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Andrea Lannom

Legal affairs writer

Attorney general offers tips to avoid being scammed


Attorney general says to educate self, use good judgment

W.Va. American Water to appeal $500,000 verdict


West Virginia American Water plans to appeal a $500,000 verdict recently returned against it in a case of a former insurance agent alleging the company contacted her boss and had her fired after she filed a complaint reg...

Legal experts debate merits of open and obvious bill


If a hazard is clearly visible but someone is injured by it, should that person be able to sue over it?

West Virginia legislators wrestled with that issue this session, voting to change state law to revert back to ...

Court to decide if Mingo can sue pharmacies


West Virginia Supreme Court justices will decide whether several Mingo County residents can sue pharmacies and doctors after they alleged being negligently prescribed pain medication, which then led to addiction.

Freedom Industries bankruptcy case heading toward finish line


Attorneys are looking at ways to bring the Freedom Industries bankruptcy case to conclusion, first and foremost by dealing with obligations under a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection remediation program...

Kanawha grand jury hands up 91 indictments


A Charleston man is facing several charges stemming from a last month incident where he is accused of making meth in a stolen truck and leading police on a chase around Kanawha County.

The Kanawha County grand jur...

Kanawha prosecutor says there’s ‘confusion’ around sexual assault reporting requirements


Kanawha County prosecutors are looking into new information they have received about reporting requirements of sexual assault victims and how that could relate to the case of former Capital High School Principal Clinton ...

Questions will help judge decide if U.S. attorneys can stay on Freedom case


A federal judge directed attorneys to come up with a list of questions to ask prosecutors involved in the Freedom Industries criminal case to see if or how they were affected by last January’s chemical spill.


Plans to resolve Freedom bankruptcy case discussed at meeting


Attorneys for people who submitted claims for out-of-pocket expenses incurred related to last January’s chemical leak discussed plans to resolve the rest of Freedom Industries’ bankruptcy case.


Man gets federal prison time for Clean Water Act violations


A Raleigh County man who pleaded guilty to tampering with water samples taken from industrial sites to make them appear within compliance of the Clean Water Act will serve 21 months in federal prison.

John W. Shel...

Man sentenced in Logan kickback scheme


A Holden man who pleaded guilty to lying about his participation in a kickback scheme at Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel Mining Complex will serve three years probation.

Federal prosecutors allege Ronald Barnet...

Trivillian’s owner pleads guilty in Medicare fraud case


A Charleston pharmacy owner could face a maximum of five years in prison after she admitted to billing Medicare for drugs that were never dispensed to her.

Paula Jane Butterfield, 71, appeared Wednesday before U.S...

Giles pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charge, will go to trial


Clinton Giles is charged with delaying the report of an alleged sexual assault

Water service interrupted for more than 1,000


Service out for 1,000; problems could persist with continued cold

Bond reduced for man accused of ramming vehicles


A Kanawha County judge reduced bond for a Charleston man accused of ramming two vehicles, including a police cruiser.

Brian Edward Spencer, 34, of Falcon Drive, appeared Monday before Kanawha Circuit Judge James S...

CSX, water company already facing lawsuits following tanker train derailment


Claim alleges train negligently operated, water firm didn’t respond to spill duly

WV Supreme Court wants out of case against former Mingo judge


The West Virginia Supreme Court is asking a Kanawha County judge to dismiss it as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a Mingo County magistrate against former Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury.

Kanawha Circuit ...

Experts give advice on keeping warm in the brutal cold


West Virginians won’t be getting a break from cold temperatures and snow for a while, but some experts say there are a few steps people can take to weather the winter storm.

Meteorologists expect temperatur...

Ex-circuit clerk gets probation in Logan mine kickback scheme


A former Logan County circuit clerk accused in connection to an alleged Logan mine kickback scheme will serve three years probation for failing to pay employment taxes.

Alvis R. Porter, 61, of Holden, previously o...

Freedom execs ask for delay of motions hearing


Attorney files

motion to postpone hearing due to storm, travel delays

Pleas expected in Trivillian’s Pharmacy case


A Charleston pharmacy owner will make a plea today to address federal charges alleging her pharmacy received reimbursements from Medicare it wasn’t entitled to receive.

Federal charges were filed in December...

Court says jury should hear casino injury case


Justices reverse judge’s decision

in Mardi Gras

trespassing lawsuit

Your day in court? WV snow means you’ve lucked out


Courthouses in several counties are closed today after a snowstorm hit the area.

The West Virginia Supreme Court announced that cour...

