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Rachel Ayers

Rachel Ayers

started as a multi-media journalist at WOAY in October of 2015. She then moved to evening anchor in September of 2016. This is Rachel’s first job on air in the TV News business. She also worked as an Assignment Editor in Greensboro,NC at WFMY and Winston-Salem, NC at WXII. She graduated from High Point University in North Carolina in May of 2015. However, she is a West Virginia native. She was born and raised in Point Pleasant in Mason County. During her time at WOAY Rachel has covered an array of stories from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ stops in the Mountain State to showing the effects of Surface Coal Mining. Her favorite stories to cover are political stories and the ones that affect the residents of her home state. In her spare time Rachel enjoys snuggling with her dog Toby and cooking. She is always looking for good food, so along with story ideas, feel free to send her restaurant recommendations!


Chief Meteorologist Tyler BarkerChief Meteorologist Tyler Barker

has been fascinated with the weather since he was 8 years old. He always knew he wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist when he grew up. He would sit and watch local meteorologist every time they were on and loved the Weather Channel. He used to practice in front of the TV and make his younger brother watch him tell the weather. Growing up his role model was Lanie Pope on WXII 12. He was a weather watcher and would call in daily to give the high/low temperatures of the day, precipitation totals, or any severe weather that occurred. Tyler loves all kinds of weather; including tornadoes, severe weather, snowstorms, and hurricanes.

Tyler grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, in a one stop light town named Boonville, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology in December of 2015. He completed two internships, one with Grant Gilmore in Greensboro, NC at WFMY News 2, and the second internship with WCNC NBC Charlotte with Brad Panovich. Tyler moved to West Virginia to take his first job at WOAY-TV the day after he graduated. He became the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter. His first day on air was Christmas Day night, one which he will never forget. In September, Tyler was promoted to Chief Meteorologist where you can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV.

When Tyler is not working, he enjoys spending time with his miniature schnauzer Jack, which keeps him busy. He loves to cook, watch TV shows, hang out with friends and family, and make people laugh. He is always studying the weather and keeping up with the latest forecast two to three times a day. He loves a challenge and mountain meteorology is a big challenge.


Matt DigbyMatt Digby

is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Matt is a graduate of Ohio University, and got his start in radio and television at the campus station. His most memorable moment at the station was covering the Ohio Bobcats’ run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 2012. Later that year, Matt interned at a station in Columbus, Ohio, and helped cover Ohio State football among other stories.While a student at Ohio, Matt was one of the inaugural winners of the Scripps Innovation Challenge, a contest designed to solve real-world issues in today’s media industry.

Prior to joining WOAY, Matt was a play-by-play commentator, where he called championship events at the youth and college levels.Matt says the best part of Southern West Virginia is seeing the passion residents have for their local sports. He is excited to bring you the best coverage possible throughout the region.

Away from work, Matt is an avid sports fan, and enjoys playing the area’s great golf courses. Thanks for watching!


 

UPDATE: More arrests made in Oak Hill child abuse case which resulted in death

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Two people have turned themselves into police after a lengthy child abuse investigation that resulted in death.

According to Oak Hill Police, Julie Browning, 36 and Marty Browning JR. 34 of Hilltop were arraigned on one count each of death of a child by parent and child neglect causing death as well.  Sherie Titchenell, 35, of Hilltop was arrested last night.

All three were set bonds at 100,000 dollars.

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OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – An 8-year-old child in Oak Hill is dead after three adults allegedly refused to properly give the child food, water, or medical attention.  One witness stated that the child had to drink toilet water, which could have caused sepsis.

According to court documents, On December 26, 2018, Oak Hill Police were dispatched to Plateau Medical Center in reference to an eight-year-old child having cardiac arrest.  The officer who responded was advised by medical personnel that the child had multiple markings all over her body such as bruising, what appeared to be a burn and lacerations.  The child ended up passing away.  The officer was shown what appeared to be small injuries all over the child’s body and observed to be a tear in her rectum.

The child’s father, Marty Browning Jr. was interviewed along with the child’s stepmom, Julie Titchenell, and aunt Sherie Titchenell.

According to the Medical Examiner’s office, their report believes that the child died due to the likely sepsis in her body due to necrotizing Bronchopneumonia with diffuse alveolar damage of uncertain etiology.  One doctor at the Charleston Area Medical Center says she believes the child was a victim of medical child abuse, based on the child being on multiple medications, subject to blood draws, but never evaluated by a pediatric endocrinologist.   Authorities found that when the child needed medical attention, the adults waited three days to get her any medical care.

A search warrant was done at the home and a vibrator was found in the children’s room and a claw hammer was within an arm’s reach of one of the children’s beds.

On January 28, 2019, a relative told a counselor that she believed that the child died because her mom and stepdad grounded her for 3 days once and her grounding was that she wasn’t allowed to drink anything.  The relative said she caught her sister drinking from the toilet and feels that is how she got the infection.  The child continued to tell the counselor that they would hit the child with things but not the rest of us.  They hit her with a wooden spoon and metal object.  She said her mom, dad, and aunt wouldn’t let her have any food and she would ask for extra food at school.  The relative further went on to say that CPS would come to the school and talk to us but they all told us not tell them anything.  The relative said she had to teach herself because her mom and dad wouldn’t help and her other siblings were already behind.  The relative told that the aunt wouldn’t feed them and when the parents asked if the child had eaten, she would say, yes.

Later on, another interview took place with the relative in March, she told that the child would wet the bed and that they made her sleep on the floor, with no pillow or blankets.  The aunt, Sherie Titchenell, would only allow the victim to eat one meal a day.

According to a statement made to police by Sherie Titchenell, the 8-year-old would harm herself; including pinching or scratching on her arm and legs. Sherie also said the child’s birth mother is the one that had injured her, causing the lacerations on her back.

Allegedly when the parents found out that CPS was interviewing the children at school, they removed them to be homeschooled.

When Marty Browning Jr. was interviewed he backed up Sherie Titchenell’s statement by saying the child would harm herself.

When Julie Titchenell was interviewed by police, she also agreed that the birth mother had injured the child’s back, which looked like belt marks. She also said the child would scratch herself.

Based on information given from the State Medical Examiner’s office, inconsistent medical records, inconsistent statements taken from Julie Titchenell, Sherie Titchenell, and Marty Browning Jr. it is clear that all three adults at the home failed to properly and proficiently care or provide care for the child with proper nutrition, water, and medical attention which inevitably caused the death of the 8-year-old child. Four children and three adults lived at the home during the incident back in December of 2018.  As of now, the other children are in foster care.

Sherie Titchenell is charged with child neglect resulting in death and death of a child by parent or guardian. She is being held under a 100,000 dollar bond.

The investigation is still on-going.

All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. 

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