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UPDATE: Malicious wounding charges against WV Supreme Court justice’s son dropped

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The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office dropped felony charges against the son of a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice. More>>

Court rejects class-action for Va. gas lawsuits

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The lawsuits allege that EQT Production Co. and CNX Gas. Company cheated the plaintiffs out of royalties for coalbed methane gas on their properties. More>>

Office of Disciplinary Counsel recommends 4-year suspension without pay for Randolph County, WV Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong

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West Virginia's Office of Disciplinary Counsel thinks a public censure would be letting disgraced Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong off too easy.
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Kanawha County commissioners: prosecutor's disqualification from certain cases has cost taxpayers $100,000, file petition to remove him him from office

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Kanawha County commissioners want embattled Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants removed from office, saying his inability to handle domestic violence cases involving children while his own is being processed has already cost taxpayers $100,000. Their petition for removal accuses Plants of misconduct, malfeasance, neglect of duties and violating a court order as well as the Rules of Professional Conduct.
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Pilot admits to having sex with 15-year-old Ohio girl in Weirton, West Virginia

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Mustafa Momoun Bazbaz, 28, formerly a pilot for Republic Airways stationed in Pittsburgh, admitted he'd arranged a rendezvous with a 15-year-old girl from Jefferson County, Ohio, who he met online via a website, MeetMe.com, and took her to Weirton for sex.
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Detroit man sentenced to nine years in federal prison for dealing heroin in the east end of Charleston, West Virginia

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Darrell Shawton Collins, 36, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for selling heroin to a confidential police informant in December at the corner of Washington Street East and Thompson Street in Charleston's East End.
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Man charged for stealing lottery tickets WV State Fair

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Arbuckle was charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny after he tried to steal $35,000 worth of lottery tickets.  More>>

Judge asks to stay despite courtroom affair

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Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong has admitted to having an unethical relationship with another county employee, but wants to stay on the job. More>>

Fairmont Senior High School Graduate Dead Following Morgantown Stabbing, Suspect Arrested Video included

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According to Mecca 911 officials, authorities responded to the scene of a reported stabbing Thursday morning in Morgantown. More>>

Huntington man wants VA held accountable for father's death

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A Huntington man claims his father received sub-standard care at the hands of a Veterans Administration surgeon who was hired while he faced disciplinary proceedings in Iowa for alleged “professional incompetency” in his handling of nine patients there. More>>

WV jury awards former Capital High School baseball player $32,000 award for injuries suffered during 2010 wiffle ball game

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A Kanawha County jury has awarded former Capital High School baseball Dillon King nearly $33,000 in damages for a broken jaw he sustained during a wiffle-ball indoor practice four years ago. More>>

Teen Convicted of Murder Responds to Lawsuit Filed by the Neese Family Video included

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Shelia Eddy responded to Dave and Mary Neese's lawsuit this week.   More>>

Detroit men sentenced to federal prison for dealing heroin in Huntington, West Virginia

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Two Detroit, Michigan men have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to deal heroin in the Huntington, West Virginia area.
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Greenbrier County, WV men admit to using a phone to set up drug deal

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Roger Lee Deem, 60, of Ronceverte, West Virginia, and David Eldon Williams, 54, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to using a telephone to set up a drug buy. More>>

Municipalities cannot collect sales tax on purchases made outside their corporate boundaries, WV Attorney General says

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A municipal sales tax may not be collected outside the municipality's boundaries, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.
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Four Heroin Overdoses Reported in Weirton in One Weekend Video included

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 Just this past weekend, four people overdosed on heroin, two of which resulted in death, in Weirton alone. More>>

WV Division of Highways Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Investigator

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Matthew Tuttle, 38, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to making a false statement to a federal agent in connection to an ongoing investigation at the Equipment Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld's office. More>>

Cabell County man, 66, sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possessing, distributing child pornography

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John D. Hayes, 66, of Cabell County, West Virginia, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography online via Frostwire, a peer-to-peer network. More>>

