(04/11/2019)
FAIRMONT SHOOTING - Police are searching for the person that shot and killed an approximately 27-year-old man outside a home in Hawthorn Street at around 12:48 Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the suspect was seen driving a silver car. Investigators believe the murder was a targeted shooting. No witnesses have been identified.

Officials say the victim passed away from his injuries before making it to a medical helicopter.

Police say the victim was not from West Virginia, and was staying at a home near where the shooting took place.

THE BIG BANGS - Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson, along with the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit and road patrol deputies, found a pipe bomb and another explosive device during a drug interdiction stop Tuesday night.

Sheriff Thompson says the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Joseph Austin Blankenship, of Wayne. He is charged with Illegal Possession of Destructive Devices, Explosive materials, or Incendiary Devices, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The Department says Joseph was out on bond at the time of his arrest for felony drug charges from the DEU on two separate investigations from December 2018.

WOMAN STABBED - A 48-year-old Westover woman was stabbed in the head on Tuesday night. She was stabbed as the result of an argument with her daughter’s boyfriend, Zachary Nipper, of Baltimore, Westover Police Chief Rick Panico said.

Officers responded to 426 Dunkard Avenue just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday and found the victim with a knife sticking out of her head, Panico said. Officers wrapped the wound and called EMS who transported the woman to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Panico said the woman was home on Wednesday morning.

The victim’s daughter said she and Nipper smoked meth and the house was used as a “flop house,” Panico said. The investigation revealed Nipper lives in Marjorie Gardens and stayed at the victim’s apartment several times a week.

Nipper was found acting strange and residents were calling to report his behavior. Nipper resisted arrest refused to identify himself to police.

Nipper is being held in North Central Regional Jail pending charges and arraignment.


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