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Inmate Found After Escaping Correctional Facility

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JACKSON COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - One inmate has been found after escaping in Jackson County Sunday. According to a release, on Sunday, the Jackson County Correctional Facility had an escape of Nathan A. Christman, 26. Christman was being held on a probation violation. The escape was reported as a door malfunction and the inmate walked away. After the investigation was completed, the door did not malfunction. Personnel from Aramark, who handle the food preparation service, did not ...

Arron Lawson has No Bond set after Hearing Video included

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The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said when they were searching the house where the fatal shootings occurred, they found the body of 8-year-old who had suffered from gunshot wounds.

Reward offered for Ohio man accused of raping, killing infant

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 A reward is now being offered for information leading to the capture of a man accused of raping and murdering a 13-month-old girl.

Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, misbehavior

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The Latest on the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan,

Authorities In Huntington Are Investigating A Stabbing

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Huntington Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred Sunday evening. The incident took place in the 300 block of 8th avenue. The call came in Shortly before 6:30 p.m. 1 male patient was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.

Florida Man Kills Family Friend For Hitting On Imaginary Girlfriend, Starts Shootout With Deputies

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PASCO CO., FL (WCMH) — Authorities in Florida say a murder-turned-shootout started when a man believed a family friend was hitting on his imaginary girlfriend. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Desario, 30, shot and killed a friend of his mother’s, 56-year-old David Armstrong, on Thursday afternoon.

Mercer County Sheriff's: Princeton Mayor Arrested, Charged With DUI

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Princeton, WV -According to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Princeton Mayor Dewey Russell was arrested and charged with Driving Under The Influence. Sheriff Tommy Bailey confirmed that Russell  was arrested after being involved in a single car accident. 

One Person Transported To The Hospital Following A Stabbing In Eastern Kanawha County

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A man was transported to the hospital following a stabbing early Saturday morning.  According to dispatchers, the incident  happened just before 1 a.m. in the 5000 block of Elaine Drive in Rand. The victim was transported to the hospital with what is being described as non-life threatening injuries. No other details pertaining to the incident have been released, or no arrests have been made. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Pet groomer accused of choking, kicking and dragging dog to death

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FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (WCMH) — The owner of a pet grooming store in Georgia is accused of animal abuse that led to a dog’s death. WAGA reports Michelle Root, owner of Paws’sh Paws, was charged with felony animal cruelty. It started when a dog named Meko started running to the back of the store while another employee was grooming it on October 7. According to a police report, Root choked the dog to the point of unconsciousness and dragged it to the front of the s...

Body found in Huntington being investigated as murder

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - Police are investigating a murder after a body was found in Huntington earlier this morning. According to Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli, a body was discovered on the 2800 block of Hite Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Police received a report about a suspicious vehicle where they found the body inside. Chief Ciccarelli said that the cause of death was a gunshot wound. The identity of the victim has not been released. Police do not have a suspect at this ti...

3 doses of Narcan saves Ohio 18-month-old who overdosed on heroin

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An 18-month-old Ohio boy is recovering after overdosing on heroin and being given three doses of Narcan to bring him back to life.

Man accused of using school pick-up lane for drug deal

Police in Kentucky say a 63-year-old man was arrested for allegedly using a school pick-up car lane for a drug deal.

Sheriff: Ohio man wanted for burning cat alive

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A man in Ohio is wanted for setting a cat on fire and using lighter fluid as an accelerant.

Wayne High School Assistant Principal Arrested for DUI

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WAYNE, WV (WOWK) - A high school assistant principal has been charged with DUI after failing a field sobriety test Saturday night. According to a criminal complaint, Joe Brumfield, 48, of Huntington, was arrested after an officer received a report of a reckless driver in the Lavalette area. Police noticed Brumfield's vehicle on 5th Street Road in Lavalette , which matched the description, cross into a construction zone and almost strike a barrel. After approaching the vehicle, poli...

Police: Ohio Teen Says He Shot Dog With Arrow

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Police say a 16-year-old boy has acknowledged he shot an Ohio family's yellow Labrador retriever with an arrow.

