Security upgrades coming to Islamic Center - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

Security upgrades coming to Islamic Center

Posted:
  • More Local NewsMore Local NewsMore>>

  • New criminals added to APB list

    New criminals added to APB list

    (WVVA)- Three new wanted fugitives have been added to our All Points Bulletin list- including a man wanted for first degree murder...More >>
    (WVVA)- Three new wanted fugitives have been added to our All Points Bulletin list- including a man wanted for first degree murder...More >>
  • Database aids area fight against meth

    Database aids area fight against meth

    BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Law enforcement officials gathered in Bluefield Tuesday to learn more about a national database used to fight meth crime.They're talking about NPLEx...More >>
    BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Law enforcement officials gathered in Bluefield Tuesday to learn more about a national database used to fight meth crime.They're talking about NPLEx...More >>
  • Three-judge panel denies request to remove magistrate

    Three-judge panel denies request to remove magistrate

    Welch, W. Va. (WVVA) - The petition to remove McDowell County Magistrate Steve Cox has been denied...More >>
    Welch, W. Va. (WVVA) - The petition to remove McDowell County Magistrate Steve Cox has been denied...More >>
PRINCETON (WVVA) - -

It's been about a month since the Islamic Center in Princeton was vandalized.

As the investigation continues, the center is taking steps to prevent any further destruction of their building.  The center is installing a fence and security cameras to make sure those who should have access to the mosque have it.

Last month vandals spray-painted offensive messages on the mosque of the Islamic Center in Princeton.

"We thought we would be able to just wash out the graffiti but it turned out to be a much more difficult job than we thought originally," says Dr. Abdul Piracha of the I.S.A.R. Islamic Center.

A month after the incident the clean-up continues. In fact, Doctor Piracha says the company that supplied the bricks for the mosque need to match up the colors of the bricks again because workers can't totally clean up the graffiti. He adds the center has improved security starting with a fence around the property.

"We have beefed up security with security cameras, and we are going to put in an electronic gate so that the only people that have access to the mosque will be able to come," says Dr. Piracha.

Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows says the investigation into the vandalism continues, but at this point he adds the incident does not appear to be a hate crime because there was another vandalism incident at the rec center in Ceres around the same time.

"If you have some ill feelings towards this community, then at least come and see us and talk with the people in this community who have lived with us for the last 30-40 years," says Dr. Piracha.

If you have any information on the vandalism at the Islamic Center, call the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • UPDATE: Plea reached in 2009 Pizza Plus slayings

    UPDATE: Plea reached in 2009 Pizza Plus slayings

    Tazewell Co. (WVVA) - We have some breaking news out of Tazewell County. The man charged with the March 2009 murder of his parents has entered a no contest plea on two counts of capital murder with robbery.

    More >>
    TAZEWELL (WVVA) - The man charged with the brutal 2009 murder of his parents at their Tazewell County workplace will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Christopher Looney entered a no contest plea on two counts of capital murder with robbery during a special hearing in Tazewell County Circuit Court Wednesday.
    More >>
  • Non-Profit Organization Hosts Advanced Defensive Driving Course

    Non-Profit Organization Hosts Advanced Defensive Driving Course

    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A non-profit organization is providing a unique learning opportunity for drivers, both new and experienced.Instructors with "Team Safety Driving School" conducted an advanced defensive driving course at Bluefield City Park today.The training employed in this driver's course is the same training that emergency personnel from law enforcement to EMS must master to do their jobs, and it's open to the public.There are still slots available for tomorrow's course if you would like ...More >>
    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A non-profit organization is providing a unique learning opportunity for drivers, both new and experienced.Instructors with "Team Safety Driving School" conducted an advanced defensive driving course at Bluefield City Park today.The training employed in this driver's course is the same training that emergency personnel from law enforcement to EMS must master to do their jobs, and it's open to the public.There are still slots available for tomorrow's course if you would like ...More >>
  • Bluefield Elks hosts swimming lessons for children

    Bluefield Elks hosts swimming lessons for children

    BLUEFIELD, W. Va. (WVVA)- Swimming lessons for children were in full swing this morning over at the Bluefield Elks.Today's class consisted of kids ranging from kindergarten to third grade that attend the Wade Center's summer enrichment program, which enrolls kids all the way up through high school.
    More >>
    BLUEFIELD, W. Va. (WVVA)- Swimming lessons for children were in full swing this morning over at the Bluefield Elks.Today's class consisted of kids ranging from kindergarten to third grade that attend the Wade Center's summer enrichment program, which enrolls kids all the way up through high school.

    More >>
  • Makeshift bomb explodes in convenience store

    Makeshift bomb explodes in convenience store

    Bill JarrellBill Jarrell
    Raleigh County (WVVA)-One man is in custody after a makeshift bomb explodes inside a convenience store.According to police, it happened Tuesday evening at the Little General in Rock Creek, Raleigh County...More >>
    Raleigh County (WVVA)-One man is in custody after a makeshift bomb explodes inside a convenience store.According to police, it happened Tuesday evening at the Little General in Rock Creek, Raleigh County...More >>
  • Feds commit to health studies on spilled chemical

    Feds commit to health studies on spilled chemical

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal health officials will conduct more animal studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply in January...More >>
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal health officials will conduct more animal studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply in January...More >>
  • Beckley restaurant closes

    Beckley restaurant closes

    BECKLEY, WV (WVVA) - After more than two years of service, the Boston Beanery in Beckley has closed...More >>
    BECKLEY, WV (WVVA) - After more than two years of service, the Boston Beanery in Beckley has closed...More >>
  • Appalachian Teen Challenge gets boost

    Appalachian Teen Challenge gets boost

    Athens, W. Va. (WVVA)-Appalachian Teen Challenge gets a big boost from a recent fundraiser...More >>
    Athens, W. Va. (WVVA)-Appalachian Teen Challenge gets a big boost from a recent fundraiser...More >>
  • Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston canceled

    Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston canceled

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Organizers of a Charleston running event that was canceled for this weekend says it won't issue refunds.Organizers of the Dirty Girl Mud Run...More >>
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Organizers of a Charleston running event that was canceled for this weekend says it won't issue refunds.Organizers of the Dirty Girl Mud Run...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.