Category Archives: Morgantown

Kayla Decker Killed in Motorcycle Crash In West Virginia

17-year old Fairmont Senior High School student Kayla Decker was killed while riding as a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her brother Jonathan. State Troopers at the scene of the crash said that Decker failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he pulled out near the intersection of Route 7 and Pedlar Run Road and was struck by an SUV. The accident which happened Sunday afternoon is currently under investigation and no charges are pending as of yet. Kayla was pronounced dead at the scene and Jonathan is in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Where do you start to try and make sense of a motorcycle accident like this? One can only think of the poor parents who are sure to be overwrought with guilt over letting their young son drive a motorcycle and especially over letting him take the sister for a ride on it. Life if fragile and it takes just the slightest miscalculation when riding on a motorcycle to cause the death of a loved one and a lifetime of misery for the survivors of such a tradgedy. Out hearts and prayers go out to the poor survivors of this family tradgedy.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may have a case against the driver of the other vehicle whose negligence may have caused the collision, either totally or partially, please give us a call so that we can investigate and determine the facts of the accident to see whether we can obtain compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC are experienced in handling car, truck and motorcycle accidents and cases involving severe injuries and deaths. Please visit our WV & PA Accident Lawyers page and complete our contact form on that page for a free consultation on your case.

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by | October 20, 2015 · 2:23 pm

Nathan Allen Shrout Killed by Jumping From Moving Vehicle In Morgantown West Virginia

West Virginia State Police are investigating a bizarre Morgantown motor vehicle accident that caused the death of Nathan Allen Shrout, 38 of Reedsville. Shrout apparently climbed out of the moving vehicle, a 2000 Ford SUV driven by Justin M. McCloud also of Reedsville. Charges against McCloud who was driving the vehicle on W.Va. Route 7 in Monongalia County Wednesday night are pending.

The preliminary investigation has found that the McCloud SUV was not found at the scene of the accident. It was discovered on Kingwood Pike and was driven by a third person, a Matthew Paul Shaffer.

One can speculate that there are many potential story lines that could emerge from this situation. One thing we do know for sure is that the accident sounds suspicious and there are many questions that need to be answered.

* Why did the driver flee the scene of the accident?
* Does this incident qualify as leaving the scene of an accident?
* Why didn’t the driver, McCloud, immediately stop and call 911 to get assistance?
* What was the actual cause of Shrout’s death?
* Was Shrout killed beforehand and his body merely dumped?

We will keep you posted here as more information becomes forthcoming. Although the facts of this case are not entirely clear at this point in time, Adams Legal Group, PLLC in Morgantown WV provides experienced, competent legal services for all of your car accident, personal injury, wrongful death and even criminal defense needs. Please visit our website for more information.

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by | October 20, 2015 · 2:05 pm

Jeffrey Goldhammer and Stevie Nickels Killed In Separate Automobile Accidents

56-year old Jeffrey Goldhammer was killed in an automobile accident Sunday, May 10 around 2 p.m. at the 160 mile marker of Interstate 79 when a vehicle, a 2006 Honda driven by 20-year old Jenna Boyd lost control, crossed over into the other lane and struck his vehicle, a 2016 Ford Fusion traveling north. Goldhammer died at Ruby Memorial Hospital of his injuries. Continue reading

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by | May 18, 2015 · 3:33 pm

Christopher McClure and Adrianna Cole Killed in Head-On Automobile Accident In Morgantown, WV

Christopher McClure, 28 of Fairmont and Adrianna Cole, 20 of Morgantown were killed in a head on automobile accident at 10:35 p.m. Friday, April 19 2015 on Interstate 68 between the Sabraton and University Avenue exits. McClure was driving a 2007 Ford Explorer in the wrong direction on Interstate 68 when it sideswiped an oncoming vehicle and then struck Cole head on. Both McClure and Cole were pronounced dead on the scene. Continue reading

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by | May 13, 2015 · 11:34 am

New Year’s Resolution: Expunge My West Virginia Criminal Record!

As we begin a New Year, most Americans make a resolution to improve ourselves in areas such as health, finances, employment, or education. However, if you have a prior criminal record in West Virginia, that history may be holding you back in improving your employment and educational opportunities. The good news is that some criminal records in West Virginia can be permanently expunged. Continue reading

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by | December 29, 2014 · 4:51 pm

Cheat Lake Elementary School – New Standards-Based Grading: Every Kid Gets a Trophy

My son came home with his first report card for the 2014-2015 5th-grade year at Cheat Lake Elementary School, in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. Although, we had been forewarned about the new standards-based grading approach, I was still utterly miffed in reviewing his report card. Filled with “MS” (meets standards) and “AS” (approaching standards) in all grade areas and multiple “objectives” identified under each, quite frankly, it makes absolutely no sense . . . . or should I say, it is complete nonsense. Apparently, this grand grading experiment is the school board’s equivalent of “every kid gets a trophy.” Continue reading


by | November 5, 2014 · 9:37 am

First Time Pot Possession: What’s Next?

A recent article in The Charleston Gazette noted that for many years in West Virginia, there were more arrests related to marijuana than for all other drugs combined. In 2012 alone, there were approximately 3,700 arrests for possession of marijuana in West Virginia. Why so many arrests in West Virginia for possession of marijuana? Continue reading

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by | October 29, 2014 · 8:08 pm

WVU Students: Tips for Suspension and Expulsion Hearings

In a recent article featured in The Huffington Post, the author wrote about West Virginia University by stating, “Students and fans at one of the top party schools in the country won a big football game Saturday. So they lit some fires and flipped a car.”

