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Kanawha deputies make second heroin DUI arrest in school zone in one week

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Hughes admitted to using heroin the day before.  He failed field sobriety tests and then agreed to take a blood test at Thomas Memorial Hospital.  More>>

Wayne County armed robbery leads to incident at Huntington Mall

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An incident at the Huntington Mall involving the West Virginia State Police, deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the Barboursville Police Department is believed to be connected with an armed robbery in Wayne County. More>>

Four arrested in Huntington Mall fraud scheme

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Four men were arrested in connection with a fraud scheme at the Huntington Mall September 4. Nei Bao Lu, 28, of Worchester, MA, Tianli Yang, 26, Ming Chen, 25 and Xiongfu Yang, 31, all of Brooklyn, NY, were arrested  by officers with the Barboursville Police Department and arraigned and are being held on a $1 million bond. More>>

West Virginia Attorney General warns about football ticket scams

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As football season begins, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning fans to be wary when purchasing tickets. “Whether you’re rooting for the Thundering Herd or the Old Gold and Blue, you need to be sure that you’re not losing out to scammers on gameday,” Attorney General Morrisey said in a news release. More>>

Two woman arrested in Kanawha City prostitute sting

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Two women were arrested September 2 in a prostitution sting in Charleston. Officers with the Charleston Police Department Special Enforcement Unit were at the Go Mart Truck Stop in upper Kanawha City, an area frequented by prostitutes, according to a news release. More>>

Kanawha County deputies searching for man who escaped home confinement

Robert Petit, Jr., escaped from his home September 3. Robert Petit, Jr., escaped from his home September 3.
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Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in finding  a man who escaped from home confinement. Robert Pettit, Jr., was arrested July 15 for possessing child pornography, and was on home confinement while awaiting his trial. More>>

Remnants of meth lab, discarded needles found in Cedar Grove cemetery Video included

Officers find discarded drug paraphanalia in a Cedar Grove cemetery. Officers find discarded drug paraphanalia in a Cedar Grove cemetery.
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Peaceful, quiet, a place to remember and reflect on the loved ones we've lost.  A cemetery is the last place you'd expect to drug paraphernalia.  More>>

3 shot, 1 killed, gunman sought on Sacramento college campus

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Police say three people have been shot and one of them has died in a parking lot next to a baseball field on the campus of Sacramento City College.    Police say the campus is on lockdown Thursday night while they search for a suspect with no shirt wearing cargo shorts.    Sacramento police say the three victims were all men. One has been confirmed dead, and the other two are being taken to hospitals.    Classrooms ... More>>

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A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. More>>

Three arrested in Scioto County multiple agency drug bust

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Three people were arrested and large quantities of drugs and money were seized as a part of a multiple agency investigation in Lucasville, OH. Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over a car on U.S. 23 late September 1. More>>

Police: Man threatens to 'kill all white people' in 'purge'-inspired tweet

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Investigators identified the individual who they say tweeted the threat as 20-year-old Carlos Anthony Hollins of Waldorf, Maryland. Hollins was arrested on Wednesday night without incident, police said. More>>

Man wanted in connection to kidnapping

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Charleston Police believe a man wanted in connection to a kidnapping where a weapon was used has returned to town.Officers with the Charleston Police Department say they are searching for Devin Rayshawn Smith. He has been on the run since June 16, 2015 and believed to be back in Charleston with intentions of thwarting witness and/or victim cooperation, police said.Smith is described as a black male, 5'09" and weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen driving a white Chrysle... More>>

Deputies need help identifying Teays Valley gas station robbery suspect

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The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help identifying the suspect in a gas station robbery in Teays Valley. Detectives posted on Facebook that the suspect walked into the storage room of the Teays Valley GO Mart and stole a large amount of merchandise. Anyone with information is asked to contact the crime unit at 304-586-9846 or the drug tip line at 304-586-0263. More>>

Charleston man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

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Brian Keith Dunnigan, 46, of Charleston, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of meth, according to United States Attorney Booth Goodwin. More>>

Victim with gunshot wound in foot prompts investigation

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Officers with the Charleston Police Department are investigating a shooting after the victim showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound. Paul Fortston, Jr., 22, of St. Albans, showed up at CAMC General Hospital around 6:45 p.m. August 31. More>>

