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Former corrections officer admits to child porn charge

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A plea hearing was held in Fayette County on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 for a former corrections officer from the Gene Spadaro Detention Center.  Stephen Basham appeared before the Honorable John Hatcher. Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said Basham admitted in open court to using a child to produce obscene material.  He was arrested in January while he was working as a corrections officer at the Spadaro Center in Mount Hope.  Harrah said he feels the senten...

More Than $29 Million to Help Build Synthetic Fuel Plant in Greenbrier County

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 The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has authorized more than $29 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to a company planning to build a synthetic fuel plant. 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Clears Key Hurdle

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The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has cleared another key regulatory hurdle. 

Fayetteville's Small Town Christmas Celebration Announced

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Fayetteville is going all out for the holidays with Fayetteville's Small Town Christmas Celebration. 

Alderson Announces Christmas Parade

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Christmas is coming to the town of Alderson.   Mayor Travis Copenhaver announces Friday, December 1st as the day of the annual Christmas parade.  

TN Based Outreach to Host Christmas Event in Greenbrier County

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Men and Women of Action (MWOA), a global outreach ministry of the Church of God out of Cleveland, TN, is hosting its annual Appalachian Christmas Event next week in Rainelle.

Capito, Manchin, Others Introduce Bipartisan Chesapeake Restoration Legislation

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U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined several colleagues yesterday to introduce the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017.

Four members of Wyoming County family indicted for arson, $500,000 insurance fraud

Four members of Wyoming County family indicted for arson, $500,000 insurance fraud

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WYOMING COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Four members of a prominent Wyoming County family face a 28-count felony indictment alleging insurance fraud after setting two of their own properties on fire, court records show.  Windel Lester, James Edward Lester, Gregory Lester, and Georgetta Lester are all facing felony counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit arson, use of fire to commit wire or mail fraud, unlawful monetary transactions and money laundering.  Windel Les...

Beckley's Christmas Parade Details Announced

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Beckley's annual Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 11 a.m. 

Missing Virginia man arrested for breaking into Beckley police officer's camper

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UPDATE November 17, 2017- A man reported missing in Virginia was arrested for breaking into Beckley Police Officer's camper.

According to a criminal complaint, on November 16, 2017 Corporal McCormick with the Beckley Police Department was asked to check on a man who was reportedly walking in the middle of the road on Ewart Avenue carrying a bible and wearing a bed sheet as a cape.

Cadets Chosen to Highlight the Colors at the Pittsburgh Game

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Cadets Catherine Walls,of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Alyssa Haber of Springfield, Virginia; and Joseph Litzinger, of Warsaw, Virginia, will receive the flags at this week's football game against the University of Pittsburgh. 

UPDATE: Woman with expletive-filled anti-Trump truck decal arrested

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HOUSTON (AP) — The driver of a pickup displaying a profane message to President Donald Trump and his supporters in the Houston area says she won’t remove the decal. Karen Fonseca says she’s been repeatedly stopped by law officers, but that they have no grounds to issue a citation for the sticker that says “F*** Trump and F*** you for voting for him.” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook alongsi...

Alumnus Propels Research with Donation of 16 Motion Capture Suits

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Studying balance and fall prevention, developing more human-like robotic motion, understanding human performance in simulated health care tasks.   These are just a few of the ways Virginia Tech researchers plan to use 16 donated motion capture suits to study body motion and injury prevention, thanks to Jamie Marraccini (electrical engineering '93), founder, CEO, and president of Inertial Labs. 

Bramwell Holiday Tour of "Homes, History and Hospitality"

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The annual Bramwell holiday tour of homes in Mercer County will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017. 

Bluefield inn is a Best of West Virginia Finalist

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A Mercer County business is named as a finalist for best Bed and Breakfast in the WV Living Magazine's upcoming 2017 Best of West Virginia awards. 

Appalachia Service Project Dedicates Eight Additional Homes for Flood Victims in Greenbrier County

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On Monday, November 20, 2017, at 1 p.m. at 117 9th Street in Rainelle, Appalachia Service Project (ASP) will dedicate eight additional homes in their flood recovery efforts in Greenbrier County. 

UPDATE: Wyoming County fatal fire victim identified

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CYCLONE, WV (WVNS)-- The Wyoming County fatal fire victim has been identified.

Family members tell 59 News Virgil Clay died in an early morning house fire on Huff Creek Road. 

UPDATE: Sheriff asking for public's help in Monroe County murder investigation Video included

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Union, WV (WVNS)-- The Monroe County Sheriff is asking for help in reconstructing details in a murder investigation. 

Two lanes of I-77 closed after tractor trailer vs. car accident

Two lanes of I-77 closed after tractor trailer vs. car accident

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MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Two lanes of I-77 are closed after a tractor trailer versus car accident Friday morning.  Dispatchers said the accident happened around 8:40 a.m. at mile marker 20 near the Camp Creek exit. Crews say one Northbound and one Southbound lane is closed at this time.  No injuries were reported but expect traffic delays in the area as crews work to clear the scene. 

Crews are redirecting traffic after an accident

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GLEN JEAN, WV (WVNS) Crews are redirecting traffic after an accident on Route 19 near the Glen Jean intersection in Fayette County on Friday morning.  Oak Hill and Mt. Hope fire departments are on scene along with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. According to 911 dispatchers the southbound lanes are almost completely blocked. No word on injuries at this time.  The call came in around 8:25 a.m. Please avoid this area if possible. Stay with 59 News on air and o...

Mom's unique punishment for 13-year-old son goes viral

Mom's unique punishment for 13-year-old son goes viral

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When Demetris Payne saw a missed call from her son's junior high school, she knew something was wrong. With a sigh, the single mom of four from Shreveport, Louisiana, called back. A school official said her 13-year-old son Jadarien was suspended for three days for talking back to his teacher. She was told to pick him up right away. "Three days seems kind of harsh — why not do in-school suspension?" Payne asked. But since Jadarien had been in trouble once before, the...

Massive fire rips through senior living community, forcing evacuations into the cold

Nursing home fire Nursing home fire
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. – At least 20 people were taken to hospitals as a massive fire ripped through a senior living community in Pennsylvania, reports CBS Philadelphia.  Dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, were forced into the cold night air.  The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Thursday at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia. CBS Philadelphia says authorities believed all the injuries were non-life threateni...

Coroner: Mom dies while trying to clean from son’s overdose

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Officials say a woman may have died after coming into contact with drugs while trying to clean up from her son’s suspected overdose.

VA's quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

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WASHINGTON (AP) - As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's. It's a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.     

Parents warned to remove bulky coats before buckling kids in car seats

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When it comes to keeping your children safe in the car one simple mistake could have deadly consequences.  When traveling in the winter one simple step could save your child's life in an accident.  Leaving a winter coat on your child when buckling them into a car seat can be extremely dangerous.  "As soon as you start to put the child in the car seat take the coat off first then get them set and make sure the harness fits," explained Amy Boggs with West Vir...

Woman arrested for stealing car with 2-year-old in backseat

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A woman is in jail for stealing a car with a toddler in the backseat, according to officials. 

Officer Shot, Intruder Killed, Several Others Shot in Violent Home Invasion in Kanawha County

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - An intruder and a police officer have been shot after a home invasion in Kanawha County. The crime took place on the 600 block of Albert Street in Charleston. According to responders, a police officer was shot. The police officer was not seriously injured as a result of the shooting. An intruder has been shot and is on the ground. It is not clear what the intruder's injuries are at this time. There were three total intruders according to responders. Charle...

New changes coming to downtown Princeton

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Changes will soon be coming to downtown Princeton. On Thursday November 16th members with the Renaissance Project hosted a Community Celebration and Conversation in the Renaissance Theater. One of the big talking points was the naming of the Grassroots District which will run from Bee to 5th Street in downtown Princeton. Members with the Princeton Renaissance Project wanted to give the community the scoop on what has been happening downtown. 

Tazewell County Deputies searching for shoplifting suspect

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Deputies with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department said on Thursday they need the public's help identifying a shoplifting suspect.  

Ohio State suspends 37 fraternities amidst hazing, alcohol investigations

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University has suspended 37 fraternities, according to a Thursday press release. This includes all all social, recruitment and new member activities for Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters. The university says it has been investigating 11 of the 37 chapters since the beginning of the year, mostly for cases involving hazing and alcohol. In an email to IFC presidents, senior director of sorority and fraternity life Ryan Lovell said the n...

