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Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants has a plea deal in the domestic battery case against him. A deal had been reached prior to Tuesday's deal, but that one was said to be illegal because domestic violence defendants can't be part of pretrial diversions The new deal struck Tuesday is referred to as pretrial monitoring, and under the deal Plants will have to go through a 32-week domestic violence education program in Putnam County. After that charges would be dropped. There will be a compliance check at the end of August. Plants is accused of domestic battery against his 11-year old son, and of violating a protective order.
Kelsey Legg was sentenced Tuesday to 5-8 years prison for her role in the murder of Kareem Hunter in 2013. Miguel Quinones and Deveron Patterson have been charged with 1st degree murder in the case. Cpl B-D Humphreys says before the hearing at least one person was removed from the courtroom for unruly behavior. After the hearing there was a fight on the sidewalk along Court Street. 36-year old Anthony Bryant of Charleston was arrested for battery after pushing down a 54 year old female victim causing a head injury. The victim is expected to be okay. 57-year old Terry Lee Phillips of Charleston was arrested for obstructing an officer.
An audit of West Virginia's casinos says each facility's financial condition is sound, despite revenue losses. An audit by a Charleston firm says the casinos' total revenue dropped by more than $140 million between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. It cites competition from casinos in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races experienced the largest revenue decline, from $546 million in fiscal 2012 to about $456 million in fiscal 2013.
A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston airport runway construction project for the January 9th chemical spill. The consolidated lawsuit filed Friday in Charleston said Yeager Airport's now-complete runway extension never safeguarded against stormwater runoff. Plaintiffs say the airport let water flow downhill to the Freedom Industries site below, which eroded the foundation of the tank that spilled. The lawsuit said effects of the runway project that started in 2004 "significantly caused or contributed" to Freedom leaking coal-cleaning chemicals into the Elk River on Jan. 9. The lawsuit also targets a former and current Freedom executive, the company that produces the chemical, the water company and its parent and runway project contractors. The airport says it was never notified by Freedom that there was a problem.
Kerry Harvey is facing charges for stabbing her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, and awaits trial in Kanawha County. The trial has been delayed after attorneys told the judge that Harvey suffered from battered woman syndrome at the time of the stabbings last August. A psychologist will look into it, and the trial will start Septembr 15th.
The University of Charleston will begin offering an associate degree in nursing at its Beckley campus this fall. The program was recently approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. The university says the program is geared toward working adults, offered on alternate weekends, and can be completed in 18 months. It will offer a combination of face-to-face instruction, laboratory work and clinical work in area hospitals. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted this fall, and another 15 in January.
Seven housing programs in West Virginia have been awarded federal grants totaling more than $842,000. The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to assist homeless individuals and families, along with communities experiencing homelessness. Programs receiving grants include the Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority, Kanawha Valley Collective/KVC Planning Project, and Raleigh County Community Action Association. U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the grants Monday in a news release.
The four people injured Sunday in a boating accident in Kanawha County have been identified. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says the four were hurt near Chesapeake on Sunday, and the person driving was 22-year old Steven Garrison of Winifrede. Passengers were as Nichole Garrison of Winifrede, Mary Snodgrass of Gallagher and Blake Snodgrass of Gallagher. Blake Snodgrass was in critical condition Monday at CAMC General Hospital, and the others have been treated and released. The boat hit a parked barge as it was headed downstream.
West Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into an ATV crash in Logan County that killed a 14-year old Sunday night. Troopers say it happened on Pine Creek off Route 44 near Omar in Logan County. The victim was Tyler Frye, and the teen was alone when the ATV crashed. No cause has been given for the accident just yet. There was a prayer service for the Frye Family Monday night at the Logan Middle School Gym.
Police have arrested eight mountaintop removal mining protesters for trespassing at Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia. For two hours Friday morning, protesters from Mountain Justice and Radical Action for Mountains and People's Survival say they blocked the entrance to Alpha. They oppose the opening of two new mines on Coal River Mountain in southern West Virginia. Both activist groups are based in West Virginia. The protest didn't prevent anyone from getting to work, but several locked themselves together and another dangled from a flagpole and hung a flag saying, "Save Coal River Mountain."