CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 are reopened this evening after a tractor-trailer wrecked between Institute and Cross Lanes, Metro 911 dispatchers said.
The truck jack-knifed near the Institute exit, spilling about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and taking out 200 feet of guardrail. No injuries were reported.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Roane County woman died after taking two doses of a synthetic hallucinogenic drug that her husband bought for her thinking it was LSD, according to an affidavit filed in federal court this week.
Todd Anthony Honaker, 35, of Left Hand, was charged with first-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance in the March 1 death of his wife, Renee. Honaker told police he and his wife each took two hits of LSD before she started convulsing and died.
Honaker told police he bought the drug from 32-year-old Chad Michael Renzelman, a chemist at a nuclear power plant in Kennewick, Wash. Renzelman allegedly mailed the drug to Honaker inside an anniversary card with instructions to hold it under his tongue for 30 minutes, likening its effects to "flying."
MASON, W.Va. -- A Mason County man is in jail in connection with two recent robberies in Mason.
On Wednesday, troopers from the Mason County detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrested Mr. Dale Keathley, 26, of Hartford and charged him with armed robbery and burglary, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
The arrest was related to the armed robbery of the TNT Coffee Shop and burglary of a residence, Baylous said.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Pond Gap man was arrested on Thursday after allegedly opening fire on his brother after an argument.
West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers from the Quincy detachment went to a house on Bell Creek Road near Pond Gap at about 11:15 a.m. to respond to a 911 call. They met Timothy Lyons, 61, walking down the road. Baylous said the man told them his brother, Howard Lyons, 67, of Pond Gap, had shot at him with a 9mm handgun.
Baylous said Timothy and Howard Lyons had been arguing over an apple tree. Timothy Lyons was walking away from the fight and was about 50 yards away when his elder brother allegedly pulled the gun and started shooting.
Larry E. Nunnery, 45, of Madison, was charged with allegedly embezzling almost $3,000 from Boone County's fire service fee while acting as assistant chief of the Madison Fire Department, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police.Nunnery was arraigned Thursday and released on a $20,000 surety bond, Baylous said.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Mingo County man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly wounded his son during a fight near Delbarton.
West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers from the Delbarton State Police detachment went to a home in Delbarton on Wednesday to respond to a report of an altercation.
When they got there, they discovered Acie S. Copley, 37, of Delbarton, had allegedly shot his 12-year-old son in the leg.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The trial of a West Virginia teenager charged with the fatal stabbing of her one-time best friend has been rescheduled.
Trial got Shelia Eddy, 18, originally was set for Feb. 11.
Media outlets report that Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges recently rescheduled the trial for Jan. 28.
SALEM, W.Va. -- State officials are holding a grand opening for a men's prison in Salem that formerly was a juvenile facility.
The ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Salem Correctional Center.
The state began transferring inmates to the minimum- to medium-security prison in October. Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1iyyw07 ) that he expects the 388-bed prison to be at full capacity within the next couple of weeks.
One lane of Interstate 77 north was briefly closed Tuesday morning following an accident near the Sharon exit.
A West Virginia Turnpike spokesman said two tractor-trailers and several cars were involved in a wreck near Sharon at about 7:15 a.m. One northbound lane was closed because of the accident. No one was seriously hurt.
SHADY SPRING, W.Va. -- Raleigh County sheriff's deputies have arrested a male student at Shady Spring High School after he allegedly made threatening statements online.
The unidentified student was charged Sunday with making terrorist threats, a felony, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
The juvenile allegedly posted threatening statements and pictures to several social media accounts. He remained in custody Tuesday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police on Tuesday arrested a second suspect in connection with the brass light fixtures stolen from the West Virginia Veterans Memorial.
Bryan Allen LeTart, 37, of Charleston, was charged with grand larceny, transferring and receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
Letart helped Amanda Suzanne Young remove 14 nine-inch brass rings from light fixtures surrounding the memorial sometime before Nov. 18, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The pair allegedly loaded the fixtures into a 1997 Honda Civic.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro police arrested a West Virginia Division of Corrections inmate who did not return to the Charleston Work Release Center on Monday.
