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Cop cat making a big impression at the the South Charleston Police Department

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - He snacks a lot... He gets distracted easily... He tends to sometimes sleep on the job... But despite it all, South Charleston's cat cop could be the biggest hit of the department.


House passes two gambling bills with ease

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed two bills on Friday that would make it easier for West Virginians to gamble. HB 2934, the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act, that would allow the state’s four licensed racetracks and the Greenbrier Resort to offer interactive wagering ga


Supreme Court agrees with lower court in family property dispute

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court rightfully denied a motion for consolidation in a case involving two siblings, their uncle and property.


Natural Resources Commission meeting venue changed

The midwinter meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission, originally scheduled to be held Sunday at the Division of Natural Resources headquarters in South Charleston, has been moved.


Mom facing abuse, strangulation charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mom is facing charges after police say she strangled and hit her child. Police say the victim told them she was unable to breathe for 20 seconds while Kanita Withrow strangled her.


West Virginia House Approves Teacher Pay Hike

In the end, it wasn't even close. On a vote of 89 to 8, the House of Delegates approved a 5% pay raise for teachers, school support staff and.


35 people arrested and booked overnight in West Virginia's Regional Jails

BARBOURSVILLE - There were 35 people arrested and booked overnight in West Virginia's Regional Jails. There were six people booked into the Parkersburg Correctional Center. There were six people booked into the Southern Regional Jail.


Girls basketball: South Charleston shrugs off slow start, drops George Washington in sectional final

The way George Washington stormed out to a big lead Friday night, a lot of teams might have just given up right there. But South Charleston isn’t like most teams. The Black Eagles relied on their team quickness and the low-post play of senior Lashae Watts to bounce back in a big way and capture a 66


West Virginia mother indicted for murder

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - On Monday, a grand jury in Berkeley County indicted a 46-year-old West Virginia mother on several felony charges. Following allegations of killing her 8-year-old daughter and shooting her 11-year-old daughter, Julie Orellana was indicted for murder, attempted murder, malicio


Charleston Weather Forecast For The Weekend Ahead

CHARLESTON, WV — A quick heads up: Weather officials have issued a Flood Watch for your area, beginning Thursday at 8:28 pm and ending Sunday at 7:00 am. More info from the National Weather Service is available here.


Employees react to viral video of confrontation at West Virginia restaurant

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP) — A video of a conflict between a customer and employees at Tampico Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, is going viral, and employees say the customer's behavior was unacceptable.


Grant funds study of beer, spirits in WV

HUNTINGTON - A proposed craft beer and spirit trail running through central and western West Virginia is in the works after an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to the Marshall University Research Corp. in Huntington was announced as part of ARC's Power Awards for February 2019.


Names released in warrant sweep

Jackson County law enforcement officials have released the names of the individuals arrested in last week’s warrant sweep. After a short 5 a.m. briefing Friday at the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, law officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the Ripley Police Department, the Ravens


West Virginia lawmakers endorse school calendar bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates has endorsed a bill that would set parameters for the public school calendar and reduce the number of required instructional days each year.


People seen running from building before fire

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire damaged a building in eastern Kanawha County. The fire broke out Friday afternoon at the corner of Frame Road and Echo Lane in Frame. Witnesses say they saw people running from the building before they noticed the flames.


Remains of WWII veteran come home to Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The remains of World War II Sgt. John Kalausich arrived Thursday night at Yeager Airport in Charleston -- 74 years after his death during combat in Europe. He was greeted by family and members of the West Virginia National Guard.


$10,000 reward offered for man wanted for attempted murder of Virginia police officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The reward from a West Virginia man wanted for shooting a Virginia police officer is now $10,000. This comes after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) matched the U.S. Marshals Service’s offer of a $5,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest


WVDEP Now Accepting Make It Shine Applications

CHARLESTON, WV – Applications are now available for the 2019 West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup. This annual event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).


W.Va. regional jail starts inpatient treatment pilot

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – For the first time, West Virginia has begun offering inpatient substance abuse treatment to jail-housed inmates via court referral. The promising pilot launched at the Western Regional Jail aims to break the cycle of addiction, save lives, and reduce crime and incarceration c


Kanawha County names 'Deputy of the Year'

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County is honoring one of its own as "Deputy of the Year." Deputy Kaine Daugherty, a four-year member of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, was given the honor Thursday night at the Kanawha County Commission meeting.