(03/22/2016)
KILLED BY COMPOUND BOW ARROW - A Chapmanville, West Virginia middle school student was killed in a bow-and-arrow accident over the weekend, according to West Virginia State Police.

State Police say 15-year-old Caleb Fairchild and two other juveniles were playing a game where they were dodging arrows shot from a compound bow when an arrow may have gone astray and struck Fairchild in the head.

"In the front yard they would take turns," West Virginia State Police Trooper Randall Holden said. "One of them would actually run across the yard, while another one would shoot the bow."

According to State Police, Fairchild was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center and then CAMC General Hospital in Charleston where he later died.

State Police believe the incident was an accident but are still investigating. They are working with the prosecutor's office, and juvenile charges may later by filed. They are considering negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter.

Police say it will ultimately be up to Fairchild's parents whether or not charges are filed.

Fairchild attended Chapmanville Middle School.

TWO SHOT IN HUNTINGTON - Huntington Police are investigating after two people were shot early Monday in Huntington.

According to a release from the police department, the victims told police they were walking in an alley when two people approached them and began a physical altercation. The victims said the two people then began firing shots at the them.

It happened just before 12:15 a.m. Monday. The victims were found in an alley south of the 2500 block of Collis Avenue.

Huntington Police said both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

So far, Huntington Police said there have been no arrests in connection with the shooting.

WV INMATE STABBED TO DEATH - An inmate stabbed another inmate to death at Mount Olive Correctional Complex on Saturday afternoon, according to state officials.

Troopers believe Steven D. Branscome, 40, stabbed Russell L. Hager, 47, several times in the head and neck using a metal shank, according to Lt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police.

Sgt. J.L. Milam with the Gauley Bridge detachment of the State Police responded to the incident at about 2:15 p.m. He found Hager in the weight yard of the prison.

Baylous didn't know the motive or the men's charges.

ATTEMPTED BAR HEIST - Someone attempted to rob the Alley Kats II bar in Huntington Sunday night.

The Huntington Police Department says it happened just after 9 p.m.

Police say the person was armed with a knife when they tried to rob the bar.

Police are still trying to find a suspect.

TROOPER NARROWLY ESCAPES DEATH = West Virginia State Police have released more details surrounding the violent assault of an Elkins state trooper Wednesday afternoon in the Mill Creek community.

According to a press release, Trooper First Class J.J. Cornelius attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Nathaniel Wegman, 27, of Elkins, who was wanted for a burglary charge out of Indiana.

Wegman ran, and when Cornelius caught up with him near a creek, Wegman knocked Cornelius down, and he hit his head on the creek bottom.

Wegman then attempted to choke and drown Cornelius. Cornelius couldn't reach his handgun, which was pinned to the ground under the water, but he was able to reach his knife, which he used to stop the assault, police said.

As a result of Cornelius using his knife to stop the assault, Wegman received multiple wounds to his torso and chin and ran from the scene.

Wegman got into a vehicle with Laura Lynn, 32, of Mooresville, Indiana, and continued to a wooded area along County Route 43, also known as Becky Creek Road.

A passerby noticed Cornelius in the water, helped him out and called 911.

Later in the day, Lynn and the vehicle were discovered on an unnamed gravel road. Lynn was charged with attempted murder and being an accessory before the fact.

Wegman was later found further in the woods and was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for his wounds. Once he is released from the hospital, he will also be charged with attempted murder.

Police said Cornelius is expected to make a full recovery.


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