|Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says officers were called to Oakwood Village apartments Sunday and found a 60-year-old woman outside her apartment with âmultiple stab wounds.â|
The suspect was found outside his apartment still armed with what Martin described as âbasically a meat cleaver.â
Martin said that Rufus James Ramsey III, 34, initially dropped the weapon, but then picked it up and rushed at an officer, who fatally shot him.
He says authorities are investigating, but that it appears the officer acted appropriately.
BECKLEY MAN HELD IN DOG CAGE - A man is accused of holding another man in a dog cage against his will in Beckley, West Virginia.
On Saturday, May 22, Beckley Police responded to a report of a man being held against his will. According to court documents, a witness saw a badly injured man was locked in a dog cage. The witness also told police she saw three men, one of whom she knew as âJoshua Lee,â taunting and threatening to kill the victim if he did not give them a large amount of money.
A video was provided to police by the witness.
According to court documents, much of the recording wasnât clearly visible, but all three suspects could be heard taunting the victim. The end of the recording reportedly showed Joshua Lafferty following the witness to her car.
When officers and Raleigh County deputies searched the property, they found Joshua Lafferty in the home with the victim. Investigators also found a large dog kennel covered in blood.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He later told officers Lafferty beat him and demanded a large amount of money from him. According to the victim, Lafferty at one point had beaten him with a shovel.
Lafferty was arrested on charges of kidnapping, malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit a felony. He is in jail without bond.
Investigators are still looking for two other suspects they believe are involved in this incident.
FELON WITH GUNS ARRESTED DUI - Chapmanville police said a convicted felon faces multiple charges after his vehicle slammed into a building during a traffic stop and several guns were found.
Derek Shawn Green, 37, of Madison was arrested after an incident that occurred about 6:30 p.m. Friday on Main Street, the police department said.
Police said in a news release that officers were on routine patrol when they saw a sport utility vehicle traveling southbound toward them on Main Street. The vehicle swerved off the road, made a U-Turn and then began traveling northbound.
The officers then attempted to stop the vehicle for reckless driving and traveling left of center when it pulled off the road near an insurance business at a high rate of speed, slammed on the brakes and struck a building.
Police said as they approached the vehicle, they saw a lot of movement from the driver and passenger. They said Green, the driver, was sweating profusely and appeared to be nervous while speaking with officers.
After asking the two to step out of the vehicle, they said, they noticed that Green had pinpoint pupils and couldnât control his movements.
Police said they gained consent to search the vehicle and found a small plastic baggy containing a white, crystal-like substance weighing 1.72 grams stuffed into a cigarette pack. Officers said they also found a fully loaded .22-caliber, revolver-style handgun and an unloaded 9mm gun beneath the passenger seat. Another 9 mm gun was found behind the driverâs seat, where a male juvenile and two female juveniles were seated.
After doing a background check, police said, they discovered that Green was driving while revoked for DUI and was a convicted felon, so he couldnât possess a firearm.
Green was arrested on charges of third-offense DUI, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, prohibited person in possession of a concealed firearm and child neglect creating risk of serious injury.
Police said the suspect posted bond and was released.