THIS JUST IN: Kanawha County

by Cara Bailey |
Oct. 17, 2008, 2:30am

Sept. 12
Janet Rawn v. David Thalheimer, Francine Thalheimer
PA – Thomas H. Peyton; J – Zakaib
* Janet Rawn filed a suit against David and Francine Thalheimer, claiming she was injured while walking their dog. According to the suit, Rawn, who normally provided cleaning services to the Thalheimers, was asked to walk the dog. During the walk, the dog pulled Rawn to the ground and dragged her a considerable distance. Rawn suffered several injuries, including a pelvic fracture, left upper extremity contusion and abrasion, cervical strain and a closed head injury. Rawn claims she suffered mental anguish and distress, pain and suffering, past and future medical services totaling more than $25,000, loss of household services, aggravation, annoyance and inconvenience, as well as loss of enjoyment of life and attorney costs. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1761

Catherine M. Mefford, individually and as parent and next friend of her minor ward, C.A. v. Jon M. Landers, REM Community Options, LLC
PA – Brent Kesner; J – Bloom
* Catherine M. Mefford filed a suit against Jon M. Landers and REM Community Options, claiming Landers sexually abused her mentally handicapped son while he was in Landers' care. Landers was an employee of REM, a business that provides in-home services and care for mentally and physically impaired and handicapped people, including Mefford's son. Landers was arrested on Dec. 13, 2006, by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department for Sexual Assault in the First Degree, the suit says. Landers confessed to sexually assaulting C.A. on at least two separate occasions at Mefford's home. According to the suit, Mefford has lost her son's consortium and kindly services, as well as suffered annoyance and inconvenience, and other damages associated with C.A.'s injuries. Mefford seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1766

Sept. 15
Shane S. Scott v. Pour House Sports Bar Inc.
PA – Gregory Chiartis; J – Stucky
* Shane S. Scott filed a suit against the Pour House Sports Bar, Inc., claiming they allowed Stephen Lyons to drink until he became intoxicated and then drive his vehicle. Lyons allegedly started driving south on the northbound lane of Interstate 79. According to the suit, Scott claims the Pour House should have trained their employees to recognize when a person is intoxicated. Scott claims he suffered pain, suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
Case number: 08-C-1775

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