U.S. District Court closing its Parkersburg courtroom - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

U.S. District Court closing its Parkersburg courtroom

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

    Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

    Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:21:17 GMT
    Shady Spring High school's season opener versus Princeton High school had what students call a disturbance.Director of People Services, Jeff McClung, did confirm that some students were acting out."Shady Spring High School administration has notified the county office of inappropriate behavior at the game. I'm proud of the diligence they've had at the game enforcing the school policies," McClung Said.Students told me they witnessed over 10 of their fellow students sneaking alcohol into the ga...
    Shady Spring High school's season opener versus Princeton High school had what students call a disturbance.Director of People Services, Jeff McClung, did confirm that some students were acting out."Shady Spring High School administration has notified the county office of inappropriate behavior at the game. I'm proud of the diligence they've had at the game enforcing the school policies," McClung Said.Students told me they witnessed over 10 of their fellow students sneaking alcohol into the ga...
  • Mercer County man sentenced on child porn charges

    Mercer County man sentenced on child porn charges

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:03:45 GMT
    A child pornography case out of Mercer County lead to the sentencing of a Bluefield, WV man on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. David A. Punturi, 54, will serve nine years in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release, after being sentenced in front of Judge David A. Faber.
    A child pornography case out of Mercer County lead to the sentencing of a Bluefield, WV man on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. David A. Punturi, 54, will serve nine years in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release, after being sentenced in front of Judge David A. Faber.
  • Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:11:16 GMT
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia is closing its Parkersburg courtroom, effective Friday, Nov. 22.

The building, owned by the General Services Administration, is in need of extensive repairs and alterations, Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers said. The court occupies one floor in the building, located at 425 Juliana St.

"The court regrets the loss of its courtroom at Parkersburg, but it cannot justify the expense of approximately $1 million to $1.5 million to taxpayers for build out costs of similar space in another location," Chambers  said in a release issued late Monday, Nov. 18.

The Parkersburg Division served Wirt and Wood counties. With the closing, Chambers said those counties will become part of the Charleston Division.  

While trials have occasionally been scheduled in the Parkersburg courtroom, Chambers said there hasn't been a full-time district judge, magistrate, bankruptcy or circuit judge in residence since 1992, nor does the building lend itself to modern-day trials employing computer technology.

The last full-day of business at the Parkersburg location will be Nov. 22. The deputy-in-charge of that office is retiring, a spokesman said. 

The building's primary tenant, the U.S. Post Office, also has served notice of its intent to vacate, effect August 2014, he said.