Prison inmates placed bets on how long Whitey Bulger would survive after being transferred, a watchdog report found. The notorious gangster was beaten to death in less than 24 hours.
A Justice Department report found that prison staff who worked at Hazelton spoke publicly about Bulger's upcoming arrival in front of inmates.news.yahoo.com
Manchin’s side deal on brink as GOP seeks his 2024 ouster
Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) side deal with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to enact permitting reform before the end of the year is on life support as Republicans look to deprive the lawmaker of a major victory that could aid his potential 2024 reelection. Manchin is in discussions with GOP colleagues about striking a…news.yahoo.com
'BIG NEWS COMING': West Virginia AG Morrisey hints at 2024 Senate run, points to likely 'new position in 2025'
West Virginia GOP Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, said Tuesday that he is likely “ready” for a new position in 2024, adding to speculation that he will challenge Sen. Joe Manchin.foxnews.com
Son of WVa helicopter crash victim files wrongful death suit
The son of a man who died in a June helicopter crash in West Virginia that killed six people has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owned the Vietnam-era aircraft and others, claiming negligence contributed to their deaths. Brian Bledsoe's father, 64-year-old Marvin Bledsoe, died when he was a passenger in the Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter during a reunion for helicopter enthusiasts at MARPAT Aviation in Logan County on June 22, according to the civil suit filed Friday in Logan County Circuit Court.news.yahoo.com
Maryland couple plead guilty in submarine secrets sale case
A U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and his wife entered new guilty pleas Tuesday in a case involving an alleged plot to sell secrets about nuclear-powered warships, a month after their previous plea agreements that had called for specific sentencing guidelines were rejected. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis, Maryland, pleaded guilty in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to one felony count each of conspiracy to communicate restricted data. U.S. District Judge Gina Groh last month rejected the couple's initial pleas to the same charges, saying the sentencing options were “strikingly deficient” considering the seriousness of the case.news.yahoo.com
Plainclothes officers in West Virginia interrupted a funeral by killing a pallbearer as he was mid-embrace — and seconds after placing his father's casket in the hearse: report
When the two officers fired, Jason Arnie Owens' blood sprayed around and caked his 18-year-old son at a funeral proceeding, per The Washington Post.news.yahoo.com
South Carolina Republicans fall short in bid for near-total abortion ban
The state already has a “heartbeat” ban that bars abortions after cardiac activity can be detected, which occurs around six weeks. Instead of passing a near-total ban without exceptions for rape or incest, the Senate passed an amended bill that mirrors existing restrictions. The Senate bill bars abortion after about six weeks and includes exceptions for victims of rape or incest up to 12 weeks. Virginia allows abortion until the end of the second trimester, though the state’s Republican governor wants to pass a 15-week ban. More antiabortion legislation could be on the horizon: West Virginia is widely expected to pass another abortion ban when legislators return for a special session next week.washingtonpost.com
West Virginia County Deputy Sheriff Charged with Using Excessive Force and Engaging in Cover-Up
A federal court unsealed a two-count indictment today against Monongalia County, West Virginia, Deputy Sheriff Lance Kuretza, 38, for depriving an individual of his civil rights by using excessive force and for writing a false report to cover it up. The indictment further alleges that Kuretza falsified his use of force report by claiming he used pepper spray before the victim was handcuffed, and by omitting any documentation of post-handcuffing force. If convicted, Kuretza faces up to 10 years in prison for the civil rights violation and up to 20 years in prison for falsifying the report. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner for the Northern District of West Virginia and Trial Attorney Kyle Boynton of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting the case. An indictment is merely an allegation of criminal conduct, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.justice.gov
Judge rejects plea agreement in submarine secrets sale case
A Navy nuclear engineer and his wife withdrew their guilty pleas Tuesday in a case involving an alleged plot to sell secrets about American nuclear-powered warships after a federal judge rejected plea agreements that had called for specific sentencing guidelines. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis, Maryland, pleaded guilty in February in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to one count each of conspiracy to communicate restricted data. The sentencing range agreed to by lawyers for Jonathan Toebbe had called for a potential punishment between roughly 12 years and 17 years in prison.news.yahoo.com
WVa governor: Voters shouldn't decide abortion access issue
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice scoffed Monday at a suggestion by Democratic lawmakers to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state. The Republican governor said the state's abortion law falls under the scrutiny of the Legislature and the attorney general. During a legislative special session initiated by Justice last month, majority Republicans failed to pass legislation criminalizing abortion.news.yahoo.com
Unexpected deal would boost Biden pledge on climate change
An unexpected deal reached by Senate Democrats would be the most ambitious action ever taken by the United States to address global warming and could help President Joe Biden come close to meeting his pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.
Some US clinics stop doing abortions as ruling takes hold
Abortion bans that were put on the books in some states in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned have started automatically going into effect, while clinics elsewhere — including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia — have stopped performing abortions for fear of prosecution, sending women away in tears.
WVa National Guard member who wore ‘Yes, I’m a Trump girl’ shirt at Capitol charged in riot
A part-time member of the West Virginia National Guard who authorities say was wearing a sweatshirt that read "Yes, I'm a Trump girl" inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda has been charged with participating in the January 2021 riot.