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Another former meth house burned this week in Sissonville. WCHS TV reports there are between 40 and 45 condemned meth houses in the county and that's only county unincorporated areas of the county. That's not including cities, like Nitro, where a fire broke out in a former meth house this week. The Sissonville fire also consumed a site where a meth lab had been found in April and had been condemned and boarded up since. WCHS TV also says the county was in the process of seeking a court order to tear down the house in Sissonville that burned on Tuesday night and had expected to demolish it within the next 45 days.
A warrant sweep on Thursday netted several arrests for the Kanawha County Sheriff's office. Cpl BD Humphreys tells us there were 11 arrests for domestic violence and family court issues. The ages of those arrested ranged from 25 to 56, from Charleston, Nitro, Institute, St. Albans, and Clendenin, among others. The sheriff's office invites you to visit their website at www.kanawhasheriff.us to check the warrants and submit an anonymous tip on someone that will be forwarded to the proper deputies.
The trial of a man accused of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been rescheduled for March. Tennis Maynard's trial had been set for Dec. 9. Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach told the Charleston Gazette that prosecutors believed they needed more time to review evidence and interview witnesses. The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office agreed to represent the state in the trial after former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks stepped down from the case in September. Sparks resigned last week after he was charged in federal court with conspiracy in an unrelated case. Maynard is accused of shooting Crum on April as the sheriff ate lunch in his car parked in downtown Williamson.
Competitors in Fayette County are getting ready for Bridge Day this weekend. It's billed as the largest extreme sports event in the world, with more than 75-thousand expected to turn out and watch on the the New River Gorge Bridge, according to the organizers’ website. The BASE jumps will last from 9am to 3pm, with the New River Gorge Bridge as the launch point. With all of the jumpers and walkers on the bridge, traffic will be shut down Saturday from 7 a.m. until about 5 p.m.
As the Kanawha County Library continues to look at its funding options, it was dealt another blow recently. A supreme court decision back in February released the school district from its obligation to provide funding to the library, although it can still offer fund voluntarily. Now the West Virginia Library Commission won't award more than $25,000 in grant funding to the library because the library's 2013 operating expenditures didn't meet standards. The Charleston Gazette reports that will result in a penalty, with grant funds reduced by $25,398.
The 2014 Charleston Distance Run is happening on August 30th 2014, but registration has already opened. More than 1500 runners participated in this year's event, and the race plans more growth and improvements. There will be a 15-mile run; three-person, 15-mile relay; plus a 5K run; and also 5K and 10K walks. Registration fees for the 15-mile race are $40 by July 15, 2014 and then you'll have to pay ten dollars more, or twenty dollars more after Aug. 5, 2014. In the 5K race and three-person, 15-mile relay, registration fees start at $35, and it's $25 for the 5K and 10K walks. www.charlestondistancerun.com has the registration info.
The Unitarian Universalist Church on Charleston's West Side will host a seminar on sex trafficking later this week. The US Department of Justice says the practice impacts between 100,000 and 300,000 American children each year, and a group that aims to prevent and eliminate sex trafficking will lead the seminar. Sister Anne Victory is education coordinator for the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking, based in Ohio, and she'll be the lead speaker. The session is at Unitarian Universalist Church Thursday night at 7pm. It's at 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.
Nitro police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred after a traffic stop early this morning. Police searching for the suspect after pulling over a car on Interstate 64 about 2am. 911 dispatchers said the person in the car shot at the officer and hit the cruiser. The officer wasn't hurt, and shot back. The suspect took off. All police in the area are on the lookout.
The investigation continues into possible Mingo County corruption. Now the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating three Mingo County attorneys - Matthew Chandler, Wesley White, and Ronald Rumora - who have been mentioned in other pending corruption cases in Mingo County. Chandler resigned last week before an emergency meeting of the Mingo County Commission where Teresa Maynard was appointed to take over as prosecutor for Michael Sparks, according to the Daily Mail. Chandler and Smith work together at Smith's private law firm, and resigned rather than risk a conflict of interest.
An investigation is underway to determine whether a state official's gunshot wound was accidental. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the training coordinator for the state Division of Homeland Security suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at his home Dons Drive outside Charleston Sunday afternoon. Deputies found Frank Kennedy with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso, and a handgun was found in the woods nearby. Kennedy is at CAMC General Hospital after surgery.