Harrison County

Harrison County
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A Harrison County commissioner faces charges of fraudulently obtaining money.

Multiple media outlets report that a grand jury indicted Commissioner Bernie Fazz

  ini on four felony counts. The charges include obtaining more than $1,000 under false pretenses and falsifying accounts.

U.S. Department of Justice

Free drug testing kits will soon be distributed to Harrison County residents.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld and Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker announced the program on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The drug tests produce results in less than 20 minutes. The test screens for a variety of commonly abused substances including marijuana, opioid painkillers, stimulants, tranquilizers, cocaine, methadone and PCP.

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs
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Eighty-seven people face charges stemming from a drug investigation in North Central West Virginia.

Ten police agencies began arresting the suspects Tuesday morning. Bridgeport police chief John Walker tells media outlets that 40 people were in custody as of 11 a.m.

June 23, 1944: 103 People Die in State's Deadliest Tornado Outbreak

Jun 23, 2015
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

 On June 23, 1944, the deadliest tornado outbreak in West Virginia history nearly destroyed the Harrison County community of Shinnston. Sixty-six people died in and around the town, with victims ranging in age from 85 years to only 6 days. Overall, the outbreak killed 103 West Virginians and seriously injured another 430.

The storm started about 8:30 p.m. It first struck the farming communities northwest of Shinnston and moved on to the town’s Pleasant Hill section, where only 10 houses were left standing. It then carved a path through Marion, Taylor, Barbour, and Randolph counties.

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / Library of Congress

  On April 22, 1861, some 1,200 protesters gathered at the Harrison County Courthouse in Clarksburg to vent their anger about Virginia seceding from the Union. Five days earlier, Virginia delegates had adopted an Ordinance of Secession, just days after the start of the Civil War.


A state audit has raised questions about the Central West Virginia Transit Authority's costs and controls.

The Exponent Telegram says the West Virginia Auditor's Office found that the agency paid expenses without evidence of proper authorization by its board or the general manager.


A Murray Energy company wants to expand a coal slurry impoundment in Harrison County to increase its capacity.

The former Consolidation Coal Co., now called Murray American Energy Inc., is seeking state approval to broaden the impoundment by 103 acres and increase its height by 70 feet.

West Virginia Legislature

As the legislature begins its session, the Republicans now holding the majority tout job creation as their main focus for the next eight weeks. On the House floor today, Delegate Miley of Harrison County noted that there are plenty of jobs in the north region of the state.

A newly elected state senator wants to keep his job on the Harrison County Commission while serving in the Legislature.

A former Salem official has lost a bid to serve his embezzlement sentence under house arrest.

David Wayne Mayle is serving one to 10 years in prison. His attorney, Rocco Mazzei, had filed a motion in November asking a judge to consider house arrest.

The Exponent Telegram reports that Harrison County Circuit Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. denied the motion on Monday. Marks says in his order that the sentence is appropriate.


Harrison County officials are attributing a 911 dispatch mix-up to a computer error and miscommunication.

Firefighters responding to a house fire last week were sent to the wrong address about 20 miles away.

County administrator Willie Parker tells The Exponent Telegram that an investigation found the house's location hadn't been converted to a new address in the Harrison-Taylor 911 computer system. When a caller reported the fire, the computer system showed an old address.

Joseph Johnson, represented Harrison County in the 1980 Virginia Convention.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harrison County, Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1850

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The federal government will provide additional help to two West Virginia counties to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.

Berkeley and Harrison counties are among 26 counties and cities in 11 states designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas.

Antero Resources

 Antero Resources can resume operations at two drilling sites where water storage tanks ruptured recently.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has lifted orders requiring Antero to cease operations at the well pad sites in Doddridge and Harrison counties.


A coal company has been cited by federal mining regulators for the November 2012 collapse of a Harrison County coal slurry impoundment that left a miner dead.
Dozer operator Markel Koon of Shinnstown and his machine were swept into the impoundment when an embankment collapsed at the Robinson Run Mine's Nolan Round impoundment near Lumberport. He was 58.

School Building Authority of West Virginia

West Virginia School Building Authority executive director Mark Manchin says he plans to step down to become Harrison County's school superintendent.
     The county Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday to vote on a proposed contract. School board president David Sturm tells media outlets that he expects the board to approve the contract.
     Manchin says he will accept the job if it's offered.