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⚠️Please note: Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, there will be a nationwide test of the emergency alert system. You may se...
10/04/2023

⚠️Please note: Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, there will be a nationwide test of the emergency alert system. You may see or hear alert messages on cell phones, wireless devices, radios and TVs.
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HAZMAT situation closes portion of West Virginia TurnpikeThe southbound lanes of the West Virginia Turnpike have reopene...
09/28/2023

HAZMAT situation closes portion of West Virginia Turnpike

The southbound lanes of the West Virginia Turnpike have reopened following a rollover crash involving a tractor-trailer hauling ammonium nitrate, the West Virginia Turnpike Authority confirms on Thursday morning.

According to emergency dispatchers, northbound lanes of I-77 are still closed between Mossy and Paint Creek.

Northbound lanes could be closed for several hours, officials say.

A detour has been set up for travelers as emergency responders clean the scene.

Turnpike Detour A will be in effect until the Turnpike reopens. Traffic heading north will take the North Beckley Exit (Exit 48) to US 19, then take US 19 to Interstate 79 near Sutton. Drivers can then take I-79 to Charleston. The detour is approximately 125 miles.

A hazmat team is on scene, but Jeff Miller, executive director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority, said the chemical did not get into nearby streams.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and several other state and local agencies are responding to a tractor trailer crash.

According to the WVDEP, the truck was hauling approximately 4,500 gallons of an ammonium nitrate and water solution.

Ammonium nitrate is predominantly used in agriculture as a fertilizer.

The material has been contained to a ditch line and emergency crews are digging additional containment measures to capture the product and prevent further migration.

An environmental contractor, Evergreen Environmental, is currently on site to remediate the area and an additional contractor is en route to the scene to pump the remaining product from the tractor trailer.

According to officials, the driver of the tractor-trailer only suffered minor injuries.

As time draws shorter, Capito says shutdown is ‘a road to nowhere’Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she’s getting more a...
09/22/2023

As time draws shorter, Capito says shutdown is ‘a road to nowhere’

Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she’s getting more and more worried as days pass by and the majority in the House of Representatives can’t agree on government funding bills.

It’s chaos over there, quite frankly,” Capito, R-W.Va., said in a call today with West Virginia reporters.

A Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government and avoid a shutdown is rapidly approaching.

Up against the clock, the Republican-led House of Representatives has been divided about whether to proceed with a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open until Oct. 31 or whether to push for steeper cuts to federal funding in separate bills.

As a symbol of where matters stand, the House couldn’t muster enough votes today to move toward debate on a defense spending bill that normally flies through. Republican hardliners essentially blocked the bill’s advance.

The Senate has been methodically advancing appropriations bills, with leaders agreeing that a shutdown would be a mess.

“I’m an optimist. I always think we’re going to find a way to work things out,” Capito said in the conference call with reporters. “But the House just turned down the DoD appropriations bill that was written by Republicans, and the Republican conference took it down. I am very concerned about a government shutdown.

“It is a road to nowhere, It’s disruptive to our economy, and I’m very disappointed. Maybe a rabbit will be pulled out of a hat next week when this expires, but right now I’m a little pessimistic.”

This week on MetroNews’ “Talkline,” Congressman Alex Mooney advocated not for the continuing resolution but instead for votes on bills with steeper cuts to federal programs.

The bills would then go to the Democratic-led Senate, where observers believe they would be unlikely to pass.

We’ve had all year to work on this. So there’s no excuse for going up against the deadline,” said Mooney, R-W.Va., a member of the House Freedom Caucus. “At least pass the bills in the House of Representatives. I get that the Senate’s a different party, that we’d have to go to conference to negotiate; there’s some give and take there. I get that there’s give and take; we don’t have total control.

“But at least pass all these spending bills out of the House and control the spending and the power of the purse. I support that, not a continuing resolution.”

Capito said the failed House vote on the defense spending bill is a signal for how that scenario is actually playing out.

“That’s a defense funding bill that actually does cut funding. Whether I agree with that or not, the numbers are lower in that bill. So the demands of those that say we need to spend less, they’re not backing it up with their votes,” Capito said.

“So I would look over at the Senate, what we’re doing. We’ve passed all 12 bills out of the Appropriations Committee in a bipartisan way. We’re on the path, hopefully, to put three bills up next week together — military construction, agriculture and transportation. That would be the first time we’ve done that in five years.”

