Woodrow Wilson HS Basketball Star Dwayne Richardson ID’d As Victim In Sunday WV Fatal Shooting

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV. (THECOUNT) — Dwayne Richardson has been identified as the Woodrow Wilson High School basketball player fatally shot Sunday night in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Richardson, 18, was shot dead near Beckley on Sunday night.

According to reports, Beckley Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 500 block of Terrill Street in Beckley. When they arrived, Richardson was found suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Richardson was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounce dead of gunshot injuries.

No suspect or motive information was provided by officials as of Monday morning.

The cause of the fatal incident remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Raleigh County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 78,859. Its county seat is Beckley. The county was founded in 1850 and is named for Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh County is included in the Beckley, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

VA Man Terry Weasenforth ID’d As Victim In Friday Slanesville Fatal Head-On Crash

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, WV. (THECOUNT) — Terry Lee Weasenforth, of Leesburg, Virginia, has been identified as the victim in a Friday evening two-vehicle crash in Hampshire County, West Virginia.

Weasenforth, 53, was killed in a head-on crash near Augusta Friday evening.

According to reports, Weasenforth was operating a Chrysler Sebring on Bloomery Pike in Slanesville, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes around 5:3- p.m. Friday. The vehicle then came into head-on contact with a Jeep Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by 54-year-old Karen Borror of Paw Paw. Weasenforth’s vehicle then burst into flames trapping both drivers.

Borror was transported to to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Weasenforth was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt and thermal injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Hampshire County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,964. Its county seat is Romney, West Virginia’s oldest town. The county was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1754, from parts of Frederick and Augusta Counties and is the state’s oldest county – Wikipedia.

West Virginia U Student Chloe Robertson ID’d As Victim In Weekend Philly Crash

MORGANTOWN, WV. (THECOUNT) — Chloe Robertson has been identified as the West Virginia University student killed in a weekend vehicle crash in the Philadelphia area, school staff said Monday.

Robertson, 22, was killed and Bobbiann Gubbei, also a student, critically injured in a vehicle crash over the weekend, a university spokesperson told local news outlets.

Details of the crash have not been released by officials as of Monday afternoon.

Robertson was a senior criminology student from the Orlando, Florida area.

Gubbei, also a senior, is a criminology student from Mantua, New Jersey.

A WVU spokesperson said it happened over the weekend, but university police haven’t received details from the local investigating agency, reports WDTV.

A candlelight vigil is planned for tonight at 6:00 at Woodburn Circle.


Geo quick facts: Morgantown is a city in West Virginia. It’s home to West Virginia University, with its art museum and sculpture garden. WVU’s college football team plays at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. On the Monongahela River, the WVU Core Arboretum has old-growth forest and spring wildflowers. The 1924 Metropolitan Theatre hosts performing arts. To the east, Cheat Lake has beaches and a shoreline trail – wikipedia.

WV Woman Angel Johnson ID’d As Pedestrian Fatally Struck Friday Night In Huntington

HUNTINGTON, WV. (THECOUNT) — Angel L. Johnson, of West Hamlin, West Virginia, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle in Huntington on Friday night, according to Saturday reports.

Johnson, 30, was killed after being struck by a vehicle while on-foot in the area of Interstate 64 in Huntington on Friday night.

According to officials, Johnson was walking on 5th Street, near Miller Road, in Huntington, when she was struck by a vehicle.

Johnson was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Officials said the Huntington Police Department’s drug recognition experts responded to the scene to assess the driver and impairment was not a factor.

“No charges will be filed at this time, but that may or may not change once the crash reconstructionists have completed their investigation,” Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell said, reports HeraldDispatch.

The investigation remains open.


Geo quick facts: Huntington is a city in Cabell and Wayne Counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area – Wikipedia.

Morgantown Custom Concepts Upholstery Aaron Hoard & GF On-The-Run Wanted Shorthorns Murder Of Grant Felton

TERRA ALTA, WV. (THECOUNT) — Aaron Hoard, of Morgantown, WV, and his girlfriend, Machaela Jeffries, are being sought by police in connection to a deadly shooting incident in Preston County, West Virginia, according to reports.

Hoard, 33, and Jeffries, 23, are on-the-run following the deadly shooting of 38-year-old Grant Felton, at a tavern in Terra Alta, West Virginia.

Investigators said the shooting happened at Shorthorns, a saloon in Terra Alta, killing Grant Felton, 38, reports WATE.

Police said Hoard fled left the scene and may now be traveling with Jeffries – and possibly their 1-year-old child.

Police said they have reason to believe Jeffries is helping Hoard evade arrest.

Police said Hoard drives a 2018 black Dodge Ram with decals promoting his business “Custom Concepts Upholstery and Cycle Shop.”

Police said the couple should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees them or knows where they are should not contact them and instead call police immediately.


Geo quick facts: Terra Alta is a town and former coal town in Preston County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,477 at the 2010 census – Wikipedia.

Fired WV Fireman Michael Pinkerman ID’d As Deceased Suspect In Ona Shootout That Injured 2 Officers Wednesday

ONA, WV. (THECOUNT) — Sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday, Michael Lane Pinkerman II, fired 13 shots into the front bay doors a Ona, West Virginia, volunteer fire department after-hours.

Police were serving a warrant at the home of Pinkerman, 56, a former member of the Ona Volunteer Fire Department, when he opened fire on officers Wednesday.

The warrant was being served because Pinkerman was believed to have been the suspect in the firhouse shooting based on security camera footage, according to reports. The shooting damaged the structure as well as several fire trucks.

