Chris Dickerson News

Democrats want Justice to veto campaign finance reform bill

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 20, 2019

CHARLESTON – Democratic lawmakers are asking Republican Gov. Jim Justice to veto a bill that would reform state campaign finance laws. Senate Bill 622 would increase numerous caps on campaign contributions for individuals and political action committees. It also would allow federal PACs to continue to receive contributions from undisclosed donors.

After 54 days, Justice appoints Poling as new Raleigh Circuit Court judge

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 20, 2019

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Darl W. Poling of Beckley to become Raleigh Circuit Court's newest judge. The opening was created when Justice appointed lifelong friend John Hutchison to the state Supreme Court to fill former Justice Allen Loughry's seat. Retired judge Charles M. Vickers has been filling Hutchison’s seat in Raleigh County.

AG's office sues Diocese and former bishop, saying they employed known pedophiles

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 19, 2019

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a lawsuit alleging the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and a former bishop, saying they knowingly employed pedophiles.

Dental hygienist says she was victim of retaliatory firing and discrimination

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 19, 2019

NEW MARTINSVILLE – A dental hygienist claims she was the victim of a retaliatory firing and discrimination. Karen Ullom, 56, filed her complaint March 19 in Wetzel Circuit Court against Dr. Andrea Lockhart, Adam Pendleton and New Martinsville Dental.

W.Va. pipeline construction company ordered to pay $3.7M in back wages, damages

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

CHARLESTON – A federal court has ordered a West Virginia-based natural gas pipeline construction management company to pay $3.7 million for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Blankenship says national media, GOP leaders worked together to defame him in '18 primary

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

WILLIAMSON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has filed a $12 billion lawsuit claiming saying national media outlets and leading Republicans intended to defame him in his 2018 U.S. Senate bid.

After two years, U.S. attorney says investigation of state Supreme Court is over

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2019

CHARLESTON – The federal investigation into the state Supreme Court is over. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart issued a statement March 14 announcing the conclusion of the probe that has lasted for more than two years.

Parents file lawsuit against woman who struck, killed their daughter in crosswalk near WVU

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 14, 2019

MORGANTOWN – The parents of a former West Virginia University student have filed a civil lawsuit against the women who struck and killed their daughter last year.

JVAC accepting applications for McDowell judgeship; Raleigh County position remains unfilled

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is accepting applications for the pending McDowell Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Current Judge Booker T. Stephens has announced his retirement, effective May 31.

WV CALA blames House leadership for lack of meaningful legal reform this session

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 13, 2019

CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is blaming House leadership for a lack of meaningful legal reform during the recently completed legislative session.

State Senate asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state impeachment ruling

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Senate wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state Supreme Court ruling that ended last fall’s impeachment proceedings. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a petition March 11 with the U.S. Supreme Court. The House of Delegates filed a similar request in January.

Former employee claims dermatologist tricked, drugged, sexually harassed, assaulted her

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 11, 2019

WHEELING – A dermatologist has b​​​​​een accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a former employee. Jerry Hahn and Ganzer-Hahn Dermatology Associates were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed March 11 in Ohio Circuit Court by Ashley George.

Bill moving Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to AG's office awaits governor's signature

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 8, 2019

On March 7, the House of Delegates voted 58-42 to pass Senate Bill 318. It would move the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the state Department of Health and Human Resources to the Attorney General’s office.

Justice appoints Scudiere and McLaughlin as circuit judges; Raleigh County position remains vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 7, 2019

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Debra Scudiere of Morgantown as the new circuit judge in Monongalia County and Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs as the new circuit judge in the 23rd Circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

Loughry's Charleston home up for sale

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 4, 2019

CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s Charleston home is for sale. Loughry, who was sentenced last month to 24 months in federal prison, and his family listed the home March 1 for $150,000.

Kanawha magistrate Kim Aaron retires, wants person of color to be her replacement

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 1, 2019

CHARLESTON – Longtime Kanawha County Magistrate Kim Aaron has retired, and has asked that her replacement be a person of color.

Court letter from D.C. consultant says Loughry lacks humility, should accept responsibility

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Washington, D.C., political consultant says former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry lacks humility and that he should have accepted responsibility for his actions.

Kanawha Circuit judge voids most of 2016 right-to-work legislation

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha Circuit judge has ruled major parts of the state’s 2016 right-to-work law are illegal.

Senate passes bill that would move Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to AG's office

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 27, 2019

CHARLESTON — The state Senate has passed a bill that would move the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to be housed in the state Attorney General's office. On a 26-8 vote, the Senate voted Feb. 27 to pass Senate Bill 318. The bill now will go to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill already was introduced.

A month after commission interviews, three circuit judge spots remain vacant

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 27, 2019

CHARLESTON – Three circuit judge openings remain vacant, and the governor's deadline to fill one of them has passed.

The Record Network