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Andrea Lannom

Legal affairs writer

Pit bull’s fate in hands of state Supreme Court


Judge’s decision to destroy Mercer dog

appealed; state justices hear arguments

Inmate claims witnesses in prison garb prejudiced jury


A Mount Olive inmate convicted of killing another inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to grant him a new trial because, he says, the judge shouldn’t have allowed inmate witnesses to testify by video in their ...

Shooting victim says new law favors criminals


Woman who was shot while pregnant, lost fetus speaks out against measure

Retired Guard chief seeks recalculation of retirement benefits


Retired West Virginia National Guard Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett is asking a circuit judge to review how the retirement board calculated military service credit in its August decision. According to a previous report by the ...

Appointment named to replace Kanawha Family Court Judge Kelly


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed R. Joseph Zak to replace retiring Kanawha Family Court Judge Mike Kelly.

Zak is an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers fellow and a hearing examiner for the West Virginia Bo...

Lawyer drops out of contention for vacated judge’s seat


With the deadline to apply for retiring Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib coming up Friday, one attorney says he will no longer seek the position.

Charleston attorney Jesse Forbes announced in August his intention...

Settlement could resolve many lawsuits against Mountain State University


Attorneys are asking the court to approve a settlement that would resolve several hundred lawsuits against the now-defunct Mountain State University.

Attorneys filed the settlement last Friday as an attachment to ...

Judge hears motions to dismiss case against Mingo officials


Mingo magistrate Dee Sidebottom alleges ex-judge, others tried to get her removed from office

Detroit man accused in teen’s shooting death set for trial


A Detroit man accused in connection to the shooting of Tymel McKinney, the Charleston teen who was gunned down on his porch, will go to trial at the end of this month.

Mark Anthony Gaddy, 23, appeared Tuesday for ...

Ex-Mingo judge wants magistrate’s lawsuit tossed


Former Mingo Judge Michael Thornsbury wants a circuit judge to throw out a lawsuit against him and other county officials because he says it was filed too late.

Mingo County magistrate Deloris “Dee” ...

Charleston man who raped, robbed woman sentenced


A Charleston man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her home and then threatening to kill her and her children if she didn’t comply with his demands could serve a maximum of 68 years in prison for his charg...

Over $3 million awarded to plaintiffs claiming injury from pelvic mesh


Lawyers for manufacturer Ethicon say they plan to appeal the verdict

Should life sentences for juveniles in WV be reconsidered retroactively?


Officials question whether juvenile offender law should apply retroactively

Fight over municipal gun law moves to court


The city of Charleston wants a circuit judge to dismiss a gun rights group’s lawsuit targeting a city gun ordinance.

Attorneys appeared Wednesday before Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky. A ruling is expect...

Despite new law, parole denied for man convicted as a juvenile


All five inmates granted hearings under new law denied release

New state law opens up possibility of parole for killers


Legislation aimed at juvenile inmates; two men from Kanawha County affected

Man pleads guilty in victim’s slaying and burial in shallow grave


A Mabscott man pleaded guilty to his role in last year’s death of Kareem Hunter, who was dumped in a shallow grave in a nearby county. Deveron A. Patterson, 26, appeared before Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib on...

Date for Plants’ trial in question


Official says Kanawha prosecutor may not get trial as soon as wanted

Trial set for man accused in New Year’s shooting


A man accused in connection to a New Year’s Day shooting at a Charleston hotel is set for a November trial.

Michael Dale Underwood II, 30, of Beckley, appeared Tuesday for a pretrial hearing before Kanawha ...

Trial begins in another pelvic mesh case


This is one of many cases transferred

to the southern district of W.Va.

Man receives life sentence in 66-year-old’s stabbing death


A St. Albans man could spend life in prison for charges stemming from the stabbing death of a 66-year-old St. Albans woman.

Timothy Paul Shaffer, 29, pleaded guilty last month to first degree murder, conspiracy to...

