West Virginia State Police

June 29, 1919: West Virginia State Police Established

Jun 29, 2018
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The West Virginia State Police was established on June 29, 1919. Governor John Jacob Cornwell had pushed to form the unit in response to the mine wars, which were rocking southern West Virginia. Cornwell had grown frustrated with ineffective sheriffs and constables who had to face reelection and, at the same time, tended to take sides in labor struggles. Also, coal companies were hiring some deputies to serve as private security guards, and coal company guards were being sworn in as deputies—all of which angered miners.

June 29, 1919: West Virginia State Police Established

Jun 29, 2017
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

The West Virginia State Police was established on June 29, 1919. Governor John Jacob Cornwell had pushed to form the unit in response to the mine wars, which were rocking southern West Virginia. Cornwell had grown frustrated with ineffective sheriffs and constables who had to face reelection and, at the same time, tended to take sides in labor struggles. Also, coal companies were hiring some deputies to serve as private security guards, and coal company guards were being sworn in as deputies—all of which angered miners.

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The man accused of shooting and wounding a West Virginia State Police trooper has been arraigned on multiple charges.

40-year-old Jeremiah Yeager was arraigned Wednesday on several charges, including domestic assault and attempted murder. His bond was set at $2 million.

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West Virginia State Police say a trooper was wounded by gunfire after responding to a domestic violence call and a suspect was taken into custody hours later.

The agency said in a statement that Cpl. David Fry was hit in the shoulder and wrist while responding early Tuesday morning to the call at an apartment complex in Lincoln County. The statement says the injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

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DMAPS, the shorthand for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, is an area of the budget that, according to Senate Finance Chair Mike Hall, can be difficult to cut. At $350 million, it’s a fairly sizable part of state government and houses the regional jails, prisons, homeland security office, State Police, and a few other divisions.

During the department’s budget presentation Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice’s newly appointed Secretary Jeff Sandy told senators he’s only officially been in his position for just over a month, but he’s already looking to make changes that will result in savings.

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Officials are holding a public meeting next week to discuss concerns surrounding the planned closing of the West Virginia State Police's Elizabeth detachment.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Wirt County Courthouse, the News and Sentinel of Parkersburg reported.

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Police in West Virginia say a 62-year-old white man killed a black 15-year-old after they bumped into each other and exchanged words. The case is under review as a possible hate crime.

A complaint signed by Charleston Police Detective C.C. Lioi says William Pulliam confessed and described the teen as "another piece of trash off the street."

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West Virginia State Police detachments in three locations are closing at the end of the year. The agency said Tuesday Grantsville, Elizabeth and Hundred will close.

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A former director of a Welsh-area human services agency is facing possible time behind bars after being arrested on embezzlement and fraudulent schemes charges.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the West Virginia State Police say in a statement that 42-year-old Shanita Evans was charged Friday with fraudulent use of an access device, embezzlement, fraudulent schemes and obtaining under false pretenses.

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The family of a man missing inside an abandoned West Virginia coal mine say the search has ended with no sign of him.

Relatives of 30-year-old Clay Epperly of Keystone told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Thursday that the mine will be sealed.

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West Virginia State Police will be on the lookout more often for drunken and impaired drivers.

State Police say in a news release that grant money through a partnership with the Governor's Highway Safety Program will enable troopers to increase DUI patrols late this summer and in the early fall.

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A West Virginia State Trooper has been injured after a man who police say was driving under the influence hit his car.

West Virginia State Police tell media outlets that the wreck occurred Saturday evening in Logan County. The trooper was not seriously hurt, but both cars had to be towed from the scene.

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Ohio troopers will be targeting distracted driving in an enforcement effort that starts Sunday and includes their counterparts from five neighboring states.

The State Highway Patrol says this latest enforcement initiative from the 6-State Trooper Project will run through July 23.

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A man has been reported missing after authorities say he went to steal copper from a shuttered West Virginia mine that had been the site of a 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners.

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West Virginia State Police say they've charged a man with attacking a state Senate candidate at a political cookout.

