Media outlets report that John Spaulding's trial began Monday.
The 41-year-old Montcalm resident is charged with first-degree sexual assault and 50 counts of possession of child pornography.
Prosecutors say the female victims were 14 years old and 3 years old at the time of the alleged incidents in 2012.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Police charged Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants with domestic battery Monday and say he struck his son with a leather belt more than 10 times.
Plants turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest on the misdemeanor charge Monday morning.
This is the second time Plants has been charged this month. He was previously arrested and charged with violating a domestic violence protective order, also a misdemeanor.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said today that 28-year-old Michael Mathena left the Bannum Place Halfway House in Clarksburg on Nov. 4, 2013. He was arrested in Monongah on Nov. 19.
Mathena was confined at the halfway house while serving the remainder of his sentence for violating supervised release.
He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on the escape charge.
Media outlets report that a Berkeley County Circuit Court jury found 22-year-old James N. Mauldin guilty on Friday following a four-day trial. His faces up to 70 years in prison when sentenced May 29.
Police say Mauldin's son, 3-year-old Kaiwon Connelley, suffered a fractured skull and other injuries. The boy died on New Year's Day 2012 at a hospital in Washington, D.C.
Mauldin's co-defendant and then-girlfriend Jasmine K. Dawkins of Waldorf, Md., was sentenced in February to up to five years in prison. She was convicted last November of gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury and providing false information to medical personnel.
The manager of Nelson's Meat Market in Milton discovered the thefts last week.
The cattle's owner, Frank Fulks, tells WCHS-TV that he and the shop's owner tracked the cattle to a meat processing shop in Mount Sterling, Ky.
Fulks says the cattle are worth nearly $5,000.
Seven people from West Virginia, three from Florida and three from Maryland are charged in a 73-count indictment issued March 18 by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced the indictment on today in Wheeling.
The charges include money laundering, conspiracy and distributing a controlled substance near a public college.
The Regional Jail Authority qualifies for immunity in the lawsuit because, if the alleged rapes took place, the correctional officer was not acting within the scope of his employment, the court decided in a 4-1 ruling that reversed a lower court's decision.
Chief Justice Robin Davis dissented from the opinion, saying her colleagues decided, "In essence, that the Regional Jail does not have a duty to protect female prisoners from being raped by the correctional officers it employs."
A woman, identified only as "A.B.," was incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail after being convicted in 2006 of third-degree sexual assault for having sex with her boyfriend's 14-year-old son. The woman was paroled in early 2008, but violated her parole in August of that year and was sent back to the jail.
State Police Sgt. Adam Scott found in the home of James Robert Keener, 41, photographs and videos depicting children engaged in sex acts with adults and other children, said State Police Sgt. J.C. Powers.
Powers said the images and videos on Keener's computer involved children as young as 4. State Police believe Keener had been downloading child pornography for about a year.
Keener was arrested and charged with 25 felony counts of distribution and possession of materials depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was in the North Central Regional Jail on Friday, with bail set at $125,000.
Mike Rutherford, chief deputy for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, said students ought to be able to have fun and remember their prom and graduation celebrations. "But that's the key word," he said. "We want them to remember it."
On Friday, county emergency officials met with school officials, deputies, West Virginia State Police and police officers from most of the communities in Kanawha County to announce the county's annual prom and graduation season police blitz. Dubbed Operation G.P.A. -- which stands for Graduation, Prom and Alive -- the program puts extra police officers in schools and on the roads to help protect teenagers during end-of-year celebrations.
Rutherford said Kanawha County went through one period where there were teenagers killed in accidents seven out of eight years. "We've been extremely fortunate that we've had none of our kids killed or injured during prom or graduation since this program's inception," he said.
Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley said police got a call about a domestic disturbance at a home on Eighth Street at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. When they got there, George Null, 43, met them outside and told them his brother was drunk and had stabbed him, Oxley said. George Null had been stabbed in the stomach and chest.
