Man Pleads Guilty in Kickback Scheme

A Delbarton man at the center of an alleged kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in southern West Virginia appeared in court yesterday. David Runyon pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Charleston and faces up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if convicted of extortion and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors say companies had to pay kickbacks to Arch employees for business at the Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County. Several others have already pleaded guilty.