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Friends of McDowell County Train Fatality speak out, Ask for Donations

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Tragedy strikes on train tracks in southern West Virginia. One person is dead and two others hurt after coming too close to a train in McDowell County. More>>

LATEST: Police searching for suspect in Ripley, WV bank robbery

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Police are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Ripley, West Virginia. More>>

NEW DETAILS: Tips leads to sex offender's capture in Princeton Video included

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State Troopers out of Princeton, WV confirmed that they are looking for Christopher Lee Tolliver, a registered sex offender. Tolliver was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014, but failed to show up. More>>

Family left homeless in Raysal, McDowell County after a fire rips through their house

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A fire late Thursday night leaves a family in McDowell County homeless. Everyone was able to get out of the home in Raysal safely, but a friend of the family, who saved their dog, told us it was a very close call. More>>

Beckley police identity armed robbery suspect

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Beckley Police have identified a suspect wanted for an armed robbery at a pharmacy.Police say Jonathan Moore robbed the CVS on Ragland Road in Beckley this past Sunday.Moore is facing aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit a felony charges.Police say the man was armed with a knife.Moore allegedly grabbed an employee and demanded drugs.Police identified Moore through tips from Crimestoppers.If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call Beckley Police. More>>

Police warn Rainelle residents of theft threat

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Police in Rainelle say people in the area need to look out for copper thefts.Police are getting several reports of copper being stolen from residents and local businesses.The thief or thieves tried to steal copper from other placeslike the municipal buildingbut was unsuccessful.Police also want residents to make sure they're locking their car doors.Calls have come in from people saying their cars were broken into.If you have any information about the copper or car thefts call police. More>>

Green Valley- Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department needs donations

Local Fire Department may be forced to close due to lack of funds Local Fire Department may be forced to close due to lack of funds
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The Green Valley- Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department is asking for the communities help, so they aren't forced to shutdown.The Fire Department has been hanging up flyers all across the area trying make the community aware of the financial issues they are having.The Fire Department has received the same amount of money for the past twenty-four years from the County Fire Service Fee and that with cost increases they can no longer afford to operate under this amount of funding. Kermit Whitt, The... More>>

I-79 BACK OPEN: Chickens and ammo to blame for shutdown Video included

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Chickens and guns make a mess of the morning commute. More>>

Mercer County Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Joseph Inman pleads guilty to sex charges Joseph Inman pleads guilty to sex charges
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In Mercer County a man facing disturbing charges involving children appeared in court Friday, August 22 for a plea hearing.Joseph Inman pleaded guilty to 64 counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.He is facing two to ten years and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.He will be sentenced in October.He was arrested back in December of last year. More>>

Pick-up rolls on top along WV Turnpike near Ghent

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Officials said that the weather could be the cause of an accident that happened at around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The driver of the pick-up truck apparently lost control after hydroplaning.
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Fire Destroys Home in Raysal, WV

Fire Destroys Home in McDowell County Fire Destroys Home in McDowell County
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Crews responded to the scene of a house fire in Raysal, McDowell County at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, August 22. The house was next to the State Road Garage and near the car wash as you're going towards Bartley.The Raysal Fire Department, Bradshaw Fire Department and the War Fire Department all responded to the scene. The McDowell Authority EMS were also on scene. Emergency dispatchers said the fire rekindled at around 6 a.m. The scene was clear by 7 a.m.No one was home at the time of the fi... More>>

UPDATE: American Mine Power owner hopes to reopen soon following fire

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A fire has been reported at American Mine Power in Scarbro. More>>

One person injured in tractor trailer accident near Sandstone, WV

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Raleigh County Sheriffs Deputies are investigating an accident that sent a truck onto the escape ramp on Sandstone mountain.  A tractor trailer was traveling East on Interstate-64 at around 4 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. 
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UPDATE: Norfolk Southern confirms 1 killed in train accident near Roderfield

