Jennifer L. Parsons, 32, of Matewan, was charged with one count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.
Parsons, a math teacher and girls soccer coach, allegedly began having an inappropriate relationship with the girl earlier this school year, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court.
Child Protective Services began investigating Parsons on Dec. 6 after another teacher complained that Parsons was passing love notes to the girl. The notes were passed while the teenager was in class and they referred to each other as "babe," according to the complaint. Parsons allegedly touched the girl on various parts of her body.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man will spend at least the next 13 years in prison, and maybe much longer, for shooting two men in the face inside a 7-Eleven store earlier this year.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King sentenced Antonio "Shake" Collins to 13 to 50 years in prison. Collins' sentences for the two attempted murder charges and two malicious wounding charges he pleaded guilty to will run consecutively, King said.
Collins, 33, admitted to shooting Joshua Lawson and Patrick Moore Jr. at the 7-Eleven on Washington Street West in April. He was given credit for the 236 days he's already been in jail.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Albans police are looking for two men who allegedly passed counterfeit bills at a St. Albans convenience store on Wednesday.
Capt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department said the phony bills were allegedly passed at the Chevron One Stop at about 5:30 p.m. Video surveillance images show a white man with a beard, baseball cap and a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a black man wearing a ball cap and red hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Albans Police Department at 304-727-2251 or email crimet...@saintalbanspolice.com.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A fire chief says battery chargers are suspected of causing a small electrical fire at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Independent Fire Company chief Donnie Lanham says the smoldering fire was put out Wednesday in an electrical room.
Lanham says battery chargers for the casino's vacuum cleaners apparently overheated and ignited the fire.
DUNBAR, W.Va. -- The Dunbar Fire Department is responding to a fire along Woodrum Lane near Dunbar, a Kanawha Metro 911 dispatcher said.
The dispatcher said the fire burned through the roof of the home.
No injuries have been reported.
RAND, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies have identified a man who was injured after a shooting in Rand on Tuesday night.
Nicholas Coping, 29, is in stable condition at CAMC General Hospital on Wednesday, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of Raven Drive. Three or four men allegedly attacked Coping before the shooting. The men possibly fled in a white SUV.
Media outlets report that Leslie Arnold Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old Tonia Garan. He also faces charges of armed robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Police found Garan's body wrapped in garbage bags in the closet on Saturday night. Officers went to Arnold's apartment while investigating the robbery of another woman.
The state medical examiner's office says two of Garan's neck bones were snapped.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One person was taken to the hospital after a train hit a dump truck in Charleston. A Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said officials from CSX Transportation System called the accident in around 7:30 a.m.
The collision occurred just east of the Southside Bridge. Charleston police are investigating.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital after a wreck in Nitro Tuesday evening.
Emergency responders had to cut the man from his vehicle after the incident, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Main Avenue, according to Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers.
The road was closed for a little more than an hour, but reopened around 7 p.m., dispatchers said. Wet roads might have played a factor in the single-vehicle accident, the dispatcher said.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police are looking for three or four men who might have fled in a white SUV after a man was shot in the leg in Rand on Tuesday night.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex at about 8:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of Raven Drive, according to Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers.
The man, whose identity has not been released, was transported to CAMC General. He was conscious when he left the scene, according to Kanawha Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys.
James Preston McCune, 32, and Kimberley Marie Phillips, 26, both of Maysel; and Della Gay Legg, 36, and Tasha Renae Neal, 29, both of Clay, were arrested for attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab and conspiracy to operate a clandestine meth lab after being pulled over at the intersection of Glen Oaks Drive and Peach Orchard Road north of Summersville.
During a search of the vehicle prompted by a police dog, "numerous items" used for making methamphetamine were found, according to a news release. The sheriff's office would not release details of the items.
McCune, Phillips, Legg and Neal were taken to Central Regional Jail to await arraignment.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal grand jury indicted a Charleston man on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The federal indictment states that John Paul Clements, 31, had a semi-automatic handgun on March 9 despite having a felony conviction. In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree robbery with a firearm, a felony, according to the indictment.
Last week, Kanawha County prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge against Clements, according to Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper.
RIPLEY, W.Va. -- A former Ripley police officer was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
George Michael Puskas II, 31, of Ripley, will also be placed on 10 years of supervised release after getting out of prison, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Puskas pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in July.
Authorities said Puskas established an online relationship with a 16-year-old girl in March 2010. He produced between 10 and 150 images of child pornography on a police department-issued digital camera and on his personal cell phone, according to the release. Puskas said he maintained a relationship with the girl up until she turned 18.
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Police in Raleigh County said a man stabbed two people with a sword during an altercation on Sunday.
