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Two men found dead with gunshot wounds after a truck crash in a Raleigh County church

BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – Raleigh County deputies responded to a reported shooting on Oxley Circle in Beaver at around 2 a.m. Friday night.

When they arrived on the scene, they found a truck crashed into the side of the Beaver First Baptist Church. Inside of the truck were two deceased males, both suffering gunshot wounds. Their identities have not been released as of now.

This investigation is currently ongoing.

If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Raleigh Sheriff’s Office Detectives Bureau at 304-255-9300, your local 911 center, or Crimestoppers if you’d like to remain anonymous.

Newswatch will provide more information as it becomes available.

Guilty: Trump becomes first former U.S. president convicted of felony crimes

Former President Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after a jury found him guilty of all 34 felony counts in his criminal trial at Manhattan Criminal Court, Thursday, May 30, 2024, in New York. (Justin Lane/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump became the first former president to be convicted of felony crimes Thursday as a New York jury found him guilty of falsifying business records in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through hush money payments to a porn actor who said the two had sex.

Jurors deliberated for 9.5 hours over two days before convicting Trump of all 34 counts he faced. Trump sat stone-faced while the verdict was read as cheering from the street below — where supporters and detractors of the former president were gathered — could be heard in the hallway on courthouse’s 15th floor where the decision was revealed.

“This was a rigged, disgraceful trial,” Trump told reporters after leaving the courtroom. “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people. They know what happened, and everyone knows what happened here.”

The verdict is a stunning legal reckoning for Trump and exposes him to potential prison time in the city where his manipulations of the tabloid press helped catapult him from a real estate tycoon to reality television star and ultimately president. As he seeks to reclaim the White House in this year’s election, the judgment presents voters with another test of their willingness to accept Trump’s boundary-breaking behavior.

Trump is expected to quickly appeal the verdict and will face an awkward dynamic as he returns to the campaign trail as a convicted felon. There are no campaign rallies on the calendar for now, though he’s expected to hold fundraisers next week. Judge Juan Merchan set sentencing for July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Republican leaders who remained resolute in their support in the immediate aftermath of the verdict are expected to formally make him their nominee.

The falsifying business records charges carry up to four years behind bars, though prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek imprisonment, and it is not clear whether the judge — who earlier in the trial warned of jail time for gag order violations — would impose that punishment even if asked. The conviction, and even imprisonment, will not bar Trump from continuing his pursuit of the White House.

Trump faces three other felony indictments, but the New York case may be the only one to reach a conclusion before the November election, adding to the significance of the outcome. Though the legal and historical implications of the verdict are readily apparent, the political consequences are less so given its potential to reinforce rather than reshape already-hardened opinions about Trump.

For another candidate in another time, a criminal conviction might doom a presidential run, but Trump’s political career has endured through two impeachmentsallegations of sexual abuse, investigations into everything from potential ties to Russia to plotting to overturn an election, and personally salacious storylines including the emergence of a recording in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitals.

In addition, the general allegations of the case have been known to voters for years and, while tawdry, are widely seen as less grievous than the allegations he faces in three other cases that charge him with subverting American democracy and mishandling national security secrets.

Even so, the verdict is likely to give President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats space to sharpen arguments that Trump is unfit for office, even as it provides fodder for the presumptive Republican nominee to advance his unsupported claims that he is victimized by a criminal justice system he insists is politically motivated against him.

Trump maintained throughout the trial that he had done nothing wrong and that the case should never have been brought, railing against the proceedings from inside the courthouse — where he was joined by a parade of high-profile Republican allies — and racking up fines for violating a gag order with inflammatory out-of-court comments about witnesses.

Republicans showed no sign of loosening their embrace of the party leader, with House Speaker Mike Johnson releasing a statement lamenting what he called “a shameful day in American history.” He called the case “a purely political exercise, not a legal one.”

The first criminal trial of a former American president always presented a unique test of the court system, not only because of Trump’s prominence but also because of his relentless verbal attacks on the foundation of the case and its participants. But the verdict from the 12-person jury marked a repudiation of Trump’s efforts to undermine confidence in the proceedings or to potentially impress the panel with a show of GOP support.

The trial involved charges that Trump falsified business records to cover up hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, the porn actor who said she had sex with the married Trump in 2006.

