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The West Virginia statute for state public records is the Freedom of Information Act, enacted to provide access to the documents and information generated in the daily operation of state government. This would apply to records generated by all state, county, and municipal agencies. These records may be requested in writing from the West Virginia State Treasurer's office. The state treasurer's office details online the request process and the documents available under the state Freedom of Information Act. West Virginia was admitted to the union in 1863, one of two states formed during the American Civil War. West Virginia boasts a population of almost 1.9 million people and is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range. The largest city and capital is Charleston. There are fifteen other cities within the state having a population of more than 10,000 residents. West Virginia is divided into 55 counties. Coal is the major resource and industry in the state. The West Virginia State Police are responsible for maintaining and issuing criminal background checks and records. There is a plethora of West Virginia public records readily available online. Request criminal records, learn about most wanted fugitives and inmate information from the state police. The Department of Health and Human Services is a great resource for birth, death and marriage records. Learn how the laws of the state are adjudicated in the West Virginia judicial system. Explore the possibility of living in West Virginia by examining the housing and real estate data. You may also want to look at the income and earnings for the residents of the state. Get an idea of the economy of the state by looking at the abundance of information on business statistics for West Virginia. Check out the ins and outs of the county governments and services as well as the endless possibilities the individual cities of West Virginia have to offer. Come back to this site regularly to check for new sources are the most current services.

West Virginia Crime Reports (2011)
Total Violent Crime:5,861
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:80
Forcible Rape:388
Robbery:910
Aggravated Assault:4,483
Total Property Crime:42,189
Burglary:11,192
Larceny Theft:28,743
Motor Vehicle Theft:2,254
West Virginia Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the state in 2010 1,852,994
Estimate of the state's total residency as of April 1, 20001,808,344
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20103%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201044,650
April 1, 2000 complete count of statewide resident population1,808,344
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age105,976
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age6%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age386,449
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 21%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older16%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older287,557
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents51%
State's white resident population recorded in 20101,739,988
State's black resident population recorded in 201063,124
State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 20103,787
State's Asian resident population recorded in 201012,406
State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010428
Statewide 2010 resident population of two or more races27,142
Statewide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin22,268
Non Hispanic white resident population in 20101,726,256
Statewide percentage of white residents in 201094%
Statewide percentage of black residents in 20103%
Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20100%
Statewide percentage of Asian residents in 20101%
Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Statewide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20101%
Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201093%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in West Virginia
Births 200721,994
Deaths 200721,086
Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less in 2007164
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200987%

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of West Virginia Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the state from 2005 to 20091%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 20092%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200982%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200917%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009171,080

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in West Virginia
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009 25 Min
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009893,771
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 200949,148
Housing unit estimates - percentage change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 20096%
Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 74%
Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009$91,400
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200912%
Total number of households between 2005-2009746,419
Average size of households between 2005-20092

West Virginia Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $20,891
2009 statewide income of median households in West Virginia$37,423
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200918%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$53,181
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$29,385
Labor force of civilian workers in 2009797,943
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 200963,374
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 8%
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 921,898
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 35,278
People employed by the government in 2007 152,533
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 200736,277,776
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200739,351
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 39,641
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 592,022
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 6%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 90,727
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 20072,553,258

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of West Virginia
Total number of firms located in the state for the year 2007120,395
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20070%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200728%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 25,080,573
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 200711,036,467
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 20,538,829
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 11,340

Land Valuation

Property value and West Virginia territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 2,235
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 310,031
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms3,697,606
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year18,002,438
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year9,922
Size in square miles of land as of 200024,078
Population per square mile in the year 201077
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West Virginia Missing Children
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Missing: VICTOR SHOEMAKER (WV)
VICTOR SHOEMAKER, Age Now: 25, Missing: 05/01/1994. Missing From KIRBY, WV. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: West Virginia State Police - Missing Persons Unit - 1-304-822-3561 Or Your Local FBI.
April 14 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=790164&seqNum=1

Missing: ALIAYAH LUNSFORD (WV)
ALIAYAH LUNSFORD, Age Now: 5, Missing: 09/24/2011. Missing From WESTON, WV. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Lewis County Sheriff's Office (West Virginia) 1-304-269-8245.
February 04 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1180362&seqNum=1

Endangered Runaway: MEGAN ELLISON (WV)
MEGAN ELLISON, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/10/2013. Missing From PARKERSBURG, WV. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Parkersburg Police Department (West Virginia) 1-304-424-8444.
September 27 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1223175&seqNum=1

Endangered Runaway: SHAWNA WAY (WV)
SHAWNA WAY, Age Now: 14, Missing: 09/01/2013. Missing From BRIDGEPORT, WV. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Taylor County Sheriff's Office (West Virginia) 1-304-265-2524.
September 03 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1222142&seqNum=1