Michael Paul Hale, 27, of Beckley, was charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding, according to a news release issued by the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department. Hale allegedly stabbed and cut Hershel Drenned several times on his body at 1 a.m. Sunday inside a house along Bailey Avenue in Beckley. Hale then stabbed Tabatha Farley in the foot, according to the release.
Drenned and Farley's injuries were not life threatening and they were treated at Beckley ARH Hospital. Deputies pulled Hale over near the house where the incident occurred and he was arrested without incident, according to the release.
Charles Keller was convicted in October and fined $300. Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kilpatrick also gave the 74-year-old Keller 60 days to clean up his property or face a jail sentence.
The Register-Herald reports that Kirkpatrick determined Thursday that Keller's cleanup effort wasn't sufficient. The judge told Keller that only 10 percent of the trash on the property has been removed.
Kirkpatrick also said he would release Keller from jail if he makes significant efforts through his family to clean up the property.
ELKINS, W.Va. -- Bath salts and other synthetic drugs would be banned in Randolph County under a proposed ordinance.
The proposal is scheduled for a second reading by the County Commission on Dec. 19. A public comment period will be held 30 minutes before the meeting.
The Inter-Mountain reports that commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance's first reading on Thursday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Detroit man is in jail after being arrested over the weekend following a heroin bust.
Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said deputies got a tip on Dec. 6 that Denzell Lamar Bunkley, 21, of Detroit was in the area allegedly distributing heroin.
Humphreys said deputies got a search warrant for Bunkley's hotel room, where they allegedly found heroin and several thousand dollars in cash. Bunkley was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver and obstruction.
Weirton police tell media outlets that 47-year-old Leslee Craig Arnold was arrested Sunday at a residence in Steubenville, Ohio. Arnold is being held at the Jefferson County Jail in Ohio awaiting extradition to West Virginia.
Police didn't identify the woman or say whether any charges have been filed against Arnold.
Weirton officers went to Arnold's home on Saturday in response to reports that a woman had been robbed at gunpoint and her vehicle had been stolen. Police say the officers found the woman's body hidden inside the residence.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police are looking for two men who allegedly stole from a Nitro home Saturday.
The incident happened at 8 Main Avenue Saturday evening, according to a Metro 911 dispatcher.
The men were in the home when someone returned to the home, the dispatcher said. They allegedly stole an X-box.
E.J. "Bub" Crum, 33, this week spoke out publicly for the first time since his father, who had been sheriff for about three months, was shot and killed on April 3.
The shooting rocked Mingo County, where hundreds of people attended vigils and memorial services for the slain sheriff. Since then, Crum's name has been drawn into the county's political conspiracies, which have brought down the circuit judge, prosecuting attorney and others.
Police believe Tennis Melvin Maynard, 38, of Delbarton, shot Crum as the sheriff sat in his police cruiser in Williamson. Crum was Maynard's boxing coach in the early 1990s, when Maynard was 15.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- A Logan County attorney is charged with assault and battery on a police officer after an incident at a pizza restaurant in Chapmanville earlier this week.
Three State Police troopers say Ben F. White, 48, of Chapmanville, made an "obscene gesture" toward them when he walked in Giovanni's Wednesday night, according to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court.
Senior Trooper T.D. Boggs wrote in the complaint that the officers had dealt with White before and knew he had a "disdain for law enforcement" and had previously been "aggressive towards law enforcement."
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man convicted of filming minors in sexual acts escaped from a court-ordered GPS ankle monitor this week, police say.
Kelly Gerald Crosby, 31, was last seen at Harvest Pine Homeless Shelter in Charleston around 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release issued by Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter. Crosby is on probation in Logan County.
Logan County probation officers called police after discovering that Crosby cut off his ankle monitor on Wednesday. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sgt. Chris Zerkle says traffic deaths have dropped since the West Virginia State Police bumped up patrols on the state's roads and highways.
Zerkle, director of traffic records for the State Police, said deaths on West Virginia highways in 2013 are set to be the fewest since 2010.
"Our fatalities have gone down over the past few years," Zerkle said. He attributes the drop to increased patrols paid for with state and federal grant money.
Friends and coworkers honored Hutchinson's service to the community Friday night at the Kenova United Methodist Church.
He was recognized for his outstanding service, which started years before the department in Ceredo was even chartered. In 1970, Hutchinson led a group that built a memorial overlook at the Marshall plane crash site. In the decades since, Hutchinson has trained hundreds of young volunteer firefighters.Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Caudill gave Hutchinson an award medal and city proclamation during the ceremony.
Media outlets reported 42-year-old Matthew Lee Gilbert was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Thursday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.
Police said a hotel worker found the body of 37-year-old Ann M. Pennington under a bed Thursday morning. Her body has been sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy.
