FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A man and a female juvenile were held at gunpoint Friday morning in Fayette County until police arrived.
A neighbor spotted Michael Clark, 22, of Lookout, and a juvenile female enter a house at 56 Foster Hill Road, according to Deputy R.V. Neal with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
The neighbor went inside his own house, grabbed a gun and told the pair to stay put until police arrived, Neal said. Police showed up 12 minutes later at 9:46 a.m. The house wasn't locked and the pair had entered through the front door, according to Neal.
LOOKOUT, W.Va. -- A Fayette County man is recovering in the hospital after police said he was hit with a steel bar several times in the head and torso Sunday night.
Someone called 911 dispatchers at 9:17 p.m. to report an altercation at a residence along U.S. 60 in Lookout, according to a news release from Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.
Deputies arrived and found James Woodrow Settle III, 37, of Ansted, bleeding heavily from a head injury and "stumbling around" in the roadway, Kessler said.
Fayette County Deputy N.D. Hall pulled over Mark Anthony Gilliam, 38, of Beckley, who was driving a damaged blue Geo Tracker on Saturday morning.
As soon as Hall pulled Gilliam over, he noticed Gilliam trying to eat several of the pills in his vehicle.
Hall found numerous bottles of prescription medication in the vehicle as well as tools consistent with those that can be used for breaking and entering. The search resulted in the recovery of nearly 2,000 prescription drugs including Oxycodone, methadone, Xanax and Diazapam, estimated to have a street value of approximately $16,500.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Two Fayette County residents were killed early Tuesday morning in a single-car crash.
Amantha Arbogast, 18, of Lookout, and Shawn Neal, 23, of Victor, were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.
Kessler said Arbogast was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Corsica, with Neal as a passenger, along U.S. 19 near Milroy Grose Road.
OAK HILL, W.Va. -- An Oak Hill man was arrested Thursday for growing marijuana inside his home.
Jason Edward Davis, 33, was charged with a felony after deputies investigated an anonymous tip. They discovered Davis had three "grow rooms" with cultivation lamps and a ventilation system, said Detective Sgt. S.M. Gray, of the Fayette County Sheriff's Drug Unit, in a news release.
Deputies seized about 15 large plants and several smaller plants at various stages of cultivation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A search for a domestic-violence suspect led Fayette County authorities to find illegal guns and explosives on Friday.
Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said deputies went to the home of Willam Sorrells Jr., 45, of Danese, at about 1 a.m. Friday to look for Sorrells' son following a complaint about a domestic-violence incident. The son, Earnest Sorrells, 22, wasn't there, but Kessler said William Sorrells became combative with deputies and was arrested for obstructing a police officer.
When they checked Sorrells' criminal history, deputies discovered he had been convicted of two felonies in 1994. Deputies had allegedly noticed a semiautomatic rifle in the house, and Sorrells is prohibited from keeping weapons because he is a felon.
Deputy W.K. Willis was at his home in Mount Hope at about 9:30 p.m. when he heard someone trying to get into the house, said Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler. When he went to the door, a man tried to force his way into the house, Kessler said.
Willis identified himself as a sheriff's deputy and arrested Jermaine Charles Lawrence, 32, of Columbus, Ohio. The sheriff said Willis found a large amount of cocaine and marijuana and a "substantial" amount of cash on Lawrence.
"This individual is believed to be linked to street gang activity and drug trafficking offenses in Columbus, Ohio," Kessler said. "It is believed at this time that the suspect was going to a residence in Mount Hope to sell drugs and went to Deputy Willis' residence by mistake.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A coal truck driver was arrested Thursday on charges of negligent homicide stemming from a fatal accident this summer, according to Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.
Larry Wayne Evans, 26, of Fayetteville, was driving the coal truck on July 21 when it collided with a sport-utility vehicle on W.Va. 61 near Robson. The SUV's driver, Justin Davis, 19, of Oak Hill, eventually died of his injuries. A passenger in the SUV, Adam Sizemore, 19, of Oak Hill, was seriously injured in the wreck.
