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WVU Department of History assistant professor Kimberly Welch is investigating unpublished and rapidly deteriorating lower court records from the Natchez district of Mississippi and Louisiana between 1820 and 1860 in which free blacks and slaves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

Potomac Center abuse suit filed for 17-year-old

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The alleged abuse is the direct result of the Potomac Center's failure to supervise its employees, the suit claims. More>>

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

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U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated during the first few days of the trial pitting Apple against Samsung. More>>

Seven indicted by federal grand jury in Wheeling on drug trafficking charges

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A federal grand jury in Wheeling has ordered seven area residents on drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II reports. More>>

Detroit man admits to dealing heroin in Huntington

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Alton Tribble 37, of Detroit admitted in federal court in Huntington to a single count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. More>>

Barboursville man pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Cabell County

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A 33-year-old Barboursville resident pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Huntington to conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Cabell County. 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>>

Morrisey warns of new 'profiling' telephone scam

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Scammers are trying to "profile" consumers to set them up for future scams, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warns. More>>

3 Lincoln County men admit to selling oxycodone to informants

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Lincoln County residents Richard A. Mullins, John Freddie Joe Johnson and Joseph James Salmons have admitted to dealing oxycodone in their community, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports. More>>

PSC orders WVAW to continue public water access

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has ordered West Virginia American Water to continue providing access to public water to areas that do not currently have it.  


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Mt. Olive inmate denied writ in bid to overturn 1998 murder conviction

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The state Supreme Court has denied a writ of habeas corpus filed by James Thomas Samples, an inmate at the Mt. Olive Correctional Complex currently serving a life sentence for murder.

 
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Charleston attorney appealed $25 parking ticket to state Supreme Court, loses

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A Charleston attorney who argued he was improperly ticketed for leaving his vehicle in a no-parking zone while he delivered a prescription to a colleague has lost his appeal.

 
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Weirton strip club's license revocation stands

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld a Kanawha County Circuit Court order affirming the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration's decision to revoke the license of a Weirton strip club. More>>

Technology not immune to misinformation

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While accessibility to technology has increased with the continued debut of new gadgets, that same accessibility can sometimes bring unexpected problems.
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Family of Hurricane student killed while walking home from school sues

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The family of Jacob Ball, the 16-year-old Hurricane High School student struck by a train and killed as he walked home from school in January 2012, is suing CSX, the Putnam County Board of Education and the City of Hurricane. More>>

Mercer County magistrate appointed to hear domestic battery charge against Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants

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Mercer County Magistrate Michael D. Flanigan has been assigned to the domestic battery case involving Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants, charged with using excessive force to discipline one of his sons. More>>

Ex-DHHR caseworker in Logan charged with stealing identities, benefits

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Shannon Collins, a 41-year-old former caseworker in the Logan office of the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services, allegedly used the identifying information of two deceased individuals to obtain more than $50,000 in benefits.

 
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Martinsburg man to serve more than 15 years for dealing crack

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Timothy Williams, 24, of Martinsburg was sentenced to 188 months in prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. More>>

Drug-related offenses send Clarksburg residents to prison

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Three Clarksburg residents were sentenced to federal prison for drug-related offenses, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II reports. More>>

Huntington man charged with shooting 6 in Northcott Court pleads guilty to having guns, selling heroin

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Antonio Michael Smith, 31, of Huntington, charged with shooting six people in the Northcott Court neighborhood in September, has admitted to having had guns in his possession and selling heroin. More>>

Huntington woman who let dealers sell cocaine from her home sentenced to three years in federal prison

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Lindsey Alyn Thacker, 29, of Huntington will spend three years in federal prison for allowing Detroit drug dealers to use her home on 11th Avenue to store and sell heroin. Thacker also admitted to traveling to Detroit to get heroin and crack cocaine.
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