Capito noted that the Fiscal Responsibility Act that passed in response to a debt ceiling debate in June already outlined a framework for slowing federal spending for two years.

“The House is not adhering to that. It’s chaos over there, quite frankly, and I don’t think the American people — if we shut the government down and you’re in danger of not getting your veterans check or you’re in danger of not getting your Social Security or you can’t go to the national park because they’re all shut down and it’s a family vacation you planned — there will be a strong reaction against this,” she said.

“So I think the Senate has been functioning better than the House, but I don’t think this needs to be a House against Senate issue. I think it needs to be ‘Let’s get some sense here.'”

Former President Donald Trump posted on his own Truth Social site today a message of encouragement to make deep cuts to federal spending or to embrace a shutdown. A central aspect of Trump’s message was the hope that spending cuts could choke off federal investigations where he is a criminal defendant.

“A very important deadline is approaching at the end of the month. Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government that refuses to close the Border, and treats half the Country as Enemies of the State,” Trump posted.

This is also the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots. They failed on the debt limit, but they must not fail now. Use the power of the purse and defend the Country!”

There were two shutdowns during Trump’s presidency — for a few days in January 2018 and then again for 35 days between December 2018 and January 2019, the longest in American history.

Capito said such shutdowns are painful and no one wins.

“I lived through the 2013 shutdown. Total misery, and it went nowhere. I went through President Trump’s shutdown. It went nowhere until President Trump cried uncle and said we can’t do this any more,” Capito said.

“So there are other methods to get your way and your voices hear, and that’s through the legislative process. I’m always optimistic, and there’s still a way to get to a continuing resolution. But the signs are that they want to take it to the limit, and unfortunately the limit is going to hurt a lot of people.”

Morgantown police arrest one after observing downtown drug deal in progressPolice made one arrest on High Street Wednesd...
09/22/2023

Morgantown police arrest one after observing downtown drug deal in progress

Police made one arrest on High Street Wednesday after witnessing a drug deal in progress.

We are probably going to be stepping up our efforts in the next several weeks in respect to placing officers into positions where they can make more of those types of arrests,” Morgantown Police Chief Eric Powell said. “We’re going to concentrate more heavily on those street-level type deals in downtown and anywhere else they might be occurring.”

Officers patrolling High Street Wednesday allege they witnessed Dusty Doman, 35, of Morgantown, hand another person a folded piece of paper in the doorway of a business and also saw cash in Doman’s hand.

When police asked the pair what they were doing, the unidentified person opened the white paper, and a white substance was blown to the ground.

While being questioned, Doran told police the unidentified person asked him for whatever he had because he was getting “dope sick,” and that’s when he handed the folded paper.

Police said the powder is believed to be he**in.

Powell asks residents to report suspected drug activity when they see it if possible.

When they see something report it,” Powell said. “If it is suspicious or they suspect it is suspicious let us know about it as it’s happening as soon as possible so we can get people in those positions to make those types of arrests.”

Doman has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and is being held in the North Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.

In the future, Powell expects surveillance cameras that are being installed in the downtown area to be a big help to law enforcement.

“I think they’ll be a very useful tool evidentiary wise as well as initial observations,” Powell said. “We’re working on monitoring the cameras.”

Second suspect charged in Fairmont attempted murder, kidnapping case involving Morgantown victimRecently released detail...
09/22/2023

Second suspect charged in Fairmont attempted murder, kidnapping case involving Morgantown victim

Recently released details from an April shooting in Fairmont reveal the incident involved the kidnapping of an unidentified Morgantown man.

On April 27, Kenyatta Ephraim, 29, of Elyria, Ohio, allegedly fired five times from inside a car on Maple Avenue at the victim, who was standing near a vehicle. Three rounds hit the car, and another hit the rear window and rifled into a home nearby occupied by two adults and two children.

Police said Ephraim, Tyreese Taylor, 29, of Lorain, Ohio, and a third suspect kidnapped a man from a home in Morgantown and took him to Fairmont prior to the shooting incident.

While being held, the trio demanded money and forced the victim to contact a family member in Morgantown.

The shooting happened while the victim remained in custody as the family member went to the Maple Avenue address in Fairmont.

Both Ephraim and the family member were treated for gunshot wounds at a local hospital.

