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  • WV: Case Illustrates how Fisticuffs Justify Deadly Force

    04/22/2015 9:57:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have explained in previous articles how someone threatening to punch you is a potentially deadly threat.  People sometimes have a preconceived notion that a "fist fight" is  not a real threat.    Some of this may come from watching television and the movies.   Watching them, you can receive the impression that a punch to the head is no big deal.  That is not true.  A punch to the head is a very serious attack.  It can disable.   It can maim.  It can kill.  The head is a vulnerable target, which is why an attacker aims for it. Another...
  • WV: Tomblin Vetos Constitutional Carry

    03/20/2015 1:20:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    You have to give West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin credit for Machiavellian use of power.  He cleverly waited until the legislature adjourned, sin die, before vetoing the popular constitutional carry bill.  The bill SB 347, would have removed some of the restrictions on carrying concealed weapons by those who can legally own them.  It passed with overwhelming margins and bipartisan support in both the Senate (32-2) and the House (71-29).  For a non budget bill, such as SB 347, simple majorities would have been enough to override a veto. Which is why the Governor waited until the legislature...
  • WV: Governor Tomblin has until 20 March Veto, Approve, or Ignore Constitutional Carry

    03/19/2015 11:47:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 347 is a gun law reform bill that removes restrictions on carrying weapons from people who can legally own guns.  It does *not* eliminate the West Virginia concealed carry permit.  It makes the permit optional while in West Virginia.  It has become the focus of national attention, as phone banks paid for with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money vie with grass roots activists in West Virginia for Governor Tomblin's attention. From wsaz.com: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bill that would abolish West Virginia's conceal carry permit law has passed through the House and Senate, and now...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Goes to Governor Tomblin

    03/14/2015 4:20:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virgina Senate has made short work of confirming the passage of SB 347, also known as the Constitutional Carry bill. The bill was amended in the House to change the minimum age for carrying concealed without a permit from 18 to 21. It passed the House by a 71 to 29 margin, with 51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voting for the bill. Yesterday, 13 March, the Senate confirmed the amended House vote. Observers at opencarry.org predict that Governor Tomblin will allow the bill to become law without his signature: No one expects him to. He's expected to...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Passes the House with Bi-Partisan Support

    03/13/2015 6:05:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia Constitutional Carry bill,  SB 347 has now passed the House.  The vote was 71 to 29.  This is a very comfortable, veto proof margin.  The bill was amended in the House to raise the age for concealed, permit-less carry from 18 to 21, on the 11th of March.  On the third read today, the 12th of March, it passed with 71 to 29.  The vote was both bi-partisan and sufficient to override a veto.  51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voted for the bill.   13 Republicans and 16 Democrats voted against it. One of the Republicans  who...
  • WV: Senate Democrats Vote for Constitutional Carry

    03/02/2015 10:32:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    L Constitutional carry, or permitless carry, has passed the West Virginia Senate with an astonishing 32 to 2 vote.   That means that 14 of the 16 Democrats in the Senate voted for the bill.  The two that voted against it were Sen. Ronald Miller (D) and Senator Corey Palumbo (D).   Perhaps the vote is not that astonishing. After all, this is merely the state of affairs that the country was in for most of its existence, nearly everywhere, before the Civil War, or War Between the States if you prefer.  Even after the war, most states did not criminalize...
  • WV: Pharmacist Shooting Illustrates Support for Armed Self Defense

    02/21/2015 3:31:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In West Virginia, a pharmacist used a .45 to stop an attempted robbery.  There is little doubt about what happened.   The case is noteworthy for a number of reasons.  From wvmetronews.com: PINCH, W.Va. – Investigators with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department say a pharmacist who shot a man who later died will not be charged with a crime. Detectives said surveillance video at Good’s Family Pharmacy in Pinch shows the masked man pulled out a gun after he entered the pharmacy at about 9:45 Wednesday morning and pointed it at workers. The pharmacist, who has a legal conceal carry permit,...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Introduced in Senate

    02/05/2015 5:28:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A constitutional carry reform bill has been introduced in the West Virginia Senate this year, 2015.  SB347 would remove the penalties for carrying a concealed weapon, if the person is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms.   From legiscan.com:   (a) Any person who carries a concealed deadly weapon without a state license or other lawful authorization established under the provisions of this code, who is prohibited from possessing firearms under section seven of this article shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and may...
  • West Virginia to remove words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from all state tax forms