WV Judicial Investigation Commission hears affair testimony from Randolph Co. Circuit Judge Wilfong

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Referred to as the “worst kept secret” in the courtroom, it's no longer a secret for one small West Virginia community. Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong took the stand Aug. 11 to explain her extra-marital affair that brought attention to the fact that she may have violated ethics by continuing the relationship. More>>

Pennsylvania's Superior Court upholds verdict in case of drunken driver who killed a Monongalia County, WV, sheriff's deputy in 2012

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Jerod Alan Green, the drunk driver sentenced to 25-50 years in prison in Pennsylvania for leading police on a high-speed chase that culminated with him striking and killing Monongalia County, West Virginia, Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Michael May in 2012, lost his appeal.
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Morgantown, WV FCI Escapee Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Additional Prison Time

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Eugene Nicholas Cobbs escaped from FCI Morgantown on April 10, 2013 and caught a bus to Philadelphia, said U.S. Marshals. Cobbs used false names and was elusive in his behavior, but in September 2013, U.S. Marshals learned that he had crossed the border into Mexico. More>>

Claims growing against fizzled WV spill company

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Anthony Majestro, a Charleston lawyer representing some local businesses who sued Freedom, thinks most of the money available will come from Freedom's $3 million insurance policy. Negotiations are ongoing over how to use that money for projects benefiting the public good. Long-term health monitoring has been mentioned as a possibility. More>>

Gambling addict's widow claims WV casino exploited her husband's out-of-control behavior

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A Steubenville, Ohio, woman whose husband committed suicide after losing millions of dollars in a slot machine at Mountaineer Racetrack & Resort has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Wheeling, WV saying the casino and its employees exploited her husband and his addiction. More>>

Three families sue BOA over home loans

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Four individuals in Hancock and Ohio counties have sued Countrywide, claiming the lender encouraged them to borrow more than their property is worth. More>>

AEP companies settle suit over WV plants

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American Electric Power subsidiaries settled lawsuits in two federal courts Aug. 1 to resolve allegations involving discharges from various sources at three coal-fired plants in West Virginia, prompting adherence to tighter emissions reductions standards. More>>

Wheeling jury resolves lawsuit between former associates

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One-time business partners-turned-courtroom-combatants walked away from a six-day trial empty-handed after a federal jury in Wheeling found no reason to award damages to either side in the dispute. More>>

Energy companies using mineral leases as collateral sparks concern among some property owners

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Energy companies using mineral leases as collateral for multi-million dollar loans have some property owners concerned that their rights to buy, sell and borrow against their own property are being infringed.
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Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

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In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. More>>

Charleston, WV sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

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Stephen Wayne Layton, 40, of Charleston will serve 15 years in federal prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for possessing sexually explicit photos of children under the age of 12, including some he took himself engaging in sexual contact with a juvenile which he stored on a computer and a USB drive he kept at his home.
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Widow of pilot killed in 2012 crash in Monongalia County, WV, sues owner of radio tower

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The widow of an Ohio pilot killed when his plane crashed into a radio communications tower in June 2012 is suing the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, saying the agency should have known the risk the structure posed to air traffic. More>>

UPDATE: Kanawha County, WV Family Court Judge found not guilty of battery

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A family court judge was found not guilty with battery of a health care provider in November of 2013. More>>

Federal judges refuses to dismiss lawsuit over MCHM-contaminated residues at Putnam County, WV, landfill

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A federal judge in Huntington is allowing a lawsuit filed by the City of Hurricane and Putnam County commissioners over MCHM-contaminated wastes stored at the nearby Disposal Services landfill to continue.
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Former Mountain Laurel general manager admits taking $1 million in kickbacks from WV Arch Coal vendors

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Former Mountain Laurel Mining Complex General Manager David E. Runyon, 45, of Delbarton, West Virginia, faces up to 25 years in federal prison after admitting he accepted about $1 million in kickbacks from Arch Coal vendors.
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Mercer County WV Courthouse main building closed because of a bomb threat

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The main building of the Mercer County Courthouse has been closed Aug. 6 because of a bomb threat.

