(03/14/2021)
CHARLESTON STABBING — A woman was arrested Saturday in connection with an early morning stabbing on Charleston’s East End.

Chastanay Joseph, 22, of Charleston is accused of stabbing Trinita Cooper, 38, of Dunbar multiple times in the 1600 block of Washington Street East, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department. Joseph has been charged with malicious wounding.

Detectives said multiple women entered a 7-Eleven about 3 a.m. when an altercation ensued. The altercation spilled out onto the parking lot and then moved back inside the store when police said Joseph stabbed Cooper.

Cooper was transported to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. Joseph, who was treated at the scene for a cut to her hand and then released, was later charged following further investigation.

MORGANTOWN KNIFE - West Virginia University Police said a man suspected of brandishing a knife near campus was arrested.

Zavier Nashawn Reid, 20, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was taken into custody Friday after an incident Wednesday night on Belmar Avenue, according to a news release from WVU.

Police said the location is near the Morgantown campus.

School officials issued an alert on campus in response to the incident.

Reid, who is not a student, will be charged with brandishing a deadly weapon and destruction of property, the news release said. He will be arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

50 GUNS AND DRUGS - A Buckhannon man is facing charges after deputies allegedly find him in possession of explosives, firearms, methamphetamine and more.

On Wednesday at around 7 am, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on Tallmansville Road.

At the scene deputies say they found an explosive device, 50 firearms, a large quantity of ammunition, body armor, 1 pound of methamphetamine and $9,000 in cash.

Officials say Benjamin J. Reger, of Buckhannon, was arrested at the scene.

GUNFIRE - An Upshur County man allegedly led police on a high-speed chase, fired multiple shots at officers and set fire to the woods.

On Wednesday at around 3 pm, officers with the West Virginia State Police Department and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man with a shotgun in the Gaines area.

Officers say Chad C. Newcome, of Rock Cave, led them on a high-speed chase. Both agencies later found Newcome’s vehicle, unoccupied, “down an unmaintained roadway,” in the Goshen area, according to a press release.

While officers were securing the area, Newcome allegedly fired a shot at them, which officials say stared a stand-off. After two hours of negotiations, police say Newcome set fire to the woods and ran deeper into the woods while firing more shots at the officers.

Officials say Newcome, 40, was eventually tasered and taken into custody.

Further investigation showed that Newcome had also fired multiple shots into his girlfriend’s home and vehicle, the release states.

Newcome has been charged with wanton endangerment, armed robbery, fleeing with reckless indifference and driving revoked for third DUI.

MURDER - State police say three men are in custody in connection with a deadly shooting in Berkeley County.

In a Friday news release, troopers said the shooting occurred in Inwood Thursday afternoon. They found Ryan Thompson, 32, of Nitro, dead of multiple gunshot wounds inside a residence at 106 Patrick’s Court.

They arrested three suspects over the next few hours. Named in various charges are Zachary Allen Jackson, Phillip T. Ruppenthal and Dylan T. Hite. Authorities said they were all fleeing the scene of the shooting.

Police found cash and marijuana at the scene of the shooting.


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