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Son of former Kanawha magistrate arrested

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The son of a former Kanawha County magistrate was arrested late Thursday after allegedly stealing a woman's purse.

Paris Workman II, 27, of Poca, was charged with petit larceny after being arrested at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro. Workman is the son of former Kanawha County Magistrate Paris Workman, who lost a re-election bid in November.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Paris Workman II and another man allegedly picked up a purse a casino patron had left on a chair, then took the purse to the restroom and emptied the contents.

According to the complaint, the men then left the building before being stopped by casino security guards. Workman allegedly returned the purse and $258 in cash before Nitro city police arrived.

Magistrate Kim Aaron also charged Workman with DUI and unlawful taking of a vehicle for an outstanding arrest warrant dating from October. In that incident, Workman allegedly took a car from a Nitro apartment complex before crashing the vehicle a short distance away. Workman's blood-alcohol level allegedly measured 0.12 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Workman was in the South Central Regional Jail late Thursday on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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