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Charles March, who killed Kelly’s Mens Shop co-worker, dies in prison


After spending almost three years in prison for the death of his longtime Kelley’s Mens Shop co-worker, Charles Eugene March died this week in prison. He was 62.

March died early Tuesday morning at the Mount...

Small fire in I-77 tunnel Christmas night


A small fire in the southbound lanes of the Interstate 77 tunnel on Christmas night stopped traffic for only about two hours, but the blaze brought back bad memories for some emergency personnel.

A car caught fire ...

W.Va. theaters to show “The Interview”


Several movie theaters in West Virginia plan to show “The Interview” in the coming days. Four appeared on a list Wednesday on the film’s official Facebook page as premiering the movie either on Chris...

Workman to serve as Supreme Court’s next chief justice


The first woman elected to statewide office in West Virginia will serve as chief justice of the state’s highest court in 2015.

Margaret Workman was unanimously chosen by justices to serve as chief justice a...

Trivillian’s Pharmacy owner Butterfield charged with Medicare scheme


The owner of Trivillian’s Pharmacy, and the pharmacy itself, were charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors with billing Medicare for drugs that were never dispensed.

Paula Butterfield was charged by informatio...

Blankenship travel request denied by federal judge


A federal judge on Monday denied a request that former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship be allowed to “travel home for the holidays” as a condition of his bond.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger deni...

St. Albans man sentenced for stabbing twin brother


A St. Albans man Monday who stabbed his twin brother earlier this year will go to jail if he so much as gets a traffic violation, a judge said Monday.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentenced Christopher Michael ...

Board taking applications for top public defender; Castelle to step down


A new chief public defender in Kanawha County will be chosen before the end of January, as longtime chief George Castelle has decided to step down for health reasons, he said Friday.

Any lawyer employed by the publ...

Prosecutor says videos disqualify Williams as witness


It would be almost impossible for a Charleston police officer suspended after allegedly making racially insensitive videos to be called as a witness in a criminal case — especially one involving a black defendant,...

Ex-Kanawha prosecutor removed from state employees’ retirement system


Mark Plants, who was removed as Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney last month, was permanently removed from the state public employees’ retirement system this week.

Plants, who faces two misdemeano...

Two men sue defunct nightclub in attacks


Two men who say they were attacked two years ago at a downtown nightclub are suing the now-shuttered club and its owner.

Larry Martin and Joe Lucas are also suing the insurance company for the Impulse nightclub, a...

Kanawha judge strikes down Morgantown truck ban


The city of Morgantown can’t restrict heavy trucks on downtown streets, a Kanawha County judge ruled Tuesday.

Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit said Morgantown’s heavy truck ordinance on W.Va. 7, which runs ...

Defendant in slaying of informant appears in court


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man yawned while a federal magistrate judge told him Monday he is facing murder charges in the death of a police informant.

Marlon Dewayne “Ice” Dixon, 38, appe...

Jackson man jailed for illegal turtle sales


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge said Monday he was especially concerned with the cruel way a Jackson County man treated wild Eastern box turtles and sentenced him to a month in prison.

Thomas Pepin, of R...

More community corrections needed for W.Va. juveniles, report shows


Before being sent to a secure facility, low-level juvenile offenders should have the chance to participate in community-based corrections programs — but West Virginia doesn’t have enoug...

Retired longtime Putnam judge Spaulding found dead


Retired longtime Putnam County Circuit Court Judge O.C. “Hobby” Spaulding was found dead Wednesday night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to State Police.

Spaulding, 69, was diagnosed w...

Strong families boost wellbeing of children


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Markus and Tamarra and their five children had been doing well.

But at the end of the summer, right before Taylor, Chelsy, Vivian, Gregory and Micky were set to head back to school, a fir...

Schulenberg to return to prosecutor’s office


Former longtime assistant Robert Schulenberg will rejoin the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s office next week.

Schulenberg, who retired from the office in 2012 after about 21 years, will make $94,000 a...

Mother of 6 needs help keeping them warm, fed


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Patty beat cancer but couldn’t celebrate long.

The mother of six has mouths to feed and keep warm this winter.

Not to mention the mountain of medical bills that have piled up...

Judge says conflicts in coal kickback scheme are ‘a mess’


A federal judge said Monday he needs more time and information before ruling on motions to sort out conflicts between defendants in a kickback scheme involving the coal industry.

“This is a mess,” U....

Doctor jailed by Kanawha judge


A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge jailed a doctor last week and ordered him to pay for his own incarceration for obtaining money by false pretenses.

Lee Adam Balaklaw, 59, who worked as an anesthesiologist in L...

Plants doing well in battery program, magistrate told


Former Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants is regularly attending and fully participating in a batterer’s intervention program, the special prosecutor assigned to Plants’ case told a magistrate Friday.

Kickback scheme defendant wants new lawyer


A Logan County coal supply owner awaiting sentencing in a widespread kickback scheme involving an Arch Coal mining complex has asked to change lawyers as a result of an alleged government-created lawyer conflict.


Cross lanes woman charged in package theft has criminal past


A woman arrested Thursday, who police say was caught on surveillance video stealing packages and a Christmas wreath from a Cross Lanes home, had 34 felony charges dismissed against her two years ago.

Deborah R. Dav...

Ex-Logan County assessor pleads guilty to federal bank charge


Longtime Logan County assessor Rick Grimmett said he had no defense for violating federal banking laws and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.

