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Two people are in custody after a West Side. Charleston police say it happened outside a convenience store in the 800 block of Washington Street West Sunday night. 20-year old Gontorwon Toweh was hit by gunfire outside the 7-Eleven store, and was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the chest and thigh. Police said the suspect was inside the store shopping, and as the suspect opened the front door to leave, the victim started punching the suspect and that led to a fight which eventually poured out onto the parking lot. 24-year old Timothy Rushand 20-year old Sarah Moreno were arrested Monday afternoon and the investigation continues.
A 29-year old Charleston man is facing assault and kidnapping charges after breaking into a woman's home while she was sleeping. Michael Dale Salisbury was taken into custody for what the Kanawha County Sheriff's office report says was full of sexual acts, a threat to kill the victim if she didn't perform, and a physical assault where the attacker pushed the woman down after the assult and cause injury to her toes, knees, and elbow. It happened on March 6th at a home on Conner Drive in Charleston. Salibsbury has been arrainged on the charges, and awaits more court dates.
Mayor Danny Jones announced a new initiative over the weekend aimed at making Charleston healthier. West Virginia Power is teaming up with the mayor to launch the City of Charleston Power Walking 150. Anyone who walks or runs 150 miles in 150 days will get a t-shirt and a free Power Game on Labor Day. You can sign up www.powerwalking150.com, and the cost is only ten dollars. Mayor Jones is hoping thousands will participate, and get friends and co-workers involved. The program starts April 1 and runs through September 1.
State lawmakers passed a new budget over the weekend which ends a week of closed-door negotiations among the House, Senate and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The negotiations end with a 2015 balanced budget, as the law requires. It takes $147.5 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall. The plan includes $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers, 2 percent raises for school service personnel and $504 raises for public employees. Officials say starting teacher salaries need to be more competitive with West Virginia's neighboring states.
Some officials are putting an end to dumping the particular chemical at the center of the January 9th spill that impacted water supplies. Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said over the weekend that no more MCHM waste is being accepted into the city’s landfill. The mayor posted the news on his Facebook page, and said Waste Management made the decision after feeling public pressure. Hurricane and Putnam County will file an official injuntion to ban MCHM in the coming days.
An ethics complaint has been filed against Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger. A Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed yesterday that the complaint was filed in connection with an investigation into Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants over child abuse allegations made by Plants' ex-wife. There is a police investigation underway after Allison Plants said Mark Plants had disciplined their son "in an excessive manner." A final hearing on a protective order in effect has been set for 9:30 a.m. March 21 at the Cabell County Courthouse. The Charleston Gazette reports all seven Kanawha circuit judges have recused themselves.
The concealed weapons permit for a man whose company has been cleaning up the Freedom Industries site on the Elk River has been revoked. An article appeared this week in the Charleston Gazette that said Daniel Kessler was sentenced to a spousal abuse program after a 1995 assault conviction in Maryland. Diversified Services is the environmental company cleaning up the Freedom Industries storage area. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office revoked the concealed carry permit after ready the article and contacting Maryland authorities for more information about Kessler. They revoked the permit after learning Kessler didn't attend a spousal abuse program even though he was facing domestic violence charges.
A Kanawha County woman is facing charges related to child abuse. St. Albans police say 35-year old April McDaniel watched the child for a couple of weeks in November and December, and the child’s mother, who was in the hospital, noticed her son had bruises when she picked him up. WCHS TV reports a doctor diagnosed the abuse. McDaniel is being held at South Central Regional Jail.
The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council has awarded a $713,000 grant to improve and expand high-speed Internet to vacation homes and condos at Snowshoe Mountain resort. The final vote was divided 5 to 3 to allow Citynet to provide the service. Frontier Communications also has plans to bring broadband service to the area around Snowshoe, and the company already provides internet service to about 25 percent of the area. Citynet plans to install its system before the end of the year.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is urging federal officials to reconsider denying extra financial assistance after a January chemical spill. In a letter to federal emergency officials, Tomblin estimated a $61 million economic impact in the nine affected counties and a $72 million total impact. Restaurants lost profits while shuttered during the ban. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Feb. 12 denied Tomblin's request for reimbursement for first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that assisted during the spill. FEMA said it determined additional assistance wasn't warranted because certain costs associated with response and recovery efforts weren't beyond the state and local governments' response and recovery capabilities.