When law enforcement officials arrived, Pinkerman fired multiple shots at deputies, who came to serve a search warrant at his home along Blue Sulphur Road in Ona. The injured deputies returned gunfire fatally striking Pinkerman.

Cabell County Sheriff’s deputies Jared Cremeans and Jimmy Johnston were injured in the Wednesday night shooting.

It’s believed Pinkerman shot up the fire station in retaliation for his removal from the department, the sheriff said.

Deputies began investigating Pinkerman in connection with the fire station shooting after cameras outside the station captured a light-colored vehicle similar to Pinkerman’s at the time of the shooting. Firefighters also mentioned Pinkerman when they were asked if anyone possibly had a grudge against the department, Zerkle said, as reported by Shatter911 on Friday.

Cpl. Jim Johnston was shot twice in his back, which was protected by a bulletproof vest. Deputy Jared Cremeans was shot through one hand and through the shoulder. That bullet exited through his back. Cremeans’ other hand was struck by a bullet and a bullet grazed his head. Cremeans, who also was wearing a bulletproof vest, took at least two shots to the chest.


Geo quick facts: Ona is a small unincorporated community along US 60 in Cabell County, West Virginia. It is situated roughly halfway between the towns of Barboursville to the west and Milton to the east. Ona is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

WV Pharmacist Natalie Cochran Arrested Thursday Morning On Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi-Scheme Charge

GLEN DANIEL, WV. (THECOUNT) — Raleigh County, West Virginia pharmacist, Natalie Paige Cochran was taken into custody this morning, according to Thursday reports.

Cochran, 38, along with her late husband Michael Brandon Cochran, are accused of running a multi-million dollar ponzi-scheme.

Daphne Jessup, Natalie Cochran’s mother tells WOAY that she was taken into custody this morning. Jessup tells WOAY that two police cars with 5 police officers, including U.S. Marshall’s showed up at the house at 6:30 am. Natalie was getting her children ready for school when they took her into custody, reports WOAY.


Geo quick facts: Glen Daniel is an unincorporated community in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. Glen Daniel is located at the junction of West Virginia Route 3 and West Virginia Route 99 8.5 miles west of Beckley. Glen Daniel has a post office with ZIP code 25844 – Wikipedia.

Roane County HS Football Player Alex Miller Collapses Dies During Friday Night Game

CLAY COUNTY, WV. (THECOUNT) — Alex Miller has been identified as the Roane County football player who collapsed and died during a high school football game Friday evening.

The school posted the following message to its Facebook page Saturday morning:

“The Roane County community suffered a tragic loss last night with the passing of Alex Miller. Roane County High School will open its doors at noon today for the students to be with one another during this difficult time,” reported WOWKTV on Saturday morning.

Miller was immediately provided with emergency medical care.

He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The game was initially suspended until Saturday evening, but as of Saturday morning the game was suspended indefinitely pending a future decision on its resumption.

Roane County High School administration and counselors have received offers of support and assistance from colleagues across the region, and are now focused on supporting their students, staff, and community through this difficult time.


Geo quick facts: Spencer is a city in and the county seat of Roane County, West Virginia, United States. Originally known as “California,” Spencer was chartered in 1858, and named after Spencer Roane, a distinguished jurist from Virginia, who served on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and for whom Roane County was named – Wikipedia.

Homeland Security investigating Charleston Plane Crash WV Yeager Airport Wednesday Night

CHARLESTON, WV. (THECOUNT) — Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director C.W. Sigman said emergency crews are responding to a plane crash at Yeager Airport.

Dispatchers said the the single-engine plane crashed at the airport around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Dispatchers said there was one patient, but the extent of their injuries have not been released, reports WCHSTV.

Officials provided no additional information on the crash.


Geo quick facts: Charleston, at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers, is West Virginia’s capital city. A riverside complex includes the gold-domed State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and the West Virginia State Museum and theater. The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences has art and discovery museums, a planetarium and a concert hall. Downtown’s Capitol Market houses food vendors and eateries in a former freight station – wikipedia.

WV EMS Director Jamie D Mathes Arrested Thursday ‘Injecting Substance Between Toes’ 146 Vials fentanyl

BRAXTON COUNTY, WV. (THECOUNT) — Braxton County Ambulance EMS director of operations, Jamie Deel Mathes, has been arrested after a fellow employee interrupted her injecting a substance between her toes, according to records.

Mathes, 41, was caught red-handed by a county worker who claims he walked into her office and saw her using a syringe. An inventory of her office found missing and tampered with narcotics, court records said.

After the employee observed the syringe incident, an inventory was conducted of narcotics stored in her office for advanced life support, the complaint said.

Mathes was arrested Thursday in Nicholas County by West Virginia State Police Thursday on several counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation and grand larceny, according to a criminal complaint, reports WCHSTV.

The complaint said the inventory found 166 vials of morphine, 146 vials of fentanyl and 28 vials of Versed, a sedative, that had been used or partially used and a number of used syringes.

Mathes was arraigned on the charges in Nicholas County and a $25,000 cash bond was set.

She is on paid administrative leave.

According to Facebook, Mathes is the Director of Operations at Braxton County Emergency Ambulance Service Authority. She is listed as a “Communicator” at WV Medical Coordination Center, WESTCOM and a paramedic at Braxton County EMS.


Geo quick facts: Braxton County is a county in the central part of the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,523. The county seat is Sutton – Wikipedia.