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Vet homelessness increased in WV

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice announced today a 4.6 percent increase in veteran homelessness in West Virginia in 2019 while HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report indicates a steady, national decline in veterans experiencing homelessness across the country. View local estimates of veteran homelessness.

“In West Virginia, we’ve made great strides over the years in our efforts to end veteran homelessness, with the state estimate dropping 76.2 percent since 2010,” said Regional Administrator DeFelice. “This year’s increase in veterans experiencing homelessness shows we still have a lot of work to do. One homeless…

60 months for gun crime

CHARLESTON - A Hurricane man was sentenced for a federal firearm offense, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart on November 13, 2019.   Johnny Ray Thacker, 63, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin to 60 months in prison for carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.   Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Charleston Police Department, the Dunbar Police Department, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“Thacker was a gun-toting drug dealer peddling meth and heroin with two previous felonies,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.   “Drug trafficking is a violent…

AG Barr announces Project Guardian 

CHARLESTON - Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Project Guardian, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, a new initiative designed to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws across the country. Specifically, Project Guardian focuses on investigating, prosecuting, and preventing gun crimes.

Reducing gun violence and enforcing federal firearms laws have always been among the Department’s highest priorities. In order to develop a new and robust effort to promote and ensure public safety, the Department reviewed and adapted some of the successes of past strategies to curb gun violence. Project Guardian draws on the Department’s earlier achievements, such as the…