W.Va. Supreme Court justice refuses to step aside in nursing home cases


Davis will not remove herself from nursing home case involving donor to her campaign

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free divorce


Attorney runs contest every year, looks for no-fault cases with no, minimal custody issues

Love and courting, Kanawha judge performs marriages in courtroom


Kanawha official says there have been walk-ins for ceremonies each day since she was sworn in

Guilty pleas expected from two ex-Freedom owners


Motions have been filed for hearings for Charles Herzing and William Tis

Mayor’s son pleads not guilty to credit card fraud


Zachary Jones, son of Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he tried to buy $1,600 worth of gift cards with a stolen credit card number.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom arrai...

Ceremony honors state’s first 1,000 drug court graduates


By the summer of 2016, all West Virginia counties will have adult drug court programs

More Freedom Industries executives want trial delay


Two other Freedom Industries executives charged in connection to last year’s chemical spill also want to postpone their March trials, and two executives say they will seek to have the trial moved.


Jorea Marple lawsuit moving forward


A Kanawha County judge will let a lawsuit filed by former state Superintendent Jorea Marple move forward.

The state Board of Education and its former president Wade Linger filed a motion to certify a question to t...

Water company wants to join Freedom Industries class action lawsuit


W.Va. American Water files motion to participate in Freedom lawsuit

Experts urge early dental visits


Exams can ease fears, encourage healthy habits

for small children

Police say increased patrols led to fewer highway crash deaths in 2014


Police say increased funding allowing them to conduct more patrols has helped decrease the number of fatal car crashes on West Virginia highways.

Lt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman, delivered the data in ...

Don Blankenship’s lawyers want to move his trial


A federal judge will allow more time for attorneys representing former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to file a request to move his trial out of the Southern District of West Virginia.

Blankenship’s atto...

Attorneys for former Freedom Industries president want to delay 6 months


Attorneys representing former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern are seeking to postpone trial deadlines and say they intend to file a motion to change the trial’s location.

Southern’s attorne...

Suspect in toddler shove denied bond reduction


A South Charleston man accused of shoving a family friend’s toddler he was babysitting and causing the child to be hospitalized with abusive head trauma, will not have his bond reduced.

Nicholas Andrew, 29,...

Kanawha judge updated on mental health service case


A Kanawha County judge along with attorneys in the case say they are pleased with the progress made in a case focusing on two of the state’s psychiatric hospitals.

Attorneys updated Kanawha Circuit Judge Du...

Attorneys file request to continue trial for ex-Freedom owner Herzing


Lawyers say they need more time to review documents, take pre-planned vacation

Ex-director of ambulance service faces Medicaid fraud charges


A former director of operations for Life Ambulance is facing Medicaid fraud charges after investigators allege he directed employees to continue to bill for certain services after the business didn’t have a licens...

County commission pitches in $30,000 for recycling center demolition


Kanawha County Commissioners designated $30,000 to help demolish the building at the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston and also discussed whether the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority Board should pursue leg...

Judge says request should be denied


A federal magistrate judge says former Mingo County Commissioner Dave Baisden’s request to set aside his sentence should be denied.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clarke VanDervort filed his proposed findings of fac...

New attorneys appointed for man accused in Kareem Hunter death


Judge appoints

new representation for man accused in 2013 killing

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Pearson planning to retire


U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson has announced plans to retire, according to a notice on the bankruptcy court’s web site.

Pearson will retire when his current...

Freedom consultant group says fees approved by judge unfair


A company that initially oversaw the cleanup at Freedom Industries says a federal bankruptcy judge treated it unfairly in its request for fees, especially compared to the payout to Freedom’s newer environmental co...

Lawsuits filed over Greenbrier County diesel spill


Greenbrier County businesses that had to close their doors because of a water outage after a tanker truck wrecked and spilled diesel fuel into the river are suing the trucking company.

Charleston attorneys represe...

Freedom officials plead not guilty in U.S. court


A former Freedom Industries owner will now be able to travel to Florida for business and to check on his house after a federal magistrate judge modified his bond.

Dennis Farrell appeared in court Thursday and ente...

Mardi Gras lawsuit in dispute


Man says gambling facility at fault for injury, casino calls man trespasser

Ex-Freedom Industries execs plead not guilty to charges


Three of the four former Freedom Industries officials facing additional federal charges have filed not guilty pleas and have asked the judge to waive their presence for Thursday’s arraignment hearing.

On We...

Update: Juvenile arrested in alleged Capital High sex assault


Police have arrested a juvenile in connection to an alleged sexual assault that happened at Capital High School in Charleston.

Charleston police

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