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Clemency for federal inmates after 10 years in prison under consideration

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The Justice Department will begin considering clemency applications from nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars. More>>

Charleston man with history of drug trafficking, violence facing up to 30 years in federal prison

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Donnell Dwayne Diego, 35, of Charleston faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Diego, a repeat offender, was caught with oxycodone, heroin, methamphetamine, crack and dozens of guns.
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West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows to be honored

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Eighteen lawyers, including two judges, demonstrating outstanding dedication to their community and profession have been named 2014 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows.  More>>

Mercer County man, 29, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

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Eric A. Hitt, 29, of Princeton, admitted to Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield he kept pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts on his personal computer. More>>

Kanawha County man admits he produced, possessed child porn

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Kanawha County resident Stephen Wayne Laton Jr., 40, admitted he possessed images and videos of children in pornographic situations, including a video of one of his relatives, a minor female relative which he had shot himself. More>>

U.S. Supreme Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

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Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.The battle has moved out of viewers' living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their ability to pop a cassette into a recorder and capture their favorite programs or the sporting event they wouldn't be home to see. More>>

Receptionist admits she used prescription pad she stole from former boss to forge oxycodone prescriptions

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Tina Marie Richmond, 41, of Beckley was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for obtaining oxycodone by fraud. Richmond admitted she stole the pad from the doctor's office where she worked as a receptionist, then forged his signature on scripts to obtaining prescription drugs illegally. More>>

Bordas & Bordas says appeals court affirmed $10M jury verdict

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The Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals recently upheld the $10 million verdict awarded to two families denied insurance benefits following an April 2003 crash. More>>

Mingo County sign maker is back to work

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George White, a pivotal figure in the 2012 federal investigation into Mingo County political corruption, was released from jail and the charges against him dismissed. More>>

Supreme Court rules tape of alleged drug buy is admissible

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An audio recording of an alleged drug buy in Attorney Richard Hardison's Raleigh County law office can be introduced against him at trial, the state Supreme Court says. More>>

Beckley, WV man sentenced to prison for defrauding Walker Express in Crab Orchard

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A former manager of the Walker Express store in Crab Orchard admitted he faked equipment rental agreements, pocketing $90,000 for himself and costing his employer more than $350,000 in lost business.
 
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63-year-old Belle man admits to federal weapons violation

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Police confiscated 81 firearms from the Belle home of Dorsey Woolwine Jr., 63, who has admitted to being a felon in possession of firearms. Woolwine had previously been convicted in Kanawha County of unlawful wounding.
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Chester, WV resident charged with operating meth lab

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Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher says a tip led to the arrest of Eric Jason Ulbrich, 40, of 300 Arner Road, Chester, charged with operating a meth lab.
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Football helmet company sued over claims of fewer concussions

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The suit alleges buyers are paying top price for a product that doesn't deliver the promised benefits. More>>

Harrison County men indicted on federal drug charges

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Jason Marple, 35, of Clarksburg, and Casey Searcy, 33, of Salem, were named in a three-count indictment charging them each with distribution of oxycodone, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and to distribute oxycodone. More>>

Ohio cardiologist, his practice agree to $1 million penalty for filing false claims with Medicare

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A federal investigation into improper compensation arrangements between Wheeling's Ohio Valley Medical Center and a sister facility culminated this week with Dr. Devender Batra and Ohio-based Belmont Cardiology, Inc., agreeing to pay a $1 million penalty for submitting false claims to Medicare, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.
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Bluefield woman sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for selling hydromorphone pills

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Bluefield resident Rachelle Bryant, 24, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for selling hydromorphone pills to a police informant.
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2 Marion County Residents Plead Guilty for Violating Trout Fishing Policies

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Two Marion County residents were charged with violating the state's trout fishing laws. The investigation was led by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section. More>>

Barboursville man who threatened Sen. Manchin's life indicted by federal grand jury

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Steve Anthony Major, 49, allegedly made four calls to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's offices in Charleston and Washington in March, identifying himself each time and threatening harm to Manchin and his family.
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Ex-superintendent of WV schools, Jorea Marple, files 2nd suit

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The lawsuit seeks relief including for the loss of reputation among her peers, loss of ability to get another job of equal stature, and mental anguish. More>>

Huntington man admits to robbing drug dealer at gunpoint in November

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Kamel Auntae Burris, 31, of Huntington has been described as an enforcer in an alleged drug distribution network, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says.
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Detroit man nabbed on felony drug charge following traffic stop in Huntington

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Complaints from neighbors prompted an investigation into alleged drug trafficking from a residence on Rotary Road that culminated in the arrest of  Antonio Shadwick, aka "Eastside," 31. More>>

WVU professor wins fellowships to research 19th century court cases

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WVU Department of History assistant professor Kimberly Welch is investigating unpublished and rapidly deteriorating lower court records from the Natchez district of Mississippi and Louisiana between 1820 and 1860 in which free blacks and slaves sued whites and other African Americans. More>>

Ex-Homeland Security supervisor charged with obtaining nearly $116,000 in cash advances with his government-issued credit card

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Former Homeland Security supervisor Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Lovettsville, Va., was indicted on 45-counts of wire fraud. Authorities allege Protogiannis obtained nearly $116,000 in cash advances against his government-issued credit card.
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Kanawha County couple sues, claims Wal-Mart employees falsely accused them of theft

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A Kanawha County couple claiming they were detained for more than an hour after employees at the Walmart store in South Charleston falsely accused them of stealing is suing the retail giant. More>>

Former probationary firefighter in Huntington claims hostile work environment

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A probationary firefighter in Huntington who was terminated for alleged insubordination, conduct unbecoming a firefighter and substandard evaluations is suing the city, claiming a hostile workplace, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and a myriad of other charges. More>>

Woman who says she is victim of identity theft sues GE Capital for 'harassing and annoying' calls

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A Kanawha County woman who said she is a victim of identity theft is suing Utah-based GE Capital Retail Bank for using harassing and annoying telephone tactics to try and collect the debt from her even after being told to speak to her lawyer. More>>

3-judge panel to rule on Hardy commissioners' ouster

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A dispute between citizens of Hardy County and two county commissioners has been ongoing in the legal system for the last five months. More>>

Charleston, WV felon sentenced for weapons violation

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A Charleston, WV felon caught with a loaded pistol in his possession has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. More>>

WV Supreme Court says public agencies can assess 'reasonable' record search fees

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The state Supreme Court says local governments can pass on the cost of fulfilling public record search requests to the individuals or organizations asking for the information, provided the fees they charge are "reasonable." More>>

6 headed to federal prison for violating terms of their release

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Six people who violated the terms of their supervised release are headed to prison, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said. More>>

Ohio man sentenced to 20 years in prison for dealing cocaine in West Virginia

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A Steubenville, Ohio man will spend the next two decades in federal prison for his role in the distribution of cocaine in the Northern District of West Virginia and in Jefferson County, Ohio, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said. More>>

Charleston woman to serve 6 months for letting drug dealers use her apartments

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Alexus Motley, 21, of Charleston, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas E. Johnston in Charleston to six months in federal prison for her participation in an illegal pill distribution ring. More>>

Third-year WVU law student scores tops on CPA exam

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Third-year West Virginia University College of Law student Alan Wilson has earned the top average score on the four-part West Virginia Certified Public Accountant exam. More>>

Marion County Sheriff's Department Accuses Woman of Exposing Toddler to Marijuana Smoke

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The Marion County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Fairmont woman on a child neglect creating a risk of injury charge. More>>

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