Unfortunately for the West Virginia University community, the idea of students who love to set fires and flip over cars has become almost a tradition of sorts. What many students and their parents may not know, however, is that a student from West Virginia University who participates in these activities may face suspension or expulsion from school. This outcome is life-changing as suspension or expulsion may affect your ability to finish your college degree or secure gainful employment.

Student Disciplinary Hearings – Suspension and Expulsion Hearings

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by | November 1, 2013 · 12:08 pm

Welcome Back WVU Students

West Virginia University and Morgantown, WV saw an influx of 30,000 or so students, as the 2012-2013 WVU school year gets underway. It is always an exciting time around Morgantown, as most businesses, the city and the University are bustling with activity and commerce. It is also an anxious and exciting time for students, some of whom have left the confines and patriarchal control of their parents home for the first time. As this freedom meets with ample opportunities to explore this great city of Morgantown, WV, we at Adams Legal Group, PLLC hope that most of the new students find constructive outlets for this freedom and to burn off the stress and anxiety of all of the new challenges faced under these conditions.

Unfortunately, the reality sometimes becomes that some students take this new freedom and find opportunities for anxiety- and stress-relief in drinking and partying, instead of burning it off through a good long hike up at Coopers’ Rock in this gorgeous late-Summer & Fall weather. As WVU students bustled into Morgantown WV last weekend, unfortunately the WVU police, the Morgantown City police and the Monongalia County Sheriffs office was confronted with a bustle of activity and arrests. Hundreds of arrests have been made in the past week, already, mostly for public intoxication, obstruction, underage drinking, DUIs, and possession charges. While it is great to be social and find different outlets for social engagement and stress relief, we urge students to exercise prudence in moderating their behavior within legal limits. Keep Morgantown safe for you, your fellow students, and all the members of this great city – don’t drink and drive, moderate your drinking within reasonable limits, be respectful of establishments, other patrons and law enforcement.

IF you are one of the unfortunate WVU students to find yourself in trouble with law enforcement and charged with one of the above offenses – we at Adams Legal Group, PLLC can help! CALL US TODAY for your free consultation at (304) 381-2166 or visit us at Morgantown Criminal Lawyers for WVU Students

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Morgantown Traffic Woes – A Grim Reminder of the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Morgantown, WV residents are already starting to notice the impacts on our roadways, as a result of the funeral procession for Monongalia County deputy sheriff Sgt. Michael T. May; however, this is a time to reflect on a terrible loss and to remember a fallen officer

Morgantown’s geography (and possibly planning or lack thereof, which is a subject for a later date) has yielded notoriously constrained roadways. Anyone who has found themselves on the Mileground at 5:00 on a Friday, or trying to get anywhere on a WVU football game day knows that of which I speak. Today’s traffic woes are aggravated by a bridge construction project, which has shut down the old Cheat Road for months, blocking one of only two reasonable alternate routes to get to Cheat Lake from the more Westerly parts of Morgantown. I-68 is the only remaining “reasonable” path open to travel between those points, and that route has seen many delays over the past few months on account of accidents and additional highway projects in the area (the latter arguably a result of poor planning). Nonetheless, closures of I-68 at a time when the old Cheat Road is also closed causes major bottlenecks or an absurdity in logistically getting where you need to go.

So today as the funeral procession for Sgt. May plans to block I-68 Westbound traffic beginning at 1:00p.m. on a Friday afternoon, Morgantown residents face a major problem.

Untimely Death of Monongalia County Deputy Sheriff, Sargent May

However, these traffic woes are merely a temporary inconvenience, and as they impact on you and those you know, this offers a good opportunity to reflect — Sargent May was killed on Saturday after a high-speed chase, concluding with a reportedly incapacitated driver (alcohol and prescription drugs have been reported) violently colliding with May’s vehicle. Sgt. May was a well respected officer by all accounts, and his untimely death is indeed very tragic. Sargent May was killed as a result of the alleged recklessness of Jerod Green – who is being charged with murder of a law enforcement officer, criminal homicide, DUI/DWI and other related crimes in causing May’s death. The accounts of what transpired prior to and during the chase are simply astounding, and if proven true would reflect indifference and recklessness of a high degree. However, as you contemplate May’s death and the allegations surrounding Mr. Green’s actions, a deeper reflection is warranted on the multitude of decisions that Green would have had to make prior to the final grizzly and deadly crash.

Drink Responsibly

Please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive. Think ahead if you may be drinking. Plan on having a designated driver or on staying put if you will be drinking. Very strictly limit what, when and where you drink, and the safest bet if you drink at all is to simply not drive. Drinking impairs your judgement, response time, sensory functioning, motor control and your memory, which all impact on your ability to make wise decisions after drinking and your ability to competently drive and handle a vehicle. (Check out this article for more on the Biological Impacts Of Alcohol Use.)

Condolences to Sargent May’s Family & Loved Ones

With this, I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Sargent May at a very tragic loss, and hope that as Morgantown travelers sit in traffic today, that we can each offer up a moment of silence, as we contemplate the loss and our choices to drink responsibly.

Author William S. Adams is a Morgantown wrongful death attorney. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a car accident as a result of someone’s negligence or intoxication, please call us to discuss your legal case.

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