West Virginia News

WVa House appoints new education chair after resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates education committee has a new chairman after its previous leader stepped down because he was having an affair with an intern. News outlets report Monday that Republican Del. Paul Espinosa will be chairing the committee on an ...

Florida man sentenced for W.Va. bank fraud

Florida man sentenced for W.Va. bank fraud WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing personal information from bank customers to make purchases. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Roger Ernesto Ballester Caser of Hialeah, Florida was sentenced ...

83-year-old West Virginia student is commencement speaker

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An 83-year-old student of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will deliver the school's commencement address this week. The university said in a news release that Sharon O'Neill of Parkersburg is the eldest community and technical college graduate since the West ...

Fire kills 2, injures 1; juvenile in custody

DAVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Fire officials say a juvenile is in custody in connection with a blaze that left two people dead at a West Virginia home. Chief Deputy Jason Baltic of the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that fire crews responded to the call ...

Missouri man accused of Trump threat sentenced in W.Va.

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An armed Missouri man accused of threatening President Donald Trump during a traffic stop in West Virginia was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail. Eric Leonardo Charron of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty in Preston County ...

WVa House chairman resigned over relationship with intern

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia delegate who resigned as chairman of the House education committee says he was asked to step down because he was having a relationship with a female intern. Republican Del. Danny Hamrick on Wednesday issued a statement describing the relationship as ...

WVa jail workers accused of using unlawful force on detainee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say two former West Virginia jail workers have been charged with using unlawful force on a pretrial detainee. The FBI, federal prosecutors and the Justice Department's civil rights division announced in a news release 64-year-old Austin Garland ...

Man on Detroit’s ‘Most Wanted List’ arrested in W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man on Detroit's Most Wanted List has been arrested in West Virginia. Police in Huntington say Michael Christian Hopkins was arrested Wednesday and charged with being a fugitive from justice. Hopkins also goes by the name Robert Pace and has an ...

WVa project to give ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ a destination

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A "Bridge to Nowhere" in southern West Virginia will have a destination in a few years. Gov. Jim Justice held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the start of work on a 3.8-mile (6.1-kilometer) addition to the King Coal Highway. The addition will make use of a ...

Ethane storage seen as key to revitalization of Appalachia

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Plans are underway in Appalachia to create two underground facilities to store ethane, a byproduct of natural gas drilling seen as integral to revitalizing a region still struggling from the loss of industrial and manufacturing jobs decades ...

Case of paralyzing polio-like illness is found in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed a case of a polio-like illness that can cause paralyzing symptoms and prove fatal. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports this is the first confirmed case in the state this year and only the ...

Official accused of harassing trans student gets job back

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student won an appeal to get his job back Monday. The Harrison County Board of Education voted to reinstate Lee Livengood after voting unanimously last month not to renew his contract at the end ...

Calls for official accused of domestic violence to be fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates are calling for the ouster of a state official recently charged with battery against his ex-wife at her Florida home. Several delegates on Monday issued a statement demanding that Division of Natural Resources ...

WVa woman cited after loaded gun detected at airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been cited after a loaded handgun was detected in a bag at an airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Saturday at Charleston's Yeager Airport. The statement says the woman ...

Man who admitted using meth sentenced in fatal WVa wreck

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who admitted using methamphetamine before causing a fatal accident has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. News outlets report 50-year-old Timothy Wayne Carper of Charleston was sentenced Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit ...

Ex-WVa security guard admits firearms theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has admitted stealing firearms and ammunition. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell says in a news release 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg pleaded guilty in federal court to one count each of ...

WVa man gets prison for lying about Iran shipment

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying about a shipment that went to Iran. Seventy-two-year-old Darus Zehrbach of Westover was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Clarksburg for making a false statement to a federal ...

WVa police officer accused of stalking is released from jail

BETHLEHEM, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer accused of stalking an underage girl has posted bail and been released from custody. News outlets report 29-year-old Bethlehem police Officer Daniel Eastham was arrested last week and released from custody Tuesday. He's not allowed near ...

Lawsuit after 2 casinos couldn’t take March Madness bets

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A casino operator is suing a tech company after a contract dispute shuttered its sports betting platform at two West Virginia casinos ahead of the NCAA Tournament. A Friday news release from Delaware North says it's filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages against ...