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A meeting coming up Thursday will likely hold the fate of a 1-year-old outdoor food ordinance. A planning committee meets Thursday to discuss whether to vote down changes to the ordinance, or move forward with them. The changes include shortening the space for outdoor dining areas so streets are more pedestrian friendly and better for those with a disability. Fencing would have to become more uniform too, and smoking would be prohibited in outdoor dining areas. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Service Center, that's 915 Quarrier St. in Charleston.
Charleston's West Side was able to rest a little easier on Sunday, after two people were shot at a 7-Eleven on Washington Street Saturday morning. Police said Antonio Collins shot two men in the head after one of them bumped into him inside the store and they argued. Collins is seen on surveillance video chasing the man's friend to the back of the store and shooting him too. Both men ended up in the hospital in critical condition. Collins was tracked to Columbus, Ohio Saturday night and arrested there.
In a significant turn of events, the Kanawha County school board has voted to give the library $1.9 million. The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in February that the school board didn't have to allocate part of its annual budget to fund the library. The decision ended a decade-long legal battle against being forced to give millions each year to the library. The school board could still give voluntarily, and voted Thursday to extend $1.9 million through July 1, and also voted to pursue an excess levy in November on behalf of the library that would bring in taxpayers' dollars to support library services past that date.
After an inmate at the Southern Regional Jail was mistakenly released last week, a follow-up investigation asked why it happened. A state jail agency chief says it was human error/ 51-year old Anthony Lee Ramsey was released Tuesday of last week and recaptured Wednesday. Media outlets report paperwork had been sent to the jail dismissing a magistrate court case involving Ramsey. But Ramsey had previously been ordered held by a circuit court after his indictment on murder charges for a shooting in January. West Virginia Regional Jail Authority executive director Joe DeLong called the mistaken release a breakdown in communication.
A Charleston man died Sunday after an accident on Interstate 64. 59-year old Kenneth Hughes died at CAMC General, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department. The accident happened just off the Oakwood Road exit ramp in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 around 2 p.m., and a medical issue may have contributed to the accident.
A man accused of shooting another last fall in a drug-related incident has been sentenced to prison. Richard Hilliard received a 15-year prison sentence this week for shooting David Booker last October, and that 15 year sentence was the maximum for his involuntary manslaughter charge.
It was a combined effort that brought a child luring suspect to justice. 29-year old Justin Todd Adkinson of the Saint Albans area was arrested at the Institute Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday after charges originated in St. John's County, Florida. He was wanted for attempting to seduce, solicit, or lure a child over the internet, and also charged with transmitting material harmful to minors by an electronic device. Adkinson is a member of the Institute VFD - the site where he was arrested.
A suspect is in custody this morning after a chase with state police Thursday night that ended with a crash near the Kanawha-Boone County line. The chase ended on US119 at Sand Plant Road and a stolen car suspect was apprehended. There were no injuries.
A man shot last weekend in Institute has been identified. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say 51-year old Richard Lee Saunders of Poca was shot in the face with a .380 caliber handgun. Detectives have persons of interest in the case, but anyone with information should call with leads.
A new bridge at Coonskin Park might be financed with a bond. If state officials close off Coonskin Drive to the public, the bridge would be necessary for access to the park, and it would cost around $9 million. Retired adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, Allen Tackett, says federal funding for the bridge project doesn't appear to be an option, but it may be possible to acquire a bond. The Charleston Gazette reports since National Guard aircraft are kept at Yeager Airport, Tackett will suggest National Guard officials ask the Yeager airport board, the Kanawha County Commission and the city of Charleston to each contribute $100,000 a year to help pay off the bond. The National Guard will pay for the rest. We reported earlier this week Tackett's estimate that the $9 million Coonskin bridge could help save the economic impact of an $89 million facitlity. The details lie in the balance.