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Andrea Lannom

Legal affairs writer

Trial date set in kidnapping and sexual assault case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her house and threatening to kill her and her children if she didn’t comply with his demands is set for a September trial.

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Man gets 35 years in robbery and shooting case

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A Kanawha judge sentenced a South Charleston man to 35 years for attempting to rob a Southmoor Hills Apartments resident and then shooting at police who responded to the scene.

Tyquan Antonio Livermon, 21, was arr...

Judge won’t reduce bond for man accused in West Side shooting

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A Charleston man accused in connection to an April shooting that injured a man caught in the crossfire will not have his bond reduced, a Kanawha Circuit Judge decided.

Prosecutors say Kenneth Gooden, 22, was one o...

Man pleads guilty to firing shots near West Side school

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A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to charges of firing shots from the passenger side of a car near a West Side elementary school.

Aric Adams, 20, of Charlotte, was facing a federal charge of possessing a firearm...

Freedom’s insurance policy debated in court

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorneys have 10 days to resolve issues in a proposed settlement between Freedom Industries and its insurance company, AIG Specialty.

In a hearing Tuesday before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge R...

Six apply for Kanawha Family Court judge vacancy

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Six people are vying for the seat of Kanawha Family Court Judge Mike Kelly, who will retire Aug. 31.

Debra Scudiere, chairwoman of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Committee, said James Wilson Douglas, Erica Lord, La...

Freedom executives object to parts of proposed settlement

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Executives filing objections to leak settlement in

bankruptcy court

Potential settlement reached in case against Freedom Industries

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Rather than cut checks, agreement would allow creation of board to help class in indirect ways

Retiring judge remembers long career

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Paul Zakaib recalls memories from his

27 years on the bench

WV Supreme Court Justice’s son namedrops her after his arrest

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A state Supreme Court justice’s son recently was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possessing marijuana.

Edward Gardner, 27, of Charleston, who is Justice Margaret Workman’s s...

Two plead guilty in Logan mine kickback scheme

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Two men have pleaded guilty to structuring transactions to avoid banking reporting requirements in connection to a Logan mine kickback scheme.

Scott E. Ellis, 44, and Stephen Herndon, 37, both of Holden, are accus...

Mingo magistrate sues ex-judge Thornsbury

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Magistrate claims

Michael Thornsbury

harassed her, forced her into retirement

Longtime Kanawha judge Zakaib set to retire

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Longtime Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib will retire on Aug. 31.

Zakaib, who is 81 years old, submitted his letter of resignation to the governor’s office last Friday.

“My decision to submit...

Two accused in Logan kickback scheme plead guilty

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Two people pleaded guilty Monday to lying to investigators looking into a Logan mine kickback scheme.

Gary K. Griffith, 62, of Oceana and Ronald Barnette, 53, of Holden, both pleaded guilty to single-count informa...

Trial set for man accused of hammer attack outside Charleston Town Center

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A Charleston man is set for an August trial on charges stemming from an alleged December hammer attack outside the Charleston Town Center Mall.

In a Monday hearing, Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster found Denzi...

E-filing a success in first county

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Electronically filed lawsuit pilot

program heads to second county

Man says killing 66-year-old wasn’t part of robbery plan

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A St. Albans man admitted in court that he and two others hatched a plan to rob a 66-year-old St. Albans woman but said it wasn’t his intent for her to die that night.

Timothy Paul Shaffer, 29, appeared Fri...

Judge continues scrutiny of expenses for Freedom Industries lawyers

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A federal bankruptcy judge allowed most of the fees and expenses requested by Freedom Industries’ legal and consulting team but deducted requested money for travel time.

In a Wednesday order, U.S. Bankrupt...

Man accused of 90-year-old’s murder set for trial

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A former lawn care worker accused of killing and robbing a 90-year-old Kanawha City resident is set to go to trial later this month.

Anthony David Caldwell, 39, previously had a not guilty plea entered on his beha...

Logan kickback suspect pleads guilty to not paying trust fund taxes

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A former Logan County circuit clerk accused in connection to an alleged Logan mine kickback scheme pleaded guilty to failing to pay employment taxes for an employee.

Alvis R. Porter, 61, of Holden, appeared Thursd...

Woman admits stealing from 66-year-old who’d been stabbed to death

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St. Albans resident admits to breaking into home after murder occurred

Suspect in kickback plot pleads guilty

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Prosecutors say man deducted money for business, but used it for pool

Only 78 spill-related claims filed against Freedom Industries

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Agency surprised more lawsuits not yet filed against Freedom Industries

Trial set for man accused of robbing Charleston bank

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A man accused of robbing a Charleston bank is set to go to trial in October.

Basil Owen Smith III, 37, of Seventh Avenue appeared Tuesday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey, where he pleaded not guilty t...

Cross Lanes man charged with murder

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Authorities say a Cross Lanes man shot and killed a man he found hiding in a closet at his ex-fiancee’s home.

Dustin Wayne Bodkins, 29, of Orchard Drive, was arraigned on charges of murder and wanton endang...

Freedom wants new environment official

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Freedom Industries wants a federal bankruptcy judge to approve the hiring of a new environmental consultant following two overflow incidents at the facility last month.

In Wednesday’s motion, Freedom asked f...

