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Putnam judge wrong in dismissing charges against man, Supreme Court rules

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The state Supreme Court reinstated two misdemeanor charges against a man in Putnam County on Thursday, overruling a judge who said the man hadn’t been tried on the charges soon enough.

Blankenship prosecutor is senators’ pick for U.S. attorney

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Sen. Joe Manchin wants the lawyer behind the prosecution of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to be named the top federal prosecutor in Southern West Virginia.

Big Chimney man gets 15 years in friend’s stabbing death

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The man Thomas Fluty killed had been his good friend — his fishing buddy, he told a judge.

Event celebrates ‘Bridge Builders,’ community leaders

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Charleston attorney Kim Farha remembers well the day Robert Easley came to speak at DuPont High School.

Jury recommends life without mercy for Detroit man in Rand shooting

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It took jurors less than two hours Wednesday to find a Detroit man guilty of murder in the shooting of Gerald Maxwell two years ago inside a Rand apartment.

After lawsuit, drug company shuts off supply to Mingo pharmacy

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The nation’s largest drug distributor cut off shipments of controlled substances to a Mingo County pharmacy last month over concerns of prescriptions being improperly filled there.

Families settle over Charleston’s deadliest fire

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As Timothy Carter-Camp walked to take a seat on the witness stand last week, his short-sleeved shirt made it easy to see the faces of his three children tattooed on his forearm.

Trial begins for man charged in Rand killing

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Leonard Dwayne Thomas doesn’t deny shooting Gerald Maxwell in the head inside a Rand apartment, his attorney told jurors Monday.

But, attorney Ed Bullman said, prosecutors won’t be able to prove the ...

Ex-vice president sues WVSU over firing

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The former vice president of business and finance for West Virginia State University is suing the school, claiming he was fired after raising concerns about the process used to hire a company to help with recruitment and...

Former Capital principal Giles files lawsuit against Board of Education

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Clinton Giles claims in a lawsuit filed this week that the Kanawha County Board of Education and, specifically, board member Pete Thaw, made it impossible for him to return to work as Capital High School’s princip...

Lawsuit filed over NRA t-shirt lawsuit dismissed because of attorney

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Because of a lawyer’s inaction, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed last year against the Logan County Board of Education by the mother of a teenager who wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school. ...

Around WV: Jan. 22, 2016

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Around West Virginia today includes stories on a jury finding a former Summers County commissioner guilty of embezzlement, plans moving forward to revive downtown Clarksburg and a human rights act in Martinsburg, and mor...

As man admits guilt in motel room slaying, mother asks for justice

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Natalie Casdorph held back tears Thursday as she spoke to the man who admitted to killing her son inside a room at the Motel 6 in Cross Lanes.

Marcus Dominick Curtis, 26, of Dunbar, pleaded guilty Thursday to firs...

Ex-Pratt mayor gets probation for selling drugs

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A federal judge on Thursday sentenced the former mayor of Pratt to spend three years on probation for selling prescription pills.

Gary Allen Fields, 68, previously pleaded guilty in Charleston to distribution of ox...

Man pressure washing during water crisis sues Toyota

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A man contracted to work at the Toyota plant in Buffalo during the water crisis two years ago alleges he had to have his appendix removed after being exposed to the chemical that leaked from Freedom Industries.

Mat...

Group to no longer cut rates for court-appointed attorneys

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The head of West Virginia’s Public Defender Services last week rescinded the “emergency guidelines” set to take effect today, which would have cut the amount attorneys taking court-appointed cases ar...

Family worries over confusion surrounding remains

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The skeletal remains of a man found underneath a tarp in 2010 in the woods near Grafton weren’t easily identifiable.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office had to enlist the help of the Smithsonian Inst...

Mesh lawsuit filed on behalf of Lincoln County woman

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A lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Charleston on behalf of a Lincoln County woman accuses Boston Scientific Corp. of engaging in a conspiracy to smuggle material from China for use in vaginal surgical mesh.

Man charged in Jefferson killing will remain in jail

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After hearing about a man’s death in a Jefferson strip club last month, a judge on Friday ruled that the man charged with the killing must remain in jail.

Scott Meador, 39, is charged with first-degree murde...

Man shot to death on Charleston’s West Side

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A man was shot in the head and killed in broad daylight Thursday at an apartment complex on Charleston’s West Side. Police said the shooting apparently was drug-related.

Nate Chaney, 22, of Charleston, was s...

Foodland defendant fails at youthful offender program

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One of the five defendants who admitted taking part in the violent robbery of Foodland on MacCorkle Avenue in 2014 failed out of a program designed for youthful offenders that he was sentenced to attend.

Ricky Patt...

Feds investigating former UC student over thefts

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Last fall, federal agents searched the home of 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 and ...

ACLU to sue regional jails over handling of water crisis

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The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has given the state official notice that it will file a lawsuit...

Ex-employee sues WVSU over Top-O-Rock photos

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A former employee of a West Virginia State University agency who spearheaded a design competition to restore the iconic Top-O-Rock home in Charleston claims in a lawsuit she was fired over a post she made on her personal...

Men admit roles in shooting of bouncer

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The day their trial was set to begin, two men on Monday pleaded guilty in the shooting of a downtown Charleston nightclub bouncer.

Tasheem Collins, 39, and George Sawyer, 31, both pleaded guilty to charges stemming...

Bondsmen begin work in Kanawha; public defenders seeking reversal

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Last Tuesday marked the first time a professional bail bondsman worked in Kanawha County in more than 20 years.

Amy Hass, owner of a professional bail bonds service, came to the Kanawha County Circuit Clerk’...

