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    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

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    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.
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    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

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    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 Charleston man with a history of drug trafficking and violent felony convictions has admitted in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Donnell Dwayne Diego, 35, faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing, which is set for Aug. 7.

Goodwin said Diego was caught with oxycodone, crack cocaine and two firearms in his possession when police searched his home on Central Avenue in October 2012.

Seven months later,  he sold methamphetamine to an informant in his neighborhood, and in July 2013 was arrested after an undercover drug buy, Goodwin said. Following that arrest police searched his residence again, this time finding and seizing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, more than 50 grams of heroin, ammunition and more than $9,000.

Diego also admitted bringing methamphetamine and heroin from California to sell in and around Charleston, Goodwin said. On Nov. 5, task force officers at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego seized $22,350 from his carry-on bag as he disembarked from a flight.

Then, on Nov. 18, Goodwin said task force officers in Nicholas County executed a search warrant at Diego’s Scenic Highway residence in Summersville following several undercover methamphetamine purchases from an individual staying at the residence, seizing 15 guns, more than 30 grams of methamphetamine, nearly 10 grams of heroin, and $16,387 in cash. Diego was arrested a short distance away from the residence after a police tactical squad disabled his vehicle by shooting it.

Diego had been previously convicted of several felony offenses in California including burglary and grand theft in 2003 and drug trafficking in 2004 and 2007, Goodwin added.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) in Charleston, the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force in Summersville, the San Diego Integrated Narcotic Task Force in San Diego, California and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.