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Matoaka residents protest firing of John Sommers

MATOAKA, WV (WVVA) Matoaka police chief John Sommers was fired on Wednesday, and residents of the town are already protesting the decision."I am out here today in support of John Sommers who was wrongfully fired by the...Todd Colonna the mayor," says Matoaka resident Valerie Young.Young started two petitions today with friends. One petition was to reinstate John Sommers, the other to fire the mayor."A lot of crimes happen here, a lot of fires just saying. And all of a sudden we have no law en... More>>

UPDATE: Police release name of person shot by homeowner Video included

UPDATE: WVVA has learned the intruder shot during an apparent home invasion has died... More>>

IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year.At a news conference Thursday... More>>

W.Va. gov won't declare day after Christmas a holiday

A spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the governor has no plans to officially declare a state holiday for the Friday after Christmas... More>>

Former VA Governor's son arrested for driving while intoxicated

Robert McDonnell, 23, was arrested for DWI by police in the Virginia Beach area early Thursday morning. Robert McDonnell, 23, was arrested for DWI by police in the Virginia Beach area early Thursday morning.

GLEN ALLEN, VA (WVVA) The son of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is arrested for driving while intoxicated. Robert Ryan McDonnell, 23... More>>

UPDATE: On victims injured by estranged husband in double-shooting Video included

(WVVA) We have a medical update on the two people shot Tuesday night in Bluewell by one of the victim's estranged husband... More>>

Purse thief is snatched by police

Christopher Shifflett is charged with second degree robbery for stealing a woman's purse outside a Walmart store in Beckley. Christopher Shifflett is charged with second degree robbery for stealing a woman's purse outside a Walmart store in Beckley.

BECKLEY(WVVA) A man suspected of stealing a woman's purse in the parking lot of a Walmart store is now in custody.The elderly woman's purse was taken by force on Wednesday... More>>

Hearing held over money seized by Mount Hope police officer at traffic stop

Mount Hope (WVVA) A battle is brewing between two law enforcement agencies over money seized during a routine traffic stop in March.At a hearing in front of Judge John Hatcher on Thursday, Fayette County prosecutors said Cpl. William Gritt with the Mount Hope Police Dept. stopped Shannon Carte and Annie Hawkins for a routine violation in Mount Hope. Prosecutors said Gritt seized Heroin, syringes, and more than $28,000 dollars in the vehicle.Later, prosecutors claimed additional money was reco... More>>

UPDATE: Name released of bear hunter shot in Raleigh County

Egeria (WVVA) A bear hunter is shot in Raleigh County on Wednesday. According to officials with the Division of Natural Resources (DNR), it happened just before 10.am., in a wooded area a mile off of Farmshire Road in Egeria... More>>

UPDATE: Copy obtained of complaint filed against former Matoaka Police Chief Video included

 UPDATE: WVVA has obtained a copy of the complaint filed against former Matoaka Police Chief John Sommers. The woman who filed the complaint says she never wanted Sommers to be fired... More>>

Herd community mourns the death of Marshall University president

 HUNTINGTON. WV (AP) - Government and education officials say Marshall University President Stephen Kopp was a devoted leader with a passion for higher education. Kopp died Wednesday night. He was 63... More>>

Firefighters battle structure fire in Raleigh County

Cell phone photo provided by Bradley Smith. Cell phone photo provided by Bradley Smith.

TOLLEYTOWN, WV(WVVA) Firefighters are called back to the scene of a structure fire in Raleigh County. The initial call came in just after midnight to a residence on Central Avenue in Tolleytown... More>>

One person taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Raleigh County

Beckley (WVVA) One person is taken to the hospital after being hit by a car in Raleigh County. According to dispatchers, it happened around 2:30 a.m.. at Beckley Junction in Beckley... More>>

Shooting in Fayetteville sends one to the hospital

Fayette County dispatch has confirmed a shooting in Fayetteville. This happened around 5:00 pm Wednesday on Court Street. One person was taken to the hospital. Dispatch says this shooting was the result of an accidental discharge. The person's condition hasn't been disclosed. Fayetteville Police Department is investigating. More>>

3rd place recipient named in WVVA Family in Need giveaway

Viola Wessells was nominated by her son, Stephen, who says his mother has made sacrifices and raised three boys all alone. More>>

