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Organizers prepare for the 24th annual Chili Night in Uptown Beckley

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The 24th annual Chili Night in Uptown Beckley is quickly approaching. It's a time for local eateries to cook up their best batch of the hearty meal. The competition involves more than 40 participants, three stages of entertainment, vendors, ride and slide activities for kids and more. More>>

Is the iCloud secure? After a celebrity leak, What You can do to Make sure your Information is Safe

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We wanted to know just what you can do to make sure your information isn't leaked. Although there's many benefits to "cloud" services, authorities now caution against keeping your private information online. More>>

Soon all police will be wearing body cameras

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A nationwide debate is taking place after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri .Ferguson cops were given body cameras by two companies after allegations have been made against protesters, who are outraged by the shooting.Soon police around the country could be wearing body cameras. More>>

Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

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Shady Spring High school's season opener versus Princeton High school had what students call a disturbance.Director of People Services, Jeff McClung, did confirm that some students were acting out."Shady Spring High School administration has notified the county office of inappropriate behavior at the game. I'm proud of the diligence they've had at the game enforcing the school policies," McClung Said.Students told me they witnessed over 10 of their fellow students sneaking alcohol into the ga... More>>

Mercer County man sentenced on child porn charges

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A child pornography case out of Mercer County lead to the sentencing of a Bluefield, WV man on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. David A. Punturi, 54, will serve nine years in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release, after being sentenced in front of Judge David A. Faber. More>>

Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

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According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
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Ex-Wyoming County aging chief, insurer settle suit

A former Wyoming County Council on Aging director has settled a lawsuit against an insurer that refused to represent him after he was sued by the state. More>>

Man accused of selling drugs near school faces jury in Tazewell, VA

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A trial began in Tazewell County on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 for a man who is accused of selling drugs. Joseph Panagopoulas is charged with Distribution of a Schedule II Drug, Distribution on School Property and Conspiracy.
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WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County Video included

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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>>

Firefighters fight blaze in Oak Hill, WV

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A home went up in flames on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, bringing out firefighters from three departments. Crews from Fayetteville, Mount Hope and Oak Hill Fire Departments were sent to the scene at around 9:30 a.m. Officials report that there are no injuries in connection with the fire. There is no word on whether or not anyone lived at the home. 59News has a crew on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available. More>>

Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

Roger Lee Sparks, Jr. Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.
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A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home. More>>

Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

Police patrolling the roads this Labor Day Police patrolling the roads this Labor Day
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According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe. More>>

After fatal McDowell County crash, Troopers caution against drinking and driving over Holiday Weekend

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While many are safely celebrating Labor Day, State Troopers want to caution everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.The West Virginia Department of Transportation says over the last 5 years in the Mountain State, almost 800 people have been killed in a drink driving crash just during Labor Day Weekend. Troopers released these pictures from Sunday morning's fatal crash to show the consequences drinking and driving can have.Read full story on Sunday morning's fatal crash in McDowell ... More>>

Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

Joe Collins is arrested on murder charges Joe Collins is arrested on murder charges
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The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence. More>>

Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

Fatal Car Accident in McDowell County Fatal Car Accident in McDowell County
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Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T... More>>

UPDATE: Power Restored to Over 400 in Raleigh County

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Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning. More>>

Police still searching for two suspects after an arrest is made in Summers County robberies Video included

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Two homes and two businesses in Summers county were taken by surprise early Sunday morning. More>>

Missing Fayette County juveniles found

Three juveniles are missing in Fayette County Three juveniles are missing in Fayette County
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Crews in Fayette County are searching for three missing juveniles.Dispatchers say a call came in around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.Police are looking in the area of Cunard Road, which is between Fayetteville and Oak Hill.The Fayette County Sheriffs Department, West Virginia State Police, Jan Care Ambulance, Parks Services, and the Fayetteville Fire Department are all on hand searching the area.The kids were last seen around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.If you have any information about these kids whereabout... More>>

