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State Police Investigate Whether its Self Defense or Homicide

State police are investigating a Logan County shooting after a 35-year old man was found dead Sunday. Officers were called to a home on WV Route 10 were they found George Michael Bowens dead from a gunshot wound. The initial investigation points to a domestic issue between Bowens and his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, Venus Parton. Parton reportedly admits to shooting Bowens and claims self defense. State police are investigating to see if it was self defense after a home invasion, or homicide.

Second Buckwild Cast Member Arrested

Last week, Buckwild cast member Salwa Amin was arrested on drug charges, and now a second cast member of the MTV reality series is in trouble with the law. Michael Burford, known as Blufoot on the show, was arrested on Thursday on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence. Burford tweeted on Saturday he takes full responsibility for his actions, and should have called for a designated driver.

Vigil Planned for Murder Victim

A candlelight vigil will be held this week in Charleston for a man police say was killed out of revenge. Michael Cassell was fatally shot inside his home on Red Oak Street on Charleston's West Side February 10th, and Patrick Price committed suicide soon after shooting Cassell, who had apparently contacted Child Protective Services about allegations of sexual abuse of a young girl. The vigil for Cassell will be held at 7pm tonight on Red Oak Street.

Michels Pipeline Construction Fined

A pipeline construction company that West Virginia regulators say polluted a stream has to pay a fine. Wisconsin-based Michels Pipeline Construction has to pay a $3,800 fine and stop storing mud from gas drilling operations at its site near Lumberton. The Department of Environmental Protection last fall, found the company put drilling mud into an unlined waste pit, and that improper disposal allowed the slurry to run offsite and impact a tributary of Stewart Run. Michels promptly cleaned it up. The DEP is taking comments until March 15 on the consent order.

Arrest Made in Rand Shooting

Schools will be open again today after Thursday's deadly shooting in Rand shut them down. Initially nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and Riverside High School were on a two hour delay initially, and then closed for a time. A shooting was reported around 4:30am Thursday in the 5300 block of Emory Avenue, and 19-year old Harold "Don Don" Taylor was found dead in his car. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and saw a car pull up to the victim's car twice to fire shots. Kanawha County Deputies later arrested 29-year old Tremale Straughter.

Captiol Roasters to be Replaced by New Brew Pub

Only two weeks left, and then a Quarrier Street business will leave and a new one will take its place. Ann Saville's new Quarrier Street brew pub will expand into that corner space occupied by Capitol Roasters for the past ten years. The Charleston Gazette reports Capitol Roasters will close at the end of the month, and closed its kiosk at Capitol Market after its lease expired. At a meeting this week with Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board members, the two owners discussed the lease agreement. The Urban Renewal Authority is the landlord, and approved the idea of Capitol Roasters assigning the remainder of its lease to the new brew pub, which will expand to double its size. The new brew pub will be open in about six weeks.

School Summit Planned in Charleston

A sustainable schools summit is being planned in Charleston. The free event is scheduled for April 28 and 29 at the Ramada Inn. It is aimed at encouraging educators, administrators and others to increase earth-friendly initiatives that help save water and energy, and reduce waste. The summit is sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and ZMM Architects and Engineers. The registration deadline is April 1.

Man Arrested for Home Confinement Violation

A man that was supposed to stay home didn't stay home. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year old Robert Wayne Cole faces a home confinement violation and will be charged with escaping from an alternative sentencing program. Cole was arrested Wednesday after he violated his court-ordered home confinement by leaving his home in South Charleston and didn't return. Deputies acted on a tip, and found Cole in Slack’s Trailer Park near Big Chimney hiding beneath a stack of dirty clothes. Cole was on the home confinement program after violating his probation on multiple counts of breaking and entering, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. He was serving two consecutive 1 to 10-year sentences.

Putnam County Thieves Wanted

Putnam County sheriff deputies are asking for help finding two men suspected of stealing several credit cards. The men are accused of breaking into a car in Winfield's Rolling Acres subdivision and stealing several credit cards, and using them to buy items across the border in Kentucky. Surveillance video captured an image of the two men at the Pilot station in Nitro, and welcome any tips.

New State Superintendent Asks Lawmakers for Help This Session

West Virginia's new state schools superintendent wants the Legislature to take it easy on teachers and administrators during its upcoming session. Superintendent Jim Phares on Tuesday said it's clear that students lag behind peers in other parts of the country in some academic categories. Phares also reminded the House-Senate interim Education Committee that the state school board has largely embraced the recent audit critical of the current education system. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to push several audit recommendations during the session, which starts today. Phares says teachers and principals are vital to improving student performance and should be supported.

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