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Sheriff's Office Asks for the Public's Help with Theft Case

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person who may have committed several thefts. On December 22 there was a call from employees of Shamblin Stone at their Hugheston location, and they reported a theft, and deputy sheriff's have persons of interest in the case. They think this burglary might be related to others in the area, and are asking for tips as they continue to investigate. If you know anything call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.

South Charleston to Decide on Excess Levies

South Charleston residents are voting now on whether to renew the city’s $1.66 million excess tax levies. Some of the levies have been in place for eighty years or more, and renewing them would pay for street maintenance, police and fire departments, recreation and to help support the South Charleston Public Library. The Charleson Gazette reports the levies make up about $1.66 million of the city’s $22 million budget. Early voting continues today at City Hall in South Charleston, with the election on Saturday.

Lawmakers Could Do Away With Tolls

A new bill before state lawmakers would remove tolls from the West Virginia Turnpike by 2021. The House Roads and Transportation Committee has the bill now, and a similar bill actually made it through the House two years ago but it was never taken up by the Senate. The difference now is, Republicans currently have control of both houses. If turnpike tolls are repealed by February 2021, that would mean the governor has issued a proclamation verifying that Parkways Authority bonds have been paid off and that road conditions are up to standards.

School District Settles Suit Filed by Teacher

The Kanawha County Board of Education is settling a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired in 2005. The board agreed Monday to pay $149,000 in back wages to Nitro High School history teacher Robert Fulmer. Fulmer was fired in 2005 after a former student accused him of sexually assaulting her. She later recanted the allegations and Fulmer was rehired in 2008. He filed the lawsuit in 2009.

Judge Asked to Reconsider Suit

Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom dismissed a lawsuit for the former Mayor of South Charleston in January, and the former mayor wants the judge to reconsider. Former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb claims there are questionable financial practices happening under Frank Mullens current leadership, and the Charleston Gazetter reports Robb has filed two petitions asking the judge to reconsider dismissing the lawsuit. Mullens and Robb are running against each other in the city election coming up in June.

United Way Theft Under Investigation

The United Way of Central West Virginia is looking into the theft of up to $16,000 after a staff member became accused of using the agency's funds to pay personal expenses. The United Way reported it to the Charleston Police Department, and officers are investigating. WCHS TV reports the United Way made the discovery in January and an internal investigation turned up the unapproved transactions over a nine-month period. The employee has been fired, and police will decide whether charges will be filed.

Regional Jail Chief Steps Down

The head of the regional jail authority has announced he's stepping down. Joe DeLong, executive director, of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, will resign effective March 31 to pursue other opportunities, according to a news release from the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. DeLong was named acting executive director in January 2012, and became the permanent leader eight months after that. DeLong also served four terms in the state House of Delegates and served as House Majority Leader in his final term.

Warrants Issued for Three Suspected Robbers from Ohio

Investigators are looking into a robbery at the Little General BP store on Sissonville Drive off of I-77. It happened Saturday around 5pm, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says three people were involved. First they attempted a purse snatching on the parking lot, but the female victim was able to get away. Then they went inside the store and brandished a sawed-off shotgun and pistol, and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk fled and called 911. The robbers then stole a wallet from someone inside the store and then took off in a dark green minivan, either a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country with Ohio plates. They were later at another store in Jackson County, and police there think they were about to rob that one but something interrupted them. Warrants have been issued for Robert Clark, Jeffrey Caley, and Tabatha Hazel, all from Canton, OH. Anyone with information should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.

Layoffs Expected for Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources has announced plans to idle two mines, in Mingo and Logan Counties. The company said on Friday that the plan is happening due to the weak market and federal regulations on coal, and it will idle the Superior North and Trace Fork surface mines, which means layoffs for hundreds of workers. WCHS TV reports some workers may stay on for reclamation work, and several out-of-state mines have been advertising in West Virginia, trying to get workers to relocate.

New Judge Appointed in Randolph County

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed an Elkins attorney to succeed a circuit court judge who resigned after admitting having an affair with a corrections official. Tomblin announced David H. Wilmoth's appointment to the Randolph County judge post Friday. Wilmoth succeeds Jaymie Wilfong, who resigned in November.

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