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Hotel drug bust leads to two arrests

BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Two individuals were arrested early on Monday in a drug bust at a Raleigh County hotel. According to reports from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 3:00am Monday morning, Cpl. B.J. Adkins responded to suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Microtel at 2130 Harper Road in Beckley.
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Obituary for Peyton Garrett Blankenship

Peyton Garrett Blankenship, age 18, of Pulaski, was called home Friday June 24, 2022. The Good Lord and his paternal grandparents, Draper and Margaret Anderson and several other family members were there, arms wide open for him. It is undeniable that he departed this world, as devastation rang throughout the family and friends. He was born into this world, a wonderful, and perfect miracle in Pulaski on April 15, 2004, and is the son of Brandi Nicole Blankenship-Anderson and Christopher Bryan Anderson. Peyton was a recent graduate of Pulaski County High School, class 2022.
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Obituary for Betty Irene Steele

Betty Irene Steele, age 76, of Pulaski, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday June 28, 2022. Betty was born in 1945 in West Virginia and grew up surrounded by a large family of 8 other siblings. She was preceded in death by her Husband, Franklin Delano Steele; Father, Claude Lesslie Martin; and sister, Vivian Green.

Obituary for Ernest Lee Taylor

Ernest Lee Taylor, age 85 of Pulaski, died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Highland Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Dublin. “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith!” He was born on November 10, 1936 in Montcalm, West Virginia, and was the son of the late Loessie Hill Taylor and the late Cletus Taylor.

WV woman facing prison for Nigerian fraud scheme

HUNTINGTON, WV (WVNS) — Today, a woman was sentenced to three months in prison for a fraud scheme involving Nigerian accounts. Patricia Dudding, 70, an elderly individual herself, was ordered by the court to pay a restitution fine of $1,788,589.24. Dudding admitted in court that she used different aliases to receive and wire fraudulent funds […]

2 arrested in Beckley after Meth, Fentanyl recovery

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Two people were arrested yesterday in Beckley, after a mass amount drugs were discovered by Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputies. On June 27, 2022, at 3 AM Cpl. B. J. Adkins noticed suspicious activity in the parking-lot of Microtel on Harper Road. Before investigating, he called for backup, and two deputies arrived […]

Retired WWII vet shows off woodworking in Princeton

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) – Ninety-seven-year-old Leonard Beckett was set up at the Princeton Health and Fitness Center selling coffee tables, lazy susans, and other handmade goods. Beckett said he picked up woodworking as a hobby 16 years ago when he retired as owner of Athens Garage at age 81, proving it is never too late […]

Eye Candy Optical holds ribbon cutting ceromony for grand opening

BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted Tuesday to welcome Raleigh County’s newest enterprise, Eye Candy Optical. The eyewear design hub opened the doors to its North Eisenhower Drive location Monday morning, in a ceremony held in conjunction with the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.

Fireworks show at Lake Stephens announced

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Raleigh County Parks and Recreation announced the 2022 July 3rd Fireworks Show will be hosted at Lake Stephens. The spectacular fireworks show will begin at 10 pm at Lake Stephens. Attendees can view the fireworks from the beach, dam area and the water. Parking is free, but regular beach and marina […]

Lake Stephens hours adjusted for holiday fireworks display

SURVEYOR, WV (LOOTPRESS) – As Independence Day approaches, many businesses, venues, and organizations are opting to celebrate during the weekend leading up to the popular holiday. Lake Stephens is no exception, as this year the popular swimming and activity destination has announced that a celebratory fireworks display will be...

Hinton man arrested in relation to theft allegation

Hinton WV (Hinton News) - Local police recently arrested Stanley Chris Walls Jr., 37, of Hinton, who allegedly stole a four-wheeler from a Summers County home. According to the criminal complaint, Walls was supposed to be working on the victim's farm at the time of the alleged theft. The criminal complaint states the victim contacted police about a missing yellow four-wheeler. According to the complaint, Walls was supposed to stay overnight on the victim's farm on June 24 but was not on the property when the victim went in search of him. At that point, the victim began to search for...

Defendants plead not guilty to murder of 13-year-old

PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) - Isis Wallace and Nichole Brooks both pleaded not guilty during an arraignment on Monday, for the murder of 13-year-old Maryze Unique Tatum in Bluefield, W.Va. on March 24, 2022. The pair’s pretrial date is set for Aug. 19, and their trial is set to begin Sept....

Hospice of Southern West Virginia Recognized as a Five Star Hospice

BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Hospice of Southern West Virginia (HSWV) has been named a five-star hospice, an achievement that places HSWV among the top hospices in the country. HSWV is one of 195 hospices in the United States that obtained this rating, of the 2,026 hospices scored through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Hospice Survey (CAHPS).