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West Virginia's attorney general is calling for 150 more state troopers and 50 more investigators to help stem the flow of illegal drugs fueling the state's addiction crisis.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a full overnight shift on the state's highways is important to a law-enforcement effort that's gotten "short shrift" on resources.

West Virginia State Police have charged two teenagers with making threats at a middle school.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says in a news release that males ages 13 and 15 were charged in juvenile petitions with making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

State Police figures show arrests on charges of child pornography or online solicitation of minors have increased in West Virginia this decade.

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  West Virginia State Police say they've arrested dozens of people in southern West Virginia on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine during targeted efforts in the past month.

Since October 26 state troopers in Webster, Pendleton, Randolph, and Braxton counties found 2 meth labs, arrested 14 people and seized a little over $1000.

This resulted in 28 felonies and 2 misdemeanor charges.

Tremale Straughter of Rand pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge Monday before the start of his trial in the death of 19-year-old Harold Donovan Taylor.
 
In return for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three charges of wanton endangerment against Straughter.
 
Taylor's body was found inside a bullet-riddled car.  After the shooting occurred last February in Rand, Riverside High School, three middle schools and nine elementary schools were closed while police searched for a suspect.
 

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The West Virginia State Police remembered two officers Thursday who died in the line of duty just over a year ago. Thanks to House Concurrent Resolution 17 from this past legislative session, a stretch of roadway, a bridge and an interchange were named after the fallen troopers during a memorial near the site of the incident that took their lives.

A patch of pavement along Route 36 just inside the Roane County line served to be the place where Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey took his last breath. It was also where Trooper Eric Workman sustained fatal injuries.