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WV Pepperoni Rolls in National Competition

Oh those pepperoni rolls....if you like them you have the chance to help make them a winner in the National Restaurant Association's "A Taste of America" contest. So far in the competition West Virginia's pepperoni roll has beaten the Philly cheese steak and other regionally-acclaimed foods, and has advanced to the fourth round. West Virginia needs to beat Arizona, Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa, and Oregon's famous foods it it's to be the champ. The contest ends June 7th, and you can vote at

Trial Date Set for Former Smithers Fire Chief

An August trial has been set for the former chief of the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department and his wife. Earlier this month a Fayette County grand jury indicted Timothy Whittington and Patricia Whittington on felony charges related to missing funds that the Whittingtons are accused of taking for personal use. Timothy Whittington is charged with embezzlement. Patricia Whittington is charged with fraudulent schemes. The Associated Press reports that the couple pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court. The trial date has been set for August 20. Timothy Whittington resigned from the Smithers VFD in February.

Fayette County Accident Investigated

The Fayette County Sheriff's office is still investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a car Sunday night. It happened in the Meadow Bridge area, and deputies say 20-year old Zack Allen Zink of Meadow Bridge was hit on Cowtown Road and taken to Raleigh General. The driver of the vehicle that hit Zink may have had some sort of altercation before the accident.

Tribute to Mingo Sheriff Crum Finally Able to Happen

A motorcycle ride originally planned for early May was finally able to happen over the holiday weekend. The “Poker Run” memorial ride in honor of Mingo Sheriff Eugene Crum was originally supposed to be part of the Rally in the Valley, but was delayed because of rain. The ride included about a hundred bikers, and began in Williamson and went past the spot where Crum was killed while eating lunch in his car in early April, then the bikers went out into Mingo County past his grave. Rosie Crum, Eugene’s widow was named acting sheriff after his murder, and attended the ride.

Suitcase Found with Materials to Make Meth

Charleston police are investigating after a suitcase was found outside an apartment building Sunday. Metro 911 dispatchers said materials were found inside consistent with making methamphetamine. The suitcase was found on a sidewalk outside of Terrace Park East apartment building, at 2106 Kanawha Blvd. That's about two blocks away from the state capitol.

Area Graduations Are Underway

This is a week of multiple graduations, with the first ceremony last night at the Charleston Civic Center Colesium. South Charleston High School seniors got their diplomas, and also last night Sissonville High School held their graduation at Municipal Auditorium. Herbert Hoover High graduates tonight at Municipal Auditorium, and Capital High graduates at the Civic Center Colesium. Wednesday it's Riverside High and George Washington High; Thursday Nitro and St. Albans will graduate. In Putnam County, Poca High graduates Saturday at Municipal auditorium. Buffalo, Hurricane, and Winfield graduate next week.

Putnam County School Board Resolves Suit

The Putnam County Board of Education has resolved allegations that it violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The U.S. Department of Justice made the allegations in a lawsuit filed against the school board over its termination of an employee. The lawsuit alleged that the board retaliated against the former maintenance electrician because he requested time off to care for an ill parent. The department said Monday that a consent judgment approved by the U.S. District Court requires the school board to pay the former worker $50,000 in back wages. The board also will train managers and supervisors on the law's rules and requirements. This is one of several measures that will be implemented to prevent future violations

Suspected Rapist Enters Plea

A man accused of raping a woman at knife point last November pleaded guilty Monday to first degree sexual assault and second degree sexual assault. 21-year old Enrique Harris is accused of stabbing the woman in the arm at some point, and the audio was captured during a partially recorded phone call to Metro 911, which the woman was able to dial. Harris will be sentenced June 12, and faces up to 60 years in prison, according to a news release from Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants Office.

Detectives Investigate Elkview Man's Death

After a call came to the Kanawha County Sheriff's office Monday afternoon from a man who said he could see inside an Elkview home and there was a dead man inside. Deputies later determined that to be 28-year old David Lemons, who lived at 7 Darlington Lane and was alone inside. Members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death. Detectives are still processing the crime scene, but ask anyone with information to call with tips.

West Virginia Leads Nation with Obesity Rate; What to Do

The West Virginia Obesity Conference at the Charleston Marriott has wrapped up, and it gave experts a chance to talk about what should be done to fight the obesity rate here. Right now West Virginia has a soft drink tax of 1 penny per 16.9 fluid ounces and the proceeds go to the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Some suggest boosting the tax on sugary beverages to send more money to education, that would help people make smart choices with the overall goal of reducing obesity.

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