John Riblett was arrested at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Corrections Officer Christopher Gillespie said in a news release. He was charged with escape and is being held in Mount Olive Correctional Complex, according to the release.
Gillespie said Riblett left the center at about 8:30 a.m. Monday for a work release furlough and did not return later as required.
GASSAWAY, W.Va. -- Braxton County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in Gassaway late Monday.
A spokesman for the Braxton County Sheriff's Department said the body of an 82-year-old woman was found along the Elk River in Gassaway on Monday night. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.
Authorities are not yet releasing the woman's name.
John Edward Riblett left the center at about 8:30 a.m. for a work release furlough and did not return later as required, Corrections Officer Christopher Gillespie said in a news release. Riblett is described as being about 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing about 195 pounds. He has salt-and-pepper colored hair and green eyes. He has a pronounced stutter when nervous or excited, according to the release.
Police issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Charleston Work Release Center at 304-558-2763.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said a Sissonville man illegally possessed a rifle to hunt and kill a deer on Monday.
Sgt. J. Thaxton stopped 59-year-old Walter Hamrick for allegedly driving without a seat belt, Kanawha County Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release.
Hamrick was wearing a hunting vest and had a rifle in the passenger seat of his truck. He also had antlers from an 8-point deer he killed earlier Monday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County sheriff's deputies are seeking the identity of two men accused of passing stolen checks last month.
Deputies began investigating after stolen checks were allegedly cashed at a 7-Eleven in Elkview last month, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release. Humphreys released store security photos of the men on Monday.
One suspect is wearing a blue West Virginia University sweatshirt with a camouflage coat and the other suspect is wearing a blue coat and red hat, according to the release. Deputies from Jackson County are also working on the case.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County prosecutors on Monday dropped charges against one of two men in connection to a shooting that was allegedly motivated by their friend's murder.
A Kanawha County grand jury indicted Jon Paul Clements, 31, and Robert Jared Smith, 34, with attempted murder, malicious wounding, conspiracy and wanton endangerment in July.
Those charges were dropped against Clements on Monday, said Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper. Clements and Smith were also charged in federal court with being prohibited persons in possession of firearms. The men remain in South Central Regional Jail without bail on Monday. Clements is being held there on the federal charge.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Elkview man was sentenced to at least 76 years in prison Monday for robbing and beating an elderly woman in Pinch earlier this year.
Casey Givens, 22, previously pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and malicious wounding of a person 65 or older.
The incident left Ramona Jones, 74, with a broken collarbone, broken ribs, broken vertebrae and a broken facial bone, as well as two punctured lungs and bleeding in the brain, among other injuries. She will never recover, her family told Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Barbour County man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly hitting a pedestrian in neighboring Randolph County.
Matthew R. Blake, 32, from Junior, was driving a 1985 AMC Eagle along U.S. 219 in Beverly at about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 when he apparently ran off the side of the road and hit a pedestrian who was walking along the roadway, according to West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
Blake fled the scene, but was found a short time later at the Elkins Walmart, Baylous said.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said Trooper C.F. Wingo of the Hamlin detachment went to the Alum Creek Pharmacy on Childress Road a little after 1 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of a breaking and entering. Once there, he discovered that two unknown men driving a silver car had broken into the pharmacy and taken narcotics.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamlin detachment at 304-824-3101 or their nearest State Police detachment.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A shoplifting report at the Nitro Walmart turned into something more serious Monday after the suspect allegedly tried to run from police, hitting several cars and wrecking his vehicle in the process.
Sgt. J.J. Garbin of the Nitro Police Department said Nitro police was heading to the Walmart store at about 11:30 a.m. when he spotted a black Ford Explorer matching the suspect's vehicle description on Goff Mountain Road. Garbin tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Craig Allen Scott, 24, of St. Albans, allegedly fled onto First Avenue toward the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.