Ephraim has been in the North Central Regional Jail since the April incident, charged with attempted murder and use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Taylor was taken into custody Wednesday after an incident in Morgantown and charged with attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, and use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The U.S. Marshal Service is searching for the third suspect, identified as James Ray Jones, who was driving the car during the Morgantown incident on Wednesday. Jones is considered armed and dangerous; he is 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 162 pounds.

Information about Jones can be left by calling 304-623-0486.

Suspended Nicholas County deputy denied home confinement, scheduled for late October trialA federal prosecutor says the ...
09/22/2023

Suspended Nicholas County deputy denied home confinement, scheduled for late October trial

A federal prosecutor says the mother of an alleged victim in an abuse and po*******hy case vomited when she saw the images that a suspended Nicholas County sheriff’s deputy shared on Snapchat of her young daughter.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Omar Aboulhosn said the charges caused him “great concern” and ordered Deputy Jarrod Bennett Thursday afternoon to remain in jail as he awaits his criminal trial.

Aboulhosn heard the prosecution’s evidence during Bennett’s arraignment and detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Charleston. Bennett, 38, of Mount Nebo, was arrested last week after a federal grand jury handed up an 11-count criminal indictment. He was suspended in June. The 18-year law enforcement veteran was in court Thursday in handcuffs and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit.

Bennett’s attorney Tim Carrico argued Aboulhosn should allow Bennett to be on home confinement. He called Bennett’s mother, Amanda Bennett, to the stand. She said her son would stay in her Summersville home and that she would report him if he violated any terms of his release. She said she doesn’t have internet.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Herrald argued against home confinement. She told Aboulhosn there’s evidence that Bennett used his phone to video the private areas of the victim, a young girl, while in a bathroom in his Mount Nebo home and again while she was partially covered with a blanket. Herrald told the judge Bennett took screen shots of his video and posted them on the internet.

Herrald said the girl’s mother has since told authorities she was the person in the images.

“Her initial response is that she said it was her daughter and then vomited and then she changed her story…that’s deeply disturbing,” Herrald told Aboulhosn.

Herrald said there are also five counts against Bennett in connection with his attempted cover-up of what happened including, after he was suspended, twice remotely accessing his sheriff’s department laptop and deleting large amounts of data.

She said Bennett “took advantage of his knowledge of the law” to commit the crimes.

Carrico argued the three children in the home were interviewed by the state Division of Child Protective Services (CPS) and the decision was made by the agency not to open an investigation. He also said the children made no disclosures in previous counseling.

Herrald countered.

“CPS dropped the ball on this case in large part,” she said. “No one did anything to protect this child. CPS has failed her and her own family has failed her and this court must step in,” Herrald said.

Aboulhosn ordered Bennett to stay in jail. He said he wasn’t concerned as much about him being a flight risk as he was about the specifics of the charges.

“The underlying facts are that this defendant sexually abused a young child in his home and in addition took active steps to cover it up when he became aware of the investigation,” Aboulhosn said.

Bennett pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. His trial was scheduled for Oct. 30 with pretrial motions set for Oct. 12.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Bennett, who was crying, told family members he loved them and was escorted out of the courtroom and back to jail.

One dead, 3 injured in wreck involving South Charleston fire truckOne person was killed and three firefighters were inju...
09/22/2023

One dead, 3 injured in wreck involving South Charleston fire truck

One person was killed and three firefighters were injured in a collision between a South Charleston fire truck.

The fire truck rolled over at least one on Childress Road not far from the U.S. Route 119 intersection at shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday.

The person who died was in the passenger vehicle involved in the crash, according to police. One of the firefighters had to be cut out of the wreckage.

Both northbound lanes of the highway were expected to be closed into the nighttime hours.

A number of first responders remain on the scene.

South Charleston opened a new fire station in that area of the county in recent months after the city annexed the area.

West Virginia man missing since January featured on Dateline’s Missing in AmericaBEVERLY, W.Va. — Eight months after 51-...
09/21/2023

West Virginia man missing since January featured on Dateline’s Missing in America

BEVERLY, W.Va. — Eight months after 51-year-old Charles “Eric” Stewart disappeared from his home in Randolph County, West Virginia, no new clues have been found.

In a Missing in America feature on Dateline, Stewart’s sister Valerie Morral said she is hoping to get answers on what happened to her little brother. In the Dateline interview with Morral, she said that her brother was adopted from the White Mountain Apache in Arizona when he was two and after having been born with fetal alcohol syndrome, struggled with alcoholism.