Police then went inside and found Robert Null, 55. Oxley said the men are brothers and share the home.
Robert Null was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, Oxley said. George Null was taken to CAMC General Hospital, where he was listed in satisfactory condition this morning with injuries that were not life-threatening, Oxley said.
State Police in Martinsburg identified the victims as Mitchell Duane Dobbins, 65, of Hagerstown, Md., and Rejeanne Bernier, 73, of Granby, Quebec. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday's accident in the northbound lanes in the Falling Waters area.
Trooper M.D. Gillmore said 49 vehicles were involved, including 13 tractor-trailers. In addition to the two fatalities, several other people were taken to three different hospitals for treatment of injuries from the accident in the snowstorm.
Alex Rivers Jr., 47, of Charleston, was arrested late Wednesday and charged with 13 counts of breaking and entering and two counts of transferring and receiving stolen property, according to Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division.
Cooper said a car was broken into on the 1100 block of Quarrier Street on Wednesday. A witness led police to Rivers, who was found at the 7-Eleven convenience store at Washington Street East and Greenbrier Street.
Cooper described Rivers as a "professional burglar" with a long history of car break-ins. Police allegedly found two Garmin GPS devices on Rivers when he was questioned by police that were believed to have been stolen from the car on Quarrier Street.
Media outlets report several customers had dropped off the cattle at Nelson's Meat Market in Milton over the weekend. Shop manager Rick Stepp discovered the thefts on Monday.
Stepp says employees determined the animals didn't wander off and that a break-in occurred. The Cabell County sheriff's department is investigating. The cattle collectively are worth up to $16,000.
Shop owner Andy Nelson is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those involved in the theft.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A Huntington man has been convicted in federal court on a child pornography charge.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 66-year-old John D. Hayes was found guilty following a three-day bench by U.S. District Judge Robert. C. Chambers in Huntington.
Goodwin says Chambers found that Hayes knowingly possessed child pornography on a computer at his home and tried to distribute it through a file-sharing program in 2012.
Buckhannon police chief Matt Gregory tells media outlets that 19-year-old Steven Smith of Virginia Beach, Va., is charged with malicious wounding.
Gregory says about 20 students were involved in the weekend fight outside a fraternity house near the Wesleyan campus in Buckhannon.
Alderson Broaddus spokeswoman Ashley Mittlemeier says the university has zero tolerance for the kind of behavior displayed during the altercation. She says Smith has been expelled.
Media outlets report that a Harrison County Circuit Court jury found Michael Ian Palmer of Baxter guilty on Wednesday following seven hours of deliberations. The jury recommended mercy, meaning Palmer would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
Palmer's trial was moved to Harrison County in February after a jury couldn't be seated in Marion County.
Prosecutors say Palmer fatally shot Everett Wilson on Dec. 11, 2011, at Palmer's home in Baxter.
Terrell Decarlo Montaie, 30, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, according to a news release issued by Kanawha County Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys.
Deputies executed a search warrant at a mobile home in Chelyan where Montaie had been staying. There, deputies allegedly found heroin, pills and two handguns. Charges are pending against Montaie because he is a convicted felon and is prohibited from owning a firearm, according to the release.
Montaie is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.
James Crabtree Sr. spray-painted "Free Tennis Maynard" onto a bed sheet and hung it in front of his trailer in Elk Creek this month.
Maynard, 34, of Delbarton, is accused of shooting Crum at close range as Crum sat in his cruiser eating lunch in Williamson on April 3. Maynard is being held in William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston, awaiting a trial on first-degree murder and other charges, including attempted murder for allegedly pointing a gun at a deputy after he shot the sheriff and fled.
Crum had only been in office for three months before he was killed. One of the tenets of his campaign was a hard stance against prescription pill abuse, including an initiative called "Operation Zero Tolerance."
Michael Allen Kenney, 43, of Apple Grove, was charged with malicious wounding, according to a news release from the Mason County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies and State Police responded to a shooting call on Valley Drive in Apple Grove at about 11 a.m. Police found Donald R. McGhee II, 35, of Winfield, with his ex-girlfriend on nearby Jerry's Run Road, according to the release. McGhee had been shot once in the chest.
