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Andrea Lannom

Legal affairs writer

Prosecutors want Southern on home confinement


Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to place former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern on home confinement with electronic monitoring.

Last week, Southern, 53, was charged in a criminal complaint with ba...

Charleston man pleads not guilty in police informant murder


Marlon Dixon, 38, could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted in February trial

Judge taking up motions in Blankenship case


Lawyers say they need more time to prepare, ask for new location

Ex-Freedom president wants U.S. Attorney off case


Gary Southern’s attorney argues the office can be considered a victim in the fallout from January’s chemical leak

Man accused in police informant death set for arraignment


A Charleston man accused in the death of a police informant made his first appearance in federal court Monday.

Marlon Dewayne Dixon, 38, of Park Avenue, appeared Monday with his court-appointed attorney David Schl...

W.Va. again ‘judicial hellhole’


Report ranks state Supreme Court of Appeals third most unfair in civil cases

Man who sold turtles to pay medical bills gets month in prison


A Jackson County man who illegally sold hundreds of wild turtles, some of which died during shipment, to pay his medical bills will serve one month in prison.

Thomas Pepin appeared Monday before U.S. District Judg...

After marriage equality victory, attorneys want to be paid


County officials say they shouldn’t be on hook because they were following the law

New Freedom Industries settlement filed


Agreement ups deal amount by more than $200,000, still needs approval

St. Albans woman admits to murdering mother


Judge tells victim’s ‘favorite’ daughter she deserves maximum sentence for slaying

WV Senate president’s son pleads not guilty to federal drug charges


Senate President Jeff Kessler’s son pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges Wednesday and is scheduled to go to trial in February.

Earlier this month, a federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictmen...

Ex-Freedom president appears in Fla. federal court


Company leader ordered to give up passport, not leave central Fla. area

Scrutiny continues in case involving Justice Davis


Expert says state should analyze judicial ethics after recent

Supreme Court issues

Trial set for trio accused of planning to rob man who thought he was there for sex


A woman and two male accomplices accused of setting up a plan to rob a man she met for sex could all go to trial in March.

Cortney R. Cain, 19, of Anmoore, Brandon G. Bandy, 20, of South Park Road, and Zachery All...

Body in river yields charges


Three people are facing charges stemming from the death of a Charleston man, whose body was found near Magic Island in July.

A Kanawha County Grand Jury recently indicted John Michael Thurmond, 27, Anthony M. Har...

Attorney General sues Putnam roofing contractor


Patrick Morrisey says the company violated the W.Va. Consumer Credit and Protection Act

New leader chosen for Sharpe Hospital


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has chosen an acting chief executive officer to head up the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston.

Kimberly Walsh replaced Parker Haddix, who served as...

Local hospitals implement raises


Attorneys said they were pleased with the progress of implementing pay raises to health care workers at two of the state’s psychiatric hospitals.

However, attorneys representing the patients in the case sai...

National report questions high court justice’s conduct


Lawyer who argued

in front of high court official allegedly raised money for her campaign

Bankruptcy judge awards funds to DEP for abandoned mine


A federal bankruptcy judge in Kentucky recently awarded more than $2.7 million to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to reclaim an abandoned coal mine in Fayette County.

The case went to tria...

Magistrate steps up to continue domestic violence program


Kanawha magistrate takes over domestic abuse court but says program remains same

Putnam prosecutor lends public support to prosecutor in Ferguson case


Putnam County’s prosecutor says a St. Louis County prosecutor has been “unfairly treated” following the grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of unarmed bl...

Former WV forensic analyst faces prison time for child porn


A former West Virginia State Police forensic analyst could face up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Jeffrey Erra Osborne, 48, of Clendenin pleaded guilty Monday to the s...

Blankenship pleads not guilty to federal charges


Former Massey CEO ordered to surrender passport, placed on travel restrictions

Don Blankenship’s lawyers bring high-profile experience


Don Blankenship will be represented by six attorneys, three hired from a D.C. firm

Ruling upholds jail procedures


A federal appeals court recently upheld the constitutionality of the strip searching and delousing of two men held in different West Virginia jails.