The $130,000 payment was made by Trump’s former lawyer and personal fixer Michael Cohen to buy Daniels’ silence during the final weeks of the 2016 race in what prosecutors allege was an effort to interfere in the election. When Cohen was reimbursed, the payments were recorded as legal expenses, which prosecutors said was an unlawful attempt to mask the true purpose of the transaction. Trump’s lawyers contend they were legitimate payments for legal services.

Trump has denied the sexual encounter, and his lawyers argued during the trial that his celebrity status, particularly during the 2016 campaign, made him a target for extortion. They’ve said hush money deals to bury negative stories about Trump were motivated by personal considerations such as the impact on his family and brand as a businessman, not political ones. They also sought to undermine the credibility of Cohen, the star prosecution witness who pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges related to the payments, as driven by personal animus toward Trump as well as fame and money.

The trial featured more than four weeks of occasionally riveting testimony that revisited an already well-documented chapter from Trump’s past, when his 2016 campaign was threatened by the disclosure of an “Access Hollywood” recording that captured him talking about grabbing women sexually without their permission and the prospect of other stories about Trump and sex surfacing that would be harmful to his candidacy.

Trump himself did not testify, but jurors heard his voice through a secret recording of a conversation with Cohen in which he and the lawyer discussed a $150,000 hush money deal involving a Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who has said she had an affair with Trump: “What do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?” Trump was heard saying on the recording made by Cohen.

Daniels herself testified, offering at times a graphic recounting of the sexual encounter she says they had in a hotel suite during a Lake Tahoe golf tournament. The former publisher of the National Enquirer, David Pecker, testified about how he worked to keep stories harmful to the Trump campaign from becoming public at all, including by having his company buy McDougal’s story.

Jurors also heard from Keith Davidson, the lawyer who negotiated the hush money payments on behalf of Daniels and McDougal.

He detailed the tense negotiations to get both women compensated for their silence but also faced an aggressive round of questioning from a Trump attorney who noted that Davidson had helped broker similar hush money deals in cases involving other prominent figures.

But the most pivotal witness, by far, was Cohen, who spent days on the stand and gave jurors an insider’s view of the hush money scheme and what he said was Trump’s detailed knowledge of it.

“Just take care of it,” he quoted Trump as saying at one point.

He offered jurors the most direct link between Trump and the heart of the charges, recounting a meeting in which they and the then-chief financial officer of Trump Organization described a plan to have Cohen reimbursed in monthly installments for legal services.

And he emotionally described his dramatic break with Trump in 2018, when he decided to cooperate with prosecutors after a decade-long career as the then-president’s personal fixer.

“To keep the loyalty and to do the things that he had asked me to do, I violated my moral compass, and I suffered the penalty, as has my family,” Cohen told the jury.

The outcome provides a degree of vindication for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who had characterized the case as being about election interference rather than hush money and defended it against criticism from legal experts who called it the weakest of the four prosecutions against Trump.

But it took on added importance not only because it proceeded to trial first but also because it could be the only one of the cases to reach a jury before the election.

The other three cases — local and federal charges in Atlanta and Washington that he conspired to undo the 2020 election, as well as a federal indictment in Florida charging him with illegally hoarding top-secret records — are bogged down by delays or appeals.

Shooting in Beckley leaves one dead – shooter isn’t charged

STANAFORD WV (WOAY) – On May 24, at around 7:20 p.m. the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting on Hoist Road in Stanford.

They found a man inside the building that had been shot.

The victim, 46-year-old Chad Minor, was transported to a hospital but later died.

The resident of the building was identified as the shooter and is cooperating with police. At this time, he is not facing charges.

Police are still investigating the details behind this shooting, and Newswatch will update you when we learn more information.

Missing Glen Jean Teen Could Be Around Oak Hill Area, Police Urge For Help

UPDATE: Gabriel Green has been safely located by Oak Hill Police. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department thanks the public for its help.

FAYETTE COUNTY (WOAY) – The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department needs your help in locating a runaway teenager.

15-year-old Gabriel Green is 5’8″, weighs around 130-pounds with dark hair and brown eyes.

Green was last seen leaving a residence in Mountainair Mobil Home Park in Glen Jean today, around 3:30 p. m on a small blue bike.

He was last seen wearing a grey and blue camo print shirt, blue jeans and a hat.