Detroit remains top supplier of drugs to Appalachia Video included

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It's been a busy summer for police, conducting stings and making drug arrests. The majority of the dealers continue to come in from Detroit. More>>

Detroit man arrested on drug trafficking charge in Ashland, KY

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Matrice Jauone Foy, of Detroit, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance. More>>

Man accused of child sexual abuse, performing sex act in department store Video included

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Duncan, 37, of Summers, WV, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse, indecent exposure, obstructing a police officer and fleeing, according to criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court. More>>

Putnam County man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

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Christian Garrett Thornton, 29, of Bancroft, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to four counts of distributing oxymorphone and one count of possessing oxymorphone with the intent to distribute it.  More>>

Police: Woman found getting high on canned air in Kansas Walmart

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Authorities say Melissa Ann Wright was caught huffing a can of Ultra Duster at a Kansas area Walmart, reports KCTV-TV. More>>

UPDATE: Nitro police make arrest in connection with stolen credit cards Video included

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The Nitro Police Department is investigating a stolen credit card case in which the victims credit card was used at Lowe's.  More>>

UPDATE: Charleston shooting victim identified

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The victim has been identified as Andy Crihfield, 42, of Kenna.  More>>

Suspect charged with possession of heroin and being under the influence in school zone

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A Cross Lanes man was arrested for driving under the influence August 28 after a Kanawha County deputy noticed he wasn't wearing a seatbelt  More>>

Charleston man arrested for waving knife in bouncer's face

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Officers with the Huntington Police Department arrested a Charleston early August 28 after a bouncer said the suspect was waving a knife in his face. The incident occurred in front of The Hot Corner on Fourth Avenue in Huntington, WV around 1:40 a.m. More>>

Alpha Sigma Oops: Out of control frat party has Marshall University cracking down Video included

Marshall University fraternity life might be low key for a while following a student alcohol poisoning and a massive frat party that got out of control. Marshall University fraternity life might be low key for a while following a student alcohol poisoning and a massive frat party that got out of control.
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"A veteran officer told me it was the biggest crowd he'd ever seen," said Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli. More>>

Man posing as brother during arrest sentenced

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St. Albans man has been sentenced for pretending to be his brother after police find pot in his apartment.    More>>

2 arrested, 1 wanted in beating and robbery of elderly Fayette County man

Kristina Lambert is wanted in connection to the robbery and beating of an elderly man. (Courtesy: Fayette County Sheriff's Department) Kristina Lambert is wanted in connection to the robbery and beating of an elderly man. (Courtesy: Fayette County Sheriff's Department)
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Todd Daniel Booth, 51, and Robert Franklin Patrick, 33, both of Beckley, were arrested on Friday in connection to a robbery that happened on August 8 at a home on Pack's Branch Road, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. Kristina Johnann Lambert, 29, of Midway, is wanted. More>>

Do You Know These People?: Suspects Caught on Camera Pawning Stolen Property

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Deputies say the equipment was stolen from the site overnight between 6 p.m. on August 19 and 8 a.m. on August 20. On Monday, August 25, two men entered the Kanawha Valley Fine Jewelry and Loan to pawn some of the stolen tools, according to a press release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. More>>

Huntington Police investigating shots fired near Marshall freshman dorms

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Officers with the Huntington Police Department are on the scene of a possible shooting. Cabell County 911 Dispatchers said the call came in around 8:40 p.m. More>>

UPDATE: Robert Clark to serve life sentence in murder of elderly Ohio couple

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Thirty-year-old Robert Clark's sentencing on Friday in Coshocton County means he won't face the death penalty for killing 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and 79-year-old Lillian Chumney of Strasburg. More>>

Neighbor's call leads to burglary arrests in Milton

Tyler C. Mcallister, 24 of Culloden and Alexander P. Turley of Hurricane were charged in the crime. Tyler C. Mcallister, 24 of Culloden and Alexander P. Turley of Hurricane were charged in the crime.
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Tyler C. Mcallister, 24 of Culloden and Alexander P. Turley of Hurricane were charged in the crime. A juvenile was also arrested.  More>>

Wanted Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Child Brought Back to Fairmont

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Robert Richards, 66, was extradited from Vermont Thursday by the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit and brought back to Fairmont. More>>

