West Virginia News

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths ...

Romance writer arrested on drug charges in West Virginia

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have arrested a popular self-published romance writer on drug charges following a traffic stop. The Exponent Telegram reports 28-year-old Kelly Ann Scyoc of Lumberport was charged Wednesday with conspiracy and felony possession with intent to ...

Police chase ends after crash into attorney’s sign

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged after he led police in West Virginia on a chase that ended with him crashing his car into a criminal defense lawyer's sign. WCHS-TV reports say 34-year-old Ernest Alexander has been charged with fleeing from and officer and receiving or ...

One-armed man sues over being handcuffed wrist-to-ankle

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — A one-armed man whose wrist was handcuffed to his ankle has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's department in Clay County, West Virginia. Former state Sen. Randy Schoonover says deputies used excessive force, subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment, and ...

Body of missing teen found, mother’s boyfriend charged

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they've found the body of a missing West Virginia girl and her mother's boyfriend has been arrested. News outlets report Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said during a news conference Thursday that 15-year-old Riley Crossman's decomposed body ...

Students build cabin for W.Va. campground

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald Last Tuesday, ESCAR Construction was the most popular construction company in Nicholas County. The company completed a cabin project at the Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins next to Summersville Lake in April, but it wasn't until Tuesday, during National ...

Man gets life in prison for lighting homeless woman on fire

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A homeless man who lit a homeless West Virginia woman on fire as she slept has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. News outlets report Carl Tramane Magee III was sentenced Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. A jury found him guilty ...

W.Va. Delegate Ray Hollen resigns to take defense job

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia delegate is resigning to work for the U.S. Defense Department. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Republican Ray Hollen resigned his 9th District seat effective Sunday. The seat serves Wirt and Wood counties. Hollen says in a letter to House ...

Researcher seeks funding for fentanyl test strip research

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher is seeking funding to study whether using fentanyl testing strips changes the behavior of drug users. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports fentanyl is powerful opioid that is increasingly involved in drug related deaths. Some harm ...

Schedules show West Virginia governor largely absent in job

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — He's a billionaire who owns mines, farms and the swankiest resort in all of West Virginia. But how Jim Justice spends his time as the state's 36th governor has largely been a mystery. Since he took office a little more than two ...

Warren’s opioids message applauded in hard-hit West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's plan to battle the nation's drug addiction problem drew an enthusiastic response Friday in a small West Virginia community waging its own fight against opioid abuse. Warren outlined her ...

6 Judicial Investigation Commission members replaced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official says a majority of West Virginia's Judicial Investigation Commission has been replaced a year after investigating Supreme Court justices over allegations of judicial ethics violations. Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy told the Charleston ...

West Virginia county declares emergency over road conditions

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia county has declared a state of emergency over poor road conditions. News outlets report Hancock County commissioners made the declaration Thursday in hopes of expediting state money to make improvements. Hancock County Commission President Joe ...

12-year-old reporter gives commencement speech at university

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A 12-year-old reporter who runs a newspaper in Pennsylvania has delivered the commencement address at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media. Hilde Kate Lysiak has run the Orange Street News in since 2014 in Selinsgrove, 150 miles northwest of ...

Elizabeth Warren to host community event in West Virginia

KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting a community meeting Friday at a West Virginia firehouse. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports people can RSVP for the Kermit Fire and Rescue Station "community conversation" on Warren's campaign ...

WVa House appoints new education chair after resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates education committee has a new chairman after its previous leader stepped down because he was having an affair with an intern. News outlets report Monday that Republican Del. Paul Espinosa will be chairing the committee on an ...

Florida man sentenced for W.Va. bank fraud

Florida man sentenced for W.Va. bank fraud WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing personal information from bank customers to make purchases. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Roger Ernesto Ballester Caser of Hialeah, Florida was sentenced ...

83-year-old West Virginia student is commencement speaker

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An 83-year-old student of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will deliver the school's commencement address this week. The university said in a news release that Sharon O'Neill of Parkersburg is the eldest community and technical college graduate since the West ...

Fire kills 2, injures 1; juvenile in custody

DAVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Fire officials say a juvenile is in custody in connection with a blaze that left two people dead at a West Virginia home. Chief Deputy Jason Baltic of the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that fire crews responded to the call ...

Missouri man accused of Trump threat sentenced in W.Va.

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An armed Missouri man accused of threatening President Donald Trump during a traffic stop in West Virginia was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail. Eric Leonardo Charron of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty in Preston County ...