CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – As 2021 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the year. Here at 12 News, that means looking at the top stories from the year.
Here is a list of the stories that our viewers clicked on the most.
Back in March, Walter Richardson was charged with child abuse after a 4-year-old boy was left on life support. The story was updated several times; the child passed away several days after the incident as a result of the injuries, and Richardson’s charges were updated to first-degree murder and death of a child by a parent or guardian.
Also in March, George Tanios, a Morgantown resident and owner of Sandwich U, was charged with assault related to the death of an officer in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. He later asked for his home confinement restrictions to be loosened.
In November, a nearly three-year investigation led to the arrest of 41 people who were involved in a major drugs and guns ring in Barbour and Randolph counties.
Earlier this month, officers arrested a woman for having over a thousand heroin stamps in her car during a traffic stop in Buckhannon.
Back on the first day of 2021, a car crashed into a house, a SWAT team was called and two people ended up dead after a domestic dispute in Bridgeport.
In October, a car accident on Route 50 in Doddridge County resulted in four people dying. The story was later updated to include the names of those who had passed.
At the beginning of December, Gov. Jim Justice announced that West Virginia state employees would be getting an extra day off on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this year.
Nate Moreno and Jake Byers shared their experience of seeing the Ogua Monster while catfishing at night in Fairmont. This story was part of a series that explored paranormal places and sightings in West Virginia.
Alexa Randolph was first reported missing back in January. The story was updated several times as her body was found in Morgantown and her cause of death was determined to be a homicide.
In April, the Small Business Association announced increased loan options for small businesses that were struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The West Virginia Democratic Party called for the resignation of Derrick Evans, a newly elected Delegate for Wayne County who was caught on video rushing the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots.
Officers arrested three people in Fairmont after a wellbeing check revealed that an 8-year-old was being neglected and exposed to drugs.