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Man injured after crashing motorcycle during police chase

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — Police said a man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Saturday after he crashed during a high-speed chase in Kanawha County. Dunbar police attempted to make a traffic stop on a man on a motorcycle about 2:15 p.m. which led to the chase,...
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Dispatchers: Man who led police in pursuit crashes at Subway

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ the man who led multiple police departments on a high speed chase Saturday afternoon has crashed. The pursuit started on the 1600 block of Dunbar Ave. Dispatchers tell WSAZ the Dunbar Police Department, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, South Charleston Police...
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Tour de Coal, Yak Fest draw thousands to St. Albans area

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — More than 1,000 kayakers paddled their way through the second largest flatwater community float in the country Saturday in Kanawha County. The 17th annual Tour de Coal wrapped up Saturday evening after kayakers made the 12-mile float down the Coal River from Tornado to St. Albans. Many of the participants and onlookers kept the good times rolling afterwards at Yak Fest.
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Fire leaves 51 senior living residents in the dark

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Update 6/19/2021 @ 8:55 p.m. Alma Taylor was woken to the sound of fire alarms. “It kept going off and going off so went into the lobby where everyone was at,” said Taylor. She went to the parking lot of her complex senior living complex,...
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North Bears win boys basketball All-Star Game, 105-104

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The North-South All-Star weekend has returned to Kanawha County, with Friday’s boys basketball all-star game among the events. Three area players were on the South Cardinals roster, with Greenbrier West’s Jared Robertson serving as one of the coaches. Cavalier graduate Kaiden Pack had 12 points, while Greenbrier East’s William Gabbert chipped in with seven and Liberty’s Braden Howell recorded four.
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Justice issues proclamation calling for special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature will begin a special session next Thursday to consider appropriating more than $250 million for various projects. Gov. Jim Justice issued the proclamation calling for a special session Friday, as well as a list of priorities, including work at several West Virginia State Parks, upgrades to the Elk River Trail, initial funding for the Economic Development Authority’s Closing Fund, and replenishing the First Responders’ Death Fund.
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Samuel "Sam" W. Crosby III

Mr. SAMUEL "SAM" W. CROSBY III, 33, of Rand, WV passed Sunday, June 6, 2021. He is survived by his parents, Samuel Crosby Jr. and Arnise Joy Murray (Bishop T.R. Murray Jr.); brothers, Frederick Timmons, Sr. and Nelson Crosby; and a host of family and friends. Memorial tribute will be...
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Larry D. Litton

LARRY D. LITTON, 67, of Mink Shoals crossed over to his eternal home on Sunday, June 13, 2021 after a short illness with his loving wife at his side. He was a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School, and WV Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. He was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
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I-64 westbound fast lane closed near Nitro entrance ramp after crash

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — Kanawha County dispatchers say the fast lane of I-64 westbound near the Nitro entrance ramp is shut down due to a crash. The crash was reported around 12:20 p.m. Thursday. Only one vehicle was involved. Metro 911 said there was a report of a medical...
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Fire displaces a number of residents in Kanawha County

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — A Friday night fire has displaced a number of elderly residents in the community of St. Albans. Four fire departments from Kanawha and Putnam Counties responded to the blaze at the Knollview Village Apartments Friday night around 11:30 p.m. The fire was electrical. Damage to the apartment where it occurred was minimal, but authorizes say power to the building had to be shut off.
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Kanawha County Courthouse closed for Juneteenth

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The Kanawha County Courthouse will be closed Friday in honor of Juneteenth, the County Commission announced. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation declaring Juneteenth as an official state holiday, and state offices will be closed Friday. Known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day,...
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Woman says she was injured at Planet Fitness due to slippery pull-up bar

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing Planet Fitness after she claims she was injured while she was exercising. Courtney Mathes was at Planet Fitness on April 9, 2019, and was exercising in the gym when she went to use the pull-up bar and was injured when she fell, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.
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Union Carbide emissions in Kanawha drive long-term cancer risk

Inhaling it can cause cancer and genetic mutation. Chronic exposure has caused nausea, eye and skin burns, vomiting, neurological disorders and reproductive difficulty. It’s ethylene oxide. Union Carbide Corp. facilities in Institute and South Charleston released 867,516 pounds of it from 1987 to 2019, according to facility-reported data published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of that total came from the Institute site.
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Kanawha commission: Jail costs have increased despite promises from legislature

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — Kanawha County Commissioners said Thursday jail costs have increased in 2021 despite promises and plans that they would decrease. Commissioners said they were promised by the state legislature that jail costs would decrease to ease financial hardships by the pandemic, but instead the bills have increased to $55 per person per day. The total cost is an increase of about $36,000 a month.
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Kanawha County Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Federal Drug Crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County woman was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, Raechel Cooper, 30, admitted that on April 9, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at her East Bank residence and found Cooper in her vehicle along with eight bags of methamphetamine hidden in a hollowed-out teddy bear. Officers found an additional amount of methamphetamine inside Cooper’s residence. In total, Cooper was found to be in possession of over 350 grams of methamphetamine.