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FIRE DAMAGES BUILDING IN MONONGALIA COUNTY

MONONGALIA COUNTY - Crews battled a fire in Monongalia County Saturday morning.

Mecca 911 officials said it happened just before 8 AM on Leplante Road, just off of Halleck Road.

There were no injuries reported, according to 911 officials.

Crews from the Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.


TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH

WORTHINGTON, WV - The Marion County Rescue Squad transported two people to Ruby Memorial Hospital Saturday morning after a vehicle crash.

Marion County 911 officials said it happened around 7:10 AM on Michael Hill Road in Worthington.

Two people were trapped in their vehicle before first responders arrived, according to 911 officials.

Fire departments from Worthington and Monongah responded to the scene.


WOMAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER ACCIDENT

ELKINS - WV - One woman was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital after somehow rolling her car over on the road, Friday morning in Randolph County.
It happened around 8:30 AM along WV Highway 92 North near J.F. Allen. Only one vehicle was involved.
There’s no word yet on the woman’s condition or the cause of the crash.
Elkins Fire Department, Randolph County EMS, and WV State Police responded to the scene.


TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN I-68 ACCIDENT

MORGANTOWN, WV – A Friday night accident on Interstate 68 in Monongalia County shut down a 4 mile section of the road for a number of hours. The Dominion Post reports two people died in the accident.

According to MECCA 911 operators, both east and west bound lanes reopened about 4:00 AM.

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident that happened near the 3 mile marker about 10:30 PM.  Reports indicate one of the vehicles involved was headed the wrong way on the Interstate.

At least two vehicles were reportedly involved in the crash.


MAN DIES AFTER SEVERE BURNS SUFFERED IN BONFIRE ACCIDENT

RAVENSWOOD, WV –The Ravenswood community is in mourning after one of its residents, Jesse Brown, died Friday morning.

Brown had been at Cabell Huntington Hospital since the weekend after being burned in a bonfire accident. On Thursday night, the community held a candlelight vigil for Brown.

Police say Brown was severely burned last week at the bonfire when he poured gasoline on the fire to ignite it more.

Brown graduated from Ravenswood High School last spring, where he played baseball. He is the first cousin of Ravenswood Mayor Michael Ihle.

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A WOMAN WAS KILLED IN TUNNELTON

PRESTON COUNTY, WV – A man wanted after a deadly shooting Thursday night turned himself in to state police.

John Wayne Strawser, of Terra Alta, was wanted for the murder of a woman at a home in Tunnelton, troopers said.

The woman was shot around 11 PM Thursday night, according to information from Preston County emergency officials.

The vehicle Strawser was last seen in was found burned in eastern Preston County overnight.

Troopers, with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, had been covering a search area that included Preston County, north central West Virginia and western Maryland.


WOMAN KILLED IN WYOMING COUNTY CRASH

PINEVILLE, WV — A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday evening in Wyoming County.

Pamela Schomaker, 42, lost control of the vehicle on state Route 10 between Pineville and Oceana about 6:30 PM.

Schomaker died at the scene, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. A passenger in the vehicle was not injured.


ACCIDENT CLOSES I-64

INSTITUTE, WV — A tractor trailer accident in Kanawha County shut down one of the busiest stretches of interstate in the state for more than two hours Friday morning.  The fast lane reopened around 6:30 AM

The rig overturned just before 4 AM in the west bound lanes of I-64 at the Institute exit. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

Traffic was detoured westbound at the MacCorkle Avenue exit in South Charleston.

The truck was hauling canned pineapples.


TWO FLOWN TO RUBY AFTER ROUTE 119 HEAD-ON COLLISION

TATLOR COUNTY, WV - Two people were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital after two vehicles collided head on Thursday morning in Taylor County.

Sheriff Terring Skinner said that just after 6 AM, a Jeep collided with a car US Hwy 119.

Three people - a 28-year-old woman, a 21-year-old man, and an 18-year-old man - were involved.

No word on names or conditions. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

The Grafton Fire Department, Flemington and Taylor County EMS also responded to the scene.


TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS ON I-77 SOUTH

CHARLESTON, WV—A flatbed truck lost its load on Interstate 77 and then overturned.

