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Dunbar has its new budget. City leaders this week approved the new 2014-2015 budget, and there isn't much variation from last year's $5.3 million budget. There is an $11,000 increase for the coming year, mostly for police services.
Watch out for checkpoints this Friday. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says from 9pm to 2am deputies, in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will be conducting a high visibility sobriety checkpoint on WV Route 25 near Institute. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy toward impaired driving in Kanawha County, and this is one of several checkpoints and targeted patrols throughout the year.
A St. Albans man is facing child pornography charges. 27-year old Dana Russell is in jail after a State Police investigation. Detectives said Russell sent an explicit picture of himself and a 4 and half year-old girl to a woman in January.
If the governor signs a new bill on his desk, people with concealed carry permits would be able to bring guns into community centers and the city of Charleston wouldn't be able to control it. As a reaction to that, last night the Charleston City Council voted to repeal the city's gun ordinance, hoping that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin would veto the new law passed in the state Legislature. The new law keeps municipalities from regulating guns.
Two people are in custody after a West Side. Charleston police say it happened outside a convenience store in the 800 block of Washington Street West Sunday night. 20-year old Gontorwon Toweh was hit by gunfire outside the 7-Eleven store, and was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the chest and thigh. Police said the suspect was inside the store shopping, and as the suspect opened the front door to leave, the victim started punching the suspect and that led to a fight which eventually poured out onto the parking lot. 24-year old Timothy Rushand 20-year old Sarah Moreno were arrested Monday afternoon and the investigation continues.
A 29-year old Charleston man is facing assault and kidnapping charges after breaking into a woman's home while she was sleeping. Michael Dale Salisbury was taken into custody for what the Kanawha County Sheriff's office report says was full of sexual acts, a threat to kill the victim if she didn't perform, and a physical assault where the attacker pushed the woman down after the assult and cause injury to her toes, knees, and elbow. It happened on March 6th at a home on Conner Drive in Charleston. Salibsbury has been arrainged on the charges, and awaits more court dates.
Mayor Danny Jones announced a new initiative over the weekend aimed at making Charleston healthier. West Virginia Power is teaming up with the mayor to launch the City of Charleston Power Walking 150. Anyone who walks or runs 150 miles in 150 days will get a t-shirt and a free Power Game on Labor Day. You can sign up www.powerwalking150.com, and the cost is only ten dollars. Mayor Jones is hoping thousands will participate, and get friends and co-workers involved. The program starts April 1 and runs through September 1.
State lawmakers passed a new budget over the weekend which ends a week of closed-door negotiations among the House, Senate and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The negotiations end with a 2015 balanced budget, as the law requires. It takes $147.5 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall. The plan includes $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers, 2 percent raises for school service personnel and $504 raises for public employees. Officials say starting teacher salaries need to be more competitive with West Virginia's neighboring states.
Some officials are putting an end to dumping the particular chemical at the center of the January 9th spill that impacted water supplies. Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said over the weekend that no more MCHM waste is being accepted into the city’s landfill. The mayor posted the news on his Facebook page, and said Waste Management made the decision after feeling public pressure. Hurricane and Putnam County will file an official injuntion to ban MCHM in the coming days.
An ethics complaint has been filed against Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger. A Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed yesterday that the complaint was filed in connection with an investigation into Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants over child abuse allegations made by Plants' ex-wife. There is a police investigation underway after Allison Plants said Mark Plants had disciplined their son "in an excessive manner." A final hearing on a protective order in effect has been set for 9:30 a.m. March 21 at the Cabell County Courthouse. The Charleston Gazette reports all seven Kanawha circuit judges have recused themselves.