Michael Cantley and Floyd Teter filed the lawsuit July 2009 in U...

Dunbar man gets life for slaying


Man strangled

girlfriend, dumped body on riverbank

Owners in dispute over local liquor store


A Charleston liquor store is at the center of a new lawsuit that claims “irreconcilable conflict” between owners.

The lawsuit says Charles Winkler, who died in April 2010, was going through divorce p...

Chuck Miller named Kanawha prosecutor


Chuck Miller, former federal prosecutor in southern West Virginia, has been appointed Kanawha County prosecutor for the unexpired term vacated by Mark Plants.

Monday morning, Kanawha County commissioners met to int...

Man gets 30-year sentence for charges stemming from teen’s murder


Lack of remorse cited

in sentencing over teen’s shooting death

Yoga studio starts crowdfunding project to increase the heat in classes


Owner aims to raise $5,900 on crowdfunding website to purchase far-infrared equipment

With misgivings, judge says inmate should be considered for parole


Kanawha official says rule applies to juvenile sentenced for fetus death

Fifth applicant in the running for Kanawha prosecutor


If chosen, attorney says he’d like to give back through public service

New attorney approve dfor murder suspect accused of dumping body


A man accused in the 2013 murder of Kareem Hunter will get a new attorney.

Miguel Quinones, 35, appeared by video Wednesday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib. Quinones and another man are accused of killing...

St. Albans man sentenced for role in woman’s murder


Shawn Legg admitted to telling Jessica Woods that she should cut up her mother’s body after killing

Charleston mayor’s son arrested on drug charge


Police charge man

with simple possession; Danny Jones calls

situation ‘very sad’

Kanawha prosecutor candidates aim to improve credibility


Attorneys seeking Plants’ job say office’s credibility must be restored

Lawsuit claims tainted meatloaf killed former delegate, husband


Family members of a former state lawmaker claim she and her husband died after eating a tainted meatloaf meal from the Ripley Bob Evans restaurant.

In a lawsuit filed last month, Mark and Ann Starcher claim the tai...

Judge denies petition to block mine


A Kanawha County judge denied an effort seeking to block the Department of Environmental Protection’s permitting of a surface mine next to Kanawha State Forest.

Attorneys appeared Wednesday before Kanawha C...

Charleston fans filming “Doctor Who” web series


Fan-produced web series will feature classic “Doctor Who” characters from the 1970s

Kanawha judge acquitted of battery charges sues nurse


A Kanawha County family court judge recently acquitted of charges that he battered a health care worker is suing the nurse who made the claims, saying she didn’t give his friend the care he needed and that she mad...

Gay marriage issue settled in WV, but benefits are not


Legal experts say

Hobby Lobby ruling could create problems for same-sex couples

Man gets 10 years in jail for shooting off duty cop


Glasgow man to serve up to 10 years for injuring off-duty officer responding

Kanawha prosecutor won’t appeal decision to remove him from office


Kanawha County

prosecutor must vacate his office by Nov. 13

Kanawha commissioners seek a new prosecutor


Kanawha commission to interview applicants; Mark Plants still has time to file appeal

WVU students camp out for ESPN College GameDay (gallery)


ESPN College GameDay coming to WVU on Saturday

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Kenova pumpkin house is magic for all ages


Kenova attraction draws crowd of 20,000 to 30,000 people each year

W.Va. grist mill featured on stamp


UPS item issued last month features autumn scene at Babcock State Park

Nursing home malpractice case comes to a close


A Kanawha County judge has approved a settlement and divvied about $20.5 million between two family members marking the final step to a nursing home malpractice case that spanned about four years.

Tom Douglas file...

Newest Kanawha circuit judge finally has the job she’s always wanted


Charleston lawyer Joanna Tabit has never been shy about her desire to become a judge.

Although she only ran for election to the position once, she says she has applied consistently for the last several years.