Coal Miners save life with help of EMT training Video included

James Phillips (left) pictured with Joey Atkins (right) James Phillips (left) pictured with Joey Atkins (right)
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Coal Miners, James Phillips and Tommy Kenneda, saved the life of their co-worker after he was shocked with over 1,300 volts of electricity. 

Fayette County woman arrested for stabbing ex-husband

UPDATE: Fayette County woman arrested for stabbing ex-husband Video included

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Fayette County Deputies are investigating a stabbing after they say a woman stabbed her ex-husband Thursday morning.

UPDATE: Deputies find stolen car with baby in the backseat

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Police are looking for a vehicle that was stolen with a baby in the backseat. The child is only two years old. According to dispatchers, police are looking for a 2008 Red Hyundai Elantra with four doors. The vehicle was stolen from 5527 MacCorkle Avenue SW in South Charleston. Dispatchers say the West Virginia license plates is NJT-742. No Amber Alert has been issued at this time. We will provide more information on this story as soon as we rec...

Contents, safety sheets posted in Parkersburg warehouse fire

West Virginia environmental and safety authorities have posted online more information on the contents of industrial warehouse that burned for a week in Parkersburg as well as safety data.

Canaan Valley prepares to open ski slopes

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Snow has already fallen in Tucker County and temperatures continue to stay low but not consistent enough for Canaan Valley.   Canaan Valley Resort and Ski Area has been working hard in preparation for ski and snowboard season and is looking forward to having visitors to the snowcapped mountains.  Officials are praying for a good and consistent snowfall this season. “We’re all holding hands and praying for a good winter.  The weather has been a little bit r...

Judge won't impose deadline in gas pipeline suit

A federal judge tells developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline he won't order all landowners in its West Virginia lawsuit to respond by Dec. 4 to motions for summary judgment for rights of way available under federal...

Deputies Grow Support for No Shave November

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Local law enforcement agencies are taking part in no shave November to raise money for local charities. 

Sexual Assault Activists Take A Step Forward In Helping Victims

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It's one of the hardest and most vulnerable times in a person's life. A sexual assault can change a person forever, and on Thursday, November 16, the Mercer County Sexual Assault Team took another step toward helping victims through this kind of traumatic experience. Melissa Smith is the coordinator for the Sexual Assault Response Team, and one of the people working to help victims. "It's very important to us that we stay informed with the most up to date training and get the m...

Safety Tips in Wake of Wintry Mix Forecast Video included

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Wintry mix is already in the forecast for the weekend of November 17, 2017. Drivers both local and out-of-state have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes. "It's alright," said Princeton driver James Clark. "I like winter!" "I like snowy weather when I'm prepared for it," said out-of-state traveler Jane Killion. "But I'll tell you, this breeze is a lot colder than I was anticipating." While drivers may or may not be prepared, the West Vir...

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department to host 'Shop-with-a-cop'

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department will host 'Shop-with-a-cop' this December Wyoming County Sheriff's Department will host 'Shop-with-a-cop' this December
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The Wyoming County Sheriff's Department is launching 'Shop-with-a-cop' this holiday season. The sheriff's department will be taking 40 kids from around the county on a shopping spree that is completely paid for by donations.  Jimmy White, Chief Deputy for the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, said some families in the county have recently seen hard times. This is a way for the sheriff's department to give back to the kids who need it most. "This area is in such an ...

A Local University Helps Students in Their Next Step Post-Graduation

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A college in Mercer County hosted its pre-professional career fair and science visitation day. On Thursday, November 16, Concord University College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Health provided seniors with the opportunity to explore options for post-graduation. They also gave students a chance to showcase their final research projects. Graduate schools such as; WVU, Marshall, University of Charleston are just a few of the many that showed up. This gave students at Concor...

10-story tower in the works for WVU Medicine Children's

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A 10-story tower dedicated to WVU Medicine Children's will be built in the coming years, according to WVU Hospitals.

Public employees objecting to proposed benefits cuts

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A group of teachers, public employees and retirees in West Virginia is objecting to proposed health insurance benefits cuts.