Wayne County drug bust uncovers alleged crystal meth distributors

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WAYNE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - The Wayne County Sheriff's Department has arrested two suspects in connection to a "large quantity" drug operation. According to a release, Anthony Biggs and Phillip Osborne, both of Huntington, were arrested after officers found crystal methamphetamine, pills, marijuana, and cash. Police believe both suspects were involved in the transportation of the drugs from Huntington to northern and central areas of Wayne County. Biggs is facing charges&nb...

Ex-nursing home worker pleads guilty in funds theft case

A former nursing home worker in West Virginia has pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case.

Water settlement letters going out in the mail, website to go live Wednesday Video included

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Many people will be watching the mail a little closer this week. Starting Wednesday letters will be sent out with details about submitting a claim in the historic 2014 water crisis. "in a few days people should be finding the forms they need to fill out to make their claims for businesses and residences."  In 2014 MCHM contaminated water in the Elk River leaving thousands of West Virginians without safe drinking water. This week those individuals will be able to file ...

Two Arrested for Breaking Into Condemned Herbert Hoover High School to Steal Copper Piping Video included

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FALLING ROCK, WV (WOWK) - Two people have been arrested after breaking into the abandoned Herbert Hoover High School to steal copper piping. According to court documents, officers noticed a red blazer was parked outside of the old Herbert Hoover High School in Falling Rock. The vehicle was parked in a "cubby hole" behind the school and appeared to be parked in a way that hindered it from easily being visible.  Officers investigated and walked around the back of t...

WV Supreme Court Rules in Favor of WVBOE, Nicholas County, Richwood will not Consolidate Video included

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The West Virginia State Supreme Court has ruled in favor the West Virginia Board of Education in their case against the Nicholas County Board of Education.

Civil rights charges brought against 2 in Point Pleasant after teenager assaulted

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Police have arrested two suspects for civil rights violations after a teenage boy was assaulted.

Man convicted of raping 12-year-old given joint custody of their child

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A judge has granted a convicted rapist joint custody of the boy that resulted from the sexual assault of the 12-year-old girl who became the child's mother.

Supreme Court won't take up case of ex-Massey Energy CEO

The Supreme Court is leaving in place the conviction of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for misdemeanor conspiracy to violate federal safety standards at a West Virginia mine where 29 miners died in 2010.

Missing 15-day-old baby found dead in woods

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The body of a 15-day-old baby who had been reported missing has been found in a wooded area.

2 women, 3 inmates charged in plan to bring drugs into jail

Five people are accused of conspiring to smuggle an opioid prescription drug into a Kentucky jail.

Law punishes parents to help prevent bullying in one city

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Parents in one town could end up behind bars if their child is found bullying others. They hope the new law will help end bullying by holding parents accountable for their children’s actions.

One Suspect In Custody And One Still At Large After A Pursuit Ends In A Crash

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According to Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff's, The West Virginia State Police were responding to an overdose call in the Cabin Creek area. When authorities arrived, the person drove away and led WVSP and Kanawha County Deputies on a short pursuit that ended in a crash. A female passenger was taken into custody but the male driver escaped into the woods. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Victims in Murder-Suicide in Cabell County Identified Video included

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According to a family member, the father received a voicemail around Noon from the mother, sobbing, saying that she was sorry, and that she loved him.

Swedish man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old West Virginia girl

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A man from Sweden is in jail after deputies said he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old West Virginia girl.

Cops: Shoplifting Suspect Crashes, Leaves 2 Year Old Son To Die In Vehicle

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TULLYTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been jailed on charges he left his 2-year-old son to die after a crash that occurred as he fled from a Philadelphia-area Walmart after allegedly stealing television speakers. Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Kuhn, of Hamilton, remained in the Bucks County jail Wednesday on third-degree murder and other charges. There was no attorney listed in court records.

2 More Arrested in Charleston Prostitution Sting Video included

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Undercover officers have arrested two more people in their efforts to reduce prostitution crime in Charleston

Pursuit spanning multiple counties ends in vehicle crash

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GALLIA COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - A vehicle pursuit that spanned four counties this morning resulted in two suspects being transported to a hospital.  According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 25 mile pursuit originated in Scioto County, and went through Jackson and Lawrence before ending in Gallia County. The pursuit ended near Shade River Road in Patriot, OH.  Troopers say the driver crashed into a pond near a residence.  One of the suspects, a male, swam to shore wh...

