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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).

Suspect still on the run after Raleigh County shooting

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A suspect is on the run after a shooting in Raleigh County on Thursday.

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office deputies and WVSP troopers responded to the shooting at 117 Port Lane in the Maple Fork Rd. area.

A victim was brought to Raleigh General Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Through the course of the investigation, one person was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing, and the suspect is still being sought by law enforcement,

If you have any information, call the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 255-9300 of Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-STOP (7867).

BREAKING: Bluefield murder suspects located and taken into custody

BLUEFIELD, WV (WOAY) – The two suspects wanted in connection to a murder in Bluefield have been located and taken into custody.

According to Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark Waggamon, Nichole Brooks and Isis Wallace were taken into custody on Wednesday night around 9 p.m. in Dover, DE.

Brooks, 43, and Wallace, 22, are alleged to have fired multiple rounds into a car near the intersection of Rt. 460 and Cumberland Rd. in Bluefield last Wednesday.

A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the back seat with a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to CAMC General in Charleston and later died from her injuries.

BREAKING: Fayette County juvenile identified for posting social media threats

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – A Fayette County juvenile has been identified for posting threats on social media concerning Oak Hill High and Oak Hill Middle Schools.
According to Sheriff Mike Fridley, the person was identified by the Detectives of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, with major assistance from the Oak Hill and Mount Hope Police Departments.
This matter will now be submitted to Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Ciliberti to determine appropriate criminal charges.
If anyone has information about pending violence or threats to occur at school or knows of a potentially dangerous situation like this, they are encouraged to tell staff at the school or call local law enforcement.
If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 574-3590, or through Facebook. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at (304) 255-STOP.

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin announces military operation in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine, claiming it’s intended to protect civilians.

In a televised address, Putin said the action comes in response to threats coming from Ukraine. He added that Russia doesn’t have a goal to occupy Ukraine. Putin said the responsibility for bloodshed lies with the Ukrainian “regime.”

Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences they have never seen.”

He accused the U.S. and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demand to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and offer Moscow security guarantees.

He said the Russian military operation aims to ensure a “demilitarization” of Ukraine. Putin said that all Ukrainian servicemen who lay down arms will be able to safely leave the zone of combat.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House to Putin’s remarks, but U.S. officials have repeatedly pledged to place overwhelming sanctions on the Russian economy and Putin allies in retaliation for a further invasion of Ukraine.

Multiple units respond to small fire at Fayetteville Walmart

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – A small fire breaks out at the Fayetteville Walmart.

Details are limited, but Fayette County dispatchers confirm there was a small fire.  Multiple units are on scene trying to put out the flames.

Stick with us as we work to learn further details.

UPDATE: Police identify dead body found in Raleigh County

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UPDATE (2/3/22 @ 11 a.m.) – The deceased person has been identified as Joshua Stephen Persinger, 37, of Fayette County.
RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Police release information about a dead body found earlier this week in Raleigh County.
On Monday, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office responded to Rt. 61 between Piney View and Mt. Hope on a report of a dead body.
Detectives are still actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the death at this time.
The identity is being withheld pending notification of family.
If you have any information on this case, contact the RCSO at (304) 255-9300 or CrimeStoppers.

Davide Hudson trial concludes, found guilty on all six counts

RALEIGH COUNTY, (WOAY) – A verdict is in for the Davide Hudson trial.

Following a fatal shooting in 2018, Hudson was convicted today of killing Amber Meadows at the Travelodge off of Harper Road in Beckley.

Hudson was found guilty on all six counts, including three counts of kidnapping, first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy.

Raleigh County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parsons said, “It’s a sobering day when you sit and watch a trial like this and you know we’re in a country that has a system of rules and laws. To see that process play out and get justice for Ms. Meadows and the other women and to essentially receive life sentences…”

Hudson will be in custody at the Southern Regional Jail until sentencing, which is set for Feb. 23.

BREAKING: Man charged after two people left dead in overnight Fayette County shooting

UPDATE (1/29/22 @ 6:30 p.m.) – A man is charged with murder after two people are left dead in an overnight Fayette County shooting.
Detectives with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Detective’s Bureau completed forensic interviews of witnesses and completed evidence collection at the residence.
It was determined that a single male had shot and killed both victims.
The victims were identified as James “Jimmy” Neal, 34, and Rhonda Cox, 38, both of Fayetteville.
Carl Blaine Cox, 59 of Fayetteville, is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, a felony.
Cox was transported to Southern Regional Jail to await court proceedings.
FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County Deputies are investigating a shooting that left two people dead.
Sheriff Mike Fridley tells WOAY the shooting occurred overnight in the early morning hours around the Dempsey Road area.
Deputies are still on scene, as it is an active investigation. The area is contained and secured.
The victims’ names are not being released at this time.

Three injured after accident on Coal River Mountain Rd.

PAX, WV (WOAY) – Three people are transported to the hospital after an accident in the Pax area.
Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley says it happened just after 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Deputies responded to an accident on Coal River Mountain Rd., where a vehicle had gone over the side of a mountain approximately 150 ft. The driver was trapped inside his vehicle.
Rescue efforts were delayed due to road conditions, as emergency vehicles kept getting stuck.
The driver was eventually rescued and brought to medical personnel. During this rescue, a firefighter had a medical emergency episode and required medical services.
While both individuals were receiving care from Emergency Medical Services, the Deputy Sheriff on scene attempted to leave the scene when his patrol vehicle began to slide.
Fearing his vehicle was going to go over the mountain, the deputy jumped from his vehicle and subsequently got struck by the sliding vehicle.
The driver, the firefighter, and the Deputy Sheriff were transported to Raleigh General Hospital for their injuries.

