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Man Arrested for Dealing Drugs Near School

Cedar Grove police arrested a man Thursday whom they think was dealing drugs near Cedar Grove Community School. Edward Spaulding's arrest came after an 18-month investigation which started with an e-mailed tip. Spaulding faces two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school.

Cell Phone Use in the Car Still a Problem

Two West Virginia University researchers say efforts to get people to stop messing with cell phones in the car is having little effect. Jeffrey Coben and Motao Zhu reported their conclusions in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Coben is interim dean of the WVU School of Public Health. Research shows the number of injuries and fatalities caused by cell phone use while driving has increased by 22 percent between 2005 and 2009. They think the problem will continue to get worse, despite efforts to stop distracted driving. The researches did urge for new technology, that could perhaps disable hand-held devices when vehicles are in motion.

Two Arrested in Brutal Beating

Charleston police have been combing over surveillance video, trying to identify members of a crowd who stood and watched a man get beaten with bricks Monday evening. Two people were arrested Wednesday morning related to the attack, and they've been charged with malicious wounding. Police say Brandon Douglass and Dana Lafond have been booked, and await more court dates. 20-year old Brandon Coltey was beaten along Laidley Street at the entrance to Transit Mall Monday around 8pm, and while he's still in the hosptial reports say he has been showing signs of recovery.

Charleston Travelers Have New Flight to DFW

Travelers at Charleston's Yeager Airport will soon have another option. American Airlines has announced it will offer daily jet service between Charleston and DFW starting June 12th, and a news release from Yeager Airport says the route will utilize a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin welcomes the news and says it will provide quick and easy business trips, and help travelers experience things that make each state great. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has grown to become American’s largest hub.

Kanawha County School Board Sued

The Kanawha County school board is facing a lawsuit from three students who claimed they were victims of sexual molestation and the board didn't protect them. The students accuse their JROTC instructor, Edwin Smuda of the sexual misconduct and filed three separate lawsuits. Smuda arrived at South Charleston High School in the late 1990's, but it was much later that he was arrested on sexual abuse charges, and committed suicide after resigning from the high school. WSAZ TV reports the victims claim the school board knew or should have known about the incidents and did nothing to protect the students or investigate. The board did suspend Smuda at one point.

Gas prices drop

Here's a headline we haven't heard in awhile. Gas prices have dropped. Gasoline prices are down 6 cents on average this week in West Virginia, according to AAA East Central. The agency said motorists are paying about $3.81 per gallon now, which is within one penny of what gas prices were a year ago in the state. Prices currently range from $3.72 in Bridgeport and Clarksburg to $3.89 in Martinsburg. Gas says Charleston is right in the middle at about $3.75. Nitro and St. Albans are slightly lower. Nationally, gas prices average $3.74.

Charleston Police Use Surveillance Video To Try to Solve Beating Case

Charleston police are still combing over surveillance video, trying to identify members of a crowd who stood and watched a man get beaten with bricks Monday evening. Police say 21-year old Brandon Coltey was beaten along Laidley Street at the entrance to Transit Mall, and surveillance video shows two or three people carrying out the assault, but a larger crowd stood and watched. Coltey was robbed after the beating too. Anyone with information is asked to call Charleston police. Coltey is in the hospital in critical condition.

Marple Case Moves to US District Court

Former West Virginia Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit over her firing will be heard in federal court. Marple sued the state Board of Education in Kanawha County Circuit Court in February, and the Associated Press reports that the case has been moved to U.S. District Court. The state board requested the transfer. In a filing last week, the board argued that Marple claims her rights were violated under the U.S. Constitution. Marple's lawsuit alleges that she was denied due process when she was abruptly fired last November and says the dismissal's handling wrongly damaged her reputation.

Deputies called about a gun, find marijuana

Neighbors reported a red car driving through a Charleston neighborhood Sunday night with the driver waving a pistol at them. A deputy went to 201 Fern Ridge Drive and found 29-year old William James Shaw who lived on that street, but he denied having weapons in the car. He did admit to having marijuana under the driver’s seat. A police K-9 found almost two ounces of marijuana, scales and other paraphernalia used in drug sells. Street value of the marijuana is around $500, deputies say. Shaw was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. Deputies never found a gun.

Snow in the Forecast

The calendar has turned over to March and spring is not far off, but snow is in the forecast, proving we're not done with winter just yet. Meteorologists say the Charleston area could get 1 inch to 3 inches of snow. A winter storm watch is in effect from Nicholas County east, but conditions should dry up by Thursday.

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