CRIME & SAFETY
Two dead from apparent gunshot wounds in Vienna
VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) - Two people are dead from apparent gunshot wounds in Vienna. Not much information is being released at this time. What we know is it happened in the 1000 block of 38th Street. Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer says around 4:40 p.m. Friday someone walked into a...
Police launch investigation after two found dead in Wood County
VIENNA, W.Va. (WCHS) — Law enforcement officers in Wood County are investigating after two people were found dead Friday evening. Police responded to Vienna about 4 p.m. and are looking into the circumstances behind the deaths. This is a developing story. Additional details will be released once the become...
Homicide suspect found dead in local motel
A homicide suspect accused of killing two people in West Virginia was found in a local motel Friday night.
Wood County Man Charged with DUI After Causing Multiple Accidents Driving Wrong Way
• A man from Wood County, West Virginia, has been charged with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury after driving the wrong way on U.S. 50. • The man, Andrew Warwick, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 and collided head-on with another vehicle driven by Brianna L. Jones.
Local Law Enforcement Busy with Investigations, Arrests, and Community Safety in Washington County
On November 28, 2023, Sgt. Painter began an investigation into a stolen Honda motorcycle. The next day, Deputy Tullius started a case on a deceased K9. During a patrol, Deputy Thornberry noticed a vehicle violating traffic rules. The driver, Trenten Smith, had a warrant from the Marietta Police Department. Smith was found with a suspicious substance in his jacket and was arrested for drug possession and the warrant.
Man arrested after woman seriously injured in Wood County vehicle crash
A woman was flown to the hospital and a man arrested after a vehicle crash in Wood County on Wednesday.
West Virginia man arrested after police find a hard knot in the groin area
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) — A local West Virginia man was arrested after police say they found a hard knot in his groin area. Lt. Hornbeck of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office completed a traffic stop on that led to the arrest of two individuals in Newport Township. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Hornbeck […]
Weekly Safety Report: Son Assaults Father, New Police Officers, Structure Fire in Wood County, WV
This week in Wood County, West Virginia, there were several incidents that occurred. These incidents include a son assaulting his handicapped father with a knife on Thanksgiving, the addition of two new police officers to the Vienna Police Department, a structure fire on Staunton Ave, and a Wood County man accused of stabbing his father on Thanksgiving Day.
UPDATE: 2 dead in Vienna; suspect also dead
VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) - Authorities say the suspect in the murder of two Wood County people Friday evening is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to a news release from Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer, police were called to 1003 38th Street in Vienna at 4:40 p.m. Friday. That is where a family member found the two victims inside the residence. Both had apparent gunshot wounds.
Washington County Grand Jury issues indictments
MARIETTA — Co-defendants were indicted on charges of complicity to commit attempted perjury and complicity to commit tampering with evidence among other charges by a Washington County Grand Jury Wednesday. Jessica Dawn Ball, 36, 747 Tuttle St., Belpre, was allegedly complicit in several crimes from Oct. 2020 to Sept....
Ohio Valley woman allegedly brandishes knife over ruined dog bed
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) — Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Young, along with other deputies, were dispatched to State Route 676, Watertown Township, after a disturbance report. According to the report, deputies were dispatched after reports of Noah Gaskill, age 19, allegedly screaming out of control. Deputies reported having made contact with Gaskill at a residence […]
Washington County Law Enforcement Responds to Incidents, Enforces Traffic Regulations, and Makes Arrests on Nov 29, 2023
On November 29, 2023, Washington County law enforcement officials responded to various incidents and enforced traffic regulations. They received two 911 hang-up calls and issued warnings and citations for traffic violations such as lane violations, overtaking, speed, and expired registration. Compliance checks on sex offenders, residence checks, school checks, and reports of suspicious persons and vehicles were also conducted.
One arrested for DUI w/ injury for role in Rt. 50 crash which caused life threatening injuries
UPDATE: A Mingo County man faces DUI charges in connection with a Wednesday night vehicle accident which nearly claimed the life another driver. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports that the scene of the accident revealed a 2021 Black Toyota Tacoma which collided with a 2022 KIA Nitro. The driver of the Tacoma – identified […]
How can you protect your house from porch pirates?
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Christmas season is here and that means millions of homes across the country will be getting Christmas presents delivered to their doorstep. This also means porch pirates are more relevant to neighborhoods with packages on the doorsteps. Packages that are left for hours can be a...
Vienna Police Department Nears Full Staffing Following Pay Increase
Discover how a recent pay increase has led to the Vienna Police Department nearing full capacity. Learn about the impact of increased staffing on community safety and the proactive measures the department can now take. Find out about the ongoing recruitment process for the final position.
Barn Fire in Eastwood Under Control, No Injuries Reported
Breaking news from Wood County as fire crews tackle a barn fire in Eastwood. No casualties reported and the fire is under control. The cause is suspected to be a wood stove. Stay tuned for more updates from the scene.
Local Deputies Maintain Safety and Order: A Review of their Activities from 24th-26th November 2023
The article reports on the activities of deputies in various townships from 24th to 26th November 2023. The deputies handled a range of situations, including 911 hang up calls, traffic violations, residence checks, and alarm responses. They also supported the Ohio State Highway Patrol with traffic crash scenes and conducted extra patrol requests and school checks.
Vienna Police Department almost fully staffed
VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) - Following a recent pay increase, the Vienna Police Department is almost fully staffed. Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said that there was more turnout for their latest Civil Service Exam. This led to Corey Richards and Joshua Fox joining the department, filling all but one position.
Wrong-way driver causes 3 crashes on U.S. 50
PARKERSBURG – A truck traveling the wrong way on U.S. 50 reportedly caused three accidents Wednesday evening, including a head-on collision. A Wood County 911 Center supervisor said a red Toyota pickup truck was traveling west in the eastbound lane of the road and caused a rollover near the 21.5 mile marker. About four miles later, near Progress Ridge Road, the truck caused another vehicle to run off the road, he said.
Vienna PD: Pay increase a boost for recruiting
As the City of Vienna welcomes two new police officers to the force — though there is still room for one more — Police Chief Mike Pifer was correct when he said, “This is an exciting day for the Vienna Police Department.”. It is worth noting, however,...