CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police have charged three Huntington men with armed robbery.
Joshua Kevin Deel, 24, was arrested Monday for allegedly robbing Java Joe's, 3914 Third Ave., Huntington, at knifepoint Thursday. According to a news release from the State Police, Deel held a knife to the throat of the cashier on duty while robbing the shop.
Two other men, James D. Perry, 25, and David Deel, 28, both also of Huntington, were arrested for being present inside the store and pretending to be customers at the time of the robbery, the release states.
The sex offender registry, which is staffed by a team of nine full-time professionals, has an active list of 3,312 registered sex offenders. However, the real number is closer to 4,000.
There are about 700 registered sex offenders who are incarcerated across the state.
While incarcerated, an offender's name is taken off the list because he is "not a threat to the public," said Terri Swecker, coordinator for the sex offender and child abuse registry. Once he is released, however, his name is added back to the searchable database.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Lincoln County fugitive was in jail Tuesday after allegedly trying to run from police in Kanawha County.
Trooper B.K. Smith, of the State Police's Quincy detachment, spotted a red Mercury with improper license plates heading south on Interstate 77 near Malden at about 3 a.m., said State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
He said Smith tried to stop the car, but the driver fled.
Officials at the West Virginia State Police Academy are reviewing the recommendations in a report commissioned by Gov. Joe Manchin after a student at the academy was knocked unconscious and got a blood clot in his brain during training in April.
"We are moving forward in implementing some of those," State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said. "We constantly update and review the curriculum and confer with the law enforcement subcommittee about training issues and we're taking the recommendations in the report under advisement."
The report suggests are reviewing the entire training curriculum for the academy, altering the baton training -- the activity where the cadet was injured -- and videotaping the training, among other recommendations.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A South Charleston man was arrested Thursday after allegedly fleeing from police and colliding with a school bus in his vehicle.
Bernie Joe Mallory II, 28, was driving near Kanawha State Forest at about 5:30 p.m. when he tried to pass a school bus that had stopped and extended its onboard stop sign, said Sgt. L.G. O'Bryan of the State Police detachment in South Charleston.
Mallory, who was on parole, told troopers he became spooked after spotting a police cruiser. O'Bryan said Mallory hit the school bus, tearing off the stop sign.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two men were in jail on Wednesday following a string of Berkeley County robberies.
Sgt. Eric Burnett of the Martinsburg State Police detachment said armed robbers hit three stores in Falling Waters and Martinsburg on Tuesday, making off with an unknown amount of money. In the last robbery, at the Natural Food Store in Martinsburg, one of the suspects was seen speeding away in a green Jeep Wrangler with Pennsylvania license plates.
Burnett said troopers found the vehicle a short distance away at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, but the vehicle's owner was not to be found. The owner, Troy Vosburg, 36, was spotted a little after midnight near the Berkeley-Jefferson county line.
Trooper R.S. Charlton of the Huntington State Police Detachment went to the Speedway store at 4359 U.S. 60 just past midnight to respond to a report of an armed robbery, according to First Sgt. A.L. Cummings of the Huntington detachment.
The night clerk at the store told Charlton he had been robbed at gunpoint by a black man about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. The man had a thin moustache and a tattoo on his neck behind his right ear. He was holding a silver-colored semiautomatic handgun with black grips.
The man made off with $631 in cash. Witnesses believe he may have fled in a white four-door Buick with Kentucky license plates.
Audie Merle Peters, 48, is charged with three counts of incest, three counts of first-degree sexual assault; three counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian; and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.
State Police arrested Peters Wednesday in Kanawha County after warrants were issued in Lincoln County. According to court papers, the alleged incidents occurred in Lincoln County between 1985 and 1999.
Kanawha County Magistrate Kim Aaron set Peters' bond at $1 million. He is being held at South Central Regional Jail.
Traffic stop yields foot pursuit with wanted felon
On Saturday, December 20, 2008 at approximately 0427 hours, Trooper N. K. Campbell initiated a traffic stop on a green Dodge Intrepid bearing VA registration XTF-7588 for speeding on Interstate 81 in the northbound lane just south of Exit 20 within Berkeley County. Trooper Campbell was provided false information of the driver's identity and learned that her name was actually Marquita Michelle Robinson. She was subsequently arrested for False Information to DPS and placed her in the backseat of his cruiser. The front passenger of the vehicle identified himself as Charles Bishop, but after further conversation he advised that he provided Trooper Campbell a false name, but did not provide his real name.
Shooting Investigation-valiant circle
On Thursday, December 18, 2008 at approximately 2045 hours, Senior Trooper D. S. See received a call for service from State Police Communications in Charles Town regarding a fight in progress with shots fired in the 500 block of Valiant Circle, in the Springer Run Mobile Home Community located off Back Creek Valley Road within Berkeley County. While traveling to this location, Senior Trooper See was advised that two males were engaged in a physical altercation and several shots had been fired. Senior Trooper See was further advised one male subject was believed to be injured possibly suffering a gunshot wound.