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Mayor Jones Reacts to New Gun Bill

In response to the Governor's signing of the gun bill that will allow firearms on city-owned property like rec centers, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has released a statement. The mayor has been opposed to the bill and now the law, and said the the statement the city expects to "proceed to Kanawha County Circuit Court to find out whether these recreation centers are, in fact, part of the Kanawha County School System." Mayor Jones says, "If we prevail, that would make carrying guns on the property a felony. If we do not prevail, We hope there will be no trouble at the recreation centers."

Two Detroit Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Kanawha County

A month long investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office STOP Team led to the arrest of two Detroit men Sunday night. The Kanawha Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed dual search warrants on the suspects’ apartments in the Big Eagle Apartment Complex in Jefferson and seized a large amount of cash from both apartments as well as a loaded pistol and approximately one ounce of Heroin from one of the apartments. 29-year old Keival L. Kelley and 38-year old Steven Walker are facing charges, and the sheriff's office says they are collaborating with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding potential federal charges against Walker, due to prior felony convictions.

Hearing Date Set On Freedom Industries President's Salary

Freedom Industries' president Gary Southern wants to get paid for work since January as the company moves through the bankruptcy process. The Associated Press reports Southern's motion to get paid will be considered in an April hearing. Court documents show Southern's salary since joining the company full-time in January is $230,000. There are previous reports that the company plans to file an objection, and those have to be filed by 5 p.m. March 28 and replies to these objections must be filed by 5 p.m. April 4. The bankruptcy judge will then hear the issue at a 1:30 p.m. April 18th.

State Police Add New Cadets

West Virginia state police have a class of cadets, that were part of a first-ever accelerated program. The 28 cadets were already part of law enforcement in some capacity. The new troopers were sworn in Monday morning at West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. Overall, there have been 64 classes of cadets with 3,500 troopers on patrol in the past century because of the program. The first order of duty for the new troopers will be field training.

Investigation Continues Into Elkview Woman's Death

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is investigating Monday morning's fatal accident. 21-year old Ashley Whitehair of Elkview was killed just after getting off a KRT bus. It happened on Frame Road in Elkview, and she was hit by a pickup truck near the entrance to the Elk Crossings Apartment complex as the truck was headed east toward US Route 119. Deputies are looking into whether the bright horizon was a factor in the accident, and they're considering driver error, speed, mechanical faliure, and the environment.

Dunbar Bridge Closed Each Night This Week

Last night was the first night for the Dunbar Bridge closure, but the bridge will continue to be shut down at night through the week. The state Department of Transportation says the bridge will be closed each night for inspection from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through this Friday the 28th. Drivers may see the alerts via the electronic message boards that are up along U.S. 60 and Interstate 64.

Tracking System In The Works for Hazardous Materials

Kanawha County officials are creating a computer program to catalog hazardous materials storage sites that could threaten the county's waterways. C.W. Sigman is the county's deputy emergency services director and tells the Charleston Gazette that emergency services and Metro 911 officials are developing the computerized tracking system, which County Commissioner Dave Hardy requested in the aftermath of the January Elk River chemical spill. Hardy says officials need to be proactive in finding facilities that store hazardous materials. Sigman says there are several hundred in Kanawha County. Sigman says five water plants provide drinking water to Kanawha residents, and all are supplied by rivers.

Teen Faces Charges For Breakins

Charleston police have a teenager in custody related to several breakins over the past year. The 17-year old admitted to breaking into cars and buildings in the Abney Circle area of Charleston, according to police, and may be linked to breakins in other parts of the city. Investigators are looking at unsolved car burglary cases to see if the teen might be involved.

Flood Subsidy Program is Analyzed

West Virginia has the highest percentage of flood insurance policies that will see premiums rise as part of the federal government's overhaul of a subsidy program, according to an analysis of government figures. In 2012, Congress enacted a law that redrew the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood zone maps and required about 1 million policyholders to begin paying rates based on the true risk of flooding at their properties. An Associated Press analysis of government data found that of the 21,000 West Virginia homes and businesses in the National Flood Insurance Program, 57 percent face premium increases. Those are the roughly 12,200 policyholders receiving subsidies in the state.

Efforts Continue to Clean Up Transit Mall Area

Thirteen people are facing charges after a sting operation at Charleston's Transit Mall. Charleston police conducted the sting Saturday night after pressure from citizens who complained about issues. Some of the charges were for outstanding felony warrants, some were for open container violations, and others for trespassing. Charleston police also conducted a sting last September in an effort to clean up the Transit Mall area.

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