Beckley doctor admits to fraud, illegal prescription charges

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A Beckley-based nephrologist admitted in federal court on Thursday that he would still prescribe hydrocodone to his patients after they had tested positive for illegal drugs and medications they were not prescribed.

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Beckley doctor faces more federal charges

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More charges were filed Wednesday against a Beckley-based nephrologist who has a guilty plea hearing set for today.

Dr. Jose Jorge Abbud Gordinho, 67, was charged with health care fraud on Tuesday. In November, a f...

Townhouse owner alleges city work caused flooding

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A real estate company with a dozen townhouses on Charleston’s West Side claims that while city workers were trying to fix a landslide above the townhouses, they created a flooding problem below.

Sines Enterp...

Lawsuit: Former owner of Clay Piggly Wiggly owes United Dairy $25K

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The owner of the company that operated the Piggly Wiggly supermarket in Clay allegedly owes United Dairy thousands of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Mining company to plug wells allegedly responsible for property damage

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Pinnacle Mining Company has agreed to plug the water wells on a road in Wyoming County, where the alleged buildup of methane gas caused an explosion.

Following a hearing held last month in federal court, Pinnacle a...

Kanawha court administrator Steve Handley retires

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Taking a break from packing up his office, Steve Handley leaned back in a leather chair.

“I will miss the people I work with,” he said a few weeks before his nine-year career as the trial court admini...

Lawyers to challenge rates for court-appointed cases

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A Charleston attorney has given the state official notice that he will challenge “emergency guidelines” that would cut the amount lawyers taking court-appointed cases are paid for their time.

On behal...

Morgantown attorney accused of ethics violations

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A Morgantown attorney who withdrew last month from the race to become a Monongalia County circuit judge, is accused of soliciting campaign contributions and writing hateful Facebook posts.

Edward R. Kohout withdrew...

Man gets possible 300-plus year prison sentence for abuse of girl

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A 55-year-old Charleston man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl was sentenced Wednesday to spend up to 330 years in prison.

Henry Wayne Johnston continued to proclaim his innocence up until Kanawha Circuit Ju...

Judge OKs 3 bail bonds firms in Kanawha

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A judge on Wednesday approved three bail bonds companies to begin working in Kanawha County.

Kanawha Circuit Chief Judge James Stucky filed the orders granting the applications of 1A Bail Bonds Inc., 1st Action En...

Man sentenced to jail on neglect charge in shooting

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A Charleston man was sentenced Tuesday to spend at least a year in jail Tuesday for child neglect after his 5-year-old son shot his 4-year-old daughter last year.

John Seymour, 25, of Beech Avenue, pleaded guilty e...

Former WVSU basketball player sentenced on drug charge

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A former West Virginia State University basketball player was sentenced Tuesday to spend two years in federal prison for selling heroin near a dormitory.

Kendrick Leon Ward, 25, of Oak Park, Michigan, pleaded guilt...

Federal magistrate lowers Blankenship bond, allows travel within US

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A federal magistrate on Monday lowered the bond of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, ruling he’s free to travel throughout the United States while awaiting sentencing for violating federal mine safety and ...

Ex-Putnam magistrate publicly admonished by judicial commission

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The state Judicial Investigation Commission has publicly admonished a Putnam County magistrate who resigned earlier this month, calling his handling of a Hurricane man’s case “a travesty of justice.”...

Residents seek class action lawsuit over ‘likely’ MCHM leak

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At least 90 residents will see the value of their property diminish when crude MCHM leaks out of a Putnam County landfill and into Hurricane Creek, according to attorneys who represent a woman who lives in the area.

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EMT’s church invitation helps woman in struggle with addiction

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It was a hot July day in 2013 when Kanawha County dispatchers sent Danny Anderson to a call on Charleston’s West Side.

A woman had called 911 after being told by young boys in the neighborhood that they had ...

Charleston plans to pay $650K to man after ambulance drug mix-up

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Charleston city officials will pay a man $650,000 after paramedics in a city ambulance gave the man a drug that nearly killed him.

Man sentenced for Cross Lanes killing

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A Cross Lanes man was sentenced Monday to spend 20 years in prison, after admitting to shooting a man to death that he found hiding in his ex-fiancee’s closet.

Dustin Wayne Bodkins, 30, pleaded guilty Monda...

Lawsuits claim Eagle View Apartments construction caused flood damage

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Residents who live in a hollow below the Eagle View Apartments are suing over alleged flooding damage they say was caused by faulty construction.

More than a dozen residents filed 11 separate lawsuits in Kanawha Ci...

Group cuts rates for WV court-appointed attorneys

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“Emergency guidelines” were issued Friday by the head of West Virginia’s Public Defender Services, which will cut the amount that attorneys taking court-appointed cases are reimbursed for their time....

CVS manager, man on parole charged in pharmacy robberies

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Police say a man has admitted to robbing four CVS stores in the Kanawha Valley — with the help of a store manager. The pair was caught after CVS employees put GPS monitoring systems in prescription pain pill bottl...

Appeals court overturns WV judge on handling of Puerto Rican case

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An appeals court ruled that a federal judge from West Virginia who presided over a high profile case in Puerto Rico last year should have granted a defendant’s change of venue request.

U.S. District Court J...

Defenders question order allowing Kanawha bail bondsmen

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The Kanawha Public Defender’s Office wants an administrative order rescinded that allows professional bail bondsmen back in Kanawha County.

The administrative order allowing bondsmen in Kanawha County was en...

Around WV: Dec. 16, 2015

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In Around West Virginia today: A murder trial in Jefferson County begins; Fayette commissioners continue to deal with an injection well and teachers in Randolph County speak out against a coaching proposal: