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Andrea Lannom

Legal affairs writer

Potential plea deal reached in case of infant’s death

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Terms of agreement not disclosed; father’s hearing set for June 11

Man who filed evolution-as-religion lawsuit filed earlier similar suits

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A man suing national, state and local education officials claiming evolution is a religion and teaching it violates his child’s Constitutional rights has filed two similar lawsuits before.

Kenneth Smith of ...

Blankenship asks judge’s permission to travel to Ohio for son’s race

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship wants a federal judge to allow him to travel to Ohio so he can watch his son, a professional dirt track racer, compete in a race.

His attorneys filed the request Tuesday, a...

Woman gets maximum sentence in Magic Island slaying

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A Kanawha County woman will spend the maximum of five years in a state correctional facility after prosecutors allege she disposed of evidence and lied to police investigating last year’s Magic Island murder.

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Ex-teacher pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

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Former Capital High instructor allegedly took 16-year-old to movies, did drugs

Prosecutor announces plans to run for office in 2016

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Kanawha Prosecutor Charles Miller is planning to run for prosecutor in 2016, filing his pre-candidacy registration documents with the Kanawha County Clerk Tuesday.

Miller – who has served as an assistant pr...

Grand jury to hear claim that man provided heroin that led to woman’s death

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The case of a Charleston man facing a first-degree murder charge after being accused of providing heroin to a woman and causing her death, will now head to the grand jury.

Steven Craig Coleman, 27, appeared for hi...

Lawsuit claims evolution is a religion

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A parent of a Jefferson County student has filed a federal lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials claiming the teaching of evolution, which he says is a religion, violates his child’s Constit...

Freedom Industries execs plead not guilty to new indictment

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Two former Freedom Industries executives have entered not guilty pleas to a superseding indictment against them.

Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell previously waived their rights to attend the Thursday hearing and a...

Charges against ex-Kanawha prosecutor Mark Plants dismissed

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A Mercer County magistrate has dismissed misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants.

Plants appeared for a Thursday compliance hearing before Mercer County Magistrat...

Judge orders frozen yogurt shop owners to pay Town Center

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A Kanawha County judge recently ordered a frozen yogurt business and a West Virginia delegate to pay attorneys’ fees and unpaid rent to the Charleston Town Center Mall and Sweet Frog while the rest of the claims a...

Freedom execs waive right to attend hearing

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Two former Freedom Industries executives scheduled for a Thursday arraignment have waived their rights to attend the hearing.

Attorneys for Dennis Farrell filed the waiver Tuesday, and attorneys for Gary Southern ...

Defense survey: Strong bias among potential jurors toward former Freedom execs

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Defense attorneys are seeking to have the cases of two former Freedom Industries executives tried elsewhere, saying the two men can’t get a fair trial in West Virginia.

Attorneys for Gary Southern and Denni...

Attorneys say police didn’t properly preserve video in bouncer shooting

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Attorneys representing two men accused in connection to last year’s shooting of a Charleston bar bouncer, are accusing police officers of not properly preserving one of the surveillance videos that showed the shoo...

Judge denies Blankenship’s request for Memorial Day in Vegas

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A federal judge has denied former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s request to travel to Las Vegas for Memorial Day.

Earlier this month, Blankenship’s attorneys filed the request, asking U.S. Distr...

Don Blankenship’s lawyers want Southern District judges out

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Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are asking an appeals court to disqualify judges in the Southern District of West Virginia from presiding over the case.

Attorneys filed the motion Monday in ...

Suspect faces murder charge in heroin death

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A Charleston man is facing a first-degree murder charge after police say he provided heroin to a woman, causing her death.

A criminal complaint was filed recently against Steven Craig Coleman, 27, charging him wi...

Lawsuit says earlier settlement over church camp death wasn’t fair

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Woman first settled case for $225,000 after son, 14, killed at church camp

Man sentenced for involvement in puppy’s death

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Emotions ran high in hearing for local man who shot dog

MacCorkle lanes in Kanawha City cleared after wreck

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No injuries are reported and all lanes are clear following a three-car accident in Kanawha City this morning.

A metro communications dispatcher said the accident occurred at 8:34 Friday morning on MacCorkle Avenue...

WV Supreme Court: Mingo residents claiming pill addiction can sue doctors, pharmacies

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Rule stems from case of patients alleging they became addicted due to abuse of prescriptions

Man sentenced to 40 years in Magic Island murder case

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A Charleston man was sentenced to the maximum of 40 years in prison for his role in last year’s murder of a man whose body was found washed up on the bank of the Kanawha River.

The victim, 51-year-old Marti...

Judge rejects new bankruptcy plan for Freedom Industries

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A federal bankruptcy judge turned down Freedom Industries’ new Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, ordering it to fund remediation of its site and comply with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protectionȁ...

New indictment brings additional charge against Gary Southern

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The federal grand jury has returned a second superseding indictment in the case against former Freedom executives Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell, adding another charge against Southern.

Filed Tuesday, the 15-cou...

Gun advocates target Charleston ordinance

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A Kanawha County judge heard motions in a Tuesday hearing for a gun rights lawsuit targeting a Charleston ordinance.

