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South Charleston police are investigating after a shooting Tuesday morning. Chief Detective Joel Gray of the South Charleston Police Department:
It happened on Staunton Avenue, and police have been looking for a light green 2008 Mercury Milan with a West Virginia license plate of 3UB391. A man was shot about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday and was taken to the hospital with injuries to the leg and stomach.
The number of cities seeking to participate in West Virginia's Municipal Home Rule Program is growing. WDTV says Shinnston City Council voted Monday to allow the city to submit an application to the Home Rule Board. Last week, city councils in Martinsburg and Nitro approved similar ordinances. Other cities seeking participation in the program include Bluefield, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Buckhannon and Elkins. The program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives municipalities a larger say in how they govern. Charleston was part of the pilot program, and now legislators are allowing up to 20 cities to be part of it.
St. Albans is remembering a beloved high school student who passed away suddenly over the weekend from an apparent heart attack. Leland Brown was remembered Monday night with a memorial event attended by hundreds at Crawford Field in St. Albans, and there are other ways this week to pay tribute. A remembrance gathering is happening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Albans High School. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at King's River Church in St. Albans. And from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. today Fresh Seafood Market in St. Albans will donate a portion of its proceeds to the family.
Some of those flags that perhaps you saw across Kanawha County on Memorial Day may have been put there by Girl Scouts. The local Troop 4847 spent an afternoon putting flags on the graves of those who served...in fact the flags decorated every headstone in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetary.
Memorial Day marked the beginning of summer for many kids, and it was nice and warm for the opening of a Putnam County sprayground. The splash pad opened for the season at Hurricane City Park yesterday, and they've added a new concession stand and shaded area this year. Hours are 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 1pm to 7pm. They'll also take reservations for night partites.
More now on an accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 77 that left an elderly man in the hospital and a bridge damaged. Cpl B-D Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells us the driver's maroon Chevrolet Lumina went into the closed right lane of the interstate over Surface Road near the 103 mile marker. The car landed on its top, and after a Sgt. on patrol stopped to help, the Sissonville and Pinch Volunteer Fire Departments also responded. They stabilized the vehicle with cables to prevent it from sliding farther down the hill, then cut away parts of the vehicle so the driver could be removed from the wreckage. 97-year old Auvil Whited of NItro was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was conscious and talking The new bridge construction was damaged, but the extent isn't known yet.
The West Virginia Veterans Memorial is undergoing about $1 million worth of repairs and restoration. The oval monument at the Capitol Complex was closed for Memorial Day because of the construction. The project is expected to be completed in time for Veterans Day in November. Department of Administration spokesman Tony O'Leary tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the work includes stone and bronze restoration, waterproofing, masonry and plumbing repair, and lighting replacement. An architectural and engineering review conducted in 2013 found electrical and drainage issues, cracked paving stones and failing joints.
West Virginia schools are set to get millions to fund construction projects. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the West Virginia School Building Authority successfully sold $26 million in revenue bonds that will fund $30 million in school construction projects. The bonds are the first sold by the state since legislation dedicated additional lottery revenues to support school building projects, and just last month the state provided more than $43 million in funds that will result in more than $89 million being invested into schools when combined with local funding.
This issue of guns being allowed in recreations centers and other places where kids might be around, continues to draw attention. And lawsuits. The Citizens Defense League and the city of Charleston are suing each other over the legislation that allows concealed weapons on municipal property. The city of Charleston filed suit against the Citizens Defense League to ask for clarification on issues that came up after the state legislature passed the law. Court documents show the Citizens Defense League sued back. Both are pending.
A plea deal was reached in the Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants battery case, but there is some concern that the deal isn't legal. Sid Bell is a former McDowell County Prosecutor and is the special prosecutor, and he's filed a motion asking the agreement reached Wednesday to be altered or put aside. The charges would be dropped if Plants meets certain conditions for one year under the deal. He's charged with domestic battery of his 11-year-old son, for what he says was discipline. At issue, is whether pre-trial agreements can happen in domestic violence, and usually intervention programs are required.