Bluefield College expands on-campus housing Video included

BLUEFIELD, VA (WVVA) Bluefield College has seen enrollment grow over the last four consecutive years. In fact, this year the college is celebrating its second highest student population in the history of the school.To compensate for the increased need for on-campus housing, the school has constructed Bluestone Commons, an on-campus apartment complex. Bluefield College president Dr. David Olive, says that growth in their academic programs and athletics has led to the need for more housing."Eve... More>>

Russell County suspect taken into custody in Tazewell County

A man featured in our APB segment Tuesday night and wanted out of Russell County is captured in Tazewell County this early Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Salvation Army Christmas Angel drive, campus bookstore gathered gifts for 25 children

Bluefield Salvation Army Lieutenant Howard Hoffman and Campus Corner Bookstore Manager Jane Richardson are pictured as the gifts were picked up shortly before Christmas. Bluefield Salvation Army Lieutenant Howard Hoffman and Campus Corner Bookstore Manager Jane Richardson are pictured as the gifts were picked up shortly before Christmas.

(News Release) Bluefield Salvation Army Lieutenant Howard Hoffman and Campus Corner Bookstore Manager Jane Richardson are pictured as the gifts were picked up shortly before Christmas. More>>

Blankenship appears in court to challenge gag order motion, ask for delay

Beckley (WVVA) Don Blankenship appears in federal court for a motions hearing. The ex-Massey CEO is charged withconspiring to violate safety and health standards at Upper Big Branch Mine.Judge Irene Berger took up two motions from on Wednesday, the first from new organizations asking to drop a gag order in place. The order restricts parties or victims from discussing the case with reporters or releasing court documents. The Associated Press, the Charleston Gazette, the Wall Street Journal, Na... More>>

4th place winner named in Family in Need giveaway Video included

Tuesday night, we announced the lucky family who will receive the fourth place prize of a $200 gift card from Grants Supermarkets and $100 off a rental at Aaron's. More>>

Ex-Freedom president seeks prosecutors' disqualification

The former president of Freedom Industries says U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office shouldn't prosecute criminal charges against him because its members were victims of the company's chemical spill... More>>

Fayette County school receives $630,000 for new heating system Video included

Ansted (WVVA) A major announcement by the West Virginia School Building Authority is getting a warm welcome in Fayette County. On Monday, the SBA announced a $630,000 grant to Ansted Middle School... More>>

West Virginia man will spend a month in jail for the illegal sale of turtles

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) - A Jackson County man will spend a month in prison for capturing about 300 turtles and selling them to out-of-state buyers. Media outlets report that Thomas Pepin was sentenced Monday... More>>

Caterpillar relocates call center to Bluefield, WV Video included

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) The Development Authority of Mercer County announced earlier today that Caterpillar will be relocating their call center to downtown Bluefield, WV.The company is relocating... More>>

Copper thieves disrupt communications in McDowell County Video included

WELCH, WV (WVVA) Copper thieves cause service disruption for 240 Frontier Communications customers in McDowell County. According to Frontier General Manager Mike Swatts, about 1,000 feet of cable... More>>

UPDATE: Tractor trailer flips on Interstate 77 in Mercer County Video included

A tractor trailer flips over on Interstate 77 in Mercer County on Tuesday. A tractor trailer flips over on Interstate 77 in Mercer County on Tuesday.

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Traffic is moving slowly on Interstate 77 after rollover involving a tractor trailer. The crash happened around 11:30 a.m.on Tuesday ... More>>

Virginia ranks 18th in volunteerism

(WVVA) A new report released by Community for National and Community Service lists the state rankings for volunteerism. Data used in the rankings include volunteer rates and rankings... More>>

UPDATE: One person is injured in logging accident in Mercer County Video included

One person is injured in a logging accident Tuesday in Mercer County. One person is injured in a logging accident Tuesday in Mercer County.

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Emergency workers are on the scene of a logging accident in Mercer County.The call came in around 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday of a worker trapped underneath a tree on Arista Mountain... More>>

SunCoke Energy idles Virginia mine/ 175 workers affected

VANSANT, VA (AP) - SunCoke Energy has idled some of its mining operations in Virginia and laid off 175 workers. SunCoke says the move will reduce coal production from about 1 million tons to 500,000 tons annually... More>>

State police in VA seek armed robbery suspect

The Virginia State Police seek man who armed robbed an ABC store in Gate City, VA. The Virginia State Police seek man who armed robbed an ABC store in Gate City, VA.