Senior Trooper J.E. Garren said Jonathan Porter is charged with malicious assault, attempted malicious assault and felony destruction of property in the beating on Sunday of Richard Ojeda, who's running as a Democrat for a state Senate seat.

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Officials say Clay County schools will be closed for the rest of the week during an ongoing school threat investigation.

On its website, the school district told media outlets in a statement Tuesday that the decision was made to close the schools Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after additional information was obtained in the investigation. Officials have not said what that additional information was.

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West Virginia State Police say a man found with a bomb inside his vehicle has been taken into custody.

Local media outlets report police say 59-year-old Herman Vance was arrested Sunday near the Mingo-Logan county line. He is charged with obstructing, simple possession and illegal possession of destructive devices and explosives.

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Authorities in Nicholas County say a man allegedly identified himself as a state trooper to try to gain entry to a residence in Dixie before shooting another man.

Sheriff David P. Hopkins says in a news release that 22-year-old Briar Allen Stewart of Belva was arrested Wednesday in Kanawha County on charges of malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and nighttime burglary.

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The Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police led the state in felony arrests in fiscal year 2015.

Citing the agency's annual report, The Journal reports that the detachment made a total of 1,135 arrests.

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State officials say an inmate has stabbed another inmate to death at Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that troopers believe 40-year-old Steven Branscome stabbed 47-year-old Russell Hager several times in the head and neck using a metal shank on Saturday afternoon.

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West Virginia State Police say a trooper has been injured in a scuffle while trying to serve an arrest warrant on an Indiana fugitive.

State Police spokesman Michael Baylous says the trooper from the Elkins detachment was attempting to arrest 27-year-old Nathaniel Ray Wegman in the Mill Creek area of Randolph County.

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The West Virginia State Police says a 17-year veteran trooper died Monday morning during a physical fitness training routine.

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro died while jogging near the grounds of the West Virginia State Police Academy in Dunbar, according to State Police spokesperson Lieutenant Michael Baylous.  

Portaro was was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston where he was pronounced dead. 

Baylous said Portaro's exact cause of death is currently unknown. 

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West Virginia State Police say the discovery of human remains and personal possessions near the New River Gorge Bridge could solve an 18-year-old mystery: the disappearance of a Virginia Tech graduate student.

State Police Sgt. Kenneth Tawes told The Roanoke Times that the remains were found in a heavily wooded area Thursday along with Robert L. Kovack's driver's license, a college ID and car keys.

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Authorities say a man has died after a natural gas well he was working on malfunctioned in Marion County.

The Times West Virginian reports West Virginia State Police Cpl. H.C. Myers says 40-year-old Fred Allen Layman Jr. was killed Tuesday.

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  A woman is suing the West Virginia State Police over the shooting death of her husband.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Donna Spry filed the lawsuit last month in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit says Spry's husband, Curly Spry, was shot 11 times by troopers who entered their home without permission in January 2014.

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The West Virginia State Police say traffic fatalities in the state continued to decline in 2015.

State Police tell WVVA-TV that roadway deaths are down from 337 killed in 2012 to 270 in 2015. Troopers with the Governor's Highway Safety Program attribute the decline to an increase in targeted patrols across the state.

A Princeton man has been charged with intentionally hitting a volunteer firefighter with his vehicle.

Media outlets report that West Virginia State Police charged 54-year-old Jeffery Lanford with unlawful wounding and leaving the scene of injury. Lanford turned himself in last week and was released on bond.

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State police say officers in West Virginia fatally shot a stabbing suspect after the man brandished a shotgun in their direction. 

West Virginia State Police Sgt. K.D. Horrocks says in a news release that the incident occurred late Tuesday night. The names of the dead man and the stabbing victims haven't been released, pending notification of family.

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A man who was shot in the head by a state trooper has ended his legal battle with state police.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports attorneys for Stephen Shawn Krein and the state police agreed Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Krein in Dec. 2010.

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A former West Virginia state trooper will go on trial Feb. 2 on charges that he arranged to have his mobile home burned down.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Ferrell set the trial date for 26-year-old Stephen Spencer Gula during a hearing Tuesday.

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