He could only read, like, on maybe a second-grade level,” Morral said in the Dateline interview.

Stewart was staying Morral at their late mother’s house when he disappeared in the middle of the night, leaving his phone and other belongings behind. He was reportedly spotted 11 a.m. near the house the next morning on Jan. 12, but he has not been seen since. A week later, his two sisters reported him missing to the Beverly Police Department.

Morral said there are several rumors about what may have happened to Stewart. One was that people may have taken advantage of Stewart to get the money he had inherited from their mother, who had passed the month before. “He trusted people he shouldn’t have trusted a lot of the times,” said Morral in the interview.

Another rumor is that he went to stay with his birth family in Arizona, but according to Morral, who remains in contact with his family there, he never showed up there.

Morral said she believes that his inheritance was related to his disappearance, but now, they just want to know what happened to him. “He has never went anywhere that we didn’t know he went. There’s no way he would even go a week without calling me,” she said in the Dateline interview.

Anyone with information about Eric Stewart’s whereabouts or disappearance should contact the Beverly Police Department at 304-637-3561.

He has black hair and brown eyes, and his right eye crosses inward. He is 5’3″ tall and 125 pounds and wears glasses. He also has a large scar with screws visible on his right leg.

Escaped inmate Denver Bennett is in custody. Police units from US Marshal Service, Upshur SD, Randolph SD, WV State Poli...
09/21/2023

Escaped inmate Denver Bennett is in custody. Police units from US Marshal Service, Upshur SD, Randolph SD, WV State Police and WV State Parole responded to 253 Upper Childers Run area where units searched nearby structures and found Bennett hiding in a camper under some covers and bags. Bennett is being transported to Mt Olive Correctional Center. A female Beverly Beckner was also arrested for helping Bennett while he was on the run. Bennett will be arraigned on Randolph County escape charges later tonight or tomorrow morning. I want to thank the public for the calls and tips during this past week.

Official damage assessments are underway from August flood in W.Va.Teams from local emergency offices along with state a...
09/20/2023

Official damage assessments are underway from August flood in W.Va.

Teams from local emergency offices along with state and federal inspectors are canvassing flood damaged areas of West Virginia this week trying to determine if any of those five counties hit by flash floods on August 28th will qualify for a federal disaster declaration.

The assessments started Tuesday morning in Kanawha, Boone, Clay, Calhoun, and Harrison Counties. All had some level of high water when thunderstorms trained over isolated parts of each county that day. The heavy downpours drove small streams into homes.

“We’re finding more homes totally destroyed than we had on our list. We’re also finding homes that are not on our list. We’re doing a pretty good accounting and getting a pretty good, accurate report. That way good decisions can be made about the disaster declaration,” said C.W. Sigman, the Emergency Manager in Kanawha County.

He and his team were with FEMA and SBA representatives on Fields Creek in Winifrede Hollow Tuesday morning then visited Little Creek and Slaughter’s Creek in the afternoon. They expected to get to Horsemill and Witcher Creek on Wednesday. Those areas saw the bulk of the damage. According to Sigman, they knew the situation was bad, but the assessment in Kanawha County is showing the damage was actually worse than was originally thought.

“We’re finding a lot of homes that had water inside, particularly mobile homes. If water gets above the floor it’s destroyed in a mobile home. If it gets above the outlets in a regular home its considered destroyed,” he said.

Sigman also noted a lot of flood victims had still not filled out pre-assessment surveys which help guide the direction of the inspection and assessments.

The inspections and assessment allow for decisions to be made in two areas. The public assistance portion of the survey looks at damages to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure. The individual assistance portion looks at the level of private property damage to determine if residents can qualify for financial aid from FEMA. Sigman said other census factors are also used in the calculation.

If those areas do not rise to the level of qualification for individual assistance, the

Small Business Administration can act as a backstop with low interest loans for those needing help. Determinations on the disaster declaration will be forthcoming following the inspections and assessment.

Three West Virginia schools earn National Blue Ribbon statusThree West Virginia elementary schools have been recognized ...
09/20/2023

Three West Virginia schools earn National Blue Ribbon status

Three West Virginia elementary schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon schools in 2023 by the U.S. Department of Education.