Crews Battle Fire in Raleigh County

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A structure caught fire right outside of Colcord, Raleigh County Saturday evening.Dispatchers received the call for the fire just before 7 p.m. saying a building was on fire on Buck Lane. More>>

Calacino's in Beckley is home to Mountaineer football

Calacino's in Beckley is home to Mountaineer football

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The Mountaineers have thousands of fans, but Calacino's in Beckley is one local business that relies on them to keep their doors open.Jerseys, and posters fill the walls and Calacino's owner, Jerry Zaferatos , said in college football you cant count anyone out."I wouldn't have this business if I listened to people saying, you don't have a chance," Zaferatos said.Dominique Calicino opened the business back in the early 1930's and the owner says that he doesn't know where they would be without ... More>>

One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

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Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating. More>>

Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

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Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29).  More>>

21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday

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The 21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday with the Autumn Fest at Lake Stephens. More>>

Sophia Police Chief resigns, Mayor now assumes both titles

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Viewers are calling in their concerns over the City of Sophia, so we found out the town does not have an acting Chief of Police. Sophia Mayor Danny Barr said on July 30th, former Sophia Police Chief, Sam McClure, resigned on good terms. More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

History of the two Bluefield's football game

The two Bluefields battle it out in football The two Bluefields battle it out in football
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The annual football game between the Bluefield's is Friday.The first game between the Graham G-men and the Bluefield Beavers dates back to 1911.Tthe two didn't play each other again until 1928, but they've play every year since. The two towns come together for many events, but this is one where they separate and say pick a side.  More>>

LATEST: Advocacy groups, Sustainable Business Council opposed to tank bill special session

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Members of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's senior staff, along with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman, met with environmental and industry groups Aug. 26 to discuss implementing Senate Bill 373. More>>

UPDATE: Body of missing Lenore, West Virginia man found

Roger Urban has been missing since Saturday August 23rd. Roger Urban has been missing since Saturday August 23rd.
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UPDATE: The body of a missing Lenore, West Virginia man has been found on the Kentucky side of the Tug River More>>

Parkersburg man pleads guilty to Kroger robbery in Beckley

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A man who robbed the Kroger on Harper Road in Beckley, WV bank in March, went before a judge on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Jonathan James Rager pleaded guilty to Second Degree Robbery in front of Judge John Hutchison. More>>

Beckley Police investigate shots fired on 8th Street

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A person opened fire at a home in Beckley during the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Detectives are investigating a case of shots fired along 8th Street, which is just off of Johnstown Road. The incident happened at around 2 a.m. More>>

Deveron Patterson pleads guilty to 1st Degree Murder

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A case that began almost a year ago lead to a guilty plea in Kanawha County court on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Deveron Patterson, 26, of Raleigh County pleaded guilty to a First Degree Murder charge in connection with the death of Kareem Hunter in Sept. 2013.
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Car Fire Investigation in Fayette County

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A car fire early Friday morning (8/29)is being investigated in Fayette County. More>>

Pilot confirmed dead in Virginia military jet crash

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) -Military officials in Massachusetts say they've confirmed that the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed.Col. James Keefe says his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity hasn't been disclosed.The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.The F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking residents but causing no injuries ... More>>

Police Search for Missing Woman

Darlene Hatfield Darlene Hatfield
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The search is on for a missing woman in Bluefield, West Virginia. Officers with the Bluefield Police Department said Darlene Hatfield has been missing since August 15. More>>

Bear attacks dog in Raleigh County

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In Raleigh County a woman comes home to find her dog laying lifeless in the backyard after being attacked by a bear. More>>

We're working to see what rules are in place at shooting ranges after a 9 year old girl shoots her instructor

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National debate has been sparked over gun safety after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor in Arizona on Monday.The instructor was teaching the girl how to use an Uzi sub-machine gun.The girl pulled the trigger, and the recoil caused her to lose control of the gun.The instructor was accidentally shot in the head, he died later at the hospital.  More>>

