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A dome light in a car helped surveillance video capture drug activity, and it landed two men in jail. An officer at the casino was watching surveillance video when 28-year old Joshua T. Wilkerson and 45-year old Selwyn G. Brewer got into a car illegally parked in a handicapped spot, then the officer says he saw Wilkerson give Brewer pills, and watched Brewer crush and snort them. Both were arrested by state police and face several charges. It happened at the Mardi Gras Casino Friday night.
A man could be facing charges for several apartment burglaries in Charleston. Gregory Fugate of Charleston was taken into custody Friday morning, and police think he may be connected to almost two dozen burglaries at the Greenbrier Apartments since the beginning of the year. Fugate was on parole and had served jail time for burglarizing apartments in Kentucky. Fugate was a maintenence worker at the apartment complex and had a master key.
A woman is behind bars after being accused of stealing from her employer. Juanita El-Bedawi worked for a Charleston Kohls, and a loss prevention officer there saw her put clothing items under her clothes and carry them to an employee area. About $300 worth of merchandise was found in her purse during that incident, according to the officer, and investigators said she admitted to stealing about $2,000 worth of merchandise since she had started working there late last year. El-Bedawi faces an embezzlement charge.
Dunbar Police have kicked off a neighborhood crime watch program to try to crack down on some of the graffiti that's been plaguing areas including 16th Street, and all of Ward 3. Profanity and other symbols have been left on property in that area, and it will be addressed at the first meeting March 23 at 3 p.m. at the police station.
The Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's office will decide whether more charges will be filed after a man apparently fired shots in a Kroger parking lot in Cross Lanes, across from Andrew Jackson Middle School. After Sara Lacy showed the deputy where her husband, Gary Lacy Jr. fired the shots and a shell casing was found. Sara Lacy said she took the kids to the Kroger lot so he could tell their children he loved them. She saw a silver object hanging out of his pocket as he walked, up, and she fled. Then he fired one shot. Later, a witness reported seeing Lacy throw a semi-automatic pistol from his vehicle as they both passed through the school zone at Point Harmony Elementary School while children were arriving for school. Lacy. was arrested and charged with felony wanton endangerment. There are also charges for a separate domestic violence incident.
An established Kanawha County assistant public defender is on the sidelines for the next 30 days. John P. Sullivan won't be able to practice law during that time because he ignored an error in a client's case. The West Virginia Supreme Court suspended his license Wednesday and said another attorney has to supervise him during a two-year probation. The case in question was in 2009 - an error in a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge's sentencing order delayed Anthony White's eligibility for parole for six months. The order says Sullivan knew about the error and did nothing to fix it, and ignored calls from White and his family. The Charleston Gazette reports Sullivan will remain with the Public Defender's Office.
Charleston Police are still investigating a fatal accident involving a KRT bus. It happened around 5am Thursday on Stockton Street, and police say the bus with five passengers aboard was trying to turn right on 4th Avenue when 40-year old Joseph Bias was run over by a back tire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was dark at the time, and police are investigating whether visibility was a factor. No charges are expected.
Senator Jay Rockefeller is retiring in 2014, and in the meantime fellow democrats are looking for someone to replace him. Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has already announced she's running a 2014 campaign, and with democrats having a longtime hold on the seat, they're looking to retain. One of the democrats' leading candidates says he's out. Former US Senator Carte Goodwin turns 39 next week and he's raising two young children with his wife. Goodwin says that working in Washington, D.C., would mean only seeing his family on weekends. Goodwin was said to be a leading candidate to replace Sen. Rockefeller, but now the democrats keep looking.
A drug investigation in St. Albans has led to the arrest of two brothers. 26-year old Jonathon Dewayne Eads and 28-year old Joseph Michael Eads both face a charge of attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, according to St. Albans police. After an officer saw a car use improper signaling he discovered improper registration. Then a black bag was found in the car along with a glass jar with contents consistent with making meth.
A man known for his work on 80's and 90's TV shows has died in Charleston. Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as Mr. Gaines on the TV series "A Different World," has died. Tonia McDonald of Myers' nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., says Myers died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 76. Myers also appeared on NYPD Blue, ER, and Cosby show, Touched by an Angel, and more.