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Elk may be reintroduced to West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently spoke to a group of sportsmen and women and during those remarks he talked about bringing elk back to West Virginia. Reports show the last native West Virginia elk was seen 137 years ago. West Virginia has studied it, but hasn't re-introduced elk yet. Kentucky and Virginia have each added elk to their states, although some farm groups oppose it. An elk management plan would have to come before the game animals are introduced.

Teens arrested after St. Ablans car burglary

A St. Albans man called police early Thursday after seeing men trying to break into his car. The took of in another vehicle, but were caught a short time later. All were 18 years old - two are from St. Albans and one is from East Bank. All were arrested and charged with auto tampering, and one was also charged with driving without a license. St. Albans police say this was the second time in a week that cars had been tampered with on Ridgewood Forest Road.

No students hurt after Head Start bus crash

Minor damage was done when a Fayette County Head Start bus and a coal truck collided Thursday morning near the Montgomery Bridge exit ramp on W.Va. 61. There were 22 pre-school children on the bus at the time, and none of them were hurt. Fayette County Head Start told the Gazette their driver was at fault and did not see the coal truck in his mirror when he went to merge into traffic. Drug and alcohol tests are standard procedure, and those results are pending.

Funeral arrangements set for fallen officer

Police are still investigating the Tuesday night shooting where state troooper Marshall Bailey was killed by gunman Luke Baber after he was pulled over for reckless driving along Interstate 79 in Roane County. Trooper Eric Michael Workman was also critically wounded before the suspect was shot and killed. Funeral arrangements have been set now for Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in his hometown of Poca. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Vaccine grace period for students ends Friday

The grace period expires Friday for Kanawha County students, meaning vaccines need to be up to date by then or the students can be held out of school. There are new requirements for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines, and those should have been up to date by the time school started in mid-August, but the state granted a two-week grace period. That ends August 31. Will students actually be sent home? That would be a matter of matching up a lot of student records - as many as 25 percent of the student body - and it's not clear if the school district will act. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has the vaccines, as do most family physicians.

Marshall Scientist to share new equipment with UC

A big grant that goes to a Marshall University scientist is expected to help many. The $338,000 grant has been awarded to chemistry assistant professor Derrick Kolling and colleagues at Marshall and the University of Charleston. Kolling will use the grant money to buy equipment that will help shed more light on metal compounds. The equipment will be in Huntington, but a University of Charleston faculty member will go there to use it.

Receivership is another option for Pratt

Kanawha County commissioners learned recently that the town of Pratt has $140,000 in tax liens levied against it and the town-owned water company, and as a last restort the town could be dissolved. That wouldn't get rid of the debt to the IRS...that would be collected when the town's assets were sold. Another solution besides dissolving the town may be to place it in receivership, which means someone would be appointed to oversee the finances. Kanawha County leaders will take up the subject again in September. Pratt's population is about 600.

Cigarette thief breaks in by removing AC

Kanawha County Deputies helped officers in Clay County early Wednesday. The Kanawha County sheriff's office says an alarm went off at the Little General store on Clay Highway in Lizemores, and deputies arrived to find a window air conditioning unit had been removed. No suspects were there, and surveillance video only vaguely showed a male, about six feet tall with dark clothing. The man made off with a large quantity of cigarettes. Anyone with information is encouraged to call West Virginia State Police or the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Cause of accident that tied up traffic has been released

More now on a traffic accident that disrupted traffice for several hours Tuesday morning on Rt.94 near Hernshaw. Kanawha County deputies say 21-year old Travis Koontz of Charleston lost control, then went left of center and hit a truck owned by Walker Machinery. Speed and wet pavement are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

Former Lincoln County officials sentenced for election fraud

Two former Lincoln County officials will spend time in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says former Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for his role in an election fraud scheme. Former Lincoln County Clerk Donald C. Whitten was sentenced to one year and six months in prison, which is the longest in recent memory in an election fraud case in the district. Both Bowman and Whitten pleaded guilty earlier this year. Earlier this month, former Lincoln County Commissioner Thomas Ramey, Jr, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to an FBI agent in connection to his role in the Lincoln County absentee voting fraud scheme, and faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced in November.

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