The crash was reported just before 2 PM in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 near the MacCorkle Avenue exit.

Dispatchers say the truck was hauling steel.

Emergency crews at the scene say when the driver was near the Yeager Bridge, the roll of steel shifted and then fell off the truck. The steel landed on the southbound entrance ramp and then rolled over the hill.

The semi then overturned.

The driver was not hurt.

Traffic was down to one lane in the area while crews cleared the road.

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1 DEAD, 3 INJURED

KINGWOOD, WV – One person is dead and three others injured in a head-on crash along Veterans Memorial Highway in Preston County.

Police said Elizabeth Renshaw, 83, of Kingwood, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Tuesday evening.

The two-vehicle accident involving a pick-up truck and sedan occurred Tuesday evening around 5:00. Elizabeth Renshaw was a passenger in the car being driven by Thomas Renshaw, Jr., 64, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. HealthNet was called in to fly Thomas Renshaw to Ruby Memorial Hospital for injuries he sustained in the accident.

The two people in the pick-up truck were also injured and transported to Preston Memorial Hospital.


MAN FATALLY STABBED OVER FACEBOOK POST

KENOVA, WV – A man was fatally stabbed in Kenova Tuesday morning, likely over a Facebook post and a woman, according to police.

26-year old James Parsons was attacked across the street from his home in the 1800 block of Sycamore Street. Police say that he was the aggressor in the confrontation and the stabbing may have been in self-defense. Parsons later died at a Huntington hospital.

Police Chief Ray Mossman said posting incendiary things on Facebook and other social media can be deadly.

“People really have to be careful what they post on Facebook and what they like,” Mossman said. “You have to be careful what you are putting on other people’s Facebook. It can make people irate.”

Mossman said that Parsons was found on the sidewalk outside the house, having been stabbed one time.

The case is still under investigation, but there have been no charges as of yet. According to Mossman, it was 2015’s first violent death in the town of Kenova.


STATE POLICE SEARCH FOR MAN WHO SHOT GAS COMPANY WORKER

SUMERCO, WV – West Virginia State Police are on the hunt for a man who shot a gas company employee in Lincoln County Monday afternoon.

It happened at around 1:30 PM on Ridgewood Drive near Sumerco.

Mark Miller, 39 of Spurlockville, is believed to be employed by HG Energy LLC on Joe’s Creek in the Sod area, according to police.

Miller said a man dressed in camouflage with black face paint approached him in his truck along a dirt road. The suspect then stuck a gun through Miller’s passenger window and shot him in the left hand.

The suspect fled on foot and Miller than drove back to the office at HG Energy in Yawkey.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Fifteen West Virginia counties are operated by HG Energy. According to their website, the company owns and operates 1,300 oil and gas wells in West Virginia and Ohio.


DRIVER KILLED; PASSENGER CRITICALLY INJURED

GAULEY BRIDGE, WV — A Nicholas County woman was killed in a collision Monday after police said her car sped through an intersection in Fayette County.

State police said the car driven by Tabitha Blankenship, 20, of Swiss, was broadsided as it went through the intersection of state Routes 9 and 16 at a high rate of speed. Blankenship died after the driver-side collision.

A passenger identified as Brian Withrow was in critical condition at Charleston Area Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon. Troopers said neither Blankenship or Withrow was wearing a seat belt.

State police did not release the name of the other driver, who was treated and released from Montgomery General Hospital.

The accident occurred at around 9:15 AM Monday.


ANOTHER CLOSE CALL FOR A DOH CREW

BUCKHANNON, WV — For the second time this spring a state Division of Highways crew had to jump out of the way of a vehicle speeding through a work zone. The latest incident happened Tuesday afternoon in Buckhannon.

Police said a car being driven by William David Workman, Jr., 30, of Buckhannon, went past a flagger on Marion Street and into the work zone where crews were filling potholes in preparation for the upcoming Strawberry Festival. Workers jumped out of the way and Workman slammed the car into a tree.

“He just sped right through the work zone,” state DOH spokesperson Carrie Bly said. “One of our quick-thinking equipment operators actually got a backhoe to kind of wedge him in so he couldn’t leave.”