Court records show Gilbert indicated he checked into the hotel Sunday to spend time with Pennington before he was to start serving a 90-day jail sentence, and the two were involved in an altercation that evening.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 are reopened this evening after a tractor-trailer wrecked between Institute and Cross Lanes, Metro 911 dispatchers said.
The truck jack-knifed near the Institute exit, spilling about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and taking out 200 feet of guardrail. No injuries were reported.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Roane County woman died after taking two doses of a synthetic hallucinogenic drug that her husband bought for her thinking it was LSD, according to an affidavit filed in federal court this week.
Todd Anthony Honaker, 35, of Left Hand, was charged with first-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance in the March 1 death of his wife, Renee. Honaker told police he and his wife each took two hits of LSD before she started convulsing and died.
Honaker told police he bought the drug from 32-year-old Chad Michael Renzelman, a chemist at a nuclear power plant in Kennewick, Wash. Renzelman allegedly mailed the drug to Honaker inside an anniversary card with instructions to hold it under his tongue for 30 minutes, likening its effects to "flying."
MASON, W.Va. -- A Mason County man is in jail in connection with two recent robberies in Mason.
On Wednesday, troopers from the Mason County detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrested Mr. Dale Keathley, 26, of Hartford and charged him with armed robbery and burglary, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
The arrest was related to the armed robbery of the TNT Coffee Shop and burglary of a residence, Baylous said.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Pond Gap man was arrested on Thursday after allegedly opening fire on his brother after an argument.
West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers from the Quincy detachment went to a house on Bell Creek Road near Pond Gap at about 11:15 a.m. to respond to a 911 call. They met Timothy Lyons, 61, walking down the road. Baylous said the man told them his brother, Howard Lyons, 67, of Pond Gap, had shot at him with a 9mm handgun.
Baylous said Timothy and Howard Lyons had been arguing over an apple tree. Timothy Lyons was walking away from the fight and was about 50 yards away when his elder brother allegedly pulled the gun and started shooting.
Larry E. Nunnery, 45, of Madison, was charged with allegedly embezzling almost $3,000 from Boone County's fire service fee while acting as assistant chief of the Madison Fire Department, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police.Nunnery was arraigned Thursday and released on a $20,000 surety bond, Baylous said.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Mingo County man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly wounded his son during a fight near Delbarton.
West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers from the Delbarton State Police detachment went to a home in Delbarton on Wednesday to respond to a report of an altercation.
When they got there, they discovered Acie S. Copley, 37, of Delbarton, had allegedly shot his 12-year-old son in the leg.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The trial of a West Virginia teenager charged with the fatal stabbing of her one-time best friend has been rescheduled.
Trial got Shelia Eddy, 18, originally was set for Feb. 11.
Media outlets report that Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges recently rescheduled the trial for Jan. 28.
SALEM, W.Va. -- State officials are holding a grand opening for a men's prison in Salem that formerly was a juvenile facility.
The ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Salem Correctional Center.
The state began transferring inmates to the minimum- to medium-security prison in October. Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1iyyw07 ) that he expects the 388-bed prison to be at full capacity within the next couple of weeks.
One lane of Interstate 77 north was briefly closed Tuesday morning following an accident near the Sharon exit.
A West Virginia Turnpike spokesman said two tractor-trailers and several cars were involved in a wreck near Sharon at about 7:15 a.m. One northbound lane was closed because of the accident. No one was seriously hurt.
SHADY SPRING, W.Va. -- Raleigh County sheriff's deputies have arrested a male student at Shady Spring High School after he allegedly made threatening statements online.
The unidentified student was charged Sunday with making terrorist threats, a felony, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
The juvenile allegedly posted threatening statements and pictures to several social media accounts. He remained in custody Tuesday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police on Tuesday arrested a second suspect in connection with the brass light fixtures stolen from the West Virginia Veterans Memorial.
Bryan Allen LeTart, 37, of Charleston, was charged with grand larceny, transferring and receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
Letart helped Amanda Suzanne Young remove 14 nine-inch brass rings from light fixtures surrounding the memorial sometime before Nov. 18, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The pair allegedly loaded the fixtures into a 1997 Honda Civic.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro police arrested a West Virginia Division of Corrections inmate who did not return to the Charleston Work Release Center on Monday.
John Riblett was arrested at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Corrections Officer Christopher Gillespie said in a news release. He was charged with escape and is being held in Mount Olive Correctional Complex, according to the release.
Gillespie said Riblett left the center at about 8:30 a.m. Monday for a work release furlough and did not return later as required.
GASSAWAY, W.Va. -- Braxton County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in Gassaway late Monday.
A spokesman for the Braxton County Sheriff's Department said the body of an 82-year-old woman was found along the Elk River in Gassaway on Monday night. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.