Endangered Missing: ALIAYAH LUNSFORD (WV)
ALIAYAH LUNSFORD, Age Now: 5, Missing: 09/24/2011. Missing From WESTON, WV. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Lewis County Sheriff's Office (West Virginia) 1-304-269-8245.
August 06 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1180362&seqNum=1

Family Abduction: NATASHA CARTER (WV)
NATASHA CARTER, Age Now: 23, Missing: 08/08/2000. Missing From BECKLEY, WV. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: West Virginia State Police 1-304-746-2100.
August 06 2013 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=895999&seqNum=1

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West Virginia Public Information
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Watson has raised $12,975 so far in re-election bid
CLARKSBURG — Harrison County Commissioner Ron Watson has raised almost $13,000 in his bid for a third term, according to campaign finance statements filed in the Harrison County Clerk’s Office.
Happening April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.theet.com/news/local/watson-has-raised-so-far-in-re-election-bid/article_073cab42-c51f-11e3-b5b6-0019bb2963f4.html

Candidates for Senate race raking in the dough
CLARKSBURG — The race for the state Senate’s 12th District seat is shaping up to be the costliest on the May 13 primary ballot, candidates’ campaign statements show.
Happening April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.theet.com/news/local/candidates-for-senate-race-raking-in-the-dough/article_acd2c182-c51e-11e3-93ba-0019bb2963f4.html

Harrison BOE approves school year start date
CLARKSBURG — On Tuesday, the Harrison County Board of Education voted 3-2 in favor of a calendar with an Aug. 14 start date for students for the next school year.
Happening April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.theet.com/news/local/harrison-boe-approves-school-year-start-date/article_99505a8e-c51e-11e3-8e00-001a4bcf887a.html

Tony Salerno Jr.
SHINNSTON — Tony Salerno Jr., 83, of Shinnston passed away on April 14, 2014, at his residence with his family at his side.
Happening April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.theet.com/obituaries/tony-salerno-jr/article_eb95d42a-c51b-11e3-865f-001a4bcf887a.html

Mary E. Gifford
SHINNSTON — Mary E. Gifford, 80, of Lumberport, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the home of her son David in Shinnston.
Happening April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.theet.com/obituaries/mary-e-gifford/article_21e3bade-c51b-11e3-9050-001a4bcf887a.html

Edward Jackson ‘Jack’ Lynch
GASSAWAY — Edward Jackson “Jack” Lynch, 81, of Anmoore, WV, formerly of Braxton County, met our Lord after a long illness Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home.
Happening April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.theet.com/obituaries/edward-jackson-jack-lynch/article_9b8c44b4-c51b-11e3-bfd4-001a4bcf887a.html

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West Virginia Missing People
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Attorney seeks release of ‘person of interest’ in Alexandria killings

K9 unit training taking place in Hancock County
Click here for the FULL STORY: WTOV9.com HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- Police officers from all over the state of West Virginia have convened at Tomlinson Run State Park for the Canine Association training seminar. It was a fun but serious work day at the park for K9 handlers and officers, who joined together to get their dogs trained and ready to fight crime. ...
April 15 2014 - Source: http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/local-news/stories/k9-unit-training-taking-place-hancock-county-3517.shtml

Mark Plants Speaks Out about Case
Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants took to the radiowaves, speaking out in his own defense, after being charged with domestic battery.
April 15 2014 - Source: http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/Mark-Plants-Speaks-Out-about-Case-255394691.html

Man Arrested After Allegedly Running Hancock County Meth Lab
A Hancock County man is in police custody after allegedly manufacturing methamphetamines.
April 15 2014 - Source: http://www.wtrf.com/story/25253884/man-arrested-after-allegedly-running-hancock-county-meth-lab

UPDATE: Crews Suspend Search for SUV in Ohio River
Crews on the scene tell WSAZ.com that they were able to use sonar on search boats to find a large mass in the river around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.
April 15 2014 - Source: http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/Emergency-Responders-Searching-Ohio-River-for-SUV-255332731.html

Car Used By Bank Robber Is Recovered
BETHLEHEM - Police today recovered the car used in Monday's bank robbery, but are still searching for the culprit.
April 15 2014 - Source: http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/598920.html



