(03/19/2021)
CHILD MURDERED - A man is charged with the murder of a 7-year old child in an incident early Thursday morning at a Beckley apartment complex.

Beckley Police were called to a disturbance at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments around 2:45 a.m. Thursday. There they found the young victim dead of stab wounds. A 24-year old woman at the residence had also suffered severe knife wounds and was taken to the hospital. She remained in critical condition.

Police arrested Rashad Akeem Thompson, 34, who also resided at the home. He’s lodged in the Southern Regional Jail facing charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, malicious wounding, and two counts of domestic battery.

Police are still unsure what circumstances led to the grisly encounter.

“We’re still looking and it’s still very early in the investigation. We’re still interviewing people and trying to grasp what actually led to this and what all transpired,” said Lt. David Allard, Chief of Detectives for the Beckley Police department.

The names of the victims have not been released at this point pending notification of relatives.

MCFLURRY MAN - Westover Police responded to the local McDonald’s on Wednesday, March 10th after calls about a customer who refused to leave. But it was the employee of the fast food restaurant that ended up charged with a misdemeanor that night for brandishing a firearm.

According to the complaint filed by the responding officer, the customer began yelling at the restaurant’s staff after they refused to refund her McFlurry because of her complaints about how the Oreos were mixed. This incident escalated with the customer allegedly making threats and throwing the milkshake against the restaurant’s wall.

That is when the employee, Jesica Mitchell, allegedly retrieved a gun from her purse. Westover Chief Joe Adams says that she placed the gun near her waistband as protection.

“The teller, to my knowledge, there is no accusation that she pointed the gun towards anybody,” Chief Adams said.


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