The three schools from West Virginia that earned Blue Ribbon status are Jayenne Elementary School in Marion County, Sherman Elementary School in Boone County and Ritchie Elementary School in Ohio County. In total, 353 schools across the nation were honored.

Governor Jim Justice congratulated the three schools following Tuesday’s announcement.

“The recognition is based on overall academic performance or progress and it’s absolutely an honor,” Justice said.

Governor Justice had high praise for the staff and students from all three schools. He said these schools have laid out a blueprint for improvement and a path for other schools to strive in getting the same award.

“There were 353 schools in the nation that were just announced as 2023 Blue Ribbon schools and all I would say to this is we need more,” Justice said.

Being recognized for an award like this from the U.S. Department of Education does not happen in a short amount of time.

“This isn’t just a process that takes a couple of weeks, but it is a commitment that is over a year long in the making and it’s rigorous application process,” Marion County Schools Superintendent Donna Heston said of Jayenne Elementary School.

Heston applauded the work of the teachers and staff at Jayenne Elementary for their hard work.

“They (the students) have done a number of things over the years for positive behavior in sports, for interventions as a Title I school and to have that distinction and all of their hard work is really a testament to staff,” Heston said.

When the news got to Sherman Elementary, Principal Lisa Lowe said the students began to cheer.

“It was a total team effort of excitement and cheer going on in the building,” Lowe said. “The students actually started chanting, ‘We’re number one.'”

Lowe said the teachers at her school take the education process serious and strive to address each student individually to help them learn and grow.

“It’s an individual education,” Lowe said. “My staff goes above and beyond to educate every child in the classroom.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin also shouted out the three school that were recognized with the honors. He put out the following statement Tuesday:

“Earning a National Blue Ribbon School recognition is an outstanding achievement for schools across the country,” said Senator Manchin. “Young people are the future of West Virginia, and I’m incredibly proud of the students, faculty, and families who helped their schools receive this distinction in 2023. Jayenne, Ritchie and Sherman Elementary Schools have proven themselves to be excellent representatives of the Mountain State.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has given out around 10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools across the Unites States.

Self-proclaimed ‘reverend’ of white supremacy pleads guilty to obstructing justice in Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting...
09/20/2023

Self-proclaimed ‘reverend’ of white supremacy pleads guilty to obstructing justice in Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting trial

A Brooke County man who tried to influence the jury that was hearing the case against a Pittsburgh mass shooter pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges Tuesday.

Hardy Lloyd, 45, of Follansbee, admitted to making online threats to jurors and witnesses connected with the federal hate crimes trial of Robert Bowers, the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooter.

U.S. District Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld told MetroNews Tuesday that federal investigators discovered Lloyd’s activities during the trial.

“We were very concerned when we first became aware of it. We monitored him very closely and as soon as they trial was resolved we charged him by complaint, arrested him and detained him,” Ihlenfeld said.

Bowers, who killed 11 worshippers and injured six others in the 2018 shootings, was convicted in the trial and the jury sentenced him to the federal death penalty in early August.

Lloyd is described as a self-proclaimed ‘reverend’ of a white supremacy movement. Ihlenfeld said Lloyd tried to convince his followers to do harm to those associated with the trial.

“He wanted his followers to inflict harm upon the witnesses in that case, some of whom were victims. There were a number of people who survived the shootings at Tree of Life, he was attempting to have his followers do harm to those individuals,” Ihlenfeld said.

Lloyd distributed threatening social media posts, website comments and emails during the trial. Ihlenfeld said Lloyd admitted Tuesday he did so because of his hatred for the Jewish religion and those connected to it.

“Mr. Lloyd’s heart is full of hate, sadly, and he intended to do the things that we allege,” Ihlenfeld said.

Ihlenfeld said he’s pleased with the guilty plea but federal prosecutors were not going to budge on the 78-month (6.5 year) prison term which is on the higher side of the federal sentencing guidelines.

The plea kept some of the witnesses from having to testify including some of the folks who had to testify in the Bowers trial in Pittsburgh. Whenever you can avoid having to put someone through that stressful process it’s a good thing,” Ihlenfeld said.

Lloyd pleaded guilty in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge Tuesday. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey will decide at a later date whether or not to accept the plea. A sentencing date will be scheduled.

Ihlenfeld said he’s confident Lloyd will spend a long time in prison.

“He remains locked up and he’ll continue to be locked up for years to come,” he said.

