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Southern Ohio community in outrage over drug problems Video included


Gallia County residents are heart broken to see what drugs have done to their community. And now they only say that is it getting worse. But today the citizens of southern Ohio got a glimmer of hope as the Major Crimes Task Force of Meigs and Gallia Counties made a big breakthrough. "We were able to take three people into custody on grand jury indictments that involved things like trafficking and drugs and receiving stolen property," said Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browni...

Police Hope New Station Will Reduce Transit Mall Crime Video included


A fight at Charleston's Transit Mall led to a woman pulling a gun and firing shots into the air on April 28th. While nobody was hit, Officers with the Charleston Police Department say they can't let incidents like this go unnoticed.  Randolph Thompson says that the idea of someone firing off shots where his family catches the bus is terrifying. 

Inmates and the Internet Video included


Following an incident earlier this week where an inmate at the Western Regional Jail was able to take a selfie with fellow inmates inside a transport van and post it to Facebook, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety has responded with it's internet policy.  “West Virginia’s prisons and regional jails prohibit internet access by inmates. The W.Va. Division of Corrections, the state’s prison system, does provide for a strictly controlled exceptio...

Suspected local social media death threat closes Athens schools, later found to be from Europe. Video included


Thousands of parents in Athens County, Ohio received a phone message Friday morning after a social media threat was discovered. School districts were shut down, but investigators found the source was not local, as first thought.

Police: 1 of 2 boys found badly beaten at Ohio motel has died

Police in Ohio say one of two young brothers found badly beaten at a motel has died.

Man arrested for recording under stalls in a Huntington Mall Bathroom


Barboursville Police Chief Michael Coffey tells 13 News a man has been arrested for invasion of privacy. The man is accused of recording other men under the stalls in a bathroom in the Huntington mall. Chief Coffey adds this happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

First of 8 funerals for mass killing victims Video included


. 13 News was out working for you, where security surrounded those who came to remember a loved one and friend. 

WV Doctor Arrested for Allegedly Exchanging Prescriptions for Sex


A WV doctor had his office and home raided Thursday and was subsequently arrested.

Cashier Killed at Princeton, WV Gas Station; Suspect Found Dead in Car


A woman was shot during a robbery at a gas station early on Thursday, April 28, 2016 according to police.  The robbery occurred at the B.P. Little General along Stafford Drive in Princeton around 2:30 a.m. An officer identified the person shot as a cashier at the store. The name of the victim was not released.. 

Cops: Car full of people in PJs may mean 'heroin rush hour'

"Heroin rush hour" has some telltale signs in northern Kentucky, like a car filled with people in their pajamas around 9 or 10 a.m.

Police find 2 kids badly hurt at Ohio motel, 1 hidden by blanket

Police say officers responding to a report of a possible dead child at an Ohio motel found a pair of young siblings with serious injuries and arrested their mother and two other adults.

Nitro Police Investigating Walmart Breaking and Entering


The Nitro Police is asking for help in identifying the people in the pictures. According to a social media post from the Nitro Police they are persons of interest in breaking and entering's at the Nitro Walmart and the surrounding area. The vehicle at the bottom was the vehicle being driven by another unknown person. If you any have information you are asked to call the Nitro Police at 304-755-077. As always you may remain anonymous.

WV Couple Charged With Child Neglect, Possession With Intent to Deliver


Police arrested two people on charges relating to illicit drug activity as-well-as child endangerment. 

Mother says Man Flashed 3-Year-Old Daughter Video included


Ashley Sigman says her kids were playing in the front yard of her St. Albans, WV apartment when she received a phone call from her neighbor that made her heart drop. "I have someone calling me saying you need to get out front like there is a strange man exposing himself for one and not to mention trying to lure her out the gate," said Ashley.

Funerals planned, Mexican drug cartel connection explored in Piketon mass killings Video included


More than 215 law enforcement officials are on the case. More than 300 tips and leads are being investigated,

UPDATE: WVSP Release Victim's Name in Roane County Death Investigation

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West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said dispatchers received a call about an unresponsive person Monday Night in Roane County. When Crews arrived to the home in the Gandeeville area there was a deceased male with a gunshot wound. WVSP believe it to be an isolated incident. The body was sent to a medical examiner. Investigators are currently following up on leads.  

Autopsies: 7 of 8 in Ohio family shot repeatedly


A coroner says seven of the eight victims in killings targeting a southern Ohio family were shot multiple times, and one had nine gunshot wounds. 

West Virginia man who stole guns from police gets 10 years

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A jury convicted him in January of being a felon in possession of firearms and possession of stolen firearms.

