Justices side with Rich Rod in home purchase case

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez in a lawsuit filed by a couple who purchased their home. The Supreme Court considered the parties' briefs and the record on appeal and stated that the facts and legal arguments are adequately presented, and the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument, according to the June 12 memorandum decision. "Upon consideration of the standard Read More »

Pocahontas man says agriculture teacher sexually molested him

MARLINTON – A Pocahontas County man claims he was sexually abused by his high school agriculture teacher. Chase McKenzie Fisher filed his lawsuit against the Pocahontas County Board of Education and Samantha Jane Bartley in Pocahontas Circuit Court. Fisher, who now is 20, says “Bartley was a sexual predator with a lustful disposition towards male minor children” who “sexually abused, molested, fondled and assaulted” him during her employment at Pocahontas County High School from April to June Read More »

Former Mingo County official sues to get job back

WILLIAMSON – The former director of emergency services in Mingo County has filed a lawsuit against the Mingo County Commission seeking to be reinstated to the position. Jarrod Fletcher, who was suspended in 2013 from his position as Mingo County’s 911 Director and Homeland Security Director, also named County Commissioner Diann Hannah in the complaint filed June 22. Fletcher’s attorney, Rob Kuenzel of Chapmanville, said Fletcher deserves to have the suspension settled. “That is all we are ask Read More »

Flanigan ready for term as WVAJ president

PRINCETON – As if being a single mother who just started her own law firm isn’t enough, Paige Flanigan has something else to keep her busy for the next year. Flanigan recently was elected president of the West Virginia Association for Justice at the organization’s annual convention. “It is a great privilege and honor to serve as president of the West Virginia Association for Justice,” Flanigan, 49, said. Read More »