(09/24/2009)
MINGO WOMAN FOUND IN REFRIGERATOR - "He basically admitted to the crime," said Mingo County Sheriff Lonnie Hannah.

Roger Stroud, 39, has been charged with first degree murder and concealment of a body in the death of his wife, 29-year old Michelle Stroud on Monday.

"He picked her up in East Kermit at an old Heilig-Meyers warehouse and drove her up to an isolated little mining place called Kermit Coal," said Sheriff Hannah.

"They had got out talking and then got into an argument. After arguing a little bit there, he pulled out a firearm and shot her," he said.

He reportedly shot her multiple times with a revolver and then put her body into the refrigerator that was already in the back of his truck.

Michelle Stroud worked for the Mingo County Health Department, but previously worked for the sheriff and his staff at the Mingo County Sheriff's Department.

KANAWHA WOMAN PULLS GUN ON DEPUTY - A Kanawha County woman has been arrested after police say she pulled a gun on a deputy.

Clara Ballard, 58, called for medical assistance late Tuesday, but when first responders arrived at her home, she threw an item at them and then ran back inside her home and locked the door.

A press release said, "When deputies arrived and began speaking with Ballard, she immediately brandished a pistol at Deputy Humphreys face. He and Deputy Martin were able to move behind cover quickly. Ballard again shut and locked doors."

Deputies began negotiating with Ballard she opened the door allowing her arrest on assault on a police officer and brandishing.

MAN FIRES GUN NEAR SCHOOL - The Fayette County Sheriff's Department called for classes to be canceled this week after a man started firing shots behind Anstead Elementary.

When police arrived at the scene, they found that an 82-year-old man had fired numerous times at nearby houses. The man continued to shoot as deputies approached him.

Deputies don't believe he was attempting to shoot them.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office Tactical Team and the Crisis Negotiations Team were called in to handle the situation.

They were able to contact the man by phone and talked him out of the house.

During a search of his home they found a small caliber handgun, semi-automatic rifle, high-powered rifle and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

The man is a World War II veteran and has a history of mental illness and violence. No charges are expected to be filed.


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