Nitro Patrolman E.B. Whitney caught up with Scott near Red Oak Drive, but the Explorer allegedly passed several vehicles in traffic and swerved into Whitney's patrol car, Garbin said. He said the Explorer crossed the bridge, allegedly hitting at least two other cars before slamming into a telephone pole in the parking lot of the Sixth Avenue Go-Mart in St. Albans.
HAMLIN, W.Va. -- The Lincoln County 911 Center says 911 service has been restored for some Armstrong Telephone Services customers in the county.
The center tells media outlets that a 911 outage Monday morning affected telephone numbers with the prefixes 778 and 855. Customers needing emergency services were instructed to call the 911 center's business phone during the outage.
Armstrong has resolved the problem.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two people were hospitalized following an early morning wreck in South Charleston.
Sgt. C.A. Crowder of the South Charleston Police Department said an SUV was driving on MacCorkle Avenue a little before 5:30 a.m. when the driver apparently lost control, swerved into the parking lot of a BP gas station and slammed into the station's metal sign post.
Two people in the vehicle were taken to the hospital, Crowder said. Their names and conditions were not immediately available.
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says hunters found human skeletal remains along the Shenandoah River in Harpers Ferry.
The Herald-Mail reported that hunters made the discovery on Thanksgiving. Sheriff Peter Dougherty believes the remains had been there at least a year.
The remains are being examined at the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. -- Two men helped restrain a purse thief at the Kroger store in Cross Lanes Thursday, police said.
A man took a woman's purse from her shopping cart as she loaded groceries into her car, Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release. The suspect, Richard Jason Palmer, 28, of Nitro, fled on foot from a Kroger employee.
Two men driving by saw the incident and got out of their vehicle to help, according to the release. The men chased Palmer, who dropped the purse, to a nearby parking lot. They held him there until Cpl. Kenneth Gaddy arrived.
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- Buckhannon police want a share of assets seized in a synthetic drugs case.
Federal authorities raided and shut down two stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg called Hot Stuff Cool Things in 2012. Prosecutors say the stores sold bath salts and other synthetic drugs.
The Buckhannon Police Department is asking to be considered to receive a share of the assets. Police Chief Matt Gregory told WBOY-TV his department assisted in the investigation.
The Charleston area got off relatively easy from the first snowstorm of the season, but other areas of the state were hit somewhat harder, emergency officials said Wednesday.
"The roads are in pretty good shape," Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman said Wednesday. "So far, so good."
Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers said six accidents were reported Wednesday morning, including an accident near Edens Fork that sent one person to the hospital. Accidents were also reported on Interstate 79 north near the Clendenin exit and at the Interstate 64/77 split in Charleston.
In 2010, the Charleston Gazette sued the State Police after requests for information about officer misconduct from the State Police and the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety were repeatedly denied. State Police had sought to keep hidden information from its Professional Standards section, which handles internal investigations.
In May 2012, Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey sided with the State Police in keeping that information hidden. The Gazette appealed Bailey's order to the state Supreme Court, which heard arguments in October. State Supreme Court justices unanimously returned Bailey's order on Tuesday.
Tuesday's Supreme Court order returned the case to Bailey, and ordered her to review the disputed documents behind closed doors and determine what information in them is subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two Roane County volunteer firefighters were injured this morning when their fire truck overturned on a rural road.
Delmas Walker, chief of the Gandeeville-Harmony Volunteer Fire Department, said he was driving with another firefighter along Harmony Road at about 7:25 a.m. when he was run off the road by a small car.
Walker said the fire engine ended up on its top in the roadway, "rubber side up and sunny side down."
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Police have released the names of two teenagers killed in a weekend accident in Harrison County.
Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano identified the victims as Locia N. Wiant, 16, of Mount Clare, and Elizabeth R. Brannon, 18, of Clarksburg.
