(08/23/2019)
WHEELING MURDER - Two people face charges in connection with a Wheeling Island murder.

Danny Ivan Mendoza, 25, of Maryland, and Mai’ehia Lane-Plater, 22, of Wheeling, were arrested in Fort Washington, Maryland, on Wednesday for the death of Joseph Edward Harrison.

Harrison, 25, of Cleveland, died after being shot multiple times on Delaware Street on Monday. He later died at Wheeling Hospital.

Mendoza faces a charge of murder while Lane-Plater is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

CHARLESTON SHOOTING - Charleston police officers have released the name of a man shot on Charleston's West Side Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Jaylin Preston, 18, of Akron, Ohio, was shot in the ribs.

Police said the two suspects ran from the scene after the shooting.

So far, no arrests have been made.

ST. ALBANS GUNFIRE - A man is in the hospital Thursday night after police used a Taser on him because they say he was firing off shots from his gun.

Concerned neighbors along South Walnut Street in St. Albans called police after hearing the shots fired.

St. Albans Police Chief Joe Crawford said that the man fired off five to seven shots in the air -- not at anyone in particular. No injuries were reported.

At this time, police say they're not sure what the man's motives might have been.

Crawford said that were concerned the man might start shooting at them. So, as a part of a tactical approach, they waited until he was reloading his gun to use a Taser on him.

It's not clear what charges the man will face when he's released from the hospital.

NICHOLAS STABBING - A man was taken into custody Thursday morning after he allegedly stabbed two people.

According to the Nicholas County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to a home on Rough Log Road in Craigsville about a stabbing.

The sheriff's office says they took the accused, David Workman into custody.

According to the sheriff's office, two victims were taken to the hospital.

The sheriff's office says they are still investigating the incident.

Workman has been charged with malicious wounding and is currently being held at Central Regional Jail.

MAN POINTS GUN - A Randolph County man has been arrested after deputies said he approached a woman outside of her home, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her.

On Monday, deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department received a call about about suspicious activity at a residence on Currence Run Road in Mill Creek, according to a criminal complaint.

Deputies said the woman living at the residence stated that around midnight the night before, a man was outside of her house looking through her windows.

The woman told deputies that the next day she heard someone talking outside her home and encountered man who said he was going to kill her and pointed a revolver at her. The woman then yelled for her daughter-in-law who called 911 and identified the man as Earl Wingila, 45, of Mill Creek.

Deputies said they had received multiple calls about a man fitting Wingila’s description over the past week, including a call about him pointing a gun at a vehicle repossession driver and threatening to kill him.

Wingila has been charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm, according to court documents. He is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail and his bail has been set at $100,000.

CLARKSBURG SHOOTING - According to Harrison County 911 officials, one person was taken to United Hospital Centers after a shooting on Oakmound Drive in Clarksburg Wednesday afternoon.

911 officials say one person was taken to UHC after shooting on Oakmound Drive. 911 officials say that a Healthnet helicopter arrived, but did not need to take anyone.

Detective Lt. Jason Webber says that the condition of the victim is unknown at this time but says residents in the area are not in immediate danger.

Clarksburg Police are investigating the incident.

MAN THREATENS WITH FAKE GUN - Charleston police said a man was arrested Thursday morning after he pointed a weapon at an officer that turned out to be an Airsoft gun.

Charles Norman Miller, 31, of Charleston is being charged with threats of terroristic act after an incident that occurred in the 1400 block of Seventh Avenue, Lt. Autumn Davis of the Charleston Police Department said.

Davis said Miller pointed the rifle at the officer, and the officer showed great restraint in not using deadly force.

The suspect was taken into custody about 9 a.m.

A criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court said police responded to the Seventh Avenue and Florida Street area for a report of a male sitting in a yard on the corner with an assault rifle and his finger was on the trigger.

The officer who arrived first said he pulled into the parking lot of Emmanuel Baptist Church and across the lot he looked at a porch of a residence in the 1400 block of Seventh Avenue. A male was standing with a rifle in his hands pointing it in the direction of the officer and his cruiser, the complaint said.

Police said the officer could see the front post sight and the large-bore barrel of the rifle and “perceived this as an immediate threat of my life,” the complaint said.

A news release from Charleston police said officers took cover and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon. He complied and was taken into custody.

Police said after taking a look at the rifle, they learned it was actually an Airsoft gun and not a real firearm. It was displayed without an orange safety tip or any other features that would indicate it was not a real firearm, police said.

Mary C. Snow Elementary School was placed on lockdown temporarily during the incident.

Miller was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, where bond was set at $50,000 or 10 percent cash.


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