    11/14/2014 1:11:16 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of two federal court rulings striking down West Virginia’s marriage protection amendment, which had previously defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the state tax department has announced starting next year, it will remove the words “husband” and “wife” from all tax forms and informational materials, replacing them with the more gender-neutral “spouse.” Until then, the agency says same-sex couples can use the current tax forms with the understanding that a married household may have two “husbands” or two “wives” under the new definition of marriage in the state. According to a notice...
  • Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races

    11/06/2014 1:09:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-6-2014 | Kevin Robillard
    Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races By: Kevin Robillard November 6, 2014 02:28 PM EST More than 36 hours after the last polls closed, two statewide races in Alaska, the Virginia Senate race and a slew of West Coast House races have yet to be called.Here’s how things stand:THE HOUSEAZ-2: Highly touted Republican recruit Martha McSally leads Democratic Rep. Ron Barber by just under 1,300 votes. The Arizona Republic reports that only a few thousand votes remain uncounted in Cochise County, while 47,000 votes still need to be counted in Democrat-friendly Pima County.CA-7: Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose has...
  • Saira Blair: 5 Things To Know About America’s New Youngest Lawmaker

    11/06/2014 9:56:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | 11-5-14 | Julianne Ishler
    Saira has caused quite a storm in the media! She shocked everyone, when at just 18, she was elected to represent her district in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Here are five things to know about the youngest lawmaker in America! Saira Blair may be 18, but she’s already proven to be the strongest candidate to represent a small district in West Virginia. The young Republican, who did most of her campaigning out of her college dorm room, defeated 44-year-old attorney Layne Diehl in a landslide victory on Nov. 4. Here are five fascinating facts about Saira! Saira Blair:...
  • West Virginia, the nation's least Hispanic state, elects its first Latino congressman

    11/06/2014 6:45:41 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | Nov 4, 2014
    The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party. Mooney beat Casey with 46.7 to 44.2 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. After his victory, Mooney tweeted: "I cannot thank you enough for this humbling opportunity to serve the people of West Virginia." Latinos make up just 1.2 percent – or slightly more than 22,268 – of the Eastern Panhandle state's population. Mooney, 43, ruffled feathers with his...
  • Libs trashing Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican who just won a seat in the WV legislature

    11/06/2014 7:06:00 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 87 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | November 5, 2014
    This could be the nicest thing you read today, via the Wall Street Journal: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1˝ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote. In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running...
  • Mooney (R - Teaparty) holds thin lead in 2nd District House race (WV)

    11/04/2014 7:02:33 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | 4 Nov 2014 | Allen Tayloy
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Maryland state lawmaker Alex Mooney had a thin lead over Democrat Nick Casey in the race for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Democrat Nick Casey With 12 of 17 counties reporting (about 33 percent of precincts overall), Mooney had received 47 percent of the votes to Casey’s 44 percent. Each candidate was on pace to carry his home territory: Mooney with 54.9 percent in Berkeley County and Casey holding 55.4 percent in Kanawha County. The district was thrown open when seven-term Republican congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito launched a successful U.S. Senate campaign.
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • NPR, Fox News Polls: Republicans lead in Senate battleground states

    10/03/2014 3:19:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2014 | Guy Benson
    Consistent: The topline results — Republicans are ahead. Inconsistent: The margins. NPR measures Obama’s job approval at (41/56) in states with contested Senate races, and an abysmal (29/67) among independents. But on the generic Senate ballot, the GOP leads by just three, fueled by a 16-point advantage among those aforementioned independents: In case you’re curious, NPR’s partisan sample is a reasonable, if slightly generous, D+4. Fox News’ pollster included two more states in their survey, but excluded Alaska. Results: Unless I’m missing something glaringly obvious (Fox’s poll sample is D+0, in line with 2010), I can’t quite wrap my...
  • Hedgesville Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault

    07/08/2014 10:12:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    WHAG ^ | staff
    WHAG NEWS - A Hedgesville high school teacher is facing sexual assault charges accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office confirmed Erin Thomas is charged with third degree sexual assault and two charges of computer harassment. Officials say the 31-year-old allegedly had a relationship with a female student that began last year when she was a Freshman.
  • Tea Partier Mooney currently ahead in West Virginia

    Capito will be the republican nominee for the US Senate (and likely the next senator from WV).
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Midwest)