Police said at least one passenger and Workman took off from the wreckage. Workman didn’t get very far before he was taken into custody. He faces a number of charges including third offense DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license for DUI. Investigators believed Workman was high on synthetic marijuana.

“It’s something that doesn’t need to happen,” Bly said. “For someone to just ignore all of the signs and just go through—-it could have been a much more dangerous situation.”

Bly said it’s been a scary spring for DOH crews. A few weeks ago a separate group of workers had to jump out of the way of a tractor trailer in a Jackson County I-77 work zone.

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ONE HURT IN LATE NIGHT SHOOTING

HUNTINGTON, WV – An early morning shooting led to a person being hospitalized early Tuesday in Huntington.

Cabell County 911 received word of the shooting at 12:26 AM Tuesday in the 1800 block of 9th Avenue.

Initial reports indicated the injured party received a gunshot wound to the foot. That person was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

There were no reports on anyone being arrested or detained.

The Huntington Police Department was investigating.

It marks the city’s fourth shooting in eight days. Prior incidents were described as drug related with uncooperative victims, although police did manage one arrest Wednesday.


TWO BROTHERS RECOVERING AFTER FALLING OFF NEW RIVER CLIFF

GLEN JEAN, WV — Two teenage brothers are recovering after they fell off a cliff while hiking in the New River Gorge National River.

The National Park Service says the 13-year-old and 19-year-old siblings were at an overlook at the end of Long Point Trail when the younger brother fell around 7:35 PM Sunday. The 19-year-old then fell while trying to reach his brother.

The park service says the Fayette County Rope and Rescue Team used a litter to lift the 13-year-old off the cliff and carry him to the trailhead.

Rescuers found the 19-year-old several hundred yards away. He was able to walk with them down to the Kaymoor Trail and then to Fayette Station Road.

The park service says both brothers were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center. Their injuries weren’t known.


MAN KILLED BY TRAIN IDENTIFIED

HUNTINGTON, WV — A homeless man has been identified as the pedestrian who died in the second of two train incidents last week in Huntington.

Police found Kevin Wayne Childers, 46, beneath the 11th car of a CSX train Thursday evening. The incident occurred near 8th Street, according to Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli and a report released Monday.

The state’s Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Childers’ identity. Police then notified his next of kin Monday afternoon, Ciccarelli said. Officers listed his place of residence as the Huntington City Mission.

Huntington Police learned of Childers’ death hours after officers responded to a similar call in the 1800 block of James River Road. Ciccarelli said investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor in both incidents.

The James River Road incident happened about 3:40 AM Thursday. It injured Adam Douglas Preece, 36, of Huntington, according to a Huntington Police incident report released Monday.

Ciccarelli said both incidents serve as a reminder that railroads are private property. The right-of-ways should be considered dangerous. He added anyone trespassing on such property is subject to arrest.

The Federal Railroad Administration lists trespassing along railroad right-of-ways as the leading cause of rail-related deaths nationwide. It estimates about 400 fatalities occur each year.

West Virginia recorded eight railroad fatalities in 2014. Seven of those were considered trespassers, according to the FRA.

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CAR HITS HUNTINGTON HOME

HUNTINGTON, WV – A driver was hurt early Monday when the person’s vehicle struck a house in Huntington. Crews at the scene also reported a tree landed on the vehicle, according to Cabell County 911.

Dispatchers received the call at 2:36 AM Monday in the 1200 block of 9th Avenue.

No injuries were reported within the residence.

The vehicle’s driver was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries, according to Cabell County 911.


WEST VIRGINIA MAN KILLED IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ATV CRASH

BURGETTSTOWN, PA - An 18-year-old West Virginia man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash just across the state line in western Pennsylvania.

Police say Chase Crow was a passenger on an ATV that crashed around 1 PM Sunday in Hanover Township.

Troopers say the crash stopped the Weirton, West Virginia, man’s breathing. Medics performed CPR.

Crow was pronounced dead at Weirton Medical Center at 2:50 PM The hospital is about four miles from the crash site.

Police did not release information on the condition of the ATV driver.

The crash happened about 30 miles west of Pittsburgh.


