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E-filing system launched for 14 counties

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Every West Virginia county has one: A room where old circuit court files are boxed up and filed away so they can be retrieved if they're ever needed. With space at a premium in so many county courthouses, the storage area may not even be in the same building, so when a particular file is needed a clerk often has to go off-site to retrieve it.

Bridgeport, WV Mayor Mario Blount Set for Federal Plea Deal

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Blount, 51, a registered pharmacist, and two other defendants, Angela Davis, 51, and April Davis, 23, were indicted in May 2014 by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg.

Wayne County, West Virginia woman admits she tried to buy 5 guns for a convicted felon

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Brittany Amanda Hewlett, 25, admitted she lied when she filled out the federally-required paperwork to buy five guns at a Huntington area pawn shop. Hewlett said she'd agreed to buy the firearms for a convicted felon, prohibited by law from owning or possessing weapons.

Lincoln County, West Virginia couple, their son and his fiance admit to selling oxycodone to police informant

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Larry Wayne Lawson, 54, of West Hamlin; his wife, Tina Taylor Lawson, 37; their son, Jason Wayne Lawson, 30, and their son's fiance, Tia Estep, 28, of Seymour, Tennessee, admit they sold prescription painkillers to a police informant in 2013.

UPDATE: New details released after troopers bust alleged pill ring Video included

Ten suspects arrested in connection with alleged pill ring Ten suspects arrested in connection with alleged pill ring
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 According to investigators, it all began when a female suspect found a doctor's prescription pad.

Mother of Skylar Neese Murderer Requests Case Against Her Be Dismissed

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Patricia Shoaf claims Skylar's death and its impact on the Neeses was not a foreseeable risk and the case should be dismissed. 

Greenbrier County man gets probation, house arrest and community service for dealing drugs while delivering US mail

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Jack Edwin McCoy, 30, of White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia was sentenced to probation, home confinement and community service for dealing drugs while he delivered the U.S. mail. McCoy was taken into custody after he sold Suboxone strips to a police informant in Groundcover in February.

Charleston, WV man admits to scamming timeshare owners of more than $80,000

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David Andrew Glynn, 47, of Charleston, West Virginia, admitted to scamming timeshare owners out of  more than $80,000 through a bogus company, Mountain State Resales, LLC, that was purportedly in the business of brokering timeshare sales. 

Five people, including two from Detroit, charged with drug trafficking after Huntington police raid Adams Avenue residence

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Two Detroit residents were among five people charged with drug trafficking when police found heroin, crack and marijuana during an Aug. 25 raid at a residence on Adams Avenue in Huntington. Complaints from community residents sparked the search.

Ohio County, WV miner who falsely claimed to be certified to perform safety checks sentenced to two years of supervised release

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Sean A. Chase, 32, of Spencer, West Virginia, the coal miner who claimed to be a mine foreman qualified to perform mine safety exam while working at Tunnel Ridge Mine in Ohio County, has been sentenced to two years of supervised release.

WV Attorney General Morrisey says EPA broke its own rules with carbon dioxide emission regulations

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Morrisey pointed out the agency had failed to include “required and critical information in the regulatory dockets of two of the agency's recent proposals for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing and modified power plants.

Judge rules rental owner waited too long

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The owner of three Clarksburg rental properties demolished because of alleged code violations waited too long to challenge the validity of the city's building ordinances, Harrison County Circuit Judge James A. Matich has ruled.

College cities focus on keeping students safe

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College can be a heady experience, particularly for kids who, often for the first time, don't have mom and dad waiting at home to ask them where they've been, who they've been with and what they've been doing.

West Virginia's Judicial Hearing Board recommends suspending Randolph County judge for courthouse affair

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The Judicial Hearing Board wants Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Goodwin Wilfong suspended a total of three years without pay, censured fined a total of $20,000 and required to pay costs for 11 violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct stemming from an affair she had with Travis Carter, former director of the county's community corrections board. 

Beckley, West Virginia man admits he got his girlfriend to help him steal oxycodone from pharmacy where she worked

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Daniel Michael Koehler, 30, of Beckley, West Virginia says he coaxed his girlfriend into helping him steal oxycodone from the pharmacy where she once worked as a pharmacy technician.

WV Attorney General says DEA ruling on hydrocodone-combinations will make it harder for buyers to abuse it

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he supports the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to reclassify hydrocodone-combination medications as Schedule II pharmaceuticals. 

Charleston felon fighting with his girlfriend sentenced to more than 6 years in jail for threatening bystander with a gun

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Mark A. Johnson, Jr., 24, of Charleston, West Virginia, threatened to kill a construction worker trying to intervene in an argument he was having with his girlfriend outside a local shopping mall in November, then tried to persuade witnesses to tell authorities the gun wasn't real.  He's been sentenced to six years and six months in prison.

Airport, chemical co want spill lawsuit dismissed

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An airport and a chemical producer want claims dismissed in a lawsuit partly targeting them over a January chemical spill. 

Free credit monitoring offered to consumers impacted by Community Health Systems data breach

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a data breach at Community Health Systems involved non-medical patient identification data related to the group's physician practice operations.

Logan County, West Virginia resident sentenced to probation for using identities of family members to obtain credit cards online

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Joseph Hurley, 28, of Man was sentenced to five years' probation, with five months to be served in community confinement, plus restitution for using identifying information for two family members to obtain credit cards in their name.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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