THIS JUST IN: Jefferson County

By The West Virginia Record | May 16, 2008

April 28
Thomas Reap v. The Charles Town General Hospital d/b/a Jefferson Memorial Hospital and West Virginia University Hospital-East, Ophas Vongxaiburana, M.D., and the medical staff of Jefferson Memorial Hospital
PA-Barry Nace and Christopher Stroech; J-Thomas Steptoe Jr.
* Prior for an operation to repair his hernia on Jan. 3, 2005, Reap claims he had no pain in his left testicle. He claims the surgery entrapped the nerves causing him to eventually have his left testicle removed on May 25, 2007. As a result of the second surgery, Reap claims to suffer constant and severe pain in the area where the testicle had been. Reap claims Jefferson Memorial, WVUH-E and Vongxaiburana were negligent in their care and treatment. Reap claims they failed to properly perform the surgery, failed to diagnose and treat him properly. He is seeking in excess of the $300 minimum jurisdictional limit of the court.
Case number: 08-C-178

May 2
Old Republic Insurance v. Daniel James and Bonnie James
PA-Michael Cline; J-Thomas Steptoe Jr.
* Old Republic is a $67,562 for a pursuant to plaintiff affidavit of claim.
Case number: 08-C-183

May 5
Ebony Shepherd v. Cora Jones
PA-Aaron Amore; J-Thomas Steptoe Jr.
* Upon the death of Cheryl Teresa Brame on Sept. 30, 2004, Shepherd inherited property that was then sold for $181, 000. Shepherd gave the check to Jones to deposit it into her account with the understanding it was not a gift or loan. Money was paid from the account to a bail bondsman for Shepherd, but she claims she was denied the rest of the money. Shepherd is claiming breach of contract, conversion and breach of fiduciary duty. Shepherd seeks the compensation for the amount of money held by Jones; compensation for the damages she suffered as a result of the breach of contract, conversion and breach of fiduciary duty; punitive damages and costs.
Case number: 08-C-191

May 6
Barbara Henry v. PNGI Charles Town Gaming LLC.
PA-Terry Hyman; J-Thomas Steptoe Jr.
* On Nov. 5, 2007, Henry was a patron at Charles Town Races and Slots when she was walking to the restroom and slipped on the polished granite floor hitting her head on a pillar. She claims negligence by Charles Town Races. She claims to have suffered serious injuries as a result of the fall as well as mental and emotional pain. She has also incurred reasonable and necessary hospital and medical expenses. She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, plus costs, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest and attorney fees.
Case number: 08-C-193

May 8
William C. Struna v. Lance Dom, individually and his capacity as mayor of Shepherdstown and unknown building code inspection official of Shepherdstown and the Shepherdstown Planning Commission
PA-Michael Cassell; J-Thomas Steptoe Jr.
* Struna claims that Dom repeated parked on his property during 2006 at which he was told to remove his car from Strunaás property. In the meantime, Struna inquired with the Shepherdstown office to determine if it was necessary to install new windows the property. He claims he was told no permit was required. Struna claims he learned that Dom was angered by his warnings to remove the vehicle and was then contacted by an employee of Shepherdstown that he did need a building permit to replace the windows. He claims he filed an application for a building permit with the planning commission but was denied the permit. Dom is also a member of the planning commission. Struna believes that Dom used his position as mayor of Shepherdstown to unlawfully influence another public official. Struna also claims he has suffered general and other damages. He is seeking declaratory relief and that the court issue a writ of mandamus directed to the Building Code Official to approve the replacement of his windows. He wants the Shepherdstown Municipal Ordinance Section 9-902IV (a) & (b) is invalid and unenforceable.
Case number: 08-C-195

May 9
Sherri Nazelrod v. Residential Credit Solutions
PA- Aaron Amore; J-Thomas Steptoe Jr.
* RCS is a debt collector. Nazelroad claims that RCS misrepresented late fees on her mortgage loan every month from December 2007 to June 2007. She is seeking $4, 331.22 for each violation and $10,000 for each incident (a total of six). She is also seeking cancellation of the debt and prohibiting any further contact by RCS.

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