MOTORCYCLE COLLISION ON US HWY 50

A motorcycle collided with an SUV Monday morning, sending one person to Grafton City Hospital.

At approximately 11:45 AM, a 44-year-old woman was riding a motorcycle on Route 50 near Meadland Road when she hit the side of an SUV in the opposite lane, according to West Virginia State Police.

The Flemington EMS and Flemington Fire Departments responded. The West Virginia State Police will handle the investigation.

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FATAL TRACTOR ACCIDENT IN MARION COUNTY

A Marion County man is dead after an accident at his home.

Larry Vishnick, 67, was in his yard when a large tractor rolled and pinned him underneath, said police. 

It happened on School Street in Baxter just after 12:30 PM, Sunday. 

When EMS arrived on scene, they immediately began administering CPR and were able to resuscitate him.  However, he later died. 


HOME BADLY DAMAGED BY FIRE

GILES, WV—A family is picking up the pieces after a fire damaged their Kanawha County home.

The fire happened in the 6900 block of Cabin Creek Road in Giles at about 1 AM Sunday.

Dispatchers said the fire started in the back of the home and no one was home when it happened.

Both the Cabin Creek and Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire.

The cause has not been determined.

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MONONGALIA COUNTY CRASH

MORGANTOWN, WV – Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies believe speed was a factor in a single-vehicle crash that sent two men to the hospital early Saturday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Chaplin Road and U.S. Route 19 at about 5:45 AM.

Sheriff’s officials say Andrew Mainenti was driving a 2001 Kia Sportage north on U.S. Hwy 19 at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle. The car careened into the grassy median and slammed into a steel traffic light pole.

Mainenti, of Weirton, and his passenger, Bryce Mullins of Follansbee, were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Mainenti is listed in critical condition and Mullins is in stable condition.


ONE PERSON KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT

RACINE, WV—A Kanawha County teen is dead after an overnight crash in Boone County.

The accident happened just after midnight on Lens Creek Road in Racine.

Deputies said Alisha Bentley lost control of her pick-up and crashed into a cliff near the road.

Her passenger, Zachary Davis, 19, died from his injuries.

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NO CHARGES IN SHOOTING OF 11-YEAR-OLD BOY

KINGWOOD, WV — Prosecutors have determined the shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Marion County was a “tragic accident”.

According to Preston County Prosecuting Attorney Mel Snyder, who oversaw the case after Marion County authorities recused themselves from the investigation, there will be no charges filed in the April 09, 2014 shooting.

The boy and his brothers, ages 13 and 8, were playing in the room they shared in their Fairmont home when the 11 year old was shot in the head.

He reportedly largely recovered from the incident with some permanent impairment.

Detectives determined a Ruger LCP pistol, purchased legally by the boys’ father, Ian Ciemania, was kept in the house for self-defense purposes.

During the investigation, the 13-year-old told police the gun accidentally discharged striking his brother.

Snyder indicated there is no basis for criminal charges in the case and the investigation is complete.


WRECK CLOSES I-77 IN CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, WV — Motorists headed into Charleston from the north experienced a major traffic delay on Friday morming.

A tractor trailer overturned just before 4 AM on Interstate 77 near mile marker 103.

The accident was located just north of the Westmoreland Road exit.

All three southbound lanes were closed.

It took several hours for the crews to work to remove the wreckage.


MAN KILLED BY ONCOMING TRAIN

HUNTINGTON, WV — A man was struck and killed by a train on the tracks between Eighth and Ninth streets Thursday night.

Huntington police have not yet identified the victim and are investigating why he was on the tracks.

In an unrelated incident early on Thursday morning, a man was hit by a train underneath the West 17th Street overpass.

The victim was alive when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, but his condition was unknown.

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MAN STRUCK AND KILLED

PARKERSBURG, WV — A Parkersburg man was struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday morning after falling backward into the street.
Police say David Allen Sayres fell backward into a busy Parkersburg Street Wednesday morning.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said David Allen Sayres, 50, of Reed Street, was standing with his back toward the 7th Street and Woodrow Street area at just before 8 AM.

when he fell into westbound traffic. Sayres was struck by a car being driven by a teenage boy on his way to school. He will not be charged according to police.

