(12/01/2012)
SHOOTING IN CAR - A Kanawha County man pleaded guilty in Kanawha Circuit Court to firing a shotgun inside a car where two small children were riding.

Malcolm Hodges told troopers who stopped him for a traffic violation that the shotgun accidentally fired when he was pulled over and blew a hole in the floor of his car near Nitro.

The children, ages 1 and 2, were not injured.

Hodges faces up to five years in prison after his guilty plea on the wanton endangerment charge and another year in jail on an unrelated drug charge when he is sentenced in January.

STABBING VICTIM - Morgantown Police Officers responded to a disturbance and after arriving on scene observed a male wearing a blood-soaked shirt, staggering up Walnut Street.

Officers would later discover that this individual was the victim of a stabbing, nearby was another male holding a handgun. This individual identified as Patrick Beam, 20, ran from the scene and was pursued and arrested by officers.

He was charged with brandishing a deadly weapon, fleeing from an officer, and underage consumption of alcohol.

The stabbing victim, identified as Juan Guerra, Jr, 20, was transported to Ruby Hospital for treatment.

HUNTINGTON HOLD-UP - Huntington Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at Rich Gas Station in the Guyandotte area of Huntington.

According to Huntington Police, the man pulled out a knife and demanded cash. When the clerk resisted, the man took off.


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