Coonskin logger pleads not guilty to work-related charges

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A Charleston man accused of illegally logging at Coonskin park is set for an Aug. 18 trial.

In Wednesday’s arraignment hearing, David Russel Bowen, 50, pleaded not guilty to charges of wrongful injury to ti...

Ex-Mingo prosecutor seeks alternative sentence

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Since losing license, former prosecutor

has worked as manager of Kentucky theater

Seven recently indicted for sexual abuse

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A Child Protective Services caseworker accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy she was supervising recently was indicted.

Kara Tilton Brumley, 32, of Hitchcock Circle in Pinch, is charged with sexual abuse by...

Plea hearings ahead for those accused in coal mine kickback scheme

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Seven of the 10 people accused in a Logan mine kickback scheme are set for plea hearings this month.

In May, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin filed informations against Scott E. Ellis, Stephen B. Herndon, Gary K. Griff...

Lawsuit accuses Capital teacher of sexual advances toward student

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A student is suing the Kanawha County Board of Education and a Capital High School teacher, alleging the teacher sexually harassed him and also smoked marijuana with him.

The student, identified by the initials J....

Woman connected to St. Albans stabbing death won’t stand trial

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A woman accused in connection with a St. Albans stabbing death was found incompetent to stand trial, a Kanawha Circuit judge determined.

Jessica Mae Wilson, 28, of St. Albans, appeared Thursday before Kanawha Circ...

Gun rights group gets OK to amend lawsuit against city

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A gun rights group seeking to block Charleston’s gun restrictions will be allowed to amend its lawsuit under a new law that rendered most of their previous arguments moot.

In December, the West Virginia Cit...

High court reduces $90 million nursing home verdict

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Damages in neglect case dropped from $90 million to $37 million

Judge appoints assistant to special prosecutor’s office

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An assistant Kanawha prosecutor will serve as an assistant in the special prosecutor’s office, a circuit judge recently decided.

In Wednesday’s order, Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom appointed Jenni...

Medical records for accused correctional officers sought

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A federal magistrate is considering motions seeking medical records of Southern Regional Jail correctional officers accused in six lawsuits of either sexually exploiting female inmates or ignoring conduct.

Huntingt...

Freedom Industries addresses overflow incidents with filing

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Company says not all procedures were strictly followed after rainfall spillage

WV Supreme Court says no to suing over adultery

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A man can’t bring adultery claims against his ex-wife’s lover and his employer, West Virginia Supreme Court justices decided.

In their Monday decision, justices decided criminal conversation and adul...

Putnam officials counter dismissal request over landfill lawsuit

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Putnam County officials who sued the owners of a Hurricane landfill over accepting MCHM wastewater say a motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit doesn’t address some of their main arguments and seeks to delay procee...

Court to hear over 900 lawsuits against DuPont

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More than 900 lawsuits alleging personal injury from exposure to a chemical used at a DuPont plant in West Virginia are now in federal court.

Attorney Harry Deitzler, who represents hundreds of the plaintiffs, sai...

Law license annulled for controversial Huntington administrative law judge

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A retired Huntington administrative law judge has voluntarily agreed to have his law license annulled.

David Daugherty previously was accused of approving disability claims that didn’t meet the appropriate ...

Attorneys seek alternative sentence for Carl Tomblin

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An attorney for Carl Tomblin is asking a federal judge to impose a lesser or alternative sentence for his charge of illegally selling a prescription painkiller.

Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, pleaded guilty in Mar...

Bankruptcy judge allows most of Freedom’s fees and expenses

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A federal bankruptcy judge is allowing most of the fees and all expenses most recently requested by Freedom Industries’ legal team and consultants.

Earlier this week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson to...

WV Supreme Court to rehear inmate rape case

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The West Virginia Supreme Court will rehear a case where a female inmate alleged a correctional officer raped her 17 times.

In its Tuesday order, justices voted 3-2 to rehear the case, with Justices Menis Ketchum ...

Jurisdiction in dispute for chemical leak lawsuits

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Attorneys are in disagreement about whether several lawsuits related to January’s chemical spill into the Elk River belong in federal or state court.

Earlier last week, attorneys filed a motion under the le...

Guilty plea hearings scheduled for suspects in Logan kickback scheme

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Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to schedule guilty plea hearings for all 10 people currently accused in a Logan kickback scheme.

Late last month, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin filed informations against Scott...

Former federal prosecutor taking over as Plants’s chief of staff

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Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Miller has been named chief of staff for Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants.

That position had been held for the last three and a half years by Dan Holstein.

Holstein will now be an as...

Inmate seeks more consistent prenatal care

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A St. Albans woman accused of stealing from the home of a resident who had been fatally stabbed has asked for prenatal doctor visits while in jail.

Megan Marie Hughes, 28, appeared Tuesday before Kanawha Circuit J...

Bankruptcy judge hears Freedom’s attorney, consultant fee motions

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A federal bankruptcy judge is considering several motions from Freedom Industries’ attorneys and consultants, seeking a little more than $300,000 in fees and expenses for April.

In Tuesday’s hearing,...

Couple pleads guilty to child neglect charges

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A couple pleaded guilty Monday to child neglect charges stemming from “deplorable” conditions found in their St. Albans home, where prosecutors said trash was piled chest-high and a child was found with dri...