Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
Grafton man arrested for arson
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:15:42 -0700
A man has been arrested after allegedly trying to set a home on fire. According to the criminal complaint, 63-year-old Danny Ringer, of Grafton, was arrested and charged after allegedly setting fire to a bed in the Bosser Road home with a woman on it. Police say when they arrived at the scene, they found Ringer with alcohol on his breath and some injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 1:15:42 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Randolph County approves "Fireman's Parade" funding
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:57:56 -0700
Randolph County Commissioners have approved a funding request for the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival Elkins Volunteer Fire Department Fireman’s Parade. Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor and Commissioner Mark Scott voted to make a contribution of $1,500 to the event — to be taken out of the hotel/motel tax budget line — which is set for 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 1:57:56 AM - SOURCE: InterMountain.com
Weirton again talks employee residency
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:06:44 -0700
Weirton Council met in an information session Wednesday, continuing discussion on a proposal to expand the city’s employee residency requirement, along with pay issues and possible projects in the city. City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo had raised the issue during a previous work session, and on Wednesday, also suggested the possibility of an incentive program to attract employees or encourage training.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 3:06:44 PM - SOURCE: Weirton Daily Times
Bluefield police, fire and animal control awarded grants for improvements
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:49:08 -0700
City officials in Bluefield announced several grant awards Thursday to the police, fire, and animal control departments from the Community Foundation of the Virginias and other organizations for personal protective equipment and to update other essential equipment. The Bluefield Police Department submitted a grant application to the Community Foundation of the Virginias earlier this year and was recently awarded $5,000 for the purchase of new ballistic vests for their officers.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:49:08 AM - SOURCE: Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Jefferson County volunteer firefighter facing arson charges
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A volunteer firefighter from Jefferson County, West Virginia is facing arson charges, according to the State Fire Marshal. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said that the State Fire Marshal issued a warrant for Robert Preston Deener, 21, on charges of arson. On September 20, Deener was taken into the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and made an appearance before the Jefferson County Magistrate Court.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV
Ground broken for new Parkersburg fire station
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:25:00 -0700
Ground was broken Wednesday on the first of three planned new fire stations in Parkersburg. “We’ve spent countless hours … to get us here today,” Fire Chief Jason Matthews said at the 16th and Covert Street site where fire station 2 stood for 86 years until last week. “We’re ready to start moving dirt.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 9:25:00 PM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Homeowners charged with arson of Fairmont home
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:12:05 -0700
A couple is charged with burning their house in Fairmont and collecting the insurance money. Brittany Marie Drake Metheny, 26, and Christopher Carlton Metheny, 35, now living at Kingwood, are charged by State Fire Marshals with making a fraudulent insurance claim, burning insured property and first-degree arson.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 10:12:05 AM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
South Charleston firefighters have cool new tool that could save lives
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:25:44 -0700
The South Charleston Fire Department has new portable showers to take on the road when crews respond to fire calls. The chief says it's a very inexpensive tool that can potentially save lives. In the past, the firefighters would finish up at the scene of a fire, and just head back -- washing their gear back at the station.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 12:25:44 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Two Wyoming County Men Sentenced for Roles in Insurance Fraud by Arson Scheme
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:48:21 -0700
Two Wyoming County men were sentenced today in federal court for their respective roles in a scheme to commit insurance fraud by arson, announced United States Attorney Michael B. Stuart. Dudley Bledsoe, 63, of Hanover, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $294,085.07 in restitution.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 7:48:21 PM - SOURCE: US Attorney's Office Southern District of West Virginia
W. Va. Receives 1.5 million for expanded Naloxone access
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:15:30 -0700
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded over $1.5 million dollars to the West Virginia Department of Health. More commonly known as Narcan, naloxone is an expensive medicine used to block the effects of opioids, particularly in an overdose.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:15:30 PM - SOURCE: WTAP-TV Fox Channel 5 News Center
Upshur County commission doesn't want to assume oversight of local fire departments
