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Gilmer County Man Admits to Illegal Possession of A Firearm

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Jeremy Allen Wolfe, of Glenville, West Virginia has admitted to illegal possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Wolfe , age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm.”

In November 2014, Wolfe was found in possession of multiple firearms, including three rifles and two shotguns, in Calhoun County, WV.

Wolfe, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, that is, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Gilmer County, WV is prohibited from possessing firearms.

He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted

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Two former members of the Boone County Board of Education were named in indictments on misdemeanor crimes unsealed last week in Boone County Circuit Court.

Mark Edward Sumpter, of Madison, and Danny Lee Cantley, of Racine, were named in three counts each.

They allegedly took gifts from school board vendors while they were in elected office, court documents said.

Boone County Prosecutor Keith Randolph has confirmed the indictments, but declined further comment only to say the defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

According to court documents, Sumpter received several automobile tires from King’s Tire Sevices, Inc. and Martin’s Peterbilt of West Virginia in 2015 and 2016.

It is alleged Cantley received NASCAR tickets from King’s Tire Service, Inc. on three occasions in 2014.

The indictments follow guilty pleas earlier this month from former Boone County Schools Transportation Director Bryan Jarrell and former bus mechanic Tracy Harvey on embezzlement charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced next month.

When Jarrell and Harvey were first charged, State Police Sgt. Charles Sutphin hinted other school officials were under investigation.

We’re looking into some possible misrepresentations and misuse of money on a couple of other individuals also. We are still investigating, Sutphin said at the time.

Circuit Court arraignments for Sumpter and Cantley are scheduled for October 23, 2017.


09.25.2017
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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique  on  09.25.2017

The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn  on  09.25.2017

Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6  on  09.25.2017

Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker  on  09.27.2017

We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts  on  09.28.2017

That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer  on  09.28.2017

There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go?  on  10.07.2017

My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering  on  10.12.2017

Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems  on  10.14.2017

Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer  on  10.14.2017

This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work  on  10.16.2017

Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering  on  10.16.2017

smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call  on  10.17.2017

Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy!  on  10.19.2017

It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency  on  10.19.2017

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Thirty People Indicted for Stolen Firearms and Methamphetamine Distribution Operation

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Thirty people are facing federal charges after police broke up a scheme involving the theft and sale of firearms and drugs in Upshur County.

A federal grand jury indictment from August 29, 2017 has been unsealed, revealing 12 people from Upshur, Barbour, and Lewis counties, along with one person from Virginia named in a 20-count firearms indictment. The charges are connected to a period of less than one year, from October 2016 to August 2017.

  • Michael Lynn Lough, 32, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Timothy Glen Woods, 28, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Lisa Kay Knight, 24, Upshur, West Virginia
  • Dustin Cain Anderson, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Benjamin Tyler Nazelrod, 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, aka “McLain,” 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Aaron Matthew McLain, 36, Volga, West Virginia
  • Carla Denise Jones, 55, Volga, West Virginia
  • Bobby Ray Johnson, Jr., 27, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Roger Lee Clem, II, aka “Woody,” 30, Weston, West Virginia
  • Kimberly A. Warner, aka “Kimmie,” 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Danielle Paige Tanner, 22, Glen Allen, Virginia

The gun theft scheme led to the recovery of 100 out of 120 stolen firearms by law enforcement, according to Randolph J. Bernard, Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorneys Office.

The second indictment names 17 more people from Upshur, Lewis, Harrison, Marion, and Barbour counties in a 50-count indictment. Those listed stand accused of distributing methamphetamine in Upshur County from March 2016 to August 2017.

  • Amanda Me Bachman, aka “AB,” 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Rocky Douglas Idleman,, 38, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Thunderbolt Dean Whaley, 40, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Cassandra Tahj Riffle, aka “Cassie Hickman,” 31, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Melissa Ann Masuga, 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Elizabeth Ellen Golden, aka “Liz,” 42, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Steven Larry Harper, aka “Skip,” 39, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Brett Allen Reed, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Jerry Lee Stewart, Jr., 27, Weston, West Virginia
  • Angela Dawn White, 46, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Clarrisa Michelle Adkins, 24, Wallace, West Virginia
  • Michael Lewis Woodyard, 26, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Crystal Michelle Haggarty, 34, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Cassie Chase Poland, 18, Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Casey Jo Richards, 28, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Austin Jay Robinson, 18, Belington, West Virginia

24 of 30 wanted in the indictment were in custody as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“Self-report; turn yourself in, basically,” Bernard said. “I think that is in everybody’s best interest, including those who have been charged.”

Bernard described this is as simply a first step. The investigation revealed stolen firearms were used as barter and used in furtherance of the distribution of methamphetamine.

“Now that it’s arrived, we are going to be aggressive,” Bernard said. “This is the first step. It is gratifying and satisfying, but there is a lot of work left to do.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department are investigating.

“Every time we make an arrest, every time we dismantle one of these organizations, I think we’ve done a service to the community,” Bernard said. “And we’ll continue doing it.”

G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple

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Why WV same-sex couple filed lawsuit instead of complaint with state

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich wanted to prevent discrimination against other same-sex couples, so they filed a complaint with the West Virginia Human Rights Commission.

But in the end, they filed a lawsuit in federal court instead, arguing that their constitutional rights had been violated.

They felt like too much of a “burden” to the state Human Rights Commission, Brookover said.

West Virginia’s Human Rights Act protects people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. It says that all West Virginians — regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, blindness or disability — should have equal rights in areas of public accommodation.

Public accommodations, like the Gilmer County clerk’s office, where Brookover and Abramovich applied for a marriage license and deputy clerk Debbie Allen told them, in February 2016, that what they were doing was wrong, and that God would judge them.

West Virginia’s Human Rights Act does not explicitly mention sexual orientation. But Cameron McKinney, attorney for the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, said he could have proceeded with the case anyway. The West Virginia Human Rights Commission is a state agency created by the West Virginia Human Rights Act. It is “charged with the responsibility of working to eliminate discrimination in West Virginia,” according to its website.

McKinney said he could have made the argument the women were discriminated against based on sex.

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Samantha Brookover (left) and Amanda Abramovich.

In other words, they were each doing something Allen didn’t think a woman should do — marry another woman.

After a person files a complaint with the Human Rights Commission, an investigator makes a recommendation as to whether there is probable cause. McKinney said they had received the complaint, and were investigating it, when the women asked to withdraw the case and said they planned to pursue a lawsuit instead.

“The only decision we made was that it was probably within our jurisdictional reach,” McKinney said.

Brookover and Abramovich filed a suit in April of 2017, represented by attorneys from Americans United for Separation of Church and State and cooperating counsel for Fairness West Virginia, an LGBT rights advocacy organization.

McKinney did not give names, but Brookover confirmed this week that she and Abramovich were the couple involved. A judge had dismissed the case Wednesday, after the parties agreed that Gilmer County would pay them $10,000, apologize, and Fairness West Virginia would hold a workplace sensitivity training.

“Americans United, this is a sole focus for them,” Brookover said. “Where the Human Rights Commission is, I feel, a little less in tune with the LGBT community.”

Brookover said they felt like “a burden” to the state Human Rights Commission.

“I felt like I was using up a lot of their resources and a lot of their time and effort,” she said. “Americans United took us further under their wing.”

“They were great and they were very concerned,” she said, referring to the Human Rights Commission. 

But, “we kept getting bounced around an awful lot,” she said.

Earlier this year, the West Virginia Supreme Court found that Steward Butler, who attacked a same-sex couple in Huntington after he saw the two men kissing, could not be charged with a hate crime.

West Virginia’s hate crimes code also does not mention sexual orientation, but it does protect people on the basis of sex discrimination.

Cabell prosecutors had, like McKinney, argued that discrimination against a same-sex couple could fall under sex discrimination. They argued that Butler attacked based on his own views of how men should behave. Some federal courts have found that discrimination against same-sex couples can fall under sex discrimination.

Not long after the state Supreme Court found that the criminal statute cannot be interpreted that way, McKinney noted that the West Virginia Human Rights Act — the civil statute — is to be “liberally construed to provide people as much benefit as possible.”

“I think that there is room for an opposite interpretation from what they reached in the criminal case,” he said. “I don’t know what Allen Loughry would say,” he said, referring to the chief justice who wrote the opinion in Butler’s case. 

The couple’s lawsuit, he noted, doesn’t cite West Virginia law.

“So far we just don’t have that case,” McKinney said.

McKinney said the only other person who had approached the commission about sexual orientation discrimination, whom he was aware of, was a woman from Huntington. He told her she had the option of filing with the commission, but state law “presented some risk to her.”

“The best approach is for the Legislature to amend the law,” he said. “Businesses and young, working people don’t want to go to backward places that are not open and receptive to all kinds.”

Andrew Schneider, executive director of Fairness West Virginia, said McKinney and another HRC employee have contacted him before about cases, and that “we’re in touch with each other so we make sure no one falls through the cracks.”

He added though, “I think a lot of people from the LGBT community are probably discouraged from approaching them, fearing that the law doesn’t protect them.”

As for whether any LGBT people contact the West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office with discrimination complaints, earlier this year, Steven Travis, of the attorney general’s office, said, in response to a public records request, that the office “does not receive these complaints but rather acts as legal counsel for the West Virginia Human Rights Commission who receives, investigates, and refers claims for prosecution to our office.”

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Attorneys: Gilmer County Clerk Apologizes To Lesbian Couple

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A lesbian couple are receiving a public apology and $10,000 in damages from a county clerk’s office in West Virginia where they were disparaged when applying for a marriage license last year, the couple’s attorneys said Wednesday.

Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover sued Gilmer County Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen and Clerk Jean Butcher, saying Allen told the couple while processing their application that they were an “abomination,” what they were doing was wrong and that God would “deal” with them.

As part of the settlement, the clerk’s office has agreed to issue a public apology in a news release that also will announce the monetary settlement and include a promise to refrain from such treatment in the future, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Mayer Brown law firm, the two groups that filed the suit, said in a statement.

The lawsuit alleged the clerks violated the couple’s equal-protection rights under the constitution, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling upholding the rights of same-sex couples to wed.

The couple also alleged that when Brookover’s mother complained to Butcher about the treatment by her deputy clerk, Butcher said they deserved it and the next same-sex couple that sought a license would get the same or worse from her office.

The clerk’s statement will promise that “all people seeking services and doing business with the county will be treated courteously and with respect regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Americans United said.

“Our clients, they absolutely wanted to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Eric Rothschild, senior litigation attorney for Washington-based Americans United. The group didn’t hear from anyone else with similar complaints after filing the suit in April in the Northern District of West Virginia, he said.

Butcher said Wednesday that she didn’t know about the apology and settlement and referred calls to the county’s outside lawyer, who didn’t immediately respond to telephone messages.

Judge Irene Keeley dismissed the case Wednesday after both sides filed a joint stipulation saying they had reached a settlement agreement.

Mother, Student Sue Calhoun Board, Principal Over Alleged Bullying

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A Calhoun County mother and her minor son alleges that a school board and principal failed to stop student bullying.

HS, a minor by and through his parent Melissa Starcher filed a complaint July 27 in Calhoun Circuit Court against Calhoun County Board of Education and Calhoun County Middle/High School Principal Melanie B. Arthur alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that HS was a victim of “consistent and repeated acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and sexual assault” from several students while attending Calhoun County Middle/High School. The plaintiffs allege that it is their belief that the bullying students have not been disciplined.

The plaintiffs hold Calhoun County Board of Education and Arthur responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to keep the school free form harassment, intimidation and bullying.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorney’s fees and such other fair and just relief. They are represented by Kevin S. Kaufman of Kaufman & McPherson PLLC in Bridgeport.

Calhoun Circuit Court case number 17-C-15

Morrisey Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Gun Ruling

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, joined by four other states, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling they say infringes on gun rights.

In a brief Tuesday, they argue that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court majority erred in concluding police can frisk someone they believe has a weapon.

Morrisey, joined by attorneys general from Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Utah, said innocent gun owners have the right to carry weapons “without the fear of being unreasonably searched.”

