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Roane and Calhoun counties to get adult drug court


Adult drug courts are expanding quickly in West Virginia with one for Roane and Calhoun counties set to be unveiled Tuesday.

The announcement of the new court brings the state closer to its goal of having the dive...

Hearing to address non-lawyers in administrative proceedings set for Thursday


A hearing will be held this week to discuss whether non-lawyer advocates appearing in state administrative law proceedings are doing a job that should be reserved for lawyers.

The state Unlawful Practice of Law Com...

Judge says jail officials can be deposed


Inmates sitting around a table in the common area of a pod at the Southern Regional Jail fell to the floor when correctional officers stormed in last spring with weapons drawn.

Flashes of fire lit up the room as pr...

Felony charge filed against man accused of spraying acid at ex’s house


Prosecutors filed a more serious charge against a Hurricane man accused of spraying sulfuric acid at his ex-girlfriend’s house in St. Albans.

Charles T. Hatfield, 53, was arraigned Thursday morning in Kanawh...

Ex-Capital High coach sues, alleging age discrimination


A longtime Capital High School boys basketball coach alleges he was fired earlier this year because of his age.

Carl Clark, 68, who led the Cougars for 21 years, filed a lawsuit Aug. 3 against the Kanawha County B...

Man sentenced after posing as brother during arrest


A St. Albans man was sent to jail Thursday for identity theft after admitting that he pretended to be his brother after police found marijuana at his apartment.

Knanh Nguyen, 32, had his brother’s driver...

Judge rules men accused in Charleston bouncer shooting will stand trial together


Two men charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a downtown Charleston nightclub bouncer will stand trial together, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey denied a motion filed by at...

Judge refused bond in drug overdose murder case


The case against a man charged with murder after a fatal heroin overdose is weak, the man’s lawyer told a judge on Tuesday.

Police say Steven Craig Coleman, 27, told them in February that he gave heroin to M...

State Parole Board sued over refusal to release information


The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia has asked a judge to order the state Parole Board to provide information about an inmate denied parole.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Kanawha Circuit Court, the...

Local lawyers bond mountain climbing


In a tent somewhere at about 17,500 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro, Ben Salango noticed he had cellphone service.

“I settled a case on the side of Kilimanjaro, remember that?” Salango, a Charleston attorn...

Judge to rule on bid process in Capitol Complex security upgrade


State employees who handled the bids for a $3.4 million Capitol Complex security upgrade said the process was routine, despite arguments made by a Poca company that it should have been awarded the work.

A ju...

Greenbrier Classic fan jackpot may be lost in lawsuit sand trap


Insurance underwriters filed suit Wednesday against a nonprofit group associated with the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic golf tournament.

The underwriters say...

Third plea deal tossed in WV coal kickback cases


A federal judge this week threw out another plea deal struck between prosecutors and a defendant charged in a widespread kickback scheme involving an Arch Coal mining complex in Logan County.

U.S. District Court J...

AG files petition regarding newspaper combination


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a Putnam County judge to require the Daily Gazette Company to turn over information about the joining of the Gazette and the Daily Mail newspapers.


Judge halts work on Capitol Complex security project


A Kanawha County judge agreed Monday to halt work on a Capitol Complex security upgrade while a contractor sues over not being awarded the project, despite being the low bidder.

After strong objections from attorne...

Longtime GW counselor sues principal


A lawsuit filed by a counselor at George Washington High School alleges the school’s principal encouraged her to retire and then spread false and private information about her.

Mary Eller, 73, who has worke...

Women sue A-B, say hidden camera in dorm took nude photos


Four women allege their former assistant basketball coach at Alderson Broaddus University captured nude photographs of them by planting a camera in their dorm’s restroom and then distributed the photos to male stu...

Putnam magistrate recorded making threats in courtroom


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Putnam County magistrate challenged a Hurricane man to a fight during a court proceeding this week after the man insulted him in court filings, according to a recording of the hearing posted ...

Student sues Boone County teacher, coach accused of abuse


A girl police say was sexually abused by her high school teacher is suing the Boone County Board of Education alleging it knew about several instances where employees sexually abused students and failed to take action. <...

Man admits to 2011 rape on Charleston’s East End


A man admitted this week that he raped a woman on Charleston’s East End in 2011 — a little more than a decade after he was convicted of second-degree rape in North Carolina.

Curtis Allen Hairston ple...

Trivillian’s owner wants sentencing pushed back again


The former lead pharmacist and owner of Trivillian’s Pharmacy asked a judge Tuesday to push back her sentencing again until after Sept. 2 — when the sale of the pharmacy will be finalized.

Paula Butte...

Judge wants more time before taking plea in Rand shooting


Man ready to plead guilty to wanton endangerment; no one yet charged in Jan. 23 slaying

By Kate White

Staff writer

A Kanawha County judge said he needs more time to review the case of a man who w...

