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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.

At the legislature today, there’s Senate action on a bill we learned about last night to invest 78 million dollars in broadband development.  And the House quietly passes a flurry of bills on the floor today ranging from early childhood education to rules for barbers and hair stylists.  We’ll talk with the Chair and Vice Chair of the House committee that oversees barbershops and hair salons, among other things, on The Legislature Today.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has placed Fayette and Kanawha counties under a state of emergency following a train derailment Monday afternoon in western Fayette County.

The accident, involving a 109-car CSX  train traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va., occurred along Route 61, causing a fire in the small community of Armstrong Creek.

Those in the area are being asked to conserve water while intakes are shut down as a result of crude oil from the tankers having leaked into the Kanawha River. 

Residents within a half-mile radius of the derailment and fire are being evacuated by State Police. Fires caused by the derailment have taken out main power lines and created the need for longer term housing, according to a late Monday night release from the Fayette County Office of Emergency Management. 

 State Police Sgt. Bennett with the Beckley detachment confirmed one of his officers arrived on scene around 1:30 Monday afternoon to at least one CSX crude oil car off the track.  In a news release, CSX said on person was being treated for potential inhalation. They say no other injuries have been reported and the cause of the accident is under investigation. 

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

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

Shepherdstown and Romney were both chartered on the same day, the big question still comes down to which one came first.
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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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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four workers have been charged with stealing food and supplies from a Kanawha County high school.

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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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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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  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.

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.  

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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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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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  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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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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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.
 

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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