(02/08/2012)
MAN AND 9-YEAR-OLD SON SHOT TO DEATH - A fire investigation involving the deaths of a Berkeley County man and his 9-year-old son is now a homicide.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Brand says that both victims had gunshot wounds, with details to be released after a medical examiner report is completed.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker says the fire was intentionally set.

The bodies of 56-year-old David Cole Hutzler and his 9-year-old son, James Hutzler, were found after the fire on Jan. 6 in the rear bedroom of their mobile home near Glengary.

MAN HOLDS-UP MENTAL HEALTH CENTER FOR DRUGS - A man is in custody in Cabell County after walking into Prestera Center and pointing a gun at staff and demanding prescription drugs.

The Cabell County Sheriff's Department says Jay Pike, 35, who is from Huntington made the threats.

Deputies say the weapon used was a BB gun and didn't have the CO2 cartridge needed to actually fire it, but was used to strike fear in workers.

Because the suspect used a gun, he'll still be charged with armed robbery.

ELDERLY MAN MURDERS WIFE - The Randolph County Sheriff's Department has charged Theodore Y. Newlon, 81, with first degree murder after shooting his wife Dora L. Newlon, 69, at their home Monday in the Gilman Community.

EMS received a 911 medical call regarding the woman, but upon arrival at the Gilman area home, they discovered the body and an empty gun shell casing nearby. They immediately left and called police.

When officers got on scene they apparently saw Newlon coming down the stairs towards them.

They asked him to step outside and when they asked what happened, he allegedly told them to "go inside and see for yourself."

Newlon has since been arrested and is being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

No bond has been set, and no motive has been given.

Her body has been sent to Charleston for an autopsy.

Sheriff Jack Roy says as far as he knows, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office has never responded to any previous calls at the residence.

MAN FIRES AK-47 19 TIMES - A man who shot an AK-47 rifle 19 times at a gas station near the WV Capitol pleaded guilty in court.

Justin Tyler Robbins, 19, of Charleston told Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman that a threat had been made on his life when he shot the rifle.

Police said Robbins got into an argument at the 7-Eleven.

"I just went there to pump gas," he said, "And was threatened by a group of ten people. They threatened to kill me. I just wanted to end it that night. There was nobody there when I fired. I don't remember much. I was scared."

But authorities said Robbins fired in the direction of bystanders. Debris from the shooting shattered the convenience store's front window.

The judge said he will consider sending Robbins to the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders but will wait for a pre-sentence report from the adult probation department. Robbins will be sentenced later this month.

NICHOLAS CO. SHOOTING - The Nicholas County Sheriff's Department has issued a warrant for John David McClung, 46, of Canvas following the shooting of a man.

Deputies say Justin Moore, 27, of Summersville, was shot twice by McClung at McClung's home, according to a release from the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department.

Police say the pair got into an argument, when McClung pulled out two pistols and shot Moore in the leg and groin area. McClung was taken to the hospital where he remains hospitalized.

HUNTINGTON SHOOTING - A shooting happened in Huntington on the parking lot of a gas station.

Huntington Police have charged Stefon Ferguson, 26, with malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and child endangerment.

The criminal complaint says that Greg Truslow, 21, of Charleston, was shot several times in the arm as he was getting out Ferguson's vehicle.

Several of the shots that were fired also struck a car parked on the lot.

Truslow was treated and released at a local hospital.

Officers say a young child, identified as Ferguson's son, was in the vehicle when the shooting took place.

Police do not know what sparked the shooting.

Ferguson was arrested about 1:40 a.m. on the parking lot of a grocery store in the 100 block of West 7th Street.

Federal officials are holding Ferguson on a violation of his probation.

In May 2008, Ferguson was sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison on cocaine distribution charges. He has been on supervised release since June.

CHARLESTON SHOOTING - A man is in jail following a shooting Sunday on Charleston's West Side, an action that was caught on a TV camera.

It happened outside of the Kick Back Bar.

Larry Crews, 40, of St. Albans was outside the Kickback Lounge at 2 a.m. when he was shot.

Also witnesses reportedly saw Crews' cousin, Cameron Crews, 34, ditching a gun after the shooting.

Taylor said Cameron Crews, who has been convicted on drug charges, was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.


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