West Virginia News

IEI Plastics warehouse contents ranged from mundane to toxic

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — More than 500 pages of material safety data sheets show a range of mundane and potentially toxic products which could have been stored in the IEI Plastics warehouse in south Parkersburg which burned for more than ...

Fenton Art Glass demolition to begin Monday

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va.  — Crews are expected on Monday to begin demolishing the Fenton Art Glass plant and gift shop. Wood County Schools purchased the property surrounding the plant and will buy the remaining property when the ...

WV State Agency vehicle auction set for Dec. 6

DUNBAR, W.Va. — The West Virginia Purchasing Division announced Monday that The West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property will hold an auction of used state vehicles on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at 2700 Charles Ave. in Dunbar. Gates to the auction site will open at 8:30 a.m., with ...

Computer technician warns of possible business scam

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston-area computer technician is warning area business owners to be on the lookout after receiving what appeared to be a phony invoice for copy machine toner. Matthew Perry, a network administrator and information ...

WVU chief economist: Opioid crisis has cost West Virginia nearly $1 billion

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s chief economist said the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and across the U.S. has come with a hefty price tag, causing a void in this state’s economy of nearly $1 billion. John Deskins, director of WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic ...

UN expert to visit, study effects of efforts to end poverty

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights will visit West Virginia's capital city during a fact-finding trip to the United States. A statement from the U.N. says professor Philip Alston will travel to the United States in December to investigate ...

West Virginia magistrate appears before panel over mistakes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission is reviewing the case of a magistrate accused of making mistakes in cases in which two men died. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley appeared for a hearing Monday with the ...

West Virginia felon gets 5 years for having gun

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 40-year-old Charleston man has been sentenced to almost five years in federal prison for having both a gun and a felony conviction. Authorities say Markus Davis pleaded guilty earlier to illegal firearm possession. Charleston police say they pulled over Davis' ...

West Virginia man gets probation for sex crime against girl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision after his conviction for impregnating an 11-year-old girl in 2011 who was forced to get an abortion. The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington reported that Michael Joe Adkins of Ona ...

Wanted West Virginia correctional officer arrested

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a correctional officer in West Virginia who is wanted by the New York Police Department has been arrested. News outlets report 46-year-old Frank Leon Jones was arrested Sunday evening at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, where he is employed. A ...

Sheriff: 3 found dead at scene of West Virginia house fire

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been found dead outside a burning house in West Virginia and that two more victims were found dead inside. The Journal reports the three were discovered Saturday morning. Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said in a news release the ...

‘Glee’ actress accused of domestic battery on husband

CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (AP) — An actress on the former hit show "Glee" has been charged with domestic battery in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tweeted Sunday that 30-year-old Naya Rivera was arrested overnight for domestic battery on her husband in Chesapeake. A sheriff's ...

2 more West Virginia counties sue drug companies

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two more West Virginia communities have joined others around the state in suing drug companies over the opioid epidemic. Media report the Berkeley County Council and the Jefferson County Commission filed lawsuits recently against drug manufacturers and distributors, ...

Court rules former police lab head’s rights not violated

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a split decision, the West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a 2016 ruling that the free speech rights of the former director of the West Virginia State Police forensic laboratory weren't violated by the demotion she received for sharing concerns with legislators ...

Drunken driving charge for spokeswoman for West Virginia gov

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A spokeswoman for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been charged with drunken driving and is no longer employed by the governor's office. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kirsten Maria Rhodes was charged with driving under the influence in a Nov. 11 traffic ...

Man arrested on drug charges after girlfriend found dead

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A West Virginia man whose girlfriend was found dead at a Kentucky motel has been arrested on drug charges. News outlets report that 30-year-old Brittany Nichole Edens, of Charleston, West Virginia, was found dead Saturday afternoon at the Bluegrass Inn in Frankfort. ...

Boy accidentally locks self in gun safe at mall store

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a child accidentally locked himself inside a gun safe at a farm supply store in West Virginia. Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Thompson told news outlets that the 8-year-old boy locked himself in at the Rural King store inside the ...

No injuries after small plane runs off West Virginia runway

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A small plane failed to maneuver a turn and ran off a runway in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette Mail reports there were no injuries in the Friday morning incident. Yeager Airport spokeswoman Dominique Ranieri says the plane carrying two adults made a successful ...

Worker pay deposits delayed at West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An unspecified glitch has caused a delay in employee paycheck deposits for more than 11,500 accounts at West Virginia University. The Dominion Post of Morgantown reports that the paychecks weren't deposited as scheduled on Friday morning. Rob Alsop, the university's ...