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Son of pastor, community leader arrested


The son of community leader Rev. Matthew Watts was arrested Wednesday and charged with selling heroin.

Matthew J. Watts II, 30, of Charleston, was taken to the South Central Regional Jail on Wednesday evening after...

Chambers puts W.Va. same-sex marriage decision on hold


A federal judge has again put a hold on his decision in a lawsuit challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers stayed the case in West Virginia, pending ...

Mingo voters won’t decide family judge, court rules. Tomblin appoints replacement


The state Supreme Court ordered Wednesday that the Mingo County clerk remove the family court race from the general election ballot. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin instead appointed a judge.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed...

Possible witnesses named in Plants case


A statement made by a woman who says Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants hit her while they were students at West Virginia University could be brought up during a hearing next week.

Three judges will he...

13 apply to finish Zakaib’s term as judge


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thirteen people have applied to be appointed to fill the remaining two years of recently retired Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib’s term.

Applicants include Webster J. Arceneaux I...

One candidate for Mingo family judge more qualified, Tomblin told


Three names were recommended to the governor for the appointment of Mingo County Family Court judge, but in an unprecedented move, the judicial vacancy commission wrote a letter with their No. 1 pick.

Gov. Earl R...

Police warned about ‘sovereign citizens’


In August, State Police arrested a man in Roane County after they said they found improvised explosives, AK-47 style rifles and about 30 live chickens in his wrecked SUV at 3:30 a.m. The man, Seth Grim, 21, allegedly tol...

Hansford man pleads guilty to sex crimes


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Hansford man pleaded guilty Friday on the eve of his trial to three separate sex crimes — two of which happened nearly 20 years ago.

Jon Wendell, 50, pleaded guilty to three coun...

Tackett sues over Guard service credits


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Retired state adjutant general Allen Tackett is again asking a judge to correct how the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board is calculating service credits for National Guard members.


Kanawha Family Court judge opening filled


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — R. Joseph Zak was appointed by the governor Friday to serve as Kanawha Family Court judge until an election in 2016.

Zak will replace longtime Judge Mike Kelly, who retired Aug. 31.

Judge extends protective order against Plants; calls behavior ‘mind-boggling’


A family court judge has extended a domestic violence protection order against Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants until December. She calls his behavior “mind-boggling.”

Virginia couple sues Charleston lawyer Humphreys


A Virginia couple is suing a Charleston lawyer, who is a former state senator, claiming he lied for more than eight years and made them believe he filed a lawsuit on their behalf.

The Tazewell County, Virginia, co...

Delay in trial doesn’t violate Plants’ rights, magistrate says


Making Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants complete a 32-week domestic violence intervention program before a jury trial won’t violate his constitutional rights, a magistrate said Tuesday.


Gaddy will go to trial in McKinney slaying


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Detroit man refused a deal offered by prosecutors Tuesday and will go to trial on a murder charge in the slaying of a West Side teenager.

Mark Gaddy, 23, is charged with first-degree mu...

Plants’ trial may not happen until April


It appears a magistrate will make the Kanawha County prosecuting attorney complete a domestic violence program before going to trial.

Mercer County Magistrate Mike Flanigan on Monday morning threw around possible ...

Boone man says State Police beat him


A Boone County man says at least two West Virginia State Police troopers out of the Hamlin detachment left him hospitalized for almost a week after a severe beating.

Eric B. Leary filed a lawsuit this week in Linc...

Senior status judge appointed to hear Manchin lawsuit


A retired Jefferson County circuit judge will preside over the lawsuit that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s brother filed against him earlier this summer.

The West Virginia Supreme Court filed an administrative or...

Kanawha family court candidate no stranger to system


A candidate for Kanawha County’s family court judge vacancy believes her experience in the family court system -- including a protective order taken out against her by her then-husband several years ago -- will he...

Kanawha prosecutor takes issue with new juvenile parole law


An assistant Kanawha County prosecutor is challenging the state Attorney General’s interpretation of a new law that prohibits life sentences without parole for people convicted of crimes committed when they were j...

Police: Teen met alleged killer online


An Ohio man accused of killing a Cross Lanes teenager allegedly met the girl over the Internet — and the girl’s father begged other parents Tuesday to make sure they know what their children are doing onlin...

Judges: Kanawha County can’t depose prosecutor before hearing


The attorney representing Kanawha County commissioners in their attempt to remove county Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants won’t be allowed to question Plants before a hearing on the matter.

Former car dealer sues former councilwoman


Another dispute between the former owner of a car dealership and a former Charleston city councilwoman has ended up in court.

Pete Lopez filed a lawsuit last week against Ditty Markham in Kanawha Circuit Court, cla...

Ohio man to be charged in slaying of Kanawha girl


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An Ohio man will be charged in the slaying of a Kanawha County teenager, whose body was found Saturday wrapped in plastic along a bank of the Ohio River.

Ernest Michael Roach, 36, of Raci...

Plants temporarily loses right to visit kids


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants’ visitation rights with his two sons have been temporarily taken away again by a family court judge because Plants decided to go to trial ...

Beckley man pleads guilty in 2013 Kareem Hunter slaying


Deveron Patterson cried while telling a judge about killing Kareem Hunter last year.