Teen’s maximum sentence to stand


Naquil Sayles drove the getaway vehicle on the night Tymel McKinney was killed

Coonskin logger found not guilty


Charleston man was facing felony charge accusing him of illegal logging

Logger insists he only removed storm damaged trees from Coonskin


with summary

Trial begins for Coonskin Park logger


David Bowen is accused of removing healthy trees and selling the timber

Teen gets maximum sentence for driving getaway car after slaying


17-year-old drove

getaway car in

shooting of West Side teenager on his porch

Proposed settlement will create fund for former MSU students


Settlement would resolve lawsuits between students, former university

Suspect accused of striking man with hammer going to trial next week


Denzil Terrella Weatherspoon, 21, of Charleston, appeared before Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster Wednesday for his pretrial hearing. Weatherspoon’s charges stem back to December when he was accused of strikin...

Attorney says lawsuit a misunderstanding


Attorney says man’s lawsuit stating he was left out of class action is result of confusion

Trial ahead in Coonskin Park logging case


Charleston attorney tapped to help with WV bankruptcy claim against Freedom


The state attorney general is enlisting the help of a Charleston attorney for work on the state’s bankruptcy claim against Freedom Industries.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office...

Trial dates set for two accused in shooting


Two people accused in connection to a May shooting in South Charleston are set to go to trial in December after pleading not guilty to their charges. Terrance A. Brown, 24, of Dunbar is accused of shooting Jason Flester ...

Trial begins for judge in battery case


Trial began Wednesday for a Kanawha County Family Court judge accused of battery against a Charleston Area Medical Center nurse.

Judge Mark Snyder is accused of grabbing nurse Stephanie King by the arm and repeate...

Hobby Lobby decision could have ripple effect


WV Free panelists worry ruling may lead to limited birth control access

Man pleads guilty in fraud scheme


A former salvage yard owner accused in a fraud scheme in Logan County pleaded guilty Tuesday.

James Evans III, 39, of Verdunville, was accused of paying kickbacks to a mine manager so that his company could keep it...

Another lawsuit takes aim at Mountain State University


Attorneys have filed a new lawsuit against the now-defunct Mountain State University, as mediation continues in other cases before the state’s mass litigation panel.

Beckley attorney Stephen P. New and Hunt...

Kanawha worker claims sexual harassment


A Kanawha County employee claims that her supervisor sexually harassed her and that the county commission retaliated against her for reporting the behavior.

County officials strongly deny all of the accusations in...

Woman receives probation for role in beating and robbery


A woman who pleaded guilty to her role in a Cross Lanes beating and robbery will serve three years of probation after a Kanawha Circuit judge said she did “everything a sitting judge could hope for.”

WV Attorney General’s office evaluating chemical leak claims


The state Attorney General’s office is evaluating possible claims of financial loss from the state resulting from January’s chemical leak.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently sen...

Two accused in woman’s death plead not guilty


Two people accused in connection to the death and the plan to hide the body of a St. Albans woman will go to trial in September.

Jessica Lee Woods, 36, and Shawn Michael Legg, 32, both of St. Albans, pleaded not g...

Number of claims against Freedom could top 1,000


Although public meetings held to answer questions about filing claims related to the January chemical leak have not been well attended, claims agent James Lane says the number of claims is steadily increasing.


Case still looming for ex-Mingo judge


Man who claims former official framed him to steal wife seeks ruling

Kanawha indictments: Four indicted for three separate murders


A Kanawha County grand jury has indicted four people accused in connection to three separate murders.

Jessica Lee Woods, 36, of St. Albans, was charged with murder, concealing and attempt to conceal a deceased hum...

Teacher arrested for hitting student with car


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Authorities say a Raleigh County high school teacher hit a student with his car three times.

The Sophia Police Department arrested Joseph Neil Keller, 51, of Beckley, Friday and charged ...

Deadline approaches for Freedom claims


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The deadline is fast approaching for people wanting to file claims relating to expenses incurred from the Freedom Industries chemical leak.

People and businesses have until Friday to subm...

In decision that affects W.Va., US court finds Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional


Ruling could affect West Virginia, which

is included in the

same federal circuit

Court awards women accused in case


Convictions of

interfering with

investigation in murder overturned

Trial date set in kidnapping and sexual assault case


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.


Man gets 35 years in robbery and shooting case


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


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...