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63-year-old meth dealer gets 8 years in prison for being a felon in possession of guns

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Dorsey Woolwine Jr., 63, of Belle, WV, a felon, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for having 80 guns in his possession.
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Skylar Neese's family is suing her killers, and their mothers

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Court documents show that the Neeses are suing Sheilia Eddy and her mother, Tara Clendenen, as well as Rachel Shoaf and her mother, Patricia Shoaf. More>>

Charleston, WV man admits to dealing heroin

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Ricky Williams, 23, of Charleston, WV admitted to selling heroin to a police informant on at least three occasions,  U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing  Oct. 23.
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WV Innocence Project leads to man’s release

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Students participating in the West Virginia Innocence Project at West Virginia University’s College of Law led to the release of a man convicted of first-degree murder and sexual assault based on faulty forensic evidence. More>>

WV couple claims Chesapeake debt counted as property lien

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A Hancock County couple whose mineral rights were used without their knowledge as collateral for a $500 million loan have filed suit against Chesapeake Energy affiliates, claiming Chesapeake’s debt was improperly recorded as a lien against their property. More>>

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey files new lawsuit

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is filing a new lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.After the threat of thousands of layoffs at Alpha Natural Resources, West Virginia is not the only state taking action. More>>

Former Alderson, WV work supervisor sentenced to 10 months in prison for sexual contact with female inmate

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Jeffrey S. Walton, 48, of Ronceverte, West Virginia, a former work supervisor at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson , has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for touching a female inmate's breasts.
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Federal grand jury in Martinsburg, WV, indicts 14 for dealing drugs in Eastern Panhandle

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Authorities are still searching for two of the 14 people named in a 24-count federal indictment this week charging them with dealing a variety of drugs in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle over the past six years. Twelves have been taken into custody. More>>

Troopers: Philippi, WV Man Stabs Woman After She Throws Box of Meth, Cash Into Woods

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West Virginia State Police have arrested a Philippi man accused of stabbing a woman after she allegedly threw his box of money and meth into the woods.West Virginia State Police said Hull told them the woman had stabbed herself. More>>

Juvenile Drug Court offers gender-specific program to build self-esteem for WV girls in Boone and Lincoln counties

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Girls enrolled in the Boone and Lincoln Juvenile Drug Court participated in a court-supervised, gender-specific self-esteem program recently. Juvenile Drug Court emphasizes positive social activities and role models. 
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WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey files lawsuit challenging Obama’s ‘refusal to faithfully execute the law’

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced July 29 the State of West Virginia filed a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s refusal to faithfully execute the law.

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Processing issue delays bar exam submissions

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The company's website lists 15 states that extended their deadlines for submitting the exams. The Boca Raton, Florida-based ExamSoft also has offices in Dallas and administers bar exams in 43 U.S. states. More>>

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

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To keep the NCAA from having to hold unwieldy talks with multiple plaintiffs, 10 lawsuits filed nationwide were consolidated into the one case in Chicago, where the first lawsuit was filed in 2011. More>>

Huntington, WV, resident described as 'enforcer' for local drug gang sentenced to five years in federal prison

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Huntington, West Virginia, resident Kamel Auntae Burris, 31, described as an enforcer for a local drug gang, wore a mask in November 2013 when he robbed a known drug dealer at gunpoint in his apartment on 10th Street in Huntington, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.
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Former Huntington, WV, public housing manager gets 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $150,000 in federal funds

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Connie Lynn Whitley, 51, of Proctorville, Ohio, stole more than $150,000 in federal funds intended to help low income and disabled residents at Huntington's Uptowner Inn pay rent. More>>

Three lenders agree to $950,000 settlement to resolve antitrust complaints in WV

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West Virginia will receive $950,000 from a settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Trinity Plus Funding Co. LLC and Trinity Funding Co. LLC, to resolve complaints that they'd rigged bids, fixed prices and manipulated the market for municipal derivatives, More>>

Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Back on Football Roster Video included

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Ma'Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team.
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