CRIME & SAFETY
Body found decomposing in Kanawha County home, man found hiding in closet
BELLE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A decomposing body was found in a home by Kanawha Deputies Thursday along with a man hiding in a closet within the residence. According to a press release, on Thursday, June 1, 2023, just before 10:00 a.m., Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Legal Process Division was accompanied by Belle Police to a […]
Co-defendants in Charleston murder case denied bond
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — Two people charged in connection to a fatal shooting in Charleston's West Side have been denied bond in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Tyran Gray and Cortni Stovall were denied bond in a hearing Thursday, according to Judge Carrie Webster’s office. The co-defendants pleaded not...
Vehicle collision shuts down Route 25
NITRO, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A motor vehicle accident involving multiple cars on Thursday brought traffic along Route 25 to a standstill as the situation was addressed by responders. The Nitro Fire Department reports that the incident, which involved two cars, saw response from the Nitro Fire Department, Saint Albans Fire Department, and Nitro Police Department. […]
13 News invites FBI to Charleston studio for active shooter training
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Nearly a dozen FBI agents and police officers visited the 13 News studio in Charleston, West Virginia Thursday to run an active shooter training session. The FBI offers these training crash courses to organizations across the U.S. for free. The presentation entails preparedness tactics to protect yourself and those around you […]
DEP planner and inspector embezzles nearly $95K in less than a year
WEST VIRGINIA (LOOTPRESS) – A regional DEP planner and inspector has been indicted and pled guilty to embezzling nearly 95,000 dollars. According to court documents, Jerry Elkins was employed as DEP regional planner and inspector from 2018 to 2019. He was authorized to act on behalf of the DEP as an agent. From October 2018 […]
Driver accused of hitting pedestrian arrested
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man accused of driving away from the scene of an accident that left a pedestrian severely injured has been arrested, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. William Shrader, 54, of Scott Depot is facing failure to render aid and driving on a...
Kanawha County man pleads guilty to role in drug trafficking organization busted through Operation Smoke and Mirrors
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — A Kanawha County man pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a drug trafficking organization that was busted through “Operation Smoke and Mirrors,” according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ said 35-year-old Nicholas Confere, of Mammoth, arranged drug deals using a landline. This would include the buying and […]
West Virginia State Police looking for man missing since April
HANDLEY, W.Va. (WCHS) — West Virginia State Police need your help to find a missing man. Troopers said Weise "Jack" Denny, 33, was last seen in Handley on April 20, 2023. Denny is described as a white man with brown hair who is 6' tall and 150 pounds. Anybody...
Family’s attorneys react to Dunbar officers not charged in connection to son’s death
DUNBAR, WV (WOWK) – A family is continuing to fight for justice for their son who died in police custody almost a year ago. No criminal charges were filed in connection to the case, but the family plans to proceed with a civil lawsuit, according to their attorneys Dante’ diTrapano and Jesse Forbes. “The family […]
Pedestrian struck while attempting to get livestock out of roadway
ALUM CREEK, WV (LOOTPRESS) – One man was struck by a sedan while attempting to get livestock out of the roadway. According to a press release, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, around 8:00 a.m., Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy S.B. Savilla Ill, was dispatched to investigate a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the […]
Police searching for stolen UTV in Kanawha County
CROSS LANES, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect involved in the theft of a UTV on Monday. According to a press release, on Monday, May 29, 2023, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy B.J. Bellamy, was dispatched to investigate a stolen vehicle complaint at […]
Elderly man injured after hit by car
ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (WSAZ) – An elderly man believed to be removing livestock from a roadway was hit by a car Wednesday morning, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. The accident in Alum Creek happened in the 2400 block of Brook Road. Deputies say the driver of...
Stolen boat recovered, suspect still being sought
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A boat that had been reported stolen in Kanawha County has been recovered in Clay County, police say the suspect is still being sought. According to a press release, Kanawha County Deputies received a “Tip” yesterday, just hours after posting a stolen 20-foot, blue Sport Craft fishing boat and trailer […]
Man faces charges after K-9 tracks him down
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man faces charges after a very good dog was able to track him down. Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies were called Saturday to Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes for a shots-fired call. Deputies learned the victim of an ATV theft had located his...
Court records: Kanawha County man accused of hitting woman with metal pipe
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — A Kanawha County man was charged after deputies said he struck a woman with a metal pipe and brandished a gun, court records said. Fred Wallace Hammon Jr., 42, of Cross Lanes is charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, malicious wounding and possession of stolen vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
No charges to be filed against Dunbar officer accused of slamming man’s head into pavement
DUNBAR, WV (WOWK) — No criminal charges will be filed against a Dunbar police officer who was accused of slamming a man’s head into the pavement, causing his death, according to the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office. 13 News was able to obtain the death certificate for 34-year-old Michael Scott Jr. who died two days after […]
Man admits to attempted murder following stabbing of woman in Ravenswood
RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Ravenswood Police arrested a man for allegedly stabbing a woman several times in the neck. Police charged Dylan T. Miller with first-degree attempted murder for the incident which happened Tuesday morning in the 100 block of Joe Short Drive. Miller was taken into custody near Riverfront...
K9 leads deputies to suspected ATV thief
CROSS LANES, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A Kanawha County man faces charges following an incident in which a suspect allegedly fired a shot at anN individual attempting to retrieve their own ATV. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office reports that, Saturday, May 27, 2023, around Doc Bailey Road and Kelly Road in Cross Lanes, Kanawha County Deputy […]
Fire Captain: Charleston fire starts after man throws firecrackers at rats in apartment
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — A man is recovering Sunday after a fire broke out in his apartment after he threw firecrackers at rats, according to Charleston Fire Department Captain Justin Alford. Cpt. Alford said the fire started at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 5600 block of Noyes Avenue SE in Charleston. “They (fire […]
Former Mingo resident Benjamin Cisco pleads guilty to defrauding charitable nonprofit
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former Mingo County resident admitted to defrauding a charitable nonprofit organization out of nearly $900,000. Benjamin Cisco, 30, now of Charleston, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud May 23. Cisco faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, three years of supervised release,...
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