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:37:28 -0700
The Upshur County Commission on Thursday rejected a state proposal to shift responsibility of the oversight of county fire departments on to county commissions. At its regular weekly meeting, county administrator Carrie Wallace explained that as part of a Senate bill passed in the legislature in 2018, the W.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 5:37:28 PM - SOURCE: Record Delta
Rains keep Ridgeley town crews, firefighters busy
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:43:29 -0700
Heavy rains are wreaking havoc in Ridgeley as town crews and the Ridgeley Fire Company have been pumping lots of water. Residents in the area between Martin Street and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church have been fighting water concerns, with one resident noting flooding five times since May. In an effort to resolve these issues, the town is working to open and restore the natural waterway through the area, which has filled in over time.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Roof of Huntington apartment building partially collapses; 15 people displaced
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:55:20 -0700
Fifteen people found out they’ll be moved into different places to live after a roof collapse at the Simms School Apartments Monday morning. Mark Jarrett, the agency administrator for the Housing Development Corporation, tells WSAZ the building has been condemned, and the tenants will not be moving back in.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 5:55:20 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Deadly weekend fire in Logan County ruled accidental
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:32:32 -0700
A man was killed in a fire in Logan County Sunday, authorities said. The 27-year-old victim was unable to get out of the residence along Foothills Trail Road in the community of Sarah Ann. Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office have ruled the blaze accidental. They said it appears the blaze began above the kitchen stove.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 3:32:32 PM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
Marion County firefighters respond to two-car crash
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:42:45 -0700
A two-vehicle crash occurred Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Speedway and Hoult roads just outside the Fairmont city limits in Marion County. A Marion County deputy sheriff at the scene said one person was transported by the Marion County Rescue Squad to an area hospital as a precaution. The two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Kia Forte, came to rest facing each other in the intersection.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2018 12:42:45 AM - SOURCE: Fairmont Times West Virginian
Editorial: Narcotics pose risks to law enforcement, firefighters
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:02:32 -0700
An incident last week in Bluefield, when five city police officers and six firefighters were exposed to a highly dangerous narcotic agent, is an unfortunate reminder of the challenges that law enforcement officers and emergency service responders across our region now face on a daily basis. When individuals engage in criminal activity with volatile and dangerous drugs, their actions present not only a danger to themselves, but also the general public and emergency service personnel who respond to such calls.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 4:02:32 AM - SOURCE: Beckley Register Herald
Column: The continuing debate on turnout gear service life
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Over the past several years, we have written various columns associated with the care and maintenance of firefighter protective clothing and equipment. One of the perennial issues on this topic has been gear service life. In many cases, this particular topic has been a subject of polarization among the fire service, particularly when it comes to firefighter helmets.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1.com
Desktop drill helps ready West Virginia emergency personnel for Florence's arrival
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 05:54:14 -0700
As dozens of emergency response personnel gathered in Kanawha County’s Metro 911 Center on Wednesday to hold a drill on planning for the arrival of 5 to 9 inches of rainfall from the remnants of a fictional tropical storm, they listened to the latest briefing on the arrival of the very real Hurricane Florence.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 5:54:14 AM - SOURCE: Charleston Gazette
Flooding in Fairview: Creeks overflow, pooling in yards, blocking roads
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 01:55:26 -0700
Bonnie Jones of Keystone saw a little creek in back of her home turn into a raging river Wednesday afternoon. With heavy rain hitting the area, flooding swelled Paw Paw Creek, submerging two of her flower beds as the dirty brown water crept into her backyard. It also surrounded her picnic table and another flower bed with yellow and orange marigolds.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 1:55:26 AM - SOURCE: Fairmont Times West Virginian
Elkins ceremony honors first responders
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 04:17:24 -0700
To honor the roughly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, first responders, and area officials and residents gathered Tuesday morning. Elkins Mayor Van Broughton led the more than 30 individuals gathered around the Elkins City Hall flag pole in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, participating in a moment of silence, and listening to the National Anthem and a rendition of “God Bless America.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 4:17:24 AM - SOURCE: InterMountain.com

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