Ronceverte man charged with breaking into Lewisburg business

David Trent David Trent
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A suspicious person investigation lead to the arrest of a man from Ronceverte on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. David Wayne Trent, 30, of Ronceverte, WV is charged with Breaking and Entering, Obstructing an Officer, Battery on an Officer and Petit Larceny. More>>

Two Sent to the Hospital After Brutal Fight between Family Members

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Fayette County Emergency Dispatchers confirm that one person has been transported to the hospital after an unconfirmed stabbing in Mount Hope. More>>

Two arrested for robbery in Wyoming County

Two Arrested in Wyoming County for Robbery Two Arrested in Wyoming County for Robbery
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Two men were arrested in Wyoming County for robbery. Joshua Sprouse and Jesse Sprouse are both in the Southern Regional Jail right now.Officials at Southern Regional Jail told us the Oceana Police Department arrested the two men Tuesday and charged them with robbery and petty larceny.Their bond is fifty $50,000 each. More>>

Energy industry leaders, DEP members speak about experiences, WV future, water crisis at Business Summit

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During a breakout session titled Energy and the Environment at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit Aug. 27, a small group of attendees listened to various industry leaders and lawmakers speak about their experiences in the industry. More>>

Search efforts to resume for missing pilot

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A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says ground rescuers will resume searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia. More>>

Search efforts to resume for missing pilot

A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says rescuers will resume searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia. More>>

3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival to come to Raleigh County

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The 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival is coming soon.You can celebrate the life of one of the forefathers of bluegrass music,while enjoying the live performances by The Lilly Mountaineers,Johnny Cochran, Idletymes and much more. More>>

UPDATE: Residents Without A Home Following Fire

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Residents in a Shady Spring home are displaced after a fire burnt down their home on Tuesday evening. More>>

Detectives offer Shooting Suspect's Descriptions, Neighbors at the Courts react

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The search is on for suspects after shots ring out at a southern West Virginia basketball court. A shooting that wounded three people in Raleigh County, leaves neighbors on edge. More>>

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department is investigating break-ins

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The Wyoming County Sheriffs Department made two arrests Tuesday after a house in the Basin area was broken in to.Police were called by the home owner who gave them a description of the suspects vehicle.  More>>

Sex offender found guilty of sex crimes against a minor

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It was a whirlwind trial for a man who committed sex crimes against children in Fayette County. The trial for Gaylord Lane began in front of Judge Paul Blake with jury selection on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2014 and the trial wrapped up on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
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Arrests made in home break-in investigation out of Bud, WV

Left to Right: Cody Mills, Jeremy Cable Left to Right: Cody Mills, Jeremy Cable
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Deputies with the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department captured a pair of men accused of breaking into a home. Cody Mills and Jeremy Cable, both 31-years-old, were arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The men are accused of Daytime Burglary. More>>

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

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The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad. More>>

State Police Searching for Man Wanted on Sex Crimes in Fairmont, Clarksburg Area

Jeremy Marple Jeremy Marple
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West Virginia State Police need your help locating a man wanted on multiple sexual related crimes.Jeremy Matthew Marple, 32, is believed to be traveling between Clarksburg and Fairmont. Marple is approximately 5'9'' and 145 lbs with green eyes and brown hair, according to state police.Marple is wanted on 14 felony counts including various sexual related crimes including sexual assault, sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, attempted sexual assault, plus probation violations.If you have inform... More>>

School bus involved in 3-vehicle wreck in Mason

A section of U.S. 35 in Mason County is closed following a wreck involving a school bus and two other vehicles. More>>

Not a good night for movies stars at Emmys

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By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer The Emmys welcomed plenty of movie stars to television's biggest awards show, including Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo and the reigning... More>>

Bear that attacked Va. man in W.Va. eludes capture

A bear that attacked a Virginia man in West Virginia has eluded attempts to capture it. 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>>

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>>

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  • Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

    Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:32:51 GMT
    Fatal Car Accident in McDowell CountyFatal Car Accident in McDowell County
    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
  • Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:11:16 GMT
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
  • Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:33:21 GMT
    Joe Collins is arrested on murder chargesJoe Collins is arrested on murder charges
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
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