Archives for February 2017

Kyle Copson

West Virginia State Police say a man who refused demands by two troopers to drop a large knife and then lunged with it at one of the officers has been fatally shot. A police statement says 26-year-old Kyle Copson died at the scene of the encounter with the two officers Wednesday afternoon near a Princeton fast food outlet.

WV Senate says it’s a crime

West Virginia’s Senate has voted to make it a crime to publicly display, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of someone else without that person’s consent. The bill, approved 31-0, would make it a misdemeanor subject to fines of $1,000 to $5,000 and up to a year in jail.

Man sets fire for sympathy

Officials in Jackson County believe a man set his house on fire in an effort to make his probation officer feel sorry for him. According to WCHS-TV, Joseph Coy “JJ” Sayre thought his probation was about to be revoked so he allegedly torched the home in Ripley earlier this month. The 18-year-old allegedly admitted to what he had done and told officials he wanted sympathy for his troubles from the officer. It didn’t take long for the fire marshal to figure out who sparked the flames and arson charges are pending.

WVU energy Project

West Virginia University is taking on another energy research project funded by the federal Department of Energy. The university has received more than one-point-two million dollars to make an impact on the country’s energy portfolio and to do it quickly. The award will be used to develop technologies to convert electrical energy to fuels that do not increase carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This award is a continued expansion of the efforts of WVU’s Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization and the WVU Energy Institute.

Fire started in bedroom

A father and son have died in a Mercer County house fire that started in a downstairs bedroom. Kathy Hamm tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that her 89-year-old father Hubert Stepp and her 54-year-old brother Benjamin Stepp died in the blaze early Tuesday in Bluewell. Hamm says the fire started in her bedroom after she turned on her oxygen compressor. Both victims lived in upstairs bedrooms.

Project from Students

Tonight, be sure to join the Greenbrier East Engineering team as they unveil their project for the Lemelson-MIT InveTeam grant. Their project involves using re-purposed cardboard to construct building bricks and tomorrow night, the students will undergo their grant technical review. They will unveil their project to the community at 5:30 this evening at the Visitor’s Center in downtown Lewisburg.

Justice Coal Companies

Tax liens show West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid state taxes due at least a year ago. The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent company Southern Coal Corp. is based, show Kentucky Fuel owing $2.7 million through 2014 and Justice Energy owing $1.7 million.

Students Feel Safe

Most West Virginia University students surveyed last year say they feel physically safe on campus, though 18 percent say they experienced some unwanted sexual contact and 10 percent said someone tried to have oral, anal or vaginal sex without their consent. Among 5,718 main campus students in Morgantown, male and female, who responded to the survey, more than 5 percent said they’d been vaginally penetrated and 3.5 percent anally penetrated without their consent.

Funding for Rebuilding

A Pittsburgh-based bank will be providing more than two-million dollars in funding to those rebuilding after the June 23rd flood. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh is offering a program to those in the 12 counties most affected by last summer’s devastating floods. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito made the announcement yesterday in Richwood, where as many as 40 new homes are expected to be built.


Troy Clemons, who is a Greenbrier native, has been named West Virginia University’s mascot for another year. He was selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students. Clemons beat out 3 other finalists. It was announced on Monday night at the WVU men’s basketball game with Texas. Trevor Kiess, of Elkins, who was a finalist, will take the role as alternate Mountaineer Mascot.