W.Va. News

Ethane storage seen as key to revitalization of Appalachia

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Plans are underway in Appalachia to create two underground facilities to store ethane, a byproduct of natural gas drilling seen as integral to revitalizing a region still struggling from the loss of industrial and manufacturing jobs decades ...

Case of paralyzing polio-like illness is found in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed a case of a polio-like illness that can cause paralyzing symptoms and prove fatal. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports this is the first confirmed case in the state this year and only the ...

Official accused of harassing trans student gets job back

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student won an appeal to get his job back Monday. The Harrison County Board of Education voted to reinstate Lee Livengood after voting unanimously last month not to renew his contract at the end ...

Calls for official accused of domestic violence to be fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates are calling for the ouster of a state official recently charged with battery against his ex-wife at her Florida home. Several delegates on Monday issued a statement demanding that Division of Natural Resources ...

WVa woman cited after loaded gun detected at airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been cited after a loaded handgun was detected in a bag at an airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Saturday at Charleston's Yeager Airport. The statement says the woman ...

Man who admitted using meth sentenced in fatal WVa wreck

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who admitted using methamphetamine before causing a fatal accident has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. News outlets report 50-year-old Timothy Wayne Carper of Charleston was sentenced Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit ...

Ex-WVa security guard admits firearms theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has admitted stealing firearms and ammunition. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell says in a news release 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg pleaded guilty in federal court to one count each of ...

WVa man gets prison for lying about Iran shipment

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying about a shipment that went to Iran. Seventy-two-year-old Darus Zehrbach of Westover was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Clarksburg for making a false statement to a federal ...

WVa police officer accused of stalking is released from jail

BETHLEHEM, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer accused of stalking an underage girl has posted bail and been released from custody. News outlets report 29-year-old Bethlehem police Officer Daniel Eastham was arrested last week and released from custody Tuesday. He's not allowed near ...

Lawsuit after 2 casinos couldn’t take March Madness bets

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A casino operator is suing a tech company after a contract dispute shuttered its sports betting platform at two West Virginia casinos ahead of the NCAA Tournament. A Friday news release from Delaware North says it's filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages against ...

Project to extend Coalfields Expressway underway

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a long-awaited project to extend the Coalfields Expressway is underway. News outlets report Gov. Jim Justice and others officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Raleigh County on Thursday for the project, which has been years in the ...

Gas company, state agree to deal for environmental problems

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A gas company has agreed to a $124,030 deal with West Virginia regulators for environmental violations in Doddridge and Wetzel counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources and the West Virginia Department of Environmental ...

Fatal crash on wet road kills man, teenage girl

HOMER CITY, Pa. (AP) — State police say a Pennsylvania man and a teenage girl from West Virginia were killed in a crash on a wet western Pennsylvania road that also injured two other people. Police in Indiana County say a westbound vehicle lost control on a wet roadway and crossed the center ...

Man writes memoir on journey from West Indies to W.Va.

By ROXY TODD and RUSS BARBOUR, West Virginia Public Broadcasting CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A memoir called "I Am a Dirty Immigrant" is the story of one man's journey from the West Indies to West Virginia. Anderson Charles grew up in a tightly knit community in Grenada, and in 1986, moved to ...

Researchers: Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in W.Va.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University researchers say fentanyl deaths are up 122 percent in the state. The college released the results of a study into the powerful synthetic opioid Tuesday. Analysts looked at all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 to 2017. They ...

Unknown soldier killed in Korean War identified as W.Va. man

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War has been identified nearly 70 years after being buried as an unknown person. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that Army Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson of Dawson, West Virginia, has been identified. The group says ...

West Virginia National Guardsman dies in training exercise

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — A West Virginia National Guardsman has died in military parachute training exercise at the Suffolk Executive Airport in Virginia. The West Virginia National Guard issued a release about the Wednesday death that said a related press conference is scheduled for ...

Police: ‘High-level’ drug dealer arrested in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a large supplier of drugs has been arrested in Huntington and charged with five felonies. Huntington police on Wednesday announced the arrest of Tyson Davis, labeling him a "high-level target." Officers found more than 100 grams of ...

Correction officer charged in plan to smuggle meth into jail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia correctional officer has been charged in a scheme to smuggle meth into a jail. WCHS-TV reports Wednesday that John Roach II has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Citing court documents, the station says Roach ...