Latest move in airport lawsuit could delay landslide work


An attorney for Yeager Airport said Friday that the latest move in a lawsuit over the March landslide threatens to delay work being done to stabilize the hillside at the airport.

The 20 companies the airport is sui...

Cabell circuit clerk, judge sued over inheritance dispute


A lawsuit alleges that eight years ago, before Jeffrey E. Hood became Cabell County’s circuit clerk and Paul T. Farrell became a Cabell circuit judge, they manipulated Hood’s 88-year-old ailing mother into ...

Kanawha judge to rule on fireworks law


A Kanawha County judge will decide if West Virginia fireworks dealers can sell fireworks to anyone other than out-of-state businesses.

Circuit Judge Carrie Webster heard arguments this week from attorneys represen...

Trivillian’s owner, pharmacist asks for probation


The former owner and lead pharmacist of Trivillian’s, who admitted to a federal health-care charge, is asking a judge to give her probation when he sentences her Tuesday.

Paula Butterfield, 72, pleaded guil...

Judge upholds woman’s life sentence for St. Albans slaying


A judge told a woman who pleaded guilty to the murder of a St. Albans woman that nothing prosecutors said influenced his decision to sentence her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Kanawha County ...

Woman sentenced to life in St. Albans slaying asks to back out of plea


A woman who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the slaying of a St. Albans woman is asking a judge to throw out her guilty plea.

Jessica May Wilson, 28, argues her plea of guilty to a first...

Lawsuit accuses child-care worker of abuse


A lawsuit filed this month alleges that a Children’s Home Society of West Virginia employee sexually abused a boy while he was in her care at a Logan County facility.

Pauline and Charlie Compton, mother and ...

Man killed Saturday had weapons in vehicle; may be connected to crimes across country


Police on Wednesday identified the man who was shot dead Saturday by a Charleston woman after he attacked her, and released photos of guns, knives and other weapons and items from his vehicle.

Police believe Neal ...

Davis cleared by judicial ethics commission


An ethics complaint filed by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney against state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has been dismissed, according to a news release from the Supreme Court.

Earlier th...

Ex-WVSU employee asks judge to enforce settlement


Former West Virginia State University employee Crystal Good alleges the school’s grants management arm is refusing to pay the settlement agreement it entered into with her earlier this year.

Good, an Appalac...

Former Kanawha County prosecutor Charnock dies


Former Kanawha County prosecuting attorney Bill Charnock died Saturday, according to an announcement on his law firm’s webs...

WVU law students work on federal clemency petitions


While none of the 46 men and women to whom President Obama granted clemency last week is from West Virginia, a group of students from WVU’s College of Law are working to change that.

Logan family judge who resigned faced discipline


A Logan County family court judge who resigned last week could have faced disciplinary action after having an inappropriate relationship with his former secretary, according to the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Co...

With judge’s ruling, Yeager landslide removal could begin Monday


Removal of part of Yeager Airport’s damaged safety-overrun area could begin Monday, after a judge ruled Friday that evidence from the area must be stored in the same place while a lawsuit over its construction and...

Hurricane man gets probation for ‘one-punch death’


William Garmon apologized for the punch he threw last September in the parking lot of a Cross Lanes bar. The single blow ended up killing a 47-year-old Poca man.

Garmon, 29, of Hurricane, pleaded guilty Thursday t...

Some legal fees OK’d in WV gay-marriage lawsuit


A federal judge on Thursday granted lawyers who fought West Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban payment of legal fees in the case — but less than a third of what they’d asked for. <...

Logan County family judge resigns


Logan County Family Court Judge Jason Harwood resigned Friday.

Harwood, who was elected in 2008 to the eight-year term, wrote a one-sentence letter to state Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman on July 6 st...

U.S. Magistrate VanDervort speaks about upcoming retirement


U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort has plans to travel, learn to speak Italian, and further explore his musical talents and carpentry skills. That won’t leave much time for the full docket he’s pres...

Supreme Court nursing home case settles; lawyer still facing investigation


A case that led to a spat between defense attorneys representing a nursing home and a state Supreme Court justice settled out of court before the high court needed to make a decision.

But the Office of Disciplinar...

New trial date set in Capitol Street bouncer shooting


The trial for two men charged with the attempted murder of a downtown Charleston nightclub bouncer was pushed back two weeks Monday to Aug. 3.

Prosecutors asked for the later date so Charleston Police Detective Er...

Ex-WVSU employees file suit over termination


Two former West Virginia State University employees who worked with the school’s grants management arm have filed lawsuits alleging they were fired after making complaints that their boss sexually harassed female ...

Charleston man sentenced to 15 years for arson


The attorney for a Charleston man convicted of first-degree arson told a judge Tuesday that his client wanted only to harm himself when he set fires in the basement of his home.

But Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloo...

Judge approves deal for Bank of Mingo


After an assistant U.S. Attorney said justice could still be achieved without prosecuting the Bank of Mingo, a judge Tuesday approved a deal giving the bank a year to turn things around.

The charge the bank faces ...