According to Sheriff Mike Fridley, he allegedly made comments about going to a friend’s house in Oak Hill or to a residence in Richwood, Nicholas County.

Police ask that if you see or know something, contact them at the Fayette County E911 center at 304-574-3590.

Shooting in Beckley leaves one injured and man charged with attempted murder

RALEIGH COUNTY (WOAY) – The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, states that just before 9 a.m. earlier today, April 17th, the sheriff’s office was called to a shooting on Arbor Lane in Lanark.

Shortly after the call, police arrived and were able to apprehend the suspect, Myles Williams of the shooting and provide first aid to the victim of the shooting.

The victim is at a local hospital and police believe they did not receive any life-threatening injuries.

Williams has been charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of wanton endangerment, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, and a felony capias.

A Raleigh county magistrate arraigned him and is on a 135,000 dollar bond in Southern Regional Jail.

Newswatch Anchor Serena Davanzo live outside of Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)-  Workers have been scrambling to put animals into foster homes today after a U-haul truck plowed into the side of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.

Newswatch anchor Serena Davanzo was live on the scene with coverage tonight.

View the Original Story here.

Biden defends record at state of the union, hits Republicans on border security, abortion rights

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Thursday March 7, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, DC (WOAY) – President Biden delivered the 2024 State of the Union address to a divided nation and Congress tonight, speaking for almost an hour and half at length on pressing issues and his vision for America’s future.

He delivered his remarks as his approval rating hovers just below 40% and he faces an almost certain rematch with former President Trump this fall, who himself is facing legal challenge after legal challenge.

In many ways, President Biden’s task was to challenge Congress and the American people to unite and solve the country’s problems.

In his words, he needed to “wake up this Congress and alert the American people that this is no ordinary moment.”

“Not since President Lincoln and the Civil War have freedom and democracy been under assault here at home as they are today,” Biden said. “What makes our moment rare is that freedom and democracy are under attack, both at home and overseas, at the very same time.”

During a lengthy walk-up, he spoke with numerous members of the House, Senate, and his own administration.

One person he spoke to was West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

President Joe Biden, center, arrives to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Thursday, March 7, 2024, in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)

He began his speech by addressing the war in Ukraine and Russia’s aggression, asking Congress to continue to fund war efforts in Ukraine.

He also defended his record on the economy, saying he has slashed inflation and created hundreds of thousands of jobs.

He also proposed a $5,000 credit for new homeowners.

As expected, he criticized House Republicans for their rejection of a bipartisan bill that would have addressed problems at the border.

Without saying him by name, President Biden criticized former President Trump, saying the bill was derailed by him.

“I’m told my predecessor called Republicans in Congress and demanded they block the bill. He feels it would be a political win for me and a political loser for him,” Biden said. “The Border Patrol Union endorsed the bill. The Chamber of Commerce endorsed the bill. I believe that given the opportunity a majority of the House and Senate would endorse it as well.”

He spoke about the murder of Laken Riley, the Augusta University student allegedly murdered a Venezuelan immigrant by deviating from the official speech written ahead of time and referencing a button possibly handed to him by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green and worn by Republicans in attendance.

“Laken Riley, an innocent young woman who was killed by an illegal. That’s right,” Biden said. “But how many thousands of people being killed by illegals? To her parents I say, my heart goes out to you having lost children myself.”

President Joe Biden holds up a Laken Riley button as he delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Thursday March 7, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He also spoke about the overturn of Roe vs Wade directly in front of the Supreme Court Justices who overturned it, saying that he would support its codification if Congress were to pass the necessary legislation.

“America cannot go back. I am here tonight to show the way forward. Because I know how far we’ve come,” Biden said.

He wrapped up the speech by centering on his age, joking that he was used to being told that he was too young, based on his early life experience as a public defender, city councilman, and senator.

Further, he said the real danger are old values still lurking in America.

“My fellow Americans, the issue facing our nation isn’t how old we are, it’s how old our ideas are. Hate, anger, revenge, retribution are among the oldest of ideas. But you can’t lead America with ancient ideas that only take us back,” Biden said. “To lead America, the land of possibilities, you need a vision for the future of what America can and should be. Tonight you’ve heard mine.”

