26, Nov 2014 - Marple's case against state school board moves forward
By Mackenzie Mays Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education will move forward. Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky last week denied the school board's request for Marple's wrongful termination case to be dismissed. Charleston attorney Victor Flanagan, who is representing the school board, asked in a court hearing in September ...
25, Nov 2014 - Kanawha, WV Ex-coal exec in court in mine blast that killed 29
An ex-top executive facing charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine accident in four decades is headed to court. Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is scheduled for a first appearance Thursday at 1 p.m. in Beckley, West Virginia.
25, Nov 2014 - Charleston, WV Attorney General Morrisey sues company over cancellation of 2014 Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston,
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed suit in Kanawha County Circuit Court against Human Movement Inc., the Colorado-based company that contracted with the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau to produce the 2014 Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston.
25, Nov 2014 - Supreme Court reinstates union lawsuit thrown out by Zakaib
By Kate White The West Virginia Supreme Court this week overturned a Kanawha County judge's decision granting a company summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by seven electricians over wages. Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib was wrong to rule in favor of Eastern Electric LLC as a matter of law in a lawsuit against it filed by former electricians working on a public works project in Charleston, an opinion ...
24, Nov 2014 - Kanawha, WV W.Va. Supreme Court again says jail authority is immune in inmate's alleged rape
By Kate White Even if a correctional officer at a regional jail raped an inmate, the state Regional Jail Authority cannot be held liable in a lawsuit over the rape, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday for a second time . Justices made a similar ruling in March, sparking outrage from state and national organizations. The court agreed to reconsider its decision in June. "We take this ...
24, Nov 2014 - Kanawha, WV Lawsuits against ex-West Virginia judge settled
Two lawsuits against former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury have been settled.
12, Oct 2014 - Possible witnesses named in Plants case
By Kate White A statement made by a woman who says Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants hit her while they were students at West Virginia University could be brought up during a hearing next week. Three judges will hear Kanawha commissioners' petition to have Plants removed next week. Emily Fitchpatrick was named as a possible witness on a list filed by the commission's attorney this ...
11, Oct 2014 - Kanawha, WV Ex W.Va. Judge's Public Pension Questioned
The West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board on Thursday asked a circuit judge to determine that ex-Mingo Judge Michael Thornsbury is ineligible to receive his pension due to his felony conviction.
11, Oct 2014 - Kanawha, WV California man identified in three separate drug probes sentenced in West Virginia
Donnell Dwayne Diego, 34, of San Diego, California, implicated in three separate drug investigations has been sentenced by a federal judge in West Virginia to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for conspiracy to deal methamphetamine in Charleston and Summersville.
10, Oct 2014 - Kanawha family judge performs first same-sex marriage
By Lydia Nuzum Kanawha County Family Court Judge Mike Kelly officiated his first same-sex wedding early Friday morning, the first full day after West Virginia officials began giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The marriage was one of the first, maybe the first, performed in Kanawha County. St. Albans couple Connie Schoolcraft and Robin Mattox were married in Kelly's courtroom around ...
09, Oct 2014 - Kanawha, WV Detective says mother should be compensated for son's death
By Kate White The mother of a teenager shot to death on Charleston's West Side earlier this year was told last month that she wouldn't get any compensation from West Virginia's fund for crime victims because her son wasn't an innocent victim. However, the police detective who worked the case said he believes that decision will be reversed because new information has come to light. Tymel McKinney ...
08, Oct 2014 - Charleston, WV W.Va. high court to let GOP fill House ballot slot
West Virginia's Supreme Court has ruled that Kanawha County Republicans can fill a House of Delegates ballot slot.
08, Oct 2014 - Martinsburg, WV State supreme court denies writ to Kanawha County, WV sex offender who complained about attorney
The state Supreme Court of Appeals has affirmed a Kanawha County, West Virginia ruling denying convicted sex offender Freddie Lee Bragg's bid for a writ of habeas corpus based on how his attorney presented his case at trial. Bragg is serving a 53-year sentence at Mount Olive Correctional Center.
08, Oct 2014 - Charleston, WV W.Va. high court to hear GOP ballot case Tuesday
West Virginia's Supreme Court will hear Kanawha County Republicans' plea to fill an empty House of Delegates ballot slot.
03, Apr 2014 - Special prosecutor appointed in Plants domestic-violence case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge on Friday appointed a former longtime McDowell County prosecuting attorney to handle any criminal case against Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants. The West Virginia State Police completed an investigation last...
02, Apr 2014 - Charleston, WV Complaint filed against magistrate in Plants investigation
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Supreme Courts administrator filed an ethics complaint against Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger on Thursday in connection with an investigation into the countys prosecuting attorney. The adminis...
01, Apr 2014 - State Police may now carry guns in courthouse annex
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police troopers will now be allowed to retain their service weapons when entering the Kanawha County Courthouse Annex in Charleston.Chief Circuit Judge Charlie King signed an order allowing troopers to keep their gu...