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Postal worker, 7 others enter guilty pleas in federal court in Martinsburg

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 Brenda Carmody, 49, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds between August of 2013 and January of 2014, admitting she took more than $1,500 from the stamp drawer and $480 from post office box rentals from the Rippon, West Virginia, post office where she was working.
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West Milford, WV, postal worker gets five years' probation for embezzling more than $15,000

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 Christy D. Ruble, 32, of West Milford, West Virginia, former officer in charge of the West Milford post office, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make more than $15,200 in restitution for embezzlement from postal accounts.
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Two Morgantown, WV, residents charged with racking up $13,000 in electronics purchases for themselves with a government credit card

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Morgantown, West Virginia, residents Carl J. Gaul, 40, and Shawn E. Ratliff, 35, have been indicted for making nearly $13,100 in purchases with a government-issued credit card over a seven-month period in 2013.

 
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Fugitive Who Confessed to Burying Infant in National Forest Faces New Charges

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Joseph Christy was a fugitive from justice for escape in Colorado Springs, Co. He had also stolen a vehicle from Iowa. More>>

Man, Woman, Charged in Wetzel County Arson That Killed Three People Video included

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Two Pennsylvania residents have been charged with first-degree murder in the arson deaths of three people in Wetzel County earlier this year. More>>

Obama administration says health subsidies will continue despite federal appeals court ruling

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The majority opinion concluded that the law, as written, "unambiguously" restricts subsides to consumers in exchanges established by a state. That would invalidate an Internal Revenue Service regulation that tried to sort out confusing wording in the law by concluding that Congress intended for consumers in all 50 states to have subsidized coverage. More>>

WV DHHR caseworker in Logan County admits to filing fake claims, pocketing more than $58,000 in benefits

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Shannon Collins, 41, of Logan, a former caseworker in West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Logan County office, obtained more than $58,000 in benefits by filing false claims.

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UPDATE: Youth Services Systems Responds After Corrections Officer Accused of Sex Crime Video included

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A West Virginia Division of Corrections officer has been charged with having sexual contact with a female juvenile inmate at the Lincoln Detention Center in Wheeling. More>>

Beckley man faces up to 20 years in federal prison for dealing heroin in Stanaford, WV

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Jason Kaylor, 31, of Beckley, West Virginia, is facing up to 20 years in prison after admitting in federal court he sold heroin to a police informant in Raleigh County.
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Pursuing justice in Mingo County

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Michael Sparks, the former Mingo County prosecutor whose testimony toppled corrupt politicians charged with using public office for private gain, said the reason he didn’t request immunity from prosecution was simple enough. More>>

Website, operator win appeal in defamation suit

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Huddleston Bolen recently scored a victory in a long-running legal battle over content posted on an online gossip website, TheDirty.com. More>>

Proposed settlement would use $2.9 million in insurance money from Freedom Industries for projects benefiting the public

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A proposed settlement filed Friday in the Freedom Industries class action lawsuit would use $2.9 million in insurance proceeds to fund projects for the public good, like assessing the long-term consequences of the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in a nine-county region of southern West Virginia.
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71-year-old attacked with baseball bat, robbed outside Maysel, West Virginia nightspot

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West Virginia State Police are looking for an armed robber who assaulted a 71-year-old businessman in Maysel, West Virginia, with a baseball bat. William B. Vineyard, 71, said he’d just left Jesse Sez Restaurant/Bar in Maysel  after closing when an unknown white male approached him, struck him with the bat and robbed him of a large sum of money.
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Ohio drug dealer who bit WV State Trooper during 2012 traffic stop loses appeal of 35-year prison sentence

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Robin Earl Slater, 52, of Langsville, Ohio, had a felony record, six loaded guns, thousands of dollars in cash and detailed drug ledgers in his possession when he bit a state trooper in the arm during a traffic stop in St. Albans, West Virginia, in 2012.
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Customers throughout E-ZPass network in eastern U.S. report phishing emails

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Consumers who receive phishing emails purporting to be from E-ZPass should report the email to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, as well as the state Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey advises. More>>

4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismisses former Upper Big Branch mine superintendent Gary May's appeal

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A federal appeals court has dismissed former Upper Big Branch mine superintendent Gary May’s appeal of his 21 month prison sentence.
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2 Indicted on Murder Charges in 1999 Disappearance of 2 Lewis County Women

