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Man Sentenced for Driver's License Fraud

A former West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles worker has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge stemming from a driver's license scheme. Kermit Miller of Martinsburg faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors say Miller accepted an undisclosed amount of cash from 18 people in exchange for a driver's license from February through August 2010 while he was working at the DMV's Martinsburg office. People who received the licenses weren't required to submit applications or pass tests.

Escaped Inmate Captured

Police had been looking for a man who escaped from the Beckley Correctional Center. 27-year old Frank R. Smith is said to have escaped Tuesday morning around 3:30am. He's serving a 1 to 3-year sentence for theft, and was captured late in the day Tuesday.

Police Follow Footprints

Commiting a crime in te winter snow is NOT a good idea if you are on foot. A West Virginia man is behind bars after leaving tracks in the snow for police to follow. It happened yesterday morning in St. Albans when police responded to reports of a burglary and shots being fired. They found a fresh set of footprints in the snow and it took them to Craig Scott. They found evidence to tie him to the crime and put him in a jail cell.

Crash Kills Two in Kanawha Co

Two people were killed in Kanawha County last night in a car crash that happened along U.S. Route 119 in South Charleston near the intersection of Willow Drive and Childress Road.
Police said one car t-boned into another vehicle. Police did not say how many people were in both cars, only that two people died in the crash. The names of the people involved were not released Sunday, since the accident was still being investigated.

Another City Plans to Apply for Home Rule

It was a successful pilot program in Charleston, and now another city wants in on the act. Bluefield plans to apply to become a participant in the state's Municipal Home Rule program. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the city Board of Directors voted Tuesday to begin the application process. The program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives cities a larger say in how they govern. It began as a five-year pilot in four cities. Last year, the Legislature continued the program until July 1, 2019, and allowed a total 20 municipalities to participate. June 1 is the deadline for municipalities to submit applications.

Sobriety Checkpoint Set For Friday

In a continuing effort to crack down on drunk drivers, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is planning a sobriety checkpoint this week. Cpl. BD Humphreys says the sheriff's office, in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be conducting a high visibility sobriety checkpoint on Friday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. in the 5400 block of Big Tyler Road, in Cross Laness. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says it has a zero tolerance policy toward impaired driving and will continue to conduct the checkpoints.

Former Mingo County Commissioner Sentenced to Prison

A former Mingo County commissioner has been sentenced to more than a year in prison on a federal extortion charge. David Baisden received a 20-month sentence Wednesday after pleaning guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate. Earlier this month, Baisden agreed to pay a total of $7,700 in restitution to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Baisden's attorney had asked for probation. Federal prosecutors sought a prison term between two and two-and-a-half years. Baisden must turn himself at 2 p.m. April 4.

Logan County Man Shot By Troopers is Identified

West Virginia State Police have identified the man who died in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday in Logan County. 42-year old Curley Spry of Harts Creek was reported to be suicidal and was a threat to his family. State police say he also pointed a handgun at troopers, and they responded to the threat by opening fire. The involved trooper was placed on critical incident leave.

WV Senators Introduce Legislation in Washington On Storage Tanks

Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Jay Rockefeller, both of West Virginia, and Senator Barbara Boxer of California introduced legislation Tuesday in Washington aimed at keeping water supplies safe. The Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act includes what the lawmakers call common sense measures like inspections, and outlines ways to make the country prepared for future chemical incidents or emergencies. A news release says the bill would require routine inspections of above-ground storage tanks and allow states to recoup costs incurred from responding to emergencies.

DEP Invites Groups to Apply For Make It Shine Cleanup

The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for the 2014 West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup. The DEP and the state Division of Highways are sponsoring the event that will be held during the first two weeks of April. Applications for the cleanup will be accepted until Feb. 28. The program will provide materials, waste hauling and landfill fees to community groups volunteering to conduct litter cleanups on state streams or public lands, including parks, playgrounds, school grounds and illegal dumps. Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers removed nearly 220 tons of litter and more than 1,500 tires.

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