CIT Assessment Site Soon In Covington

Coming Soon! We are in final preparations for opening of the (CIT) Crisis Intervention Team assessment site.
AHCS’ Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program will operate an Assessment Center in our service area. The site will be housed at LewisGale Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor and will open later this month.
CIT Assessment Centers provide a secure location where CIT-trained law enforcement officers can transport an individual who may be experiencing a psychiatric crisis and have that person safely evaluated by a mental health professional. The Assessment Center allows a custody transfer of the individual soon after they arrive.

Drug Court For Alleghany, Surrounding Counties Probed

Newly appointed Alleghany County Commonwealth Attorney, Ann Gardner tells our newsroom that she has inquired with the supreme court about more information on and the possibility of creating a “Drug Court” that would serve not only Alleghany County, but also the Counties of Bath, Botetourt, Craig and Rockbridge.

According to Virginia Code, the Drug Treatment Court Act says the court’s goals are to (i) reduce drug addiction and drug dependency among offenders; (ii) reduce recidivism; (iii) reduce drug-related court workloads; (iv) increasing personal, familial and societal accountability among offenders; and, (v) promoting effective planning and use of resources among the criminal justice system and community agencies.

Meetings are currently taking place to look at this process.

Suspicious Package Found In Lewisburg Walmart Parking Lot

A suspicious package was found in the shopping cart return area of the Walmart in Lewisburg Thursday morning. The package turned up at about 9:30am, prompting response from Lewisburg Police Department, West Virginia State Police, The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, and Lewisburg Fire Department. A bomb technician was called to the scene and the parking lot closed until the device could be deemed safe.

Trooper Injured In Gunfire Released From Hospital

A state trooper is out of the hospital after being shot in a gunfight during which he killed a man. News outlets report Trooper First Class J.M. Tallman left the hospital Tuesday. Officials say he will continue to recover at home. Authorities say 43-year-old William Biggs shot a rifle at a Pocahontas County law enforcement officer last week and then took off into the woods following a car crash. They say Biggs shot Tallman in the abdomen as officers searched the woods and Tallman returned fire, killing Biggs

State Fair Of WV Starts Thursday

The 95th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to begin on Thursday, August 8, with gates opening at 9 am and carnival rides at 11 am! The 10-day event will bring thousands of people together for top-name musical acts, free entertainment, livestock shows, carnival rides from Reithoffer (Wreat-hof-fer) Shows and one-of-a-kind fair food!

The theme of this years fair is ‘Summer’s Greatest Adventure’ and the fair hopes everyone is able to make it out to help celebrate 95 years of traditions, as well as some new adventures for fair-goers including the second annual ‘Best of Fair Food’ contest! The contest will feature nine new items submitted by food vendors that fair-goers will get to taste and then vote on. Winners will be announced at the end of the fair week.

Gate specials throughout the week include First Energy’s Magic Monday (8/12), Senior Citizen’s Day (8/13), the Early Bird Special featuring $1 admission from 9 am – 12 Noon (8/14) and Military Discount Day (8/15). Children ages 12 and under will once again get in free all day, every day.

State Trooper Shot In Pocohontas County, Kills Suspect

In Pocohontas County, a West Virginia state trooper has killed a man who shot him during a pursuit in the woods. Officials say the man first fired a rifle at Pocahontas County Sheriff J.P. Barlow after a car crash on Monday. Then, they say he shot Trooper First Class JM Tallman in the abdomen as officers searched the woods, and Tallman returned fire after being hit, killing the man. Police haven’t released information on the trooper’s condition. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tweeted Tuesday that he and his wife “are praying for Trooper Tallman and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Report: Justice Owned Companies Owe Almost $2 Million In VA

Reports indicate West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia. WDBJ-TV reports Wednesday that companies owned by the Republican governor owe $1.9 million in taxes to several counties in Virginia. Justice lists more than 100 businesses in his most recent financial statement, including coal, timber and agriculture companies. He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion.
A Justice family representative told the station the companies have been in contact with the counties to resolve the issues.

Lewisburg DHS Grants Suspended

The city of Lewisburg is now being told by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS) to return abouth $250,000 in grants. That money had been awarded to the city, but after a monitoring visit, DHS found the city wasn’t in compliance with the grant’s conditions and tried to put the city on an improvement plan. Somewhere along the way, DHS did not receive a response, prompting a letter to the city that its grant awards were suspended.

State Fair Drawing Closer

Just over a week from now, the 95th annual State Fair of West Virginia takes place in Lewisburg and you can get tickets to the attractions you want through August 2nd at Valley Independent Pharmacies and through noon, August 3rd, at the State Fair box office. There will be top name musical acts, carnival rides, fair food and more and the fair kicks off on August 8th and opens at 9am with carnival rides opening at 11 am each day during its ten day run.

I-64 Ramps Closed Monday

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced the closing of the I-64 ramps for Monday, July 29, according to District 9 Construction Engineer Greg Hylton.

Both eastbound and westbound ramps for I-64 at mile marker 181 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia will be closed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., and motorists are asked to use the alternate route in Harts Run at mile post 179.

The West Virginia Division of Highways expresses their regret for the inconvenience this causes the citizens and guests to the area.

Please note that inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule