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State police said it was a shoplifting incident that led to another charge against Jennifer Garretson last December 31st. On Monday Garretson pleaded guilty to malicious wounding after being accused of hitting an off-duty state trooper with her car while she was fleeing the scene. Garretson was accused of shoplifiting from Goody's at the St. Albans Mall when an off-duty trooper tried to intervene. The Associated Press reports that Garretson faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 9.
A man accused in a shooting at a West Side Convenience store has entered his plea. Antonio Collins appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to attempted murder, being a repeat offender, and malicious wounding. Josh Lawson was shot in the neck and his friend was also shot last April at a 7-Eleven on Charleston's West Side. Collins was arrested in Columbus and brought back to Charleston to face charges. He'll face 13 o 50 years in prison when he's sentenced.
The Kanawha County school district is required to hold two public hearings as the move forward on setting a school calendar. The first has already been held, and there's another pending. Public comment is also happening on a new state policy that would give county boards of education more flexibility in adopting a school calendar each year, while at the same time requiring the county boards to actually provide students with 180 separate days of instruction. That policy takes effect next fall. The state Dept. of Education says the average number of instructional days in Kanawha County over the last five years is 178.8. The Kanawha County school board will consider all of that this fall, and will decide whether this fall's unusually early start of August 9th will happen again.
A break in the investigation regarding recent car burglaries. Two people have been arrested, and court documents say Christopher Hall and Jacob Curry have broken into nearly a half-dozen cars recently near Brentwood and Norwood Roads in Charleston. Charleston police have also issued an arrest warrant for Logan Truman, and court document say he has confessed and found with several stolen items.
Former Mingo County judge Michael Thornsbury is asking that a lawsuit against him be dismissed. The husband of his former secretary filed suit alleging malicious prosecution, wrongful imprisonment, and false arrest. Thornsbury is accused of having an affair with his secretary, and trying to frame her husband so he'd be out of the picture. The Charleston Gazette reports Thornsbury wants the lawsuit dismissed because a process server delivered the lawsuit to a house where Thornsbury no longer lives, and gave the lawsuit to Thornsbury's wife, who is divorcing him. Thornsbury has another court date coming up in January.
Again this year Kanawha County Sheriff John Rutherford has authorized extra Halloween Patrols, and that means there will be 26 Deputies out on patrol from around 5:00p until needed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. These extra Deputies will be placed in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism, and they'll be in both marked and un-marked vehicles as well as on foot with strict orders of “Zero Tolerance” for would-be vandals. Captain Sean Crosier tells us those found breaking the law will be arrested.
In addition to the normal and Halloween Patrols we will be using grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program specifically for Drunk Driving Prevention. Consequently there will be an additional 3-5 Deputies searching for impaired drivers.
Law enforcement agencies across West Virginia participated in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, and collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medication. Sites in Putman and Kanawaha Counties participated in the event, with a large share of the drugs collected in Putnam County. Putnam Sheriff Steve DeWeese says a permanent drop box is now available at the sheriff's office in Winfield. All of the drugs collected will be properly disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
Hundreds of members of the Civil Air Patrol were honored for their service Saturday night in Charleston. The volunteers help with natural disasters trying to find missing people, and the cadet program focuses on aerospace eduation and helps students see if the military life is right for them. It's under the umbrella of the US Air Force. Members in uniform carried flags and were honored for their service at Saturday's ceremony.
West Virginia State University will host a program this weekend to increase awareness about poverty and look for solutions. The Simulation of Poverty program is set for Saturday in the Wilson University Union. Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, simulating a month of poverty compressed into four 15-minute segments. Those participating will be in family scenarios with little money, and they'll have to decide how to use it, and interact with human service agencies, grocers, bill collectors, prospective employers, police and others.
Participation is open to the public by calling 304-766-3088.
Police are investigating after a Family Dollar Store in South Charleston was robbed this week. A man robbed the Family Dollar in the 4900 block of MacCorkle Avenue at gunpoint Wednesday night, and then he fled on foot So far there have been no arrests, and police are searching for the suspect.