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Yeager Airport sues 20 companies over landslide


Yeager Airport is suing 20 companies involved with the design and construction of its runway extension project, which collapsed in a massive landslide in March, alleging negligence and breach of cont...

Longtime Trivillian’s employee retires


Maida Sharp leaned back and slightly squinted her eyes to read the next lunch order slip hanging above the grill.

“Two hot dogs,” she mouthed, before reaching for the buns. Mustard, onions and chili i...

Cross Lanes man previously charged with murder admits drug charges


A Cross Lanes man, who had previously been accused in a Putnam County slaying, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to selling high-grade methamphetamine.

David Matthew Little, 37, admitted he conspired with o...

Charges against ex-Kanawha prosecutor Plants dismissed


Former Kanawha County prosecuting attorney Mark Plants quickly walked out of the courtroom Thursday after a magistrate dismissed two domestic violence-related charges against him.

The charges had been pending for m...

Former DHHR official says she was fired for water testimony


A former state Bureau for Public Health official alleges she was fired for her testimony to legislators last year about the Freedom Industries chemical leak and its impact.

Ann Goldberg, who served as the bureau&#x...

Lack of video issue in downtown bouncer shooting


The attorneys for two men charged with the attempted murder of a downtown Charleston nightclub bouncer asked a judge Tuesday to dismiss the case because of problems with video surveillance footage that captured the shoot...

Capital High rape defendant arrested


Dallas King, the 17-year-old Capital High School student who admitted to forcing a 15-year-old female student to have sex with him in the school earlier this year, has been arrested.

On Friday, Kanawha County Circu...

WV Supreme Court says addicts can sue doctors and pharmacists


In an opinion filed Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court said people who illegally abused the drugs that were prescribed to them can still sue the doctors and pharmacists they claim caused thei...

Man gets maximum sentence in Magic Island slaying


Anthony Harriman knew he was going to be sentenced to spend time in jail for killing Martin Snodgrass under a highway bridge near Magic Island last summer.

His attorney even asked that he spend 20 years behind bars...

Student raped at Capital High files suit against school board, Giles


A 15-year-old female student who was sexually assaulted by another student at Capital High School in January filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Kanawha County Board of Education and Clinton Giles, the school’s ...

WV doctor sentenced to 5 years for pill mill conviction


A Bridgeport doctor was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Tuesday for illegally distributing prescription painkillers.

Dr. Edita Milan, 76, of Fairmont, repeatedly prescribed excessive amounts of the dr...

Lawsuit filed over NRA T-shirt at middle school


The mother of a teenager who wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school is suing the Logan County Board of Education alleging her son’s constitutional rights were violated.

Tanya Lardieri filed the ...

New dean seeks to keep WV’s only law school moving forward


Greg Bowman, who became the full-time dean of the West Virginia University College of Law on May 1, plans to continue the pace set by his predecessor, Joyce McConnell.

McConnell, Bowman said, led the school to see ...

City, county ask judge to stop Thompson’s election challenges


Officials in Charleston and Kanawha County want political candidate Janet “JT” Thompson to have to get approval from a judge, or be represented by a lawyer, before she files any more lawsuits contesting ele...

Woman gets life without mercy for St. Albans stabbing


A judge told a woman who admitted to first-degree murder in the slaying of a St. Albans woman that she isn’t anywhere near being eligible for mercy.

Jessica May Wilson, 28, will spend the rest of her life i...

Ex-trooper talks to emergency responders about dealing with trauma


Standing in front of a room full of emergency responders, Bobby Smith, a former Louisiana State Police trooper, talked about being shot in the face and blinded.

While he was fighting for his life, he recalled wond...

Capital High rape defendant asks to withdraw plea


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A 17-year-old Capital High School student says prosecutors rushed him into pleading guilty to forcing a 15-year-old female student to have sex with him in the school.

Dallas King asked a ...

Sex abuse charges against Boone County principal dropped


A sexual abuse charge against the principal of Van High School was dismissed this week. Prosecutors say they didn’t want a teenage girl to have to testify in a public hearing, but one of the girls involved says sh...

Judge delays sentencing in Logan kickback scheme


A judge said Thursday he isn’t so sure that the former manager of an Arch Coal mine in Logan County is guilty of forcing companies to pay kickbacks to obtain machine repair work.

U.S. District Judge Thomas J...

Man sentenced for expensive lawn ornament thefts


Before sending a Sissonville man to jail, a judge told him that his thefts of lawn ornaments from South Hills homes last year was no laughing matter.

Christopher Derricks, 39, who admitted to grand larceny, was tak...

Mayor’s son gets five years probation for fraud


Fearing that he will die from an overdose, a judge sentenced the son of Charleston’s mayor Wednesday to spend five years on strict probation.

Zachary Jones, 25, who pleaded guilty to a fraud charge, will hav...

Two more assistant prosecutors leave Kanawha office


Two more assistants have left the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, making seven gone since Charles Miller took over late last year.

Matt Smith and Adam Campbell’s last day was Friday. Th...

WVU law school maintains enrollment, despite national drop


Enrollment at the West Virginia University College of Law increased slightly last year, despite a drop in enrollment at law schools across the country.

Officials at WVU are keeping a close eye on the nationwide de...

Widow of former Mingo sheriff sues alleged killer


The widow of late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was shot to death while he sat in his police cruiser in downtown Williamson, is suing the man who allegedly shot him.

Rosie Crum filed the wrongful death law...

