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Theft on the rise in Charleston


Detective says increase linked to state’s high rate of drug addiction

Warrant sweeps to target theft in Kanawha County


Three Kanawha County law enforcement agencies are teaming up to crack down on active warrants involving burglaries and larcenies.

Charleston Sgt. Scott Dempsey said the initiative, dubbed Operation Protecting Again...

Two convicted in 2012 armed robbery in Charleston


Two men were convicted on federal armed robbery and obstruction charges Wednesday after a nearly three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Darrell E. Gillespie, 29, of Smyrna, Ga., and Jamaa I. Johnson...

Lewisburg water tests OK; water plant back in service


Lewisburg’s water treatment plant is back online after tests showed no diesel contamination at its intake along the Greenbrier River.

Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester said city officials received word around ...

Huntington chief believes pedestrian at fault in collision with cruiser


Huntington police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by an on-duty police officer Friday night.

Huntington Chief Joe Ciccarelli said one of his officers was traveling on Fifth Avenue through Marshall U...

12,000 without water in Greenbrier County after diesel spill


Thousands of Greenbrier County residents and businesses are without water after a diesel spill contaminated the Greenbrier River.

The Lewisburg water treatment plant was shut down shortly after a tanker truck rolle...

Two-day conference to focus on Kanawha Valley chemical safety


Environmental advocacy group People Concerned About Chemical Safety is hosting a free two-day conference in Kanawha County this weekend focused on chemical safety in West Virginia.

The event, titled “Looking...

Task force addresses “problem bars”


Officials brainstormed ways to address chronic “problem bars” during the Strong Neighboorhoods Task Force meeting Wednesday in Charleston’s City Service Center.

City Planning Director Dan Vrien...

Online sleuthing helps police nab 8 for prostitution


Investigators conduct sting operations after finding classified ads

Ripley student to attend State of the Union


Last Wednesday was just like any other day for Ripley High School senior Trevor Tucker. Until he got called to the office.

“The principal was sitting there, so I was like ‘oh, no, here we go,’&...

CAMC bars children from visiting hospital due to flu outbreak


To keep the flu virus from spreading, Charleston Area Medical Center is asking parents to keep children away from the hospital unless necessary.

CAMC said in a press release that additional restrictions on visitati...

One injured in South Hills accident


A man was transported after crashing into a wall in Charleston’s South Hills neighborhood Monday evening.

A vehicle ran into a wall in the 1100 block of Hickory Road around 5:14 p.m. Monday, according to Kan...

Shots fired at benefit event for Cross Lanes shooting victim


Multiple shots were fired at a bar in Dunbar late Saturday night during a benefit event for Kalvin Casdorph, who was recently shot to death in a motel room in Cross Lanes.

A disturbance broke out at around 11:58 p....

Beckley man pleads guilty to heroin charges


A Beckley man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Wednesday that Mario Walton, 27, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin. Walton admitted to prosec...

Three sentenced on federal drug charges


Three men were sentenced Wednesday for selling illegal drugs in southern West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Joshua Osborne, 31, of Lima, Ohio, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison Wed...

Investigation finds Kanawha deputy accelerated, struck Charleston home at 70 mph


Recorder information shows officer accelerated seconds before veering off road into garage

Trivillian’s owner will sell pharmacy, condo in federal settlement


Kanawha City business accused of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid

One dead in Cross Lanes motel shooting


Three suspects in

custody after police chase ends in crash

Body found near St. Albans


Deputies are investigating after a Kanawha County woman was apparently struck and killed by a vehicle near St. Albans.

A newspaper delivery person found Robin Marie Campbell, 49, dead at about 6:45 a.m. Sunday on a...

Couple hopes gym works out


Smithfit Training offers 24-hour access to fitness facility in Putnam County

Parkersburg father, son arrested on felony charges


A Wood County man and his father were arrested Wednesday after an investigation resulted in a “significant drug seizure” and the discovery of threats made against various government buildings and county off...

Repairs close two lanes of I-64 during rush hour


Transportation crews made a temporary fix to a broken expansion joint on an Interstate 64 bridge in South Charleston after traffic was narrowed down to one lane Wednesday evening, officials said.

Two of Interstate ...