Complaint: Mom ties up 4-year-old son, sets him on fire

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Prosecutors allege a woman killed her 4-year-old son by setting him on fire in a bathtub in their apartment. 

Chillicothe inmates, corrections officer among 7 charged in drug conspiracy

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A federal grand jury has charged seven people, including a corrections officer, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Prosecutor: Man pleads guilty in disabled woman's rape

A prosecutor says a man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman in Ohio has pleaded guilty to a rape charge.

Teacher Arrested After Disorderly Conduct Incident at West Virginia School

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Officers were guided to the principal's office where Airhart was located. Officers said she appeared to be upset. Airhart then walked into the hallway and began to yell and curse, police said. Officers advised Airhart to stop cursing and escorted her out of the school.

Police arrest man after shots fired in St. Albans

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Saint Albans Police and Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating an early morning shots fired call. The shooting was reported around 5:45 Thursday morning on in the 500 block of Austin Drive in Saint Albans. Dispatchers say there is no victim at this time and that police are handling this as a shots fired call. Stay with 13News for the latest developments.

Cops: Shoplifting suspect crashes, leaves 2-year-old son to die in vehicle

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A man has been jailed on charges he left his 2-year-old son to die after a crash that occurred as he fled from a Walmart after allegedly stealing television speakers.

Thief sentenced after stealing $140K in cars from auction

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A man has been sentenced to one year in prison after being accused of stealing $140K worth of vehicles from the Capital City Auto Auction. According to a release from the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office, William Allen Carter, 44, of Woodville, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny on October 2nd, 2017.  A criminal complaint details that on December 27th, 2016, four vehicles were stolen from the Capital City Auto Auction. The stolen vehicles included a 2013...

Charleston man arrested after shooting car containing people

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Police arrested a man in Charleston yesterday after he fired shots into a vehicle containing two people. The incident occurred near the 600 block of Granada Way.  According to a criminal complaint, Timothy Howard Bishop, 49, of Charleston, fired two rounds from a semi-automatic pistol and struck a vehicle. The vehicle contained two victims who were not injured during the shooting. Bishop was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment. He's being he...

Man Arrested After Deputies Find Automatic Weapons, 900+ Rounds Of Ammo In Traffic Stop

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Deputies say a man faces multiple charges after unregistered automatic weapons were found during a traffic stop for speeding.

Ohio deputies save numerous animals from "terrible living conditions"

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GALLIA COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - The Gallia County Sheriff's Department have rescued numerous animals in what they say were "terrible living conditions." Deputies responded to a home in the Springfield Township area after receiving a complaint involving abuse and neglect. At the residence, deputies found dogs, cats, pigs, chickens and gerbils in such bad conditions that they required veterinary care. Sheriff Champlin released the following statement: "For someo...

Lawrence County Schools employee investigated for inappropriate messages to student

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - A Rock Hill school district employee is under investigation for an inappropriate incident involving a student. Sheriff Jeff Lawless tells 13 News that the investigation involves a school district employee who allegedly sent inappropriate messages to a student using social media. The employee's identity has not been released, and no arrests have been made. Charges are pending a report sent to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office. Stay with 13 News as...

Kentucky Middle School Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges

Kentucky State Police say they have arrested a middle school teacher on child pornography charges.

Police discover 140 grams of meth, heroin in drug bust

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WAYNE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Two people were arrested in Wayne County earlier this morning in what the Wayne County Sheriff's Department calls, "one of the WCSD Drug Enforcement Unit's biggest busts to date." According to a release, deputies arrested Steven Crabtree and Brittany Legg, both of Wayne County. At roughly 3:30 a.m. near James River Road, officers searched a residence and found various drugs, cash, and a handgun. Deputies seized nearly 70 grams of methamphetamine ...

Vegas gunman had device turning weapon into automatic

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The gunman who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas had two “bump-stocks” that could have converted semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones, officials said.

Ex-West Virginia postal worker admits stealing prescriptions

A former postal worker from Cross Lanes has admitted stealing packages containing prescription drugs.

Brother: Las Vegas gunman was wealthy real-estate investor Video included

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Police say the man who killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 400 at a Las Vegas concert was a retiree with no criminal history in the Nevada county where he lived.