Deputies said the shooting stemmed from a domestic violence incident between McGhee and his ex-girlfriend.
Police issued a total 143 citations, including one for a child safety restraint violation. Another 221 warning citations were issued, including 46 for seatbelt violations.
One person was arrested on a felony drug charge.
The police department conducted 21 additional patrols from March 7 to March 23.
The private school in Buckhannon says in a statement to media outlets that its students acted in self-defense.
The fight occurred early Sunday morning outside the Kappa Alpha Order house adjacent to Wesleyan's campus.
Buckhannon police chief Matthew Gregory has said about a half dozen students were injured. No arrests have been made.
But medical examiners haven't determined whether 31-year-old Patrick Neal of Bluefield, Va., was alive when he was hit.
Mercer County sheriff's Chief Deputy D.B. Bailey tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that toxicology test results are still pending.
Neal's body was found the morning of Feb. 20 on Stoney Ridge Road. The Mercer County school bus driver told police that he ran over an object in the road and thought it was trash.
Police were looking for a gray truck involved in Tuesday afternoon's shooting, and a person of interest in connection with the other shooting, on Monday night.
Just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a silver Mitsubishi and a gray truck were involved in a shootout near the intersection of Red Oak Street and Hazelwood Avenue, said Charleston Police Department Lt. Steve Cooper. Police found the silver Mitsubishi a short time later on Washington Street and arrested Justin Davis, 24, and Aric Adams, 20, both of Charleston.
No one was wounded in the shooting, but Cooper said several houses were struck by bullets.
Police chief Matthew Gregory tells media outlets that the incident occurred outside the Kappa Alpha fraternity house early Sunday morning.
Gregory says about half a dozen students were injured. One suffered a broken jaw and another was stabbed in an arm. The others were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
No arrests have been made.
Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Alyn Thacker was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Huntington for maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing heroin.
Federal prosecutors say from 2012 to 2013, Thacker allowed drug dealers from Detroit to store and sell heroin at her home and allowed addicts to use heroin. In return, she received heroin for her own use.
Agents found heroin and more than $1,000 from drug sales during a search of the home. Thacker admitted making a half-dozen trips to Detroit to obtain heroin and crack cocaine from a dealer who has since been convicted.
The fire began early Sunday morning at a house near Oak Hill, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office told media outlets.
Firefighters found the women lying on the floor just inside the front door. Each suffered extensive burns. One woman died Monday at Cabell Huntington Hospital. The other woman remains in critical condition. Their names haven't been released.
The victims didn't live at the residence but the owners knew one of them, police said.
A Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said the accident happened before 8:30 a.m. near the Montrose Drive exit. Three cars were involved.
One person was taken to the hospital. The road was reopened before 9 a.m., a dispatcher said.
Ashley Whitehair, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. She had just left a KRT bus on Frame Road near the entrance to the Elk Crossings apartment complex when she was hit by the truck, which was heading east toward U.S. 119, according to the release.
The accident happened around 8 a.m., and investigators closed the road for more than four hours.
LUMBERPORT, W.Va. - Police say a body found by a fisherman in Harrison County has been identified as that of a missing Clarksburg man.
The Harrison County Sheriff's Department tells media outlets that investigators are trying to determine how 57-year-old Darrell Golden went from his home to the site where his body was found.
The cause of death hasn't been determined.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County man serving a life sentence for murder has died in prison.
The West Virginia Division of Corrections says 55-year-old Carl Eugene Manford died last month at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex in Mount Olive. Officials say Manford had been sick, but they couldn't provide details because of privacy laws.
The Journal reports that Manford's body has been sent for an autopsy, but prison officials say they're still awaiting a report on the cause of death.
The Dominion Post reports that 54-year-old Paul Anderson was found on the floor of his cell on Sunday night. An autopsy is scheduled at the State Medical Examiner's Office.