Chief Martin said alcohol appears to have been a factor in causing Sayres to lose his balance.

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WEBSTER COUNTY SAW MILL FIRE LIKELY DUE TO ELECTRICAL ISSUE

It happened at approximately 7:24 PM, Monday night.

Multiple crews responded to a structure fire at the Jim C. Hamer Saw Mill in Webster County.

The saw mill was fully engulfed, but since, emergency personnel have been clearing the scene.

The Webster Springs Fire Department said last night’s fire at the Hamer Saw Mill likely started due to an electrical issue in the mill’s hydraulic system and took only minutes to spread.

The fire department estimates the fire caused more than half of a million dollars in damage.

An investigation is underway to determine an exact cause.


FATAL ACCIDENT IN WOOD COUNTY

Parkersburg, WV—Deputies and firefighters respond to a deadly car accident in Parkersburg Tuesday. Officials say it happened a little before noon.

A 62-year-old Warrenton, Virginia man was driving west bound on State Route 50 when his Chevy pick-up truck went off the right side of the road into the embankment.

His name is not being released at this time, as investigators are searching for family members, but the single vehicle crash isn’t what turned the situation fatal.

“It appears from what we can see right now it’s probably a medical condition before he left the roadway. We’re not ruling anything out, like I said it’s early in the investigation, but judging from the damage in the side of the vehicle and passenger compartment, he probably didn’t die from any injuries that occurred when he struck the embankment,“ says Captain Mark King, Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver was found dead on the scene and authorities are continuing their investigation. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Eastwood Volunteer Fire, Department of Highways and Public Service officers responded.

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH KILLS LESAGE MAN; COURTHOUSE STAFFER JAILED

HUNTINGTON, WV – A courthouse employee has been charged with driving under the influence following a motorcycle crash Sunday night on WV Hwy 2 in Lesage.

Ronald Steven Carson Jr., director of information technology for Cabell County, was incarcerated at 2 AM Monday. Authorities charged Carson, 46, with driving under influence causing death, according to Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum as well as court and jail records.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas identified the motorcyclist as Justin Ryan Parsons. 25, of Lesage.

Cabell County 911 received word of the crash about 9:45 PM Sunday. Dispatchers report the incident involved a motorcycle and a car. The motorcyclist died at the scene.

Tests at the scene found no alcohol in Carson’s system, although a criminal complaint charges he admitted to taking a prescription pill, Xanax, prior to driving his vehicle.

The criminal complaint further charges Carson pulled out of his driveway, located at 6985 Ohio River Road in Lesage, and crashed into the motorcycle, a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja. Its impacted caused the motorcyclist’s death, according to the complaint.

WV Hwy 2 remained closed for hours as authorities cleared the scene and investigated the crash. It reopened at 12:22 AM Monday, according to Cabell County 911.

The criminal complaint states Carson carried a calm demeanor at the scene, but seemed slow to respond to questions about the incident. He then demonstrated difficulty in completing a series of on-scene sobriety tests.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas said his office would issue a press release about the matter sometime Monday.

Carson was denied bond pending arraignment, according to booking records at the Western Regional Jail.

The Ohio River Road Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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CAR CRASHES INTO HOME IN MONONGALIA COUNTY

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department is investigating how a car somehow crashed into a home on Saturday afternoon.
It happened on Van Voorhis Road in Morgantown.

There’s no word yet on how this happened or if there were any injuries.

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TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN PRESTON COUNTY AFTER LOSING BRAKES

A tractor trailer lost its brakes on Cheat Mountain in Preston County.

The truck, loaded with potting soil, was travelling along U.S. Hwy 50 on Cheat Mountain when it lost its brakes and struck a pickup truck travelling in the opposite direction.

While attempting to negotiate a turn, the tractor trailer overturned.

The passengers of the tractor trailer, Bernard Eccles Jr., age 53, and Denekia Cummings, age 52, both of Detroit, were transported by EMS for evaluation.

The driver of the pickup truck, James Arman, age 21, of Thomas, WV, was also transported by EMS.


TREE FALLS ON CALHOUN COUNTY MAN

A 44-year-old Cahoun County man is suffering from broken leg when a tree fell on him.