    05/09/2014 5:56:10 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 55 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MIDWEST (NORTHEAST and SOUTH is in a separate thread and West coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. West Virginia: ALEX MOONEY, WEST VIRGINIA-2, May 13th .... Open...
  • WV:Reform of Charleston Second Amendment Restrictions goes to Governor

    03/11/2014 8:06:08 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Charleston, West Virginia passed a number of local ordinances restricting second amendment rights at the height of the gun control craze during the Clinton regime.  These ordinances were primarily symbolic, in that they only applied to Charleston, were easily evaded, and primarily inconvenienced Charleston residents. When West Virginia reformed its concealed carry law to move toward recognition of the right to be armed, it grandfathered the Charleston restrictions as a political compromise.  The restrictions never made any sense except as a demonstration of the power of local governments to ignore second amendment protections. Second amendment supporters in West Virginia...
  • GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

    02/05/2014 11:58:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2014
    Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill. The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have...
  • WV:UPDATE: Neighbor Stops Home Invaders by Shooting One and Holding Other at Gunpoint

    12/29/2013 9:26:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    WSAZ ^ | 23 December, 2013 | Rahel Solomon
    LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Two men are facing charges after police say they were caught red-handed trying to break into a Logan County home Saturday morning. Terry Robbins, a neighbor and family member, caught the two suspects in the house and says he was forced to shoot one of the alleged burglars when he tried to attack him. Robbins told WSAZ.com Saturday morning around 5:30 his aunt and uncle called saying their security alarm was triggered. Robbins says when he arrived at the house shortly after, he found Jimmy Walker and Justin Blair. Robbins says he and Walker are distant...
  • West Virginia Citizens Defense League Files For Injunction Against the City of Charleston

    12/29/2013 9:01:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    firearmspolicy.org ^ | 18 December, 2013 | WVCDL
    Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Citizens Defense League has filed for an injunction against the City of Charleston in the Kanawha County Circuit Court. Charleston has continued to enforce multiple city ordinances which are in clear violation of state law governing Home Rule cities, made effective July 1 of this year. Under the state law, Charleston’s firearms ordinances are rendered null and void as a condition of participation in the Home Rule Pilot Program. “The WVCDL is not seeking financial damages; only injunctive relief” said WVCDL President, Keith Morgan. “Charleston is operating in clear violation of state law by...
  • WV Leads 27 States,Territories in Supreme Court Brief Supporting Citizens’ Rights to Buy, Sell Guns

    12/07/2013 10:13:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    wvago.gov ^ | 4 December, 2013 | NA
    CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia and 25 other states and one territory have filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing a federal government attempt to prosecute legal gun owners who wish to sell a weapon to another person who can legally own and purchase firearms. “Our Office is proud to lead a bipartisan group of 27 states and territories in this brief to oppose the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to unilaterally create a federal restriction on firearm sales between law-abiding citizens,” Attorney General Morrisey said....
  • A blue state's road to red (West Virginia)

    10/28/2013 12:40:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2913 | Karen Tumulty
    ".........Why? “Honestly, because everybody in this county hates Barack Obama. That is the biggest reason,” Mitchell said. Animosity toward President Obama runs high here. He lost Wyoming County by nearly 56 percentage points last year, despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3 to 1. But as Mitchell and her friends talked more about it, their conversation turned to fears and anxieties that had little to do with party or politics. They discussed the well-paying jobs that had vanished with the coal industry; the crime and drugs that followed; the changing culture that mocks what they hold sacred....
  • WV:Assault weapon-wielding supporters rally for suspended Gilberton chief

    08/31/2013 2:15:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    mcall.com ^ | 25 August, 2013 | Jacob Seibel
    An anti-gun organization doesn't believe a 30-day suspension is adequate punishment for Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler, so it invested in a "Fire Kessler" billboard near Route 61. But on Saturday, less than a week after the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence paid for the billboard, a group of about 40 gun-toting Kessler supporters, some wielding assault weapons, rallied in front of the billboard. There, they shouted their own message: "Go f--- yourself." Kessler said the rally was "an act of civil disobedience, a peaceful act." "They're anti-gun. We're pro-gun. I have the right to do and say...
  • GOP co-chair invites Senator Manchin to change party.