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Two men have been indicted by a Lewis County grand jury on murder charges.Charles Steven Freeman, 51, of Archbold, Ohio, was re-arrested Wednesday on murder charges and Joseph Metz, of Weston, was re-arrested on the charge in January 2014 in connection to the 1999 disappearance of Mary Friend, 46 and Maxine Stalnaker, 69.The men were indicted in the July term of the grand jury on July 15, according to the indictment in Lewis County Circuit Court. Freeman, Metz, 39, and David Hughes, 58, were ... More>>

Three sentenced in Beckley to federal drug law violations

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Three men were sentenced to prison for federal drug violations while a fourth entered a guilty plea this week in federal court in Beckley, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.  More>>

Morrisey: Apple Inc. settlement is an important victory for electronic book consumers in WV

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said West Virginia consumers could receive as much as $1.7 million as part of a $400 million settlement between Apple Inc. and 33 states and territories to resolve a price-fixing lawsuit against the company. More>>

Businessman, former Mountain Laurel warehouse manager admit paying kickbacks

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Stephen B. Herndon, 37, and Scott Ellis, 44, both of Holden, West Virginia,  face up to five years in  federal prison after admitting they structured hundreds of thousands of dollars in withdrawals in order to pay kickbacks to obtain contracts at Arch Coal's Mountain Laurel complex. More>>

Six arrested during warrant sweep based on prostitution stings in Huntington

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Huntington Police arrested six people during a warrant sweep earlier this week on Sixth Avenue, bringing the total number of prostitution arrests since March to 20. More>>

Trial Postponed for Fairmont Man Charged in Locust Avenue Quadruple Homicide Video included

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The trial for a Fairmont man charged in a Harrison County quadruple homicide has been postponed. More>>

Huntington man sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for dealing heroin in his community

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 Brandon S. Keaton, 28, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars after admitting he sold heroin in his community.
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Hearing Examiner Appointed to Clarksburg Code Enforcement Complaint

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A hearing examiner has been named to handle a complaint filed by the West Virginia Fire Commission about the city of Clarksburg's Code Enforcement office.  More>>

Two plead guilty to lying to federal agents probing Mountain Laurel mining complex kickback scheme

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A man who paid kickbacks to the general manager of Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel mining complex and another who accepted them each pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents. Ronald Barnette, 53, of Holden, West Virginia, and Gary Griffith, 62, of Oceana, West Virginia, each face up to five years in prison. More>>

Trial Begins in October for Superintendent Indicted by Grand Jury Investigating Steubenville Rape Case Video included

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A trial date has been set for Mike McVey, the Steubenville City Schools superintendent who was indicted by the Grand Jury investigating the Steubenville rape case. More>>

Trial For Bridgeport Mayor Rescheduled for December

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The trial date for former Bridgeport Best Care pharmacist Mario Blount and his two co-defendants has been rescheduled for December 1.  More>>

Motorists advised to ignore email purporting to be from E-ZPass

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Scammers are trying to frighten E-ZPass users by telling them they owe unpaid tolls and asking them to click on a link to get more information and pay the fees. The email, however, is not legitimate. More>>

Hinton, West Virginia man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for dealing drugs

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Michael Harshaw, 38, of Hinton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for using his phone in October 2012 to make arrangements to sell five oxycodone pills to a person cooperating with police, while Tiffany Rose Arbogast, 24, of Lewisburg, faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting to distributing heroin in Lewisburg in December 2012. More>>

US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

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Experts have pointed to rising numbers of inmates with mental illnesses since the 1970s, after states began closing psychiatric hospitals without following through on promises to create and sustain comprehensive community treatment programs. More>>

WVU doctoral candidate finds link between inmate ink, recidivism

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Studying the link between inmate tattoos and recidivsm has earned Kaitlyn Wolf, a doctoral candidate in economics at West Virginia University, an invitation to the fifth Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, a gathering of Nobel economics laureates from all over the world. More>>

Sparks provides crack in criminal Team Mingo schemes

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Government prosecutors recently described 44-year-old Michael Sparks as the “crack in the wall of silence” that brought down a lawless judge, county commissioner and magistrate — the guy on the inside, privy to the inner workings of a corrupt political organization known as Team Mingo and willing to tell authorities what he knew and when. More>>