(08/13/2012)
WAYNE MAN MURDERED - A man is under arrest for allegedly shooting a man to death during a fight in the parking lot of a Rich gas station in Wayne County late Saturday night.

Police say 25-year-old Andrew Charles Burgess pulled out a nine-millimeter handgun and shot 40-year-old Thomas Epperly three times in the chest.

Epperly died on the way to the hospital.

Burgess and Epperly reportedly did not know each other and police say they are looking into claims of self-defense.

Burgess is charged with first degree murder.

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN CHARLESTON - A murder has been reported on Charleston's West Side, with police responding to two shooting incidents.

36-year-old John Allen Rogers, Jr.. of Rand was found shot to death on railroad tracks, shot in the head. He had prior convictions related to drugs.

Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots in two incidents, with another person wounded in one of the incidents.

TWO WOMEN SHOT IN CHARLESTON - Two women are recovering after they were shot on Charleston's West Side early Saturday, hours after a man was murdered in another incident.

WCHS-TV says witnesses say Michael Ginther became upset when he allegedly saw his niece smoking marijuana with a group of men on the street.

Ginther went into his house and grabbed a shotgun full of pellets and began shooting at the group.

Two women standing nearby were hit.

Ginther is charged with two counts of malicious wounding.

The women are expected to recover.

Ginther's nephew, Bruce Boggs, was also arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with the group of men.

Boggs is also charged with malicious wounding.

AUTISTIC MAN ROBBED - Two people are behind bars, accused of robbing an autistic man at gunpoint in Ceredo Saturday afternoon.

Police say the suspects are Ronald Hodge, 27, and Jamie Gillman, 23, both from Kenova. They were able to get away with $300 cash and the victim's cell phone.

Police caught the suspects, who are now charged with 1st degree armed robbery and petit larceny. Hodge also faces a charge for brandishing a firearm.

DANGEROUS MAN SOUGHT - West Virginia State Police are seeking a convicted felon who allegedly threatened to kill his parole officer and state troopers.

Russell Gillenwater of Boone County allegedly called his parole officer from a blocked number that could not be traced and told him he was going to kill him and two state troopers, State Police said.

Gillenwater has a lengthy violent criminal history, including shooting a man in the head in front of the man's 12-year-old daughter in Boone County in 2005.

CHARLESTON MAN STABBED - One person was stabbed early Friday morning on the West Side of Charleston.

Police say Ahmari Smith, 20, of Detroit, was attacked from behind by several black males as he walked on Charleston's West Side, according to Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Hodges.

Smith was stabbed in the lower left torso area and suffered two defensive wounds to his left hand, police said.

Smith was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital.

Lt. Duke Jordan said Smith was barely conscious following the incident and told police he did not know who stabbed him.


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