(03/12/2016)
COLLEGE OFFICER SHOT AT - A man has been arrested after allegedly shooting at a West Virginia State University officer.

Anthony Maurice Jarrett, 39, was arrested and is facing several charges including wanton endangerment and battery of an officer.

The incident happened Saturday morning around 3:50 a.m.

Police say while they were doing check-ins and lock-ups, they found Jarrett trying to steal a TV from the Davis Fine Arts building on campus.

They say Jarrett then took off.

Once officers were able to catch up with him, they say he got into a fight with the officer, took the officer's gun and shot at him.

The officer was not hit.

Police say they later found Jarrett into custody.

Investigators say Jarrett later admitted to them where he had thrown the gun.

PARKERSBURG HOLDUP - Police in Parkersburg arrested a man they said robbed a gas station at gunpoint and then fired a gun in his family's home.

Mark William Neogra, 22, was arrested Saturday after he robbed a Speedway gas station at gunpoint, according to a news release from the Parkersburg Police Department.

The release said Neogra went into the Speedway at the intersection of West Virginia and Emerson avenues at about 6:40 Saturday morning.

Employees told police Neogra demanded the clerk give him all of the money in the store. The release said the clerk gave Neogra money after he pulled a pistol.

As they were investigating the robbery, police found a toboggan and sunglasses, that matched the ones the clerk said Neogra was wearing, in an alley near the store.

While on the scene of the robbery, officers were called to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm just two blocks from the Speedway.

The release said when officers arrived to the residence, family members told them that Neogra had fired a .40 caliber pistol inside the home after they had told him he had to leave.

The release said police arrested Neogra a short time later and his clothing matched the description of the robbery.

YOUTH DIES FROM GUNSHOT - A 16-year-old Morgantown boy has died after he was shot in the head on Monday.

Monongalia County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Perry Palmer says Damon Sochko died Wednesday.

Police have charged Christopher Smith with wanton endangerment for the shooting. According to the criminal complaint Smith was recklessly manipulating a loaded handgun when it fired a bullet, hitting Damon.

Damon was a sophomore at Morgantown High School.

VIOLENT ASSAULT - A Monongalia County man and his mother are victims of a violent extortion scheme according to investigators with the sheriff's department.

Lonnie Smith, 41, and Caleb Dauphine, 19, have been charged with armed robbery and extortion.

Investigators say the men secured the male victim to a chair in a Marjorie Gardens apartment Monday night and proceeded to torture him at gun point.

The victim told police he was burned, hit and subjected to water boarding in an attempt to recover a debt.

Tuesday morning, the suspects took the victim to his family's home in Cheat Lake where they allegedly threatened to further harm the man if his mother didn't pay off the debt.

In an attempt to get money from her account, the woman told a bank worker she needed it to ensure her son's safety.

The bank denied the request and notified police. Meanwhile, the woman signed her car title over to the suspects in exchange for the payment sought by Smith and Dauphine.

Both men were arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court. Their bonds were set at $250,000 each.

FAYETTE STABBING - Fayette County deputies said a man has been arrested in the stabbing of another man in what appears to have stemmed from a domestic incident.

Justin Ray Craigo, 21, of Oak Hill is charged with malicious wounding after an incident that occurred about midnight Friday at a residence on Orchard Road in Scarbro, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. The victim, Dennis Gibson, 28, of Scarbro, sustained a single stab wound to the abdomen and was transported to Plateau Medical Center and then transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center. A hospital spokesman said Gibson's condition is under evaluation at CAMC General Hospital.

While deputies were gathering evidence at the scene, the suspect contacted them by telephone to make arrangements to turn himself in, the release said. Craigo later met with deputies at the sheriff's office in Fayetteville where he was arrested.

"The preliminary investigation into this incident indicates that this alleged stabbing was the result of a domestic altercation between Dennis Gibson and the suspect's sister," Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said. "Craigo allegedly intervened in this altercation and stabbed Gibson during the altercation."

Craigo was taken to the Southern Regional Jail pending his arraignment.


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