West Virginia News

Federal grant supports West Virginia drug courts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins says West Virginia has received a $1.4 million federal grant to support the state's drug courts. The Justice Department funding supports existing courts that focus on drug cases and helps expand them to counties that don't have them. Jenkins ...

Man sentenced to 5-25 years in death of infant son

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five to 25 years in prison in the death of his infant son. Media report a judge sentenced Jeremy Shaffer, who did not admit guilt in the case but conceded there was enough evidence for a conviction on charges of child neglect ...

School district apologies for ‘Trump Perry’ sign at game

WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school superintendent has issued an apology after some said they were offended by a banner at a football game that read "Trump Perry." The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reported that Brooke County School Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute ...

Golden rainbow trout special stockings set in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lakes and streams in West Virginia will receive special stockings of golden rainbow trout next year. The Division of Natural Resources says the releases will be held in early April to lead off the spring trout stocking season. The DNR plans to stock only ...

West Virginia House of Delegates member Tony Lewis dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead says Delegate Tony Lewis has died of cancer. The Preston County Republican was 59. Armstead says in a news release that Lewis died Sunday. Lewis was elected to the House of Delegates last November. Before that, he served in ...

West Virginia probe: No criminal violations in teen death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An investigation has found no criminal wrongdoing by workers at a West Virginia residential care facility after a teenager escaped, stole a van and was involved in a fatal crash. The Charleston Gazette-Mail obtained an investigative report by the state Department of ...

Fatal explosions likely caused by chemical reactions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say two explosions that killed three workers at a West Virginia industrial site earlier this year were likely caused by unintended chemical reactions. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said the reactions were caused ...

W. Va. man hiding in attic arrested after floor collapse

RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man thought it was a good idea to hide from police in an attic, but he did not count on the floor collapsing. WCHS-TV reports U.S. Marshals tried to arrest 32-year-old David Pfost at a home in southern West Virginia on Friday for violating his ...

West Virginia hospital announces 40 job cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of West Virginia's largest employers says it will eliminate 40 jobs. WCHS-TV reports the Charleston Area Medical Center will get rid of the positions effective Nov. 4. Company spokesman Dale Witte said most of the positions are nurse practitioners, but also ...

US rig count drops by 1 this week to 935

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935. That's still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas ...

Man arrested following dumpster explosion in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of setting off an explosion that shook a nearby police cruiser. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the 45-year-old was arrested after police saw him toss something into a dumpster before a loud blast erupted and he retreated into his ...

Sessions returns to West Virginia to discuss opioid crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has returned to West Virginia for the second time in four months to discuss efforts to stop the nation's opioid epidemic. At an event Thursday in Charleston, Sessions said it's wrong to assume that drug abuse is a private choice or ...

Name released of man fatally shot by police in West Virginia

WEST MILFORD, W.Va. (AP) — State Police in West Virginia have released the name of an Ohio carjacking suspect who was fatally shot by officers during a weekend manhunt. Sgt. Mark Kiddy tells media outlets that 21-year-old Brian Ziro of Columbus, Ohio, had shot at Harrison County sheriff's ...

Judge tentatively approves revised chemical spill settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has tentatively approved a revised settlement to a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that left up to 300,000 people without tap water for up to nine days. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver on Thursday scheduled a final hearing ...

Disease found in dead deer in 8 West Virginia counties

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Deer in eight West Virginia counties have died from a disease that causes extensive bleeding. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease was confirmed in the deer found in Boone, Brooke, Hancock, Lincoln, ...

West Virginia couple sentenced to life in 3-year-old’s death

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia couple has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of the woman's 3-year-old son. Media outlets report a Cabell County Circuit Court jury found 24-year-old Mariya Ajena Jones and 33-year-old Aaron Brendon Miles guilty Thursday of ...

Woman dies in West Virginia blaze

CRAWLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a woman has died in a fire in West Virginia. According to media, the blaze was reported Thursday afternoon  at a home in Greenbrier County. The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement that the victim was a 77-year-old female. Her name ...

Coopers Rock State Park: More than just a pretty rock face

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — The view of Cheat River Canyon from the overlook may be the most obvious thing casual visitors think of when they hear "Coopers Rock." But the state park is just as popular for activities that aren't as easily seen. Every year, while some of the 250,000 ...

Man accused of fatal machete attack on mother’s boyfriend

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man is accused of killing his mother's boyfriend with a machete. Local news outlets report 30-year-old Matthew Lee Wilson was arrested Sunday night in connection with the death of 60-year-old David Matthew Hill, who owned the house ...

Tourism office tasked with helping tell state’s story

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When "The Glass Castle" premiered in Welch on Aug. 11, part of what it showcased — besides the state of West Virginia — was the behind-the-scenes work of the West Virginia Film Office. "We assisted with scouting locations, working with the city to close ...