W.Va. News

West Virginia man gets prison for gun, choking officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for illegal gun possession and choking a deputy federal marshal by pulling on his tie. Taurean Amadeus Johnson pleaded guilty to both counts in April. Investigators say they found a ...

World War I exhibit opening in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Uniforms, artillery and weapons from World War I are included in a new exhibit at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Culture Center in Charleston. The exhibit is being unveiled Saturday at the State Capitol Complex. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5 ...

West Virginia Board of Education approves school closures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve all but one of a county's proposed public school closures. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state board approved the Fayette County School Board's proposed closures Wednesday, with the exception of ...

Police: Suspect in home invasion dies after fleeing scene

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a suspect in a home invasion has died of an apparent health issue while being tracked by police. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports two men robbed a home and fled on foot Thursday. The homeowners were taken to the hospital for ...

West Virginia woman found guilty of concealing corpse

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been found guilty of concealing a deceased human body. The Herald-Dispatch reports that 48-year-old Alfreda Steele was sentenced on Thursday to one to five years in prison for concealing 36-year-old Bobby Mitchell's body for days, after he ...

West Virginia man sentenced up to 30 years in fatal shooting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to at most 30 years in prison involving the fatal shooting of his niece's boyfriend. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 61-year-old Keith Wade Jones was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty last month to second-degree ...

US rig count remains unchanged, stays at 952

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. remained unchanged this week, staying at 952. A year ago, just 447 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 765 rigs sought oil and 187 explored for natural gas this ...

FBI: Fugitive lawyer linked to social security fraud spotted

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal agents tracking a fugitive Kentucky lawyer involved in a massive Social Security fraud case released surveillance photos Friday indicating that his escape route took him to New Mexico. The FBI said the weeks-old photos ...

Court upholds $1.23 million fine for Justice coal company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld $1.23 million in civil contempt fines ordered against one of Gov. Jim Justice's family coal companies. The court says it lacks jurisdiction to hear an appeal of the $30,000 daily civil fines intended by Judge Irene Berger to compel ...

A long-awaited West Virginia park officially opens

TALCOTT, W.Va. (AP) — Crowds gathered to watch the grand opening of a long-awaited West Virginia park. News outlets report about 100 celebrants gathered Friday to watch the opening of the John Henry Historical Park in Talcott. The park will feature a John Henry statue, an interactive ...

Charges upgraded for father accused of shaking daughter

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who authorities say shook his 10-month-old daughter to death will face upgraded charges. News outlets report charges against 25-year-old Jacob Lee Richards will be upgraded to child abuse resulting in death. Richards was initially arrested ...

Morgantown landlords to pay $600,000 in sex harassment case

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Justice Department has settled with the owners and former managers of more than 70 rental properties in the Morgantown area, who will pay $600,000 to resolve allegations that a former manager sexually harassed female tenants for a decade. Under the settlement, ...

No body found in search for student prompted by Facebook tip

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (AP) — A search prompted by a Facebook video suggesting the body of a West Virginia college student last seen in 2002 was buried in Ohio has ended with no bodies found, a sheriff said Tuesday. Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a statement that the extensive search ...

Health center in Beckley to get $2M in federal funding

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins says Community Health Systems in Beckley has received more than $2 million to health care services to rural West Virginians. The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. According to Jenkins, the clinic ...

3 appointed to Marshall University Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed three men to four-year terms on the Marshall University Board of Governors. The university announced Tuesday they are R. Woodrow Duba of Daniels, James L. Farley of Cincinnati and Patrick J. Farrell of Huntington. Their ...

West Virginia Business College closes amid legal battle

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Business College has decided to close its doors while in the midst of a legal battle over the school's accreditation. James Weir, the college's general manager, said in an email Monday that declining enrollment for the July 2017 quarter made it ...

Woman sentenced for beating, robbing 81-year-old woman

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who admitted she robbed and brutally attacked her boyfriend's 81-year-old mother has been sentenced in West Virginia. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 41-year-old Angela M. Graham was sentenced Monday to 60 years on a first-degree robbery charge and 3 to ...

Sanders urges West Virginian to oppose GOP health plan

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took the fight against a Republican health care overhaul to a key lawmaker's home state on Sunday, urging West Virginia's GOP senator to resist pressure from any last-minute deal making aimed at rescuing the ...

Huntington police charge 3 with murder after body found

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say three people face murder charges after a man's body was found early Friday in Huntington. The Herald-Dispatch reports that police believe the man was killed about 11 p.m. Thursday. The victim was not immediately identified by authorities. Huntington ...

West Virginia’s Capito in a spot with GOP health care bill

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito, is under pressure from those in her state opposed to Medicaid cuts in the Senate GOP health care bill. West Virginia has one of the country's lowest median ...