    08/25/2013 11:50:40 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 32 replies
    Metronews ^ | 8/23/2013 | Shauna Johnson
    We already know Manachin, a Democrat, sold out West Virginia with his gun-control antics and sucking up to Obozo. Is the Republican party that stupid.
  • Special Report: A $439 million camp adds to Boy Scouts money crunch

    07/16/2013 5:20:15 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2013 | Robin Respaut and Brian Grow
    Known as The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the 10,600-acre park opens Monday, when 30,000 scouts are expected to visit for the quadrennial National Jamboree. The Summit will have more than 5 miles of zip lines, a whitewater-rafting circuit, a 120-foot tree house and a stadium for 85,000 people.
  • UPDATE: Charges dismissed against teenager at center of NRA shirt controversy

    UPDATE: Initial reports say that the charges against Jared Marcum have been dismissed. Stay with us for more details.
  • WV:Lookout man holds burglary suspects at gunpoint

    06/19/2013 5:12:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    woay.com ^ | 14 June, 2013 | Karen Franklin
    A Fayette County man held two burglary suspects at gunpoint until authorities arrived on scene to make an arrest. Michael Ray Clark, Jr., 22, was arrested on a entering without breaking charge. He was released from jail on $7,500, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. An unidentified minor, who was released to her parents, could face charges later. Deputies told WOAY the pair tried to steal copper from the trailer, which was unoccupied, unlocked and undergoing renovations. The home sits on Foster Hill Road in Lookout.
  • States with the Most Americans on Disability

    05/20/2013 3:27:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 05/20/2013
    The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more-than doubled over the past two decades, from 5.2 million to 11.7 million by the end of 2011. The number of residents receiving disability insurance from the Social Security Administration (SSA) varies from state to state. In West Virginia, close to one in every 10 people aged 18 to 64 was receiving SSDI benefits from the federal government, more than three times the rate in states like Utah and Alaska.Click here to see the states with the most Americans on disabilityThe proportion of eligible workers applying for disability benefits also...
  • Bipartisan deal reached on gun background checks

    04/10/2013 7:39:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/10/2013 | Ed O'Keefe
    A bipartisan group of senators has struck a deal to expand gun background checks to all commercial sales — whether at gun shows, via the Internet or in any circumstance involving paid advertising, according to Senate aides familiar with the talks. The proposed agreement would be more stringent than current law, which requires checks only when purchases are made through a licensed dealer, but less than originally sought by President Obama and congressional Democrats, who were seeking to expand background checks to nearly every kind of sale. The agreement should secure enough bipartisan support for the Senate to proceed to...
  • Obamacare architect Rockefeller: It's 'beyond comprehension'

    04/09/2013 2:02:19 PM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 9, 2013
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one of the towering architects of Obamacare, on Tuesday openly criticized program managers for not moving quickly enough to build the system, warning that if it gets off to a bumpy start it will just get worse. Decrying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as way too complex, he warned the acting Medicare director that Obamacare is "so complicated and if it isn't done right the first time, it will just simply get worse."The retiring senator also told Marilyn Tavenner at her Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing to be administrator of the Centers...
  • Suspect shot, arrested after West Virginia sheriff's slaying

    04/03/2013 5:21:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | Wed April 3, 2013 | Susan Candiotti and Catherine E. Shoichet
    CNN) -- A deputy shot and arrested the suspect who authorities believe killed a West Virginia sheriff known for his tough stance on drug dealers, authorities said Wednesday. Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum was eating lunch inside his marked patrol vehicle just blocks away from a courthouse when he was killed, officials said. The suspect, who is known to police, parked his car close to the sheriff's SUV and shot through the window twice, hitting the sheriff twice in the head, according to a state official who was briefed on the investigation. After a brief chase, the suspect...
  • WV:Armed Employee Chases Robber Out of Huntington Business

    03/10/2013 12:56:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    wsaz.com ^ | 7 March, 2013 | Staff
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police say a man that robbed a Huntington pizza restaurant got away with the cash, but not before getting a good scare from an employee armed with a gun. Huntington Police say a man walked into the Gino’s Restaurant on Norway Avenue about 8 p.m. Thursday demanding money, and indicating he had a gun. As the suspect left the store with an unknown amount of money, he was followed by an armed Gino’s employee. Huntington Police say the employee pointed his gun at the suspect, who then let out a shrill scream, fell into a mud...
  • Bill to void gun laws in 4 W.Va. cities advances

