(10/11/2020)
PRESTON MURDER - A Tunnelton man is charged with 1st Degree Murder after an investigation regarding the death of a 61 year-old took place.

According to release, the Preston County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Robert Joseph Quinn, 43, of Tunnelton, West Virginia on October 9, 2020 with 1st Degree Murder, related to the death of Philip “Buckie” Barlow, 61, of Tunnelton, West Virginia.

Mr. Quinn was arraigned by Magistrate with no bond set and is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, the release states.

According to police, Mr. Barlow failed to arrive at his work in Kingwood, West Virginia on May 29, 2019 and his vehicle was found on fire that same morning near Showerbath Road. Mr. Barlow’s body was later found near Fortneys Mill in June 2019.

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are anticipated. This was a combined effort from all members of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as several outside agencies.

NURSE ARRESTED IN SHOOTING - Williamson woman who made national headlines after she worked in New York to treat COVID-19 patients has been arrested.

Police responded to the 800 block of Vinson Street Thursday late afternoon after a gunshot was fired.

Police say 39-year-old Amy Thorn, who also goes by the name Amy Ford, shot a woman during an argument outside. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Through the investigation we came to find out that two females got into a verbal argument, turning into one of the females getting a gun. She did shoot the victim one time in the abdomen area," Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson said.

Thorn is a nurse and spent time traveling to New York and Texas to treat coronavirus patients. She was also invited to attend the Republican National Convention.

"Amy is well-known around the area for her participation and going over to the RNC committee and a nurse that was helping out with the coronavirus and was on the front line," Dotson said. In a statement to police, she claims it was self-defense.

Several residents said they never even heard it.


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