School board president, corrections officer arrested for sexually assaulting inmate

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MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - An official with the Ohio Attorney General's Office tells 13 News that the Meigs Local School Board president has been arrested for sexual assault. According to a criminal complaint, Larry D. Tucker, 55, of Pomeroy, has been charged with 3rd degree sexual assault. Tucker, in addition to being the Meigs Local School Board president, is a corrections officer for the Middleport Jail.  The complaint describes Tucker admitting to sexually assaulting a...

History Comes Alive at Canyon Rim Visitor Center

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Celebrate heritage Thanksgiving weekend with a step back in time at a special living history program at Canyon Rim Visitor Center in New River Gorge National River on November 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Skipper Crew Cadets Put in Hard Work to Maintain Virginia Tech's Football Tradition

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While Hokies are gathering up their tailgate supplies and putting on their lucky game gear, the cadets of Skipper Crew are also packing up black powder charges and other essentials. 

Capito, Manchin Introduce Bill to Strengthen Opioid Safety in VA Choice Program

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U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Andrew White Veterans Community Care Opioid Safety Act, to strengthen opioid therapy safety and pain care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community care programs, including through the VA Choice Program. 

Bluefield College Presents Inaugural Goodness and Light Alumni Award

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Bluefield College recently presented its inaugural Dr. Donna Watson Goodness and Light Alumni Award - a tribute to a pillar of the Teacher Education Program who stepped down from her position as dean of the School of Education in the spring of 2017.  

Deputies: Man arrested for following bus full of children while waving a rifle

Deputies: Man arrested for following bus full of children while waving a rifle

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- An 18-year-old is behind bars after deputies said he followed a school bus with children on board while waving around what appeared to be a rifle. Tyler Scott Conn is charged with wanton endangerment. Deputies said on Wednesday, November 15, around 4:00 p.m. they responded to a bus parked on Peach Tree Road for a brandishing complaint. Three witnesses told officers they saw Conn driving an ATV and following the school bus while waiving what appea...

WV AG Urges Supreme Court to Protect Prayer at Public Meetings

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and a coalition of 22 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings.   The Attorney General's coalition intends to file a brief Wednesday asking the Supreme Court to hear arguments and confirm the constitutionality of the practice. Such a decision would clear confusion among the lower courts and strike down a ruling that impacts West Virg...

Browns tickets on sale for as little as $6

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CLEVELAND, OH (WCMH) – Tickets for this weekend’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars can be had for as little as $6.00. On StubHub, hundreds of tickets are listed at $6.00, with even more listed under $10.00. Most of the really cheap seats are for seats on the upper deck. Lower level sideline tickets can be purchased for as little as $25.00. To put that into perspective, tickets for an OHSAA high school football regional final playoff ga...

Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate

Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate

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HOPKINTON, Mass. — Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates. The Hopkinton Police Department says in a Facebook post Sunday a driver was stopped with a license plate made from a pizza box. The department discourages people from making their own plates. But if he or she does, the department says not to use a cardboard box and felt tip pens. Hopkinton police say the driver is...

Charles Manson hospitalized in California

Charles Manson hospitalized in California

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Mass murderer Charles Manson is back in a Bakersfield hospital, authorities confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Kern County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Smallwood confirms that Manson is at a local hospital but could not say more. In January, Manson, 83, was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. Authorities would would only say it was a serious medical problem. Manson and members of his "family" of followers were convicted of killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other pe...

Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

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Police say a man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape.

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  • Missing Virginia man arrested for breaking into Beckley police officer's camper

    Missing Virginia man arrested for breaking into Beckley police officer's camper

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:09 AM EST2017-11-17 16:09:27 GMT

    UPDATE November 17, 2017- A man reported missing in Virginia was arrested for breaking into Beckley Police Officer's camper.

    According to a criminal complaint, on November 16, 2017 Corporal McCormick with the Beckley Police Department was asked to check on a man who was reportedly walking in the middle of the road on Ewart Avenue carrying a bible and wearing a bed sheet as a cape.

    UPDATE November 17, 2017- A man reported missing in Virginia was arrested for breaking into Beckley Police Officer's camper.