The accident happened on Sams Run on Thursday about Noon.

Minnie Hamilton EMS and the Upper West Fork VFD responded to the incident off Beech Road, identified as the Guy Knicely residence.

The man was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.

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NO INJURIES IN TANK FIRE AT WELL PAD IN MARSHALL COUNTY

MOUNDSVILLE, WV - An emergency official says no one was injured when a storage tank fire broke out at a drilling well pad in Marshall County.

Marshall County Emergency Management director Tom Hart says the fire was reported around 4:45 AM Wednesday at Gastar Exploration’s Armstrong pad near the Wetzel County line.

Hart says four to five tanks were burning when firefighters arrived. The fire was extinguished in about an hour and the well pad wasn’t damaged.

Hart didn’t know what the tanks contained.


BOY DIES AFTER FALLING INTO GREASE TANK

ALDERSON, WV — A 2-year-old Greenbrier County boy died after falling into a 1,000-gallon tank used as a dumping place for cooking grease.

The boy’s mother was using a car wash along Riverview Avenue at midday Tuesday when the boy wandered off, said Alderson police Chief Jeremy Bennett. The mother said she was having a brief conservation with a man in the next bay, and when she turned around her son was gone.

“She immediately started looking for the child and then called for police assistance,” Bennett said. “While law enforcement was en route, other people were assisting her looking for her child and two citizens actually found the child in the tank.”

Bennett said CPR was performed on the boy from the time he was pulled from the tank to the time he arrived at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The concrete lid to the tank, which measured 16 x 24 inches, had been removed, Bennett said.

“The sad reality is this tank had no secondary means of locking it. There was nothing saying that anybody couldn’t have opened it, leaving it accessible to the whole world. We think that’s what happened that somebody opened the tank and left it open,” the chief said.

The boy’s candy was found on a two-foot retaining wall surrounding the tank, which sits about 40 feet from the car wash.

Bennett said the tank has been there for about 40 years. At one time it was used for waste water from the car wash but later for what’s left after food preparation. He said Riverside Food Mart is located close by.

Police were continuing the investigation Wednesday.

“I run EMS, fire and police and this is the call you never want to to get,” Bennett said. “You never want to have to deal with a child.”


ONE DEAD AFTER I-79 MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN MARION COUNTY

Gairmont, WV—I-79 North was shut down near mile marker 142 after a motorcycle crash in Marion County.

It happened just before 3 PM Wednesday, according to 911 officials.

A medical examiner was dispatched to the scene, according to 911 officials, along with state police, the Marion County Rescue Squad, and fire departments from Winfield and Pleasant Valley.

Northbound traffic detoured off Exit 139 (Prickett’s Fort).

At the time accident drivers were advised to avoid the area.


HARRISON COUNTY FIRE DESTROYED HOME AND CAR

Good Hope, WV—A Wednesday morning fire destroyed a home and a car in Harrison County.

Crews were called to the scene on Red Fern Road in Good Hope just after 11:00 AM Tuesday morning.

According to fire officials, no one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported.

There has not been any word on what caused the fire.


PEDESTRIAN HIT AT GAS STATION; DRIVER ARRESTED

Parkersburg, WV - One person was sent to the hospital Tuesday night after Parkersburg Police say she was hit by a car.

It happened around 8:20 PM at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Avery and 13th Streets.

Police say 57-year-old Harold Carson, Jr. was putting air into his tires before he backed his 2003 Mazda Protege into the woman.

Officials say 29-year-old Tamika Waters was knocked to the ground.

She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Her injuries are unknown at this time.

Carson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance on the scene.

They say more charges are possible.


ACCIDENT IN BRIDGEPORT SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

Bridgeport, WV—About 7:15 PM on Wednesday a two vehicle collision occurred heading west on US Hwy 50 near the Old Bridgeport Hill/Emily Drive exit.

Two people were transported to United Hospital Center for the injuries they sustained from the collision.

Clarksburg Fire Department, Harrison County EMS, and Clarksburg Police responded. Clarksburg Police is investigating.