State fifth-graders to participate in national poster contest


Fifth-graders across state to participate in missing children’s poster competition

Heaters can pose safety hazard


Officials say space heaters must be in open space, plugged into outlet, not left overnight

Arrest made after West Side domestic dispute


Azriel Hill, 28, allegedly beat, girlfriend, tried to set her on fire

Fire at W.Va. power plant snuffed; evacuation ends


MAIDSVILLE, W.Va. — A fire at a West Virginia power plant that prompted a 1-mile evacuation has been snuffed.

Mike Wolfe of the Monongalia County 911 dispatch center said crews Monday were able to vent the m...

Ohio man captured after allegedly stealing car with Charleston woman inside


An Ohio man is facing charges in three West Virginia counties after he allegedly stole a car in Charleston with an elderly woman inside and led police on a pursuit to Huntington.

Jesse Doyle, 38, of Akron, was char...

Couples plan for big day at expo


Dozens of vendors on hand to show brides, grooms available services

Rep. Nick Rahall leaving a long legacy


Democrat in seat since 1977 lost Nov. election to GOP challenger

Dish, Fox News continue spat


Provider, network could not agree on new contract

Man wanted in Mink Shoals murder arrested; victim identified


Glenn Skidmore is charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding after double shooting

Hunters, fishers can check in game online starting in April


Fishers can also get the lifetime ID code

W.Va. plant provides metal for Orion spacecraft


NASA’s Orion spacecraft is slated to ferry humans into the depths of outer space, to distant asteroids and planet Mars.

If Orion makes it to the Red Planet, one could argue that its journey began in West Vir...

NASA spaceship destined for Mars has locally made components


Main structure, window frames of Orion spacecraft made in Ravenswood

‘Gabby Road’: As pedestrians grow more distracted, cities adjust


Report highlights distracted walking as a growing problem

Water company redacted too much from documents, commission says


Group says water company redacted too much from

submitted info

Rand shooting victim dies; suspect charged with murder


A Rand man has been charged with murder Thursday after the victim of a Wednesday morning shooting died from the injury.

Leonard Dewayne Thomas, 44, was arraigned by Kanawha magistrate Pete Lopez on charges of secon...

Suddenlink increases Internet speeds for free, adds faster options


Suddenlink has increased residential Internet speeds in most of its service areas in the Kanawha Valley, more than tripling the former basic Internet download speed to 50 megabits per second.

Michael Kelemen, Direc...

Crowds gather for holiday music at the levee


Local musicians performed for a crowd gathered during Light Up the Levee at Haddad Riverfront Park Wednesday in Charleston.


Marshall president Stephen Kopp dies


Marshall University President Stephen Kopp has died, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and the university confirmed Wednesday night.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said Kopp “was stricken at home and t...

Mine permit remains in limbo


Coalition gives tour of Kanawha State Forest locations where mining would be visible

GoodNight 2014 lineup announced (with video)


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Free music will fill Charleston on New Year’s Eve as the GoodNight celebration enters its 20th ...

Police lab internationally accredited


The State Police forensic laboratory in South Charleston recently met international accreditation standards.

Col. Jay Smithers made the announcement Monday in a crowded conference room at the State Police headquart...

Deputies search for Charleston man accused of stabbing girlfriend


Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a Charleston man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend during an argument in Cross Lanes on Monday morning and fled in a van.

James Jose...

Sales of 3D printed Christmas ornaments to benefit charities


For the second year, Charleston Newspapers is offering readers the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition, 3-D printed Christmas ornament to support the Daily Mail’s Neediest Cases Appeals and Gazette Charities...

Sale of 3-D printed ornaments benefits Gazette, Daily Mail charities


For the second year, Charleston Newspapers is offering readers the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition, 3-D printed Christmas ornament to support the Daily Mail’s Neediest Cases Appeal and Gazette Charities ...

‘Hazardous device’ prompts evacuation at Huntington High


Students at Huntington High School in Cabell County were sent home early Thursday after a student there was found with an “improvised hazardous device.”

Madonna Peterson in the Cabell County Board of ...

Scott High goes on lockdown because of alleged threat on smartphone app


A Boone County high school went into lockdown Wednesday morning after a student reported an online threat to administrators.

Boone superintendent John Hudson said a Scott High School student reported seeing a possi...

Putnam woman stopped after trying to board plane with loaded gun


Police were called to Yeager Airport this morning after a woman attempted to bring a loaded gun onto an airplane.

Transportation Security Administration spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said TSA officers saw the handgun...

Homeowner alleges favoritism of suspect in holiday gift theft


Woman, 63, has had dozens of charges dropped in past,

is now out on bond