(06/21/2008)
HUNTINGTON PASTOR MURDERED - The pastor of Highlawn Presbyterian Church in Huntington has been murdered in nearby Wayne County.

Wayne County Sheriff David Pennington said Rev. Mark McCalla was found dead at a rifle range in the Beech Fork area, Thursday.

McCalla died of at least one gun shot wound to the head.

A state forestry worker found the body, authorities said it was dragged a short distance from the crime scene toward a wooded area.

Authorities indicated McCalla's rifle and wallet are missing.

Sheriff's deputies, state troopers and Huntington Police investigators have scoured the area for clues.

The sheriff said they collected a lot of evidence.

MAN THREATENS GIRLFRIEND - Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a man who threatened to kill his girlfriend had weapons loaded and ready to get the job done.

Deputies say Joe Workman, Jr. beat his girlfriend, held a gun to her head and threatened her in their home in Slack's Trailer Park in Miliken.

Deputies found a pistol in Workman's pocket and various firearms, including an assault rifle, in both his vehicle and home.

He is being charged with domestic battery and weapons charges.

ELKINS HOME INVASION - State Police in Randolph County have made an arrest in a home invasion robbery.

They say Jeremy Pennington, 26 of Elkins, showed up at a home in the Teaberry Hills subdivision and lured the 84-year-old man and the 73-year-old woman who live in the house, into a guest bedroom, hit the man and bound them by their hands and feet.

Pennington claimed he had a gun and then got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Troopers arrested Pennington on Rich Mountain.


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