CRIME & SAFETY
Fairmont man convicted in WVU student murder gets a mercy trial in early 2024
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A new trial to determine the mercy phase for convicted murderer Shaundarious Reeder is scheduled for the week of February 13, 2024. Reeder and Terrell Linear were convicted of first-degree murder in the 2020 shooting death of WVU student Eric Smith at the College Park Apartment complex.
3 men from Detroit arrested for drugs in Westover
Three Michigan men were charged after officers found drugs during a vehicle search in Westover over the weekend.
Fairmont man pleads no contest in murder of 4-year-old, receives no mercy
FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) - A Marion County man who pleaded no contest in the murder of his girlfriend’s child will receive no mercy. 36-year-old Walter Richardson, of Fairmont, entered a no contest plea during his trial for the first-degree murder of his girlfriend’s son in 2021 on Monday, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
Marion County Incident Spotlights Domestic Violence Crisis
On December 2nd, a disturbing event unfolded at a Sheetz gas station in Fairmont, Marion County, when 24-year-old Glen Anderson of Barrackville was arrested on multiple charges. The incident, which escalated from a dispute to alleged kidnapping and endangerment, has brought to light the urgent issue of domestic violence. Anderson is accused of forcibly confining a woman in his truck in the presence of three children, leading to a police pursuit and his eventual apprehension. Found with a firearm, Anderson faces serious charges including wanton endangerment, kidnapping, and child neglect.
Woman allegedly lied about history of human rights abuses to obtain citizenship, arrested in Morgantown
A naturalized citizen who was originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina was arrested in Morgantown on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said federal investigators learned that she lied about her history of human rights abuses in order to obtain her citizenship.
From Tragedy to Transformation: Addressing Systemic Failures in Child Welfare
The recent heartbreak in Fairmont, West Virginia, where Walter Richardson was charged with inflicting fatal harm on his girlfriend's 4-year-old son, has reignited discussions on the efficacy of the child welfare system. The child's hospitalization on March 4, 2021, and subsequent death four days later led to Richardson's arrest and a trial that began on December 4, 2023. With Richardson facing a life sentence without parole and the child's mother, Ashlee Allen, sentenced for child neglect, the community is left grappling with the immense loss and the stark reminder of child welfare vulnerabilities.
Weekly Safety Report: Car Accident, Shooting, and Burglaries Impact Morgantown
This week in Morgantown, West Virginia, there were three notable incidents. Firstly, a car accident occurred on Don Knotts Boulevard, resulting in injuries and hospitalizations. Secondly, a man was fatally shot on Brockway Avenue. Lastly, multiple burglaries were reported near the WVU Downtown Campus, with stolen items including laptops. Police are investigating these incidents and no suspects have been identified at this time.
Weekly Safety Report: Threats to Nursing Home and Infected Spider Bite in Fairmont, West Virginia
Two incidents occurred in Fairmont, West Virginia this week. In the first incident, a 38-year-old man from Marion County was charged after making threats over the phone to a nursing home in Bridgeport. He allegedly stated his intention to shoot everyone at the facility. In the second incident, two individuals were charged after a 14-month-old child was flown to the hospital with an infected spider bite. The child had to undergo surgery due to the infections caused by the bite.
Local Emergency in Thornton Spurs Discussion on Interagency Collaboration
A recent fire incident on a tranquil Friday morning in Thornton, West Virginia, has brought to light the importance of rapid emergency response. At around 11:21 a.m., a double-wide trailer on Bentridge Road was suddenly engulfed by flames, prompting an immediate reaction. Emergency crews from Fellowsville, Flemington, and Grafton swiftly converged on the scene, working diligently to quell the blaze. Thankfully, initial reports indicated no injuries, but the cause of the fire remained a mystery, sparking an investigation to ascertain the origins and impact of the event.
Area Single-Vehicle Crash Leaves One Person Dead
According to WDTV, 911 officials confirm one person is dead after a car crash on North Pike Street in Grafton Wednesday evening. Authorities say they were alerted to a crash around 5:45 P.M. When they got on the scene, they say they found one person trapped inside a car. That person was later pronounced dead on the scene by the medical examiner.
I-79 crash claims life
MARION COUNTY, W.Va. – The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal accident from Wednesday night on I-79. Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Riffle said Robert Gray, 79, of Fairmont, was killed in the accident on the southbound side at the 139 mile marker around midnight. “He was...
Multiple crews respond to fire in Thornton residence
Multiple crews responded to a fire at a residence in Thornton Friday morning.
W.Va. resident charged with falsely obtaining U.S. citizenship over alleged role in Bosnian War
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WCHS) — A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina who lives in West Virginia is accused of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship after failing to disclose her alleged role in the abuse of prisoners during the Bosnian War three decades ago, federal prosecutors said. Nada Radovan Tomanic, 51, of...
WVU police issues warning following reported burglaries nearby campus
West Virginia University has issued a warning following reports of recent burglaries near campus.
WVU Campus Police increase patrolling after robberies in downtown near campus
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - West Virginia University campus police is increasing their patrolling after an increase in robberies since thanksgiving break. On November 21st, the University Campus Police received a report about robberies in student housing. Jackson Monk, a student at WVU said he is a little concerned because he...
2 DUI checkpoints coming up in Mon, Preston counties in December
The Morgantown detachment of the West Virginia State Police will be conducted two sobriety checkpoints in the next few weeks.
Charges dismissed against 3 Ohio Valley emergency supervisors in 2020 death
WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge has dismissed all charges against three western Pennsylvania emergency management supervisors who had been accused of obstructing an investigation into an emergency dispatcher accused of failing to send an ambulance to the rural home of a woman who died of internal bleeding about a day later. Senior Judge Katherine […]
MUB talks security following cyber attack on Pennsylvania utility
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As the investigation into a hack of the Aliquippa continues, officials at the Morgantown Utility Board are addressing their ability to repel unwelcome actors from their online services and operations. Communications Director Chris Dale said the MUB system does not share any similarities with the Aliquippa...
Individual Suffers Major Injuries after being Hit by Train
WDTV reported that authorities say a man was taken to the hospital after being hit by a train in Monongalia County on Tuesday. According to Westover Police Officer Michael Keeble, the man was hit by a train near Westover Bridge just after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Keeble said the man ran onto the tracks ahead of the train, and the operator could not stop the train in time.
Grafton woman pleads ‘no contest’ in Spirit of Animals cruelty case
A woman has pleaded "no contest" in the Spirit of Animals animal cruelty case that began in March of 2023.