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Man Accused of Car Break-ins Is In Custody

South Charleston Police have a man in custody and they think that will cut down on the number of car break-ins. Several break-ins were reported in May in South Hills and South Charleston, and the investigation led detectives to Michael Bevis. He was tracked to Morgantown, and officers arrested him there on Friday. In addition to the thefts, police say he's accused of using stolen credit cards.

Frontier Contract Extended Again

Frontier Communications and a union have extended their contract for another month while negotiations continue for workers in West Virginia. Frontier says a contract extension that was set to expire Saturday will now run through June 28. It's the sixth contract extension since negotiations between the company and the Communications Workers of America began last June. The contract originally was scheduled to expire last August. It covers 1,550 workers in West Virginia.

Michigan Woman Jumps To Her Death

Officers are trying to figure out what made a woman jump to her death from a Fayette County bridge over the weekend. A 36-year old woman from Michigan jumped off a bridge over the New River Gorge River. Deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office got a call early Saturday that a car was parked on the bridge, and one witness reported seeing the woman jump. WCHS TV reports the body was recovered by boat a short time later. The woman was from Michigan.

Free Fishing This Coming Weekend

Anglers won't need a license to fish in West Virginia next weekend. The Division of Natural Resources is allowing free fishing June 7 and June 8 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 is a fishing derby at the Bowden State Hatchery in Randolph County.

Fatal Golf Cart Accident Under Investigation

A woman has died after a golf cart accident. It happened last night, and dispatchers said the woman was on a golf cart on a trail near Spring Run Road in the Alum Creek area. An investigation is underway into how exactly the woman died. No one else was hurt.

New Contract For Courtesy Patrol

The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol's longtime operator has been awarded a new one-year contract. Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia was one of two bidders for the contract. The other was IncidentClear, which operates service patrols in several other states. The Charleston Gazette reports that Beckley-based Citizens Conservation Corps had the lowest bid. The Courtesy Patrol provides roadside assistance to motorists.

Controversy Remains Over Winfield Graduation Speaker

Former football coach Leon McCoy isn't being allowed to speak at Winfield High School's graduation next week. Because of the the separation of church and state clause in the US Constitution, the school can't allow his speech that centers on religion. There was a petition circulating to allow McCoy to speak, but the school's hands are tied because they say the law is clear on what they can't allow. Supreme Court rulings show no public school can sponsor prayer in school or at a school-related function, and WCHS TV reports someone complained about a past speech by McCoy. Graduation is set for June 5th at 7pm.

Man Arrested After Threats Toward Sen. Rockefeller

55-year old Alan Anderson of Logan County has been arrested and charged after allegedly threatening to shoot people in U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s Washington, D.C. office. Anderson is from Holden, and state police say he called Senator Rockefeller's office and threatened to shoot a dozen people. He was quickly arrested at his home.

Website Launched For Storage Tank Registration

A website will provide information and online registration for aboveground storage tank owners in the state to comply with a new law. The site explains the law written in response to a January chemical spill. The Department of Environmental Protection estimates tens of thousands of tanks will be affected. The law takes effect June 6. Tank registration is expected to start June 10, but owners are encouraged to get usernames in advance. Inventory and registration of aboveground tanks must be completed by Oct. 1. The website includes public comments as the DEP crafts regulations for consideration in the legislative session starting January 2015.

Inmate Death Investigated

West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a Southern Regional Jail inmate after a fight with another prisoner. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said 51-year old Carlos McMillion died Tuesday at a Charleston hospital. Messina said an altercation between McMillion and 21-year old Geremy Austin West happened Saturday at the jail. McMillion was being held at the jail on first-degree robbery charges from Raleigh County. West is being held on a bond revocation for pending burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy charges from Mercer County.

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