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A train accident that happened late on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 left one person dead and two others were sent to the hospital.   Officials with the Norfolk Southern said that three people were on a bridge just west of the Roderfield tunnel, when a train came through.  More>>

Amidst Ferguson chaos, Southern West Virginia law enforcement is prepared

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We are now in Day 13 of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. But is Southern West Virginia prepared if riots and chaos were to ignite here?   More>>

Concord University holds program to discuss sexual assault

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Wednesday night Concord University held a "sex signals" program that was open to students to educate them on how to report incidents.Student Garret Mustard tells 59News what he learned at the meeting. More>>

Beckley man pleads guilty to dealing heroin Video included

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U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Michael J. Dow, 44, of Beckley admitted to charges of Distributing Heroin.
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Crab Orchard man sentenced for dealing prescription drugs Video included

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A sentencing hearing was held on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 for a Raleigh County man who pleaded guilty to illegally selling Oxycodone. In May, Gene "Butch" James, 44, of Crab Orchard admitted to charges of Distributing Oxycodone.
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UPDATE: Desean Farley waives extradition hearing Video included

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Desean Farley, a suspect in a Beckley murder investigation, was captured by the U.S. Marshal Service in Wisconsin. Farley s believed to be the man who shot and killed a person at Willbrian Apartments on Saturday, July 12, 2014. More>>

Lockdown drill at Princeton High School

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Officials said that drills of that kind were a matter of procedure in Mercer County. They are conducted randomly. More>>

5 Arrested after Shots Fired in Princeton

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Several people are arrested on Wednesday night, after dozens of shots are fired on Courthouse Road near Crestview Drive in Princeton. More>>

How to avoid the back-to-school plagues

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During the school year children seem to bring home every type of illness, but there are a few things you can do to prevent your child from catching all those pesky illnesses.Washing hands is the universal way to avoid the spread of germs but there are a few ways you can prevent your child from getting sick when they come in contact with those germs. More>>

Miner Killed in Accident at Buchanan Mine #1

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Consol Energy Representatives confirm that Michael J. Justice, 41, of Rowe, VA was killed today in an accident at Buchanan Mine #1. More>>

Mercer County K-9 Officer needs bullet proof vest

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The Mercer County Sheriffs Department and local grooming shop, Pet Zone in Princeton are partnering to help raise money for one of the K-9 Officers.Deputy Furches and his partner Maggie are often first in the line of fire.In order to help protect Officer Maggie when she's sniffing out suspects the department wants her to have a bulletproof vest to keep her safe. More>>

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over 30 million dollars

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than 30 million dollars Video included

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Its an internet sensation. The "Ice Bucket Challenge"was started to raise money for ALS. The fundraiser asks people to stand and have ice water poured on their head or donate 100 dollars to ALS. Every day people and even celebrities then challenge others to do the same.
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Seniors walk the red carpet for their last first day of school

Seniors walk the red carpet for their last first day of school Video included

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It's a first day of school like you've never seen.High school students get the red carpet treatment and they haven't even taken a test!Seniors at Independence High school walked into school on a red carpet for their last, first day of high school.Seniors at the school say it's a nice way to make the first day exciting."It's unprecedented at independence High school and it's something we've all looking forward to and the moms and teachers have worked hard to put together for us," Senior, Sean ... More>>

Va. students improve, beat national average on ACT

Virginia students continue to improve and exceed the national average on the ACT college admissions exam. More>>

Traffic stop in Smithers leads to prescription pill arrest

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The Fayette County Sheriff's Office announced that deputies made a drug arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 after pulling a car over on an equipment violation. Jeremy Louis Bufford, 34, of Smithers is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.
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Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary Video included

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Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au... More>>

WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

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The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County. More>>

Chafin Wins, Elected 21st Republican Senator

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Delegate A. Benton "Ben" Chafin was elected to the Senate of Virginia, Tuesday. Chafin secured a Republican majority in the General Assembly upper chamber. Chafin will serve and represent the 38th District, succeeding former Senator Phil Puckett who resigned in June. Chafin defeated Democrat Mike Hymes and Independent Rick Mullins. Polls closed at 7 PM on Tuesday night. More>>