David LeMaster is the executive assistant at the high-security prison in Preston County. He said Anderson shared his cell with another inmate. The other inmate was in the locked cell at the time of Anderson's death.
Anderson had been incarcerated at Hazelton since April 23, 2013. He was serving a 12-year sentence for bank robbery in Tennessee.
Ohio County Circuit Court Judge James Mazzone on Wednesday set bond at $100,000 for 53-year-old Charles Severance.
Severance is not a flight risk, Mazzone said during the hearing in Wheeling, The Washington Post reported.
Severance is charged in Loudoun County on an unrelated firearms charge and was arrested in Wheeling last week.
Media outlets report that Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Bedell ruled Wednesday that there was probable cause to collect the samples from 27-year-old Sidney Arthur Muller. Prosecutors also can collect Muller's fingerprints and palm prints.
Muller is charged with four counts of murder. The Fairmont resident is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Todd Russell Amos, 26-year-old Christopher Hart, 70-year-old Fred Swiger and his son, 47-year-old Freddie Swiger.
Police say the shootings of Hart and Amos inside an apartment in July 2013 were drug-related. The Swigers were bystanders who were delivering newspapers.
Brittany Dawn Stumbo, 24, of Spencer, was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, a felony. Police also charged her with shoplifting after finding approximately $20 worth of stolen groceries inside her car, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Just before 4 p.m., two South Charleston police officers were called to the Wal-Mart parking in South Charleston after someone spotted a baby inside a Chevrolet Cobalt that was left running.
Police found the car and looked inside, and according to the complaint, found a 6-month old baby in a car seat covered with a blanket, according to the complaint.
Deputies went to a home on Joy Lane in Point Pleasant at about 3 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a tip that a clandestine drug lab was being operated inside the house, according to a press release from the Mason County Sheriff's Department. Deputies searched the house and allegedly found an active drug lab in the bathroom.
Two children were removed from the house after detectives notified Child Protective Services.
Deputies arrested Jeffrey Wayne Henry, 49, of Point Pleasant and charged him with operating a clandestine drug lab. Heather Dawn Letson, 34, of Point Pleasant and Tara Rae Sowards, 32, of Point Pleasant were also arrested nad charged with aiding and abetting.
Sgt. Greg Losh tells The Herald-Dispatch that troopers also issued 67 warnings during Tuesday's saturation patrol.
He says four people were found to be driving on suspended licenses. Troopers discovered a small amount of marijuana and heroin during one traffic stop.
Complaints about speeding and texting drivers prompted the saturation patrol.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An early morning fire destroyed a home on the city's West Side.
Assistant Charleston Fire Chief Rich Simmons said the blaze broke out at a house in the 1600 block of Pansy Drive at about 2:30 a.m. The home was completely engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, and Simmons said the roof had caved in.
Simmons said firefighters were unable to save the home. The owner was not home at the time.
Timothy Rush, 24, of Charleston, is charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment, according to Charleston Police Sgt. Tony Hazelett.
Around 11 p.m. Sunday, police believe Rush was leaving the 7-Eleven at 841 Washington St. W. As he opened the door to leave, another man - Gontorweh Toweh, 20, of Charleston - started punching him, Hazelett said.
The two men began fighting inside the store, and a woman, whom police identified as Sarah Murano, 20, of Charleston, got out of a car and ran inside the store. Murano then pointed a gun at the two men fighting, Hazelett said.
A Metro 911 dispatcher says several people were injured. The extent of their injuries wasn't known.
Lt. Shawn Williams of the Charleston Police Department said the accident occurred around 6:05 a.m. in the northbound lanes near the Leon Sullivan Way exit not far from the I-77/Interstate 64 split. The northbound lanes were shut down for more than an hour.
Williams said icy road conditions apparently led to two separate accidents at almost the same time, one involving five cars and the other involving six.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police troopers will now be allowed to retain their service weapons when entering the Kanawha County Courthouse Annex in Charleston.
