Police: Smoke inhalation killed 7 in Ky. fire Brett Barrouquere
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An engaged couple and five children killed in a weekend house fire in southern Kentucky died from smoke inhalation, investigators said Tuesday as they worked to determine the cause of the blaze.
Trooper Shane Jacobs said those who died in the blaze Saturday in the community of Gray were 27-year-old Jesse Disney; his fiancée, 22-year-old Nina Asher; her three children, 3-year-old Willi...
New bill looks to change excess levy approval method Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — A new bill was recently introduced into State Senate which would change the amount of votes needed for approval of an excess levy or bond.
Introduced by Sens. H. Truman Chafin (D-Mingo) and Robert “Bob” H. Plymale, (D-Wayne) Senate Joint Resolution No. 7, would be an amendment to the West Virginia constitution which would change the requirement in the passage of an excess levy, bond or anything sim...
Preemptive gun bill passes house Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Monday that would create a statewide regulation on all sales of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories. The bill, HB 2760, would prevent municipalities from creating their own laws in regards to guns and gun sales.
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo, Logan), a co-sponsor of the bill, spoke in favor of these regulations.
“What the bi...
‘Happy Dolls’ source of inspiration, hope Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — “I can just imagine seeing the eyes of a child light up or the smile on their face when they’re given a doll that was designed by another child that has uplifting messages written on it to help them get through whatever hardships they’re facing,” said April Toler-Mullins, a registered nurse with Williamson Memorial Hospital that has embarked on a personal campaign to make a difference in the l...
2 DUI arrests reported in Mingo Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — According to criminal complaints provided by the Mingo County Magistrate Clerk’s office, two defendants were arrested on charges that include driving under the influence, among others.
Leonard R. Simpson, 46, of Wharncliffe, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper J.R. Tupper, being charged with DUI, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and failure to stop prior to ...
Local singers to perform at MAC Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — Local singers who have signed with the Williamson-based Lyrick Promotions, LTD., will be performing Saturday, March 16, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky.
John Carlin, Lyrick’s president, said that his full roster of homegrown talent would take the stage from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. However, prospective singers can also take command of the stage to give their own performances, with a cha...
Vehicle collides with bank building Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — An accident that occurred Friday morning on 2nd Ave. in Williamson resulted in a SUV colliding with the side of the Community Trust Bank, close to the area where the drive-thru lanes are located.
The accident was investigated by Williamson Police Department Patrolman D. Paige and J. Taylor, who told the Daily News the report has yet to be finalized. The information released at this point sta...
Fire Levy addressed during TVCC meeting Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Mingo County Fire Chief’s Association (MCFCA) President Jerry Mounts was the guest speaker at Monday’s monthly meeting of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, which was held at the Los Amigos Dos Restaurant (the former location of the Brass Tree) Prichard Street in Williamson.
The recently opened Mexican restaurant joined the chamber, along with the Law Firm of Lambright and Knopp and the M...
Brush fire threatens Forest Hills homes Rachel Dove-Baldwin
FOREST HILLS, Ky. — A mixture of dry leaves and brush accompanied by strong gusts of wind were a bad combination for several home owners who reside on Kate Cove in the Forest Hills, Ky. community, as a brush fire expanded to a large section of land, threatening the safety of their homes and property.
Shortly after 12 o’clock noon on Monday, members of the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) were disp...
Mingo law enforcement makes arrests Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Officers with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) and the Gilbert Police Department (GPD) filed arrest reports with the Mingo County Magistrates Office that occurred during the last week.
Michael A. Martin, 27, of Williamson, was placed under arrest by MCSD Sgt. Joe Smith and Deputy E. Williams on a felony charge of receiving and transferring s...
Rockefeller introduces CARE bill Martha Sparks
Civitas News Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of hearing gripping accounts last week in Beckley from retired coal miners who were promised lifetime pension and health care benefits for themselves and their families, Senator Jay Rockefeller today introduced legislation that would protect those benefits for thousands of retired miners whose livelihoods are in jeopardy. Senator Joe Manchin cosponsored the bill.
Selenium bill read for first time on House floor Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature held a public forum on Monday regarding the proposed House Bill 2579 whose topic is the amount of Selenium allowed in state waters. The House Committee on the Judiciary passed the bill out of committee and will it was read for the first time before the House members on Wednesday.
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo, Logan), one of the co-sponsors of the bill, believ...
Williamson man indicted on child porn charges Chad Abshire
CHARLESTON — A Williamson man was one of three men recently indicted by a federal grand jury for child pornography offenses.
United States Attorney Booth Goodwin said that Paul Silas Jenkins, 33, of Williamson, was indicted for production of child pornography.
According to the indictment, Jenkins allegedly persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose ...
Failure to stop at red light leads to accident Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — A two-vehicle collision that occurred Wednesday afternoon between a SUV and a Frontier Communications service truck was the result of a driver failing to stop at the traffic light at the cut-thru in Williamson on U.S. Rt. 119.
Williamson Police Department Patrolman D. Paige investigated the accident and spoke with 2 West Virginia State Police (WVSP) troopers that witnessed the crash. WVSP Sg...
Mother arrested for DUI with child in vehicle Rachel Dove-baldwin
BAISDEN — A Baisden woman was placed under arrests on multiple counts after a traffic stop was initiated by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper J.R. Tupper for reasons of defective equipment.
Adrianne M. Mangus, 27, was charged with DUI; child neglect with risk of injury; no proof of insurance; expired registration; expired MVI; defective equipment; possession of a controlled substance; providing f...