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Library Will Get School Funds After All

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.

Investigation Underway After Inmate Mistakenly Released

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.

Charleston Man Injured in Wreck Dies at the Hospital

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.

Shooter Receives Maximum Sentence

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.

Local Man Arrested for Child Luring in Florida

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.

Chase Ends With Suspect in Custody

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.

Poca Shooting Victim Identified

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.

Bond May Be Possible To Finance New Coonskin Bridge

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.

Whistleblower Suits Can Continue

A motion by the state Department of Health and Human Resources to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit has been rejected. Attorneys Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor filed the suits in October, citing damage to their professional reputations, among other things after they raised concerns over the way a multimillion-dollar advertising contract was awarded. Perry and Taylor, along with DHHR communications director John Law, were placed on administrative reassignment initially. Then Law and Taylor were later fired. Perry is still on reassignment. Given the latest action by the judge, those lawsuits will continue.

Man Accused of Rape Turns Himself In

A man accused of a child abduction and rape has turned himself in. Police say Bradley Price turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, after an incident April 10th where a 13-year old girl was kidnapped near a bus stop at Central Avenue and Russell Street. The criminal complaint says the girl was driven around for hours, then taken to the Knights in in Kanawha City and sexually assaulted. Price was charged with two counts of sexual assault in the first degree and one count of abduction.

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