West Virginia News

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 ...

WVU Board begins process to extend President Gee’s contract

The West Virginia University Board of Governors began the process Friday of a state-mandated periodic evaluation of President Gordon Gee, and also set guidelines for a possible renewal of his contract beyond its June 30, 2021 expiration. While the state mandates evaluation of presidents ...

Eastern Panhandle among best for business growth in W.Va.

By BREANNA FRANCIS The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County saw the seventh highest growth in business in West Virginia last year, ranking No. 7 among 55 other counties, with Jefferson and Morgan counties close behind. The business growth analysis conducted by Business ...

Construction of WV’s first gas-fired power plant to start this summer

By CHARLES YOUNG NCWV Media CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Following several years of planning, the developers of a natural-gas-fired power plant planned for a site in Clarksburg’s Montpelier Addition hope to begin construction this summer. The plant will be West Virginia’s first gas-fired ...

Woman charged with neglect after grandson takes her meds

WESTOVER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old grandson home alone while she went out to get food, leaving the unsupervised child to swallow her blood pressure medication. The Dominion Post reports the boy was taken to a hospital last month where he ...