Douglas Fritz, WVNS 59News

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UPDATE: Michael Cochran’s death still under investigation

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 9/21/20 6:30 p.m. UPDATE: The death of convicted felon Natalie Cochran’s husband is still under investigation. Michael Cochran died in February 2019. His body was exhumed from his burial site, following an order from a Raleigh County Circuit Judge. Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said there is an ongoing investigation […] → Read More

Summers County confirms 2 students with COVID-19

HINTON, WV (WVNS) — A pair of COVID-19 cases are confirmed among students who attend school in Summers County. Superintendent David Warvel spoke with 59News about the situation. An alert was sent to parents over the weekend about the cases. This was during the weekly alerts sent in conjunction with the color coded map released […] → Read More

Operation Shutdown Corner sends another man to prison

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — An effort to crackdown on drug trafficking in Raleigh County sends another man to prison. Clifford Howell, 31, of Eastpointe, Michigan was sentenced on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Howell is among 17 people who were arrested and charged as a part of Operation Shutdown Corner. “Great work by the more than […] → Read More

First day of early voting kicks off in Virginia

TAZEWELL, WV (WVNS) — People in Virginia can get their votes in early for the 2020 General Election. Friday, September 18, 2020 kicked off the first day of early voting for Virginia. This is the first time early voting took place in Virginia. It will last 40 days. In Tazewell County, people can cast their […] → Read More

Change in alert map cancel Friday Night Football in Fayette County

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — 59News spoke with Fayette County School Superintendent Gary Hough on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. This comes after the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported the county is now Red on the alert system map. During the interview, Superintendent Hough stated all sporting competitions planned for Friday night […] → Read More

I-77 South closed due to accident near Princeton

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced there is an accident on I-77 in Mercer County. Dispatchers said it happened at 1:34 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The crash is located at Mile Marker 7.5. That is just south of the Princeton, WV exit. Crews were still on the scene […] → Read More

Convicted felon heads back to prison after found with gun

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) — A man who was previously convicted of a felony is headed back to prison. Akeem Dickerson, 28, of Princeton, WV was sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. During a plea hearing, Dickerson admitted he had the gun in his car on Aug. […] → Read More

Donations matched to help Alderson recover from flood damage

ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — An anonymous donor contributed money to help victims of flash flooding in Alderson. The flooding happened on June 19, 2020. According to a release, the damage from the flooding fell below the amount required for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To help the victims, the Greater Greenbrier Long […] → Read More

WVU Tech participates in Kids Connect Initiative

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — More than 1,000 WiFi hotspots are being set up across West Virginia. That was the goal of the Kids Connect Initiative. The project is part of bringing broadband availability to students participating in virtual learning in the Mountain State. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, WVU Tech is now a part of […] → Read More

McDowell County woman faces drug charges in Wyoming County

PINEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — An early morning traffic stop lands one woman in jail. Mary Elizabeth Saunders, 43, of Welch, WV is charged with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled Saunders over for traffic violations at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. She was driving a white […] → Read More

Shady Spring Middle School announces picture day for students on the virtual only curriculum

SHADY SPRING, WV (WVNS) — A schedule was released by administrators at Shady Spring Middle School to allow virtual students get pictures taken. The dates will be Sept. 22 and 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Students with last names from A-K Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Student with last names from […] → Read More

WV aims to more than double daily tests

Gov. Justice and state officials provide an update for media on COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Out of respect for those who passed away due to COVID-19, Gov. Justice read off the list of those who died. […] → Read More

#BREAKING – Fayette County to return to school on Thursday

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — After a change on the County Alert System by Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, five West Virginia Counties were reclassified. The Governor changed the system to add a fifth color to the map, Gold. This split the previous Orange color, bringing the 7-day rolling average of cases […] → Read More

Sen. Capito to quarantine following COVID-19 exposure

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced she is quarantining herself. The action comes after she was notified of exposure to a person who tested positive for coronavirus. Sen. Capito was tested for the virus but the results were not back as of 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The […] → Read More

#BREAKING – Chili Night in Beckley postponed to 2021

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A release from Beckley Events on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 announced the cancellation of Chili Night in 2020. This was going to be the 30th year for the event. The reason for postponing the event was not just due to COVID-19. According to Jill Moorefield with Beckley Events, there are also […] → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Clarksburg officials host press conference following shooting of City Councilman Malfregeot

UPDATE: 9/14/20 10:20 AM The City of Clarksburg has scheduled a news conference on the incident for Noon on Monday. The full news conference will be available via livestream here on UPDATE: 9/14/20 1:45 AM – The Harrison County 9-1-1 Center has confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shooting of Clarksburg Councilman […] → Read More

Traffic stop in Beckley leads to chase and DUI arrest

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Deputies in Raleigh County arrested Robert William Bolen, 63, of Sofia on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. He is charged with fleeing with reckless indifference while DUI. Deputies said they attempted to pull Bolen’s minivan over near the intersection of Harper Road and the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77). He initially stopped but […] → Read More

Paving projects approved by WV Dept. of Transportation

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — Millions of dollars is coming to counties across West Virginia for paving projects. The Department of Transportation (WVDOT) released nearly $12 million for 45 projects. The work is ready to begin. All preparation work was completed earlier in the season. It is scheduled to start in the next two weeks. “Governor […] → Read More

Monroe County courthouse to reopen with restrictions

UNION, WV (WVNS) — After The courthouse in Monroe County closed down in August due to COVID-19 concerns. Now the doors will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 10. 2020. The announcement was made by the Monroe County Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 8. There will be some restrictions for those who go to conduct their business. Here […] → Read More

Man accused of sexually assaulting teen in church parking lot

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — An incident on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 lands man in jail on a sexual assault charge. Cordero Robert High, 31, is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a church parking lot. Law enforcement officers spotted a car in the lot of Advent Christian Church on Sunday at 9:46 […] → Read More