Final respects for fallen Roane County firefighter

Firefighters from across the state gathered Saturday to pay their final respects to fallen Roane County firefighter, Mark Horwich. He died January 11th when a fire truck he was driving crashed.

WV Senate approves pepper spray bill

The West Virginia Senate approved a bill that would allow pepper spray at the state Capitol building. The bill would exclude pepper spray from the state’s list of deadly weapons, and allow small canisters to be carried on Capitol grounds.

Man arrested for shooting niece’s husband

A Charleston man is under arrest for shooting his niece’s husband in the leg during an argument. Sixty-three-year-old Paul Parsons is charged with malicious wounding. The victim is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Escaped inmate arrested in Pike County

Escaped prisoner, Brittany Thompson, was captured in Pike County. She broke free from her shackles and escaped from the Jackson County Correctional Center Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds Attend Fallen Firefighter’s Service

Emergency workers from across the state gathered Saturday to pay their final respects to a fallen Roane County firefighter. A visitation and funeral service was held for Mark Horwich, who died Jan. 11 when a fire truck he was driving crashed while responding to a fire. Horwich was a member of both the Clover and Roan-Spencer volunteer fire departments. Members from both departments and several others attended the service at Roane County High School, and WCHS TV reported 55 emergency vehicles adorned in black ribbons escorted Horwich to his final resting place.

Deputies Cleared in Fatal Shooting

Deputies were cleared of any wrongdoing in a shootout in West Virginia that killed a man. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video Thursday showing the New Year’s Eve shooting involving Michael Davis in Cross Lanes. Davis fired at deputies in a residential neighborhood, and Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said deputies returned fire. Davis was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries about a week later. The surveillance video shows a person walking with a dog and firing at least one shot. The Kanawha County Prosecutors Office said the deputies were justified in their actions.

Jackson County to Put Important Information on Seat Belts

Health officials are hoping a new initiative will help Jackson County residents quickly inform first responders about their medical conditions. WCHS-TV reports the Jackson County Health Department is offering free seat belt covers that will display personal and medical information that first responders can use during a car crash or other emergency situations. Known as “Medical Seat Belt Safety Days,” the county will provide the free covers on March 26 and 27. People interested should bring their medical insurance information and a list of medications they currently take. Car seat safety checks also will be provided during that time at no charge.

Fort Gay Becomes a Sanctuary City

A town in Wayne County became the first municipality in West Virginia to declare itself a sanctuary for the Second Amendment. Fort Gay Mayor Joetta Hatfield said on Friday that the town council was motivated by the recent events in Virginia, where lawmakers have passed various gun control bills. The Fort Gay town council adopted an ordinance that establishes Fort Gay as a sanctuary against any attempt by lawmakers to infringe Second Amendment rights. Putnam County was the first in West Virginia to become a sanctuary county.

Pepper Spray Bill Advances to the House

Pepper spray may soon be allowed at the state Capitol building under a proposal approved by the Senate. The chamber unanimously approved the measure Friday. The bill would exclude pepper spray from the state’s list of deadly weapons, allowing allow small canisters of the item to be carried at the state Capitol. The proposal was sponsored by Republican Sen. Patricia Rucker of Jefferson County. There was no debate on the bill. It now moves to the House of Delegates for consideration.

WVU will retire Thorn’s number-44

Another number-44 will be hanging in the rafters at WVU Coliseum. Ron Thorn will be honored in February with a number retirement ceremony. Thorn was a Mountaineer from 1961 to 1963. His number 44 will share space with Jerry West’s number-44 and Hot Rod Hundley’s number-33.