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  • Deadly shooting at a large party in Beckley

    Man dies after a Shooting during a Party outside of Beckley, Now the Search is On for the Suspect

    Man dies after a Shooting during a Party outside of Beckley, Now the Search is On for the Suspect

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:10:52 GMT
    The Raleigh County Sheriff's office responded to a shooting at a party just outside of Beckley early Sunday morning. As a result of these gunshots, Roland Howard Frazier, 23, was hit and later died.
    The Raleigh County Sheriff's office responded to a shooting at a party just outside of Beckley early Sunday morning. As a result of these gunshots, Roland Howard Frazier, 23, was hit and later died.
  • UPDATE: Beckley Police catch suspects involved in shooting on Summers Street

    UPDATE: Beckley Police catch suspects involved in shooting on Summers Street

    Sunday, September 14 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-09-14 18:48:51 GMT
    After 19 year-old Tyrell Smith was shot twice on his hip and wrist, the suspects have been found. Detective Bragg with the Beckley Police Department said they quickly got tips as to where the suspects were. Once they found the vehicle near Antonio street, there was a short pursuit, then police caught the suspects.
    After 19 year-old Tyrell Smith was shot twice on his hip and wrist, the suspects have been found. Detective Bragg with the Beckley Police Department said they quickly got tips as to where the suspects were. Once they found the vehicle near Antonio street, there was a short pursuit, then police caught the suspects.
  • A Tazewell County Mother Says Eric Smith Will Not Be Forgotten 10 Months After His Disappearance

    A Tazewell County Mother Says Eric Smith Will Not Be Forgotten 10 Months After His Disappearance

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:51:17 GMT
    It's been ten months since a man was reported missing in TazewellCounty.Police said Eric Smith, a General Mine Foreman at Buchanan Mine No. 1 in Buchanan County,Virginia,was reported missing onNovember 8, 2013after he failed to return home from a hunting trip.Eric Smith's mother, Dreama Smith, said she will never let Eric be forgotten.Dreama said, "We pray everyday that something will open."Cedar Bluff Police Chief, David Mills, said they are constantly checking leads.Mills said, "Everyday so...
    It's been ten months since a man was reported missing in TazewellCounty.Police said Eric Smith, a General Mine Foreman at Buchanan Mine No. 1 in Buchanan County,Virginia,was reported missing onNovember 8, 2013after he failed to return home from a hunting trip.Eric Smith's mother, Dreama Smith, said she will never let Eric be forgotten.Dreama said, "We pray everyday that something will open."Cedar Bluff Police Chief, David Mills, said they are constantly checking leads.Mills said, "Everyday so...

A Wheeling man was sentenced 30 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Jonah L. Begay, 38, a sex offender from Utah who moved to Wheeling last year, also must complete five years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

Begay had previously been convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a 10-year-old child in Utah and is required by state and federal law to register as a sex offender.

Ihlenfeld said police received complaints in November about an individual later identified as Begay acting aggressively and appearing to be intoxicated in an area near Bridge Street Middle School. After taking him into custody, police learned that Begay had moved to Wheeling in June and had begun working at a fast-food restaurant in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling without updating his registration in Utah or registering in West Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin handled the prosecution. The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and West Virginia State Police.

In other cases:

Javon L. Scott, 28, of Wellsburg, admitted to a charge of felon in possession of a firearm. Scott, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in federal prison. His case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kristen Nieman, 22, of Benwood, entered a plea of guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of Moundsville Middle School. Niemen, in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mark Tucker, 44, of Wheeling, pleaded guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by forgery. As part of his plea agreement, Tucker agreed to make restitution to Wheeling Hospital in the amount of $2,923. Tucker's case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Stein and investigated by the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.