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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...

Kanawha County grand jury indicts 70, including 8 for murder


A Charleston man, who fatally shot an alleged intruder in his home, was indicted by a Kanawha County grand jury on charges of wanton endangerment, assault and carrying a dangerous, deadly weapon.

David Matthew Cam...

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...