ARMED AND DANGEROUS: Beckley Police search for suspect in weekend pharmacy robbery Video included

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A man who held a CVS employee at knife point on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 is the subject of a search by police officers. The man came into the CVS at the corner of Eisenhower Dr. and Ragland Rd. at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday. More>>

Color Splash Run/Walk comes to Beckley for a good cause Video included

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Want to add a splash of color in your exercise routine this weekend? On Saturday, you can participate in the "Color Splash Run/Walk. More>>

Jury Duty Scam in Raleigh County

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Raleigh County deputies warn of a jury duty scam throughout the county. A press release states the caller tells victims they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine via a prepaid money card. The phone number on caller ID shows "Raleigh County Sheriff's Office."Deputies advise this isn't the case. The Sheriff's office said this is a scam. More>>

Could a lack of photo identification allow for theft of concealed weapons permits? Video included

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Questions arise over conceal carry permits in the mountain state. Some law enforcement officers say a lack of photo identification on the permits makes it a challenge to verify them. In Summers County, there is not a picture I.D. on concealed carry permits.  More>>

LATEST: Murder charge filed in Soak Creek fatal fire

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An arson investigation in Raleigh County has lead to the arrest of one man. According to West Virginia State Troopers, Carl Cox, 36, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 on two counts of First Degree Arson.
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Millions of patient's records obtained in a hacking spree

Millions of patient's records obtained in a hacking spree

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Community Health Systems,the parent company of Bluefield Regional Medical Center,Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Plateau Medical Center in Fayette Countyare among hundreds of hospitals targeted in a cyber attack .Community Health Systems confirms the attack may have happened in April and June.Hackers took information of more than 4 million patients from its computer network.Now, locals who have been patients over the the years may now be a victim to identity fraud.Experts say that protec... More>>

Suspects identified in connection with Princeton break-in case

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The Mercer County Sheriff's Office has been tracking down suspects on connection with a string of vehicle break-ins. Investigators are looking for Virgie Poore and Robert "Bobby" Mills, Jr.
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Sophia man pleaded guilty to Child Porn charges in federal court

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An investigation by the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force lead to a guilty plea in Raleigh County on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. David Alan Hunt, 32, of Sophia, WV pleaded guilty to charges of Possessing Child Pornography. More>>

Portion of Route 83 Closed after Transformer Explodes

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A portion of Route 83 in McDowell County is closed Tuesday morning(8/19) after a transformer explodes. More>>

NEW DETAILS: Soak Creek fatal fire investigated as arson, injured firefighters recover at home

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Investigators on the scene of a fire that happened in Soak Creek on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 have said that a person died in the fire.  A mobile home at 113 Jasper Lane caught fire during the early morning hours.  More>>

Community Health details attack on patient records

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Community Health Systems Inc. is notifying patients affected by the attack and offering them identity theft protection services. The company owns, leases or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states. More>>

A new program introduced as school begins in Greenbrier County

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The school year has begun in Greenbrier County and with the new school year brings an exciting new partnership with the Greenbrier Resort. Greenbrier East and West high school seniors will now be able to obtain real world work experience and college credit while still in high school. More>>

UPDATE: Fayette County Sheriffs investigate several overnight thefts

UPDATE: Fayette County Sheriffs investigate several overnight thefts

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The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of thefts in the Danese area.At 8 a.m. Sunday morning the Fayette County 911 Center began receiving calls of vehicles and buildings that had been broken into, in the area of Loops Road. More>>

Tips lead deputies to marijuana plants in Jolo, WV

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Funding from a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Grant has helped McDowell County Sheriff's Deputies track down individuals growing marijuana. An anonymous tip lead deputies to the Jolo area of McDowell County.
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UPDATE: Jessup still in critical condition following jail fight