Piketon High School helping students cope, stay safe following Pike County murders Video included


Amidst an unsolved murder investigation, students and staff returned to Piketon High School Monday morning without one of their classmates. Christopher Rhoden, Jr. was the youngest of the Rhoden family members shot in the head and killed Friday by an unidentified suspect(s). The 16-year-old was only a freshman at PHS. Dee Penn, Rhoden’s vocal music teacher of 11 years, said the school was quiet in his absence. “We had a lot of sadness and a lot of tears, but we also spe...

Update: Memorial Fund has been established for the Rhoden Family Video included

A SWAT team has been activated in the slaying of eight family members in Piketon, Ohio. A SWAT team has been activated in the slaying of eight family members in Piketon, Ohio.

The Ohio Attorney General will be holding a press conference today at 4:30 p.m.for an update on the Pike County shootings

Police chief apologizes for arrest of 10 children


A police chief has offered an apology after his officers handcuffed and arrested 10 elementary school students. 

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M


The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

Dunbar Altercation: Man Shoots Himself in the Leg


Saturday April 23, 2016 at approximately 10:30 A.M., the Dunbar Police Department responded to the scene of a shooting at Rallow's Bar & Grill, located on 4030 West Washington Street in Dunbar.

Drug addicts hurting more then themselves Video included


People are very concerned about some dangerous trends that are becoming the norm in the Tri-State area.   Law enforcement officers, like Todd Kelly of the Ashland Police Department, are saying that drug scams and thefts are on the rise. "We are seeing everything from theft from yards to retail establishments, theft out of vehicles -- anything that may come into some value for them that could be traded for currency," said Kelly.  Kelly said one of the most p...

UPDATE: Deputies have major drug roundup, 27 detained so far in Mingo County, WV

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According to the Mingo County Sheriff's Office, a major drug roundup is currently under way in Mingo County. The roundup started Friday morning, April 22. 13 News is in contact with the Sheriff's Office and will update this story when more information is available.

One Shot in Dunbar, West Virginia


A Kanawha County Dispatcher tells 13 News one male has been shot in Dunbar.

WV Man Arrested for Allegedly Infecting 3-Year-Old Girl with STD


A West Virginia man was arrested Wednesday after police say he infected a 3-year-old girl a sexually transmitted disease.

2-year-old shoots himself with gun from mom's purse


Police say a 2-year-old boy shot and killed himself after taking a gun from his mother's purse on the kitchen counter when she wasn't watching. T

Woman charged with using drugs, driving with infant in car

The woman is charged with DUI child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and no proof of registration.

Dispatcher says report of a man in custody after holding a pregnant woman at gunpoint


A Boone County dispatcher says there is a report of man being arrested for holding a pregnant woman at gun point in Wharton Wednesday night. The incident happened in the area of Lawrence Circle and the call came into dispatchers around 8:18 p.m. The dispatcher adds the woman is okay. We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Woman arrested in Kanawha County for Child Endangerment

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According to a criminal complaint a Mammoth woman was arrested for DUI (child endangerment),  possession of a controlled substance, and no proof of registration Tuesday night in Kanawha County. Around 8:00 p.m. Kayla Marie Facemyer was pulled over by a state trooper in the area of Route 60 in Belle, West Virginia. The Trooper detected the odor of marijuana from the car. Also in the car was infant. According to the criminal complaint during the sobriety test the trooper obs...

Shooting on 20th Street in Huntington


A Cabell County Dispatcher tells 13 News there was a shooting in Huntington around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.  The incident happened at the 500 block of 20th Street. The dispatcher adds a victim walked into a local hospital with non life threatening injuries from a gunshot.  One student tells 13 News he received a safety alert from Marshall University around 9:30 p.m. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Protecting Your Debit Card at the ATM Video included


Law enforcement says one easy way to avoid ATM skimming is to use one hand to cover the other while punching in your pin number. That way if criminals have secured cameras anywhere on the ATM, they still won't be able to see your pin number.

Ex-Massey CEO tentatively set to begin prison sentence in May


Unless the federal appeals court rules otherwise, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is slated to report to federal prison May 12 to begin serving his one-year sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety laws. 

UPDATE: 2nd Arrest Made in Big Chimney Shooting Video included


The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office made a second arrest this morning in connection to the shooting at Big Chimney.

Elderly Man Defends Himself in Home Invasion, 1 Person Dead


Fairmont police have identified the three people involved in Tuesday morning's deadly home invasion on the 700 block of Gaston Avenue.

Man gets 40 years in prison in death of girlfriend's child

A West Virginia man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter.

UPDATE: Missing Belmont County Teens Lead Police On High Speed Chase in Texas


UPDATE: According to the Belmont County Sheriff's Office, both teens have been taken into custody in Texas. 

K9 Officers Meet for Annual Conference Video included


Courses are set up for the certification process. An actual sample of methamphetamine is hidden inside cars for the K9s to find.