ACCIDENT IN BRIDGEPORT INVOLVING 5 VEHICLES

Bridgeport, WV—On Wednesday evening heading west on US Hwy 50 near Emily Drive exit emergency personnel began to assist at the scene of a five vehicle collision.

No one was transported as a result of this accident.

Harrison County 911 dispatchers said that there was heavy traffic in the area while the scene was getting cleared.

Both of the westbound lanes were closed, and one lane was closed on the east bound lane.


I-79 VEHICLE COLLISION IN MARION COUNTY SENDS TWO TO RUBY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Fairmont, WV—After a three vehicle collision with entrapment on I-79 Wednesday one person was flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

The accident happened on Wednesday just before 5 PM near mile marker 136 in the northbound lanes.

Authorities said a Toyota Camry, operated by Hershey Bowers Jr., age 72 from Chambersburg, PA and a Dodge Ram operated by John Hill, age 40 from Homer City, PA, and a dump truck operated by Michael Winkleman, age 54 from Morgantown, WV were in the line of cars due to the fatal motorcycle accident.

The driver of the dodge ram failed to maintain control and collided into the Camry, causing it to strike the rear end of the truck.

Marion County 911 officials said an ambulance also took another person to Ruby.

I-79 was shut down in both directions near the scene, but has since reopened to traffic.

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FIRE TEARS THROUGH BENWOOD CHURCH

BENWOOD, WV — Fire ripped through St. John Catholic Church in Benwood late Monday night.

When fire crews from throughout Marshall County arrived on the scene at shortly after 10 PM they found the building full of smoke and flames with flames shooting into the sky.

“During this holiest of weeks on the Christian calendar, we are terribly saddened by the news of a devastating fire at St. John Church in Benwood,” said Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Bishop Michael Bransfield. ” I have spoken with our pastor there, Fr Bekeh Utetitang, and although he is very shaken, we know that he made it out of the structure and is unharmed..”

“I join the Benwood community at this hour in prayer, and we thank the brave firefighters and first responders who are working so hard to battle this fire at St. John’s. I ask the residents of the Ohio Valley to pray for the residents of Benwood and the people of St John Parish. Let us pray together that nobody is harmed as a result of this tragic fire,” Bransfield said.

There were no injuries in initial reports from the scene.

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ONE MAN DEAD AFTER ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN OHIO COUNTY

WHEELING, WV (MN) – The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fatal car accident Sunday afternoon in Wheeling.

Pat Butler, the Ohio County Sherriff, said a 43-year-old man was killed after a one-vehicle crash happened just after 12 PM on Short Creek Road.

The man’s father was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

Butler said speed may have been a factor in the crash, but it is still under investigation.

The Wheeling Police Department Scene Recreation Team was also on the scene to assist in the accident. The victims’ names have not been released.


MAN FATALLY HIT BY A CAR IN CABELL COUNTY

HUNTINGTON, WV (MN) – A man was killed early Sunday morning after being hit by a car while walking along a road in Cabell County.

Cabell County Sherriff Tom McComas said the man was hit just before 5 AM while walking on Green Valley Road just off of WV Hwy 10 near Huntington.

The victim was already dead when first responders arrived at the scene. After viewing surveillance video in the area, investigators said the man appeared to be walking alone.

The driver stayed on the scene. Dispatchers said no charges will be filed and that the incident remains under investigation. The victim’s name has not been released.


TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN BUCKHANNON, SPILLS LOAD OF PAPER RESIDUE

A tractor trailer overturned in Buckhannon Monday afternoon.

At approximately 2 PM, Donald Layfield, age 62, of Clarksburg, lost control of the truck as he approached the A&O railroad crossing on Sago Road off WV Hwy 20.

The truck’s load, which was paper residue, spilled onto the railroad tracks, according to police.

Layfield sustained no injuries in the accident, and a preliminary investigation revealed a blown tire on the truck.

The West Virginia State Police Buckhannon Attachment, railroad personnel, officials from the West Virginia Public Service Commission, the West Virginia Department of Environment Protection and the West Virginia Department of Highways responded to the incident.

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FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN MONONGALIA COUNTY

A home is Monongalia County is damaged after a fire early Sunday morning.