    According to a criminal complaint, on November 16, 2017 Corporal McCormick with the Beckley Police Department was asked to check on a man who was reportedly walking in the middle of the road on Ewart Avenue carrying a bible and wearing a bed sheet as a cape.

  • Safety Tips in Wake of Wintry Mix Forecast

    Safety Tips in Wake of Wintry Mix Forecast

    Thursday, November 16 2017 7:24 PM EST2017-11-17 00:24:08 GMT

    Wintry mix is already in the forecast for the weekend of November 17, 2017. Drivers both local and out-of-state have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes. "It's alright," said Princeton driver James Clark. "I like winter!" "I like snowy weather when I'm prepared for it," said out-of-state traveler Jane Killion. "But I'll tell you, this breeze is a lot colder than I was anticipating." While drivers may or may not be prepared, the West Vir...

    Wintry mix is already in the forecast for the weekend of November 17, 2017. Drivers both local and out-of-state have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes. "It's alright," said Princeton driver James Clark. "I like winter!" "I like snowy weather when I'm prepared for it," said out-of-state traveler Jane Killion. "But I'll tell you, this breeze is a lot colder than I was anticipating." While drivers may or may not be prepared, the West Vir...

  • Deputies: Man arrested for following bus full of children while waving a rifle

    Deputies: Man arrested for following bus full of children while waving a rifle

    Deputies: Man arrested for following bus full of children while waving a rifle

    Thursday, November 16 2017 11:28 AM EST2017-11-16 16:28:26 GMT

    RALEIGH COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- An 18-year-old is behind bars after deputies said he followed a school bus with children on board while waving around what appeared to be a rifle. Tyler Scott Conn is charged with wanton endangerment. Deputies said on Wednesday, November 15, around 4:00 p.m. they responded to a bus parked on Peach Tree Road for a brandishing complaint. Three witnesses told officers they saw Conn driving an ATV and following the school bus while waiving what appea...

    RALEIGH COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- An 18-year-old is behind bars after deputies said he followed a school bus with children on board while waving around what appeared to be a rifle. Tyler Scott Conn is charged with wanton endangerment. Deputies said on Wednesday, November 15, around 4:00 p.m. they responded to a bus parked on Peach Tree Road for a brandishing complaint. Three witnesses told officers they saw Conn driving an ATV and following the school bus while waiving what appea...

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  • Two lanes of I-77 closed after tractor trailer vs. car accident

    Two lanes of I-77 closed after tractor trailer vs. car accident

    Two lanes of I-77 closed after tractor trailer vs. car accident

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:00 AM EST2017-11-17 14:00:10 GMT
    MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Two lanes of I-77 are closed after a tractor trailer versus car accident Friday morning.  Dispatchers said the accident happened around 8:40 a.m. at mile marker 20 near the Camp Creek exit. Crews say one Northbound and one Southbound lane is closed at this time.  No injuries were reported but expect traffic delays in the area as crews work to clear the scene. 
    MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Two lanes of I-77 are closed after a tractor trailer versus car accident Friday morning.  Dispatchers said the accident happened around 8:40 a.m. at mile marker 20 near the Camp Creek exit. Crews say one Northbound and one Southbound lane is closed at this time.  No injuries were reported but expect traffic delays in the area as crews work to clear the scene. 
  • New changes coming to downtown Princeton

    New changes coming to downtown Princeton

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:01 AM EST2017-11-17 05:01:08 GMT

    Changes will soon be coming to downtown Princeton. On Thursday November 16th members with the Renaissance Project hosted a Community Celebration and Conversation in the Renaissance Theater. One of the big talking points was the naming of the Grassroots District which will run from Bee to 5th Street in downtown Princeton. Members with the Princeton Renaissance Project wanted to give the community the scoop on what has been happening downtown. 

    Changes will soon be coming to downtown Princeton. On Thursday November 16th members with the Renaissance Project hosted a Community Celebration and Conversation in the Renaissance Theater. One of the big talking points was the naming of the Grassroots District which will run from Bee to 5th Street in downtown Princeton. Members with the Princeton Renaissance Project wanted to give the community the scoop on what has been happening downtown. 

