W. Va. Church Nearly Destroyed In Fire, But Bibles And Cross Found Untouched Needs Building FundsKrisNewsBreak Contributor
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W. Va. Church Nearly Destroyed In Fire, But Bibles And Cross Found Untouched Needs Building Funds
A massive fire nearly destroyed a West Virginia church in the middle of the night, but firefighters made a discovery when digging through the rubble the next morning that some are calling miraculous.
Winds lead to hillside fire in Crab Orchard
CRAB ORCHARD, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A tree reportedly taken down by high power winds which have persisted throughout the day has reportedly caused a fire in the Crab Orchard area. Local businesses owners and residents have circulated accounts of a Saturday evening fire along Robert C. Byrd Drive. Images and videos and images show an […]
West Virginia woman dies over month after being found handcuffed, shot in head
FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — A Fayette County, West Virginia, woman has died after she was found almost a month ago handcuffed and suffering a gunshot wound. West Virginia State Police (WVSP) says the Oak Hill Police Department stopped a vehicle in the Plateau Medical Center parking lot on Feb. 16. Michelle Dawn Smith, 41, of Fayetteville, was found in the vehicle handcuffed with a gunshot wound to the head, according to WVSP.
Raleigh County Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Gun Crime
BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Zachary Ryan Allen, 29, of Beckley, was sentenced to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for using and carrying a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activity. According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 22, 2020, a law enforcement officer […]
Beckley police ask for public assistance to locate missing teen
BECKELEY, W.Va. (WCHS) — Police are asking for public assistance to find a missing teenager who was last seen Friday in the Beckley area. Ameiya Branham, 13, was last seen at a relative’s home on North Fayette Street, according to a Facebook post from the Beckley Police Department.
Destructive Winds Slam Southern West Virginia
Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): Gusty winds along and behind a cold front were responsible for putting at least 64,000 people in the dark in West Virginia on Saturday. Beckley reported a top wind gust of 57 mph while Bluefield had a top end gust of 56 mph. Below is a...
13-year-old girl reported missing in Beckley, found safe
UPDATE: 9:30 P.M. — According to the Beckley Police Department, Ameiya Branham has been safely located. BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The Beckley Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teen. 13-year-old Ameiya Branham was last seen on North Fayette Street in Beckley in the early morning hours of Friday, March […]
Just for Kids hops into April with Easter egg hunt
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — We’re just a week away from Easter on Sunday, April 9th, which meant a hopping good time for many kids in our area. Just for Kids held its first ever Easter Egg Hunt in Beckley on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The program estimated between 50 and 75 kids attended the event. […]
Empty Bowls helps fight hunger in Raleigh County
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — For the 10th time, the Quota Club of Beckley took a bite out of hunger with its Empty Bowl fundraiser on Saturday, April 1, 2023. All event proceeds, from the sale of bowls to the silent auction, will go towards funding 8 local food pantries. According to research the Quota Club […]
Fayette County woman sentenced for involvement in Beckley-Philadelphia gun trafficking investigation
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A woman from Fayette County was sentenced to multiple years of federal probation for false statements she provided to investigators. Stephanie Cohernour, 33, of Fayetteville, was sentenced to five years of federal probation due to playing a role in a conspiracy to traffic over 140 firearms from Beckley to Philadelphia. According […]
Highway Safety officer warns of high wind dangers
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A highway safety officer with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department cautions drivers to be aware of high-profile vehicles during times of strong winds. Tall vehicles with flat sides, including semi-trucks, campers, SUVs and pick-up trucks, are more likely to be blown by fast winds, said Lt. Jason Redden on Friday, March […]
Strong wind gusts to continue for parts of region
HIGH WIND WARNING for southeast Raleigh, southeast Fayette, southeast Nicholas, and Pocahontas counties until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Sustained west wind of 30 to 40 mph with wind gusts up to 60 mph are expected, which will cause downed trees and power lines. Expect scattered power outages and difficulty traveling.
Aide allegedly punches disabled student at a Raleigh County high school
A father alleges a teacher’s aide at Woodrow Wilson High School abused his disabled son while on campus. Aide allegedly punches disabled student at a Raleigh …. A father alleges a teacher’s aide at Woodrow Wilson High School abused his disabled son while on campus. MSJ Hearing. GBC...
Federal court reports
Mar. 31—Raleigh County man sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for distributing fentanyl. beckley, w.va. — Sean Hafesh, 34, of Daniels, Raleigh County, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years and seven months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.
CAMC now owns Oak Hill hospital
OAK HILL, W.Va. — CAMC has finalized the purchase of the Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. The deal, announced a few months ago, became final Saturday. According to CAMC, all necessary government approvals and the purchasing agreement are final with Community Health System. CAMC will soon start changing signs outside and inside the center.
Tamarack Marketplace to Host a Festive Easter Brunch
BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Sunday, April 9th is Easter and to celebrate Tamarack Marketplace is putting on a celebration perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Guests will be treated to an impressive buffet full of delicious Easter inspired foods and tempting sweets prepared by our expert culinary team. There will also be a variety […]
Charges stemming from Fayette County shooting may be upgraded after victim dies
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — State Police report the victim of a Fayette County shooting has died and charges for an Indiana couple may be upgraded to first-degree murder. Michelle Dawn Smith, 41, of Fayetteville died Friday of injuries sustained in a shooting in Oak Hill, according to a news release from West Virginia State Police. Investigators said Smith was found in a vehicle at the Plateau Medical Center in February 2023 handcuffed and suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
Harvard students visit Beckley’s Exhibition Coal Mine
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)–For the first time ever, Harvard University graduate students are studying outside of the classroom in Beckley. A study group from Harvard University is researching the future of coal, so they took a tour at Beckley’s Exhibition Coal Mine. The transition of energy around the world poses challenges to coal-producing regions like West […]
UPDATE: Beckley man arrested for dumping body of woman found in woods
UPDATE: A Raleigh County man has been arrested in relation to a body discovered last month in a wooded area near the intersection of Scott Avenue and Twelfth Street in the Beckley area. According to reports from Detective Corporal M.P. Deems of the Beckley Police Department, officers with the department were dispatched to the area […]
Gov. Justice signs expansion of BUILD WV Act into law
FAYETTEVILLE, WV — Gov. Jim Justice held a ceremonial bill signing today at the Wiseman & High Apartments construction site in Fayetteville for HB 3036, which expands the BUILD WV Program.The BUILD WV Act was the result of the concept brought forth by Gov. Justice during his 2022 State of the State address. The bill expands […]
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