News from April 2009

Magistrate bill withers in committee

By Justin Anderson | Apr 8, 2009

Canterbury CHARLESTON – A bill proponents believed would bring more focus to magistrate elections failed to emerge from the House Judiciary Committee, rendering the bill dead for the session.

Developers want Putnam assessment blocked

By Justin Anderson | Apr 8, 2009

This building at Putnam Village used to house an Ames Department Store and, before that, a Hill's Department Store. (Photos by Chris Dickerson) WINFIELD – A development company wants a judge to review the tax assessments on two long-vacant commercial buildings in Teays Valley, arguing that neither has much value.

PERSONNEL FILE: Entsminger joins Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 9, 2009

Entsminger CHARLESTON -- Kurt E. Entsminger has joined the law firm of Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso as Of Counsel in the firm's Charleston office.

ALL THINGS JURY: Does popular culture impact juries?

By R. Robert Samples | Apr 9, 2009

CHARLESTON -- In previous columns I have described factors that influence jurors. These factors have included group dynamics whereby people influence each other and individual lifestyle and values that affect juror opinions.

Court upholds Berkeley assessor's valuation

By Steve Korris | Apr 9, 2009

CHARLESTON – Turning a Berkeley County farm into an organic farming community lifted the value of an acre from $128 to $192,000, and the county gets to keep two years of the boost in property taxes.

THEIR VIEW: Merit selection for judges? Not so fast

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 9, 2009

We often have a low opinion, and therefore only a modest expectation, of our politicians, but what happens when the politicians are judges or judicial candidates?

Couple sues over malfunctioning van

By Justin Anderson | Apr 9, 2009

CHARLESTON – An Alum Creek couple is suing a Boone County used car dealer, saying they were fooled into buying a lemon of a van.

Man says he was injured by stray concrete-mixer chute

By Justin Anderson | Apr 9, 2009

MARTINSBURG – A Falling Waters man says a concrete-mixer truck driver was negligent after he was knocked off a wall by the chute on the truck.

Justices uphold $1M punitives in Boone firing case

By Steve Korris | Apr 9, 2009

Davis CHARLESTON – Employers can spy on workers with suspicious injury claims but employers who fire those workers should prepare to pay a million dollars, according to a March 27 decision from the state Supreme Court of Appeals.

Suit over dog moved to circuit court

By Justin Anderson | Apr 9, 2009

CHARLESTON – A civil suit filed in Kanawha magistrate court over an allegedly stolen dog has been moved to circuit court.

Following contempt dismissal, Cookman continuing to make restitution

By Lawrence Smith | Apr 10, 2009

CHARELESTON - As he did recently to avoid contempt charges, a former Hampshire County attorney is hoping that making a good-faith effort to repay former clients from whom he allegedly embezzled money will ease the consequences he's facing on pending criminal charges.

Bank blames attorney, firm for loan losses

By Lawrence Smith | Apr 10, 2009

RIPLEY - A Jackson County bank is alleging an attorney and his law firm are partially responsible for the bank's inability to recoup its losses on two loans totaling almost $500,000.

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