WOMAN SHOT DEAD IN UPSHUR - Police arrested an Upshur County man Friday, Howard Clarence Jenner, 27, and charged him with first-degree murder. The arrest came a day after he allegedly shot and killed his aunt and severely injured his uncle.

Jenner allegedly killed Beni Truax, 43, at a residence on Hackers Creek Road in Hodgesville, just north of Buckhannon.

Police said Jenner fired two shots at Beni Truax, killing her instantly, and then shot her husband, Sherman Truax, 39.

Sherman Truax remains in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Police have not released a motive.

Jenner was being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail without bail.

The shooting happened just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

MASON ARMED ROBBERIES - State Police in Mason County are investigating three recent armed robberies, the first reported on December 9 at the TNT #2 Gaming Parlor at the intersection of 2nd Street and WV Rt. 62 in Mason.

A man went into the parlor about 10:30 p.m., showed a revolver and told the clerk it was a robbery. The clerk refused to give money to the suspect and he ran away.

The clerk knew the suspect and identified him as Danny Glover. Warrants have been issued for his arrest. He will be charged with armed robbery and brandishing a deadly weapon.

The second incident was reported on December 15 at the Henderson Coffee Shop in Henderson, where a man showed a knife and asked for money. He got away with $1,200.

The State Police are now investigating a third armed robbery in Mason County.

STORE HOLD-UP IN FAYETTE - A Fayette County man was arrested Thursday morning after police said he robbed a convenience store at gunpoint.

Sheriff's deputies said a man wearing a ski mask, mismatched gloves and a Halloween cape robbed a Shell convenience store in Ansted with a handgun around midnight.

A store clerk told police the man forced her to re-enter the store after she closed, disarm the security system and open a safe, according to a news release.

The man allegedly took about $800 from the safe and a carton of cigarettes.

Deputies then received a tip from a Fayette County woman who said Joshua Paul Clark, 19, of Hico, came to her residence Thursday morning and left a yellow moneybag with a carton of cigarettes inside.

The woman told police that Clark borrowed gloves and a Halloween costume from her Wednesday.

Police arrested Clark at his residence and charged him with first-degree robbery and is currently being held in Southern Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

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