Police: Pennsylvania Father 'recklessly' waving gun killed 4-year-old daughter

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Authorities allege that a father was "carelessly and recklessly" waving a gun around a bedroom with seven children present when it went off, killing his 4-year-old daughter. 

Ex-West Virginia church youth volunteer pleads in sex case

A former youth volunteer at a southern West Virginia church has pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges.

Woman Caught Trying to Bring Loaded Gun on Plane


Transportation Security Administration officers at Yeager Airport caught a woman  trying to bring a loaded gun on board an airplane Sunday morning. 

WV Man Arrested After Attempting to Hit Police with Vehicle


Police attempted a traffic stop on a silver 1988 Dodge Dakota on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Man arrested for bomb inside vehicle in Mingo County, WV

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According to State Police in Mingo County, a man has been arrested for having a pipe bomb and making threats of using it. 

Police say "Deadpool" Bank Robber being held in a detention center


The South Point Police Department are currently investigating a robbery at the U.S. Bank in South Point, Ohio. The bank is on Solida Road, and people are being asked to stay clear of the area. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, and the police believe that he has a handgun. The suspect is wearing a mask of the comic book and movie and character Deadpool. The South Point Police Department are saying the suspect is a white male, weight around 200 pounds, and somew...

Grand jury: 2 bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children


A new grand jury report claims two Roman Catholic bishops in a central Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year period.

Floyd County Sheriff’s Department needs help in finding stolen trailer


The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a utility trailer that was stolen Friday, April 22. The theft occurred between 2 and 5 p.m. from a residence located on Kentucky Route 680 near Minnie. If anyone has any information that would assist deputies in recovering the stolen trailer, please call 606-886-6171 or call our anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020.

Ohio man charged in multiple stabbings in Huntington

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A Proctorville, Ohio, man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with multiple stabbings outside a bar in the 300 block of 14th Street. Chase Daniel Sims, 21, was charged with two counts of malicious wounding. Huntington Police officers received a call at 2:56 a.m. Sunday that multiple people had been stabbed during an altercation outside the bar. Upon arrival, officers found three stabbing victims near the corner of 3 ½ Alley and 14th Street. A white male was lyin...

Ashland Police seeking help in identifying robbery suspect


The Ashland Police Department in Kentucky is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect. The theft occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Jakes Gun and Pawn, located on Greenup Avenue in downtown Ashland. The suspect was driving a blue or purple Dodge truck. If you have any information, contact Officer Howard at 606-327-2020, Silent witness at 606-329-1771 or email

6 arrested in Fayette County for child concealment

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Six people were arrested Friday in connection with the intentional concealment of missing juveniles, according to the Fayette County Sheriffs Department. Martha Jeffries, 31, of Oak Hill; Michael Johns, 47, of Oak Hill; Marie Brown, 34, of Pax; Mary Zink, 52, of Pax; Dennis Turner, 60, of Pax; and John Zink Jr., 73, of Oak Hill have all been charged with the felony offenses of child concealment and conspiracy to commit a felony. Mary Zink and Dennis Turner are being held at the Sou...

One arrested after stolen vehicle pursuit in Huntington


An individual was arrested after a pursuit of a stolen vehicle that started in Huntington and ended in Wayne County early Sunday morning. The incident was reported at 1:07 a.m. in the 3100 block of Waverly Road in Huntington. There were reports of a vehicle heading westbound and passing cars on the street. After the Huntington Police Department and West Virginia State Police stopped the individual, the Huntington Police Department’s K-9 unit was used to app...

Prostitution sting nets 9 arrests in Huntington Video included

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Nine women were arrested on prostitution charges Friday, April 15, as a result of increased enforcement by Huntington Police in the West End, the City of Huntington detailed in a press release. 

Two arrested after meth lab bust in Mason County

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Two individuals were arrested after a methamphetamine lab bust early Saturday morning in Mason County, West Virginia, the Mason County Sheriff’s Department said. Charleston Sullivan, who has a mailing address of Point Pleasant but is from Letart, and Brandon Conley of West Columbia, were charged with operating a meth lab and attempting to operate a meth lab. They are both in the Western Regional Jail awaiting bond. Mason County deputies discovered a meth lab at a residence on ...

Floyd County man arrested for murder following shooting spree

Ronnie Lee Hall, 49, was arrested for two counts of murder following a late-night shooting spree. Ronnie Lee Hall, 49, was arrested for two counts of murder following a late-night shooting spree.

A Floyd County man has been arrested on two counts of murder following Friday night’s shooting in the Hueysville area of Floyd County, Kentucky, according to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. Ronnie Lee Hall, 49, shot three individuals during an incident around 11 p.m. Friday. Two of those individuals were fatally injured and one was transported for medical treatment. The incident is still under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

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