Kanawha Prosecutor Plants will not prosecute in DHHR case - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Kanawha Prosecutor Plants will not prosecute in DHHR case

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

    One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-08-30 08:37:47 GMT
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
  • Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

    Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:27:05 GMT
    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 
    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 
  • 21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday

    21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:22:20 GMT
    The 21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday with the Autumn Fest at Lake Stephens.
    The 21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday with the Autumn Fest at Lake Stephens.

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants announced Jan. 28 that he will not initiate prosecution in an investigation into the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources regarding three state employees and the award of a contract.

Plants said his office has completed its review of the investigation report made by the WVDHHR Inspector General, and he refers the matter "to the responsible state authorities to take such administrative sanctions as they deem appropriate."

Three DHHR officials — John Law, Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor — were placed on leave in July without much explanation. That same month, DHHR awarded its advertising contract to Ohio-based Fahlgren Mortine, which edged out the contract's previous holder, the Arnold Agency.

Parkersburg Attorney Walt Auvil notified the state in September that the three planned to file a whistleblower lawsuit because of the contract dispute, claiming that they tried to prevent an illegal award of the contract.

A warrant request submitted shortly thereafter requested the officials' office, phone and computer records, alleging that the three tried to overrule the bid process.

"While there appears to have been violations of internal policy and the exercise of bad judgment, the three employees did not attempt to hide their actions, and there is no evidence they intended to commit a crime," Plants said in a news release. "Because there is no criminal intent, there is insufficient evidence to prosecute any violation of criminal law."

Plants said the outcome of the bid was not compromised.