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As the Kanawha County Public Library continues to look for ways to make ends meet, WCHS TV first reported Tuesday that the board has asked the Kanawha County Commission for a levy that would produce more than $3 million. After a court decision released Kanawha County schools from contributing funds to the library, the library board has been looking at other options. We also learned this week the Kanawha County Library cancelled its West Virginia Book Festival this year, that had been scheduled for October 19th and 20th. The book sale may still go on, but other author-related events have been called off.
The man who was accidentally released from jail last week was found this week in South Charleston. Jeremy Carter was wanted for kidnapping, after trying to take a young girl at a park last October. He was in the South Central Regional Jail awaiting trial when Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster made an error and dismissed one of the case numbers associated with Carter's case. After four days out of jail, a tip led police to a home on Riverside Drive Monday night where Carter was arrested again.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is moving ahead with his plan to bolster West Virginia's middle schools. On Monday, the governor called for a 10-month review of the state's middle grades with an executive order. The new commission will include administrators, principals, and teachers, along with Higher Education officials. The review follows up on findings by the Southern Regional Education Board that made recommendations including a greater focus on college and career readiness. The executive order is part of a push to improve public schools that also includes pending legislation.
Something that fell off the rear rack of a motorcycle on Sissonville Drive Saturday night led to a traffic stop, and the deputy learned the driver had his license revoked for eight prior DUI offenses. 57-year old Hansford Milton Corner of Sissonville was arrested for driving on a revoked license, and the motorcycle was towed away. A Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy also noted the license plate on the motorcyle was from another vehicle.
A former Kanawha County school bus driver was sentenced to prison Monday. Samuel Larry Burkhamer pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and was sentenced to five to 25 years in prisonm and 25 years of supervised release when he gets out. Burkhamer made friends with a 9-year old girl on Facebook, who was a friend of his stepdaughter, and then allegedly exhanged phone numbers with the girl and sent sexually explicit messages.
This is forest fire season, and outdoor burning is prohibited between 7am and 5pm each day as a measure of prevention. The National Weather Service issued an advisory yesterday not to burn anything outside at any time in counties including Kanawha, Putnam, Roane, and others, because of the risk of forest fires. Commercial burning is allowed in the daytime with a $125 fee for each site issued by the Division of Forestry.
Two people were shot along Washington Street on Charleston's West End early Saturday morning, and now the shooter is behind bars, and the victim is facing charges in connection with a murder on the East End. Andre Williamson was arrested on Monday and charged with accessory after the fact in connection with an the murder of David Booker. Williamson was shot in the legs early Saturday. Late Monday night, police arrested Robert Smith for allegedly shooting Williamson apparently in retaliation for Booker's murder.
A Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board member has resigned. A private company that took over operation of the Slack Street recycling center recently, and the Charleston Gazette reports Greg Sayre quit over related concerns. Sayre was appointed to the Solid Waste Authority by the state Department of Environmental Protection, and turned in his resignation letter Thursday. West Virginia Recycling Services now runs the Slack Street facility.
A shooting early Saturday on Charleston's West Side is still under investigation. Police found more than 40 shell casings along Washington Street West, and they think those came from more than one single gun, and there may be several suspects. At least two people were shot, but the injuries were non-life threatening. No arrests just yet, and police are still investigating to see whether the shooting was drug related.
A Charleston man is facing drug charges for allegedly dealing crack out of his home. Stanley Bebee's lives on Charleston's east end, and officers report finding a small amount of crack cocaine in his home. Bebee is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
South Charleston police also made a drug arrest over the weekend. James E. Meddings was arrested Saturday evening on MacCorkle Avenue, and police found several bags of bath salts, along with meth and prescription pain pills. Meddings has been charged with possession with intent to deliver.