Judge tosses lawsuit filed against Charleston abortion clinic


A Kanawha County judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a woman who claimed her abortion was botched at a clinic on Charleston’s West Side.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit entered an order Mond...

Mingo men win lawsuit against Gilbert cop


A jury ordered Gilbert’s assistant police chief to pay damages for two Mingo County men who claimed they were beaten by officers several years ago.

Bobby Lester and Jimmy West filed suit in 2013 against the...

Five guilty in Foodland robbery, shooting


With handcuffs on, John Proctor III was able to use a piece of his orange jumpsuit to wipe tears from his eyes after he admitted to robbing a Kanawha City grocery store last summer and shooting a clerk there.


Third defendant admits role in Magic Island slaying


A third person pleaded guilty Monday for his role in the slaying of a Charleston man near Magic Island last summer.

John Michael Thurmond, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Martin Snodgrass...

Mingo judge apologizes for asking attorneys for money


Mingo County Circuit Judge Miki Thompson said she realizes she was wrong to send letters to attorneys asking for money to remodel her courtroom.

“The letter was wrong. There’s no question it was wrong...

Mingo judge asks attorneys to donate to courtroom remodel


Mingo County’s only circuit judge sent a letter earlier this month to attorneys in the county asking them to donate money to remodel her courtroom.

Judge Miki Thompson’s April 6 letter states that whi...

Friday’s 5k to honor victims of crimes


As an assistant prosecutor, Tera Salango knows how important it is for victims of crimes to be informed of their rights.

“It’s scary enough to be a victim of a crime and then the criminal justice pro...

Nitro man admits role in puppy’s death


After about two weeks on the run, a Nitro man appeared in court Wednesday and admitted his role in the shooting death of a 6-month-old puppy last year.

Richard Todd Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to attempting to malici...

Sources: Gun bought by GW teacher used in 2013 murder


The gun a George Washington High School math teacher is accused of purchasing for a felon was used in a murder two years ago, according to sources close to the investigation.

Feds set up website for potential victims of Freedom spill


A website has been established for potential victims of last year’s Freedom Industries chemical leak that contaminated drinking water supplies for 300,...

St. Albans man said he’d break deal with prosecutors for $3,500


Despite agreeing to testify against his co-defendant in a murder case, a man serving a life sentence for the murder of a St. Albans woman said he would break the deal he made with prosecutors “and lie to th...

Victim of assault by UC players sues school


A man who was beaten in downtown Charleston two years in an incident with three University of Charleston basketball players claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that the school should have never allowed the men to enroll bec...

Water company’s parent to remain as defendant in lawsuit, judge rules


A federal judge in Charleston won’t let the parent company of West Virginia American Water Co. out of a lawsuit in connection with the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water supplies serving ...

GW teacher suspended after federal gun indictment


A math teacher at George Washington High School faces federal gun charges. Prosecutors allege she illegally bought a gun for a felon.

Jennifer Lee Napier, 38, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in Charleston...

Man can’t withdraw guilty plea even though sentence changed, Court rules


A Summers County man serving a lifetime jail sentence won’t be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, even though he entered into it thinking he could only get up to 10 years in jail, a divided state Supreme Court r...

Judge: Blankenship’s trial won’t move if a fair jury can be seated in Beckley


A federal judge said Friday that she won’t move the trial of former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship from Beckley unless attorneys fail to find a fair jury there.

In an order issued Friday, U.S. Distric...

Prosecutors working to notify potential victims in Freedom cases


Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to approve an alternative method of notifying potential victims of charges brought in connection with the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water supplies s...

Judge postpones Blankenship’s trial until July


A judge has delayed the trial of Don Blankenship until July, partially granting a request from his attorneys that asked for more time.

“The ends of justice served by granting a continuance outweigh the inter...

Judge dismisses Blankenship’s claim of ‘selective and vindictive prosecution’


A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a claim by Don Blankenship that he has been the subject of a “selective and vindictive prosecution” by federal prosecutors.

In another ruling, U.S. District Judge ...

YWCA camp helps kids build confidence


Sheila was nervous about letting her young son Sam attend summer camp.

Sam, who has autism, hadn’t had the best experiences at some of the camps he had attended in the past. But Sheila had to work, so she d...

Freedom execs’ sentencings moved to December


A federal judge Tuesday pushed back the sentencing dates of three former Freedom Industries officials who have pleaded guilty to pollution charges in connection with the January 2014 chemical spill, so they can testify f...

Man claims Princeton police beat him during arrest


A man is suing the city of Princeton and its police department alleging he was beaten by officers while he was handcuffed during an arrest in 2013.

Steven Ronald Belcher’s lawsuit was moved to federal court...

Widow of slain Mingo sheriff sues for funeral expenses


The widow of late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was shot to death while he sat in his police cruiser in downtown Williamson, is suing county commissioners and the county’s former circuit judge, claiming th...

Poca man awarded $3 million in case against Ford


A federal jury this week ruled against Ford Motor Company and awarded a 74-year-old Poca man more than $3 million in damages after his gas pedal got stuck, causing him to crash his truck.

On Nov. 20, 2012, while Ho...

Charges thrown out against Logan County attorney


Charges of assault and battery on a police officer filed two years ago against a Logan County attorney were dismissed by a magistrate this week.

Ben F. White, of Chapmanville, was accused in December 2013 of maki...

Defense says bouncer fired gun the night he was shot 12 times


An attorney for one of the two men charged with attempted murder of a downtown Charleston nightclub bouncer claims that evidence suggests the bouncer fired a gun the night he was shot 12 times.

Attorney Brendan Do...