    03/09/2013 5:31:28 AM PST · by marktwain
    wvgazette.com ^ | 8 March, 2013 | Eric Eyre
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill that would void Charleston's gun ordinances moved a step closer to passage in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday. House members approved a second reading of the legislation (HB2760) in the morning without amending the bill. A final House vote on the bill is expected next week. The measure would strike down county and municipal gun control ordinances, including those enacted by the city of Charleston in the 1990s, that are inconsistent with state law. ---------------------------cut------------------ Opponents of local gun control measures have tried to get the laws in Charleston and other cities...
  • Oppose Joe Manchin’s Veterans Gun Ban & National Gun Registry

    02/06/2013 3:33:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners. And to make matters worse, he’s lying about what he’s doing. Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13) Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner’s best friend” on November 5 2012 — the day before his reelection to a...
  • WV:Homeowner Holds Alleged Burglar at Gunpoint

    02/02/2013 4:16:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    WSAZ ^ | 31 January, 2012 | NA
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A gun toting homeowner took matters into his own hands when he found an alleged burglar in his house. The incident happened at home in 1000 block of 23rd Street in Huntington late Tuesday night. Huntington Police say they arrived at the house to find the homeowner holding John Allen Bryan, 37, of Huntington at gunpoint. According to the criminal complaint, the man came home to find the front door wide open, the back door kicked open, and Bryan going through his belongings inside the house.
  • Hundreds Protest Manchin Gun Control Support in West Virginia

    12/24/2012 5:58:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 23 December, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    We highlighted West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe “NRA A-Rated” Manchin’s post-Newtown come-to-Jesus epiphany on the need for common sense gun control laws earlier this week. But not long after basking in the approval of media outlets everywhere for his level-headedness on the issue, he tried to walk the whole thing back. As he backpeddled furiously, mediaite.com reports that he was heard shouting, “’I’m not supporting a ban on anything,’ Manchin said. He instead reinforced his praise of the gun lobby group, saying, ‘I’m so proud of the NRA, I’m so pleased they agreed to be part of this.’” But Mountain...
  • West Virginians protest Manchin’s gun rights betrayal

    12/20/2012 6:25:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Neil W. McCabe
    West Virginians plan to rally in front of the Charleston, W.V. offices of Sen. Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.) Dec. 22 in protest of his abandonment of the pro-gun rights positions he campaigned on in 2010 and 2012. “We are expecting 300 to 1,000 people to attend — it will be bigger than any of the events we held during the campaign,” said Keith T. Morgan, the president of the Charleston-based West Virginia Citizens Defense League. “We have received hundreds of RSVP’s through our Facebook page and tons of emails,” he said. “It is front page news here and we’ve gotten...
  • Drunk Home Intruder Raids Fridge, Gets Shot(WV)

    11/22/2012 12:33:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    guns.com ^ | Nov 19, 2012 | dabneybailey
    When you hear a bump in the middle of the night, the first thing that comes to mind is a guy in a ski mask nabbing your flatscreen TV. The last thing you think of is some dude in his underwear raiding your fridge. According to reports, 76-year-old Jack Boggess in Charleston, West Virgina awoke at around 3:30 a.m. to a sound in his house. He immediately phoned 911, and then went to investigate with his gun in tow. That’s where the homeowner found Darin Lanning in nothing more than a T-shirt and his underwear eating food out of the...
  • Homeowner Fires Gun at Burglar, Suspect Arrested after Police Chase(WV)

    11/16/2012 7:45:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    wsaz.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Anna Baxter
    PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing charges after he tried to break in a home and then led police on a chase. A detective with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com James Galloway, 34, of Lima, Ohio, broke into a house on Teays Farms in Teays Valley. Once Galloway was in the house he was confronted by the homeowner who fired some rounds at him, according to Detective Shawn Johnson. Galloway took off and jumped into a vehicle and dumped it at the 7-eleven along Scary Creek. That's when he stole another vehicle and headed east,...
  • WV Democrats Voting Straight Ticket Republican? (4 in 10 say they will)

    10/17/2012 12:54:41 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 38 replies
    http://www.huntingtonnews.net ^ | Oct 2012 | HNN Staff
    For several weeks, indeed months, President Obama's numbers in West Virginia polls have shown that this is one state that is not expected to reward Obama/Biden with our five electoral votes this year. This administration's double hit to West Virginia's economy--in the form of the war on coal and coal-fired power plants and Obamacare's sapping of our small businesses--make another term less than appetizing for most West Virginians, regardless of political party. But since we've known this dynamic in our electorate for some time, how might those voters who really want to make a statement do that in early voting...
  • Elderly woman takes punch to face, chases off home intruder with revolver(WV)

