Fifty-seven sex offenders in Wood and Wirt counties fail to regi - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Fifty-seven sex offenders in Wood and Wirt counties fail to register

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: All Northbound lanes open on I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel

    UPDATE: All Northbound lanes open on I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:42:00 GMT
    All northbound lanes are back open after a tractor trailer that caught fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel on Friday. It happened in the northbound lanes of the tunnel that divides Mercer and Bland around 2:00 Friday afternoon.
    All northbound lanes are back open after a tractor trailer that caught fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel on Friday. It happened in the northbound lanes of the tunnel that divides Mercer and Bland around 2:00 Friday afternoon.
  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
  • LawMore>>

  • WV Tax Institute to host annual meeting

    WV Tax Institute to host annual meeting

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-07-27 12:30:01 GMT
    The West Virginia Tax Institute’s 65th annual meeting will be Oct. 19-21 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.
    The West Virginia Tax Institute’s 65th annual meeting will be Oct. 19-21 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.
  • WV Bad faith case archive launched

    WV Bad faith case archive launched

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:00:27 GMT
    Martin Seibert LC has launched a West Virginia Bad Faith Case Archive, an educational resource devoted to cataloging West Virginia insurance bad faith case law.
    Martin Seibert LC has launched a West Virginia Bad Faith Case Archive, an educational resource devoted to cataloging West Virginia insurance bad faith case law.
  • McDowell magistrate removal petition dismissed

    McDowell magistrate removal petition dismissed

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-07-26 11:30:07 GMT
    A judicial tribunal has dismissed a petition calling for the removal of McDowell County Magistrate Steve L. Cox.
    A judicial tribunal has dismissed a petition calling for the removal of McDowell County Magistrate Steve L. Cox.

A three-day blitz by law enforcement personnel found 57 of the more than 252 registered sex offenders now living in Wirt and Wood counties not in compliance with sex offender registration requirements, including eight who absconded.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John D. Foster and West Virginia State Police First Lieutenant Michael Baylous said the investigation will continue until the eight missing sex offenders are located.

The initiative, tagged Operation Black Diamond, targetted registered sex offenders to determine their compliance with Sex Offender Registration Act requirements. The checks were done May 13-15.

“We will continue to conduct these compliance sweeps, because the prosecution of sex offenders who violate federal registration requirements is one of my office’s top priorities,” Goodwin said. “And we will continue to bring to justice those offenders who are not in compliance.”

Operation Black Diamond was initiated by members of the West Virginia State Police, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service CUFFED Division.

In December 2013, a similar blitz found 54 sex offenders out of compliance in Mercer, McDowell, Monroe, Summers and Wyoming counties. In August 2013 a blitz in Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties found 209 registered offenders, with 10 of them out of compliance. A blitz of nearly 300 offenders living in Cabell, Mingo and Wayne counties netted the arrest of 18 offenders found to be out of compliance.

More than 1,250 sex offender compliance checks have been conducted as a result of the four regional operations.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States.