Results: UnHappy With AEP, WV AmWater
By Mark Hallburn
You aren't satisfied with the performance and reliability of Appalachian Power and West Virginia American Water companies.
An unscientific PutnamLIVE.com survey, from June 29th through September 29th, 2015 had an overwhelming dissatisfaction response from our readers.
A whopping 96.2 percent indicated they are unsatisfied with the number of outages. That's 276 voters compareed to only 11 who say they are satisfied.
Both companies have had many service outages over the past several years, hurting businesses, negatively impacting schools, and inconveniencing residents, in Putnam and nearby counties.
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Held In Western Regional Jail Without Bond
Accused felons are entitled to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of arraignment. However, a Putnam County man waived that right, on his birthday, Monday, September 28th, 2015, and will have his hearing in another 10 days.
Phillip David Casto, now 34, is charged with the September 10th, 2015 murder of Jennifer L. Evans, 27, of Teays Valley.
Follow the case:
Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest.
Mug shots are provided courtesy of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.
Returns To South Charleston For New Wheels
By Mark Hallburn
It is an old rule of politics. Mayors shop in their city and invite everyone to shop in their city.
Hurricane Mayor Scott D. Edwards invites the world to shop in Hurricane - while he buys wheels in South Charleston.
For the second time, PutnamLIVE.com is "busting" Edwards for turning his back on Hurricane Chevrolet, and spending thousands at Joe Holland Chevrolet - outside of Putnam County.
We won't call him "Traitor Mayor" though others have, but we will point out the audacity of the Putnam County Development Authority board member shopping in Kanawha County - and posing for pictures with his new keys.
Could a salesman at Hurricane Chevrolet used the commission from a shiny new Camaro to feed his family? Probably. Could Hurricane Chevrolet use the revenue? Probably. Will Edwards donate the commission to the Hurricane Chevrolet sales staff? Probably not. And will he personally pay the City of Hurricane the Business and Occupancy tax that it lost from this sale? Probably not.
Apparently Edwards enjoys throwing his money away. Hurricane Chevrolet is known for having the best prices.
Alleges Violation Of The First Amendment
A pair of bench bullies are facing complaints, filed, with The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission, by PutnamLIVE.com's Publisher, Mark Hallburn.
Putnam County Magistrate Scot A. Lawrence, and JIC President/Judge Ronald E. Wilson are accused of Violating Judcial Canon 2a when they allegedly violated The First Amendment. Lawrence is also accused of improperly giving legal advise to a couple.
On March 8th, 2015, Lawrence became outraged when Hallburn took the above photograph of Lawrence, in a courtroom hallway. (The couple's images are cropped out). Lawrence also demanded that Hallburn be removed from the building.
"For a magistrate to give legal advice and demand that a journalist be removed from a courtroom hallway is outrageous," says Hallburn. "Lawrence needs to be removed from the bench and prosecute for violating my First Amendment rights as a journalist. Lawrence is a hothead thug who needs to cool his jets in a federal prison!"
Wilson is also being accused of violating The First Amendment with his criticism of Bill Maloney for filing a JIC complaint against former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis-and revealing the filing of the complaint to the news media.
"Bill Maloney was properly exercising his First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech and his right to Petition his Government for a Redress of Grievances," explains Hallburn. "Wilson is out-of-his mind for criticizing Maloney as well as calling the ABC News report about Davis' misconduct 'sensationalism.' Wilson is abusing his authority and must also be tossed from the bench."
Wilson now must face the possibility of discipline - by his own disciplinary committee.
"No doubt Wilson will be angry about these complaints being made public," says Hallburn. "He needs to know that his committee is not exempt from The First Amendment."
The JIC has a reputation of letting judges get away with misconduct. Hallburn expects that to be the case with these complaints.
"The JIC is a joke. Ron Wilson is its top comedian. They won't take action," says Hallburn. "When they let Lawrence and Wilson skate, it will be yet another reason for the West Virginia legislature to replace the JIC with a civilian review board."
This is not Lawrence's first complaint, filed with the JIC. In 2014, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Administrator Steven D. Canterbury filed an extraordinary complaint, against Lawrence, which led to him being removed from domestic cases for several months. (The case is sealed - in blatant violation of your First Amendment right to know about the conduct of a public official.) Earlier this summer, Troy Sexton says he filed a complaint against Lawrence after the magistrate taunted him in traffic court and repeatedly invited Sexton to visit Lawrence's house. Sexton declined.
Scandal Was Revealed In The Mountain State
It is a story that is making international headlines: "VW's dirty diesel scandal only gets worse."
That story started with research at West Virginia University - in May of 2015 - where tests caught Volkswagen "red-handed."
"Let's be clear about this," says Volkswagen executive Michael Horn, "With the EPA."
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