UPDATE: Mayor of Alderson released on bond for burglary charges

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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. (WVNS) — 59News received new documents in the arrest of the Mayor of Alderson.

According to the Greenbrier County Magistrate Court, Travis Copenhaver was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, which means he didn’t have to pay cash, but had to promise to appear in court on a set date. Under the terms of the bond, the documents stated Copenhaver was allowed to leave the state without written approval from the court.

Copenhaver was arrested on Friday following an incident back in June. Lloyd “Billy” Lightner was also arrested in connection to the same incident. They’re facing misdemeanor and felony charges of burglary, assault, child neglect and conspiracy.

The Alderson Town Council is holding a meeting Thursday evening to discuss Copenhaver’s position as the mayor and municipal judge. 59News will be at that meeting and will bring you updates as the story develops.


ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — The Mayor of Alderson has been arrested on misdemeanor and felony charges, according to court documents obtained by 59News.

Travis Copenhaver was charged with burglary, assault, child neglect and conspiracy. The charges stem from an incident that happened in June at a home in Alderson.

Copenhaver, along with Lloyd “Billy” Lightner, were accused of approaching a woman in her car, opening the door and touching her. A man who arrived on the property said Lightner approached him and was in his face cussing. The man told Lightner and Copenhaver they were trespassing. As Copenhaver approached him, the man said he stepped back because he was “uncomfortable” and called 911. Copenhaver and Lightner allegedly went into the home on the property, where they reportedly went through the personal items of the people living there. A rifle and compound bow were said to be taken from the home but have since been returned.

The criminal complaint further stated that a bed in the home was moved from the wall and someone had urinated in the bed. A minor was reportedly with the men during the alleged crimes, and the men were also drinking, according to State Police.

Lightner was also charged with burglary, conspiracy, child neglect and assault. Both men were arraigned and are awaiting court proceedings.

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