a cooperative grant program by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs. The program helps homeless veterans find housing through both rental assistance and Veterans Affairs' case management and clinical services.
Detectives aren't sure exactly what to do about the case of the 8-year old boy who stabbed his 4-year old sister over the weekend. Officers said the boy somehow got a knife and stabbed his sister's doll and then he cut her neck when she walked in the room. The girl's wounds weren't life-threatening, but she was hospitalized and will likely be released today. Prosecutors said at a news conference Monday that they are trying to balance public safety with what is best for the child. Under state law, a child can't be prosecuted until he's 10 years old.