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Another lawsuit filed over deadly Arlington Avenue fire


A man whose daughter and three grandchildren were killed in Charleston’s deadliest fire has sued the landlord who owned the home.

Timothy B. Carter-Camp filed the lawsuit Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Giles asks judge to throw out charge


Prosecutors rushed to judgment in charging former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles with the misdemeanor of failing to immediately report an alleged sexual assault at the school, Giles’ attorney wrote Mo...

Yeager, Triad Engineering removed from Freedom lawsuit


Yeager Airport is no longer a defendant in a lawsuit filed over last year’s chemical leak from Freedom Industries.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Charleston, had alleged the airport’s poor ma...

Murder defendant Quinones gets another lawyer


John Carr is the latest attorney to represent a Charleston man charged with the 2013 slaying of Kareem Hunter in a Marmet apartment.

Miguel Quinones, 35, who is charged with murder and conspiracy, will appear with...

Raleigh General, doctor sued over heart procedures


A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the former director of the cardiac program at Raleigh General Hospital of performing an alarming number of unnecessary heart procedures, and also alleges hospital officials knew about it ...

Ex-principal’s attorney wants language removed from charge against him


The attorney for former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles wants a judge to strike part of what prosecutors wrote in the document charging Giles with failing to immediately report an alleged sexual assault at th...

Ex-DOH official sentenced to probation for lying to FBI


A former state Division of Highways administrator was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Wheeling to three years’ probation for misleading agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Edward Matthew...

Trivillian’s owner pleads guilty to federal health-care charge


After Trivillian’s Pharmacy owner Paula Butterfield admitted to a federal health-care charge Wednesday, she described to a judge how she defrauded Medicare and West Virginia Medicaid.

Butterfield, 71, who a...

Former Capital High principal pleads not guilty


Clinton Giles walked into the courtroom Tuesday morning and shook hands with several men who had come to support him before pleading not guilty to the misdemeanor charge of failing to immediately report an alleged sexual...

Amended lawsuit filed over train derailment


When Barry Blackburn decided to file suit against CSX and West Virginia American Water, he expected his business would be forced to close for weeks after an oil train carrying crude oil derailed, caught fire and exploded...

Man shot in pharmacy robbery had recent jail sentence deferred


A man who was shot and killed while trying to rob a pharmacy this week had his sentence on drug charges deferred in December so he could get treatment for his drug addiction.

Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, pleade...

CSX, water company sued over train derailment and response


Two Fayette County restaurants and two shareholders in those restaurants sued CSX and West Virginia American Water Company on Wednesday, two days after a train carrying crude oil derailed, caught fire and exploded in wes...

Ex-Logan County circuit clerk gets probation in kickback scheme


Former Logan County circuit clerk Alvis Porter was sentenced to three years’ probation Wednesday for a tax crime, after a federal judge told Porter he could actually be considered a victim of the widespread kickba...

Ex-Logan circuit clerk asks for probation in kickback scheme


When he’s sentenced for his role in a kickback scheme, former Logan County circuit clerk Alvis Porter wants to meet privately with a federal judge to explain the full amount of the assistance he’s provided ...

Two file lawsuits over falls at Civic Center


A former West Virginia University basketball player and a high school cheerleading coach have sued the city of Charleston and a flooring company, after they allegedly fell and injured themselves in the same place at the ...

Car break-ins raise concerns of ID-theft gang


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a man smashed Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Maryclaire Akers’ car window and took her wallet last month outside the Charleston Tennis Club, she immediately canceled her credi...

Kickback scheme cases move forward


The sentencing of several men who pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal Mine in Logan County will move forward after a federal judge this week decided which attorneys will represent them.

U.S. Distri...

Drug Court Day celebrates 1,000 graduates


Even with the large crowd gathered in the lower rotunda of the state Capitol on Tuesday morning, Nicholas Harrison quickly found his probation officer.

As Harrison walked away from the podium, Joe Allen was waiting...

Davis won’t step away from nursing home case


West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says she won’t recuse herself, as attorneys have asked, from a nursing home case after allegations were raised in a previous case that the plaintiff’s lawyer ...

Marple lawsuit against school board moves forward


A judge Monday denied a request by an attorney for the West Virginia Board of Education to allow the Supreme Court to decide whether former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple was an at-will employee.


Giles asks Kanawha Circuit for speedy trial


Clinton Giles, suspended as principal of Capital High School, asked a judge Friday for a speedy trial.

Giles, 64, could face 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to prosecutors, who charged him Tuesday with...

Suspended principal says he wants details of case to come out


Suspended Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles said Wednesday he looks forward to more details coming out about the investigation into a reported sexual assault at his school, which resulted in him facing a crimin...

