(01/26/2018)
MAN ARRESTED FOR GUN AT AIRPORT - Its become common for individuals trying to carry guns onto airplanes at WV airports.

A Florida man was cited by Yeager Police after a Transportation Security Administration officer at Yeager Airport spotted a gun in the man's checked bag while conducting routine screening.

The man was stopped and questioned by Yeager Police for having the undeclared .380 caliber handgun in his checked luggage. The man was cited for failure to declare a firearm.

The man stated that he purposefully did not declare the item.

People are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. The firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.

ARMED ROBBERY - Mingo deputies are searching for the suspect in an armed robbery.

According to the Mingo County Sheriff's Department, deputies, along with troopers with the West Virginia State Police responded to an armed robbery at the Victory Lane Gas Station off of US-119 in Williamson Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

PHONE STOPS BULLET — An iPhone saved a man from taking a bullet.

St. Albans police are searching for a suspect after they said a man who was selling a computer was shot by the potential buyer and saved by his iPhone.

A man says his iPhone saved himself from being struck by a bullet, showing the bullet ridden case.

The victim, Anthony Kaufman, told police he met the suspect to sell him a gaming computer when the suspect pulled a gun to rob him and fired at least two shots.

St. Albans police are searching for the suspect they say shot at Kaufman.

Kaufman was not injured, but one of the bullets was stopped by his iPhone.

BANK HEIST - CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a suspected bank robber was captured after taking a cab to the heist.

Media outlets reported Ryan Michael Stepanian, 25, was arrested in Monday's robbery of a Charles Town bank and another bank heist Friday in nearby Ranson.

Cab driver George Lyon said he took Stepanian from an apartment complex to the Charles Town bank for what Stepanian said was a routine matter. Afterward Lyon dropped him off at a park.

Lyon said he then recognized Stepanian's photo on social media from the earlier robbery and notified police. Stepanian was later arrested. Charles Town police said in a news release he had an undisclosed amount of cash and a bank-robbery note.

Stepanian was being held on two counts of bank robbery. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.

KNIFE ATTACK, ARSON - A man is facing charges after family dispute that resulted in another man being attacked and an attempted arson.

David McCallister, 42, of Fayetteville, is charged with malicious wounding and arson.

Deputies say they were called to a home in Scarbro early Thursday for a report of a man attempting to set fire to a home.

When deputies arrived, they found out McCallister had attempted to set two fires in the home where his mother and her boyfriend live.

After the fires were put out, McCallister attacked his mother's boyfriend with a knife and cut him on the arm.

The two were able to get the knife from him and waited for first responders to arrive at the house.


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