  • Safety Tips in Wake of Wintry Mix Forecast

    Safety Tips in Wake of Wintry Mix Forecast

    Thursday, November 16 2017 7:24 PM EST2017-11-17 00:24:08 GMT

    Wintry mix is already in the forecast for the weekend of November 17, 2017. Drivers both local and out-of-state have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes. "It's alright," said Princeton driver James Clark. "I like winter!" "I like snowy weather when I'm prepared for it," said out-of-state traveler Jane Killion. "But I'll tell you, this breeze is a lot colder than I was anticipating." While drivers may or may not be prepared, the West Vir...

    Wintry mix is already in the forecast for the weekend of November 17, 2017. Drivers both local and out-of-state have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes. "It's alright," said Princeton driver James Clark. "I like winter!" "I like snowy weather when I'm prepared for it," said out-of-state traveler Jane Killion. "But I'll tell you, this breeze is a lot colder than I was anticipating." While drivers may or may not be prepared, the West Vir...

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  • Local medical students gearing up for mission trip

    Local medical students gearing up for mission trip

    Thursday, November 16 2017 12:30 AM EST2017-11-16 05:30:09 GMT

    Students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine held a fundraiser Wednesday evening, November 15th, to raise money for an upcoming mission trip. Medical students in the Christian Medical Dental Association or CMDA are trying to raise money for their annual mission trip. They will take the trip during their Spring Break and lend a helping hand to Hurricane victims in need.  

    Students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine held a fundraiser Wednesday evening, November 15th, to raise money for an upcoming mission trip. Medical students in the Christian Medical Dental Association or CMDA are trying to raise money for their annual mission trip. They will take the trip during their Spring Break and lend a helping hand to Hurricane victims in need.  

  • Downtown Lewisburg Prepares for a Weekend Filled with Holiday Spirit

    Downtown Lewisburg Prepares for a Weekend Filled with Holiday Spirit

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 9:14 PM EST2017-11-15 02:14:36 GMT

    The Lewisburg Holiday Festival is right around the corner and the downtown area is getting prepared. The annual festival will be a weekend to remember filled with holiday spirit.   

    The Lewisburg Holiday Festival is right around the corner and the downtown area is getting prepared. The annual festival will be a weekend to remember filled with holiday spirit.   

  • Dream Tree for Kids Donates more than 32,000 Gifts

    Dream Tree for Kids Donates more than 32,000 Gifts

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 5:47 PM EST2017-11-14 22:47:01 GMT

    Thousands of gifts have already been wrapped for The Greenbrier's seventh annual Dream Tree for Kids. Every charity has members that travel to The Greenbrier to dedicate time to wrapping these gifts.  

    Thousands of gifts have already been wrapped for The Greenbrier's seventh annual Dream Tree for Kids. Every charity has members that travel to The Greenbrier to dedicate time to wrapping these gifts.  

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  • Former corrections officer admits to child porn charge

    Former corrections officer admits to child porn charge

    Friday, November 17 2017 3:00 PM EST2017-11-17 20:00:03 GMT
    A plea hearing was held in Fayette County on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 for a former corrections officer from the Gene Spadaro Detention Center.  Stephen Basham appeared before the Honorable John Hatcher. Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said Basham admitted in open court to using a child to produce obscene material.  He was arrested in January while he was working as a corrections officer at the Spadaro Center in Mount Hope.  Harrah said he feels the senten...
    A plea hearing was held in Fayette County on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 for a former corrections officer from the Gene Spadaro Detention Center.  Stephen Basham appeared before the Honorable John Hatcher. Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said Basham admitted in open court to using a child to produce obscene material.  He was arrested in January while he was working as a corrections officer at the Spadaro Center in Mount Hope.  Harrah said he feels the senten...
  • Fayette County woman arrested for stabbing ex-husband

    UPDATE: Fayette County woman arrested for stabbing ex-husband

    UPDATE: Fayette County woman arrested for stabbing ex-husband

    Thursday, November 16 2017 10:44 PM EST2017-11-17 03:44:28 GMT

    Fayette County Deputies are investigating a stabbing after they say a woman stabbed her ex-husband Thursday morning.

    Fayette County Deputies are investigating a stabbing after they say a woman stabbed her ex-husband Thursday morning.

