(07/21/2012)
MAN IMPALED BY ARROW - A 13-year-old Parkersburg male was apparently practicing pulling his compound bow Saturday while inside the home, according to the Parkersburg Police Department.

The bow, which was loaded with an arrow, accidentally discharged striking the boy's 50-year-old father in the middle of the back.

The victim was reportedly in serious condition and flown to Ohio State University Medical Center for treatment.

Police do not suspect foul play.

MAYOR MURDERED - The Mayor of War, WV's southernmost town, has been murdered for drug money.

Authorities say Mayor Tom Hatcher's daughter-in-law and her brother robbed and killed the elderly man to get money to buy drugs.

Rebecca Lynn Hatcher, 31, and Earl Click, 25, have been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of the 72-year-old man.

The duo took at least $1,100 from the mayor after slaying him, according to a criminal complaint.

Tom Hatcher, in a TV interview, was an advocate for ending prescription pill abuse rampant in his town and said it had affected many within his family and nearly everyone around him.

MAN SHOT AFTER CHASE - A three county police chase with multiple departments ended in Ripley, with 35-year-old Craig Keith shot by officers.

Police responded to a disturbance call at the Mardi Gras Casino around 2 am Friday, when Keith jumped into his car and took off, driving through Kanawha County to Lincoln County and back to Kanawha into Jackson County.

Police say Keith, considered a drunken driver, tried to ram cruisers and other vehicles on the road. They told media he was considered a threat and they had to shoot him. He died on the way to the hospital.

Witnesses told WCHS-TV they heard so many shots it sounded like firecrackers going off.

Authorities did not say if he had a weapon, but a friend of the deceased told police Keith told him he was not going back to jail and that he would pretend to have a gun if he had encounter with police.


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