West Virginia Latest Questions and Answers
Q: Deeds transferred in last year Doddridge West Virginia
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Q: wherr csn i view st. marys, wva obits years 1938-1942?
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A: Libraries local to the area sometimes carry old periodicals which can have the obituaries
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Q: Has Charles Watterson been arrested in Pocahontas County?
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A: The Pocahontas county WV sheriff department should be able to provide arrest reports, this is their contact information to either call or email the department Pocahontas County Jail 900 1/2 Tenth Avenue | Marlinton, WV 24954 304-799-4445 drjonese@sheriff.state.wv.us
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Q: How do i find divorce records? (west virginia wood county)
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A: Begin your search here http://www.woodcountywv.com/page/page45.php. This will tell you about the circuit clerks’ responsibilities, which includes the family law/divorces, and you will also see what is available when it comes to obtaining the records. There are some restrictions as to what is available to the public. If you are a party to the action/named in the record, the restrictions may not apply to you.
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Q: Arrests in Berkeley WV
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A: Arrest reports are considered public records. There are exceptions, however, in most cases they can be requested from the arresting agency. There may be a fee. Some departments get enough requests or have the budget to put resources to address their requests and others don’t, but it does not change the fact that whether they are public or not. Departments will have a designated public information officer.
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Q: How do I reach my city officials, council members?
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A: Most cities have a webpage with their services and information to residents and visitors. There will be a government webpage or link where the contact information of city officials will be. Meetings between city officials are made public, so in many instances a website is a way where the announcements are made.
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Q: Attests at 1600 in HUNTINGTON
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A: News wires local to where the arrests took place will sometimes publish them. You can use the city name instead as a search term. You can follow it up with checking the police department that arrested the person. If you don’t need all of the details of the person, but just the even itself, you can check and see if the crime maps will show what happened by area.
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Q: looking for info on Bobby Allen Boone
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A: You can begin with a people finders to see where the individual has resided in the past. There after you can check any databases containing names within those areas. For example, you can see if the name appears in the business filings, property records or court cases. With a common name, the more information you have to help with your search the better and easier it will be to find the data.
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Q: copy of benwood city codes
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A: The area's city hall http://www.benwoodwv.com/cityhall.htm provides contact information to the city council. Not all statutes are available online although being public record.
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Q: How can I find out when I was arrested in Parkersburg WV?
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A: Arrest records should be public information. The department that made the arrest most likely has a public information officer where the request can be submitted.
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Q: what year did the hospital downtown burn down? (Clarksburg WV)
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A: Arrest reports/data is generally available through the sheriff department or any other law enforcement agency that made the arrest. In Raleigh WV, the sheriff's office website is limited, but their website does offer information about records division and it's personnel. Another good avenue to take that many don't consider is to look into news articles online. Papers local to the area in many cases have a section/columns regarding arrests. Journalists look into the incident or arrest, and if there's not enough information provided by the arresting agency, the news entity or reporter can then make an open records request. One of the publications local to this area has a police and courts section providing updated information about law enforcement activity.
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Q: how can i find out if someone is wanted in west virginia
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A: The following search are available to the public from the West Virginia State Police's website: West Virginia State Police Most Wanted West Virginia State Police Cold Case Files WV Division of Corrections Parole Absconders Web Link US Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Most Wanted FBI's Web Site with Most Wanted
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Q: How can i find out about a police shootout in Milton WV about 50 years ago?
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Q: When was Albright, WV founded and by who?
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Q: does anyone have any information on the marshall family either in littleton/hundred..i'm searching for my paternal grandfathers roots his name was fredrick marshall siblings that i know of were clyde and lola my grandfather was married to a women named margaret skraggs idk their birthdays
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Q: what was Jerrimy Knight arrested for on December 12 2012?
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Q: Can be a list of personal property be found with a background check?
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A: Personal property is generally not included in the average background check as there are restrictions to access this type of information. Safeguards in place under privacy statutes protect against personal information and identity theft. Background check will provide records that are basically recorded by agencies and are deemed open to the public. One exception to this rule is the ownership of a vehicle where a state agency is the custodian of registration or title containing owner's information http://www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/Vehicles/Pages/default.aspx
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Q: what is the value of property in east lynn, west virginia?
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A: The census will usually provide for this type of statistical data and more, a search of which revealed no such city having a page of collected stats of any kind. The state's property tax, assessment and appraisal services may reveal property values based on addresses in any city within the state
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Q: How do I find out if someone was arrested in Morgantown?
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A: You can order criminal records from the state police website, but, that may not include arrests. The city police website http://www.morgantownwv.gov/government/city-government/police-department/daily-reports/ shows reports of arrests
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Q: I am trying to search for a relatives that may be still living in this county but all the public record sights want you to pay. Is there anyway I can search public records without paying? I thought that's why the word 'public' is used.
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A: The word public and free are not the same. Public means you can get it, as in it’s available. The agencies that provide the records want to be reimbursed for storing, keeping and maintaining millions of records. There are many people finder sites that are private and free, they work similarly to name directories. You can also search social media.
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Q: How do i find past DUI arrests in Kanawha county?
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A: Many local law enforcement agencies will have a link to see where certain inmates are being held. Some of the arrest reports are archived and are sometimes available on one of their webpages.
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Q: How i can obtain final divorce court order?
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A: Court clerks are custodians of records in the state of West Virginia. The state judiciary site is a good place to look unless you can go directly to the county website and try to get the records directly.
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Q: How to find out if I have a warrant?
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A: Some Sheriff departments will have a page within their sites that will show a warrants list. It can also be under sheriff’s most wanted or something similar to that.
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Q: How can I access the court docket of upcoming cases or past cases?
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A: Here is the one for the state’s supreme court http://www.courtswv.gov/supreme-court/calendar-docket.html
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