LATEST: Judge approves home confinement for suspect who entered Raleigh County mine

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 8 a.m. UPDATE: One of the people accused of entering a Raleigh County mine is placed on home confinement.

Eddie Williams appeared in court Monday, October 7, 2019. He requested Judge Andrew Dimlich grant his request for home confinement for all prior charges due to his progression of cancer.

Judge Dimlich accepted the request and reduced Williams’ bond to $50,000. He will be released from jail once he posts bond, and his home is approved for home confinement.

Williams is accused of breaking into the Rock House Powellton Mine in Clear Creek last year and stealing copper mining wire.


Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, 3 p.m.: One of the people charged with illegally entering a Raleigh County mine in December appeared in court.

Eddie Williams’ bond was revoked. Williams was on bond for charges of breaking into a Raleigh County mine last year and stealing 60 feet of copper mining wire when he entered the Rock House Powellton Mine in Clear Creek on December 8. 

The judge granted the motion to revoke his bond on Thursday, January 3, 2019. 

The case is being held for the grand jury. 


Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 4 p.m.:  The final two suspects in an incident that led to a rescue in a Raleigh County coal mine have turned themselves in. Kayla Williams and Erica Treadway are now in custody.

The two woman are each facing felony charges of Conspiracy and Destruction of Property with risk of causing bodily injury,  Kayla Williams is also charged with Entering without Breaking. Erica Treadway is facing a charge of Breaking and Entering. 

They were booked into the Southern Regional Jail at around 3:30 p.m. on the day after Christmas.  Kayla Williams’ and Erica Treadway’s bonds were set at $100,000 each.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2018 9 a.m.  Two of four people who broke into a Raleigh County mine have been arrested on felony charges. 

Deputies arrested Eddie Williams and Cody Beverly in connection to the mine break-in. Williams is charged with falsely reporting an emergency, entry of building other than dwelling and conspiracy to commit a felony. 

Beverly is charged with conspiracy, entering without breaking, and destruction of property. 

Williams and Beverly are being held in the Southern Regional Jail. 


UPDATE: The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department announced new details in the investigation into four people who went into an idled coal mine on Dec. 8, 2018. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Kayla Williams, Erica Treadway and Cody Beverly.  

The new warrants were issued just one day after a warrant was issued for Eddie Williams. He was the fourth person who went into the Rock House Powellton Mine.

Kayla Williams, Erica Treadway and Cody Beverly were all the subjects of an intense rescue operation.  They are charged with felony Entering a Coal Mine, felony Conspiracy and felony Destruction of Property with risk of causing bodily injury. Anyone with information on their locations is asked to contact the Raleigh County Sherri’s Department at 304-255-9300 or CrimeStoppers of WV.

Anonymous tips can be left at the Crime Stoppers website or by using the P3 Tips App on an Apple of Android device.


ORIGINAL STORY: Authorities are looking for one of the people who entered the Elk Run Coal Company’s Rock House Powellton Mine in Clear Creek on Saturday Dec. 8, 2018.

The Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said a warrant was issued for the arrest of Eddie Williams. Williams managed to escape from the mine and helped rescue teams find the remaining three people that were trapped inside the mine.

Williams is charged with felony entering without breaking for allegedly breaking in the coal mine, felony conspiracy, and giving false information to law enforcement. 

Deputies went to Williams’ house Thursday afternoon, but were unable to locate him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Raleigh County Sherri’s Department at 304-255-9300 or CrimeStoppers of WV.

Anonymous tips can be left at the Crime Stoppers website or by using the P3 Tips App on an Apple of Android device.

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