The FBI assisted with the investigation.

Also commenting on Tuesday’s plea:

“Hardy Lloyd attempted to obstruct the federal hate crimes trial of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “His guilty plea underscores that anyone who attempts to obstruct a federal trial by threatening or intimidating jurors or witnesses will be met with the full force of the Justice Department.”

“Mr. Lloyd thought he could get away with making threats against members of a jury to influence their decisions and now he’ll be accountable for his actions,” said FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Mike Nordwall. “Mr. Lloyd’s words go far beyond speech that is protected by the constitution and cannot be tolerated. The FBI will vigorously pursue those like Mr. Lloyd who threaten and intimidate others based upon biases and personal differences.”

Kraft Heinz is recalling some American cheese slices because the wrappers could pose choking hazardKraft Heinz said Tues...
09/20/2023

Kraft Heinz is recalling some American cheese slices because the wrappers could pose choking hazard

Kraft Heinz said Tuesday it’s recalling more than 83,000 cases of individually-wrapped Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because part of the wrapper could stick to the slice and become a choking hazard.

The company, which is based in Chicago and Pittsburgh, said one of its wrapping machines developed a temporary issue that makes it possible for a thin strip of film to remain on the slice even after it’s been removed from the wrapper. The machine has since been fixed.

Kraft Heinz said it initiated the voluntary recall after it received several consumer complaints. In six cases, people said the issue caused gagging or choking, but no injuries or serious health issues have been reported, Kraft Heinz said.

The recall affects 16-ounce Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with a “Best When Used By” date between Jan. 10, 2024, and Jan. 27, 2024. Also included in the recall are 3-pound multipacks of Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with a “Best When Used By” date between Jan. 9, 2024, and Jan. 13, 2024.

Consumers who bought those products should not consume them and should return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or a refund, Kraft Heinz said. Consumers can also contact Kraft Heinz at 1-800-280-8252 to see if a product is part of the recall and to receive reimbursement.

58,000 pounds of ground beef recalled for possible E. coli contaminationAmerican Food Group, LLC is warning about possib...
09/19/2023

58,000 pounds of ground beef recalled for possible E. coli contamination

American Food Group, LLC is warning about possible E. coli contamination in 58,000 pounds of its ground beef.

Consumers best know the company’s product as Green Bay Dressed Beef.

The recall comes after a sample batch of beef tested positive for E. coli.

The raw ground beef items were produced on Aug. 14 and shipped to distributors in Georgia, Michigan and Ohio.

Consumers are encouraged to look at the USDA mark of inspection for establishment number 18076. They include beef fine ground 81/19, beef halal fine ground 73/27 and beef fine ground 73/27.

According to the Department of Agriculture, there have not been any reports of illness related to anyone eating the recalled products.

Federal officials say consumers should return the products to the place where they were purchased or throw them out.

09/18/2023
***UPDATE*** JD Mahon has been found safe!
09/17/2023

***UPDATE***

JD Mahon has been found safe!

Advisory: Missing / Overdue PersonRimel, WV - Pocahontas County. A silver alert has been issued out of Pocahontas County...
09/16/2023

Advisory: Missing / Overdue Person

Rimel, WV - Pocahontas County. A silver alert has been issued out of Pocahontas County for 81-year-old JD Mohan. He was last seen yesterday wearing an orange and brown hunting vest and green pants. He went hunting yesterday and hasn’t been seen since. Mohan is a dementia and diabetic patient. Anyone with information is to contact West Virginia State Police at 304-799-4101 or the Pocahontas County 911 Center.

09/16/2023

We are still actively looking for the escaped inmate who ran off from a work release detail at the forest festival office yesterday. He was wearing tan pants and a white t shirt when last scene. Denver Bennett is a native of Randolph County and knows the area well. He is a woodsman type and very elusive in the forest setting. He may have changed clothes by now. If you think you have a sighting on Bennett, do not approach him. Contact 911 and give thorough details and directions to the dispatcher. Clothing description would also be helpful. A photo if you can get one would also be helpful. We will respond to the area as quickly as possible. We need your help to be vigilant and to call in immediately if you think you may have saw him. Calling two hours after your sighting won’t be helpful to catch Bennett. Please be watchful and lock your cars and homes. Monitor you home camera alerts as he may pass through your property and be caught on camera. Stay safe. Sheriff Rob Elbon

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