Archives for January 2018

Pair Charged In Shovel Attack And Robbery

$30,000 bail for a man and woman charged with beating a man with a shovel. Police were called to a home on Morgan Hollow Road for a report of an armed robbery and found a man with head injuries who needed to be taken to the hospital. The victim said he was hanging out with the suspects when they began to attack him and robbed him. As a result of their investigation, police cuffed Catherine Brewer and Gavin Doss. Brewer, say police, admitted setting the man up for the attack.

Train Carrying Lawmakers To Greenbrier Retreat Strikes Truck

A train carrying Republican members of Congress to their GOP retreat in Greenbrier County struck a truck. One person is reported dead, another seriously injured. The White House released a statement about the accident early Wednesday afternoon: “The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. Senior Administration officials are in regular contact with Amtrak and state and local authorities.”
The train hit the back of a garbage truck at about 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia. The impact threw train passengers from their seats, but so far, lawmakers appear not to have sustained major injuries. Many are also traveling with their spouses and staff.

Authorities Name Suspect In Murder

37 year old Thomas Dunbar has been named by Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office as their suspect in the murder investigation of Shaela McCoy Abren. He’s now in South Central Regional Jail on unrelated charges. Police think Dunbar may have been involved in a shots fired incident in December at the Go-Mart on Harper Road in Raleigh County. Police said Abren had a connection with that incident as well. Her body was found last month and two days later, the body of 24 year old Chastity Hamm of White Sulphur Springs was found. Police had said both women had similar means of death. Dunbar is charged in Abren’s death. No word yet if he’s also connected to Hamm’s murder.

White House: Trump To Touch Down In Lewisburg Thursday

President Donald Trump is coming to Greenbrier county. According to the White House, Air Force One is expected to arrive around 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, as he takes part in the GOP retreat. The conference will be held Wednesday through Friday at The Greenbrier which is owned by Governor Jim Justice. U. S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives will meet to plan the legislative strategy for the upcoming year, and it’s expected Vice President Mike Pence will make an appearance as well. The event is generally seen as an economic boon to the communities in which it takes place.

New Details In Deaths of Two Women

New details in the deaths of two women found in separate incidents in Greenbrier County. One of them is apparently tied to a shooting in Raleigh County last month. 32 year old Shaela Abren, whose body was found on January 18th, was wanted for questioning in a shooting at the Go Mart on Harper Road in Beckley a month earlier. Also found not far from where Abrren’s body was located, was the body of 24 year old Chastity Hamm of White Sulphur Springs. Police have said the manner of Hamm’s death was consistent with Abren’s but they don’t believe Abren’s death was tied to the Raleigh County Shooting.

Report: President Coming To Greenbrier For GOP Retreat

President Donald Trump is coming to West Virginia. Rep. Evan Jenkins reports that Trump will attend the Republican Congressional Retreat at The Greenbrier Resort, happening Jan. 31- Feb. 2. There is no word at this time when exactly President Trump will be at the resort. The Greenbrier is owned by Governor Jim Justice. U. S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives will meet to plan the legislative strategy for the upcoming year, and it’s expected Vice President Mike Pence will make an appearance as well. The event is generally seen as an economic boon to the communities in which it takes place.

Suspects Sought In Thefts

Authorities on the lookout for a couple of people they think are responsible for stealing a pick up truck along with welding cable wire, copper and tools from a construction site. The vehicle was ripped off from BC Used Auto in Beaver, the welding cable wire from the Beaver Fire Department and the tools from a construction site at Shady Spring High School.

Restrictions To Keep Drones Safe In The Skies

The West Virginia House has approved limits on drone use in the state’s skies with criminal penalties for adding weapons, harassing others, interfering with airplanes or taking photographs of people through the windows of their homes. The bill, adopted 78-18 on Thursday, would establish a misdemeanor for operators of unmanned aircraft to knowingly view or take pictures or videos of people on private property “in a manner that would invade the individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Help Kids With Summer Activities

The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for organizations to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer. The department says in a news release that county boards of education, local government agencies and other nonprofit groups can participate in the Summer Food Service Program. West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Amanda Harrison says 507 sites provided summer meals to kids last year.

Second Body Unearthed In Greenbrier County

A second body unearthed in Greenbrier County. It was located in a shallow grav in a mountainous area of National Forest Property. The body has been identified as that of 24 year old Chastity Faye Hamm of White Sulphur Springs. Another woman, 32 year old Shaela Lynn Abren of Webster Springs, was found in Blue Bend two days prior behind a vacant home. Authorities say they beleive Hamm was murdered before Abren but they say the cause of death was consistent in both cases. Police say they have a suspect in custody, but are withholding the suspect’s name.