West Virginia State Police

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The West Virginia State Police say traffic fatalities in the state continued to decline in 2015.

State Police tell WVVA-TV that roadway deaths are down from 337 killed in 2012 to 270 in 2015. Troopers with the Governor's Highway Safety Program attribute the decline to an increase in targeted patrols across the state.

A Princeton man has been charged with intentionally hitting a volunteer firefighter with his vehicle.

Media outlets report that West Virginia State Police charged 54-year-old Jeffery Lanford with unlawful wounding and leaving the scene of injury. Lanford turned himself in last week and was released on bond.

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State police say officers in West Virginia fatally shot a stabbing suspect after the man brandished a shotgun in their direction. 

West Virginia State Police Sgt. K.D. Horrocks says in a news release that the incident occurred late Tuesday night. The names of the dead man and the stabbing victims haven't been released, pending notification of family.

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A man who was shot in the head by a state trooper has ended his legal battle with state police.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports attorneys for Stephen Shawn Krein and the state police agreed Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Krein in Dec. 2010.

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A former West Virginia state trooper will go on trial Feb. 2 on charges that he arranged to have his mobile home burned down.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Ferrell set the trial date for 26-year-old Stephen Spencer Gula during a hearing Tuesday.

West Virginia State Police says troopers will begin to carry a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. 

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports there's no time frame for when troopers will start carrying naloxone.

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State police say a man wanted in Georgia was fatally shot during a pursuit on the West Virginia Turnpike.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous tells media outlets that 28-year-old Brandon Lamar Johnson of Snellville, Georgia, stopped his car during a pursuit Tuesday on Interstate 64-77 in Beckley, got out and pulled a gun on troopers. Baylous says Johnson refused to drop his weapon and was shot.

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A Martinsburg man faces charges of embezzling more than $170,000 from his employer.

The Journal reports that 65-year-old Joseph William Pugh Jr. was arraigned on Thursday on a felonious embezzlement count.

Pugh is accused of embezzling the money over a seven-year period from Heiston Supply Company.

West Virginia State Police say the investigation began after the company's president discovered $400 was missing from a business deposit on July 31.

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The Wayne County Board of Education’s website was hacked Wednesday. Those claiming responsibility say they’re members of a terrorist organization.

In the early morning hours Wednesday the website was hacked by someone claiming to be part of the Islamic State. When users visited the Board of Education website they were re-directed to another site which promotes Islamic terrorism.

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The American Association of State Troopers announced on its website that West Virginia State Police has captured the Best Looking Cruiser Contest.

WCHS-TV reports that in 2014, the Mountain State’s blue-and-gold cruiser placed second in the national event. Ohio won last year's contest, but finished second behind West Virginia this year.

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West Virginia State Police say a suspect has been arrested after a report of someone with a gun inside a high school.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School.

Baylous says the incident began as a "hostage-type situation" at the school.

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A new partnership between local police and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center is already paying dividends.

Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers announced Wednesday that Oswald Gibson has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and kidnapping. Police say the attack occurred June 17th, 2004. The announcement of the indictment came during a press conference involving Huntington police, West Virginia state police and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. It’s a partnership that has the forensic science center testing rape kits and checking DNA against the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS. They’re kits from the late 90s and early 2000s that were collected before CODIS existed. Hammers said the new arrangement could be huge in cracking cold cases.

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State police in Virginia and West Virginia have formed a special detail to reduce speeding on Interstate 77.

West Virginia senior trooper D.C. Graham says he'll patrol a nine-mile section of the interstate in the Princeton detachment's territory. Virginia senior trooper P.J. Deel plans to focus on I-77 in Bland and Wythe counties in Virginia.

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  Troopers from six states are targeting distracted drivers in the latest of a series of highway enforcement efforts.

 

The 6-State Trooper Project brings together officers from the State Highway Patrol in Ohio and state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Law enforcement officials say the public shouldn't use social media to request immediate help.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous tells The Charleston Gazette that the agency doesn't have the manpower or resources to monitor its Facebook page around the clock.

June 29, 1919: West Virginia State Police Established

Jun 29, 2015
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The West Virginia State Police was established on June 29, 1919. Governor John Jacob Cornwell had pushed to form the unit in response to the mine wars, which were rocking southern West Virginia. Cornwell had grown frustrated with ineffective sheriffs and constables who had to face reelection and, at the same time, tended to take sides in labor struggles. Also, coal companies were hiring some deputies to serve as private security guards, and coal company guards were being sworn in as deputies—all of which angered miners. The state police came into existence with vocal opposition from labor leaders.

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Bluefield police have requested an outside investigation of the death of a suspect who became ill while in custody at the city jail.

Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Connie Hambrick complained of a bad headache and asked to be taken to a hospital about three hours after she was arrested on June 4.

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West Virginia State Police say one of its vehicles along with two guns and an officer's badge were stolen during a traffic stop.

State Police issued an advisory Tuesday saying the blue-and-gold marked 2014 Ford Explorer was taken about 9 a.m. on U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs.

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  A Lincoln County man has been charged in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded.

Forty-eight-year-old Andrew Staggs faces murder and malicious wounding charges. State Police Capt. Dave Nelson says Staggs shot 29-year-old Katie Toler and 36-year-old Chad Mays, both of Branchland, early Monday. Toler was killed. Mays was in intensive care at CAMC General Hospital.

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West Virginia State Police have captured a Pennsylvania man who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital.

State police say 30-year-old Rocco Zuccaro of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, was found late Wednesday night hiding in tall grass near a natural gas facility in the McWhorter area of Harrison County.

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