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A West Virginia man accused of gunning down a county sheriff has been denied bail ahead of his murder trial. Tennis Melvin Maynard sought possible release terms at a Monday court hearing. Defense lawyer Richard Weston told Circuit Judge Paul Farrell that he's seen no evidence of premeditation. The 37-year-old faces a tentative Oct. 21 trial date on murder and other charges in the April slaying of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. Maynard allegedly shot Crum to death in a downtown Williamson parking lot. The sheriff was eating lunch in his police cruiser. After a brief vehicle chase, authorities say Maynard pulled a gun on a pursuing deputy who then shot and wounded Maynard. Prosecutor Michael Sparks cited those allegations and how Crum was shot twice in the head.
A protest by mine workers and their supporters led to 12 arrests Monday. The United Mine Workers of America is in a dispute with St. Louis-based Patriot Coal, and there was a big protest in downtown St. Louis over health benefits for retired miners and reduced pay and benefits for current miners. Patriot says the moves are necessary for survival, but Union leaders say Patriot was set up to fail when it spun off from St. Louis-based Peabody Energy in 2007. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has given Patriot the go-ahead for its changes. The 12 were arrested Monday for nonviolent, civil disobedience.
There will be lots of celebrating this week in Charleston. The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission has released the full schedule of events for Charleston to mark the 150th anniversary of statehood, and that includes the unveiling of the 150th birthday stamp on the state capitol steps Thursday at 1:50pm. There will be live music that night and a 3-D spectacular projected onto the capitol building, along with fireworks around 10pm Thursday. Events run from Thursday to Sunday on the state capitol grounds.
An Elkview man's murder case is headed to a grand jury. 25-year old Steven Randolph is charged with murder for the death of David Lemons. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office has said Randolph saw Lemons on top of his wife and she was telling him to stop and get off, and Randolph beat and killed Lemons. The preliminary hearing was held Friday, and that sent the charges to the grand jury. If the grand jury finds there is enough evidence, Randolph will go to trial.
Rand has seen its share of crime lately, and there will be a community meeting tonight to address it. After several home invasions in the Rand area, Kanawha County sheriff's deputies named a suspect, but Tevin Christopher Williams, or Smook, remains on the run. The community meeting to talk about the crimes is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Rand Community Center tonight.
The investigation continues into a Saturday murder. 26-year old Shane Patrick Henry of Charleston died Saturday, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says his body was found near a dumpster along John Wesley Drive in the Mink Shoals area. He had been shot numerous times. Some neighbors reported hearing noises similar to gunshots or firecrackers in the early morning hours, cut there were no 911 calls at that point. Anyone with information should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.
Call 304-357-0169 or submit anonymous tips online through our website at www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said it is time for his city and Charleston to start working together. Williams has invited Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, Charleston City Council and administration officials to meet with their counterparts in Huntington so they can explore ways to cooperate. Williams told The Herald-Dispatch that the cities can accomplish more working together than they have been able to do separately. Both cities are dealing with issues like growth and development, pensions and infrastructure, and Mayor Jones says he's considering the invite. Earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget moved Lincoln and Putnam counties from the Charleston metropolitan statistical area to the Huntington-Ashland, Ky., metro area. But Charleston remains the state's largest city, followed by Huntington.
State police have been passing out a fair share of speeding tickets on the West Virginia Turnpike lately. It's part of a larger effort to keep speeds down and help prevent accidents, so troopers have been increasing patrols on the turnpike. WSAZ reports patrols focused on a stretch of the turnpike that has had several recent tractor-trailer accidents - mostly between Barrier B and Barrier C in a 60 mph zone with lots of curves. Most of the focus so far has been on commercial vehicles, but expect passenger vehicles to be included in the near future.
Dates and times should be announced today for public hearings on how to fund state highways. The governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways had hoped to start the public meetings last month, but that was delayed, partially because the proper paperwork together to pass out at meetings wasn't ready yet. Hearings will happen in eight cities including Martinsburg, Beckley, Huntington and Logan, and there will be a public comment period during the Blue Ribbon commission's next meeting in Charleston, set for June 26. The deadline for making recommendations to the governor is August 1.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating a home-invasion style robbery that happened in the early morning hours Wednesday in Rand. A black male broke in demanding money and drugs. At one point he fired his gun into a wall, and left on foot with a purse. Deputies got an arrest warrant for 19-year oldTevin Christopher Williams, also known as Smook. Anyone who knows where he is should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's office. Williams may be linked to other recent home-invasion style robberies in Rand.