Crews were on the scene just before 1:00 AM on Ervins Lane, just off of Scott’s Run Road.

Officials believe that an electrical problem is to blame for the cause of the blaze.

There were no reported injuries and the homeowners were able to get many of their personal items out of the house.

Officials said the house suffered severe damage and is expected to be ruled a total loss.

Granville, Star City, Cassville, and Westover fire departments responded to the scene.


PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED IN CABELL COUNTY

Huntington, WV - On Sunday March 29, 2015 around 5 AM Cabell County Sheriffs and Green Valley Fire Department were called out to respond to an incident occurring by Hite-Saunders Elementary near Green Valley.

Cabell county EMS arrived on scene shortly after.

The unknown pedestrian was hit and killed near the elementary school.

No other information has been released at this time.


ONE KILLED IN FATAL ACCIDENT IN WOOD COUNTY

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reported one person was killed in a crash early Saturday morning in Williamstown.

Officials say the one car accident happened around 3:52 AM in the 2100 block of North Oak Grove Road.

Officials say the driver, Joseph S. Urbanek Jr., was heading north bound when he received a text message, causing him to go over the embankment and strike a tree.

Urbanek then walked to a nearby home to alert the homeowner and they walked back to the scene of the crash.

That is when the homeowner noticed the car’s passenger, Shawn M. Wilfong, had been ejected and was pinned between the car and tree.

Wilfong was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center where he later died.

Urbanek is charged with DUI with Reckless Disregard Causing Death.

He is being held in the Wood County Holding Facility on a $75,000 bond.

Abandoned Mine Blows Out Creating Damages and Concerns

Glenville, WV - Responders in Gilmer County were called to the scene of an abandoned mine that blew-out about 3:30 AM Thursday morning, March 26, 2015.

Gilmer County first responders showed up at the intersection of WV Highway 5 and Lynch Run Road, an area between Glenville and Sand Fork.

Officials said the mine face gave way causing water, mud, wood, coal and other debris to flood into the roadway shutting down the highway for a period of time and spilling into the Little Kanawha River.


Officials are trying to figure out what caused the mine to blow, but believe it was a result of melted snow and heavy rain flooding the area.

Gilmer Fire Chief Martin Hess said, “The main thing is no body got hurt. We’ve notified water companies and plants from here to Parkersburg about the situation so they can close their intakes and not take any water in.“

The Division of Highways and the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department cleared the road around 7:00 AM.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Public Health, and Gilmer County PSD have been called to the scene to check for contaminants.

Testing on the water will continue throughout the day.

Glenville Elementary School Evacuates Due to Natural Gas Smell

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All Students, teachers, and staff were force to evacuate the school building on Tuesday afternoon about 2:40 PM due to strong natural gas smell.

Students were evacuated to school buses and sent home.

When the situation was investigated by the gas company, it was discovered that a natural gas line behind the school was left open on purpose.

Unfortunately the company had failed to notify and warn the school before their action.

All students and staff were safe.

Gilmer County first responders were on the scene.

Capital High Principal Charged with Misdemeanor

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The principal at Capital High School has been charged with a misdemeanor crime in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the Charleston school last week.

Principal Clinton Giles allegedly failed to immediately report the alleged crime as is required under state law.

Giles has been named in an information.

Police began investigating the alleged assault last week.

They charged a 17-year-old boy with second degree sexual assault.

The victim was a 15-year-old girl.

The alleged crime happened underneath a stairwell at the school.

Giles previously said he was told by a school counselor about the incident at the end of the day on Monday, January 26, 2015.

It was reported the next day.

The information alleges Giles told assistant principals at the school to hold off reporting the allegation until a surveillance video was viewed the next day.

The information also alleges Giles had contact with school resource officer Robert Brown on the day of the alleged assault but failed to tell him about it.

The next day, according to the information, Giles was told by an assistant principal surveillance video had captured a struggle between the two students.

Giles allegedly told the vice principal not to tell Officer Brown but to wait until Giles himself contacted the county board of education office for additional instructions on how to proceed.

The information also alleges Giles knew of another alleged assault the boy was involved in last year at the school.

Prosecutor Miller scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to discuss “developments” in the case.

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