This Just In: Kanawha County

by Chris Dickerson |
Feb. 3, 2006, 1:55am

Jan. 11
Diversified Enterprise Inc. vs. Thrasher Engineering Inc.
PA-Gene W. Bailey II; J-King
* Diversified, a Putnam County construction company owned by Powerball winner Jack Whittaker, claims Thrasher, a civil engineering consulting firm, didn't carry out its duties set forth in a contract regarding a water treatment plant project in Mingo County.
Case number: 06-C-44

Wendy England and Michael England vs. Richard B. Sellers et al.
PA-David R. Karr; J-Bloom
* The Jackson County couple says Sellers was liable in a Jan. 15, 2004, auto accident near the intersection of interstates 77 and 79 in Charleston. They also claim Sellers and unnamed friends, associates and/or co-workers of his tried to convince the couple from filing a lawsuit and/or from being truthful about the accident. They seek compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 06-C-45

Jan. 12
Michelle Davis and Mervin Davis vs. Management & Training Corp., James Bradley and Velva Chamberlain
PA-James T. Carey; J-Zakaib
* Michelle Davis, an employee of the Charleston Job Corps Center, claims supervisors Bradley and Chamberlain made sexual comments and remarks to and about her. Husband sues for loss of consortium.
Case number: 06-C-48

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. vs. Superior Windows Inc.
PA-Jeffrey J. Gould (Martinsburg); J-Berger
* Defendant owes $24,525 plus pre-judgment interest at a rate of 10 percent and attorney fees and cost of action.
Case number: 06-C-49

Yvonne Perkins vs. Gabriel Brothers Inc.
PA-Cynthia M. Ranson; J-Stucky
* Perkins says the store at the Kanawha Mall is to blame for her fall in the parking lot on June 7, 2005, that caused her to fracture her ankle. She sues for compensatory damages.
Case number 06-C-50

Thomas Jackson Black and Patricia A. Black vs. CSX et al
PA-James A. McKowen; J-Visiting
* A former railroad worker, Thomas Jackson Black says he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers during his nearly 40 years on the job. Wife sues for loss of consortium.
Case number: 06-C-51

Brad K. High vs. Charles E. Rivers, C.E. Rivers Trucking, Daniel S. Titzer and J.H.O.C. Inc.
PA-Michael T. Clifford; J-Stucky
* A South Carolina resident, High says the defendants caused an accident on the West Virginia Turnpike on July 7, 2005, that left him with various injuries, including a compression fracture to his neck at C-6. He seeks compensatory damages.
Case number: 06-C-53

Kimberly S. Williams vs. Charleston Area Medical Center Inc., dba Charleston Area Medical Center
PA-Jeffrey V. Mehalic; J-Walker
* South Charleston woman says she tripped and fell over a rug in the lobby of CAMC's Family Medical Building at CAMC General Hospital on Jan. 13, 2004, breaking her left hip. She also says an August 2004 fall occurred because of the instability resulting from the injuries sustained in the first fall. She seeks compensatory damages.
Case number: 06-C-54

Jan. 13
Randall Adkins, minor, by his next friend and natural mother Iris C. Adkins vs. The Board of Education of the County of Kanawha
PA-Cynthia M. Ranson; J-Stucky
* Randall, who was 5 years old at the time of the incident, fell from the top row of bleachers in the Dupont Middle School gymnasium on Oct. 13, 2004. His mother seeks compensatory and general damages.
Case number: 06-C-56

Denise Higginbotham vs. AT&T Corporation and Jane Ann Mainolfi
PA-Lonnie C. Simmons; J-Berger
* A former AT&T employee, Higginbotham claims she was unfairly fired from her job in 2004 because of absences that were caused by an injury she had suffered on the job earlier. She says that is a violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 06-C-57

Rita Durham vs. Eric B. Gardner and J.D.'s Pilot House Restaurant dba Blackhawk Enterprises Inc.
PA-Michael A. Turkaly; J-Berger
* The Belle woman claims she was attacked by Gardner at the restaurant in Belle. She seeks compensatory damages.
Case number: 06-C-58

