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Former student sues osteopathic school over handling of assault


A former student of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is suing the school, claiming officials there mishandled her sexual assault complaint.

The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Beckley co...

Pulitzer winner speaks at Festival of Ideas


Make peace with uncertainty, last year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction told several hundred people at the Clay Center on Tuesday night.

It’s necessary to protect public health, said Dan...

New chief public defender named in Kanawha


Diana Panucci will take over as chief Kanawha County public defender Feb. 1.

Panucci, who was serving as managing deputy public defender, will replace George Castelle, who said last month he was stepping down for h...

Charleston attorney one of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’


When Emily Renzelli was in the fourth grade, her teacher told her she would make a good judge —because she was bossy.

“That sort of stuck with me, ...

Man accused of killing sister, shooting nephew pleads not guilty


The man accused of killing his sister and shooting his nephew multiple times in Mink Shoals stared at the floor during his arraignment Thursday -- never looking at his mother.

Glenn David Skidmore, 40, pleaded not...

King Day unity: ‘To make the world better’


Lawmakers, judges, police officers, clergy and members of the community filled Asbury United Methodist Church on Monday to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Swaying back and forth, holding hands and li...

Homeless man settles with city in police, backpack incident


The homeless man who had his backpack thrown off a bridge by a Charleston policeman last year, was given $1,500 and agreed not to sue the city over the incident, a settlement agreement released last week shows.


Nursing home attorneys want Davis off Supreme Court case


Defense lawyers in a nursing home case before the state Supreme Court want Justice Robin Davis to recuse herself, after allegations were raised in a previous case that the plaintiff’s lawyer purchased a jet from D...

Women charged with embezzling from Girl Scouts


Two women were indicted by a Wood County grand jury on Thursday on charges accusing them of embezzling from the Girl Scouts to take a trip to Florida.

Denise Davis and Mary Farnsworth, both of Parkersburg, are char...

Judge: Accused killer of Mingo County sheriff mentally incompetent


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The man accused of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum nearly two years ago is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Tennis ...

Trivillian’s Pharmacy to be sold as part of federal settlement


Trivillian’s Pharmacy owner Paula Butterfield, who is facing criminal health-care charges, has agreed to sell the Kanawha City pharmacy as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by federal prosecutors again...

Prosecutor’s office about to lose fifth assistant


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The departure of Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Dan Holstein later this week will make five assistants gone from the Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since Charles Miller took ...

Former city HR director claims age discrimination in lawsuit


The former human resources director for the City of Charleston is suing the city, claiming she was discriminated against because of her age.

Judy King, 64, says in a lawsuit filed last week in Kanawha County Circui...

Former Mingo teacher sues Sparks, Thornsbury


A former Mingo County teacher, who was fired over allegedly abusing students, is suing the county’s ex-prosecuting attorney Michael Sparks and ex-circuit judge Michael Thornsbury claiming they conspired to have he...

Ex-State Police lab director sues over demotion


The former director of the West Virginia State Police forensic laboratory is suing the State Police, claiming she was demoted in retaliation for voicing concerns about conditions at the lab.

Soraya M. McClung, who...

Feds ask judge to set guilty plea hearings for Trivillian’s, owner


Federal prosecutors asked Wednesday that a judge schedule hearings to allow Trivillian’s Pharmacy and its owner and former pharmacist in-charge, Paula Butterfield, to plead guilty to alleged health-care and prescr...

Shooting victim would ‘do anything for anybody,’ mother says


Debbie Skidmore says both of her children died last week.

She doesn’t want to talk about her son, Glenn. She’d rather talk about her daughter, Michelle, who police say was shot and killed by her broth...

New Fayette prosecutor wants to combat drugs, unify police


A new Fayette County prosecuting attorney will be sworn in today , as Carl Harris, who has served in the position for about 10 years, retires.

Assistant prosecutor Larry Harrah II will fill the remaining two years ...

Freedom’s Southern: Feds shouldn’t get assets during court proceedings


An attorney for Gary L. Southern, the former president of Freedom Industries, asked a federal judge Monday to immediately stay forfeiture proceedings against Southern, arguing federal prosecutors are trying to strip him ...

Charles March, who killed Kelly’s Mens Shop co-worker, dies in prison


After spending almost three years in prison for the death of his longtime Kelley’s Mens Shop co-worker, Charles Eugene March died this week in prison. He was 62.

March died early Tuesday morning at the Mount...

Small fire in I-77 tunnel Christmas night


A small fire in the southbound lanes of the Interstate 77 tunnel on Christmas night stopped traffic for only about two hours, but the blaze brought back bad memories for some emergency personnel.

A car caught fire ...

W.Va. theaters to show “The Interview”


Several movie theaters in West Virginia plan to show “The Interview” in the coming days. Four appeared on a list Wednesday on the film’s official Facebook page as premiering the movie either on Chris...

Workman to serve as Supreme Court’s next chief justice


The first woman elected to statewide office in West Virginia will serve as chief justice of the state’s highest court in 2015.

Margaret Workman was unanimously chosen by justices to serve as chief justice a...