TOWN OF GATE CITY, Va. – Investigators with the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a white male... More>>

UPDATE: Missing woman in Raleigh County is found safe

UPDATE: Kathleen Crouch has been found. She was reported missing on Monday in Raleigh County... More>>

Dog wakes his owner up to save him from his burning home Video included

RICHLANDS (WVVA) Gary Owens was in the process of fixing up his home when he took a break for some shut eye. The last thing Owens remembers, he and his dog were warming up next to a fire in his old wood coal stove. Owens says, "I was just sitting down waiting for the fire to die down before I laid down and dozed off. "Like he's routinely done before, Owens says he checked to make sure the air drafts in the stove were closed, he says "I had the drafts closed off on it and I felt the wall and e... More>>

Winners 5 through 7 announced in family in need giveaway Video included

WVVA- One hundred and seventeen letters were received for our 'Family in Need Giveaway.'The original plan was to have one winner and four runners-up. After seeing the need, Grant's and Aaron's decided to do more.There are now three first place winners, one second place winner and three third place winners. The seventh place winner is William Barnett of Warriormine, WV. The sixth place winner is William Compton of Wyoming, WV. The fifth place winner is Melissa Lafferty of Keystone, WV.The fift... More>>

W.Va. business groups to outline legislative agendas

 Representatives of business trade associations are gathering this week to outline their legislative agendas... More>>

Minimum wage set to increase in West Virginia Video included

Beckley (WVVA) Some workers in West Virginia may soon see an increase in their paychecks. In April, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8 in 2015... More>>

New details emerge on pain clinic closure Video included

Beckley (WVVA) New details are emerging on what led to the closure of an area pain clinic. On Friday, representatives with the Dept. of Health and Human Resources announced the closure of the Beckley Pain Clinic on January 5. According to Jolynn Marra with the Office of Health Facilities and Licensure, a routine survey at the clinic found more than 16 violations relating directly to the health and safety of patients. She said the survey was conducted at the clinic in late September and early ... More>>

A federal prisoner is arraigned for a 2012 Mercer Co. murder

Deantre Scaife is charged with the August 2012 shooting death of Derek Tabor. Scaife was arraigned on Monday in Mercer County. Deantre Scaife is charged with the August 2012 shooting death of Derek Tabor. Scaife was arraigned on Monday in Mercer County.

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) A federal inmate is arraigned in Mercer County on a first degree murder charge.Deantre Scaife was indicted in October for the August 20, 2012 shooting death of Derek Tabor, 23, of Montcalm... More>>

VA Governor wants to limit handgun purchases

RICHMOND, VA (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing for new regulations on gun ownership.The governor introduced a package of gun control measures in Arlington Monday... More>>

WV State Police forensic lab receives top accreditation

WV State Police Forensic Laboratory meets international standards. WV State Police Forensic Laboratory meets international standards.

South Charleston, WV – On Monday, December 15, 2014, Mr. Ralph “Bud” Keaton, Retired Executive Director of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Director's/Laboratory Accreditation Board... More>>

Robbery suspect wanted in Tazewell County

TAZEWELL COUNTY (WVVA) Deputies in Tazewell County are searching for a man suspected of the armed robbery of a store in Baptist Valley. According to Major Herald Heatley... More>>

Watch out for "secret shopper" employment scams

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) - West Virginians are being urged to be on the lookout for fake job postings and other online employment scams during the holiday season. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says the holiday season... More>>

Three arrested in beating Video included

BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- One man is recovering after a brutal beating on Saturday.  More>>

Fire destroys home in Richlands Video included

RICHLANDS, VA (WVVA) A fire destroys a home late last night in Richlands, Tazewell county. Richlands Fire Department was called to a house fire around midnight on Acme road. The owner, gary owens tells WVVA that the home is a total loss.He adds that the fire started in his wood coal stove. After he fell asleep and then woke up he found his house was on fire.The house used to belong to his mother and Owens says he was fixing it up. More>>

VA Attorney. General is suing a Texas company for 'unapproved highway safety equipment'