Putnam County, WV funeral home facing federal lawsuit Video included

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Homesteaders Life Company, an Iowa-based business, filed a complaint in the Southern District of West Virginia against Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in Poca, WV.The insurance company claims that Gatens-Harding Funeral home claimed over $900,000 in pre-need funeral costs for customers that are still living.When news about the alleged scam hit the small town of Poca, people were appalled.  More>>

Same-sex couple denied marriage license by Rowan County Clerk for 3rd time Video included

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In a continuing months-long battle, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis again refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple Thursday morning, just one day after the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled she must comply with federal ruling. More>>

Investigation into cause of Harper's Ferry fire ongoing

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Nearly a month after a fire destroyed multiple businesses in Harper's Ferry, WV, the investigation into who or what caused the fire is ongoing. So far, the cause of the fire is unknown, although the fire is believed to have started on the rear deck behind Private Quinn's Pub, according to a news release. More>>

UPDATE: Suspect accused of pointing gun at Kanawha County deputy sentenced

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Weese was sentenced by a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge to three years in prison, to be served as home confinement. More>>

Nine arrested in Ashland drug bust

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Officers with the Ashland Police Department arrested nine people on several drug charges.The bust comes as a part of the department's effort to cut down on the number of drugs bought and sold in the area, according to a news release. More>>

Technology used to find gunman keeps West Virginians safe too Video included

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In Roanoke, Virginia police used a license plate reader to find the rental car of Vester Lee Flanagan. More>>

Chase and car fire in Cabell County, WV lands man in jail; he is charged with attempted murder

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Officers with the Huntington Police Department placed large stop strips with spikes on them down in an effort to stop Hill. He continued to drive –on and ran over them in the 1600 block of 9th Avenue. The rims of Hill’s tires caught fire and so did his vehicle More>>

Rowan, KY clerk still not issuing gay marriage licenses

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William Smith Jr. and James Yates strode Thursday morning into their county clerk's office for their third attempt to get a marriage license.  The office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis once again denied them, despite an order from a federal appeals court issued hours earlier that upheld a judge's directive to issue the licenses.     More>>

Police use pepper spray to subdue man accused of breaking into locked doors on Capitol grounds

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Pepper spray had to be used to detain a man who police say tried to pry open locked doors on State Capitol ground Wednesday afternoon.At about 4 p.m., state employees in the west wing of the Capitol building saw a man trying to pry open multiple locked doors and attempting to get into secured locations of the complex, according to Lawrence Messina with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.Employees approached the man, 22-year-old Brian Sanders, who li... More>>

South Charleston Police Need Public's Help Finding Credit Card Thief

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South Charleston police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who they said used a credit card he took from a vehicle and and tried to buy items at Walmart. More>>

Teens arrested in Charleston, WV for stealing cars and burglarizing homes

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Police officers in Charleston, WV say they have arrested several juveniles for stealing cars and burglarizing homes. More>>

Suspected band of teen burglars arrested for string of thefts across Charleston

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Several teens believed to be in connection to a string of burglaries across the Charleston area are behind bars on a high-cash bond, according to the Charleston Police Department.CPD says they arrested multiple juveniles Monday. Officers suspect the teenagers burglarized several homes and stole multiple vehicles on the East End and also in Upper Kanawha City and on Oakwood Drive.Neighbors in the areas hit say they’re not surprised the burglaries happened.“We’ve seen p... More>>

Child found wandering alone outside restaurant in St. Albans, WV; step-father arrested

Benjamin P. Grady, 27, was arrested after a child he was taking care of was found wandering inside a restaurant alone. Benjamin P. Grady, 27, was arrested after a child he was taking care of was found wandering inside a restaurant alone.
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On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 police officers say they received a call that a 2-3 year old boy was walking around outside Domino’s Pizza at 2308 MacCorkle Avenue with no adult in sight. More>>

Woman arrested on charges of arson in Clay County, WV

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Melissa M. Jarvis, 42, is behind bars and charged with arson after the State Fire Marshal says she started a fire at 1147 Scenic River Road in Procious, WV.  More>>

Two dead and one injured in Jackson, Ohio shooting

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Two people are dead and third person is injured after a shooting in Jackson, Ohio.  More>>

Massachusetts crime spree ends in Ohio

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Deputies need help IDing suspects in Kanawha County burglary case Video included

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Among the items stolen were guns, a watch, laptop, and several checks. More>>

