April 3, 2013 |
A West Virginia sheriff was shot and killed Wednesday near the Mingo County courthouse in the town of Williamson, officials said. The Williamson mayor's office told the Los Angeles Times that the victim was Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. A Mingo County emergency dispatcher said that a suspect had also been shot and taken into custody, though those details could not be immediately confirmed with other law enforcement. The suspect's condition was not known. The midday shooting happened on Harvey Street near the county courthouse in Williamson, which is the southwest part of the state along the Kentucky border.
October 4, 2011 |
Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin narrowly held on to the governorship in West Virginia on Tuesday, despite a late effort by Republicans to tie him to President Obama's healthcare law. Tomblin, who succeeded Joe Manchin in November 2010 after his election to the U.S. Senate, led businessman Bill Maloney by nearly 8,600 votes with 86% of precincts reporting in the special election. The Associated Press declared Tomblin the winner just after 9 p.m. ET. Internal polling form both campaigns showed Tomblin leading for much of the summer, but Maloney was quickly closing the gap in the final week.
September 28, 2013 |
Could this be the start of an upset binge? West Virginia, which got shut out last week by Maryland, has rebounded to scoring a somewhat shocking 30-21 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers (3-2) overcame some shaky clock management in the end to get the Big 12 win in Morgantown. Oklahoma State (3-1) is the first ranked team to fall on what you might call "Scramble Mode Saturday. " No. 12 South Carolina was not one of the early casualties, but the Gamecocks had to rally from a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat Central Florida, 28-25, in Orlando.
August 15, 2013 |
A local West Virginia judge has been federally indicted on suspicion of using his bench to illegally frame the husband of his secretary, with whom he'd been having an affair, officials said Thursday. These are tough times for the political leadership of Mingo County, W.Va., which saw Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury indicted for conspiracy and manipulating a local grand jury on the same day the county's commissioner, David Baisden, was indicted for trying to extort a local tire shop.
October 25, 2011 |
The Big 12 Conference has approved bringing in West Virginia to replace Missouri when the Tigers complete their move to the Southeastern Conference, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the school nor the Big 12 had announced that its board of directors unanimously approved inviting West Virginia when Missouri's spot comes open. The move would allow the Big 12 to maintain 10 members and would be another blow to the embattled Big East Conference, which already has lost two members and one member-to-be in the last six weeks.
April 6, 2010 |
Twenty-five miners were killed Monday after a coal mine explosion deep in the rugged hills of West Virginia, marking the worst U.S. mine disaster since 1984 and raising questions about safety precautions at one of the nation's largest coal producers. The search for survivors at the Upper Big Branch mine was called off early Tuesday morning, although four miners remained unaccounted for, according to Jeff Gillenwater, spokesman for Massey Energy Co., the mine owner. Distraught families and others in the tight-knit Appalachian mining community wept and hugged nearby as rescue teams penetrated the deep shafts and dark tunnels, and as the death toll steadily rose through the long night.