(11/14/2020)
MASON MURDER - A man from Cabell County has been arrested and charged with murder after a shooting in Mason County. Mason County deputies say they received a call around 3 Friday morning about a shooting in the 10,000 block of Whitten Ridge Road.

Deputies say they found one man dead and two other men with multiple gunshot wounds.

The two victims were taken to the hospital.

Investigators say the suspect in the shooting, Brandon Smith, of Milton, was arrested at a home in Cabell County.

According to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, Smith was charged with murder.

The motive has not been released, but deputies say Smith has family in the area.

West Virginia State Police Crime Scene unit is on scene.

MAN SENTENCED OVER FIREARMS - Federal prosecutors said a Nitro man prohibited from possessing firearms who was found with an arsenal of weapons has been sentenced to prison.

Michael LeRose, 32, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, according to a news release Friday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of West Virginia.

On June 9, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on LeRose’s residence. Prosecutors said officers recovered a .22 caliber rifle, a 5.56 mm caliber semi-automatic rifle, two 9mm handguns, two AM-15 rifle receivers, and a full auto conversion kit for a semi-automatic rifle. They also recovered assorted ammunition, a homemade silencer, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms. A tactical vest also was found in a separate search of his car.

ADVERTISING Prosecutors said LeRose acknowledged that his addiction to drugs prohibited him from possessing firearms, as he was a user of multiple illegal narcotics.


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