Authorities are not yet releasing the woman's name.
John Edward Riblett left the center at about 8:30 a.m. for a work release furlough and did not return later as required, Corrections Officer Christopher Gillespie said in a news release. Riblett is described as being about 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing about 195 pounds. He has salt-and-pepper colored hair and green eyes. He has a pronounced stutter when nervous or excited, according to the release.
Police issued a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Charleston Work Release Center at 304-558-2763.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said a Sissonville man illegally possessed a rifle to hunt and kill a deer on Monday.
Sgt. J. Thaxton stopped 59-year-old Walter Hamrick for allegedly driving without a seat belt, Kanawha County Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release.
Hamrick was wearing a hunting vest and had a rifle in the passenger seat of his truck. He also had antlers from an 8-point deer he killed earlier Monday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County sheriff's deputies are seeking the identity of two men accused of passing stolen checks last month.
Deputies began investigating after stolen checks were allegedly cashed at a 7-Eleven in Elkview last month, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release. Humphreys released store security photos of the men on Monday.
One suspect is wearing a blue West Virginia University sweatshirt with a camouflage coat and the other suspect is wearing a blue coat and red hat, according to the release. Deputies from Jackson County are also working on the case.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County prosecutors on Monday dropped charges against one of two men in connection to a shooting that was allegedly motivated by their friend's murder.
A Kanawha County grand jury indicted Jon Paul Clements, 31, and Robert Jared Smith, 34, with attempted murder, malicious wounding, conspiracy and wanton endangerment in July.
Those charges were dropped against Clements on Monday, said Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper. Clements and Smith were also charged in federal court with being prohibited persons in possession of firearms. The men remain in South Central Regional Jail without bail on Monday. Clements is being held there on the federal charge.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Elkview man was sentenced to at least 76 years in prison Monday for robbing and beating an elderly woman in Pinch earlier this year.
Casey Givens, 22, previously pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and malicious wounding of a person 65 or older.
The incident left Ramona Jones, 74, with a broken collarbone, broken ribs, broken vertebrae and a broken facial bone, as well as two punctured lungs and bleeding in the brain, among other injuries. She will never recover, her family told Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Barbour County man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly hitting a pedestrian in neighboring Randolph County.
Matthew R. Blake, 32, from Junior, was driving a 1985 AMC Eagle along U.S. 219 in Beverly at about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 when he apparently ran off the side of the road and hit a pedestrian who was walking along the roadway, according to West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
Blake fled the scene, but was found a short time later at the Elkins Walmart, Baylous said.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said Trooper C.F. Wingo of the Hamlin detachment went to the Alum Creek Pharmacy on Childress Road a little after 1 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of a breaking and entering. Once there, he discovered that two unknown men driving a silver car had broken into the pharmacy and taken narcotics.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamlin detachment at 304-824-3101 or their nearest State Police detachment.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A shoplifting report at the Nitro Walmart turned into something more serious Monday after the suspect allegedly tried to run from police, hitting several cars and wrecking his vehicle in the process.
Sgt. J.J. Garbin of the Nitro Police Department said Nitro police was heading to the Walmart store at about 11:30 a.m. when he spotted a black Ford Explorer matching the suspect's vehicle description on Goff Mountain Road. Garbin tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Craig Allen Scott, 24, of St. Albans, allegedly fled onto First Avenue toward the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.
Nitro Patrolman E.B. Whitney caught up with Scott near Red Oak Drive, but the Explorer allegedly passed several vehicles in traffic and swerved into Whitney's patrol car, Garbin said. He said the Explorer crossed the bridge, allegedly hitting at least two other cars before slamming into a telephone pole in the parking lot of the Sixth Avenue Go-Mart in St. Albans.
HAMLIN, W.Va. -- The Lincoln County 911 Center says 911 service has been restored for some Armstrong Telephone Services customers in the county.
The center tells media outlets that a 911 outage Monday morning affected telephone numbers with the prefixes 778 and 855. Customers needing emergency services were instructed to call the 911 center's business phone during the outage.
Armstrong has resolved the problem.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two people were hospitalized following an early morning wreck in South Charleston.
Sgt. C.A. Crowder of the South Charleston Police Department said an SUV was driving on MacCorkle Avenue a little before 5:30 a.m. when the driver apparently lost control, swerved into the parking lot of a BP gas station and slammed into the station's metal sign post.
Two people in the vehicle were taken to the hospital, Crowder said. Their names and conditions were not immediately available.
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says hunters found human skeletal remains along the Shenandoah River in Harpers Ferry.
The Herald-Mail reported that hunters made the discovery on Thanksgiving. Sheriff Peter Dougherty believes the remains had been there at least a year.
The remains are being examined at the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office.