Trivillian’s Pharmacy owner Butterfield charged with Medicare scheme


The owner of Trivillian’s Pharmacy, and the pharmacy itself, were charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors with billing Medicare for drugs that were never dispensed.

Paula Butterfield was charged by informatio...

Blankenship travel request denied by federal judge


A federal judge on Monday denied a request that former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship be allowed to “travel home for the holidays” as a condition of his bond.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger deni...

St. Albans man sentenced for stabbing twin brother


A St. Albans man Monday who stabbed his twin brother earlier this year will go to jail if he so much as gets a traffic violation, a judge said Monday.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentenced Christopher Michael ...

Board taking applications for top public defender; Castelle to step down


A new chief public defender in Kanawha County will be chosen before the end of January, as longtime chief George Castelle has decided to step down for health reasons, he said Friday.

Any lawyer employed by the publ...

Prosecutor says videos disqualify Williams as witness


It would be almost impossible for a Charleston police officer suspended after allegedly making racially insensitive videos to be called as a witness in a criminal case — especially one involving a black defendant,...

Ex-Kanawha prosecutor removed from state employees’ retirement system


Mark Plants, who was removed as Kanawha County’s prosecuting attorney last month, was permanently removed from the state public employees’ retirement system this week.

Plants, who faces two misdemeano...

Two men sue defunct nightclub in attacks


Two men who say they were attacked two years ago at a downtown nightclub are suing the now-shuttered club and its owner.

Larry Martin and Joe Lucas are also suing the insurance company for the Impulse nightclub, a...

Kanawha judge strikes down Morgantown truck ban


The city of Morgantown can’t restrict heavy trucks on downtown streets, a Kanawha County judge ruled Tuesday.

Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit said Morgantown’s heavy truck ordinance on W.Va. 7, which runs ...

Defendant in slaying of informant appears in court


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man yawned while a federal magistrate judge told him Monday he is facing murder charges in the death of a police informant.

Marlon Dewayne “Ice” Dixon, 38, appe...

Jackson man jailed for illegal turtle sales


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge said Monday he was especially concerned with the cruel way a Jackson County man treated wild Eastern box turtles and sentenced him to a month in prison.

Thomas Pepin, of R...

More community corrections needed for W.Va. juveniles, report shows


Before being sent to a secure facility, low-level juvenile offenders should have the chance to participate in community-based corrections programs — but West Virginia doesn’t have enoug...

Retired longtime Putnam judge Spaulding found dead


Retired longtime Putnam County Circuit Court Judge O.C. “Hobby” Spaulding was found dead Wednesday night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to State Police.

Spaulding, 69, was diagnosed w...

Strong families boost wellbeing of children


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Markus and Tamarra and their five children had been doing well.

But at the end of the summer, right before Taylor, Chelsy, Vivian, Gregory and Micky were set to head back to school, a fir...

Schulenberg to return to prosecutor’s office


Former longtime assistant Robert Schulenberg will rejoin the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s office next week.

Schulenberg, who retired from the office in 2012 after about 21 years, will make $94,000 a...

Mother of 6 needs help keeping them warm, fed


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Patty beat cancer but couldn’t celebrate long.

The mother of six has mouths to feed and keep warm this winter.

Not to mention the mountain of medical bills that have piled up...

Judge says conflicts in coal kickback scheme are ‘a mess’


A federal judge said Monday he needs more time and information before ruling on motions to sort out conflicts between defendants in a kickback scheme involving the coal industry.

“This is a mess,” U....

Doctor jailed by Kanawha judge


A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge jailed a doctor last week and ordered him to pay for his own incarceration for obtaining money by false pretenses.

Lee Adam Balaklaw, 59, who worked as an anesthesiologist in L...

Plants doing well in battery program, magistrate told


Former Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants is regularly attending and fully participating in a batterer’s intervention program, the special prosecutor assigned to Plants’ case told a magistrate Friday.

Kickback scheme defendant wants new lawyer


A Logan County coal supply owner awaiting sentencing in a widespread kickback scheme involving an Arch Coal mining complex has asked to change lawyers as a result of an alleged government-created lawyer conflict.


Cross lanes woman charged in package theft has criminal past


A woman arrested Thursday, who police say was caught on surveillance video stealing packages and a Christmas wreath from a Cross Lanes home, had 34 felony charges dismissed against her two years ago.

Deborah R. Dav...

Ex-Logan County assessor pleads guilty to federal bank charge


Longtime Logan County assessor Rick Grimmett said he had no defense for violating federal banking laws and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.

“In other words,” asked U.S. Distric...

Attorneys for couples want paid in same-sex marriage suit


Attorneys who represented three couples who sued the Kanawha and Cabell county clerks over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage are asking a judge to award them about $350,000 in fees.

As the prevailing par...

Ex-mayor Robb sues South Charleston


Former longtime South Charleston mayor Richie Robb -- who says he’ll run against incumbent South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens next year -- is asking a circuit judge to make Mullens turn over itemized financial s...

Report suggests Davis conflict in nursing home case


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis — who has said she is against changing the rules justices use to determine whether they should step down from certain cases —...