(09/30/2008)
WOMAN CLINGING TO LIFE - A woman stabbed 13 times is clinging to life while her alleged attacker is in custody on an attempted murder charge, says Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins.

The 18-year-old woman was flown by helicopter to an unspecified hospital following the attack at a Reader home.

The stab wounds are to her stomach, chest, head and hands.

Cody Riggs, 22, is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood, on a first degree felony charge of attempted murder.

Riggs stabbed the woman after the two were involved in an argument during a party at the home of friends.

Riggs, who may now live in the Clarksburg area, fled the scene.

"This is unfortunate," Hoskins said. "This young girl's life hangs in the balance because of a domestic argument."

MAN ABDUCTS LINCOLN WOMAN, REMOVING HER CLOTHES - A man walked into a Speedway near West Hamlin in Lincoln County Sunday morning and abducted a woman working behind the counter during a robbery attempt.

The hold-up suspect released the worker a short time later unharmed.

Police say the man walked in wearing a camouflage bag over his head with a Halloween wig, holding a gun in his right hand.

He demanded cash, but the clerk didn't immediately comply.

He took her out to his van where he handcuffed her and told her to take off her clothes.

Investigators say the suspect then drove the woman about two miles north on Route 10 before she convinced him to let her go.

He let her out on the side of the road with her clothes, and she flagged down another car to get a ride back to the gas station.

The victim told police that the person who took her was a man about 275 to 300 pounds driving a white van. The license plate may have the numbers "911" on it. He was last seen driving south on Route 10.

FIRES HANDGUN - A St. Albans man faces charges after police say he fired a handgun inside an apartment.

The incident happened Sunday around 4:00 p.m.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say David Humphreys, 50, of St. Albans, fired the weapon toward the wall.

Humphrey's girlfriend was inside the apartment when the the gun went off, but the bullet didn't hit anyone.

According to a press release, Humphreys was upset with her when he fired the shot.

He is charged with wanton endangerment.

STUDENT STABS SCHOOL EMPLOYEE - Morgantown Police are investigating a "malicious wounding" that happened Monday morning at Morgantown High School.

Police say a juvenile student stabbed a school employee.

They say the victim's injuries are not life threatening and that the employee was treated by the school nurse.

Because the student is a juvenile, police are not releasing the student's name or details of the incident.

The juvenile was released to a grandparent.


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