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Man arrested in Ashland, KY on kidnapping charges

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Police officers in Ashland, KY arrested Ermel Copley and charged him with kidnapping and attempted sodomy 1st degree.


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Police in Pikeville, KY arrest a man on charges of rape

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Police officers in Pikeville, KY arrested 33 year old Mark T. Smith of Kimper and charged him with rape on Sunday, November 23rd. More>>

Arrest made in Braxton County murder

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Wolfe was arrested in connection with the murder of Crystal Dean, who was found dead in a stream in Braxton County in October.  More>>

Abuse complaints piled up against WV school

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An Associated Press review of state records shows a former boarding school in Salem was named in more than a dozen complaints of abuse and mistreatment over the past five years. More>>

Man gets life in prison with mercy for role in Kanawha County, WV murder

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A man who pleaded guilty to murder was sentenced in court on Nov. 21. More>>

Thefts targeting ATVs being reported in the Charleston, WV area

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The Charleston Police Dept. and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) have teamed up due to a series of thefts targeting side-by-side ATVs. More>>

Travel restrictions on bond for former Massey CEO Don Blankenship

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Ex-coal exec in court in mine blast that killed 29

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An ex-top executive facing charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine accident in four decades is headed to court. Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is scheduled for a first appearance Thursday at 1 p.m. in Beckley, West Virginia. More>>

Ohio lawmaker indicted on burglary, theft charges

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A newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on charges alleging he took antiques and other items from an Ohio home. More>>

Shoals Elementary temporarily locked down after man seen on property

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At about 8 a.m. Thursday, students at Shoals Elementary School in Charleston, West Virginia noticed someone they thought looked suspicious walking around the outside campus. More>>

Child rape suspect arraigned nearly one year after alleged abuse

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Zachary Allen Crawford, 28, of Huntington was arraigned Wednesday on five counts of sexual abuse by a guardian, five counts of sexual assault, and one count of child abuse. More>>

6 arrested on drugs and weapons charges in Boone County, WV

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Several suspects are in jail after the Boone a County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in Nellis. Deputies were looking for controlled substances,including methamphetamine. More>>

Shooting reported on the campus of Florida State University

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 Police in Tallahassee, Florida say a gunman has been shot dead by officers on the Florida State University campus. More>>

UPDATE: South Charleston, WV man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a minor

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A South Charleston, West Virginia man who faced up to 24 counts of sexual abuse pleaded guilty to two counts of felony sexual abuse on Nov. 19. More>>

St. Albans, WV gambling parlor robbed

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MiMi's Cafe gambling parlor in St. Albans, West Virginia was robbed Monday night, November 17, according to a news release from the St. Albans Police Department. More>>

Special Report: Losing a child to a heroin addiction Video included

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Two weeks ago, 13 News aired a special report called ‘Hooked.' Kristy Clay, a mother of three from Huntington, saw the report and reached out to share her family's story. More>>

Kanawha County, WV man facing 30 counts of sexual assault

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A Kanawha County, West Virginia man is facing 30 counts of sexual assault after police found a 14-year-old girl at his home on Nov. 17. More>>

Former Mingo County Judge Michael Thornsbury agrees to settlement to avoid trial

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He is currently serving a 50 month sentence at a Florida Prison.  More>>

Gaming parlor robbed; suspects use pepper spray to subdue employee

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According to information released on the police department's Facebook page, the suspects entered the business around 1 p.m. Sunday and used pepper spray on an employee in order to subdue him or her.  More>>

Man arrested for child pornography in Huntington, WV

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A man is in jail after Best Buy employees found something they weren't supposed to on his computer. More>>

Coal exec's image looms in deadly blast case

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Ex-coal baron Don Blankenship has fallen silent as he faces criminal charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades. A gag order was issued shortly after Thursday's indictment.  More>>

UPDATE: One person arrested after shots are fired at a vehicle in Milton, West Virginia

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UPDATE: On Friday, November 14th officers with Milton Police Department arrested Russell Ripley after a incident where shots were fired at the Sheets in the 1300 block of Johns Creek Road.

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Attorney explains legal difficulties with murder suspect's perp walk admission Video included

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When confronted about their crimes, suspects are rarely as talkative as Jeremy Marcum. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and accused of killing 78-year-old James Bundy and then stabbing his wife, Myrtle Bundy,  More>>

Raleigh County, WV community reacts to Don Blankenship indictment Video included

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."This individual got away with years of freedom and these families don't got freedom, all they got is memories and remorse. I just hope he goes to jail for his actual crimes," More>>

Elderly woman with multiple stab wounds drives a mile for help; husband murdered Video included

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One man is dead and a woman is in the hospital following an incident in Genoa, West Virginia early Wednesday, November 12. More>>

Three arrested on burglary charges in Scioto County, OH

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Police say an investigation into a string of burglaries led to the arrest of three suspects More>>

Charleston police searching for stolen trailer and ATV

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Charleston police say they are on the lookout for an ATV and trailer that were stolen from a man on Elmont Drive in Charleston, West Virginia. More>>

UPDATE: Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for second degree murder

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 One of two men charged in the murder of Tymel McKinney has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
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Boone County man pleads guilty to methamphetamine distribution

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A Nellis, West Virginia man pleaded guilty to aiding in the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. More>>

Website exposes security camera weakness in the tri-state region Video included

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Insecam is a new website that links to tens of thousands of potentially private video streams, including dozens in the tri-state region. More>>

Man sentenced to prison in connection to Saint Albans, WV murder

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A man charged with accessory after the fact of murder will face up to three years in prison for his role in the crime. More>>

UPDATE: Stabbing suspect and mother in custody

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Police in Portsmouth, Ohio are conducting an investigation in to a stabbing that led to a man's death. More>>

Inez, KY pawn shop raided by police; drugs, money seized

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A pawn shop in Inez, KY was the scene of a police search on Nov. 11. More>>

Man who shot and killed an intruder in Campbells Creek, WV is arrested on separate charges

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A homeowner who shot and killed an intruder inside his home in Campbells Creek, WV is charged in a separate incident on Tuesday, November 11th.  More>>

Pratt mayor charged with another DUI in Kanawha County Video included

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At one point, the arresting officer said he had to catch him to keep him from falling over.  More>>

Gambling machines, drugs and cash seized from Inez, Kentucky pawn shop

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KSP troopers say the business was under investigation for illegal drug activity, according to a news release issued by their agency.  More>>

Charleston, WV mayor's son arrested for possession of drugs

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Zachary Jones, the son of Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, was arrested Monday night, November 11 in South Charleston, West Virginia. More>>

Former mine inspector faces state ethics charges

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A former state mine inspector indicted for taking bribes from a state lawmaker is now facing charges from the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. More>>

Man from Dunbar, West Virginia enters guilty plea to federal firearms charges

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A man from Dunbar, West Virginia who illegally possessed a firearm back in November of 2012 has entered a guilty plea to federal charges, according to a news release issued by Booth Goodwin, U.S. Attorney for the State of West Virginia More>>

Man facing kidnapping charges in Charleston, West Virginia.

Quentin Smith is facing kidnapping charges after he was arrested on Saturday, October 8th. Quentin Smith is facing kidnapping charges after he was arrested on Saturday, October 8th.
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Quentin Smith is facing kidnapping charges after he was arrested Saturday, October 8th. According to Charleston Police the 32 year old forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's home and held her against her will for a couple hours.   More>>