Chief Circuit Judge Charlie King signed an order allowing troopers to keep their guns earlier this month.
King said State Police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers had asked about month to allow troopers on official business in the annex to be allowed to keep their service weapons. Up until now, troopers bringing in prisoners or on other business had to take off their guns and secure them in a lock box before entering the annex, where Kanawha County's family courts, magistrate courts and circuit courtrooms are located.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two men stole prescription medications from a Lincoln County pharmacy early Friday, police said, the second burglary there in three months.
Police are asking for help in identifying two men who broke in through the front doors of Meds 2 Go Express Pharmacy at 762 Little Coal River Road in Alum Creek around 2 a.m.
The men stole several prescription medications and fled before police arrived, said State Police Sgt. R.S. Charlton of the Hamlin detachment.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A man was arrested late Friday, suspected of robbing a bank in downtown Huntington earlier in the day, according to Cabell County 911 dispatchers.
Just after 3:30 p.m. Friday, someone walked into the Chase bank located along Ninth Avenue and demanded money.
Huntington police went to the scene and cordoned off the area. West Virginia State Police troopers also responded.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston police say a man just released from the hospital was robbed of his oxygen machine by three men.
The theft occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Friday as the man walked home from the hospital, WCHS-TV reported. Police say they believe the men didn't realize they were stealing the man's oxygen machine, which was in a bag.
One of the men had a knife.
WCHS-TV says the theft occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Friday as the man walked home from the hospital. Police say they believe the men didn't realize they were stealing the man's oxygen machine, which was in a bag.
One of the men had a knife.
The victim is in his 50s. He wasn't hurt.
Michael Dale Salisbury, 29, of Pennsylvania Avenue, was charged with kidnapping and second-degree sexual assault in connection with an alleged attack on March 6, according to Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, a woman went to deputies on March 6 and told them she had been attacked in her Charleston home early that morning.
She said she woke up to find a man rubbing her breasts, according to the complaint. The man, who was wearing a ski mask, allegedly told her she had to do what he said if she wanted to live, the criminal complaint said.
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A Raleigh County man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, State Police said.
James Edward Patton, 46, of Eccles, was charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, according to a news release issued by State Police Lt. Michael Baylous. Patton was also charged with possession of child pornography and filming a minor in explicit sexual conduct.
Troopers began investigating a video discovered of Patton engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile male, according to the release. Patton was being held in Southern Regional Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
Employees at West Virginia Paving, on Charles Avenue in Dunbar, noticed approximately $8,000 in diesel fuel missing from a storage tank in early February. Employees inspected the tank and found no leaks.
They then reviewed security footage and identified the truck allegedly used to steal 1,800 gallons of fuel during late January and early February, according to a news release issued by Kanawha County sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys. The truck is a modified white pickup.
Anyone with information about the truck or its driver is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, at 304-357-0169. Callers may remain anonymous.
Matthew John Wiggins, 41, also attempted to persuade a person to destroy evidence against him, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington found.
Wiggins faces 10 to 40 years and a lifetime of supervised release when Chambers sentences him July 7.
Wiggins accessed the pornography at the Wood County Library on Jan. 16 and 17, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police closed off a street in downtown Charleston for more than an hour Thursday while they investigated what they considered a suspicious package.
Someone found the package just before noon on Court Street near Saint Francis Hospital, a Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said.The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department bomb squad investigated the package, and found it was harmless. Police cordoned off part of Court Street for more than an hour to investigate.
Daniel Kessler, who owns Diversified Services, the cleanup company, had his permit revoked on Wednesday after the Sheriff's Department read a Gazette article that said he was sentenced to a spousal abuse program after a 1995 assault conviction in Maryland.
"After reading your article we contacted authorities in Maryland and asked for more information," Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Sheriff's Department spokesman, told the Gazette.
Humphreys said the Sheriff's Department first issued the weapons permit in 2011, and it was re-issued in 2013 when Kessler changed his address.