CRIME & SAFETY
Cause of Fire that Killed Wood County Resident Ruled Undetermined, but Most Probably Accidental
The fire that killed a Parkersburg resident last week has been ruled as undetermined but most probably accidental by West Virginia State Fire Marshal investigators. The fire began on Tuesday, Dec.5th at an apartment building on Market Street. The victim was found on the 3rd floor in an apartment and was declared dead at the scene by emergency medical services personnel.
Weekly Safety Report: Investigation Continues, Fatal Fire, and Vehicle Crash Impact Parkersburg
This week in Parkersburg, West Virginia, there were three notable incidents. The first incident involved the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Gretchen Fleming, who went missing after leaving a local lounge one year ago. The second incident was a fatal fire in a downtown building, where one person lost their life. The third incident was a two-vehicle crash on Market Street, resulting in road closures and two individuals being transported for medical attention.
Update on fatal fire in Parkersburg on Tuesday
PARKERSBURG, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The fire that killed a Parkersburg resident this week has been ruled as undetermined but most probably accidental by West Virginia State Fire Marshal investigators. The fire began on Tuesday, Dec. 5th, at an apartment building on Market Street. The victim was found on the 3rd floor of an apartment and […]
Weekly Safety Report: Drunk Driving Arrest, Double Murder Suspect Found Dead, and Winter Driving Discussion in Bellefontaine, Ohio
This week in Bellefontaine, Ohio, there were several incidents that occurred, including a drunk driving arrest and a suspect in a double murder being found dead in a motel room. Additionally, there was a discussion on a public affairs show about winter emergency levels and driving safety, with a future topic planned on mental health in the county.
Busy Day for Washington County Law Enforcement: Speeding Warnings, Welfare Checks, and Jail Intakes
On December 7, 2023, Washington County law enforcement officers responded to a variety of incidents. The day started with three 911 hang-up calls, followed by issuing warnings for speeding and poor driving. Deputies conducted inspections at junkyards, compliance, residence, and school checks, and responded to reports of suspicious persons and vehicles.
Parkersburg house demolished after early morning fire
PARKERSBURG — One house was torn down in an emergency demolition Friday afternoon after an early morning fire, while another was damaged in a blaze the night before, the Parkersburg fire chief said. Authorities were notified at 3:17 a.m. Friday of a reported fire at 915 15th St., Fire...
Home Evacuated After Fire on 15th Street
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Shortly after 3:30 this morning, Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire on 15th Street in Parkersburg. No injuries have been reported. Parkersburg Fire Department had the fire contained within 10 minutes of their arrival, but were still investigating as of 4:00 a.m. The residence...
Firefighters: Woman killed in Parkersburg apartment fire
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WCHS) — One person was killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Parkersburg, firefighters said. The blaze was reported in a downtown apartment building on Market Street. Firefighters said the victim was a 27-year-old woman. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. No other...
Local Law Enforcement Responds to Multiple Incidents: Theft, Car Crash, and Drug Charges at Washington County Jail
On December 5, 2023, law enforcement officers across several townships responded to various incidents. Two 911 calls were abruptly ended, and a deputy was sent to Belpre Township after a report of a deer shot and abandoned on the roadside. In a separate incident, a deputy cleared a tarp from a state route.
Double-murder suspect identified
The suspect in a double-murder in West Virginia who fled to Bellefontaine and reportedly shot and killed himself as local and federal law enforcement prepared to arrest him has been identified. Stevie Roseberry, 46, of Belpre, Ohio, had been on the run for less than 12 hours by the time...
Local Deputies' Busy Day: Traffic Citations, Welfare Checks, and a Probation Violation Arrest
On December 6, 2023, local deputies carried out a range of duties. They issued citations for traffic violations, conducted home, residence, and school checks, and responded to various incidents. They assisted the Reno Volunteer Fire Department with a patient, and supported the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Marietta Police Department.
Market Street Reopened After Two-Vehicle Collision Leads to Minor Injuries
Witness the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash on Market Street that resulted in minor injuries and temporary road closure. Discover how an SUV running a red light led to this incident, and the quick response from local emergency services.
Wood County Sheriff's Office Cracks Down on String of Thefts, Recovers $100,000 Worth of Stolen Property
In late November, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into a series of trailer and equipment thefts in the Hawkins/Pine Mills area. As of December 5th, investigators successfully identified and located several suspects linked to the thefts. During the operation, authorities recovered three stolen vehicles, two stolen...
“A living nightmare”: Gretchen Fleming’s family continues to live with her disappearance, one year later
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - One year after Gretchen Fleming disappeared, coping with her absence isn’t any easier for her father and stepmother, David and Jennifer. “It’s more like been a living nightmare for the last year,” David said. “Just taking it day by day and trying to be patient and letting the authorities do their job and gather their information that they need.”
Busy Weekend for Local Law Enforcement: Domestic Violence Arrest, Loose Dogs, and Traffic Accidents
On December 2, 2023, Deputy Young responded to a domestic violence report involving Cody Alan Meeks, 29, in Belpre Township. Meeks allegedly assaulted another person during an argument, causing injuries. He was arrested, charged with domestic violence, and taken to Washington County Jail.
One Year Later: West Virginia woman, Gretchen Fleming, is still missing
It’s been over a year since Gretchen Fleming went missing Gretchen Fleming, 28, of Vienna, West Virginia was allegedly last seen at the My Way Lounge Dec. 3, 2022. The family of Fleming reported Gretchen missing on Dec. 12, 2022. Fleming’s purse and phone were found at the My Way bar but investigators say they don’t […]
Fatal fire on Market St. under investigation by W.Va. State Fire Marshal
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A fire in Parkersburg Tuesday morning left one person dead and forced others to flee their homes. The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at 816 Market Street Apartment 3A at 10:46 Tuesday morning. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said fire fighters used an engine’s deck gun to blast the fire initially before entering the building.
GoFundMe created for woman hospitalized after being hit by drunk driver on Route 50
WOOD COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - “I spent two whole days from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., until they would kick us out, just sitting there holding her hand.”. It was about 7:25 p.m. on Nov. 29 when Brianna Jones, of Ritchie County, was driving home from work on U.S Route 50 in Wood County when her life was threatened by a drunk driver.
Pennsboro woman remains hospitalized following collision
PARKERSBURG — A Pennsboro woman remained hospitalized following a head-on collision that occurred on U.S. 50 Nov. 29. Brianna L. Jones was driving eastbound when Andrew Warwick, 36, of Williamstown, collided his black 2021 Toyota Tacoma with her 2022 Kia Niro. Jones was life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Man pistol whipped, assaulted as vehicle is stolen in hostage situation
MINERAL WELLS, WV (LOOTPRESS) – An Ohio man faces charges following an incident in which a Wood County man was assaulted and held hostage last month. According to reports from Wood County Magistrate Court, on Friday, November 24, 2023, Sgt. J.S. Kidder with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Go Mart convenience store […]