Prosecutors charge Capital High principal for failing to notify police immediately of alleged rape


Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles has been suspended and charged with a misdemeanor for failing to report an alleged sexual assault at his school.

Giles, who has served as principal since 2002, was charge...

Federal bankruptcy judge Pearson to retire


After more than 30 years on the bench, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson will retire later this year.

In a letter on the court’s web...

More lawyers back out of representing man in Marmet slaying


A judge on Monday agreed to let a Charleston man charged with murder change attorneys for the third time, but said this is the last time.

“This is kind of like three strikes,” Kanawha Circuit Judge J...

Ex-Charleston cop will appeal to get job back


A former Charleston police officer accused of beating a man with a flashlight and writing a false report will appeal a decision last week by a state board not to let him return to the city’s police force.


Former employee sues state Public Defender office


An attorney is suing his former employer, the West Virginia Public Defender Services, claiming he was fired for raising concerns about the office.

Duane Rosenlieb Jr. worked for the public defender services office ...

Former student sues osteopathic school over handling of assault


A former student of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is suing the school, claiming officials there mishandled her sexual assault complaint.

The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Beckley co...

Pulitzer winner speaks at Festival of Ideas


Make peace with uncertainty, last year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction told several hundred people at the Clay Center on Tuesday night.

It’s necessary to protect public health, said Dan...

New chief public defender named in Kanawha


Diana Panucci will take over as chief Kanawha County public defender Feb. 1.

Panucci, who was serving as managing deputy public defender, will replace George Castelle, who said last month he was stepping down for h...

Charleston attorney one of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’


When Emily Renzelli was in the fourth grade, her teacher told her she would make a good judge —because she was bossy.

“That sort of stuck with me, ...

Man accused of killing sister, shooting nephew pleads not guilty


The man accused of killing his sister and shooting his nephew multiple times in Mink Shoals stared at the floor during his arraignment Thursday -- never looking at his mother.

Glenn David Skidmore, 40, pleaded not...

King Day unity: ‘To make the world better’


Lawmakers, judges, police officers, clergy and members of the community filled Asbury United Methodist Church on Monday to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Swaying back and forth, holding hands and li...

Homeless man settles with city in police, backpack incident


The homeless man who had his backpack thrown off a bridge by a Charleston policeman last year, was given $1,500 and agreed not to sue the city over the incident, a settlement agreement released last week shows.


Nursing home attorneys want Davis off Supreme Court case


Defense lawyers in a nursing home case before the state Supreme Court want Justice Robin Davis to recuse herself, after allegations were raised in a previous case that the plaintiff’s lawyer purchased a jet from D...

Women charged with embezzling from Girl Scouts


Two women were indicted by a Wood County grand jury on Thursday on charges accusing them of embezzling from the Girl Scouts to take a trip to Florida.

Denise Davis and Mary Farnsworth, both of Parkersburg, are char...

Judge: Accused killer of Mingo County sheriff mentally incompetent


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The man accused of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum nearly two years ago is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Tennis ...

Trivillian’s Pharmacy to be sold as part of federal settlement


Trivillian’s Pharmacy owner Paula Butterfield, who is facing criminal health-care charges, has agreed to sell the Kanawha City pharmacy as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by federal prosecutors again...

Prosecutor’s office about to lose fifth assistant


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The departure of Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Dan Holstein later this week will make five assistants gone from the Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since Charles Miller took ...

Former city HR director claims age discrimination in lawsuit


The former human resources director for the City of Charleston is suing the city, claiming she was discriminated against because of her age.

Judy King, 64, says in a lawsuit filed last week in Kanawha County Circui...

Former Mingo teacher sues Sparks, Thornsbury


A former Mingo County teacher, who was fired over allegedly abusing students, is suing the county’s ex-prosecuting attorney Michael Sparks and ex-circuit judge Michael Thornsbury claiming they conspired to have he...

Ex-State Police lab director sues over demotion


The former director of the West Virginia State Police forensic laboratory is suing the State Police, claiming she was demoted in retaliation for voicing concerns about conditions at the lab.

Soraya M. McClung, who...

Feds ask judge to set guilty plea hearings for Trivillian’s, owner


Federal prosecutors asked Wednesday that a judge schedule hearings to allow Trivillian’s Pharmacy and its owner and former pharmacist in-charge, Paula Butterfield, to plead guilty to alleged health-care and prescr...

Shooting victim would ‘do anything for anybody,’ mother says


Debbie Skidmore says both of her children died last week.

She doesn’t want to talk about her son, Glenn. She’d rather talk about her daughter, Michelle, who police say was shot and killed by her broth...