BREAKING: Gov. Justice tests positive for COVID-19

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Gov. Jim Justice (R - WV)

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Today, upon the sudden onset of symptoms Gov. Jim Justice received a positive PCR test for COVID-19. Confirmatory testing was performed by the West Virginia State Lab with an additional positive result. An additional test is being administered tonight to confirm the initial PCR results.

The Governor, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is experiencing moderate symptoms and is isolating at home.

Upon recommendation from his physicians, the Governor will be receiving a course of monoclonal antibody treatment tonight. He is being treated by several physicians, including Dr. Clay Marsh, MD, the State COVID-19 Czar.

Everyone that the Governor has been in close contact with over the past few days is being notified. West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative this evening.

Gov. Justice is in communication with his Chief of Staff and office staff to ensure that state government continues to operate smoothly.

The Governor’s State of the State address, scheduled for Wednesday, January 12, 2022, will be delivered by written message to the West Virginia Legislature to satisfy constitutional requirements.

The Governor will deliver an address to the West Virginia Legislature at a later date.

“While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I’m thankful to the Lord above that I’ve been vaccinated, I’ve been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family,” Gov. Justice said.

“That being said, I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature. I woke up this morning with congestion and a cough. A little while later, I developed a headache and fever, so I decided to get tested right away. The rapid test that I took came back negative, but by the late afternoon, my symptoms were still getting much worse. My blood pressure and heart rate were extremely elevated, and I had a high fever. Finally, my PCR test results this evening confirmed I was positive. Because of all this, I began receiving my antibody treatment and I hope this will lessen these symptoms.

“For this to happen just one night before the State of the State – knowing I won’t be able to be there – saddens me. There are so many great things happening in West Virginia right now. Tomorrow, even though I won’t be there, we are going to showcase what we’ve accomplished with economic development in West Virginia. We are on a rocket ship ride and the world is finally waking up to it. But, because of this pandemic, we all must adjust and realize that our lives aren’t the same as they were a few short years ago.

“I ask everyone to continue praying for the 5,452 great West Virginians that we’ve lost. We need to keep pulling the rope together. We’re going to get through this and put an end to this terrible pandemic once and for all.

“So I apologize in every way for not being able to join you tomorrow night, and I especially apologize to all our invited guests who are having to change their plans. I’ll be back in front of you in-person before you know it. I thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone soon.”

Statement by Dr. Clay Marsh, MD, the State COVID-19 Czar and Vice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences at West Virginia University:
“The Governor took the exact right course of action today. He got tested at the first sign of a COVID-19-related symptom, isolated himself, and, because he is over 65 years of age, he consulted with a doctor and was prescribed a monoclonal antibody treatment. I have full confidence that Governor Justice will recover quickly, and it’s because he chose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and his booster shot. Without the immunity afforded by those vaccines, his outcome could be much worse. I continue to strongly encourage all West Virginians to take the COVID-19 vaccine and get boosted when it’s time to do so. Everyone is susceptible to this infection, and with cases in the U.S. and in West Virginia at all-time highs, there has never been a more important time to get yourself and your family vaccinated.”

Additional information:
Tomorrow’s 10:00 a.m. economic development announcement will be announced by press release, and the event will still be held by other officials at the same time and place as listed in the media advisory.

BREAKING: FDA authorizes Pfizer boosters for 12- to 15-year olds

NEW YORK, NY (ABC) – The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Pfizer boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds.

The moves comes as schools reopen after the holiday break.

In a release, the FDA said it has amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to also shorten the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months, instead of six.  It also allows for a third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age.

Betty White, TV’s Golden Girl, dies at 99


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99.

People and the Washington Post reported White’s death.

Her witty style gave life to a roster of quirky characters over more than a half-century. They included the oddball Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” and the outspoken caretaker on “Hot In Cleveland.”

She also drew laughs with occasional salty one-liners in the 2009 comedy “The Proposal” and the horror spoof “Lake Placid.” By popular demand, she hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2011.

White once said her character Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” could be “icky-sweet” but was “really a piranha type.” That role brought her two Emmys.

BREAKING: Omicron variant detected in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The omicron variant has officially been identified in West Virginia.

During Gov. Justice’s press briefing this morning, West Virginia Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh said the CDC has identified a single case of the variant in the state.

It is not yet known where the case was found.

Stick with WOAY for further details on this emerging situation.

UPDATE: Two dead following multi-car crash in Bradley Sunday night

UPDATE (12/13 @ 2 p.m.) – Two people are dead after a multi-vehicle crash Sunday night in Bradley.

Bubbie Smith, 67, of Oak Hill, was pronounced dead on scene.  Miranda Browning, 22, of Oak Hill, was transported to Raleigh General Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office says the car Smith was driving was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes at the time of the collision.  It is unclear why Smith was in the wrong lane.

The investigation of this crash is ongoing.

UPDATE (12/12 @ 10:25 p.m.) – HealthNet flew one person to a local hospital from the scene of the accident.

Dispatchers told WOAY that the extent of the injuries is currently unknown and the Northbound lanes of Route-19 are now open.

Law enforcement and first responders are still on scene.

BRADLEY, WV (WOAY) – Several crews are on the scene of a multi-vehicle accident in Bradley.

Raleigh County Dispatchers told WOAY that they were alerted to the crash at the intersection of Route-19 Southbound and Appalachian Heights Road at 8:22 p.m. Sunday night. The Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department, Mount Hope Fire Department, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office and Jan Care are all on scene.

Dispatchers said there are three injuries so far and there is a flight on standby for medical transport.

Both Southbound and Northbound lanes of Route-19 are closed at the intersection and all traffic is advised to take an alternate route.

Stick with WOAY as more details emerge.

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 mph on Legends Highway.

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


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.

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