President Joe Biden arrives for the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 7, 2024, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Mike Johnson of La., watch. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Drug trafficking operation busted in Mercer County by multiple agencies

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force has conducted a huge drug bust, netting hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs.

A drug trafficking operation was operating in Mercer County, and police discovered that they were supplying crystal meth, fentanyl, and cocaine in West Virginia and Virginia.

Yesterday the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force joined the West Virginia State Police, DEA, ATF, and FBI to execute eight search warrants.

They were able to take 200 pounds of crystal meth, 21 firearms, and 3.76 ounces of fentanyl.

The ongoing investigation has netted 208 pounds of crystal meth which is worth over 9 million dollars, 10.67 ounces of fentanyl which is worth over 30 thousand, and 3 ounces of cocaine, worth over 8 thousand dollars.

This is still under investigation and Newswatch will keep you updated as we learn more information.

Update: I-77 Now Open Following Tractor Trailer Rollover

EADS MILL, WC (WOAY) – I-77 has reopened following the shutdown after a tractor-trailer rolled over this afternoon.

 

The West Virginia State Police dispatch stated that there were no injuries relating to the wreck.

Traffic was able to move normally again after I-77 reopened around 6:05 pm.

To recap everything, the accident happened in the northbound lane at mile marker 16.5.

According to pictures shared by the East River Volunteer Fire Department, the truck was carrying lengths of pipe.

East River Volunteer Fire Department

According to West Virginia 511, Northbound I-77 was completely shut down. Another traffic camera showed traffic backed up all the way to Princeton.

WV 511 traffic camera at mile marker 14 looking northbound. Captured at 6 p.m.

We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Shooting confirmed at boys’ basketball game in Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, WV (WOAY) – Mercer County Schools are confirming that a shooting took place at a boy’s high school basketball game in Bluefield tonight.

It happened in the parking lot of the Brush Fork Armory after the boys’ basketball game between Bluefield High and Summers County.

Superintendent Edward Toman said in a statement that the incident was not connected to the game, but instead committed by a group of people who “brought their issues to a facility and youth event that should always be safe for all.”

He said the school is heartbroken and outraged, and thanked law enforcement.

“We greatly appreciate our local law enforcement, first responders and administration in their immediate response and willingness to provide help. I am confident justice will be served on the individuals who invoked fear and harm in our community. Please know we will do everything in our power to keep our students, staff, families and fans safe and incidents of this manner will not be tolerated.”

Newswatch has received no official confirmation of injuries. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

West Virginia high school football championships moved to Charleston

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The West Virginia High School Football Championships are leaving Wheeling and coming to Charleston for the next three years.

The championships were held in Wheeling for the last 30 years.

The WVSSAC received four bids from Bluefield, Charleston, Huntington/Morgantown, and Wheeling. In the end, the organization went with Charleston.

The games will be played at Laidley Field.

The agreement between the WVSSAC, Kanawha County Schools, the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Charleston runs for three years, with the option to add a fourth year if all parties agree.

“We are excited with the offer extended by the Charleston community to host the football championships at Laidley Field,” C. David Price, the WVSSAC executive director, said. “The local organizing group is committed to the student and fan experience as well as the financial success of the event.”

Next season is also the first year for football in the state to be divided into four categories.

Beckley Police Searching Missing Teen Girl

(BECKLEY, WOAY TV) – The Beckley Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in the search for a teen.

18-year-old Alexis Wickline was last seen Thursday, February 1st around 9 am leaving Woodrow Wilson High School.

She is 5’7”, 110 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen in a black hoodie and black leggings with a white stripe down both sides.

If you have any information on her whereabouts please, contact the Beckley Police Department at 304-256-1720.

Moore Capito Has Resigned

West Virginia Delegate Moore Capito (R-WV) has officially announced his campaign to serve as the next Governor of West Virginia.

Moore Capito has resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates to focus solely on the race for governor.

Capito represented the 55th district, encompassing Kanawha County.

He made the announcement in Governor Justice’s weekly briefing, saying that it was an honor to be a delegate.

He said that he thinks West Virginians want continued progress and a conservative leader at the helm of the state.

Recent polling by WMOV radio and American Pulse shows Capito trailing Attorney General Patrick Morrisey by fewer than 8 points.

The next closest candidate is Secretary of State Mac Warner, who has captured 14% of the vote in that poll.

