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BREAKING: Suspect arrested after high-speed chase across Fayette and Raleigh Counties

MT. HOPE, WV (WOAY) – A man is arrested after a high-speed chase across Fayette and Raleigh Counties.

Police tell us it began in Glen Jean.  The suspect was first identified going 85 in a 55 mph zone.  He evaded police by going 125 miles on Rt. 19.

The suspect was wanted on multiple charges.  He is being transported to Southern Regional Jail, with more charges likely to follow.

WOAY will continue to monitor this story and update you on the very latest.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Dept. investigating child falling from two-story window

WYOMING COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating after a three-year-old child fell out a window.

Corporal Tyler Sizemore tells us the child fell out the two-story window at their home around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The child was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center.  The injuries sustained are currently unknown.

This is an open and ongoing investigation with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Several crews battling structure fire in Greenbrier County

FRANKFORD, WV (WOAY) – Six fire departments are on the scene of an active structure fire in Frankford.

Greenbrier County dispatchers tell WOAY they were alerted to the fire on the 1600 block of McKeever Road around 8:45 Sunday evening.

The Frankford Fire Department, Renick Fire Department, Lewisburg Fire Department, White Sulphur Fire Department, Fairlea Fire Department, Anthony Creek Fire Department and White Sulfur EMS are all on scene.

Dispatchers say the fire is at a Turkey Barn and there are no confirmed injuries at this time.

Stick with WOAY as more details emerge.

Raleigh County woman indicted for first degree murder of late husband

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A Raleigh County woman is indicted for first degree murder.

39-year-old Natalie Cochran has been charged with first degree murder by a special session of the Raleigh County Grand Jury.

Cochran is accused of the February 2019 premediated murder of her late husband, Michael Cochran.

The years-long investigation was conducted by West Virginia State Police.

First responders on scene of Beckley U-Haul fire

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – First responders are on scene of a structure fire at the U-Haul Building on Ragland Rd. in Beckley.

Raleigh County dispatchers tell us the call came in just before 2:30.  Beckley Fire Department, Beaver Fire Department and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office are on scene.

Beckley-Raleigh County Emergency Services says Ragland Rd. is completely closed at this time.

We do not know if there are any injuries at this time.

WOAY has a crew heading to the scene.  As soon as we find out more information, we’ll be sure to let you know.

UPDATE: Beckley man sentenced in the death of Dwayne Richardson

UPDATE (11/15 @ 9 p.m.) – BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a high school student.

Jeriamyah Fortner, 20, of Beckley, was sentenced in Raleigh County Circuit Court on Monday for his guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Dewayne Marquette Richardson Jr., news outlets reported.

Richardson, a basketball player at Woodrow Wilson High School, was shot once in the chest in May.

Beckley Police had said investigators determined that Fortner had an AR-15 rifle and was handling it recklessly when he inadvertently shot Richardson.


UPDATE (5/5 at 4:30 p.m.) -Beckley PD has sent the following information.

On Sunday, May 2 at 9:24 p.m., officer from the Beckley Police Department were dispatched to a shooting in the 500 Block of Terrill Street.  Officers along with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who were responding to the shooting were flagged down on S. Fayette Street at Truman Avenue by a vehicle whose occupants were transporting the victim to the hospital.  Officers observed the victim, identified as DWAYNE MARQUETTE RICHARDSON JR. suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest area.  EMS immediately began providing life saving measures while transporting the victim to Raleigh General Hospital.  The victim was flown by helicopter to a Charleston Area Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

An investigation conducted by the Beckley Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that the victim had been present at 509 Terrill St. with a group of acquaintances prior to the shooting.  Initial interviews of these individuals provided conflicting information pertaining to both the location of the shooting incident and the circumstances surrounding the victim being shot.  Based on these conflicting statements and physical evidence discovered outside of the residence, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence located at 509 Terrill Street.  During the subsequent search, numerous items of physical evidence were documented and seized for future analysis.

Additional interviews were conducted on May 3 and 4, to include the interview of JERIAMYAH JACOB FORTNER.  As a result of these interviews and the investigative findings; it was determined that FORTNER inadvertently shot RICHARDSON while recklessly handling an AR-15 rifle.  On May 5, 2021 warrants were obtained for FORTNER.

On May 5, 2021 at 3:40 p.m., FORTNER, accompanied by his attorney turned himself in to members of the Beckley Police Department.  FORTNER was processed and then transported to the Southern Regional Jail pending his initial arraignment.”