“We beat up Kareem . . . duct-taped him, put him in the trunk and carried...

Man charged in West Side slaying and plot against detective to get psych exam


An 18-year-old Detroit man charged in the slaying of Tymel McKinney and a plot to kill a Charleston detective stopped taking his bipolar medication about a year ago, his attorney said Wednesday.

Darrell Emmett ...

Kanawha prosecutor will go to trial — at some point


Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants will go to trial. It’s just not clear when.

A magistrate assigned to hear the misdemeanor domestic violence ch...

St. Albans man gets life without mercy for January slaying


Even prosecutors had recommended that a judge grant Timothy Shafer mercy.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom, though, didn’t buy Shafer’s excuse that drugs made him participate in the stabbing death of ...

Charleston attorney offers reward for billionaire’s assets


A Charleston attorney is receiving national attention for an unconventional approach in trying to track down possible assets of the founder of a luxury resort.


Charges against son of W.Va. Supreme Court justice dismissed


Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped malicious-wounding charges against the son of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman — but police say they stand by their report that led to char...

Fourth arrest made in Foodland robbery


Another teenager was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery Wednesday for his alleged role in an armed robbery at the Kanawha City Foodland last week, and police continue to look for two women who they say served...

Nurse sues Thomas Memorial over vaccine policy


A nurse is suing a South Charleston hospital claiming she was forced to get a flu shot or risk losing her job, even though she says she is severely allergic to the vaccine.

Susan Dean says in a lawsuit filed last ...

Mingo company sues former judge


A Mingo County construction company says an alleged scheme to put the husband of ex-circuit judge Michael Thornsbury’s secretary in jail cost it more than $4 million.

Devco Building and Construction and its...

Judges appointed to hear removal petition against Plants


Three judges were appointed by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis on Monday afternoon to hear a petition filed by Kanawha County commissioners to try to remove Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants from off...

Patterson’s attorney seeks to suppress statement


An attorney for one of the men charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Kareem Hunter last year will ask a judge not to allow jurors to hear the statement he made to police.

Deveron Patterson, 26, of Bec...

Plants’ trial request denied: Magistrate won’t let Kanawha prosecutor out of intervention deal


PRINCETON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants held back tears Friday and asked a magistrate to let him back out of a deal and go to trial on two misdemeanor criminal charges, but the magistrat...

Teenager sentenced in West Side slaying


A teenager apologized Thursday for his role in the slaying of Tymel McKinney on Charleston’s West Side earlier this year and said he had considered McKinney a friend.

But a judge gave Naquil Sayles the maxi...

Petition to oust Plants says prosecutor not doing job


State law requires elected officials to perform the duties of their office and Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants isn’t doing his job, an attorney plans to argue in an effort to have him removed.


Proposed settlement in Mountain State lawsuits would create fund for students


A proposed settlement in hundreds of lawsuits filed by former Mountain State University students would create a fund of more than $8.5 million for former students.

Mountain State University would also liquidate its...

Move to oust Plants will be based on Logan precedent


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The removal from office of a Logan County prosecuting attorney 15 years ago will serve as precedent in the petition expected to be filed to try to oust Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark ...

Plants asks for trial; prosecutor against idea


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants wants to go to trial on two misdemeanor charges against him — but the special prosecutor in the case doesn’t think Plants should be...

Another Mingo man says he was forced to plead guilty


Another Mingo County man says he was caught up in a scheme and forced to plead guilty to drug charges — this time in an effort to protect the county’s former circuit judge.

Albert Warren Childress was...

Kanawha Family Court Judge Snyder not guilty of battery on nurse


Minutes after a jury found him not guilty of battery against a health-care provider, Kanawha County Family Court Judge Mark Snyder said Thursday he felt vindicated and hopes hospital staff will use his case as a learning...

Nurse says Kanawha family judge’s behavior frightened her


A nurse testified Wednesday that she was scared when Kanawha Family Court Judge Mark Snyder grabbed her arm and yelled at her in the hallway at CAMC General Hospital last year.

Snyder’s attorney told jurors...

Kanawha prosecutor says he will fight to keep job


As Mark Plants begins a fight to keep his job as Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney, he wants the county commissioners who are trying to oust him to answer a few questions about their spending and policies.

Law firm to work for free to oust Plants


A national law firm with a Huntington office will represent the Kanawha County Commission pro bono in its attempt to remove Mark Plants as prosecuting attorney.

Melissa Foster Bird, an attorney with Nelson Mullins,...

Kanawha employee sues boss, commission


An employee with the Kanawha County Department of Emergency Services is suing its director, claiming he sexually harassed her and she was retaliated against and made to work in a hostile environment.

Tammie Chandl...

Woman tells 911 that Plants was screaming at ex-wife


A woman told a 911 dispatcher Wednesday evening Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants was screaming at his ex-wife in the parking lot of John Adams Middle School.

Police described Wednesday’s incid...

AG asks judge to keep W.Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit on hold


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants a federal judge to keep the lawsuit challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban on hold until a ruling in a similar Virginia case is final and the U.S. Supre...

County clerks play it safe on gay marriage


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a federal appeals court declared Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, some county clerks in neighboring Colorado — covered by the same federal circuit — ...