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Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks is scheduled to be sentenced today after admitting his role in a corruption case. The sentencing has been delayed four times. Former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, Sparks, and former county commissioner David Baisden all admitted to playing part in a plot to deprive a man of his constitutional rights to protect the late sheriff, Eugene Crum, who was accused of buying drugs from him. Prosecutors say Sparks' role wasn't as significant as the others, and his cooperation in the investigation is being taken into account. Sparks has been charged with misdemeanor deprivation of rights, and he faces up to one year in prison.
West Virginia organized labor has created a new independent fundraising arm ahead of the November general election. According to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, the West Virginia AFL-CIO created the new federal political action committee "Honest West Virginians" in late June. AFL-CIO treasurer Josh Sword told the Charleston Daily Mail that the group felt it needed to fight the flow of outside money affecting federal elections in West Virginia. Sword says the amount of money "Honest West Virginians" raises will dictate how active the PAC is and the races it will focus on before the 2014 election.
The West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property in Dunbar is reminding customers that they have more opportunities to stop by and see what's for sale. The agency is extending its business hours on the first Monday of the month through August. It's open until 7 p.m. on Monday, July 7 and Aug. 4. Its normal hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Surplus items can include household furniture, office equipment and furniture, lawn maintenance equipment and vehicles.
Charleston police are investigating after the body of a man was found in the Kanwaha River over the weekend. The man's body was found near Magic Island early Saturday afternoon, and not too long after that three were arrested and charged. . 21-year old Anthony Harriman, 27-year old John Thurmond and 21-year old Erica Cogar were arraigned late Saturday night in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Harriman and Thurmond are each charged with first-degree murder. Cogar is charged with accessory to murder.
Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said a freeze on state government hiring will remain in effect indefinitely. The mid-fiscal year freeze ordered by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin affects all non-essential state positions. Kiss says the freeze saved the state an estimated $33 million in the previous fiscal year's second half and helped the state avoid ending the fiscal year in the red. Kiss said the state began the new fiscal year Tuesday with a $3 million general revenue surplus. The surplus could grow to $40 million by the end of July due to better tax collections in June, excess money that agencies might not have spent and extra lottery funds.
Putnam County officers are looking for someone who posed as a deputy and reportedly frisked a juvenile. It happened Monday along State Route 817 near Leslie Lumber Company, according to a news release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. The 13-year-old boys was walking along the road when he was approached by a man who was dressed as a police officer who told the child he was under arrest. The man frisked him, took pictures, and left. He's described as white with black hair and a small beard, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has blue eyes and a scar under his right eye. Anyone with infomation should contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
The Raleigh County Commission is contributing $5,000 to a reward for information leading to convictions in seven cold-case slayings. The Register-Herald reports that commissioners voted to fund half of the $10,000 reward through Crime Stoppers and seven unsolved murders in Raleigh County. Crime Stoppers President Butch Fink says the oldest case is the fatal shooting of Cynthia Miller in 1981. The 27-year-old teacher was killed in her apartment on the evening before her wedding.
Big names in sports and entertainment were in the area Wednesday for the Pro-Am that was part of the Greenbrier Classic. “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Jase Robertson played with two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson. NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday, Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer and comedian George Lopez were among the names that were part of the tournament. The first official round of the Greenbrier Classic tees off this morning and runs through Sunday.
Back on June 4th a man was struck by a coal truck in the 2300 block of Cabin Creek Road. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says 53-year old Michael Gentry of Cabin Creek was near the roadway at his home when he was hit by a passing coal truck. Mr. Gentry’s left leg was caught between rear tires and dragged a quarter mile before being freed. The striking coal truck continued traveling. Cpl. B-D Humpreys says Gentry has been in critical condition and his left leg was amputated during surgery the night of the accident. The investigation continues, and anyone with information about the hit and run should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip through www.kanawhasheriff.us.
A 92-year-old Charleston woman is recovering after a fall left her lying on a floor in her home for two days. Evelyn McClure tells WCHS-TV that her next-door neighbor and niece found her. McClure says she thought she was going to die after she fell while walking down the stairs. She says her neighbor watches out for her. But he was out of town when she fell. McClure suffered several broken bones, including her collarbone and an arm. She's recovering at a rehabilitation facility.