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JROTC Instructor Charged After Alleged Sexual Encounter

A JROTC instructor has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a female student. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says Martin Dale Kirby has been charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. Kirby is an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor at George Washington High School, and he's accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student at the school that started in September 2010.

Company Pays After Sissonville Explosion

NiSource has paid more than $231,000 to reimburse the costs of fighting the fire that broke out in December after a pipeline explosion. The natural gas explosion burned part of Interstate 77 near Sissonville and destroyed 5 homes. There are reports that more than $165,000 from NiSource Inc. will go to the state Division of Highways to pay for repairs to a section of Interstate 77 that was charred in the blast. State and County agencies who responded will also be reimbursed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Paramedic Killed on His Way to an Accident

A paramedic from Beckley on his way to an accident Tuesday morning lost his life when the amublance he was riding in hit a tractor trailer. 26-year old Mark Anthony Kinder was in the ambulance that was responding to an accident on Interstate 79 near the South Weston exit in Lewis County around 5am Tuesday when the accident happened. A news release from the Lewis County sheriff's office says the driver of the ambulance and the driver of the tractor trailer were both unhurt.

New website serves as memorial to miners

A new website is being launched as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine. The Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group launched the new website Monday morning at

Burglary Suspect Arrested

Kanawha County Sheriff Deputies have made an arrest after a Saturday burglary on Buff Lick Road. A witness reported seeing a suspect breaking into a neighbor's garage, and deputies found the suspect's vehicle in Clendenin at the Save-A-Lot store. During their investigation the deputies recovered a loaded rifle and other items stolen from the garage and arrested 36-year old James Stephen Myers Jr. of Clay County. Myers was released after a family member posted a $5000 bond.

Putnam Shooting Investigated

Deputies are investigating an early morning shooting in Putnam County. 35-year old Robert Hill Jr. took himself to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston about 5 a.m. Monday and said he had been shot during a robbery attempt on West Virginia 817 in Putnam County near the Coca Cola plant. He underwent surgery and was questioned by deputies who say they've received conflicting information. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation has the case now.

Hurricane Police Warn of Burglaries

Hurricane police say a recent string of home invasions have them on alert. Daytime breakins have been reported over the past few weeks in the Lower Coach Road, Kingswood Estates, and Linden Lane areas. Mayor Scott Edwards and Hurricane police have sent the word that the public should be aware of what's been happening and call police immediately if you notice any suspicious activity. Police say the suspect is a male, about 5'9 to six feet tall with light hair and a thin build. If you see anything suspicious, you're urged to call 911.

Two Die in Lincoln County Accident

Alcohol is suspected in a crash that killed two people in Lincoln County early Saturday morning. It happened about 12:30 a.m. Saturday along Route 10 in the West Hamlin area. 33-year old Shaun Terry ran off the road and hit a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the road at a business. The 22-year old passenger, Tasha Icenhower was prounced dead at the hospital, and state police say Terry ied a few hours later. Troopers say Terry's birthday was Friday.

Man Killed in Shootout with Sheriff's Deputies

Two Kanawha County deputies were called to a home at 6154 Quick Road near Pinch Saturday around 5pm about a domestic dispute. Deputies saw a 45 year old man through a window who appeared to be trying to hide, but eventually he opened the front door and fired at the deputies, who returned the fire. The suspect, Lawrence Edward “Pete” Vaughn was killed, but neither deputy was hurt. The initial call said there was a violent altercation between the son and his mother, but she was not hurt. Cpl. BD Humphreys with the Sheriff's Office says family members at the scene indicated Vaughn had been violent with his mother before. A full investigation is underway.

Sen. Manchin Chairs Bipartisan Group

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is an honorary chairman of a new citizens' movement called "No Labels." It is made up of Democrats, Republicans and others, aimed at creating a bipartisanship in Congress. Manchin said on State of the Union on CNN this gives all parties a chance to sit down to have a meaningful conversation without labels. So far, 25 democratic and republican lawmakers have agreed to sign on to be problem solvers. The goal is to have 75 members.

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