UPDATE: Salem Man Turns Himself In After Road Rage Incident

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William Sothen, 63, of Salem, turned himself in to Harrison County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for battery in Monongalia County.

Update: More Arrests in Park Place Bar Drug Investigation

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Charleston Police believe that a bar in the Capitol City is at the center of the majority of crime taking place on the West Side of Charleston. Ten people have now been arrested in connection with the 4-month long investigation into the Park Place Bar. Charleston Police arrested James Bryant aka "Old School" and Roderic Scott Johnson aka "Scotty Bones" on several drug charges. 

One in custody following body discovered in Huntington

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - Huntington Police are on the scene where a dead body was discovered this morning between 3rd and 4th Avenues and 5th and 6th Streets. A man's body was found slumped up against a wall outside of Britney's Place in the alley. The Huntington Police Department's Forensic Team is gathering evidence and the County Medical Examiner is on scene. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says one suspect is in custody.  More information is expected to be rele...

West Virginia man gets 3 years for having guns

A 45-year-old man from West Virginia has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for illegally possessing guns.

Man Sentenced to 180 Years in Prison for Raping Kids at Wife's Daycare

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Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin has released details regarding an ongoing investigation that his office is conducting in cooperation with Ohio Bureau of Investigations Crimes Against Children’s Unit. As a result of this investigation into the allegation of sexual misconduct, Matthew W. Case age 43 of Rio Grande, Ohio, has been taken into custody and is incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail for four counts of Gross Sexual Imposition. Sheriff Champlin states ”Investig...

UPDATE: Judge Grants Continuance for Lena Lunsford's Trial Video included

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Lena Lunsford's attorney, Tom Dyer, filed a motion to continue the trial, and a judge granted the motion. The trial was originally set to begin in June but will now begin with jury selection on October 12.

Suspect Arrested After Attempted Robbery And Shooting In Kanawha County

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Yesterday morning a shooting was reported at a residence in Dalewood Trailer Park in Cross Lanes. When Deputies arrived to assist they met with the resident, Michael Jeffries, who told them he shot Joshua Hatfield several times while Mr. Hatfield attempted to rob him. Mr. Jeffries said he drove his SUV to Putnam County with Elijah Hammons and a female. 

UPDATE: 2nd Victim in Charleston Shooting Passes Away. Video included

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Dispatchers confirmed that two people were shot following a shooting in the west side area of Charleston this evening. The incident happened near Garrison Avenue at roughly 6:21 p.m. The extent of the victims' injuries is unknown at this time. Police say the suspect fled on foot.  No arrests have been made and units are still searching the area. The Charleston Police Department, Charleston Fire Department, and Kanawha County Emergency Medical Services are on scene. Stay wit...

Roane County Sheriff Resigns from Position Following Drug Trial Video included

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Williams was elected as Sheriff of Roane County on November 8th, 2016 and began his term on January 1st, 2017

UPDATE: Kanawha County Commissioners Discuss Progress on Crossings Mall Bridge Video included

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According to the Kanawha County Commission a receiver has been appointed to manage the property at Elkview Crossings Mall.

160 'Unusually Large' Marijuana Plants Discovered in Harrison County

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A large quantity of marijuana plants was discovered Tuesday in an isolated area of Harrison County.

UPDATE: Man Indicted on Murder Charges in Death of 10-Month-Old Girl

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Benjamin Taylor has been indicted on multiple charges after the sexual assault and death of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer.

UPDATE: Missing Belmont County Teens Lead Police On High Speed Chase in Texas

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UPDATE: According to the Belmont County Sheriff's Office, both teens have been taken into custody in Texas. 

Police say "Deadpool" Bank Robber being held in a detention center

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The South Point Police Department are currently investigating a robbery at the U.S. Bank in South Point, Ohio. The bank is on Solida Road, and people are being asked to stay clear of the area. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, and the police believe that he has a handgun. The suspect is wearing a mask of the comic book and movie and character Deadpool. The South Point Police Department are saying the suspect is a white male, weight around 200 pounds, and somew...

Grand jury: 2 bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children

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A new grand jury report claims two Roman Catholic bishops in a central Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year period.

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