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Man sues town of Sophia, police department


A Raleigh County man is suing the town of Sophia and its police department claiming his constitutional rights were violated and that he was subjected to excessive force, battery and was falsely arrested.

Travis Lan...

End of Plants case may be in sight


A magistrate Friday morning told former Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants, who faces two misdemeanor domestic violence-related charges, that he and the prosecuting attorney who charged him should plan how the case wi...

Feds investigated Trivillian’s for a year, warrant shows


Federal agents had been investigating Trivillian’s Pharmacy for about a year before prosecutors charged it and its lead pharmacist with health-care fraud, according to an application for a sea...

Daycare sues Schoenbaum center over lease problems


A Kanawha County daycare business says in a lawsuit that the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center wrongly terminated its lease and plotted to steal its clients and employees.

The Kanawha Valley Enrichment Center en...

Man’s collection of stolen lawn ornaments going back to owners


A lawn ornament disappeared from Dina Mohler’s lawn five years ago. She thought it was long gone, but police returned it to her on Monday.

Christopher Derricks, 39, of Sissonville, pleaded guilty earlier th...

Judge to rule on abortion lawsuit by April 1


A Kanawha County judge said Thursday that the testimony of a woman suing a local abortion clinic doesn’t appear to support the claims in her lawsuit.

Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit said she would rule by April ...

Sissonville man kept journal about lawn ornament thefts


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Sissonville man who kept a journal about what he stole from the yards of South Hills residents last year pleaded guilty earlier this month to grand larceny.

Christopher Derricks, 39, ke...

Appeals court affirms Thornsbury’s 50-month prison sentence


Former Mingo County circuit judge Michael Thornsbury, serving more than four years in a federal prison, had his appeal of his sentence denied by a federal court Thursday.

The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals uphel...

Charge against Capital High’s former Principal Giles dismissed


A judge Wednesday dismissed a misdemeanor charge against former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles, who had been accused of failing to immediately report a sexual assault at his school.

Outside the courtro...

Capital High student pleads guilty to sexual abuse charge


A Capital High School student told a judge Tuesday that he forced a 15-year-old female student to have sex with him in the school earlier this year.

Dallas King, 17, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree sexual ab...

Prosecutor may not move forward with case against Giles


The Kanawha County prosecuting attorney said Monday he’s not sure that he will move forward with the case against a former Capital High School principal if a judge doesn’t dismiss it later this week.


Family defends woman accused in slaying of St. Albans woman


Despite prosecutors’ accusations that she stabbed a St. Albans woman to death last year, Jessica Wilson isn’t a violent person, her family says.

“She don’t have it in her to do that,...

Judge wants more information before sentencing kickback defendant


The sentencing of one of the men involved in a kickback scheme at a Logan County coal mine didn’t go forward as planned last week, after a federal judge questioned the amount of jail time he faces.

Gary K. G...

Teen expected to plead guilty in Capital High assault


A 17-year-old Capital High School student is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the alleged sexual assault of another student at the school.

Dallas E. Ki...

Former Logan assessor gets probation for violating banking law


A federal judge made clear before sentencing the former Logan County assessor to probation -- a sentence way below what advisory guidelines called for -- that the federal banking law he violated had nothing to do with hi...

Man once charged in decade-old slaying facing drug charges


A Nitro man who had been accused in a decade-old slaying is now facing federal methamphetamine and gun charges.

Federal prosecutors charged David Matthew Little, 37, with multiple counts of distributing methamphet...

Bill clarifying sexual assault reporting requirements should clear Giles, attorney says


The passage of a bill last week by the House of Delegates, which addresses the reporting of sexual assaults by school personnel, confirms prosecutors should drop the misdemeanor failure-to-report charge against former Ca...

Mingo commissioner sued over election complaint


A former Mingo County sheriff claims in a lawsuit that a county commissioner cost him an election last year by filing a bogus complaint days before the vote took place.

Former sheriff Lonnie Hannah ran last year fo...

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...