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Tabit confident after first week as judge

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Hansford man gets max sentence for abuse

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An Eastern Kanawha County man turned to his family before being given the maximum prison sentence Friday and asked if he should withdraw his plea of guilty to first-degree sexual abuse charges.

“I can, but I...

Judge officially ends W.Va.’s same-sex marriage ban

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A federal judge on Friday declared West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, weeks after state officials began issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

“The right to marry is a fu...

Kanawha family judge Snyder sues nurse, police over battery accusation

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A Kanawha County family court judge, who was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge in August, has sued the nurse who accused him, her husband, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy, as well as several Charleston pol...

Mooney edges Casey for U.S. House 2nd District

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Trailing by a slim margin with most of the votes counted, Democrat Nick Casey told supporters of his congressional campaign that the election was not “going to blow in our direction” moments before The Asso...

Supreme Court reinstates union lawsuit thrown out by Zakaib

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The West Virginia Supreme Court this week overturned a Kanawha County judge’s decision granting a company summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by seven electricians over wages.

Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib was ...

Plants accepts removal as Kanawha prosecutor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mark Plants said Monday he won’t appeal to the state Supreme Court the ruling by a three-judge panel to remove him as Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney.

Instead, Plants ...

Gay ex-miner now manages ‘hate-free’ Dollar General

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Managing the Dollar General store in Pinch doesn’t pay as much as Sam Hall made while he was a coal miner.

“It’s OK” though, he said, “it pays the bills.”

Hall, who ...

Inspire WV works to get students to vote

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This is how the voters look in your district, Chelsea Costello told a group of high school students Saturday morning in Charleston.

“Here’s the projected turnout,” Costello said, pointing at a...

Attorney ‘disappointed’ with low Monsanto claimant sign-ups

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Friday was the deadline for potential class-members in a landmark $93 million settlement against Monsanto to sign up to have their property cleaned or be tested for disease — and not many people did.

At leas...

W.Va. Supreme Court again says jail authority is immune in inmate’s alleged rape

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Even if a correctional officer at a regional jail raped an inmate, the state Regional Jail Authority cannot be held liable in a lawsuit over the rape, the

Scaring up support for the Kanawha library levy

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Dozens of parents and children stood Thursday night on the sidewalk on Quarrier Street, staring at an illuminated sign that read “No LIBRARY ... scary.”

“SHHH!” another sign read.

Randolph County judge suspended until term ends in 2016

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A Randolph County judge will be suspended without pay until her term is up at the end of 2016 for “her stunningly inappropriate conduct,” the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Circuit Judge...

Father in landmark rights case charged with drug crime in N.C.

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A father who was awarded $7 million by a Cabell County jury nearly 20 years ago in a landmark adoption case for father’s rights was arrested this week in North Carolina and charged with trafficking opiates.

Kanawha prosecutor interviews to be public

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Kanawha County commissioners voted Tuesday to conduct interviews for a replacement for Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants in public, hours after county Republicans endorsed three people to replace the beleaguered prosecuto...

Charleston murder suspect ‘death penalty-eligible’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man could face the death penalty after a federal grand jury indicted him Tuesday on a murder charge in the death of a police informant.

Federal authorities haven’t sai...

Longtime Kanawha public defender may be retiring

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a quarter-century as Kanawha County’s chief public defender, George Castelle may be stepping down.

Several attorneys that work for and with Castelle said Monday that he told ...

Settlement approved in huge nursing home case

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A judge approved a $38 million settlement this week in a lawsuit against a Charleston nursing home after the state Supreme Court reduced the original verdict in the case.

In 2011, after a trial that lasted nearly t...

Supreme Court tells judge to reconsider man’s restitution

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The restitution a Kanawha County man was ordered to pay after pleading guilty to burglary and grand larceny last year will be reconsidered after the state Supreme Court said Thursday a circuit judge ordered him to pay to...

Chambers must rule on same-sex marriage, plaintiffs say

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A federal judge still needs to rule on the lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, the couples who filed the lawsuit say, even though same-sex couples are now being married in West Virginia and t...

Goodwin to give second chance to drug users

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Federal prosecutors and police will offer low level drug dealers — who are selling only to support their heroin habit — a chance to get help before facing charges and going to jail.

U.S. Attorney Boot...

Pheasant hunt delays hearing on mining near KSF

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A circuit judge delayed a hearing over a surface mining permit at Kanawha State Forest so coal company attorneys could go pheasant hunting.

William DePaulo, attorney for David Cordell, wh...

Morrisey still wants gay marriage lawsuit dismissed

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey still wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples over the state’s ban on gay marriage, despite the fact gay couples can now marry in the Mountain State.<...

Plants not sure if he’ll appeal removal, says he’s ‘tired of fighting’

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Mark Plants doesn’t know if he’ll appeal his removal as prosecuting attorney of Kanawha County, but he does know that he’s tired of fighting this battle.

“I’m still weighing my op...

Kanawha domestic violence program to change with new judge

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Joe Zak, who was sworn in Friday as Kanawha County’s newest family court judge, won’t participate in the county’s domestic violence pilot program that has been going on for the p...

Cross Lanes man indicted on murder charge

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Cross Lanes man was indicted on a murder charge Friday in the shooting death of a man he found in his ex-fiancée’s home.

Dustin Wayne Bodkins, 29, was also indicted on a cha...

Woman dies after stabbing in Charleston; roommate charged with murder

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A woman was killed after she was stabbed by her roommate on Charleston’s East End just after midnight on Thursday, police said.

Patricia Miller, 50, of Charleston, was charged with second-degree murder after...

Trooper won’t be charged in Mercer shooting death

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A State Police trooper who shot and killed a teenager, who was his neighbor, in Mercer County earlier this year will not face charges, according to the prosecuting attorney.

The June shooting of Timothy Hill, 18, n...

Former Williamson mayor gets probation

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A judge said the felony conviction of former Williamson mayor and Bank of Mingo branch manager Darrin McCormick for lying to federal agents was punishment enough and sentenced him to three years of probation on Thursday....

Ex-DOH supervisor gets probation, will cooperate with feds

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A former supervisor for the state Division of Highways was sentenced to a year of probation Wednesday in Upshur County Magistrate Court for lying to the State Police.

Barry D. Thompson, 49, of Mount Clare, also fa...