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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 — ...

Court clears way for gay marriage in W.Va.


The federal appeals court that covers West Virginia has agreed that a ban on same-sex marriage in neighboring Virginia is unconstitutional — a move that advocates said would pave the way for gay and lesbian couple...

Kanawha grand jury indicts 77


A Kanawha County grand jury indicted two people on attempted murder charges Thursday in connection to a May shooting in a South Charleston neighborhood.

Terrence Arthur Brown, 24, of Dunbar, and Ashley Lynn Workm...

Four indicted on murder charges


A Kanawha County grand jury on Thursday indicted four people on murder charges in three separate slayings this year.

Also, two men charged with shooting a bouncer at a downtown Charleston nightclub in April were i...

Sen. Manchin’s brother sues him, other brother over $1.7 million loan


FAIRMONT, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s brother has sued the senator and another brother over more than $1.7 million that allegedly was loaned to keep a family business afloat decades ago.

The lawsu...

Judge dismisses charges in South Hills shootout


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A judge on Tuesday dismissed attempted murder and wanton endangerment charges against a Charleston attorney who police say fired almost 50 rounds from several guns inside and out the windows of...

Six apply for Kanawha family judge position


Six attorneys applied to be appointed Kanawha County Family Court judge when Mike Kelly retires Aug. 31.

James Wilson Douglas, Erica N. Lord, Laura J. Straley, Lera K. VanMeter, Darlene Ratliff Washington and R. Jo...

Guilty plea in murder of Kanawha City man


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man accused of killing a 90-year-old Kanawha City resident in his home in January pleaded guilty to the murder Monday morning as his trial was scheduled to begin.

Anthony Dav...

Kanawha deputies held same conference Plants attended in Florida


A training class that Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney and his top assistant paid thousands of dollars in public money to attend in Florida in 2012 was also held twice that year by the Kanawha County Sheriff&...

Kanawha prosecutor takes deal, will attend batterers program


Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants signed an agreement Friday to attend a program in Putnam County in the hope the charges against him will be dropped after he completes it.

On Thursday, Plants hadn&#x...

As trial dates loom, Plants hasn’t accepted new deal


The special prosecutor handling the misdemeanor charges against Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants is waiting to hear whether Plants will accept an amended deal or go to trial.

Plants hasn’t reg...

Lawyer leaves firm after ethics charges


Attorneys with the Dinsmore & Shohl law firm are reviewing cases after its managing partner in Charleston left the firm partly because he was charged with ethics violations.

Letters went out to clients at the b...

Lawyers deciding how to proceed in local employer birth-control case


After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against them last month, attorneys for the federal government want more time to decide their next move in a lawsuit filed against it by South Charleston car dealer Joe Holland over whet...

Mingo magistrate sues ex-judge Thornsbury, others


A longtime Mingo County magistrate has sued the county’s former circuit judge and prosecuting attorney, claiming she “suffered mightily” for her stance against corruption at the courthouse.


Zakaib to retire after decades as Kanawha judge


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Paul Zakaib Jr., a Kanawha County Circuit judge for nearly three decades, will leave the bench next month.

Zakaib, 81, said that after contemplating it for about a year, he will retire Au...

Man pleads guilty to St. Albans woman’s stabbing death


Nancy Burdette Lynch looked terrified before she was stabbed to death earlier this year, the man who pleaded guilty to her slaying said.

Timothy Paul Shafer, 29, of St. Albans, pleaded guilty to first-degree murde...

Attorney for man accused in Kanawha City slaying to investigate crime scene


The attorney of a Charleston man charged with first-degree murder was given permission Thursday to take an investigator to the place police say his client killed a 90-year-old Kanawha City man earlier this year.


Former Logan circuit clerk pleads guilty to mine kickback scheme


A former Logan County circuit clerk pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for his role in a coal mine kickback scheme.

Alvis Porter, 61, of Holden, who owned Quality Oil, admitted that he paid about $400,000 in...

Monsanto settlement finalized; medical monitoring, cleanup available for residents


There were about 30 phone messages from potential class-members in a landmark settlement against Monsanto waiting when the office charged with handling those claims opened on Tuesday morning.

Charleston attorney Th...

Ex-Mingo prosecutor gets one year in federal prison


A federal judge sentenced the former prosecuting attorney of Mingo County on Monday to a year in prison and said he would have given him longer — possibly much longer — if he could.

Michael Sparks, 44...

In Kanawha County, lawyers arguing the ‘Plants’ defense


About a week ago, at a hearing in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, the attorney for a man charged with felony child abuse presented a defense that prosecutors have heard all too often lately.

The prosecutors call i...

Mercer prosecutor won’t retry murder case


The 1998 murder charge pending against Davie Hurt will be dismissed, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said Wednesday.

Last month, the West Virginia Supreme Court sided with a lower court’s ruling...

Former Charleston police officer sues city over firing


A former Charleston police officer is suing the city, claiming he was harassed and fired after he broke off an affair with another officer and divorced a relative of the department’s chief.

Christopher Thomp...

Ex-Mingo prosecutor Michael Sparks asks for alternative sentence to avoid prison


Former Mingo County prosecuting attorney Michael Sparks is asking a federal judge to, rather than send him to prison, give him an alternative sentence, like community service — in which his attorney says Sparks co...

Teenager pleads guilty to charges in West Side slaying


A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges in the shooting death of a 19-year-old on Charleston’s West Side in April.

Naquil Sayles, 17, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder and fleeing ...

Businessman expects action after birth control ruling


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorneys for South Charleston car dealer Joe Holland expect a federal judge in West Virginia will soon make a swift ruling in their favor after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that employe...