West Virginia State Police

11:04 am
Thu January 15, 2015

All W.Va. Crime Scene Evidence Lands at State’s Forensic Lab

“Every day I come to work and it’s something different,” Acting Director/Quality Assurance Manager at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory Sharon Lemons said, “that’s the excitement of it!”
Credit Chuck Kleine / WVPublic


Sharon Lemons is the Acting Director/Quality Assurance Manager at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory. Any and all evidence collected at crime scenes in the state is processed through her facility:

  • DNA Analysis

  • Latent Prints

  • Drug Identification

  • Toxicology

  • Fire Arms

  • Questioned Documents

  • Trace Evidence

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West Virginia State Police
10:56 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Multistate Crime Spree Leaves Two Dead, Three Wounded

Eric Campbell
Credit West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority / www.wvrja.com

UPDATED: January 2, 2015, 1:33 PM

Authorities say a father and son's multistate crime spree left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched before the suspects were caught after a New Year's Day shootout that wounded two police officers in West Virginia.

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11:42 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Minimal Damage from Fire in Tunnel Along W.Va.-Va. Border

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Officials say a Christmas night fire caused minimal damage to an Interstate 77 tunnel along the Virginia-West Virginia border.

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West Virginia State Police
10:29 am
Tue December 23, 2014

W.Va. Troopers Give Motorists $100 Bills Instead of Tickets

Credit Suzanne Higgins / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Several motorists in the Princeton area got a surprise when they were pulled over by West Virginia State Police troopers.

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Abuse Investigation
10:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Four Charged for Failing to Report Abuse at Center

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Humanities Council

Four people face charges stemming from an investigation of abuse allegations at a center for developmentally disabled adults and children in Romney.

Hampshire County Magistrate Ron DiColia says Jennifer Flores of Romney and Augusta residents Joseph Moreland Jr., Denny Timbrook and Katrina Phillips are each charged with failure to report abuse or neglect. The charge is a misdemeanor.

DiColia said Tuesday that all three remain free on bond.

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8:18 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Kanawha Co. School Employees Charged with Stealing

Credit Kanawha County Schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four workers have been charged with stealing food and supplies from a Kanawha County high school.

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10:06 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Improvised Explosive Devices, Chickens, Marijuana Found in I-79 Crash

Credit Katelyn Sykes / WCHS-TV

West Virginia State Police say altered fireworks, weapons, chickens and marijuana were found inside an SUV that wrecked on Interstate 79, and the driver from Pennsylvania has been arrested.

Police say a Ford Explorer carrying dozens of chickens flipped in Roane County about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

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Public Safety
11:38 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Here's the Department of Defense Equipment that West Virginia's Police Have Received Since 2006

A photo of a Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle, similar to the one McDowell Co. law enforcement acquired through the 1033 program from the Department of Defense's Law Enforcement Support Office.
Credit Grippenn / wikimedia Commons

Over 500 weapons and hundreds more pieces of military-grade tactical equipment have been transferred to the state of West Virginia since 2006 through a Department of Defense program known as the 1033 program. The transfers came through the Defense Logistics Agency's Law Enforcement Support Office, or LESO.

An investigation released Tuesday by The New York Times outlines transfers from the program to states, who coordinate with local law enforcement to acquire and distribute the weapons and equipment. 

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State Police
11:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

West Virginia Trooper Injured Along Interstate 77

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  West Virginia state police say a trooper has been injured in a hit-and-run accident along the West Virginia Turnpike.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says in a news release that Trooper D.R. White of the Parkways Authority detachment had stopped his cruiser to remove debris on Interstate 77. White was struck while walking back to his cruiser shortly after 5 a.m. today north of Princeton.

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West Virginia Morning
8:26 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Police Children's Unit Expansion Halted, Concerns Over Fayette Waste Disposal & More

The West Virginia State Police hoped to expand their Crimes Against Children Unity but a line item veto from Gov. Tomblin has halted that expansion. The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the DEP that revokes a waste disposal permit in Fayette County. Also, the towns of Matewan and Grafton will have grant funding as part of their participation in the Turn This Town Around project.  

Public Safety
9:21 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Gubernatorial Cuts Halt State Police Unit Expansion

The West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute, W.Va.
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In the weeks following the 2014 legislative session, a group of activists proved that standing up for what you believe in can sometimes make a difference. After letters, meetings and rallies at the Capitol, organizations that provide children and family services got their funding restored by the legislature during a special session.

Despite the ability of those groups to get their funding back after gubernatorial cuts, not every agency or organization was able to do the same. For instance, a program that won’t be expanding this year due to a lack of state money, the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

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Public Safety
2:34 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

W.Va. State Police Graduates 64th Cadet Class

The West Virginia State Police held their 64th Cadet Class graduation ceremonies in Ferrell Hall on the campus of West Virginia State University.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia State Police officially gained 27 new troopers Friday after graduation ceremonies at West Virginia State University.

Members of the 64th cadet classed marched into an auditorium full of fellow troopers and elated family members.

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Hooked On Heroin
5:25 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

West Virginia Fighting a War Against Heroin Addiction, Overdose Deaths

The number of deaths related to heroin overdoses, in West Virginia, continues to rise each year.
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  Editor's Note: We are airing a four part series on West Virginia Public Radio, about the drug heroin and how it is affecting West Virginia. A recent Associated Press story reported the number of heroin deaths in the state have nearly doubled since 2010. In the first story, Ben Adducchio reports on why heroin is getting into the hands of so many people.

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Law & Order
2:21 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kanawha Prosecutor Charged with Domestic Battery

Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants
Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants is facing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
Plants turned himself in Monday morning after an arrest warrant was issued. He was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond following an arraignment in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

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Child Abuse
11:13 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Romney Center Abuse Allegations Probe Continues

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A West Virginia State Police spokesman says an investigation of child abuse allegations at a center in Romney might not be completed until the fall.
Lt. Michael Baylous tells The Cumberland Times-News of Maryland that state police investigators are still conducting interviews. He says some of those being interviewed are special needs children.

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The Legislature Today
7:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin & State Police Captain Tim Bledsoe Discuss Heroin Use in The State

More than 20 bills pass through the Senate, but a couple bills brought the upper house's leadership to the podium to discuss next steps and, inevitably, they decide to lay the bills over until Tuesday. The House of Delegates deal with the collection of debts and their statute of limitations. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Captain Tim Bledsoe of the West Virginia State Police discuss heroin use around the state.

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House of Delegates
5:44 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

House Passes Bill to Enhance Penalties on Child Pornography Possession

The House before passing H.B. 4006, relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
Credit Aaron Payne

H.B. 4006 adds those who access with intent to view as those who can be convicted of possession of child pornography. The bill would also add enhanced penalties for such offenses with aggravating circumstances. If the material contains more than 500 images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the offense is a felony punishable by a sentence of 18 months to five years and a fine of 10,000 dollars.

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Law & Order
3:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Child Abuse Alleged at Private Center in Romney

Credit www.potomaccenter.com

State police are investigating abuse allegations at a nonprofit Romney center that serves children with developmental disabilities.
     The state removed 24 children from the Potomac Center last week. The move came after upper management reported the allegations to the Department of Health and Human Resources.

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2:15 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

W.Va. State Police Unveils Its New Phone App

The West Virginia State Police has just released its free app for iPhone and Android
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There’s a new way to stay in touch with the West Virginia State police. 

It’s as easy as accessing your smartphone.  The West Virginia State Police now has its own app to allow users to access the state police website, sex offender registry, detachment contact information, pictures and videos among other things. 

State police spokesman Sergeant Michael Baylous says the app will be one more way to tell citizens about important alerts.

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