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Settlement Reached After Homeless Man's Backpack is Tossed Off a Bridge

A homeless man who says a Charleston policeman tossed his backpack off a bridge has agreed to a settlement in exchange for agreeing not to sue the city. The Charleston Gazette reports that Andrew Joel Hunt settled for $1,500, according to an agreement. The backpack tossed into the Elk River contained a laptop and photographs of his late wife, and after tossing the backpack patrolman Brian Lightner was on paid leave. Now the Gazette reports Lightner has been "separated from employment" with the Charleston Police Department.

Stolen DOH Truck Under Investigation

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating a stolen truck, swiped from the Division of Highways office off of Pennsylvania Avenue north of Charleston. The call came in Monday morning, but deputies think it was stolen around 10:30 p.m. Sunday The truck is a white Ford F-350 with West Virginia license plate number B55105. A welder and air compressor were also stolen too, and the suspect is described as a white male, medium build, wearing a camouflage jacket at the time. Anyone with tips on the suspect or the vehicle should call 304-357-0169 or submit an anonymous tip through

Arrest Made in Cross Lanes Stabbing

Stephen Dwayne Snead has been arrested for malicious wounding. He is accused of stabbing an ex-brother-in-law in Cross Lanes Sunday evening. The warrant was issued last night. It happened near the Dollar General store on Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. The victim, Christopher McClanahan was stabbed several times in the abdomen and hip, and is in the hospital recovering.

Snowshoe Adds Live Music

Snowshoe ski resort is hosting a series of free weekend concerts for guests, as a way of encouraging winter travelers to head for the snow instead of th beach. Many of the acts have big followings, and will play for free through the ski seaon. March 20, Snowshow will have a Homegrown Music Festival that will feature musicians from the region.

Two Girl Scout Leaders Charged With Embezzlement

Two Parkersburg women have been indicted on charges that they used Girl Scout funds to take a trip to Florida. A Wood County grand jury indicted Denise Davis and Mary Farnworth last week on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a felony. Both are former troop leaders of the Girls Scouts of the Black Diamond Council. Council spokeswoman Jennifer Brown says Davis still works as the council's director of membership services. Special prosecutor Joshua Downey says the women allegedly used $2,400 from cookie and yard sales to take their daughters and a friend to Sea World in 2011. Downey says the money came from outreach groups. The Black Diamond Council serves most of West Virginia, along with some areas of Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

January 14th Crimes Linked

Three arrests have been made in connection with crimes last Wednesday that turned out to be linked. First a burglary was reported on Church Road in Pinch, and surveillance video showed three white men going to the back of a house. They ransacked the house and stole several items. Later that morning a stolen vehicle was recovered in the Davis Creek area after it had been taken from Fields Drive, near Chandler Drive. A car was also stolen from a nearby garage where the man who lives there works on cars. That vehicle was later recovered after a crash, and those inside ran off. Deputies also investigated other stolen vehicle reports and were able to link the crimes together. 24-year old Allen Michael Burgess is facing charges, along with 18-year old Devin Craig Thaxton and 24-year old Harry Wayne Asbury, all of Sissonville

Dunbar Shooting Under Investigation

Police are investigating a disturbance that happened Saturday in front of the “5 o’clock Somewhere” bar at 1233 Ohio Avenue in Dunbar. An event was being held there on Friday night to benefit the victim of a recent murder at the Motel 6 in Cross Lanes when a fight broke out between two people in the middle of a large group. Three men brandished handguns and fired about 8 shots at each while running west on Ohio Avenue towards 13th Street. The bar owner's vehicle was hit by stray bullets and so was a nearby daycare's windwow. There were no injuries. Detective JA Payne says witnesses are being uncooperative with police, and Dunbar police are looking for tips. Call the anonymous tip line at (304) 766-0201, or submit a tip through the Dunbar PD Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Warrant Issued in Cross Lanes Stabbing

A stabbing is under investigation in Cross Lanes. It happened Sunday near the Dollar General store on Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes. Christopher McClanahan ran into the store with stab wounds, and the suspect, Stephen Dwayne Sneed, followed McClanahan into the store and threatened him again, this time with a level. An employee intervened and Mr. Sneed left, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. McClanahan was taken by ambulance to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Division for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. A warrant has been issued for Sneed, and anyone with tips should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip through

Services Today for Former Gov. Arch Moore

Expect a lot of traffic and activity around the Culture Center for the funeral of former Governor Arch Moore. The public memorial service takes place today from 9:30 to 11:30am at the Culture Center, and there will be a visitation tonight at Grisell's Funeral Home in Moundsville from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Another funeral service is set for tomorrow in Moundsville. Former Governor Moore is the father of US Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, and passed away January 7th. He served three terms as governor in West Virginia -- from 1969 to 1977 and from 1985 to 1989. He is the only governor to be elected to three terms.

Energy Law Is a Focus for State Lawmakers

The Republican-led Legislature wants to repeal state renewable energy standards that a power company official said could be met at no additional cost. A House of Delegates committee unanimously passed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio repeal Thursday. A Senate committee discussed it without voting. The portfolio requires generating 25 percent of electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025. More efficient coal-burning technologies would qualify.

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