The sheriff said Wiant, a student at South Harrison High School, was driving a car west on W.Va. 57 that tried to pass another car, lost control and collided with an eastbound car.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who robbed a Cross Lanes convenience store at gunpoint late Monday.
Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said a man walked into the 7-Eleven store on Big Tyler Road at about 9:40 p.m., pulled a gun and demanded money. He then made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Deputies are looking for a black male who was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, black shoes and a ski mask.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches and a principal were charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players, the state's attorney general said Monday.
The special grand jury convened in Steubenville had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.
DeWine said the case initially was about the teenagers involved but had become just as much about the adults, including the parents.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Boone County man was shot by his mother-in-law early Sunday morning after forcibly entering her home, the Boone County Sheriff's Office said.
Nathan Amick, 39, had been in an argument with his wife, at the home of her mother, Debbie Thompson, Saturday, police said. Police responded and asked Amick to leave and to not return.
Amick returned to the home around 6 a.m. and was shot in the stomach by Thompson after entering the residence, according to the sheriff's office. Law enforcement was already en route to the scene when Amick was shot.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Boone County man is charged with wanton endangerment after police say he pulled a gun during a fight with his brother. He fired the gun five feet away from his mother, police said.
The incident happened in the 3100 block of Fifth Avenue in Charleston Friday.
Charleston Police say Joshua E. Hawk, 27, of Madison, was in an altercation with his brother, William Hawk, after he threatened his mother, Mary Hawk.
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police said Friday they've arrested 32 people in the southern part of the state for manufacturing methamphetamine in the past month.
Officials announced the arrests during a news conference in Beckley, which they hope will draw attention to what they say is a growing problem in the region.
Sgt. Michael Baylous, West Virginia State Police spokesman, said investigators were tipped off to many of the meth labs through the public and by informants.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston woman sold five brass light fixtures taken from the Veterans Memorial at the Capitol Complex, police said Friday.
Amanda Suzanne Young, 32, was charged with receiving or transferring stolen goods, a felony. Young sold the light fixtures to Capitol Recycling for $2,000 on Monday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Capitol Police Officer M.S. Swecker investigated after the lights fixtures were reported stolen. Capitol Police Director Randy Mayhew said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests would likely follow.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A Raleigh County man sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl and filmed the act, police in Fayette County said.
Isaac Thompson Broyles, 26, of Beckley, was charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault, one count of using a minor to film pornography, 10 counts of distribution of pornography depicting minors and 28 counts of soliciting a minor via computer.
Staff at a child advocacy center in Oak Hill called Fayette County sheriff's deputies in late April about a girl who claimed to have a relationship with a man from Beckley, according to a news release issued by Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Police in Fayette County say four people wrecked a stolen car Friday morning before stealing another vehicle and fleeing from officers.
Christopher Ryan Knight, 23, of Summersville, was taken to CAMC General Hospital for injuries suffered in the wreck, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.
Police arrested Lakin Celestine Clark, 21, of Summersville; Bryon Hatfield, 36, of Mullens; and a 16-year-old boy.
Kanawha County sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals went to a house on Shady Ridge Road near Sissonville on Wednesday looking for Jonathan Joseph Riccio, 35, of Sissonville, sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys said. Riccio was wanted on an outstanding warrant for conspiracy, operating a clandestine lab and two counts of exposing a minor to methamphetamine.
Alisha Amber Fisher, 24, of Sissonville, answered the door, but denied Riccio was at the house, Humphreys said. He said officers knew Fisher was in a relationship with Riccio and had an outstanding warrant on several misdemeanor charges.
Officers detained Fisher and found Riccio in a bedroom, Humphreys said, as well as drug paraphernalia, a rifle and ammunition. Humphreys said Riccio is a convicted felon and is prohibited from having a firearm.
Thirty-three-year-old Paul Silas Jenkins was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.
Jenkins pleaded guilty in August to producing child pornography.
