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West Virginia man charged with stealing car, ambulance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of stealing a car and then an ambulance has been arrested. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kenneth Wayne Nottingham of the Roane County community of Pigeon has been jailed on charges of grand larceny and receiving or transferring a ...

West Virginia Senate to meet Saturday on education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate is set to reconvene later this week for the special legislative session on education. Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael said Tuesday that he's going to call the chamber back in to vote on a broad-based education proposal ...

West Virginia man accused in slaying arrested in N Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused in a slaying has been arrested in North Carolina. News outlets report 24-year-old Jalen Malik Alexander was arrested Tuesday by Winston-Salem police. He's charged with first-degree murder in the May 17 death of 22-year-old Maurice ...

West Virginia ex-town recorder sentenced for theft, fraud

WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A former town recorder in West Virginia has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for embezzlement and forgery. State Auditor John McCuskey says in a news release 50-year-old Tracy L. Bell was sentenced Tuesday in Webster County Circuit Court. Bell was the ...

W.Va. beauty queen takes over as farmer’s market chief

By MARIA YOUNG, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's hard to imagine someone's life coming full circle by the time they reach 28 years of age — but it's fair to say, that's exactly what's happened for Nichole Greene, 2016's Miss West Virginia USA and now the executive ...

Miss West Virginia Pageant relocates to Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers of the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant say this year's event will relocate to Martinsburg. Miss West Virginia Organization producer Candy Reid tells The Journal of Martinsburg that the state competition will be held in Martinsburg June 28-29. The ...

HIV cases rising in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A cluster of HIV cases in Cabell County reflects a shift in how the disease is being transmitted, West Virginia health officials say. The Herald-Dispatch reports Cabell County's cluster — the only one currently known in West Virginia — is up to 49 confirmed ...

Grant to help support West Virginia orchestra’s season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Orchestra officials say the award will help support the orchestra's 2019-2020 season, helping make its music more accessible to more West Virginians. The ...

WVU to hire administrator to lead student retention efforts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it will hire an associate provost to lead the school's efforts on student success and retention. Vice Provost Paul Kreider says the new administrator will manage retention policies for undergraduate students at the main campus in ...

West Virginia lawmakers return, shelve education bills

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers reconvened a special session Monday but pushed back debate on education proposals that caused a two-day teacher strike earlier this year. The House of Delegates and the Senate worked instead on budgeting ...

Bond reduction denied for woman accused of torturing toddler

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has declined to reduce bail for a Fairmont woman accused of locking her 3-year-old son in a closet, torturing him and depriving him of food and water. The Times West Virginian reports 28-year-old Brittany Nicole Lippincott on Thursday requested ...

6 West Virginia state parks to host deer hunts this fall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Deer hunts will be held at six West Virginia state parks this fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Natural Resources Commission approved the schedule earlier this month. The hunts start in late October. They'll be held at Beech Fork State Park in ...

Report: Virginia fugitive died after police pursuit, crash

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — A police report says a Virginia fugitive died from injuries suffered in a police chase in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette Mail reports Dunbar police have been tight-lipped about the March 11 chase, but released the report after the newspaper filed a Freedom of ...

West Virginia city manager pleads guilty to drunken driving

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The city manager of Wheeling, West Virginia, has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. The Intelligencer reports suspended City Manager Robert Herron entered his plea Monday and was sentenced to 104 hours of a community service. He was also ordered ...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths ...

Romance writer arrested on drug charges in West Virginia

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have arrested a popular self-published romance writer on drug charges following a traffic stop. The Exponent Telegram reports 28-year-old Kelly Ann Scyoc of Lumberport was charged Wednesday with conspiracy and felony possession with intent to ...

Police chase ends after crash into attorney’s sign

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged after he led police in West Virginia on a chase that ended with him crashing his car into a criminal defense lawyer's sign. WCHS-TV reports say 34-year-old Ernest Alexander has been charged with fleeing from and officer and receiving or ...

One-armed man sues over being handcuffed wrist-to-ankle

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — A one-armed man whose wrist was handcuffed to his ankle has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's department in Clay County, West Virginia. Former state Sen. Randy Schoonover says deputies used excessive force, subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment, and ...

Body of missing teen found, mother’s boyfriend charged

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they've found the body of a missing West Virginia girl and her mother's boyfriend has been arrested. News outlets report Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said during a news conference Thursday that 15-year-old Riley Crossman's decomposed body ...

Students build cabin for W.Va. campground

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald Last Tuesday, ESCAR Construction was the most popular construction company in Nicholas County. The company completed a cabin project at the Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins next to Summersville Lake in April, but it wasn't until Tuesday, during National ...