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A man charged with murdering his friend has pleaded not guilty. 29-year old Tremale Straughter made an appearance Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court and pleaded not guilty to first degree murder. 29-year old Donovan Taylor, was found shot to death this past February - on Valentines Day in fact - in the Rand area, and police said there were 25 bullet holes in his car. Straughter was arrested a short time later.
No license, no problem. When it comes to fishing anyway. Anglers won't need a license to fish in West Virginia this weekend. The Division of Natural Resources is allowing free fishing Saturday and Sunday for both residents and nonresidents as part of National Fishing and Boating Week.DNR Director Frank Jezioro says people with licenses are being encouraged to introduce someone else to the fun of fishing. Among events planned around the state Saturday are fishing derbies at the Bowden State Hatchery in Randolph County and Little Beaver State Park in Raleigh County.
Charleston police are looking for someone in connection with a shooting on the West Side after a man was shot early Thursday. The man was able to run for help after being shot in the back at a vacant home on Red Oak Street. Police have identified the suspect as 22-year old Steven Thompson of Charleston. Charleston police say he is known to occupy several addresses on Charleston's West Side. Anyone with information should call police.
A Charleston Man is facing serious charges after being accused of having sex with a young girl he met on the internet. Mark Loring Dawson was indicted on four counts earlier this week by a federal grand jury. The girl lives in Ohio, and police say Dawson drove there and picked her up. Federal prosecutors said he then took her to a hotel in New Martinsville, Ohio, where the alleged acts occurred on two occasions between May 2012 and April of this year. If Dawson is convicted, he could face from 30 years to life in prison.
You might be one of more than 2600 West Virginians getting money from a national mortgage settlement. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said residents in the state are getting a combined total of more than $3.8 million in settlement funds. Forty-nine states, including West Virginia, as well as the federal government, announced the settlement with five participating mortgage service providers last year. Those service providers include Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Checks are going out around mid-June to West Virginians who experienced a foreclosure sale between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011.
We'll know more today about the National Transportation Safety Board Investigation about the Sissonville pipeline explosion last December. A news release from the NTSB says they'll release more than 1400 pages of documents including interview transcripts, pictures, and other documents from the investigation. Everything will post later this morning - at 11:30am - on the NTSB website. The explosion destroyed three homes and burned part of the interstate last December 11th. The reports today won't contain any analysis, it will just be data.
Several weeks ago we told you that some Charleston pools may not open because of a lifeguard shortage. Now that's exactly what's happening. Cato Park's swimming pool is still closed while it tries to bring on more lifeguards. WCHS TV reports the park has only 27 of the 40 spots filled and plans to host a life guard certification class next week to fill in the gap.
Some hospitals in West Virginia are seeing an increase in the number of babies born with drug addictions. At Cabell Huntington Hospital, Dr. David Chaffin, perinatal center director, told the Charleston Daily Mail that one of 13 babies born are addicted to drugs. Dr. Stefan Maxwell, a neonatologist, said the rate is about the same at Charleston Area Medical Center. Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston also is seeing an increase. On one recent weekend, eight of 12 babies born were addicted to drugs. To combat overcrowding, Cabell Huntington plans to partner with Lily's Place, a pediatric addiction recovery center that's expected to open later this year.
A man convicted of sexual assault in Putnam County won't have his case heard before the US Supreme Court. Joseph Lavigne Jr. is serving prison time for sexually assaulting a 5-year old girl, and his lawyer, Greg Ayers, told the Charleston Gazette that the U.S. Supreme Court won't review Lavigne's petition. He was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996, then set free in 2011 after a Putnam County Judge reversed the conviction. In 2012, the West Virginia Supreme Court reversed that decision and sent him back to prison, where apparently he'll stay.
A technology contest designed to inspire innovation in the shale gas industry is open to West Virginia companies for the first time. The Shale Gas Innovation Contest is run by the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center in State College, Pa. It awarded more than $75,000 in prizes last year. The goal is to help develop environmentally responsible technologies while also creating high-paying jobs. Companies should prepare now to enter the contest in November. Entries can focus on anything from extraction and wastewater technologies to environmental and safety products. In its first two years, the contest was only open to Pennsylvania companies.