According to court records, Jenkins performed sex acts with a child between the age of 12 and 16 and recorded a video of the acts. The video was copied onto a DVD, which was found inside a rented laptop that Jenkins returned to a business in Pike County, Ky.
State police Cpl. A.S. Reed in Hinton says 38-year-old Linda Combs was arraigned this week on a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
WVVA-TV reports her ex-husband and son were charged last week with first-degree murder in the April 2011 slaying of James "Bo'' Butler of Summers County. His body was found in Wyoming County.
A judge denied bond Monday for 44-year-old Oscar Combs Sr. and 21-year-old Oscar Combs Jr. Investigators said they met Butler in Mercer County with the intention of robbing him.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Police have released the name of a woman who was killed by a train in Shepherdstown.
Shepherdstown police identified the victim as 50-year-old Patricia Bowers-Rayle. She was struck by a Norfolk Southern train Monday night.
Police Chief David Ransom said in a news release that she was from Kentucky and had been in Shepherdstown visiting a relative.
James Robert Bowles alleges that he was fired in November 2011 after raising questions about fire department finances, according to the lawsuit filed by Charleston attorney Mike Clifford.
Bowles was suspended from the department in September 2011. A letter sent to Bowles alleges that Bowles was fired for continuing to talk to other firefighters, showing up at the scene of fires and defaming the fire chief and other firefighters after he was suspended.
However, Clifford says Bowles was really fired for accusing former Smithers Fire Chief Timothy Whittington of using department funds for personal use.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man was arrested this morning after allegedly trying to steal a car in Cabin Creek.
Deputies went to Giles Hollow Road about 4:15 a.m. after Jason Beverly Jr. reported detaining a man he said was trying to steal his car, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Earlier, according to Humphreys, Matthew Aaron Martin, 21, of Charleston, had asked a friend in Cabin Creek if he could stay at his house. During the night, Martin allegedly drove off in the man's 1991 Ford F-150 pickup truck with the family's PlayStation game system.
PRINCETON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia father and his son have been denied bond on first-degree murder charges in what investigators call the execution-style shooting of another man.
The Beckley Register-Herald reported that a Mercer County Circuit Court judge denied bond Monday for Oscar Combs Sr., 44, and Oscar Combs Jr., 21.
The Combses are charged in the April 2011 slaying of James "Bo" Butler, 55, of Summers County. His body was found weeks later in Wyoming County. The Combses were charged last week.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Albans police are trying to piece together what led up to a late night stabbing on Monday.
Capt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department said officers went to a house in the 2700 block of Forrestal Avenue at about 11 p.m. to investigate a report of a stabbing. Once there, they met with Douglas Wilson, 57, of St. Albans, who identified Jameson Edwards as his attacker.
Edwards, 26, of St. Albans, had been found with blood on his face a block away, Agee said. He was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment.
The man reported his Buick Lucerne stolen at about 5 a.m., said Cpl. Brian Humphreys in a news release. The vehicle had the OnStar security system activated, which tracked it to Virginia Street. A sheriff's deputy found it abandoned there just before 6 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Rand man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Monday in the shooting death of a lifelong friend in February.
Moments before his trial was set to begin, Tremale Leon Straughter, 29, admitted to shooting Harold Donovan "Don Don" Taylor at least 25 times with an AK-47.
Straughter faces life in prison on the murder charge when he is sentenced Jan. 10. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to speak at Straughter's sentencing as to whether he should be eligible for parole. Prosecutors also dropped three charges of wanton endangerment against him.
Sixty-year-old Eddie Jack Washington's trial starts Monday in Marion County Circuit Court on three first-degree murder counts and a conspiracy count.
He's accused of killing 20-year-old Lester Phillips, 19-year-old Wanda Jane Phillips and 27-year-old Billy Ray Cobb at Windmill Park.
Washington was arrested in February in Tampa, Fla., where he'd been living for more than a decade.