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Ashley B. Craig

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Lincoln resident pleads guilty to murder


A Lincoln County man pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the brutal death of an Elkview man who was found dead in his trailer last year.

Steven Michael Randolph, 26, of Sod, was expected to go to trial Monday...

Panel to hear arguments in Plants case


After arguments, panel will consider prosecutor’s ouster

Second suspect arrested in robbery


Software helped nab two accused

of breaking into Kanawha City bar

Man charged for three bar robberies


A Cross Lanes man accused of breaking into several Charleston bars told police that breaking and entering was his “hustle.”

James Smith Jr., 36, of Russett Drive, was charged Wednesday with three coun...

Statewide alert system to be tested Wednesday


Officials will be broadcasting a statewide test of the public alert and warning system Wednesday afternoon.

The test is being conducted by Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state Division of Homeland Securit...

After final bow, Diamond department store reunion gets an encore


Ex-Diamond department store employees gathered for 31st reunion

North Carolina man charged in St. Albans park slaying


A North Carolina man has been charged in the death of a St. Albans man who was found dead in a park earlier this week.

Michael “Smoov” Benbow, 24, of Huntersville, N.C., was arrested Friday and charge...

Judge suspends Plants’ child visitation rights


Judge says position ‘untenable’ for children, who may have to testify

Police suspect homicide after man’s body found in park


Slain man, 20, was

a baseball player for

Capital High School

Amputee driver ODs; pills fall out of body cavity


Man accused of crashing into school bus under the

influence in hospital

School bus crashes in eastern Kanawha County


Police say man under influence, working pedals with his cane

Plants to receive new trial date


Order gives Plants

time to complete the batterers program he agreed to in June

Spencer fire started with lover’s spat


Woman claims her boyfriend set a shirt on fire, threw it

onto a pile of clothes

Mark Plants seeks to have charges dismissed


Attorney Jim Cagle says trial should have already taken place

Family accused of abusing 88-year-old relative


Five allegedly mistreated elderly woman financially and physically

Four dozen arrested in Jackson County warrant sweep


Jackson County police have been investigating individuals linked

to drug activity

Daughter sues Roane doctor for father’s death


Man allegedly stuck tongue in patient’s mouth while he

was incapacitated

Troopers: Staff stole food, cleaning supplies from Kanawha County high school


Three workers at a Kanawha County high school were arrested late Tuesday after allegedly stealing food and supplies from the high school, State Police said.

Debra Kay Stump, 59, of Charleston, Christine Buckley, 53...

Mayor calls for review of justice’s son’s case dismissal


Danny Jones questions dismissal of felony charge for justice’s son

Cold Spot owner’s son hopes to rebuild restaurant


Son says family is still in shock over loss of Cold Spot

Firefighters search for missing man


A handful of Kanawha County firefighters traveled to Mingo County to help in the search for a man authorities say was possibly swept away in flash floods over the weekend.

Nine firefighters from Clendenin and Glasg...

Man denied new trial for 1996 rape


Hurricane man’s attorneys allowed to conduct DNA test on new evidence

Three-judge panel to rule on Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants


Three-judge panel to decide if Kanawha prosecutor will be removed from office

Watercross champions crowned on the Kanawha


Racers from all over the world were zipping and up and down the Kanawha River on all manner of water jets over the weekend during the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross National Championship event at Magic Island.

A.J. Hand...

Woman shot in Kanawha City grocery store robbery


Police are searching for two men who allegedly shot and robbed a clerk at a Kanawha City grocery store.

Charleston police were called at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday to Foodland at 5003 MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha Cit...

Man arrested after WVU freshman fatally stabbed


Fairmont man allegedly attempted to break up fight outside of bar

Mason woman found dead with gunshot wound


State Police are seeking the public’s help after a woman was found dead in a Mason County home.

Lt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman, said troopers from the Mason County detachment went Wednesday afte...

Buildings destroyed in Matoaka blaze


A Mercer County man is being held on a $1 million bond after allegedly causing a fire that destroyed five buildings in Matoaka.

Matoaka police arrested Brandon Paul Coomes, 29, of Lashmeet on Saturday. John Sommers...

Search on for man in Wood infant’s death


Police are looking for a Pleasants County man in connection with the death of a Wood County infant.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin said officers are searching for Curtis Dean Richards Jr., 30, of St. Marys,...

Hundreds attend safety event


Residents meet with officers, discuss community concerns

People of interest sought in burglaries


Detectives have two persons of interest in a daytime burglary in Charleston’s South Hills neighborhood.

City detectives began investigating after several homes in the Holly Road area of South Hills were brok...

Law firm to help commission oust Plants at no charge


A South Carolina-based law firm will aid the Kanawha County Commission in petitioning for Prosecutor Mark Plants’ removal from office.

Melissa Foster Bird, an attorney at Columbia, S.C.-based Nelson Mullins ...

Officials release 911 call in Plants domestic dispute


Officials released a 911 call from Wednesday’s incident at John Adams Middle School involving a custody dispute between Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants and his ex-wife Allison Plants.

Charleston police were d...

Police called to middle school as prosecutor, ex-wife quarrel


Charleston police responded to John Adams Middle School in South Hills after 911 callers said Prosecutor Mark Plants was screaming at his ex-wife on school grounds.

At least one woman called 911 to say the prosecut...

Police find little girl in vermin-infested West Side home


A 6-year-old girl was placed in the care of Child Protective Services after police found her in a vermin-infested home on Charleston’s West Side.

Charleston Lt. Shawn Williams said officers received a compla...

Couple’s outdoor ‘sex game’ could lead to charges


A Pennsylvania couple could face charges after witnesses reported seeing a woman walking a naked man on a leash in Ohio County.

Ohio sheriff’s deputies were called at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to the area of U.S. 40...

Two killed in St. Albans house fire


Investigators say a cigarette could have been the cause of a deadly fire in St. Albans.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Wednesday at 2069 Benedict Circle, not far from St. Albans High School. Kanawha Metro ...

Women’s pro football player from Rand gets a kick out of life


Chic graduated in 2000 from Riverside, plays for Pittsburgh Passion

Couple accused of burning home for insurance payout


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Harrison County couple is facing charges accusing them of hiring a man to burn down their Clarksburg area home for an insurance payout.

George and Rebecca Bonnell, 53 and 40 respectivel...

Building fire closes Huntington restaurants


A fire broke out in the elevator shaft of a seven-story building in downtown Huntington Sunday, causing serious damage to the structure.

Residents and occupants of the Morris building, which sits at the corner of F...