(10/03/2012)
BLUEFIELD MAN MURDERED - A Bluefield man is dead and his wife hospitalized after they were allegedly shot by a man to which they had loaned money.

Police say the attempted robbery took place late night at the home of John and Monica Watkins.

When police arrived they found the couple had been shot. John Watkins, 79, was dead and his wife injured. She identified the shooter as Donald Adams.

Bluefield police arrested Adams, 54, following a brief foot pursuit.

Neighbors told Bluefield television station WVVA Adams was a frequent visitor to the Watkins home to borrow money, that he suffers from a drug addiction and was planning to rob the couple when he shot them.

Monica Watkins underwent surgery and remains hospitalized.

Adams is in jail without bail.

ELKINS PHARMACY ROBBERY - West Virginia State Police responded to an armed robbery at Par-Mar located along US 33, near Elkins.

State Police say the robber entered the establishment, dressed in all black and wearing a black bandanna that covered his face.

He brandished a small caliber revolver and demanded money from the store clerk, state police said. The robber then took $301 in cash before fleeing the location on foot, police said.

FORMER OFFICER IMPERSONATES STATE POLICEMAN - Authorities said a former Glasgow, Fayette County, police officer and another man invaded a Smithers home dressed as State Police troopers.

The former Glasgow policeman, Donald Scott Wills, 43, of Smithers, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery.

Smithers Police Chief Gerald Parker said Wills and another man went to a home in Smithers wearing State Police jackets and carrying fake badges and non-working handguns.

The men identified themselves as State Police troopers and told the homeowners they needed to come inside to speak with them, Parker said.

The two men then ordered the homeowners to the ground, tied them up, and began looking for drugs and cash.

Police were notified of the commotion as the two men escaped on foot.

Wills was later arrested at his home and police are looking for the other suspect.

Wills was fired as a Glasgow police officer in April after allegedly buying drugs from an informant.


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