Although Evans was determined to be at fault in the incident, no charges were immediately filed, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. But sheriff's Detective R.K. Perdue II investigated further after some people complained about Evans' actions just before and after the collision.
ROBSON, W.Va. -- A Fayette County woman is facing embezzlement charges after allegedly stealing money from the Collins Middle School football program.
In August, the football program began selling discount meal cards in an effort to raise funds for the team. At the end of the fundraiser, parent Paula Kay Lilly, 33, of Robson, turned in three checks to the school, instead of the cash collected during the fundraising event, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
When the school attempted to cash they checks, they were drawn against a closed checking account. Lilly allegedly refused to honor the checks and make them good, according to the Sheriff's Department.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A Fayette County man was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot after a domestic dispute among two brothers and their father turned violent.
Around 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Fayette County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute between a father and a son in the Willis Branch Road area of Hopewell. As deputies were en route to the fight, a second call came in saying one individual had armed himself with a shotgun and had shot another person, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Keith Scott Willis, 33, shot his brother, Mark G. Willis, in the foot with a shotgun loaded with birdshot, according to the Sheriff's Department. Both men are from Victor.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A Fayette County couple was in jail Friday, charged with sexually abusing a 7-year-old.
According to Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler, 31-year-old William D. "Rusty" Propps and 26-year-old Starlett Lynn Propps, both of Falls View, were arrested Friday and charged in connection with a sexual assault that took place Wednesday.
William Propps was charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. Starlett Propps was charged with gross child neglect creating the risk of bodily injury.
Sheriff Steve Kessler said deputies belive the Maremma sheepdog was shot inside a fenced-in yard sometime after midnight Monday. The dog appeared to have been shot with a large caliber weapon.
"I want to stress that this dog was inside of a fenced-in yard when it was shot and killed," Kessler said. "Anyone who would do something like this is cruel, cold-hearted and a coward to boot."
Anyone who knows anything about the shooting is asked to call 304-574-4216. Tips may also be left on the sheriff's department Web site, www.fayettesheriffwv.net.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- An Indiana man died Tuesday after apparently jumping off of the New River Gorge Bridge.
Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said authorities got a call about an abandoned car on the bridge at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. Fayette County deputies, park rangers and members of the Fayetteville Fire Department conducted a search and found the body of a 27-year-old New Albany, Ind., man under the bridge.
Police are not yet releasing the man's name. The body was taken to Tyree's Funeral Home in Oak Hill pending an examination by the state medical examiner.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fayette County authorities are looking into the death of a Greenbrier County man who was shot near Springdale on Monday.
Clarence Edward Stroud III, 50, of Rainelle was found Monday evening on property he owns in Fayette County, according to a press release issued by Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.
Authorities believe Stroud had been hunting on the property when he was struck in the chest and face by what appeared to be the blasts of a shotgun.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jeremy Thomas Rinehart will be taken off a ventilator and die.
The 33-year-old Fayette County man was declared brain-dead by doctors at Raleigh General Hospital after going into convulsions en route to Southern Regional Jail on Saturday.
His family wants to know why this happened in police custody -- and just after leaving Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. An autopsy will be performed on him Wednesday, they said Tuesday.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A 33-year-old Fayette County man was in jail Friday charged with dozens of counts of sexual abuse.
Christopher Michael Wilson, of Glen Jean, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, 40 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 10 counts of using a minor to produce obscene matter and two counts of use of obscene matter to seduce a minor, according to a news release issued by Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.
Fayette County deputies were informed of the alleged sexual abuse of three minor children on July 13, according to the news release. The abuse allegedly took place between October 2004 and June 2009. Those involved are now between the ages of 15 and 17.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Fayette County man surrendered to authorities early Thursday after a 4 1/2 hour standoff with police.
Fayette County Sheriff Steve W. Kessler said authorities are not yet releasing the name of the man, who is undergoing psychological evaluation following the incident in the Gatewood Road area. Fayette County sheriff's deputies say criminal charges are expected to be filed within the next few days.