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Pleas Entered After 2008 Ammonia Leak

Two men are headed to prison for participating in a failed theft that caused an ammonia leak in Kanawha County. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said 36-year old Jason Hudnall of Malden received a three-and-a-half year sentence and 48-year old John Wesley Tucker of Georges Creek received a one-year sentence in U.S. District Court in Charleston. Goodwin said Tucker, Hudnall and two others attempted to steal anhydrous ammonia from a storage tank at a mine waste water treatment site in 2008. About 500 gallons leaked after they split a theft-prevention valve cover. Hudnall pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to steal anhydrous ammonia and negligent release of anhydrous ammonia into the air. Tucker pleaded guilty in October

Charleston's Gun Ordinance Tested in Court

A gun rights group has gone to court in an attempt to stop enforcement of Charleston's gun ordinances. The West Virginia Citizens Defense League asked Kanawha Circuit Court his week to issue an injunction against the ordinances, saying Charleston isn't complying with a new state law that removed the authority to regulate guns from cities participating in West Virginia's home rule program. Charleston officials haven't decided whether to opt out of the program or modify the city's gun ordinances. The ordinances limit handgun purchases and prohibit handguns and other deadly weapons on public property. City Attorney Paul Ellis says the city will review the complaint and respond in court.

Weight Limit Keeps School Buses Off of A Charleston Street

School buses are no longer able to travel Garrison Avenue in Charleston because of weight limitations, according to Kanawha County Schools. The weight limit of five tons means buses are no long able to travel Garrison Avenue. For more news go to WSAZ.com

Walmart Bomb Threat Under Investigation

South Charleston Police are investigating Tuesday's bomb threat called into Walmart at the Southridge Shopping Center. The store reported getting a call about 9 a.m. from a blocked number and the person claimed to have a gun and bomb in the store. The employee called police right away, and everyone left the building. Then the bomb squad and bomb stiffing dogs canvassed the store, but didn't find any threat inside. Police are investigating the phone records, but there are no suspects. If you have any information, you're urged to call South Charleston Police, and go to WSAZ.com for more.

Giving Is Down at the Salvation Army

Many charitable organizations across the country are reporting that giving is down this year, and a Charleston group is no exception. The Salvation Army isn't sure what has caused the drop in donations, but it could have something to do with the shorter Christmas shopping season. There are six fewer days to collect donations because Thanksgiving was so late. The Salvation Army has also seen a decline in the number of group volunteers. Just contact the Salvation Army to get involved as a volunteer or donate. And for more news, go to http://wsaz.com.

Dunbar To Make Sewer System Improvements

The city of Dunbar is upgrading its sewer system. The goal is to prevent flooding in the area, and work will start in February. The work should take about a year, and at that point the city will begin paying on the bond used to pay for the project.

Tips Encouraged in Counterfeit Bill Cases

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating reports of counterfeit bills being passed on Monday. Deputy T.A. Fouch responded to the 7-11 store on Shadyside Road in the outskirts of St. Albans after store personnel reported receiving two fake $20 bills sometime during the day. Store managers are reviewing surveillance footage in an attempt to determine who passed the bills. The sheriff's office says so far this Christmas Season, there have been several counterfeit bills passed in Kanawha County, in no one particular area. Be on the lookout for suspicious currency, including $10’s, $20’s, $50’s and even $100’s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 357-0169. Anonymous tips can be submitted by phone at (304) 357-4693 or on the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office website at kanawhasheriff.us.

Two Arrested After Police Chase

Two people are behind bars after leading West Virginia State Police on a high-speed car chase Tuesday afternoon. Court documents allege Glen Carpenter led troopers on a chase reaching speeds more than 100 miles per hour. It started on Sissonville Drive outside of Charleston. Police arrested Carpenter in Nitro after they say he ran after ditching his car and passenger. Carpenter's charges include fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot and driving with a revoked license due to two previous DUI convictions. Carpenter’s passenger Christa Collier also was arrested. For more news, go to http://wsaz.com.

Local Union Collects Gifts For Kids

Hundreds of children in the Kanawha Valley will have a special Christmas thanks to a local union. Teamsters Local 175 delivered more than $17,000 in food and toys to the Children's Home Society at its Davis Child Center in Charleston after members donated goods during its December union meeting. A representative from the Teamsters Local 175 says they've also received support from others in the community, including Big Lots in Kanawha City and Save-A-Lot in Charleston. The Children's Home Society will have its annual distribution for children of all ages this Friday and Saturday. The Children's Home Society provides emergency youth shelters, foster care and adoption, as well as other programs to help children and families. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Interim Judge is the Lone Applicant For Permanent Job

The interim replacement for a Putnam County judge who resigned after being accused of misconduct is the only applicant for the permanent job. Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission member Kent Carper tells the Charleston Gazette that former Mason and Jackson County family court judge Deloris Nibert is the lone candidate. The commission will make a recommendation to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who will make the appointment. Nibert has been filling in for former Family Court Judge William Watkins since he took medical leave in January. In March, the state Supreme Court suspended Watkins until the end of his term in 2016. He resigned last month.

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