  • Deputies Grow Support for No Shave November

    Deputies Grow Support for No Shave November

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:39 PM EST2017-11-17 01:39:27 GMT

    Local law enforcement agencies are taking part in no shave November to raise money for local charities. 

    Local law enforcement agencies are taking part in no shave November to raise money for local charities. 

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  • Wear Blue for Bullying Awareness Day

    Wear Blue for Bullying Awareness Day

    Monday, October 3 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-10-03 20:14:20 GMT
    Oct. 3 is Bullying Awareness Day and people are asked to wear blue to bring attention to the problems which affects communities across the country and around the world.
    Oct. 3 is Bullying Awareness Day and people are asked to wear blue to bring attention to the problems which affects communities across the country and around the world.
  • SLIDESHOW: 2016 State Fair of West Virginia: Traditions You Treasure

    SLIDESHOW: 2016 State Fair of West Virginia: Traditions You Treasure

    Monday, August 15 2016 6:26 PM EDT2016-08-15 22:26:16 GMT
    Check out the pictures of the 2016 State Fair of West Virginia.  These were submitted to us by our viewers.
    Check out the pictures of the 2016 State Fair of West Virginia.  These were submitted to us by our viewers.
  • SLIDESHOW: Thunderstorm in Southern WV on July 8

    SLIDESHOW: Thunderstorm in Southern WV on July 8

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:27 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:27:14 GMT
    Here are pictures sent to us by our viewers of the rain and thunderstorms which left trees downs and thousands without power across southern West Virginia.
    Here are pictures sent to us by our viewers of the rain and thunderstorms which left trees downs and thousands without power across southern West Virginia.

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  • Four members of Wyoming County family indicted for arson, $500,000 insurance fraud

    Four members of Wyoming County family indicted for arson, $500,000 insurance fraud

    Four members of Wyoming County family indicted for arson, $500,000 insurance fraud

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:42 AM EST2017-11-17 16:42:26 GMT
    WYOMING COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Four members of a prominent Wyoming County family face a 28-count felony indictment alleging insurance fraud after setting two of their own properties on fire, court records show.  Windel Lester, James Edward Lester, Gregory Lester, and Georgetta Lester are all facing felony counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit arson, use of fire to commit wire or mail fraud, unlawful monetary transactions and money laundering.  Windel Les...
    WYOMING COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Four members of a prominent Wyoming County family face a 28-count felony indictment alleging insurance fraud after setting two of their own properties on fire, court records show.  Windel Lester, James Edward Lester, Gregory Lester, and Georgetta Lester are all facing felony counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit arson, use of fire to commit wire or mail fraud, unlawful monetary transactions and money laundering.  Windel Les...
  • Coal Miners save life with help of EMT training

    Coal Miners save life with help of EMT training

    Thursday, November 16 2017 10:45 PM EST2017-11-17 03:45:28 GMT
    James Phillips (left) pictured with Joey Atkins (right)James Phillips (left) pictured with Joey Atkins (right)

    Coal Miners, James Phillips and Tommy Kenneda, saved the life of their co-worker after he was shocked with over 1,300 volts of electricity. 

    Coal Miners, James Phillips and Tommy Kenneda, saved the life of their co-worker after he was shocked with over 1,300 volts of electricity. 

  • Officer Shot, Intruder Killed, Several Others Shot in Violent Home Invasion in Kanawha County

    Officer Shot, Intruder Killed, Several Others Shot in Violent Home Invasion in Kanawha County

    Friday, November 17 2017 5:20 AM EST2017-11-17 10:20:05 GMT

    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - An intruder and a police officer have been shot after a home invasion in Kanawha County. The crime took place on the 600 block of Albert Street in Charleston. According to responders, a police officer was shot. The police officer was not seriously injured as a result of the shooting. An intruder has been shot and is on the ground. It is not clear what the intruder's injuries are at this time. There were three total intruders according to responders. Charle...

    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - An intruder and a police officer have been shot after a home invasion in Kanawha County. The crime took place on the 600 block of Albert Street in Charleston. According to responders, a police officer was shot. The police officer was not seriously injured as a result of the shooting. An intruder has been shot and is on the ground. It is not clear what the intruder's injuries are at this time. There were three total intruders according to responders. Charle...

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