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Dunbar Police Solve Several Burglaries With One Arrest

Dunbar police think they've captured a man responsible for a string of burglaries. 43-year old Gary Hively was arrested Tuesday for several burglaries that occurred during the last month in Dunbar. He was arrested at a home along 19th Street after officers served a search warrant, and may be linked to at least three burglaries. Many of the stolen items have been recovered and returned to the homeowners.

Poca Valley Bank Robbed; Investigation Continues

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating a robbery that happened Monday over the lunch hour. At about 12:45 p.m. a man entered the Elkview branch of Poca Valley Bank and brandished a firearm and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was a white male, 5'7" to 5'9" tall, 145-160 pounds, and was wearing a blue sweatshirt, camouflage gloves, and an olive drab colored hunting mask. Deputy sheriffs are searching areas and detectives are gathering statements and evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip online at

Sissonville Fire Could Be Arson

Fire investigators are looking into a fire in Sissonville that's been described as suspicious. The home on Rich Creek Road was vacant for two weeks before it caught fire Sunday. It was a raging inferno that kept smoldering after the fire department left. Emergency responders sometimes leave a fire burning to save taxpayer money having to demolish the structure later on, according to Arson may be the cause, and it's under investigation.

Logan ATV Death Investigated

The Logan County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death after an ATV accident. 44-year old Gary Dingess of Rossmore died in the accident after riding along railroad tracks. Sheriff's deputies discovered te ATV at the bottom of an embankment.

Charleston Conference Trains Teachers for AP Courses

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is hosting training for Advanced Placement teachers this week in Charleston. The professional development session starts today and runs through Thursday at Capital High School. The Advanced Placement program offers students an opportunity to take college-level courses while in high school. They will receive college credit or advancement placement before they enter college. The center says the session is designed to prepare teachers for teaching Advanced Placement courses. Subject areas to be covered at the Charleston session range from art history to physics.

Motorcyle Accident Still Under Investigation

A motorcyclist was killed over the weekend after initial reports said he hit a deer on US Route 60 near Hughes Creek. The cyclist is identified as 52-year old Robert Payne of Barboursville. Cpl. B-D Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the deer may not have had anything to do with the accident, but the cause is still under investigation. The Harley Davidson went off the road and after following the guardrail the driver was ejected and the bike kept going for about 50 yards. Any witnesses should call the Sheriff's Office.

Scammers May Be In The Area Selling Fake Magazine Subscriptions

Watch out for a company called Makin' Moves, going door-to-door selling magazines. Police say the company markets themselves as a legitimate company, but the checks are immediately cashed and there are no magazine subscriptions. They may also offer to send a magazine that you pay for to a soldier overseas and that never happens. They've been targeting the South Hills neighborhood. The Better Business Bureau says it's best not to invite any door-to-door salesman into your home If it's the Makin'' Moves company, police say keep the door closed and call them right away.

Man Threatens To Shoot While Watching A Movie at Nitro Theater

A security guard at the Great Escape Theater at Nitro Marketplace called Metro 911 Friday night to report a disturbance. People leaving the theater told the guard about a man in one of the screening rooms who was threatening to shoot people during the movie. 52-year old Tod Austin Ingram of Cross Lanes was being disruptive, talking loudly, and arguing with people during the movie, according to witnesses. One witness asked him to be quiet and Mr. Ingram said he had a gun and threatened to shoot the witness. He later threatened to fight him on the parking lot. Ingram was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats. Any witnesses should contact the sherff's office to provide their account.


Staffing Shortage At Medical Examiner's Office Backlogs Autopsies

Law enforcement officials say understaffing is delaying autopsy reports from the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office. The Charleston Gazette reports that three of the office's six medical examiner's positions are vacant and that can delay cases. Regional Jail Authority director Joe DeLong also is concerned. In cases involving inmate deaths, DeLong says there's only so much that corrections officials can do until they have records from the Medical Examiner's Office. Staff members try to prioritize autopsies with law enforcement, but administrators say the workload is staggering. No word on when the positions might be filled.

MCHM Toxicity Study Results Released

A new study shows the MCHM that spilled into the Elk River in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated. University of South Alabama researcher Andrew Whelton released findings Thursday from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas. Results indicate it takes much less exposure for the chemical to be toxic to fleas than a 1998 study showed. Eastman Chemical, crude MCHM's manufacturer, conducted the older study. Whelton unsuccessfully tried to replicate Eastman's results three times. He said the tests are far removed from directly applying to human exposure. Whelton used a $70,000 National Science Foundation grant for that project and others. He led separate spill research for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration.

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