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The battle continues over a gun ordinance. A state law passed this spring allows guns at recreation centers, and Charleston has a city ordinance banning guns from rec centers. A judge on Thursday denied a request by the West Virginia Defense League to rule the city's ordinance unenforceable. The city had filed a motion to have complaints against it dropped, and that was also denied. WSAZ.com reports the city plans to keep moving forward with the case.
A first grade student from Midland Trail Elementary was found on the school bus with an unloaded, single-shot pistol on Wednesday. Another student heard the child talking about the gun and told the bus driver, who called authorities. There was no ammunition found, and no threats were made, but the student was sent home. The School Resource Officer is investigating, and part of the investigation will attempt to answer how the student got the gun and if any negligence was potentially criminal in nature. Once the investigation is complete, the case will go to the county prosecuting attorney's office for consideration.
Seven video lottery establishments posing as fraternal lodges have been fined by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Three have to pay a $1,000 fine, and it's a $500 fine for the others. The Charleston Gazette says the fines stem from a Lottery investigation prompted by complaints from bar and club owners that the establishments weren't fraternal lodges. Under state law, fraternal organizations can have up to 10 video lottery machines. The limit for bars and clubs is five machines. Musgrave says some of the establishments didn't have membership lists. Some opened their doors to anyone. The commission also fined a limited video lottery machine distributor $6,000 for violating state laws regarding fraternal organization.
A man accused of killing a West Virginia teenageris facing new charges. 36-year old Ernest Roach of Racine, OH waived extradition during a hearing this week in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The next day, Wedesday, Roach was indicted on one count of murder, two counts of compelling prostitution, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of gross abuse of a corpse, in Meigs County, Ohio. That according to a news release from the Meigs County Prosecutors Office. The body of 16-year-old Erika Brown of Cross Lanes was found along the banks of the Ohio River in Meigs County, Ohio, earlier this month. She had been reported missing on Aug. 10. Police say Roach met Brown on the Internet.
Dunbar Police and the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation are still looking into the case of the abandoned body found last week in an abandoned building near 19th Street and Myers Avenue in . An autopsy was performed at the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but there's no ID yet since the body was so badly decomposed. Cpl B-D Humphreys says foul play isn't suspected, but it hasn't been ruled out either. If anyone can help identify who it might be, you can submit tips to Dunbar police or the Kanawha County Sheriff's office. At this point officers think it was a woman about 5'7" tall, slim or medium build, and possibly with dark colored hair. They're not sure how old she was, and had likely been dead for several weeks before her body was found September 19th, and it's possible she was homeless.
Charleston police took a woman into custody after a masked robber held up the Fifth Third Bank on MacCorkle Avenue Southeast Wednesday afternoon. The robber demanded money and left in a blue Nissan Altima and the woman was arrested a few hours later. This is the third time the Fifth Third Bank has been robbed ini two years.
South Charleston has hired a Spencer company to drill three wells that will provide natural gas to the city. Mayor Frank Mullens tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the city plans to use the gas to heat large facilities like the South Charleston Community Center. Reserve Oil & Gas will use conventional techniques to drill the wells, and not hydraulic fracturing and the city will get royalties, along with some free gas and a 15 percent discount on additional gas that it buys through the company. Reserve Oil & Gas also has an agreement with Mountaineer Gas to supply gas from the wells to businesses along Corridor G. Site work is underway on the first well.
FestivALL is coming up quickly, and is expected to draw big crowds again this year. The festivities start in October, but yesterday Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and Mountain Stage Producer Larry Groce announced some of the events. This year there will be a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Charleston Ballet. Not to mention the pumpkin carving contest and the always popular Carriage Trail Leaf Walk. FestivALL runs from October 24th through 26th, and gets started on the 24th with local restaurants showing off their wares with Taste of Fall. For more, go to http://www.festivallcharleston.com/
After a badly decomposed body was found in Dunbar, concerns are being raised about abandoned properties there. Sometimes there are unmowed lawns and other eyesores. There are some working to have abandoned properties torn down, and in other cases the city is taking landlords to court. Dunbar Police are waiting on autopsy and toxicology results for the body that was discovered on Myers Avenue last week.
Kanawha County Republicans have filed a challenge with the West Virginia Supreme Court to fill an empty House of Delegates ballot slot. Marie Sprouse-McDavid and the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee filed the challenge Monday. It targets Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and state Election Commission members. Last month, the Election Commission denied Republicans' request to fill a 35th District ballot vacancy left by GOP Del. Suzette Raines' withdrawal last month. Sprouse-McDavid would run instead. Raines said she needed time to heal after her mother's death in March and the end of her engagement. She's completing her term. A legal complaint by state Democrats alleged Raines doesn't live where she claims. It said she didn't file or sign certain paperwork. Commissioners said Raines' extenuating circumstances didn't suffice under election law.