    10/13/2012 7:45:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 11 October, 2012 | Staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Undeterred by a punch to the face, a 70-year-old Fayette County woman greeted a late night intruder in her home with several rounds from her .38-caliber revolver, authorities said. Deputies were dispatched to a potential burglary just before 2 a.m. Thursday at a home in Dothan. While driving to the scene, deputies were told the homeowner called 911 and reported someone breaking into her home. She told dispatchers the intruder fled after she shot at him, according to a statement by the sheriff's office. She told deputies her burglar alarm woke her just after 2 a.m., and...
  • FEMA denies individual assistance for W.Va. from June 29 storm; Tomblin plans to appeal

    08/09/2012 9:13:14 PM PDT · by FLAMING DEATH · 6 replies
    The Republic ^ | August 9, 2012 | Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The federal government has denied Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request for individual assistance to help homeowners hit by a June 29 windstorm, Tomblin said Thursday night.
  • Former Organizing for America staffer interfered with FOIA requests Department Homeland Security

    03/30/2011 7:00:15 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | March 30, 2011 | Mike Riggs
    New emails and testimony from Department of Homeland Security FOIA officer Catherine Papoi reveal that a former Obama campaign staffer repeatedly asked Papoi and her team to redact portions of “politically sensitive” documents, as well as portions of documents that were already publicly available.Papoi, who came under fire at DHS for complaining that “sensitive” FOIA requests were being vetted by political employees, testified on March 3 that Willard “Clint” Carte, a DHS attorney with the title of “confidential assistant,” attempted to block a FOIA request for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s calendar in which Napolitano’s secretary had referred to Secretary of...
  • Judge Goes Absolutely Berserk and Berates Local Pastor During Divorce Hearing

    07/08/2012 7:45:43 AM PDT · by Cowman · 15 replies
    The blaze ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The West Virginia Record explains what happened during the May 23 hearing, which was called to settle a discrepancy over Hage and his wife selling their house: Shortly after the hearing started, Watkins, calmly, said, “Mr. Hage, if you say one word out of turn, you’re going to jail. Do you understand me?” To which Hage replied, “Yes.” Then, Watkins berated Hage for speaking to a reporter following the previous day’s hearing. On May 22, Watkins heard a motion made by [his wife] Lillian’s attorney, Christine Wallace with Legal Aid of West Virginia, that Arthur be held in contempt for...
  • Owner says gun range is safe(WV)

    06/26/2012 12:02:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    newsandsentinel.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | PAMELA BRUST
    PARKERSBURG - Sundowner Gun Range owner Kendall Richards said his private members-only Gihon Road range is safe, that it presents no danger to nearby residential neighborhoods. During a meeting last week, representatives of the Wildwood Homeowner's Association and other neighbors lodged complaints about what they contend are bullet holes in their homes, bullets found in various locations and noise of constant gunfire with the range open seven days a week. "We've had shooting on this property for nearly 20 years and we've had no injuries that I'm aware of, and no confirmed reports of bullets from the range going anywhere,"...
  • A Lawyer Who Almost Became West Virginia's Top Attorney Is In Jail For Shooting A Guy In The Leg

    06/16/2012 11:20:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 15 June, 2012 | NA
    A prominent West Virginia attorney faces serious charges for shooting an apparent homeless veteran he says was staying on his property. Ex-West Virginia attorney general candidate Hiram Lewis is wielding the state's so-called "Castle Doctrine" defense for shooting the man who claimed he was the lawyer's roommate, the ABA Journal reported Thursday. That law – like the controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws – justifies the use of violent force against home invaders. Lewis claims that the man, Stephen Bogart, wasn't really his roommate but was a homeless veteran he allowed to stay on his property for a week. But then...
  • Former Senate, attorney general candidate arrested in Clay Co. shooting(WV)

    06/14/2012 5:23:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 13 June, 2012 | Staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A former candidate for state attorney general and U.S. Senate was arrested Wednesday for shooting a man in Clay County. He claims the man broke into his home. State Police arrested Hiram Carson Lewis, 41, who nearly defeated state Attorney General Darrell McGraw in 2004 and vied for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2006, at his Elk River Road home in Procious, near Clay. Troopers responded to the home about 1 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a shots-fired call from the home. Lewis told troopers he shot Stephen Bogart in the leg after Bogart barged into...