Rodney L. Higginbotham and Jeana N. Higginbotham vs. Shawn DeWayne Lanham, Darrell A. Thomas and Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
PA-Robert M. Williams; J-Berger
* The couple says the two individual defendants were to blame for a May 17, 2005, accident that caused injuries to Rodney Higginbotham. Wife claims a loss of consortium. They sue jointly and severally for compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 06-C-59

Thomas Edgar Thompson and Sheila Ann Thompson vs. Bob Evans Farms
PA-G. Wayne Van Bibber; J-Stucky
* The Georgia couple were dining at the Bob Evans in Cross Lanes on Jan. 20, 2004, when he slipped and fell on a walkway covered in ice and snow as they left the restaurant, injuring his left hand. Wife claims a loss of consortium. They seek compensatory damages not to exceed $75,000.
Case number: 06-C-60

Jan. 17
Mark McKain and Connie McKain vs. Motorists Mutual Insurance Company
PA-Brent K. Kesner; J-King
* The Parkersburg couple says their insurance company should pay to repair cracks in the masonry of their home caused by the failure of an adjacent underground city storm sewer pipe. The cost is about $30,000.
Case number: 06-C-71

Jan. 18
Jeremy S. Starks and Laura M. Starks vs. Ford Motor Company
PA-Michael L. Glasser; J-King
* The Kanawha County couple claims a new 2004 Ford F350 they bought from Bert Wolfe Ford in 2004 is a lemon. They seek to have the contract voided and their monies refunded as well as other damages.
Case number: 06-C-76

Portia A. Roach and Lloyd L. Roach vs. City of Charleston and Boston Culinary Group Inc. dba Distinctive Gourmet
PA-Stephen P. Meyer; J-Berger
* The couple claims the defendants are to blame for Portia injuring her hip and damaging an implanted electric stimulator in a fall while working as a vendor at the Charleston Civic Center. Husband sues for loss of consortium.
Case number 06-C-77

Charles A. Taylor and Connie Taylor, in their capacities as co-executors of the estate of Robert E. Boyd, and Charles A. Taylor, in his capacity as legal guardian for Effie Taylor, an incompetent person vs. Kenneth Boyd and Mary Boyd
PA-Shari L Collias; J-Zakaib
* The plaintiffs allege the defendants took advantage of a situation and made themselves beneficiaries of Robert E. Boyd's estate in a variety of ways and hampered his attempts to provide care for his sister Effie Taylor, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, after his death.
Case number: 06-C-79

Ronald Gene Miles vs. Joseph Lee Panucci, Michael Ray Hickman and John Doe, merchant
PA-D. Scott Tyree and Susan L. Sheperd; J-King
Miles says Panucci was intoxicated when he caused a traffic accident on U.S. 60 in Jefferson on June 25, 2005, and that Hickman provided alcohol to Panucci. He also sues an unknown merchant for selling the alcohol to Panucci and/or Hickman.
Case number: 06-C-82

Bernard Mark Monmat vs. David Collins
PA-pro se; J-Zakaib
* Monmat of Charleston wants paid after Collins, also of Charleston, agreed to buy his 1997 Camaro for $6,250.
Case number: 06-C-83

Allstate Insurance Company vs. Amy L. Simpson
PA-Brian J. Warner; J-Walker
* Stemming from an automobile accident on Jan. 19, 2004, the insurance company says it paid on its collision policy for Hayward and Reda Harper and now seek compensation from Simpson, who was to blame for the accident. The Harpers also filed a separate suit (06-C-84) against Simpson for damages.
Case number: 06-C-85

Tamara L. Bowen, mother and next friend of Jessica Dorsey, a minor, vs. Kanawha County Board of Education and Edward Hughes and Lisa Hughes, parents of Kayla Hughes, a minor
PA-Richard E. Holtzapfel; J-King
* Bowen says Kayla Hughes attacked her daughter on Sept. 23, 2005, at Herbert Hoover High School. Jessica Dorsey was unconscious and had multiple seizures from the attack, and she was hospitalized in intensive care after the attack. She also had broken bones iher face and headaches.
Case number: 06-C-86

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