UPDATE (5/3 at 11:15 a.m.) – Beckley PD has sent out the following information regarding the shooting in Beckley last night.

The Beckley Police Department is investigating the shooting death of an eighteen-year-old male, identified as DWAYNE MARQUETTE RICHARDSON JR. that occurred in Beckley at approximately 9:24 p.m. last night in the 500 Block of Terrill Street.

Officers along with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who were responding to the shooting were flagged down on S. Fayette Street at Truman Avenue by a vehicle whose occupants were transporting the victim to the hospital.

Officers observed the victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest area.

EMS immediately began providing life saving measures while transporting the victim to Raleigh General Hospital.  The victim was flown by helicopter to a Charleston Area Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries

The Beckley Police Department is asking anyone with information on this incident to contact Crime Stoppers of WV via their free P3 Tips app or Detective Cpl. Stewart at 304-256-1708.  Cash rewards will be paid for information leading to an arrest in this incident.


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – An 18-year-old Woodrow Wilson High School student and basketball player was fatally shot on Sunday, May 2.

Beckley Police said the shooting occurred at 9:24 p.m. on the 500 block of Terrill St. near South Fayette St.

According to police, EMS transported the male victim, who suffered a single shot to the chest.  He was transported to Raleigh General Hospital and then to Charleston where he succumbed to his injuries.

There were no other injuries reported. Police say they are currently investigating what led up to the shooting.

Stay with WOAY for further details. 

One man behind bars, one in critical condition after overnight shooting in Beckley

UPDATE (11/15 @ 5 p.m.) – A residence on Quarry St. in an uptown Beckley neighborhood, now the scene of a shooting occurring just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 15.

It involved a domestic dispute between the victim, a 27-year-old male, and the suspect, a 25-year-old male, Kyle Slaughter, who has been identified.

“Just after midnight our officers were dispatched to 109 Quarry St. in reference to a shooting that had just taken place,” says Lt. David Allard of the Beckley PD. “They arrived on scene; they were directed inside of the residence where they located a 27-year-old male that was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. They also located a 25-year-old Kyle Slaughter inside the residence.”

Police say Slaughter and the victim were in an intimate relationship with one another. An argument between the two led to Slaughter using a gun to shoot the victim in the chest.

“As exactly what caused it, we don’t have that information at this time, it’s something we’re trying to determine, we do know that they had been in an argument, they had some quarrels, but we don’t know what actually led to the shooting,” he says.

Upon arrival, officers began taking life-saving measures on the victim who was then transported by Emergency Service Personnel to a local hospital. Slaughter was taken into police custody and is awaiting arraignment. The gun the officers believe Slaughter used has been recovered and will be sent to a lab for further confirmation.

“We called out several officers last night and our crime team to come and process the scene, so we will go through that evidence and see if we need to add any additional charges or if there’s anything else that data uncovers,” says Allard.

The victim remains in critical condition. Slaughter has been charged with Malicious Wounding and two counts of Wanton Endangerment and is waiting in custody at Southern Regional Jail.

We will have more information on the story as it becomes available.


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – One man is behind bars, another in critical condition after an overnight shooting in Beckley.

Just after midnight on Monday, officers from the Beckley Police Department responded to a shooting at a home on Quarry St.

A 27-year-old man had suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.  He was transported to a local hospital.  The victim remains in critical condition.

25-year-old Kyle Slaughter is arrested and charged with malicious wounding and two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Police say Slaughter and the victim were in a relationship, and the incident is a result of a domestic dispute.

Slaughter was transported to Southern Regional Jail, pending his initial appearance before a magistrate.

Roger Topping resigns as Mercer County Health Department Administrator

ROGER TOPPING RESIGNS AS HEALTH ADMIN.

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A county health administrator in West Virginia has resigned after his department mistakenly administered the wrong dosage of Moderna’s COVID-19 booster shot to about 200 people last month.

The Mercer County Health Department’s board accepted administrator Roger Topping’s resignation Tuesday night.

During an Oct. 28 vaccine clinic, full doses of the Moderna booster were given out instead of the recommended half doses, news outlets reported.

Dr. Ayne Amjad, the state’s health officer, said the full dose is not harmful but could cause a stronger side effect in some people.

Topping had said the department did not know half dosages should have been administered.

