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West Virginia State Police say a body found buried in a shallow grave is believed to be that of a missing Raleigh County woman. State police troopers found the body on Friday following the arrest of 60-year-old Johnnie Ray Farley. Farley is accused of killing his wife, Lynnette Denise Farley, and faces a first-degree murder charge. State police say Farley reported his wife missing last Monday. The body was found on property owned by Farley in the Egeria area near the Raleigh-Mercer county line. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing a $700,000 grant to West Virginia to develop a protocol for assessing impacts to wetlands. The EPA says the Division of Natural Resources also will use the funding to evaluate the success of mitigating impacts to wetlands and to evaluate wetland status statewide. The DNR is among six grant recipients in five states.
Charleston police detectives are investigating a shooting that happened on the West Side over the weekend. Officers say a man was shot in the 1500 block of Madison Street around 5:00 a.m. Sunday, and he was hit multiple times. Anyone with tips should call Charleston police.
The Putnam County Veteran's Court progam has been active for about two years, and Friday Charles Tucker became the first graduate, meaning he finished everything he needed to finish in the court and the charges were cleared. The program is meant to help veterans transition back to civilian life after serving, and after having a run-in with the law. The veterans have to do community service, report to officers daily, and attend councelling for drug or mental issues.
For 55 years, the state has only elected Senate Democrats. Jay Rockefeller and the late Robert Byrd spent about three and five decades each in Washington. Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant are vying for retiring Rockefeller's seat. And there are national implications, because that and other contests could sway a slim Democratic Senate majority. Either would make history as the state's first female U.S. senator.
A former lawn care worker has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a 90-year-old Charleston man with a hammer. The Charleston Gazette reports a Kanawha County circuit judge sentenced 40-year-old Anthony David Caldwell this week after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in July. Prosecutors say Caldwell hit George Molle Jr. with a hammer and took money from the victim's house. Police found Molle's body inside the house on Jan. 3. Police say Caldwell had worked for a lawn-care business used by Molle.
Charleston lawyer Joanna Tabit has been appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in Kanawha County. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tabit's appointment as Kanawha County Circuit Court judge, replacing Paul Zakaib, who retired after serving as a Kanawha County circuit judge for nearly 30 years. Tabit has been a member of the Steptoe & Johnson law firm. She previously served as an assistant attorney general and also worked as an adjunct professor at the West Virginia University College of Law.
Hundreds of people have put a lot of hours into their vehicles, and they've shined them up to park them in Charleston this weekend. You might notice the classic cars, muscle cars and antiques lining Kanawha Boulevard as part of the Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop. Jack Jarvis, president of the Rod Run and Doo Wop says a large number of West Virginians like to tinker with old cars:
There are about a thousand vehicles expected through Sunday.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick says reprinting ballots to include a Republican House of Delegates candidate will cost $37,000. There are 50,800 ballots that will be reprinted after a Supreme Court decision Wednesday that requires adding Marie Sprouse-McDavid's name. In August, election commissioners denied Republicans' request to fill the 35th District ballot after GOP Del. Suzette Raines withdrew. State Democrats sued Raines, alleging she doesn't live where she claims and didn't complete certain paperwork. The ruling says Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and state election commissioners misinterpreted election laws by letting Raines withdraw without filling the ballot opening.
A Do Not Drink The Water order has been issued at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. Students at BridgeValley campus have been warned with signs up , and a letter has gone out that the WV Regional Technology Park is experiencing low dissolved oxygen rates and low residual chlorine levels in some water samples. They're checking into the possibility of bacteria, but it's not really clear yet what's causing the odor. Testing continues, and until it's complete the Do Not Drink order is in effect.