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Andrea Lannom

Legal affairs writer

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.

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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

State health official says vaccinations are important


Dozens infected with

measles at theme park; official urges doses for children

Kermit woman faces charges after she allegedly put fecal matter in child’s IV


A West Virginia woman is facing charges in Ohio after prosecutors allege she put fecal matter in her ill child’s IV.

Candida Fluty, 35, of Kermit, recently was indicted on charges of felonious assault and en...

Former Freedom officials head to court for arraignment hearing


Four former Freedom Industries officials will appear in court this week for another arraignment hearing on their additional federal charges.

Last week, the federal grand jury returned a 13-count superseding indict...

Survey: Residents favor community supervision for some juvenile offenders


Many West Virginians favor less-serious juvenile offenders to be placed in community supervision instead of state-funded residential facilities, which many think should be reserved for more serious crimes, according to a...

Two WV law firms announce big merger


Dinsmore & Shohl,

Huddleston Bolen set to combine Feb. 1

Man arrested in Cross Lanes stabbing


A man wanted in connection with a stabbing in Cross Lanes was arrested, deputies said.

Kanawha sheriff’s deputies arrested Stephen Dwayne Snead, 42, of Cross Lanes on Monday.

Snead was charged with ma...

Kanawha indictments announced


A Charleston man accused of fatally shooting his sister and critically wounding her 17-year-old son back in December is facing murder and attempted murder charges.

A Kanawha County grand jury handed up an indictme...

Chemical company seeking dismissal in Freedom Industries lawsuit


A chemical producer is asking a federal judge to dismiss part of a lawsuit filed after last year’s Freedom Industries chemical spill.

Eastman Chemical, which produced one of the spilled chemicals, filed a m...

Robb continues quest for S.C. financial information


Judge asks Robb to outline specific request for city’s financial records

Judges approve sale of Mountain State campuses


A three-judge panel approved the $10 million sale of the now-defunct Mountain State University’s two campuses, including the $8 million sale of its Beckley campus to West Virginia University.

Attorneys appe...

Man accused in 2013 Mingo sheriff shooting will not stand trial


Man accused in Mingo sheriff shooting found mentally incompetent

Former Freedom president claims feds punish before trial


Gary Southern’s attorneys ask judge to return his seized property

Trial set for woman accused of fatally stabbing St. Albans resident


A woman accused in the stabbing death of a 66-year-old St. Albans resident is now competent to stand trial, which is scheduled for March.

Jessica May Wilson, 28, of St. Albans, is accused along with two others, w...

Robb wants to continue pressing South Charleston for information


Former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb says there is still some financial information he wants from the city and its current Mayor Frank Mullens, following a Wednesday hearing on his legal action.

Robb sued the...

Justices: No sentence reduction for man who robbed, beat elderly woman


A man convicted in the 2013 robbery and brutal beating of a 74-year-old Pinch woman will not have his sentence reduced, West Virginia Supreme Court justices decided.

Justices recently took up the case of Casey Mic...

Murder suspect claims attorneys schemed to get indictment


One of the men accused in the 2013 death of Kareem Hunter contends Kanawha County officials and attorneys conspired to present false evidence to get an indictment against him.

Miguel Quinones, 35, who currently is...

Lawsuit dismissed against business accused of using ‘junkyard parts’


The legal battle between the Attorney General’s office and the St. Albans body shop began in 2011

Motive released in Cross Lanes killing; 3 charged with murder


Police say suspects knew victim from

childhood, attempted to rob him of winnings

Another Freedom executive arraigned on federal charges


Charles Edward Herzing, 63, of Pa., made appearance in court Monday

Former Freedom president seeking insurance money for legal defense


A federal bankruptcy judge is asking Freedom Industries’ attorneys to address an objection from former company President Gary Southern over a proposed settlement with the company’s insurance provider.


Trials for former Freedom Industries executives set for March


More links to WV water crisis anniversary coverage

Former Massey Energy CEO requests trip to Vegas


Documents made available online show Blankenship was denied trip

Judge makes some documents public in Blankenship case


Modifications granted, specifics remain sealed

Hurricane man admits to Social Security fraud


A Hurricane man admitted to illegally taking more than $20,000 in Social Security benefits that was paid to his dead mother.

Vallas Paul Bell, 31, was charged in a three count federal indictment with theft of gove...

Weather may have been a factor in fatal Putnam wreck


Police say a fatal head-on collision in Putnam County Monday morning appeared to be weather related.

Melisha Dawn Jividen, 40, of Red House, died in the 11 a.m. accident on Route 62 in Red House, police said. Jivi...

Man involved in police shootout set for hearing


Man reportedly involved in hauling dead bodies, fleeing scene after shootout

Lawyers contend Freedom exec is no flight risk


An attorney representing former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern says a federal magistrate judge should not place additional restrictions on his bond and is trying to prevent the former executive’s islan...

Judge to rule on conflict of interest


Freedom Industries workers’ attorneys say US Attorney’s Office should be recused

White collar crime in state gets national attention


It’s been a big year for high-profile cases from two former company executives targeted by federal prosecutors to political corruption prosecutions.

Two of the biggest federal cases came down nearly a month...

Judge to weight conflict of interest in Freedom Industries case


Federal official to determine whether office can prosecute Freedom Industries

Hillbilly Hot Dogs owners say they are not in ‘weenie war’


Original Hillbilly Hot Dogs owners say they are not in feud with former franchise owner

Indicted Freedom president wants to keep Bentley, island home


Former Freedom

chief wants Bentley,

island property off

the chopping block

Another Freedom exec wants U.S. Attorney off case


Another former Freedom Industries executive is asking a federal judge to take U.S. Attorney’s office off the criminal cases against former executives because employees were affected by January’s chemical le...

Trivillian’s Pharmacy, owner charged in Medicare scheme


Prosecutors allege the business received reimbursements from federal programs

White Christmases are rare for West Virginia


Hopes for a white Christmas dashed as meteorologists predict a wet, blustery day

Workman named chief justice on state high court again


West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman will serve as chief justice for the fourth time.

Workman will take over from current Chief Justice Robin Davis effective Jan. 1, according to a news release from...

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...