“We made a mistake,” Topping said. “We erred, and we are owning up to that. We are sorry it happened. But we thought we were doing what we were supposed to do. To my knowledge, we never received a memo that was directing us to use half of the full dose.”

Vaccine clinics operated by the Mercer County Health Department have been stopped temporarily.


PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) The Mercer County Board of Health has reportedly accepted Roger Topping’s resignation.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph is reporting that Topping gave his letter of resignation and  30-day notice, prior to a special meeting Tuesday night. But board member Robb Williams made the motion to accept the resignation, effective immediately, and it passed unanimously.

According to the report, the meeting was called to consider what action, if any, needed to be taken after the health department mistakenly administered the wrong dosage of the COVID Moderna booster shot at a clinic in late October.

Newswatch reported earlier this week that the Mercer County Health Department was temporarily banned from giving booster shots when the state Bureau of Public Health discovered that some residents were given a full dose of Moderna rather than a half dose.

Topping said the department did not know the dosages should have been half, telling the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, “We made a mistake. We erred, and we are owning up to that. We are sorry it happened. But we thought we were doing what we were supposed to do.”

The bureau reportedly sent a team to the health department to evaluate what happened and educate personnel to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In the report, board member Williams said a search will begin immediately for a replacement and he thanked Topping for his service at the health department.

44 Arrests part of Joint Operation

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) The joint operation between law enforcement in Raleigh, Fayette and Mercer counties is called, Operation Invictus.

Forty four people were arrested mostly for alleged drug crimes. Police also finding Heroine, Marijuana, Fentanyl and Meth, as well as 6 firearms.

Officers tell Newswatch, that at least three people taken into custody have been identified as gang members.

Watch for updates on this story right here on WOAY.COM. And a complete report this evening on Newswatch beginning at five

 

 

BREAKING: Raleigh County man charged with Murder

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A Raleigh County man is charged with murder and wanton endangerment.

On Monday, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at 373 Burmeister Ave.

Through their investigation, it was discovered that Joey Dewayne Meadows discharged a firearm twice within the residence striking one person.

Herbert Howerton, Jr. told officers he’d been shot. He was taken to an area hospital, where he later succumbed to his injury.

Joey Meadows is charged with murder and one count of wanton endangerment.

BRIDGE DAY 2021 CANCELLED!!

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Bridge Day 2021 has been CANCELLED!

The Bridge Commission voting unanimously to cancel the longstanding annual one day festival.

Many have been concerned over the risks COVID-19 could impose, as numbers continue to spike in West Virginia.

Businesses are understandably frustrated, but also understand the commission’s decision, says one business owner who wishes to remain anonymous.

Every third Saturday in October, thousands gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia to watch daredevils BASE jump into the Gorge below… perhaps in 2022?

This year, Bridge Day was scheduled for Oct. 16.

Police on the hunt for escapee from Beckley Correctional Center

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- Police are on the hunt for a man who escaped from the Beckley Correctional Center.

Matthew Garth Snyder escaped Tuesday, Sept. 28 and was last seen on the Beckley Bike Trail near Rent-a-Center on Robert C. Byrd Dr. in Beckley.

He was originally wanted for fleeing, malicious assault and grand larceny.

41-year-old Snyder is described as 6’0″, 180 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.  He is non-Hispanic.  He also has a forehead scar, as well as “Alpha and Omega,” “Brandy,” “King Solomon” and tribal tattoos.

If you see him, call the Beckley Correctional Center or local authorities immediately.

Police investigate after skeletal remains are found in Greenbrier County

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ALDERSON, WV (WOAY) – Members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office are currently on scene in a remote wooded area near Alderson/Fort Spring continuing their search for what are believed to be human skeletal remains.

Stick with WOAY for updates on this developing story.

UPDATE: Three dead after plane crash in Lansing

UPDATE (9/27/2021 @9:30am) – The FAA and National Transportation Security Board are back on the scene of a single engine plane crash, this morning. Investigators are looking for anything that might help them piece together what caused the Beechcraft C23 to crash.

Three people were on the plane and all three died in the crash. 38-year old Nick Fletcher, 36-year old Michael Taphouse and 39-year old Wesley Farley were from the Chesapeake, Virginia area.

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UPDATE (9/26 @ 7:10 p.m.) – According to the FAA, the single-engine Beechcraft C23 crashed after departing the New River Gorge Airport in Lansing around 11 a.m. local time.

Three people were aboard.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will release the tail number of the aircraft after investigators verify it at the accident site.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents or incidents.


