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Walmart Bomb Threat Under Investigation

South Charleston Police are investigating Tuesday's bomb threat called into Walmart at the Southridge Shopping Center. The store reported getting a call about 9 a.m. from a blocked number and the person claimed to have a gun and bomb in the store. The employee called police right away, and everyone left the building. Then the bomb squad and bomb stiffing dogs canvassed the store, but didn't find any threat inside. Police are investigating the phone records, but there are no suspects. If you have any information, you're urged to call South Charleston Police, and go to for more.

Giving Is Down at the Salvation Army

Many charitable organizations across the country are reporting that giving is down this year, and a Charleston group is no exception. The Salvation Army isn't sure what has caused the drop in donations, but it could have something to do with the shorter Christmas shopping season. There are six fewer days to collect donations because Thanksgiving was so late. The Salvation Army has also seen a decline in the number of group volunteers. Just contact the Salvation Army to get involved as a volunteer or donate. And for more news, go to

Dunbar To Make Sewer System Improvements

The city of Dunbar is upgrading its sewer system. The goal is to prevent flooding in the area, and work will start in February. The work should take about a year, and at that point the city will begin paying on the bond used to pay for the project.

Tips Encouraged in Counterfeit Bill Cases

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating reports of counterfeit bills being passed on Monday. Deputy T.A. Fouch responded to the 7-11 store on Shadyside Road in the outskirts of St. Albans after store personnel reported receiving two fake $20 bills sometime during the day. Store managers are reviewing surveillance footage in an attempt to determine who passed the bills. The sheriff's office says so far this Christmas Season, there have been several counterfeit bills passed in Kanawha County, in no one particular area. Be on the lookout for suspicious currency, including $10’s, $20’s, $50’s and even $100’s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 357-0169. Anonymous tips can be submitted by phone at (304) 357-4693 or on the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office website at

Two Arrested After Police Chase

Two people are behind bars after leading West Virginia State Police on a high-speed car chase Tuesday afternoon. Court documents allege Glen Carpenter led troopers on a chase reaching speeds more than 100 miles per hour. It started on Sissonville Drive outside of Charleston. Police arrested Carpenter in Nitro after they say he ran after ditching his car and passenger. Carpenter's charges include fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot and driving with a revoked license due to two previous DUI convictions. Carpenter’s passenger Christa Collier also was arrested. For more news, go to

Local Union Collects Gifts For Kids

Hundreds of children in the Kanawha Valley will have a special Christmas thanks to a local union. Teamsters Local 175 delivered more than $17,000 in food and toys to the Children's Home Society at its Davis Child Center in Charleston after members donated goods during its December union meeting. A representative from the Teamsters Local 175 says they've also received support from others in the community, including Big Lots in Kanawha City and Save-A-Lot in Charleston. The Children's Home Society will have its annual distribution for children of all ages this Friday and Saturday. The Children's Home Society provides emergency youth shelters, foster care and adoption, as well as other programs to help children and families. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Interim Judge is the Lone Applicant For Permanent Job

The interim replacement for a Putnam County judge who resigned after being accused of misconduct is the only applicant for the permanent job. Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission member Kent Carper tells the Charleston Gazette that former Mason and Jackson County family court judge Deloris Nibert is the lone candidate. The commission will make a recommendation to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who will make the appointment. Nibert has been filling in for former Family Court Judge William Watkins since he took medical leave in January. In March, the state Supreme Court suspended Watkins until the end of his term in 2016. He resigned last month.

Mega Millions Jackpot Swells

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at around $586 million,and lottery officials said it could go even higher, surpassing last year's record $656 million jackpot. No one won the $425 million prize on Friday night. And officials Saturday raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing, the fourth-largest in U.S. history. Ticket sales are up by as much as 20 percent in states that reported their weekend numbers. Sales are expected to spike today. If there's no winner tonight, the jackpot will climb even higher for Friday's drawing.

Charleston Agency Fined For Environmental Violations

The Charleston Sanitary Board has been fined for several environmental violations at a municipal sewer rehabilitation site. The Charleston Gazette reports that documents from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection show the board was fined $12,510 for violations at project in South Hills that called for replacement of about seven miles of sewer lines and installation of plastic lining in about a mile of pipe. Violations included sediment discharge and runoff into a stream. Sanitary Board general manager Larry Roller says the contractor on the project reimbursed the board for the fines, and the problems have been corrected.

Charleston Is Closer To Receiving New Sales Tax Money

The city of Charleston is getting ready to receive the first disbursement from its new sales tax. The money goes to improvements at the Charleston Civic Center. During Monday night's City Council meeting, council members created the fund for the deposits and the first funds will be deposited in mid- to late February for revenue received in October, November and December. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to http://WSAZ.COM

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