“In other words,” asked U.S. Distric...

Attorneys for couples want paid in same-sex marriage suit


Attorneys who represented three couples who sued the Kanawha and Cabell county clerks over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage are asking a judge to award them about $350,000 in fees.

As the prevailing par...

Ex-mayor Robb sues South Charleston


Former longtime South Charleston mayor Richie Robb -- who says he’ll run against incumbent South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens next year -- is asking a circuit judge to make Mullens turn over itemized financial s...

Report suggests Davis conflict in nursing home case


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis — who has said she is against changing the rules justices use to determine whether they should step down from certain cases —...

Charleston lawyer stops hiding yearning for life as a woman


The way it happened wasn’t how Anne Kelly planned to come out.

Well, there wasn’t really a plan, but a time was bound to come along that felt right, wasn’t there?

She wanted to be divorce...

Tabit confident after first week as judge


Joanna Tabit was working as a waitress when she first thought about going to law school.

She called West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, who was then a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge, and asked...

Ex-Mingo commissioner wants out of jail


A former Mingo County commissioner thought he would get probation instead of a prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to extortion, he wrote in a filing Wednesday asking that his sentence be vacated.

David Baisden...

Justices dismiss ethics charges against Charleston attorney


In a 3-2 decision, ethics charges against a former managing partner of the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl were dismissed Tuesday by the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Charleston attorney John Hussell did not have an a...

Ex-State Police analyst admits having child pornography


A former State Police forensic analyst pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Charleston to possessing child pornography.

Jeffrey Erra Osborne, 48, of Clendenin, faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting t...

Police: Man charged with killing informant confessed


A Charleston man charged with killing a police informant made a lengthy confession, according to an affidavit written last week to obtain a search warrant.

Marlon Dewayne “Ice” Dixon, 38, is accused ...

Patterson pleads guilty in slaying of Kareem Hunter


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Before being sentenced Friday, a man who helped to kill Kareem Hunter last year asked Hunter’s family to forgive him.

Deveron Patterson, 26, of Beckley, who pleaded guilty to first...

Kanawha prosecutor to rehire Akers as assistant


A Kanawha County assistant prosecutor fired by Mark Plants last year will return to the office now that Plants is gone.

Maryclaire Akers will be rehired under Charles Miller, who was named to replace Plants by Kana...

Jones to seek fourth term as Charleston mayor


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones announced Tuesday that he will run for a fourth term, in what he said would be his last campaign.

Jones, a Republican, made the announcement at a morning news...

Attorney says settlement reached in lawsuit against Thornsbury


A Mingo County man settled his lawsuit against the county’s former circuit judge Monday, the day before the lawsuit was to go to trial.

Robert Woodruff had sued the former judge, Michael Thornsbury, alleging...

Dunbar man gets life sentence for killing woman


A Dunbar man apologized to the family of the woman he killed after pleading guilty to first-degree murder on Monday.

Bobby Kanode Jr., 56, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the deat...

Thornsbury civil trial set to begin this week


A lawsuit filed by the man allegedly targeted by former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury is set for trial Tuesday.

Robert Woodruff is suing Thornsbury in U.S. District Court, alleging malicious p...

Investigation continues as Plants leaves office


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Although Mark Plants packed up his office and completed his last day as Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney on Thursday, he remains under investigation by State Police.

Plants al...

Families react to Blankenship indictment: ‘Thank God it has finally happened’


Judy Jones Peterson has called U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin dozens of times in the nearly five years since her brother was killed in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.

Peterson wanted former Massey Energy C...

Detroit man gets 30 years in teenager’s slaying


A judge noted a Detroit man’s lack of remorse for his role in the killing of a West Side teenager and sentenced him to 30 years in jail Thursday — 10 years more than prosecutors recommended.

Mark Gadd...

Fifth attorney applies to finish Kanawha prosecutor term


A lawyer with the firm Hendrickson & Long is the fifth attorney to apply with Kanawha County commissioners to replace Mark Plants as the county’s prosecuting attorney.

Mark W. Browning, who has been an a...

Judge reduces teen’s sentence, says AG’s interpretation of law is wrong


A Kanawha County judge Wednesday revised his sentence of a man convicted of shooting a pregnant woman in the stomach when he was 16 years old, ruling that the shooter can be eligible for parole in the future.

At th...

St. Albans man who told how to dispose of body sentenced


A St. Albans man who admitted he told his girlfriend how to dispose of her mother’s dead body was given the maximum sentence — up to three years in prison — for the crime Wednesday.

Shawn Legg,...

Campbells Creek man threatened friend of intruder he shot last week, police say


A Campbells Creek man, who fatally shot an alleged intruder in his home last week, was charged with two felonies Tuesday.

David Matthew Campbell, 65, is charged with wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed we...

Temporary Kanawha prosecutor named


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chuck Miller will temporarily replace Mark Plants on Friday as Kanawha County prosecuting attorney, county commissioners decided Monday.

Miller, a longtime federal prosecutor who has been...

City police officer suspended after homeless man’s backpack thrown in river may resign


A Charleston police officer is expected to resign after he threw a homeless man’s backpack into the Elk River during a confrontation in August, according to several sources close to the investigation. The man ...

Replacing Plants will end need for special prosecutors in Kanawha


When Kanawha County commissioners replace Mark Plants as prosecuting attorney, special prosecutors no longer will be needed to handle cases with domestic violence-related charges similar to the ones Plants faces, a circu...