UPDATE (9/26 @ 7 p.m.) – West Virginia State Police confirm three people are dead after the plane crash in Fayette County.

Captain R.A. Maddy says troopers received a call at about 10 a.m. Sunday morning in reference to a possible plane crash in the Lansing area.

Upon searching the area, the wreckage was located behind a barn on Opossum Creek Rd.

Three deceased males were located inside the plane.  They have been identified as 38-year-old Nick Fletcher, 36-year-old Michael Taphouse and 39–year-old Wesley Farley.

All three men were from the Chesapeake, VA area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Security Board have assumed control of the investigation.


UPDATE (9/26 @ 6:30 p.m.) – The National Transportation Safety Board reports the plane is a ‘Beech C23’ and went down in a wooded area.

There are unconfirmed reports the plane is privately owned and is from out of state.

There is no word yet of any fatalities or injuries.

We will continue to bring you any updates as warranted both on-air and online at WOAY.com.


LANSING, WV (WOAY) – Emergency crews are on scene of a downed aircraft in the Lansing area.

Limited details are available at this time.  However, dispatchers confirm that there is a downed aircraft near Opposum Creek Rd. in Lansing.

The area is secure and blocked off.

Fire, law enforcement, and emergency service crews are on scene.  Federal agencies are on the way to help investigate.

Stick with WOAY for further details on the situation.

BREAKING: Bridge Day still set, but BASE-jumping cancelled!

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Bridge Day is still set for Oct. 16, but BASE-jumping is cancelled.

The Bridge Day Commission met Wednesday afternoon at the Fayetteville Town Hall to discuss this year’s upcoming Bridge Day. It was decided last week that the annual festival would return for 2021, after being canceled the year prior due to COVID-19. The commission voted 4-2 on that decision.

This week’s meeting was meant to go over basic updates and discuss any new changes that would be made to Bridge Day.

The largest change that was made at the meeting was the decision to cancel BASE-jumping at Bridge Day.

The BASE-Jump Coordinator for Bridge Day Marcus Ellison made the call. He says the decision was made largely because of safety reasons.

Injuries from BASE-jumpers are not uncommon during Bridge Day, and Ellison believes the strain on the local hospitals would cause the jumpers to be in a bad situation if any of them were hurt.

“Ultimately the safety and wellbeing of my jumpers is the number one priority,” Ellison said.”

Fayette County Health Department Administrator Teri Harlan attended the meeting, and said the health department believes the region is in or near the peak for COVID-19 cases.

They do not anticipate the strain on medical services to go away any time soon. 

The President of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and Bridge Day Commission Chair Becky Sullivan says that all base-jumpers who had already registered will receive a refund from the Chamber of Commerce.

Sullivan says she believes the decisions made were the right move.

“I am devastated to do this,” Sullivan said. “I don’t like the decisions that are being made, but I know they’re right.” 

Another issue that came up at the meeting was the lack of bus drivers for transportation. The commission says they needed to have 31 drivers to meet the full demand, but they only have 19.

These issues, combined with the COVID-19 concerns and the cancelation of base-jumping, led to some members believing that a revote on Bridge Day would be needed. 

A motion was made to have another vote next week, and a majority of members were in favor of having that revote. 

As of now, that revote on whether Bridge Day will happen is scheduled for the next meeting of the Bridge Day Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

UPDATE: Victim identified in McDowell County shooting

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UPDATE (9/21/2021 @ 3:15 p.m.) – The victim was 33-year-old Marcus Darcell Edwards from Welch.

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office says there are no further updates at this time.

Stay with WOAY for the latest developments.


HAVACO, WV (WOAY) – Police are on the hunt for two suspects in connection with a murder in McDowell County.

Kobe Rashawn Brown is 23-years-old, 6’1″, 168. lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen Sunday, Aug. 19 in the Havaco area.

Raquel Deshowna Adams is 34-years-old, 5’4″, 153 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen Sunday, Aug. 19 in the Havaco area.

McDowell County Sheriff Boomer Muncy tells us officers were dispatched to the Havaco area at 4:30 Monday afternoon.

The name of the victim is being withheld until family is notified.

If you see either Raquel Adams or Kobe Brown, use caution and call police immediately at (304) 436-4106.

Two people charged in 2018 Raleigh County homicide

WHEELING, WV (WOAY) – Two people have been charged in connection with the ongoing 2018 homicide investigation of Trevor Vossen, Lauren “LuLu” Jenkins and her unborn child.

