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Federal judge gives Beckley doctor 8 years for prescribing habits

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A federal judge on Wednesday went well beyond what advisory sentencing guidelines called for and handed down an eight-year prison sentence to a Beckley-based nephrologist, who admitted he improperly distributed addictive...

Man charged with murder in heroin case pleads to lesser charges

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A Charleston man, who faced a murder charge for allegedly giving a woman the dose of heroin that killed her last year, pleaded guilty Wednesday to much lesser charges.

WVU law professors urge Capito, GOP to meet with Supreme Court nominee

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More than a dozen West Virginia University law professors joined in writing a letter to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, urging her and her Republican colleagues in the Senate to vote on the president’s nomination to fi...

Unsealed documents reveal more about St. Albans cocaine maker

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Several weeks before federal agents executed a search warrant at Christopher Ayash’s house in St. Albans, they flew over it in a helicopter looking for evidence of cocaine manufacturing, according to court documen...

Settlement reached in case against WV regional jails, response team

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Just days before a trial was to begin, a settlement agreement was reached between the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority and a former Southern Regional Jail inmate who sued over a raid conducted in spring 2014 by the ...

Charleston neurologist pleads guilty to federal record-keeping violation

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A Charleston neurologist pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal record-keeping violation, admitting he dispensed a dose of a powerful painkiller to a patient and never reported it.

Morrisey disappointed by court ruling on Va. transgender restrooms

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West Virginia joined five other states in a brief urging an appeals court to rule that a transgender teen hadn’t been discriminated against when he was forbidden from using the boys’ re...

Education official fired over prior Va. job can move forward with lawsuit, judge says

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A former executive director of instructional technology at the West Virginia Department of Education who was fired after three days on the job will be allowed to move forward with her lawsuit against the state school boa...

Judge won’t delay lawsuit against regional jails, trial to begin Monday

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When the trial begins Monday in a case against the state Regional Jail Authority and members of the now-disbanded Special Response Team, the man who filed the lawsuit won’t be present in the Kanawha County courtro...

Putnam prosecutor takes over investigation of doctor accused of assault

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Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia has taken over the investigation into allegations against a Charleston gastroenterologist

WV Supreme Court reverses its decision on age discrimination

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West Virginia Supreme Court justices changed their minds about a ruling they made in an age discrimination case in July and issued a new decision last week, which reverses a lower court and adheres to precedent set by th...

Feds sue CAMC, St. Mary’s over marketing

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The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday against Charleston Area Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital, claiming the hospitals split their marketing territories and kept area residents from getting...

Supreme Court says ex-DHHR officials should get hearing

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A jury should get to decide whether two former Department of Health and Human Resources officials were retaliated against for raising issues about an advertising contract, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday. ...

Judge sets bond for man charged in Jefferson slaying

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A Kanawha County Circuit judge on Thursday agreed to set bond for a man facing a murder charge in a killing that took place earlier this year at a strip club in Jefferson.

Deputies investigating money missing from Kanawha magistrate court

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A detective has been assigned to investigate money missing from Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Judge delays Jimmie Gardner trial at request of defense

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A Kanawha County judge agreed Wednesday to push back the trial of Jimmie Gardner, whose 25-year-old conviction on sexual assault and robbery charges was

Man charged with having weapon at federal courthouse

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A Mason County man allegedly brought a cane with a sword hidden inside it to the federal courthouse this week in Huntington.

St. Albans man admits gun charges, says he made cocaine

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St. Albans resident Christopher Ayash pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal gun charges and told a judge that he made cocaine in his basement.

Winfield ex-insurance agent admits arson, witness tampering charges

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A former Winfield insurance agent pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Beckley to arson and witness tampering charges.

Mother, son charged with taking money from Fayette Public Defender Office

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A 20-year employee of the Fayette County Public Defender Office and her son have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the office that represents low-income defendants charged with a crime.

Kanawha Public Defender Office relocates

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The Kanawha County Public Defender Office’s new location is just a few blocks away from where it had been for nearly 30 years.

Kanawha prosecutors want off investigation into Charleston gastroenterologist

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Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller asked Friday that a special prosecutor outside his office take over an investigation into allegations that a Charleston gastroenterologist sexually assaulted patients wh...

Judge won’t dismiss murder charge against suspect in 2013 slaying

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About two weeks before his trial is set to begin, a Kanawha County judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a murder charge against Miguel Quinones.

Families react to Blankenship verdict: ‘I hold a tombstone; you hold nothing’

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Six years and a day after Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch Mine exploded, killing 29 men, Don Blankenship stood in federal court and tried to express his sorrow to the miners’ families.

Kanawha sees 10 indictments for murder

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A Kanawha County grand jury this week returned indictments against 10 people on murder charges in six separate slayings.