VIRGINIA (WVVA)- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is suing a Texas company for selling the state what he calls 'unapproved highway safety equipment'.A whistle-blower says Trinity Industries changed the guardrails' design but didn't inform regulators for several years.Critics say that the 2005 change turned the ends of the guardrails into spears that could impale vehicles. Thousands of these products are on Virginia highways.Virginia is seeking civil penalties and costs relating to repla... More>>

TASK, meets to plan for next years events

TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) TASK, also known as Taking Action for Special Kids, met today at American Legion to have a buffet style dinner and fun all around, they host this event to plan for the year ahead. Especially for their summer program..TASK Director Patti Cettinsays, "we talk a lot about what we've done this year what our agency has done working with families, we have a summer enrichment program that we have every year for the past 31 years with special needs children in Tazewell County in c... More>>

Wear your ugly Christmas sweater and help a family in need Video included

BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- Food City employees are working to give a less fortunate family a merry Christmas.From Sunday, December 14th until Friday December 19th, they're asking customers to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater into the store.If a customer wears their sweater into the store and donates a dollar then their picture will be taken and they'll be entered into Food City's ugly Christmas sweater competition.All of the money raised will go towards a family from Springville, VA. For the past ... More>>

One person injured in house fire Video included

HICO (WVVA)- One person is injured after an early morning house fire in Hico, Fayette County.According to dispatchers the call came in around 3:00 Sunday morning. A home on Bracken Creek Road was destroyed and an elderly woman was taken to the hospital. Dispatchers say her injuries were not serious.Several departments were on scene of the fire. The cause is unknown at this time. More>>

Boy forgoes birthday presents for animal shelter donations Video included

Brayden Thompson celebrated his ninth birthday on Saturday with family and friends by going roller skating. And as each guest came in, they helped fill an SUV with gifts. But those gifts aren't for him."I just want to give dogs and cats food supplies so they won't get hungry," he told WVVA.For the second year now, Brayden's birthday wish has been to forgo gifts to get help feeding the animals at the Raleigh County Humane Society.Last year he was able to donate 3,000 pounds of food, litter, to... More>>

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  • BSC announced MLK commemoration schedule

    BSC announced MLK commemoration schedule

    Bluefield State College has announced its schedule for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration ceremony.On Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1 PM, the Mercer County branch of the NAACP will host its annual NAACP Luncheon at the Harris-Jefferson Student Center on the campus of Bluefield State College. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Charles Stores, III of Shiloah Baptist Church in Princeton, VA. Tickets are $20.00. Tickets and information: Dr. Diane Smith Grych at 304-425-3444. The p...More >>
    Bluefield State College has announced its schedule for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration ceremony.On Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1 PM, the Mercer County branch of the NAACP will host its annual NAACP Luncheon at the Harris-Jefferson Student Center on the campus of Bluefield State College. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Charles Stores, III of Shiloah Baptist Church in Princeton, VA. Tickets are $20.00. Tickets and information: Dr. Diane Smith Grych at 304-425-3444. The p...More >>
  • Buchanan County officers respond to bomb threat

    Buchanan County officers respond to bomb threat

    GRUNDY (WVVA) Deputies with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office responded Wednesday morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. to Riverview Elementary School in reference to a possible bomb threat. The Virginia State Police, Grundy Fire Department and Rescue 33 Ambulance Service also responded. The handwritten threat was found on the wall of a student bathroom and the school's resource officer was notified. The children at Riverview Elementary School were evacuated and taken by bus to Grundy High Sc...More >>
    GRUNDY (WVVA) Deputies with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office responded Wednesday morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. to Riverview Elementary School in reference to a possible bomb threat. The Virginia State Police, Grundy Fire Department and Rescue 33 Ambulance Service also responded. The handwritten threat was found on the wall of a student bathroom and the school's resource officer was notified. The children at Riverview Elementary School were evacuated and taken by bus to Grundy High Sc...More >>
  • 4th place winner named in Family in Need giveaway

    4th place winner named in Family in Need giveaway

    Tuesday night, we announced the lucky family who will receive the fourth place prize of a $200 gift card from Grants Supermarkets and $100 off a rental at Aaron's.More >>
    Tuesday night, we announced the lucky family who will receive the fourth place prize of a $200 gift card from Grants Supermarkets and $100 off a rental at Aaron's.More >>
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