News from around the Mountain State

Chief: Officer shoots, wounds car theft suspect

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating after an officer shot and wounded a suspect while investigating a report of a stolen car.

A statement from state police says the Fairmont officer fired at 48-year-old Stephen Anthony Haller when he drove the vehicle in an aggressive and threatening manner toward police.

Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine told the Times West Virginian that officers were called Wednesday evening to investigate a report of a stolen car in a restaurant parking lot and found the vehicle with two people inside.

Police said Haller was taken into custody and treated at a hospital. Police also took his passenger, 40-year-old Laciana Roush, into custody.

Officials said both will face charges in connection with the stolen vehicle.

The officer was not identified.

Jefferson County teacher charged with sexual abuse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A high school teacher in Jefferson County has been accused of having sexual relations with two female students.

Citing a criminal complaint, The Journal reports that 29-year-old Joel Ziler has been charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust and one count of solicitation of a minor via computer.

According to the complaint, Ziler engaged in sexual encounters with the 17-year-old girls at his home in Berkeley County. The complaint also states Ziler solicited nude photos from one of the girls.

Jefferson County Schools stated in a news release that Ziler was hired as a music teacher and choral director.

He is free on a bond of $80,000. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Woman charged with child neglect after fatal shooting

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have charged a woman with child neglect after a fatal shooting in Fairmont.

The Dominion Post reports that the Fairmont Police Department charged 39-year-old Amy Lynn Jones with child neglect resulting in death following last week’s shooting.

According to a criminal complaint, Jones was watching five juveniles in her apartment on June 12 and fell asleep after smoking marijuana. During that time, a 16-year-old boy shot another 16-year old boy. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died.

Jones was arraigned in Marion County Magistrate Court. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.

Dee Caperton doll being unveiled, added to collection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new first lady doll is being added to a collection at the Culture Center in Charleston.

The doll represents Dee Caperton. It is the newest in a collection and was hand-sculpted by Washington, D.C.-based artist Ping Lau. It features Caperton in her Inaugural Ball gown.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History said in a news release that Lau also designed the doll of first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

The doll will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Friday by Gat Caperton, son of Dee Caperton and former Gov. Gaston Caperton. The ceremony is at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex.

After the ceremony, the doll will be added to the permanent exhibit on the south side of the balcony gallery on the second floor of the Culture Center.

Police: 8 arrested in West Virginia illegal black bear hunt

ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) — Police have arrested eight men on a variety of charges related to hunting black bears illegally in West Virginia.

A news release Wednesday from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says an investigation began in September 2015 when an illegal bear baiting site was reported near Mount Storm in Grant County.

Natural Resources police officers say the illegal bear hunting violations occurred between May 2015 and September 2015.

Those arrested include Mark Allen Lampka Jr. of Mount Storm; Daniel Boddy of New Creek; Chad Fridley of Mount Storm; Steve Thomas Lyons Jr. of Elk Garden; Dustin Knaggs of New Creek; Terry Kuh of Maysville; James Scott Kuhn of New Creek; and Ronnie P. Bothwell of Burlington.

The men face 77 combined charges in Grant and Mineral counties.