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Their are new developments in a case involving Beckley's "Ice Cream Man" Al Jessup. Jessup was arrested on Aug. 6 on charges of possessing child pornography, but a fight at the Southern Regional Jail has lead to some changes.
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White Sulphur Springs Video Lottery Parlor robbed at knifepoint

White Sulphur Springs Video Lottery Parlor robbed at knifepoint

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According to dispatch, Lewee's Lottery Video Parlor in White Sulphur Springs was robbed at knifepoint last night. The call came in aroundmidnightand the man took an unknown amount of money. Karen Hull is a Lottery Attendand who works at Lewee's. She was shocked to hear the news. "I've been here over 7 years and usually police patrol it and its lit up. I've never been robbed," Hull Said. A local business owner just across the street from Lewee's said you never know what people are capable ... More>>

Beckley holds Convoy of Hope for second year in a row

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Thousands of people joined local businesses, community organizations and churches for the second annual Convoy of Hope event at the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley.Convoy of Hope provides free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals and job-placement assistance.Medical tents were set up to provide families who don't have routine providers basic medical and dental care."They can get their vital signs taken, blood sugars taken, they're gonna ... More>>

Two houses catch fire right next to each other in Fayette County

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Two houses caught fire Saturday in Oak Hill, Fayette County right next to each other.Dispatchers received a call saying two structures were on fire at 256 Virginia Street.Oak Hill Fire Department and Mount Hope Fire Department were at the scene.No injuries were reported.The fires are being considered suspicious and will be investigated by the Fire Marshall.Stay with 59News for the latest on this developing story. More>>

UPDATE: Missing 14-year-old girl found safe in Logan County, WV

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Emma Kathryn Justice, 14, who had been missing since Wednesday morning, was found safe Thursday in Logan County, WV. More>>

Fayette County, WV schools granted partial control by WV Board of Education

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Due to a unanimous vote by the West Virginia Board of Education during its monthly meeting, Fayette County was awarded partial control of its education system as it relates to school policies. More>>

Family desperately searching for missing 16-year-old Kanawha County girl Video included

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Shy, quiet, a sweet girl... all words that her family said describes 16-year-old Ericka Brown. More>>

Coal River Energy announces intent to idle Alum Creek and Julian, WV coal mine operations, cut 280 jobs

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Coal River Mining and Coal River Processing announced Aug. 12 that they intend to idle operations in Alum Creek and Julian, resulting in 280 layoffs. More>>

Grants to help homeless veterans in West Virginia

More than $2.6 million in federal funding has been approved to help homeless military veterans and their families in West Virginia. More>>

Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists Video included

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President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions... More>>

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  • Friends of McDowell County Train Fatality speak out, Ask for Donations

    Friends of McDowell County Train Fatality speak out, Ask for Donations

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:46:55 GMT
    Tragedy strikes on train tracks in southern West Virginia. One person is dead and two others hurt after coming too close to a train in McDowell County.
    Tragedy strikes on train tracks in southern West Virginia. One person is dead and two others hurt after coming too close to a train in McDowell County.
  • NEW DETAILS: Tips leads to sex offender's capture in Princeton

    NEW DETAILS: Tips leads to sex offender's capture in Princeton

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:22:55 GMT
    State Troopers out of Princeton, WV confirmed that they are looking for Christopher Lee Tolliver, a registered sex offender. Tolliver was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014, but failed to show up.
    State Troopers out of Princeton, WV confirmed that they are looking for Christopher Lee Tolliver, a registered sex offender. Tolliver was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014, but failed to show up.
  • Miner Killed in Accident at Buchanan Mine #1

    Miner Killed in Accident at Buchanan Mine #1

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:28:32 GMT
    Consol Energy Representatives confirm that Michael J. Justice, 41, of Rowe, VA was killed today in an accident at Buchanan Mine #1.
    Consol Energy Representatives confirm that Michael J. Justice, 41, of Rowe, VA was killed today in an accident at Buchanan Mine #1.
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