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West Virginia State Police say they've charged a man with attacking a state Senate candidate at a political cookout.

Senior Trooper J.E. Garren said Jonathan Porter is charged with malicious assault, attempted malicious assault and felony destruction of property in the beating on Sunday of Richard Ojeda, who's running as a Democrat for a state Senate seat.

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Officials say Clay County schools will be closed for the rest of the week during an ongoing school threat investigation.

On its website, the school district told media outlets in a statement Tuesday that the decision was made to close the schools Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after additional information was obtained in the investigation. Officials have not said what that additional information was.

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West Virginia State Police say a man found with a bomb inside his vehicle has been taken into custody.

Local media outlets report police say 59-year-old Herman Vance was arrested Sunday near the Mingo-Logan county line. He is charged with obstructing, simple possession and illegal possession of destructive devices and explosives.

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Authorities in Nicholas County say a man allegedly identified himself as a state trooper to try to gain entry to a residence in Dixie before shooting another man.

Sheriff David P. Hopkins says in a news release that 22-year-old Briar Allen Stewart of Belva was arrested Wednesday in Kanawha County on charges of malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and nighttime burglary.

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The Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police led the state in felony arrests in fiscal year 2015.

Citing the agency's annual report, The Journal reports that the detachment made a total of 1,135 arrests.

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State officials say an inmate has stabbed another inmate to death at Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that troopers believe 40-year-old Steven Branscome stabbed 47-year-old Russell Hager several times in the head and neck using a metal shank on Saturday afternoon.

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West Virginia State Police say a trooper has been injured in a scuffle while trying to serve an arrest warrant on an Indiana fugitive.

State Police spokesman Michael Baylous says the trooper from the Elkins detachment was attempting to arrest 27-year-old Nathaniel Ray Wegman in the Mill Creek area of Randolph County.

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The West Virginia State Police says a 17-year veteran trooper died Monday morning during a physical fitness training routine.

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro died while jogging near the grounds of the West Virginia State Police Academy in Dunbar, according to State Police spokesperson Lieutenant Michael Baylous.  

Portaro was was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston where he was pronounced dead. 

Baylous said Portaro's exact cause of death is currently unknown. 

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West Virginia State Police say the discovery of human remains and personal possessions near the New River Gorge Bridge could solve an 18-year-old mystery: the disappearance of a Virginia Tech graduate student.

State Police Sgt. Kenneth Tawes told The Roanoke Times that the remains were found in a heavily wooded area Thursday along with Robert L. Kovack's driver's license, a college ID and car keys.

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Authorities say a man has died after a natural gas well he was working on malfunctioned in Marion County.

The Times West Virginian reports West Virginia State Police Cpl. H.C. Myers says 40-year-old Fred Allen Layman Jr. was killed Tuesday.

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  A woman is suing the West Virginia State Police over the shooting death of her husband.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Donna Spry filed the lawsuit last month in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit says Spry's husband, Curly Spry, was shot 11 times by troopers who entered their home without permission in January 2014.

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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.