(05/22/2018)
WOMEN KILLS HUSBAND - A South Charleston woman is facing a murder charge after deputies said she admitted to stabbing her husband in the neck with a butcher knife after an argument.

Amanda Belcher, 34, of South Charleston is charged with first-degree murder.

Metro 911 received a call about 6:50 p.m. Sunday from a female who said she was in a domestic violence incident, a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said. Dispatchers were informed the children at the residence had fled to a neighbor's house.

Deputies responded to a home in the 1000 block of Ballard Road near South Charleston and found a man lying on the ground behind the home.

The man has been identified as James "Jimmy" Belcher, 45, of Alum Creek. James Belcher was found unresponsive and bleeding. Paramedics discovered he had a stab wound near or on the neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Amanda Belcher, the man's wife and the 911 caller, was found at the residence. She told deputies she stabbed her husband in the neck with a butcher knife during a verbal argument.

Amanda Belcher is being held in the South Central Regional Jail. Child Protective Services is making arrangements for the children, the release said.

MAN SHOOTS AT RESIDENTS - A man is facing charges after police say he fired several shots in a Huntington neighborhood.

Austin Day, 20, is charged with wanton endangerment.

Day fired several shots on Buffington Street in the Guyandotte area of Huntington on Sunday.

According to court documents, Day fired rounds toward a group of people near a car. One of those bullets went through the wall of a home where a woman was sitting in a recliner knitting. According to those documents, debris flew past her face.

Day is in the Western Regional Jail, his bond is $120,000 cash only.

SHOOTING IN KANAWHA - Deputies have confirmed that a body was found inside a burning home in East Bank that was the scene of a SWAT standoff Monday afternoon.

The situation followed a shooting that occurred around 8 a.m. in the 2400 block of First Avenue in East Bank.

Kanawha deputies said the incident was a domestic situation. A man allegedly fired a gun at his girlfriend's vehicle. A female was grazed, but refused treatment, according to Metro 911.

During the standoff, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office SWAT team approached the residence with an armored vehicle and asked the suspect to come out the front door.

A few minutes later, smoke began billowing out the window. Large flames then shot from the residence, keeping emergency crews back.

Firefighters appeared to have knocked down most of the flames about 5:30 p.m.. At this time they can't confirm that the body inside was that of the suspect.

East Bank Middle School and Pratt Elementary School were temporarily on a precautionary lockdown after the shooting, but that has been lifted.


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