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Deputies Search for Stolen Tractor, Identify Suspects

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has been investating the case of a stolen tractor, along with several appliances, electrical components, and a tree stand. The suspects apparently tried to sell the stolen tractor to R.J. Recycling, but the business refused to accept it. During the course of the investigation the two suspects were identified as 31-year old Anthony Scott Jenkins of Whitesville, and 30-year old Joseph A. Williams, also of Whitesville. Whitesville police tracked down Jenkins and arrested him yesterday, and the warrants for Williams are still outstanding. He is charged with burglary and grand larceny, both felonies. The 1954 Massey Ferguson TO-30 tractor still hasn't been located. It's gray in color except for the rear rims. Corporal BD Humphreys tells us the tires are new, and beige in color. A 5 foot rotary mower was attached to the back.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the tractor or the location of Joseph Williams is asked to contact Deputy C. D. Lyons at 304-357-0169.

Concession Stand Break-ins Investigated

Someone is breaking into concession stands, and Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are trying to track down who it is. A breakin was reported over the weekend at Chambers Field in Elkview. Deputies think at least one suspect broke in and managed to pry into a lockbox, and made off with money and candy. Central Field's concession stand at Elkview Middle School was also hit, along with the concession stand at Pinch Field, which is home to Elkview's Little League. Anyone with tips is urged to call Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies.

304-357-0169

Stabbing Suspect Enters Plea

The man accused of stabbing a University of Charleston football player has entered his plea. It was back in January that 18-year old Kevin Clemens was stabbed outside of the Impulse Nightclub. Aris Hairston turned himself in in early February, and entered a guilty plea this week in Kanawha Circuit Court. Hairston's sentencing is set for this month, and he faces up to five years behind bars.

WVU Sets Up Accreditation Website

After Mountain State University lost accreditation last year, there is heightened awareness about the process. West Virginia University says they will have a campus visit next year by an accrediting body, and they are starting the preparations now. The university said Monday that it has created a website providing information on the accreditation process that offers advice on how to be involved in the process. The Higher Learning Commission's reaffirmation of accreditation visit is set for April 7-9, 2014. The visit will include formal meetings, open forums and informal conversations with faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni.

The website is http://www.accreditation.wvu.edu.

Yeager Airport Loses a Flight This Summer

Those traveling from Charleston to New York City this summer will lose one of their options. WSAZ.com reports the American Airlines direct flight to New York will be discontinued on June 12, the same day the company begins its direct flight to Dallas, which reports say will be more profitable for the airline. Yeager Airport officials are trying to find a replacement flight now.

Sen. Rockefeller Will Recognize WV Business Wednesday

One company's success has been noticed by a federal lawmaker. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is returning to the area this week to celebrate what he considers one of the signature achievements of his nearly 50-year career, the Toyota manufacturing plant in Buffalo. Rockefeller will join Toyota Motor Corp. chairman Shoichiro Toyoda and others in celebrating production of the 10 millionth unit on Wednesday afternoon. In March, Toyota announced a $45 million expansion of the Buffalo plant that will create 80 jobs, to bring the plant's total to about 1200 employees.

Police Identify 4th Robbery Suspect

Charleston police have identified the fourth suspect in an April 21st robbery in downtown Charleston. Three University of Charleston basketball players are in custody and charged with robbery - Terrell Lipkins, Robert Dreher, and Quincy Washington not only face charges, they've also been evicted from UC residence halls and were removed from the basketball team. Now detectives are searching for 22-year old Timothy Schmachtenberger of Canton, Ohio. He's not a University of Charleston student, but police think he was with the three UC basketball players the night two men were attacked and robbed on a downtown Charleston street. Schmachtenberger may not be in Charleston or Canton, but when he's tracked down he'll face two counts of first-degree robbery.

No Charges After Last Week's Bomb Scare

That bomb scare last week outside the Charleston Marriot came after a homeless man abandoned his backpack, and police have said no charges will be filed. Detectives were able to track him down and question him, and apparently he left all of his belongings in the backpack and tried to hide it so he could come back for it later. There was a tupperware container in it with screws and nails inside, and that's what prompted the call to police.

Man is Arrested for Sexual Abuse

An Elkview man has been arrested for touching a 14-year-old girl inappropriately. Deputies say there were three separate incidents that happened while the girl was sleeping at his home in Elkview, and Johnie Winnell is accused of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Three Arrested for Breaking into Boarded Up Home

South Charleston police have arrested three people for breaking into a home that had been condemned for meth. The home on Forest Circle had been boarded up, and Mara Altizer, Michael Barned and Jesse Reed have all been arrested and charged with burglary for prying off a plywood windo. Altizer used to live there, according to police.

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