Chris Miller earned 10% of the vote, while 23% of people remain undecided.

Latest Update On Explosion At US-Canadian Border

Newswatch has new details about the car explosion that happened on a bridge crossing the US-Canadian border.

Investigators are now saying that the incident began and ended on the American side of the border.

Governor Kathy Hochul is now saying that there is no sign of a terrorist attack.

Details are still emerging on the event, but it happened on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagra Falls. The car exploded at a checkpoint on the American side.

Here’s what we know:

Two people are dead, both were in the car. The border patrol agent in the booth suffered injuries but was saved by the concrete booth.

Now we are learning that the incident began and ended on the American side of the border. Sources are saying a car sped into a border checkpoint and hit a concrete wall.

Earlier this evening, New York Governor Kathy Hochul gave a press conference, saying that the person behind the wheel of that car was a local New Yorker and that the public does not need to worry about an ongoing terrorist attack.

Armed fugitive on the loose in Greenbrier County

Travis Devonte Fernatt

GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s office is looking for an armed fugitive who allegedly shot at deputies and fled during a traffic stop.

The sheriff’s office is looking for Travis Devonte Fernatt, a 25-year-old Black man from Crichton, West Virginia. He is 5’9″ tall, around 175 pounds, and wearing a dark blue hoodie with black pants.

According to the Greenbrier County Sheriff, he is armed and dangerous. Do not approach him, and call the Greenbrier Sheriff’s Office or 911 if you have any information.

The sheriff’s office can be reached at 681-318-3493 or 304-392-6320.

It all started Saturday night at around 11:15 p.m. According to a press release, Deputy S.H. Peacock tried to pull over a pickup truck on Russellville Rd. The truck then fled the scene, and the passenger, Fernatt, began shooting at the police cars.

The chase ended in the Bellburn area, where the driver was caught and arrested by Deputy Peacock and Deputy H. Rodriguez.

Fernatt got away on foot.

Newswatch will keep you updated as we learn more.

Reporting by Serena Davanzo and Micah Leith

Richwood Fire Department looking for old pictures

The Richwood Fire Department needs the public’s help.

The fire department is working on a project, and it needs photos of several previous fire chiefs who served from 1901 to 1946.

The department needs pictures of Chief A.A. Williams, Chief J. H. Watson, Chief J. H. Watson, Chief G. M. Cramer, Chief A. B. Campbell, and Chief Lee Reese.

The department also needs any old photos of the firehouse, equipment, and members.

You can drop the photos off at the station or message the department on Facebook.

Two officers on administrative leave after shooting in Beckley

A man is dead and another is injured after an officer-involved shooting in Beckley last night at the 100 Block of Klaus Street.

One officer was hit by a car during the incident and suffered minor injuries.

According to the Beckley police department, two officers have been placed on administrative leave as the West Virginia State Police and Beckley Police Department Professional Standards Unit investigate.

Newswatch will keep you updated as this story progresses.

New details released after double murder-suicide in Mount Hope

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department has released new information about a double murder-suicide at 366 Legends Highway in the Mount Hope Area last night.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, deputies responded to a call for a shooting with the suspect still on the scene and threatening to shoot themselves or police.

After gaining entry to the home, deputies found three people dead from gunshot wounds.

Authorities believe that Jesse Dech killed James Shrader and Henry Schrader after gaining access to their home. Dech then allegedly committed suicide.

After searching Dech’s home, deputies found materials for building a pressure bomb.

The shooting is still under investigation.

Weather Update: Flooding Hits Mercer, Tazewell Counties

Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): Persistent heavy rain has triggered flash flooding in Bluefield (Mercer County), McDowell and Tazewell County. Flash flooding is expected through at least 3 p.m. today.

Braden Petry’s latest forecast:

Braden’s Memorial Day Forecast – YouTube

Here are the details and timeline:

  • 2.5-3.5″ of rain has triggered flooding in Mercer, Tazewell and McDowell County.
  • Bluestone River at Falls Mills has reached 10.37 feet, exceeding the previous record crest of 8.6 feet during the 1996 flooding in January. Major flooding will occur this afternoon as the river likely reaches 11 feet.
  • Rain will taper to isolated showers this afternoon and end between 7-9 p.m.
  • Rain is expected for the remainder of the region through the afternoon before ending. Isolated flash flooding could occur, best chance south of I-64 and I-77.

