(02/12/2021)
SHOOTS WOMAN - A man in Fayette County faces several charges after he was accused of shooting a woman.

Henry Chapman of Smithers was charged after an incident that was reported about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday in Smithers, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and officers from the Smithers and Montgomery police departments arrived at the scene and detained the suspect who was outside. The news release said the investigation found that the suspect had shot the woman with a 9mm handgun.

The woman is being treated for her injuries. No condition was immediately available.

Deputies discovered that Chapman is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior violent crime conviction, the news release said. They said drugs also were found at the home.

Chapman is charged with malicious wounding, possession with intent to deliver narcotics and prohibited person in possession of firearms.

He is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

MON MURDER - Monongalia County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Alexa Randolph.

Gary Donald Smith, 60, of Morgantown, has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to deputies, Smith is the paternal grandfather of Alexa Randolph’s child.

Investigators said Randolph’s car was left at the Walmart on Hornbeck Road just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Her body was found the next day.

Detectives said Smith fled on foot from the Walmart and are looking for witnesses that may have seen him in the parking lot or walking along Grafton Road.

Smith is being held without bail.

SECURITY OFFICER SHOT - West Virginia State Police are investigating after a man walked into their Quincy Detachment this afternoon, Wednesday, Feb. 10 and told them he had been shot.

Officials with the WVSP say the man is a private security officer for Forest Land Group and because he was wearing a ballistic vest, he did not sustain any injuries from the gunshot.

The man told police he had been investigating mine thefts in the Kayford area of Cabin Creek at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


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