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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 ...

Attorneys for WV same-sex couples fight to get paid


Attorneys for three same-sex couples who filed suit in 2013 against the Kanawha and Cabell county clerks over the state’s then-ban on same-sex marriage are still trying to get paid, nine month...

Detective: Child sex assault case may include more victims


A Charleston Police detective said Thursday he believes the case against a Charleston man charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a young boy will grow larger as more victims come forward.

Mike Anthony Parrell III...

Five sentenced in Foodland robbery, shooting


Shawna Sampson reminded the man who shot her -- before he was sentenced to 30 years in jail -- how he did it at point blank range and then stepped over her body in order to reach the money in Foodland’s safe.


Fairmont State says newspaper adviser wasn’t fired


Allegations that Fairmont State University officials tried to stop stories in the school’s student newspaper about mold on campus and then refused to renew the contract of the paper’s adviser after the stor...

Former 911 director files suit against Mingo commission


Jarrod Fletcher, who was suspended in 2013 from his position as director of Mingo County’s emergency services after being implicated by federal prosecutors in a scheme with the county’s former circuit judge...

Kanawha prosecutor’s office gets new assistants


After hiring two new attorneys, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller has a full staff of assistant prosecutors.

Seven assistants had left the office after Miller was appointed to the position late las...

Commissioner: Suspended Mingo emergency services director wants job back


Jarrod Fletcher, who was suspended in 2013 from his position as director of Mingo County’s emergency services after being implicated by federal prosecutors in a scheme with the county’s former circuit judge...

New bankruptcy judge named for Southern West Virginia


A senior law clerk for a federal judge in Charleston has been selected as the next federal bankruptcy judge for West Virginia’s Southern District.

Frank Volk was named by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal...

Attorney recommends puppet show for FestivALL


Charleston attorney Tim DiPiero is encouraging people to attend a puppet show on Saturday as part of FestivALL.

A puppet show isn’t for everyone, he said, but this one is different.

Court: Insurance companies must turn over policies when people die


In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, West Virginia Supreme Court justices sided with Treasurer John Perdue and said life insurance companies have a responsibility to determine whether a policy holder has died and turn over aba...

Prosecutors want plea hearing for GW teacher on gun charge


Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to schedule a plea hearing for a George Washington High School math teacher who allegedly bought the gun that was used in a murder two years ago.

Jennifer Lee Napier, 38, face...

Dispatcher meets mom, baby delivered during 911 call


Debra Sutler burst into tears after disconnecting the call.

“There’s no crying in the call center,” she recalled a fellow 911 dispatcher teasing after she had talked a woman through childbirth....

Mingo County bank charged by federal prosecutors


Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Mingo County bank with failing to establish an effective anti-money laundering progra...

A year later, coal mine kickback cases drag on


About a year ago, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that he was charging 10 men in a widespread scheme that forced companies to pay kickbacks to obtain work at an Arch Coal mining complex in Logan County.


In unsealed motion, Kanawha prosecutors say misconduct allegations ‘baseless’


Attorney says 17-year-old was pressured into guilty plea by prosecution

By Kate White

Staff writer

Kanawha County prosecutors say accusations of misconduct from the defense attorney in a Capital ...

August trial set for Pratt mayor


Days after losing re-election for mayor of Pratt, Gary Fields pleaded not guilty Thursday to a drug charge in federal court.

“Not guilty,” Fields told U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley. Fields is c...

Hurricane man admits murder charge in baby’s death


A Hurricane man pleaded guilty to a murder charge Thursday in the death of his baby, who was found dead in the backseat of his car in Kanawha City last year.

Robert Jeremy Smith, 34, pleaded guilty to “murd...

Judge lets ex-Capital High student withdraw guilty plea in rape case


A former Capital High School student accused of raping a 15-year-old girl inside the school earlier this year was allowed by a judge Wednesday to withdraw his guilty plea to a first-degree sexual abuse charge.


Mine boss gets jail time in kickback scheme


Of the ten men involved in a widespread kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mining complex in Logan County, the mine’s former general manager is the most culpable, a judge said and sentenced him to spend 41 months in ...

Charleston man gets 20 years for murder of adopted daughter


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Matthew Pittman sat apart from the rest of his family and cried after his adopted father was sentenced Monday to spend more than 20 years in jail.

Roy Roger Pittman, 70, was sentenced to ...

Third person sentenced in fatal Magic Island beating


John Michael Thurmond could have saved Martin Snodgrass’ life near Magic Island last summer, a judge told him Monday.

Instead, Thurmond left Snodgrass for dead -- and was sentenced to spend 40 years in jail....

Pittman sentenced to more than 20 years in jail


Matthew Pittman sat away from the rest of his family and cried after his adopted father was sentenced Monday to spend more than 20 years in jail.

Roy Roger Pittman, 70, was sentenced to 20 years for the second-degr...