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Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says he voted for the county's excess levy for schools and libraries, which failed resoundingly over the weekend -- but he's not willing to give the library another chance alongside the county's public safety levy next spring. Carper told the Gazette Monday that "The idea of including that in the public safety levy, that's a no -- not with my vote. A back-to-back levy election with the same issue puts a sour taste in my mouth." The county's library system lost 40 percent of its total operating budget when the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the county school system no longer had to financially support it. Library supporters will reportedly try to seize another opportunity to pass a levy during next May's primary election.
On November 8, 2013, at approximately 7:00 a.m. Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 3400 block of Simmons Creek Road, near Belle, WV. The body of an adult male was found on the roadside. The deceased male is Lewis Taylor, Jr., 30 years old of the Valley Grove community. An investigation into the cause of death is underway at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of West Virginia. There were no visible signs of trauma or foul play. Taylor was participating in the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Day Report Program, having been ordered to through Kanawha County’s Domestic Violence Court.
Additional information may be available following the Medical Examiner investigation.
Charleston police said they have made an arrest in connection with a June shooting. Steven Thompson was arrested yesterday for the shooting that occurred on Red Oak Street on the West Side. Specifically, the warrants were for malicious wounding and first-degree robbery. 22-year old Ollie Nicholson of Detroit was shot in the back and the face and was found bleeding on the floor.
On Tuesday afternoon there was a single vehicle crash on Coal River Road, and deputies say a car traveling south left the roadway and hit a tree at an estimated speed of 55 mph. Cpl BD Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says one witness to the crash said the vehicle braked until almost stopped, them accelerated suddenly several times. The vehicle may have been the subject of a BOLO (be on the lookout) issued by Metro 911 several moments earlier after reports of a similar car driving erratically. The driver, 47-year old Tammy Holsopple of Tornado was not wearing a seatbelt, and died after being extricated. Toxicology reports are pending.
Mingo County has a new prosecutor and commissioner. Teresa Maynard had been acting as the county's prosecutor since Michael Sparks resigned, and was officially sworn in as prosecutor Wednesday. Maynard had been an assistant under former prosecutor Michael Sparks and now takes over the job. Mike Carter is a member of the county's Board of Education and will have to resign his post, and then he'll be sworn in as the new commissioner, taking the place of David Baisden. Sparks and Baisden are facing charges in separate federal investigations.
A new study says about 71,000 West Virginia residents will be eligible for tax credits under the federal health care reform law if they purchase coverage through new health insurance marketplaces. The state-by-state analysis was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nationally, an estimated 17 million people will be eligible for the credits. To qualify, people must earn between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. That's between $23,550 and $94,200 annually for a family of four. They also must not be eligible for affordable coverage from an employer or from Medicaid or Medicare.
West Virginia State University says Provost Charles Byers is retiring after 41 years of service. His last day will be June 30, 2014 after holding several leadership roles at the school. After stepping aside, Byers will serve for one year as a senior adviser to the president. His responsibilities will focus mainly on the university's accreditation and a campus master plan. Byers is a Logan County native who grew up in West Dunbar.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's state director is stepping down. Manchin says Kelley Goes is leaving her job overseeing his Senate offices in the state to join the law firm Jackson Kelly. Goes also worked for Manchin when he was governor. She served in two positions -- state Commerce Secretary and executive director of the West Virginia Development Office.
More now on a body discovered in a shallow grave in Raleigh County last week. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the body found along Old Turnpike Road near Beckley has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner after an autopsy, and the body is that of Kareem Hunter of Charleston. Mr. Hunter went missing on September 23rd, and a murder investigation has been underway since October 2, 2013, with Kelsey Legg facing a murder charge. The investigation is being led by the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation.
Two men entered pleas related to a 2012 murder, and will spend time in prison. Jarod Washington and Daniel Little pleaded guilty in Kanawha Circuit Court on Monday in the murder of Roy Chambliss, who was found dead in his home on Picadilly Street in Charleston. Washington received a 45 year prison sentence and Little will spend 40 years behind bars. Chambliss' girlfriend told police and argument broke out over a possible gun deal.