 

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

Microscopic view of the monkeypox virus

Washington, DC (A.P.)- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency to strengthen the federal response to the virus, which has infected over 6,600 Americans. There have been no reported deaths due to monkeypox in the U.S. However, according to The Associated Press, several countries that have not historically reported monkeypox cases, including Brazil and Spain, have confirmed deaths due to the virus.

Monkeypox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. The rash can be painful, causing lesions that look like pimples or blisters on several parts of the body.

To reduce the exposure risk, the CDC recommends that individuals practice proper hand washing and avoid contact with people with symptoms that coincide with the virus. For more information on the monkeypox virus, visit CDC.gov.

State of Emergency extended to 8 counties due to heavy rainfall and severe flooding

Charleston, West Virginia (WOAY)- Governor Jim Justice has expanded the State of Emergency to 8 additional counties due to heavy rainfall and severe flooding.

Counties added include:

Harrison

Marion

Marshall

Monongalia

Ohio

Taylor

Tucker

Wetzel

Senator Manchin reaches agreement with Senate Majority Leader on climate and tax bill

West Virginia (WOAY)- Senator Joe Manchin has reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on cutting energy and health care costs, tax reform, and reducing the federal debt. Manchin and Schumer report that the Senate will vote on the legislation next week.

There are specific details about the changes made to the deal that led to the negotiation. Manchin reported the bill is “more modest” than the $3.5 trillion that was initially proposed. Additionally, the bill would help the US lower its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 by allocating funds to climate policies.

Manchin and Schumer state the bill would pay for itself, raising $739 billion over the decade by raising the corporate minimum tax on large companies to 15%. In addition, the tax increase would strengthen the Internal Revenue Services tax enforcement and allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices.

If passed, the legislation would be a major success for the Biden administration and the greatest pro-climate legislation passed by Congress. However, President Biden will need the support of all 50 Democratic senators and Vice President Kamala Harris for the tie-breaking vote to pass through to the Senate and House of Representatives.

 

 

 

 

BREAKING: Murder investigation underway in Summers County

FOREST HILL, WV (WOAY) – An investigation is underway in Summers County after a four-year-old girl is murdered.

On Tuesday, around 8:30 a.m., members of the Hinton Detachment and Summers County Sheriff’s Office responded to Barger Springs Rd. in the Forest Hill area.

Officers found the young victim dead on scene. Investigators determined her parents were responsible.

Rusty and Rebekah Weikle have been charged with first degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, child neglect resulting in death and conspiracy.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

UPDATE: Suspect name released in Raleigh County police shooting

UPDATE (7/8 @ 9 p.m.) – The suspect has been identified as Matthew Scott Jones, 36, of Culpepper, VA. The investigation remains active and ongoing. 


BRADLEY, WV (WOAY) – West Virginia State Police release details about Wednesday’s police shooting in Raleigh County.

Captain R.A. Maddy says on Wednesday at approximately 9:47 a.m., initial calls reported an armed suspect fleeing from a crash scene off Dry Hill Rd. They say the suspect then stole a blue truck and fled in an unknown direction.

A short time later, the suspect was located at Big Lots near the Raleigh Mall in the stolen truck. Police say the suspect refused to stop for officers, and a pursuit ensued leading into Fayette County and back into the Bradley area of Raleigh County.

The pursuit ended when the truck became disabled off Rt. 19 in Bradley.  The suspect exited the vehicle and was engaged by law enforcement.

During a short standoff, the suspect continued to hold the handgun. Police say this resulted in gunfire from the officers, causing the suspect’s death.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

One dead, one injured after weekend shooting at Beckley hotel

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – One person is dead and another person is injured after a shooting at a hotel in Beckley.

On Sunday, May 8 at around 3:45 p.m., Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting at Country Inn and Suites on Harper Rd.

Two gunshot victims were located on the third floor. One died at the scene, the other was transported to a local hospital for gunshot wounds. The victim’s name is being withheld at this time to ensure proper notification of family members.

The West Virginia State Police, State Police Special Response Team, and the Beckley Police Department assisted with the situation.

If you have any information, contact the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (304) 255-9300 or Crimestoppers at (304) 255-STOP (7867).

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