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Two charged after mortuary van joy ride

Two people were found passed out in a van that belonged to a mortuary early Thursday, and they've been arrested. Deputies found the van at the 7-11 on West Main in St. Albans around 2am Thursday, and it was registered to Tri-State Mortuary, who said neither Michael Parsons nor John Shaver had permission to use it. Both have been charged with joyriding, and Parons faces charges of driving on a revoked license. Shaver was charged with obstructing an officer. Both went to South Central Regional Jail.

Police arrest graffiti suspects

Police got a break in a graffiti case this week and arrested three men. Two adults and a juvenile were arrested and charged with destruction of property after allegedly tagging signs and businesses in North Charleston. 20-year old Cody Ryder Pfeiffer of Charleston faces a felony destruction of property charge and could spend one to ten years behind bars if convicted. He has a preliminary hearing is set for June 22nd. 21-year old Joshua Lee Bailey is charged with misdemeanor property destruction. The juvenile's name hasn't been released.

Parking notice if you're headed to FestiVALL

FestivALL means fun, and street closures. The Charleston Police Department says road closures begin today, meaning Kanawha Boulevard from Court Street to Capitol Street will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Capitol Street from Quarrier Street to Lee Street will also be cut down to one lane. Kanawha Boulevard will be closed eastbound at Clendenin Street at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will reopen Saturday night following the concert. Parking garages on Virginia Street next to City Hall and on Summers Street will have extended hours.

Accused murderer has July preliminary hearing

James Belknap will have his day in court in July. He's accused of murdering killing four people, including two young children, and then dumping their bodies in Nicholas County. He'll have his preliminary hearing July 10.

Tips welcome in Snow murder investigation

Charleston police continue to work with Crimestoppers in the Robert Snow murder investigation. Snow's body was found in the Elk River three days after he went missing in late May. Police say his hands and feet were bound together. Other than that, there have been very few details offered about the case, and few leads. Anyone with information should call the Crimestoppers 24-hour tip line, and you can remain anonymous. You can also call Charleston Police. Snow was a district manager for 7-11 stores, and Prima Marketing company officials have put together a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Crimestoppers 1-304-255-STOP

Business paying back $125,000 over time

A Putnam County business is figuring out how to pay $125,000 in back taxes. Seven years ago Tasty Blend Foods was given a tax incentive aimed at growing business in the county, and because of an oversight by attorneys it has recently come to light that the company owes Putnam County six figures. The County says Tasty Blend Foods didn't do anything wrong, but a paperwork issue means they owe more than they thought. Putnam County commissioners have agreed to let Tasty Blend make annual payments of $9000 for the next 14 years to pay off the debt.

Suspect sought in Oak Hill police officer shooting

Officers are continuing to investigate yesterday's shooting of an Oak Hill police officer. Sgt. J-L Kirk responded to a called after an alarm went off at Maple Court Apartments, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff's office and Oak Hill police. Kirk's bullet proof vest kept the bullet from penetrating his skin, and he's been examined and released at the hospital. This is the second time in two years an Oak Hill officer has been shot in the line of duty, and saved by a bullet proof vest. Cpl. C.A. Young was shot in March 2010. Police are still looking for Kirk's shooter, described as a black male with a medium to stocky build and loosely braided hair.

Pedestrian killed in Putnam County

An elderly man died this week in Putnam County after being hit by a car. 80-year old Gordon Worth was standing in the road talking to the driver of a car who was offering him a ride, according to deputies, when a car coming from the opposite direction hit him. No charges are expected against the driver.

Dolllar General robber sought

Police are still looking for the man accused of robbing a Dollar General in Raleigh County Tuesday morning. A robber held up the Beckley Store on Harper Heights wearing a black ski mask, according to police, and he was armed. The suspect has been described as white, about 5'7" to 5'9" tall with a medium build. Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh County Sheriff's office or Crimestoppers.

Elderly Charleston man indicted on child pornography charges

A 79-year old Charleston man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography. Jack E. Gravenmier of South Hills faces allegations that he coerced three minor children into engaging in sexual conduct so he could make the images. Those incidents were alleged to have occurred between 2002 and February 2003. He is also charged with possessing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on his computer. Police have also investigated an incident that occurred in the summer of 2011. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of Gravenmier's house at 833 Beaumont Road in Charleston, not far from Overbrook Elementary School.

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