West Virginia News

Councilman accused of helping destroy tenant’s belongings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A city councilman in West Virginia is accused of helping his brother take and destroy a tenant's belongings. The Journal cites a Martinsburg police release that says the victim reported Monday his landlord, Christopher Baker, had loaded his belongings onto city ...

West Virginia parkways toll hike given initial OK

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Parkways Authority has given initial approval to a plan to double the single tolls on the turnpike and create a flat-fee discount program. The Register-Herald in Beckley reports the authority voted unanimously on the resolution Thursday. Parkways ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting interim chief named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Roberts has been named interim executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Educational Broadcasting Authority voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Roberts, who is West Virginia Public Broadcasting's ...

Overdose rates on the decline in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — One West Virginia county has seen a 55 percent decrease in overdoses per month since September. The Herald-Dispatch quotes Huntington Mayor Steve Williams as saying Cabell County is a long way from winning the war, but they're starting to win some battles. The trend ...

Funeral held for West Virginia firefighter killed in wreck

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Tom and Gloria Craigo chose the West Virginia fire station where he was a volunteer firefighter for their wedding ceremony. Three months later, Gloria Craigo is a widow. On Tuesday, she said her final goodbyes to her husband, killed when ...

West Virginia AG says bank settles debt collection case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 323 West Virginia consumers are entitled to $1.5 million in a debt collection settlement with a Virginia bank. Morrisey says in a news release Wednesday the settlement resolves allegations that First Sentinel Bank of Richlands, ...

Company aims to power WV National Guard at Hobet site

SPURLOCKVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A renewable energy producer wants to develop an electrical generation system that does not require fossil fuels to power the West Virginia National Guard's training installation at Rock Creek, an official said. Green Line Energy is the first entity not tied to the ...

West Virginia prison inmate killed in fight

HAZELTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate was killed in a fight and another treated for minor injuries at USP Hazelton in West Virginia, and issues about staffing are again being raised. The Dominion Post reports 48-year-old Ian Thorne was killed in a fight with another prison inmate Monday. A U.S. ...

Unclaimed property returns at record pace in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says the state is returning unclaimed property at a record pace. According to media reports, Perdue says in a news release that the treasurer's office's paid out more than $14 million in more than 8,000 claims through March. The ...

Storms knock out power to thousands in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Severe storms and high winds have knocked out electricity to about 9,000 customers in parts of West Virginia. FirstEnergy says on its website that nearly 5,800 customers across the state had no electricity Wednesday. That includes nearly 2,200 customers in Wood ...

Congressman: President Trump to return to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins says President Donald Trump will visit West Virginia for the second time this year. Jenkins says he'll join the president for a scheduled roundtable in Greenbrier County on Thursday. A statement released by Jenkins' ...

3 West Virginia inmates accused of assaulting another inmate

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Three inmates are accused of beating up another inmate at a West Virginia jail. News outlets cite criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court that say 29-year-old Zachary Paul Hutchinson, 33-year-old Harley Francis Dickinson and 29-year-old Randall ...

West Virginia resort to observe longtime greeter’s birthday

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is honoring longtime hotel greeter Frank Mosley with a birthday celebration. The White Sulphur Springs resort says in a news release that a party is planned Saturday to celebrate Mosley's 85th birthday and his 59th ...

Funeral set for West Virginia firefighter killed in accident

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Services are being held for a West Virginia firefighter whose firetruck slammed into a rock wall while responding to a fatal accident. The funeral for Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Tom Craigo is Tuesday at Riverside High School in Belle. Craigo and assistant fire ...

Justice appoints new head of School Building Authority

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed former schools superintendent David L. Roach as executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority. Media reports say Roach will replace Frank "Bucky" Blackwell as head of the School Building Authority. Blackwell ...

Funeral held for 1 of 2 West Virginia firefighters

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Firefighters from across West Virginia joined a large crowd of mourners Saturday to remember an assistant fire chief who died when his fire truck crashed into a rock wall on a highway. More than 2,500 people made their way to Riverside High School for the funeral of Pratt ...

Police pursuit ends with the death of West Virginia man

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police pursuit that ended in a hail of gunfire has left a West Virginia man dead. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha Metro 911 dispatchers said Dunbar police officers began chasing a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Rodney Toler on Thursday. They say ...

Federal prison project in Kentucky wins final approval

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press Federal officials have approved a long-discussed plan to build another prison in eastern Kentucky, sealing a deal to bring hundreds of jobs to an area hard hit by the loss of coal work. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers said he was notified Friday by Attorney General ...

Hospitality training program taps West Virginia kindness

By CAITY COYNE, The Charleston Gazette-Mail FOSTER, W.Va. (AP) — Between coal mines, mountains and rivers, there is one resource in Southern West Virginia educators at Boone Career and Technical Center feel is untapped — the kindness of its people. "There is no place that has hospitality ...

West Virginia governor’s coal firm sued over $1M settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is being sued for not paying $1 million in a settlement agreement. Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings submitted this week by Dennis Ray Johnson II accuse Kentucky Fuel Corp. of paying only a portion of a $2 million ...