Lawsuit accuses doctor of fondling anesthetized patient

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A lawsuit filed today accuses a Charleston gastroenterologist of sexually assaulting a patient while she was under anesthesia.

Fingerprint to play big role in former pitcher’s retrial

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When Charleston police got a call in May 1989 from a detective in Tampa, Florida, it had been two years since two women had been sexually assaulted in Kanawha City.

Ex-WV baseball player gets new trial in ’90 rape conviction

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The wind blew Friday afternoon outside the South Central Regional Jail. The flag above whipped back and forth, clanging loudly, as Jimmie Gardner walked out of the building.

Lenders want Harding replaced at Poca funeral home

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A group of people who loaned Chad Harding money to buy Gatens-Harding Funeral Home are trying to remove him from the Poca-based business, arguing he’s defaulted on payments.

Obama commutes sentence of Florida man convicted of selling crack in WV

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the life sentence a Florida man was handed down nearly 20 years ago for selling crack cocaine in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Hearing set for ex-Charleston baseball player in 1987 sexual assault case

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Three days after a federal judge ordered Jimmie Gardner be released from prison or given a new trial, the former Charleston Wheelers baseball player was moved out of a maximum security facility and taken Monday to South ...

Kanawha family judge candidates, incumbents argue over courtroom efficiency

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Lawyers running to replace two of Kanawha County’s family court judges were critical on Tuesday of how the incumbents run their courtrooms.

Feds: $1M in meth recovered in WV busts

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An investigation into a multi-state drug ring is believed to have led to the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in Southern West Virginia, according to federal authorities.

Blankenship resists disclosing financial information to feds

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Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship is invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination to resist disclosing financial information to court officials before he’s sentenced.

Citing Zain testimony, judge orders new trial or release for former Charleston Wheeler

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After being convicted of sexual assault and serving 25 years in prison based on false testimony from former West Virginia State Police serologist Fred Zain, a former Charleston Wheelers baseball player will be released o...

NC bondsmen arrested in WV after alleged violent incident

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Three bail bondsmen from North Carolina were arrested Thursday in Charleston after police say they violently tried to apprehend a man.

Federal agents say journal of expelled UC student mentions thefts

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Federal agents say they found a journal kept by a former University of Charleston student who was expelled over allegations that he stole thousands of dollars worth of textbooks and computer equipment from the school.

Putnam insurance agent charged with arson, witness tampering

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Federal prosecutors filed arson and witness tampering charges against a Winfield insurance agent on Tuesday.

Charleston neurologist charged with felony record-keeping violation

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Beleaguered Charleston neurologist Dr. Iraj Derakhshan was charged Monday with violating a federal record-keeping law involving the distribution of a controlled substance.

New Kanawha court administrator chosen

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Attorney Beverly Selby took over the job of court administrator for Kanawha County Wednesday.

Charleston councilman arrested again on DUI charge

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Charleston City Councilman Bernard Slater Jr. was arrested early Friday and charged with second-offense driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.

Dunbar man accused in shooting returned from California

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A Dunbar man accused in a shooting in December on Charleston’s East End has been extradited from California to stand charges in Kanawha County on first-degree robbery and malicious wounding.

Kanawha magistrate candidates debate domestic violence program

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Some of the candidates running for Kanawha County magistrate sparred Tuesday over the way domestic violence cases in the county are handled.

WV Supreme Court orders Sexton off Putnam ballot

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The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled quickly Tuesday that Troy Sexton is ineligible to serve as a magistrate for Putnam County, based on his prior misdemeanor convictions.

Kanawha magistrate candidates mixed on new election rules

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Several candidates for Kanawha County magistrate seats, who met with Gazette-Mail editors on Monday, said they like that judicial elections in the state are now nonpartisan.

Customers alive when funeral benefits were cashed in, judge rules

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A judge’s ruling last month could make it hard for the owners of Poca-based Gatens-Harding Funeral Home to fight allegations of racketeering related to the sale of more than 100 pre-need funeral arrangements, an a...

Former WVSU student claims professor sexually harassed her

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A former West Virginia State University student has filed a lawsuit against the school alleging she was sexually harassed by a professor.

Judges appointed for public campaign financing, magistrate cases

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All five state Supreme Court Justices have voluntarily recused themselves from cases involving public campaign financing money in the upcoming election to fill the open Supreme Court seat.

Detroit man gets life in prison for Rand shooting

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Antoinette Maxwell pressed her fingers against her eyes in the courtroom Wednesday.

Drug court program, graduates to be honored at Capitol

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It’s a lot easier to go to jail than participate in adult drug court, LaKeisha Barron-Brown, a probation officer in Putnam County, said she often hears.