Archives for November 2017

Man Arraigned On Endangerment, Weapons Counts

Criminal counts including wanton endangerment face a man arraigned in Raleigh County. 35 year old Joshua Lee Austin is also charged with counts of brandishing a deadly weapon and shooting within 500 feet of a home. Police say the shot a 22 magnum revolver within 500 feet of a home on the 4000 block of Coal City Road on October 23rd. They also say he displayed the gun in front of a woman which made her fear for her safety. Austin is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Residents Asked To Watch Out For Destructive Insect

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is asking residents to watch for the appearance of the spotted lanternfly, a destructive insect whose presence was confirmed last week in Delaware. It was first detected in the U.S. in 2014 in Pennsylvania, where it has since been found in 13 counties. It’s known to feed on more than 70 plant species and is considered a major problem in South Korea, where it was first introduced in 2006.
The adults are described as one-inch long and a half-inch wide at rest. The forewing is grey with black spots. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band.

Search On For Missing Man

State Troopers in Lewisburg are asking for help from the community to track down a man who has been missing for more than a week. 50 year old Robey Duane Midkiff of Spring Dale was last seen on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Midkiff is described ast 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs between 135 and 140 pounds. He was believed to be wearing a flannel or camouflaged hoodie, blue jeans and a ball cap. Troopers said he may be having medical issues. Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact police.

Young Boy Locks Himself Inside Gun Safe

Authorities say a child accidentally locked himself inside a gun safe at a farm supply store in West Virginia.

Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Thompson told news outlets that the 8-year-old boy locked himself in at the Rural King store inside the Mercer Mall in Bluefield on Saturday afternoon.

Crews called in a locksmith, who made a cut around the lock, allowing the fire department to use rescue spreaders to pull the lock out of the door.

In all, the child was inside the safe for around 30 minutes. Thompson said the child is physically fine.

It’s unclear how the boy, who was under the supervision of his parents, got locked in the safe.

Loaded Handgun Found By TSA In WV

Federal authorities say they found a loaded gun in a man’s carry-on luggage on Thanksgiving day at the security checkpoint in a West Virginia airport. According to a U.S. Transportation Security Administration news release, a TSA officer spotted the .380 caliber handgun loaded with three bullets early Thursday morning on a checkpoint X-ray monitor at Yeager Airport. TSA says Yeager Airport Police responded and confiscated the gun. There was no impact to airport operations.

Two Hunters Have Died Now During Deer Season

West Virginia authorities say a 20-year-old hunter was killed on the opening day of the state’s deer season with firearms, and a second hunter died after his all-terrain vehicle rolled over a day later.

The Division of Natural Resources says Kenneth Franklin Lafferty III died Monday while hunting with a rifle near his home in Wetzel County’s New Martinsville. Described as “a single subject incident,” it was under investigation by police.

Authorities say 54-year-old Robert Evick suffered fatal injuries Tuesday in the ATV rollover near his home in Franklin, Pendleton County.

Meanwhile, authorities say a 12-year-old in Braxton County was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left toes. He was riding up a hill with his brother on a utility terrain vehicle on Monday holding his brother’s rifle.

WV Hunter Killed On Opening Day

West Virginia authorities say a 20-year-old hunter was killed on Monday, the opening day of the state’s deer season with firearms.

According to the Division of Natural Resources, Kenneth Franklin Lafferty III, died while hunting with a rifle near his home in Wetzel County’s New Martinsville.

Described as “a single subject incident,” it was under investigation by DNR police. Further information wasn’t immediately available.

In another incident, authorities say a 12-year-old in Braxton County was receiving medical treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left toes. He was riding up a hill with his brother on a utility terrain vehicle on Monday holding his brother’s rifle.

Thanksgiving Day Run In Beckley

Coming up in Beckley Thursday at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex, local residents will start their Thanksgiving with the YMCA of Southern West Virginia to take part in some fitness. It’s the 41st Annual Thanksgiving Day Run at the complex. Participants can choose to run or walk five miles or to complete the one-mile Family Fun Run.

Early Morning Fire In Raleigh County

There was a fire early Wednesday morning in Raleigh County. Firefighters were called to a structure on fire on Angel’s Rest at about 3am. What crews found when they got there was that no one was in the home at the time. The fire was out about an hour later. No word on a cause, no injuries reported.

Homes To Replace Those Lost In Flooding

New homes for four families who lost their’s in last year’s flooding. They’re located in Fairlea, Greenbrier County and the homeowners should get keys to their new homes right around Christmas. The Appalachia Service Project did the work. So far they’ve built 50 homes in West Virginia, with 21 under construction and 14 expected to be done in the next month.