An Ohio County Grand Jury returned an indictment on Gerald Wayne Jako, Jr., 36, and Dana Marie Bowman, 33, both of Wheeling, on three counts of murder and two counts of concealing a deceased human body.

Jako currently is serving a prison sentence on unrelated charges at the Mt. Olive Correctional Complex.  Bowman was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in Wyandot County, OH.  She currently is incarcerated at the Seneca County, OH jail.

Bowman will return to West Virginia after an extradition hearing in Ohio.  Both will be then arraigned in front of an Ohio County circuit court judge at a later time.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective for kids ages 5 to 11

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC) – Data shows the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11, the companies announced Monday morning.

There were 2,268 participants ages 5 to 11 in the trial, which, while it still followed a two-dose regimen, used a lesser dose than the amount given to people ages 12 and older, for the “safety, tolerability and immunogenicity” of younger children.

“In participants 5 to 11 years of age, the vaccine was safe, well-tolerated and showed robust neutralizing antibody responses,” the companies said in a news release.

“These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization of our vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators with urgency,” Bourla said.

Results from two other ongoing trials — one of children ages 2 to 5 and one of children 6 months to 2 years old — are expected as soon as later this year, the companies said.

Pfizer has also received emergency use authorization from the FDA to give a third dose of vaccine to those 12 years of age and older who have been determined to have certain kinds of immunocompromise.

Body ‘consistent with description’ of Gabby Petito found in Bridger-Teton National Forest

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JACKSON, WY (WOAY) – A body of “consistent with the description of” Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman who went missing while on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, was discovered in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

The FBI Denver, the National Park Service and law enforcement made the announcement Sunday evening in Grand Teton National Park.

The Teton County coroner confirmed to ABC News on Sunday afternoon that the agency dispatched resources to a body found in the national forest. No further details were disclosed, including whether the body is that of a man or a woman.

The development came as a search for Brian Laundrie, Petito’s boyfriend, resumed in Florida.

Petito’s parents reported her missing on Sept. 11 after not speaking with her for two weeks.

Laundrie had been named by police as a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance. The 23-year-old Laundrie, who returned home more than two weeks ago without Petito and has refused to speak to police, has not been seen since Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials.

“DO IT FOR BABYDOG” PRIZE WINNERS – SEPT. 16, 2021

UPDATE  WEST VIRGINIA – (WOAY)

Full Ride College Scholarship Winners
Waylon Gilkeson, Rupert
Brenden McCutcheon, Morgantown
Katelyn Roberts, Spurlockville
Caden Staggers, Keyser
[To be announced]

Luxury High-End Sports Car Winner
Aron Sattler, Mount Nebo

Custom Fishing Boat / Pontoon Boat Winner
Hazen Powell, Morgantown

$150,000 Dream Wedding Winner
Nikki Sites, Petersburg

Free Gas for 10 Years Winners
Nathan Flesher, Grafton
Lewis Wood, Hico

Premium ATV / Side-by-Side Winners
Bryan Hall, Vienna
Shannon Ridgeway, Delray

Top-of-the-line Zero Turn Lawn Mower Winners
Shawn Matthews, Maidsville
Virginia Perry, Isaban

WVU Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
Carolyn McCafferty, Moundsville
Carl Miller, Mannington
Stephen Schoenberger, Morgantown

Marshall Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
LeAnne Call, Hurricane
Margaret Lesser, Elkins
Jimmy Tincher, Huntington

Ski Resort Season Passes Winners
Mark Burton, Sutton
Shirley Carter, Ronceverte
Thomas Guire, Mabie
Michael Velin, Morgantown
Wesley Weese, Elkview

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UPDATE – GREENBRIER COUNTY (WOAY) – Waylon Gilkeson, a Custodian at Greenbrier West High School is awarded with a Four Year, Full Ride Scholarship.

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice today announced the winners of more than 20 incredible prizes through his “Do it for Babydog: Round 2” Vaccination Sweepstakes.

Brenden McCutcheon of Morgantown, Katelyn Roberts of Spurlockville, and Caden Staggers of Keyser have each won a full four-year scholarship to any public college or university in the state, including room and board, tuition, and books; a prize valued at over $100,000.

Two additional scholarship winners, as well as winners of a luxury high-end sports car and a prize of free gas for 10 years will be revealed later today.

Today marks the third of six weeks of prize giveaways as part of “Do it for Babydog: Round 2.”

Full Ride College Scholarship Winners
Brenden McCutcheon, Morgantown
Katelyn Roberts, Spurlockville
Caden Staggers, Keyser
[To be announced]
[To be announced]

Luxury High-End Sports Car Winner
[To be announced]

Custom Fishing Boat / Pontoon Boat Winner
Hazen Powell, Morgantown

$150,000 Dream Wedding Winner
Nikki Sites, Petersburg

Free Gas for 10 Years Winners
Nathan Flesher, Grafton
[To be announced]

Premium ATV / Side-by-Side Winners
Bryan Hall, Vienna
Shannon Ridgeway, Delray

Top-of-the-line Zero Turn Lawn Mower Winners
Shawn Matthews, Maidsville
Virginia Perry, Isaban

WVU Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
Carolyn McCafferty, Moundsville
Carl Miller, Mannington
Stephen Schoenberger, Morgantown

Marshall Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
LeAnne Call, Hurricane
Margaret Lesser, Elkins
Jimmy Tincher, Huntington

Ski Resort Season Passes Winners
Mark Burton, Sutton
Shirley Carter, Ronceverte
Thomas Guire, Mabie
Michael Velin, Morgantown
Wesley Weese, Elkview

Nicholas County HS students, staff now required to wear masks

NICHOLAS COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Students and staff will now be required to wear masks at Nicholas County High School starting tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 16.

The news comes because of high COVID quarantine rates at the school.  It will be re-evaluated on Friday, Sept. 17.

U.S. Marshals on the hunt for alleged child molester last seen in Fayette County area

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Have you seen this man? U.S. Marshals are searching for an alleged child molester that has ties to West Virginia and was last seen in the Fayette County area.

The U.S. Marshals of the Southern District of West Virginia, the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (CUFFED) Task Force and the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force are seeking the public’s help in locating alleged child molester Alain L. Forget.

Forget is wanted for the attempted lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor and the delivery of a controlled substances to a minor.

Forget was last known to be driving a 2015 black Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with Florida license plate number HPX138.

If you have information of Forget’s location or direction of travel, call Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Barget at (304) 382-7246 or email the tip line at USMS88TIPS@usdoj.gov.  All tips are kept strictly confidential.

Fate of Bridge Day 2021 to be decided today

UPDATE (WOAY) – Bridge Day 2021 Decision Expected Today!

The Bridge Day Commission meets this afternoon to decide whether to keep the longstanding annual tradition this year or cancel the event. Many are concerned of the risks COVID-19 could impose, as numbers continue to spike in West Virginia.

Area hotels and restaurants are extremely nervous over the possibility that Bridge Day 2021 might be canceled. “Businesses depend on the income this one day event brings into the region,” says one Hotel Manager who wished to remain anonymous. She says, “Not having a Bridge Day will likely put a strain on the area economy.”

Look for the commissions decision when it happens, right here on WOAY.COM and on Newswatch beginning at 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Bridge Day 2021 might be in question.

The Bridge Day Commission is hosting a meeting tomorrow to discuss the final decision on whether or not they’ll hold the longstanding tradition this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

Last year, Bridge Day was canceled due to COVID-19.

WOAY NEWSWATCH will be there covering the meeting and will keep you updated on the very latest.

Mercer County schools to move to remote learning

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Under the guidance of the Mercer County Health Department, Mercer County Schools will move to remote learning beginning, Thursday, Sept. 16-Friday, Sept. 24.
Students will return to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 27. Tomorrow, teachers will ensure students have their devices for remote learning.
If your child is currently quarantined, contact the school to arrange pick up of their device if he or she doesn’t already have it.
Daily meals may be picked up from schools between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week. After that, multi-day meal packs will be available for pick-up. Virtual student meal pack pick up times will remain as previously scheduled.
If a student was absent when devices were given out, please contact the school to arrange for pick-up.
Teachers and staff will report to school as usual.  All sports practices and games are postponed during the remote learning period.

Man arrested for murder/sexual assault of Raleigh County woman

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A man is arrested for the murder and sexual assault of a Raleigh County woman.

Tonya Adkins was reported missing to police last month by her family.

Her remains were found on Wednesday in a wooded area off New River Dr. in Beckley.

Based on investigation, Ronald McClung is charged with the murder and sexual assault of Adkins.

Make sure to stay with WOAY for further updates on this case.

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