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A Princeton man faces bribery and other charges stemming from a state Medicaid investigation. James Cecil Nance is accused of directing and allowing employees of Life Ambulance to provide advanced life support services and bill Medicaid after the company ceased to have ambulances licensed for these services. Nance is charged in Kanawha County Magistrate Court with bribery, false claims, conspiracy and criminal penalties. He was Life Ambulance's director of operations, which was part of First Med EMS and shut down in December 2013. Nance was arrested last week.
West Virginia House lawmakers have approved a bill making elections nonpartisan for magistrates and judges, including state Supreme Court justices. On Wednesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 90-9 to get rid of party affiliations in the elections starting in 2016. The change would apply to the Supreme Court, magistrates, circuit courts and family courts. The elections would take place during the May primary. Right now West Virginia is one of seven states with judges elected on partisan lines. The bill now moves to the Senate.
Charleston police are looking for the person who broke into a vehicle last week on Tennis Club Road. Officers say a black male was riding in some sort of Toyota SUV with a skull sticker on the driver's side, and police have pictures of that vehicle. The last four digits on the license plate were 4555. If you have information on the vehicle or the suspect, call Charleston police.
Another charge has been filed against a man accused of ramming a police officer's car. 34-year old Brian Spencer had been facing charges for with leaving the scene of a crash causing property damage and personal injury. Now add an attempted murder charge. Cpl B-D Humphreys recapped the accident that happened January 24th and said Spencer drove head-on at high speed into a Kanawha County Sheriff's Office vehicle that was parked and occupied by Corporal A. J. Miller. Cpl. Miller saw the vehicle coming toward him and turned on his emergency blue lights to warn he was parked ahead, but the vehicle accelerated and steered directly into Cpl. Miller's vehicle. The new attempted murder charge was filed Monday.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person who may have committed several thefts. On December 22 there was a call from employees of Shamblin Stone at their Hugheston location, and they reported a theft, and deputy sheriff's have persons of interest in the case. They think this burglary might be related to others in the area, and are asking for tips as they continue to investigate. If you know anything call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.
South Charleston residents are voting now on whether to renew the city’s $1.66 million excess tax levies. Some of the levies have been in place for eighty years or more, and renewing them would pay for street maintenance, police and fire departments, recreation and to help support the South Charleston Public Library. The Charleson Gazette reports the levies make up about $1.66 million of the city’s $22 million budget. Early voting continues today at City Hall in South Charleston, with the election on Saturday.
A new bill before state lawmakers would remove tolls from the West Virginia Turnpike by 2021. The House Roads and Transportation Committee has the bill now, and a similar bill actually made it through the House two years ago but it was never taken up by the Senate. The difference now is, Republicans currently have control of both houses. If turnpike tolls are repealed by February 2021, that would mean the governor has issued a proclamation verifying that Parkways Authority bonds have been paid off and that road conditions are up to standards.
The Kanawha County Board of Education is settling a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired in 2005. The board agreed Monday to pay $149,000 in back wages to Nitro High School history teacher Robert Fulmer. Fulmer was fired in 2005 after a former student accused him of sexually assaulting her. She later recanted the allegations and Fulmer was rehired in 2008. He filed the lawsuit in 2009.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom dismissed a lawsuit for the former Mayor of South Charleston in January, and the former mayor wants the judge to reconsider. Former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb claims there are questionable financial practices happening under Frank Mullens current leadership, and the Charleston Gazetter reports Robb has filed two petitions asking the judge to reconsider dismissing the lawsuit. Mullens and Robb are running against each other in the city election coming up in June.
The United Way of Central West Virginia is looking into the theft of up to $16,000 after a staff member became accused of using the agency's funds to pay personal expenses. The United Way reported it to the Charleston Police Department, and officers are investigating. WCHS TV reports the United Way made the discovery in January and an internal investigation turned up the unapproved transactions over a nine-month period. The employee has been fired, and police will decide whether charges will be filed.