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Rand Stabbing Under Investigation

A Rand man reported being stabbed Saturday night. Roger Fore told Kanawha Deputies, he was walking on Elaine Drive toward his home when a suspect rode up on a bicycle and asked for a cigarette. When he refused, the suspect began beating him with a metal pipe before Fore was able to flee for help. Fore was transported to CAMC General Division to undergo treatment for stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Deputies have interviewed witnesses and are continuing to investigate the claims. The suspect description was given as a white male, age unknown wearing a white baggy t-shirt and baggy jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.

contact Deputy J.L. Lester at (304) 357-0169. Callers can remain anonymous.

Charleston Police Recruiting New Officers

If you've considered law enforcement as a career, now may be your opportunity. Needing more officers The Charleston Police Department is looking to hire men, women and minorities. Training Coordinator Paul Roach told WSAZ, it's often a struggle to recruit young people. He says salaries are not as competitive as the private sector, and that you have to want to be in law enforcement for more than the money. The Charleston Police say application deadline is Oct. 1. Anyone between the ages of 18-40 can apply.

State to Move Troubled Youth to New Facilties

Juvenile offenders being held in custody at facility in Harrison County will be transferred this week. The Exponent Telegram reports the Department of Military of Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says 16 juvenile sex offenders will be moved to the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Bluefield. Six others, who have behavioral or mental issues will be transferred the Morton Juvenile Center in Kanawha County. A judge had condemned conditions at the former Industrial Home for Youth and the state decided to convert it to an adult prison.

Local Rep. Party Hears from Congressional Candidates

The Kanawha County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Day dinner over the weekend at the Charleston Civic Center. The aim of the night was to energize the party and hear from candidates running for the 2nd district Congressional seat in 2014. The six candidates running to fill U.S. Rep. Shelly Moore Capito's House seat are Ron Walters Jr., Steve Harrison, Alex Mooney, Charlotte Layne, Jim Moss and Kevin Reed. Capito is running for retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat.

Attempted Murder Charges Added After March Shootout

A Charleston man was arraigned on attempted murder charges over the weekend, stemming from a shooting six months ago. Robert Smith was allegedly part of a shootout in March on Charleston's West Side in front of a Korean restaurant on Washington Street. Police said there were multiple shell casings. Smith was already facing charges for malicious wounding, wanton endangerment, and firearm possession. On Saturday, attempted murder was added. There is one other person charged in the shooting.

WV Residents to Start Paying Six Percent More on Amazon

Shoppers on will have to start paying sales tax in a week. Anyone in West Virginia who buys merchandise from will have to pay a 6 percent state sales tax starting October 1st. The company is changing its policies to comply with a new West Virginia law passed in April by the legislature. The new law applies to out-of-state retailers that have "an office, distribution house, sales house, warehouse or other place of business in West Virginia." Amazon has a new distribution center in Huntington.

Beckley Man Sent to Jail Over Walmart Threats

A threat to blow up the Walmart in Beckley has landed a man in jail. Police say 25-year old Travis Lee Persinger of Beckley is being charged with three counts of making false bomb threats after making the alleged threats at the Walmart on Eisenhower Drive earlier in September. Persinger was employed by the store, and reportedly told police he only made the threats because he was bored.

New Documents Allege Mingo County Corruption

The US Attorneys Office on Thursday released documentation of corruption in Mingo County. Federal prosecutors say Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury conspired with a local prosecutor, county commissioner and the late Sheriff Eugene Crum to stop a confidential informant from giving the FBI information about his drug deals with the sheriff. Suspended Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury was charged Thursday with one count of conspiracy. Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks had recused himself from prosecting the Tennis Maynard case. Maynard is the man implicated in the shooting death of Sheriff Crum. Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden is also implicated in the latest filing by the US Attorneys Office, regarding the alleged corruption in Mingo County.

Deputies Seek Cross Lanes Robbery Suspect

There was a robbery Tuesday at the McDonald’s on Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says it happened in the restroom. 23-year old Robert Marshall of Cross Lanes is the main suspect in the case, accused of grabbing a 27-year old man by the neck and grabbing cash from his pockets. A warrant has been issued for Marshall, and anyone who knows where he is asked to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at

Manchin's No Vote Could Be Deciding Factor

Sen. Joe Manchin has made it clear he will vote against President Barack Obama's nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman. Manchin said this week on a conference call with the media that nominee Ron Binz's track record as head of Colorado Public Utilities shows he would focus too much on renewable resources. Manchin is on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and wants someone as chairman who would have a more comprehensive approach, and include coal and natural gas. Manchin's no-vote will likely be the one that spoils Binz's nomination.

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