After an hour and a half of heated arguments, with a West Virginia Citizens Defense League attor...

Prosecutors fight Don Blankenship’s Vegas travel request

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Federal prosecutors are taking issue with another request to travel to Las Vegas filed by Don Blankenship, saying the former Massey Energy CEO is a flight risk and questioning whether he actually owns the home there.

Woman gets life sentence for St. Albans stabbing death

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A woman who pleaded guilty last month to the January 2014 stabbing death of a 66-year-old St. Albans resident will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Jessica May Wilson, 29, of St. Albans appeared Thursday befo...

Freedom Industries wants U.S. Attorney Goodwin off its case

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Former executives filed a motion saying office has conflict of interest

Feds say Blankenship asks for ‘special treatment’ in trial delay request

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Blankenship wants prosecutors to

identify information they plan to use

Public may comment on Freedom Industries renovation program

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is offering documents related to Freedom Industries’ participation in its remediation program

DEP requests delay of Freedom Industries bankruptcy plan

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Department wants judge to wait on bankruptcy plan consideration

Capital student asks to withdraw guilty plea in sex assault case

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A Capital High School student accused of sexually assaulting another student is asking a Kanawha County judge to withdraw his guilty plea, alleging several errors by his previous defense attorney and by the prosecutor&#x...

Man who allegedly shoved toddler set for trial in July

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A South Charleston man accused of shoving a toddler he was babysitting, causing the child to be hospitalized with abusive head trauma, could go to trial in July.

Nicholas Andrew, 29, appeared Friday before Kanawha...

Man who allegedly shoved toddler set for trial in July

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A South Charleston man accused of shoving a toddler he was babysitting, causing the child to be hospitalized with abusive head trauma, could go to trial in July.

Nicholas Andrew, 29, appeared Friday before Kanawha...

Lawn ornament thief sentenced

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Christopher Derrick pleaded guilty to stealing up to $2,000 worth of decorations

Lawsuit filed over sexual advances in law office

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A Dunbar woman claims in a recently-filed lawsuit that she was wrongfully fired from a Charleston law firm for rejecting an attorney’s sexual advances.

Kylan Wilson filed the lawsuit earlier this month in K...

Sex abuse charges against Van principal dismissed

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Charges were dismissed earlier this week against a Boone County principal accused of having sex with two female students.

Garth Emil Mock, 44, was charged earlier this month with sexual abuse. Mock, a principal at...

Trial set for shooting suspect

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A Cross Lanes man accused of fatally shooting a man he found in his ex-fiancee’s home is set to go to trial in August.

Dustin Wayne Bodkins, 29, of Orchard Drive, previously pleaded not guilty to first-degr...

Judge decides answers to chemical spill survey will be sealed

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Answers to a questionnaire given to members of the U.S. Attorney’s office to determine whether they have a conflict of interest in working on the Freedom Industries criminal prosecutions will be sealed, a federal ...

Mayor’s son sentenced to probation in credit card fraud case

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At a Wednesday sentencing hearing, a Kanawha County judge told Zachary Jones that if he didn’t address his drug addiction then he would become another statistic.

Jones, the son of Charleston Mayor Danny Jon...

Don Blankenship’s lawyers accuse prosecutors of ‘document dump’

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Ex-CEO’s attorneys say prosecutors went overboard with documents

Bond changed for man accused of stealing license plate, shooting at victim’s father

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A Kanawha County magistrate changed bond from cash only to property for a Charleston man accused of shooting at a man who followed him after he said he stole his daughter’s license plate.

Keith Allen Haynes,...

Alleged church vandal threatens judge with lawsuit

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A Kanawha County man accused of entering a Charleston church after hours, taking a CD player and candy, and leaving a trail of green footprints, will undergo a competency evaluation.

Glenn Allen Casdorph, 26, of C...

Trial moved for Charleston man accused of killing sister

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A Charleston man charged with fatally shooting his sister and critically wounding her 17 year-old son is set for an August trial.

Glenn David Skidmore, 40, appeared Monday for his trial before Kanawha Circuit Judg...

Elkview man who threatened deputies set for trial

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An Elkview man charged with pointing a loaded gun at deputies responding to a domestic incident is scheduled to go to trial in July.

Brandon Tyler Weese, 27, of Derby Lane, was arrested last June and he was indict...

Judge recommends mediation between mall, yogurt business

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At a pretrial hearing in a lawsuit filed by the Charleston Town Center against a West Virginia yogurt business, a Kanawha County judge on Thursday recommended mediation for the two sides and received a letter indicating ...

Charleston event honors crime victims

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Walk/Run for

Justice 5K also raises awareness of

community services

Wyoming County man sentenced in mine kickback scheme

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A man charged for his role in a Logan County mine kickback scheme will serve three years probation and pay a $3,000 fine, a federal judge decided Wednesday.

Scott Ellis, 45, of Holden, pleaded guilty last July to ...

Supreme Court hears arguments over documents in nursing home case

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Justices to decide if nurse consultant papers should be public or private

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Charleston abortion provider

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A Kanawha County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against an abortion provider filed by a woman who claimed the doctor forced her to proceed with an abortion and left a fetus’ head inside her.

The Family Polic...