CIVIL FILINGS: Kanawha County

by Kyla Asbury |
Apr. 20, 2012, 2:30am

April 4
April Dawn Scott vs. C.O. Jeff Cowger, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Paul Zakaib Jr.
* Scott was incarcerated at Central Regional Jail. She claims Cowger sexually harassed and abused her during her incarceration. Scott is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-584

Leah Lowe vs. C.O. Jason Hall, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- James C. Stucky
* Lowe was incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail. She claims Hall sexually harassed and abused her during her incarceration. Lowe is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-585

Amy Jo Lucas vs. C.O. Marcum, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Carrie Webster
* Lucas was incarcerated at Western Regional Jail. She claims Marcum sexually harassed and abused her during her incarceration. Lucas is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-586

Kristen Lasure vs. C.O. Jason Webb, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Paul Zakaib Jr.
* Lasure was incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail. She claims Webb sexually harassed and abused her during her incarceration. Lasure is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-587

Angela Cronin vs. C.O. Yates, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Division of Corrections; the West Virginia Division of Corrections; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Charles E. King
* Cronin claims while in the care of the Huntington Work Release program she was sexually harassed and abused by Yates. Cronin is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-588

Tabitha Gardner vs. C.O. Marcum, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Carrie Webster
* Gardner was incarcerated at Western Regional Jail. She claims Marcum sexually abused and harassed her during her incarceration. Gardner is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-589

Tabitha Gardner vs. C.O. Morgan, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Paul Zakaib Jr.
* Gardner was incarcerated at Western Regional Jail. She claims Morgan sexually abused and harassed her during her incarceration. Gardner is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-590

Penny Connard vs. C.O. Dean, individually and in his official capacity as an employee/agent of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority; and John Doe, unknown person or persons
PA- Kerry A. Nessel, Timothy P. Rosinsky; J- Louis H. Bloom
* Connard was incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail. She claims Dean sexually harassed and abused her during her incarceration. Connard is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-591

April 9
Cheryl Holcomb, individually and on behalf of the Estate and Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Kathleen Holcomb vs. Genesis Healthcare Corporation; Genesis Healthcare, LLC; Joseph Triana; John Does 1 through 10; and Unidentified Entities 1 through 10 (as to Cedar Ridge Center)
PA- James B. McHugh, Michael J. Fuller Jr., D. Bryant Chaffin; J- Louis H. Bloom
* Kathleen Holcomb was a resident of the defendants from Jan. 18, 2011, until her death on June 25, 2011. Cheryl Holcomb claims the defendants' wrongful actions caused Kathleen Holcomb's health and physical condition to deteriorate beyond that caused by the normal aging process and resulted in physical and emotional trauma, including infections, sepsis, pressure sores, dehydration and ultimately, her death. Cheryl Holcomb is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 12-C-621

Pamela Holdsclaw, parent and next friend of T.M., J.M. and D.M vs. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and Pressley Ridge
PA- Bruce L. Freeman; J- James C. Stucky
* Pursuant to an application for emergency custody filed by the defendant, T.M., J.M. and D.M. were removed from their home in May 2009. Holdsclaw claims in June 2009, the defendants placed T.B., a known physical and sexual predator, in the same foster home with the children and from June until August 2009, T.B. proceeded to physically and sexually abuse them until the Beckley police were alerted on Aug. 24, 2009. Holdsclaw is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
Case number: 12-C-625

Yellowbook Sales & Distribution Co. Inc. vs. the Lord Law Firm, PLLC, successor in interest of Lord, Lord & Layne, PLLC; Sharon McKeny Lord; and Greg R. Lord
PA- John R. Keating; J- Louis H. Bloom
* From Dec. 22, 2006, until Feb. 1, 2008, the defendants entered into advertising agreements with Yellowbook in order to be listed in its publication. Yellowbook claims it has demanded payment and the defendants have failed and refused to pay for the advertisements. Yellowbook is seeking judgment in the amount of $20,771 with interest at a rate of 7 percent per annum.
Case number: 12-C-627

April 9
Jay Lawrence Smith vs. Hazo W. Carter Jr., in his capacity as President of West Virginia State University, and West Virginia State University
PA- pro se; J- Louis H. Bloom
* On Aug. 17, 2011, Smith read in an article published in the Charleston Daily Mail of a study WVSU commissioned to help determine ways it could raise nearly $26 million in private funds. On Sept. 20, 2011, Oct. 15, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2011, Smith sent a total of three FOIA requests to Carter and in December, he received a packet with an executive summary, but it failed to satisfy the multiple FOIA requests. Follow-up letters were also not answered, according to the suit. Smith is seeking for the defendant's refusal to disclose the records as unlawful, grant injunctive relief and grant a permanent injunction.
Case number: 12-C-628

April 10
Shirley Linn and Tony Linn vs. Manisha Patel; Pikes, Inc. d/b/a Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites; Steve Combs; Karen Combs; Premier Pools, LLC; Holiday Hospitality Franchising, Inc.; Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources, Inc.; Six Continents Hotels, Inc.; and Intercontinental Hotels Group
PA- Scott S. Segal, Mark R. Staun, Deborah L. McHenry; J- James C. Stucky
* On Jan. 31, Shirley Linn was staying at the hotel when a carbon monoxide leak caused her severe and permanent injuries. The Linns are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
Case number: 12-C-634

Sharon Hudson, executrix of the Estate of Theodore Ray Hudson, deceased vs. A.O. Smith Corporation; A.W. Chesterton Company; and Beazer East, Inc.; et al
PA- John H. Skaggs, Greg E. Elliott, Victoria Antion; J- visiting
* Sharon Hudson claims the 24 defendants were responsible for her husband's mesothelioma with metastases and death. She is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved.
Case number: 12-C-636

Hassan M. Ghannam vs. Bon-Ton Department Stores, Inc.
PA- Stephen L. Gaylock; J- Charles E. King
* On April 10, 2010, Ghannam was at the defendant's Elder-Beerman store when an improperly displayed clock on a shelving unit fell and hit him on the head. Ghannan is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
Case number: 12-C-637

April 11
Zona Hannah and Susan Hannah vs. Montgomery General Hospital, Inc. and Dilipkumar Parsotambhai Ghodasara, M.D.
PA- Richard D. Lindsay; J- Charles E. King
* On Sept. 27, 2011, Zona Hannah presented to the emergency department of Montgomery General Hospital with a history of hypertension and extreme confusion, where he was seen by Ghodasara and then released to go home. Later that evening, Zona Hannah woke up, fell to the floor, was unable to get up or walk and did not know who his family was or where he was. Susan Hannah took Zona Hannah back to the emergency department, but they refused to see him because he had already been there and also refused to call an ambulance to take him somewhere else. Susan Hannah claims she and her son took Zona Hannah back into the car, drove around the corner and called 911 for an ambulance, where Zona Hannah was then taken to Charleston Area Medical Center and diagnosed as having multiple strokes and grand mall seizures. The Hannahs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
Case number: 12-C-646

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