Man arrested after threatening hospital workers in South Charleston, WV Video included

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A man is behind bars after allegedly threatening Thomas Memorial Hospital staff members with a knife. More>>

Man arrested after stabbing a man during a fight in Gallipolis Ferry, WV

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A man from Mason County is behind bars after being accused of stabbing another man multiple times. More>>

Deputies need help IDing suspect who took off in pickup truck in Elkview, WV

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The owner left it running as he went into the store.  He left it by the entrance. More>>

Suspect wanted in connection with DEA agent attack arrested Video included

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The ordeal on August 16 was a staged heroin buy, authorities said.   More>>

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Authorities say Hodges tallied $5,700 in purchasing hardware items and tools, along with ammunition for a rifle and handgun. More>>

Arrests in child exploitation cases up in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State Police figures show arrests on charges of child pornography or online solicitation of minors have increased in West Virginia this decade. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1PH2hZr) reports members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made 321 such arrests last year.    More>>

UPDATE: DNA report on Neal Falls expected to be released this week

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DNA experts at the West Virginia State Police forensic laboratory are in the preliminary stages of analyzing evidence that could link a man killed in Charleston, West Virginia to a series of murders across the country More>>

UPDATE: Inmates who escaped from Huntington Work Release Center captured

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Inmates have gone missing from the Huntington Work Release Center and police need your help finding these two men. If you have any info on where they might be, call 911 immediately! More>>

UPDATE: Former George Washington High School teacher pleads guilty to charges

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George Washington High School teacher Jennifer Napier has been suspended, after illegally purchasing a firearm. More>>

Huntington city councilman praises neighbors for tips that led to arrest

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Residents of Huntington's Guyandotte neighborhood were once so upset over a wave of theft that they were ready to shoot, but on Thursday evening, they were celebrating. More>>

Man Arrested for Growing Marijuana Plants in Thelma, KY

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Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office say they received an anonymous tip about midnight regarding a home at 6789 Main Street.  More>>

Sheriff: Teen Killed During Shooting in Wellston, OH, Suspect in Custody.

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A teenager was killed over the weekend in Wellston during a shooting at the Idle Wheels Mobile Home Park on West 13th Street. More>>

Charleston Police Looking for Shooting Suspect

David Corkhill is wanted by the Charleston Police Department on a charge of wanton endangerment. (Charleston PD). David Corkhill is wanted by the Charleston Police Department on a charge of wanton endangerment. (Charleston PD).
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Police in Charleston are looking for a man believed to have been involved in a shooting earlier this month in the 1800 Block of Chandler Drive. David Corkhill has a warrant out for his arrest on a charge of wanton endangerment. On the night of June 13, Corkhill allegedly fired multiple shots into a vehicle as it was leaving the area. Physical evidence collected at the scene points to Corkhill, police said. Anyone with information on Corkhill's whereabouts is asked to contact the Charleston P... More>>

13 News Exclusive: Charleston Police cracking down on prostitution

Four women were arrested on Thursday night during a prostitution sting in Charleston, WV. Four women were arrested on Thursday night during a prostitution sting in Charleston, WV.
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The Charleston Police Department is known for conducting undercover prostitution sings. Still, one by one, undercover police officers were able to make several arrests and 13 News cameras were rolling.  More>>

Burglary Leads Police to Grow House in Ashland, KY

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A burglary at a hardware store on Thursday led police to a marijuana growing operation in Ashland, KY. More>>

Public steps in to defend trooper from attack

Senior Trooper Tupper with the Princeton Detachment of West Virginia State Police was attacked outside the Wal-Mart in Princeton just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday June 10, 2015. Senior Trooper Tupper with the Princeton Detachment of West Virginia State Police was attacked outside the Wal-Mart in Princeton just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday June 10, 2015.
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Senior Trooper Tupper with the Princeton Detachment of West Virginia State Police was attacked outside the Wal-Mart in Princeton just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday June 10, 2015. Citizens nearby came to Tupper's defense. More>>

Braxton County Man Facing 32 Counts of Sexual Assault and Abuse

Jeffery Agee is facing had allegedly been having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young girl over the last four years. Jeffery Agee is facing had allegedly been having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young girl over the last four years.
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Jeffery Agee, 66, had allegedly been having the sexual contact with the girl between June 2010 and June 2014 at his home, according to a criminal complaint. More>>