They argue that existing case law requires police determine someone is dangerous as well as armed. Otherwise, people will have to choose between their right to bear arms and freedom from unreasonable searches.

“It is wrong to deem an individual dangerous solely because they are armed,” Morrisey said.

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The brief notes that half the people own guns in West Virginia, which is one of a dozen states that don’t require a permit for carrying a concealed weapon. Another 25 states’ laws say authorities shall issue permits for concealed guns provided they meet certain statutory requirements.

The Supreme Court has not yet decided whether to hear the case.

It involved Shaquille Robinson, a felon with an illegal gun in his pocket. He was arrested by Ranson police in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle after an anonymous tip about someone seen loading a handgun in a parking lot known for drug trafficking. Police responding to the tip stopped the car in which Robinson was a passenger because neither he nor the driver was wearing a seat belt and searched Robinson.

His attorney argued the search was illegal and violated Robinson’s civil rights, that the tip identified seemingly legal conduct and the traffic stop provided no basis for frisking him.

The 4th Circuit Court, in a 12-4 decision in January, rejected that argument and concluded that “an officer who makes a lawful traffic stop and who has a reasonable suspicion that one of the automobile’s occupants is armed may frisk that individual for the officer’s protection and the safety of everyone on the scene.”

Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote for the majority: “The danger justifying a protective frisk arises from the combination of a forced police encounter and the presence of a weapon, not from any illegality of the weapon’s possession.”

Judge Orderes EQT to Show Formulas Used in Royalty Payments

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A Judge has ordered EQT to produce the documents and formulas its royalty owners have asked for in a dispute dating back to 2013.

The suit, filed four years ago by the Kay Company LLC and other lessors, accused EQT of improperly deducting post-production costs from their royalty payments.

EQT had been ordered by federal Magistrate Judge James Seibert to produce the information, despite the company’s characterization of the request as “unduly burdensome.“ EQT also contended the data was “protected work product.“

But U.S. District Judge John Bailey affirmed Seibert’s ruling in a 13-page order filed July 18. In it, Bailey noted that EQT had claimed there are “so many individual types of lease language that a class is improper and unmanageable.“

“This court is not totally convinced that the resistance is meritorious in that West Virginia has limited the categories of leases,“ Bailey wrote, pointing out the lessors were “seeking information as to how (EQT) classifies the numerous leases in the payment of royalties.“

“These attempts have been thwarted or delayed by the actions of the defendants,“ Bailey wrote. “For example, when asked about a list by which the defendants determine how to pay royalties to the various lessors, (EQT) took the position that such a list did not exist or that the list was work product. This court found such a position untenable.“

Bailey cited the transcript from the magisterial proceeding, in which Siebert had asked the lawyers who, at EQT, makes a mathematical calculation on how to pay and was told, “they look at it lease by lease.“

“Finally, after over four years, someone has admitted that they have two or more formulae for calculating royalty payments,“ Bailey wrote. “As a corollary, therefore, the defendants have to have a list as to which leases are determined by which formula.“

EQT’s legal team could not be reached for comment.

EQT Acquisition of Rice Energy Challenged by a Hedge Fund

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An activist hedge fund is seeking to stop EQT Corp.’s planned acquisition of Rice Energy, which would create the largest natural gas producing company in the United States.

Jana Partners LLC, a New York-based firm, filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, July 03, saying it had acquired 10,117,000 shares of EQT stock, or about 5.8 percent of total shares, and was prepared to run two people for seats on the EQT board of directors next year.

In its filing, Jana said it had acquired the stock because it believes EQT shares are undervalued.

Jana said it plans to contact EQT’s board and shareholders about stopping the Rice acquisition and about separating EQT’s midstream business from its exploration and production business.

Jana is an activist hedge fund that makes its money in part by buying large stakes in companies and persuading them to spin off certain business segments or pressuring them to put themselves up for sale. Jana played a role earlier this year in Amazon’s announcement that it would acquire Whole Foods. Jana bought a 9 percent stake in Whole Foods and forced an end to that company’s expansion plans. When Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Jana made a profit of more than $300 million, according to some estimates.

Last month, in an interview with Texas Monthly, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey referred to Jana as “greedy bastards.”

~~  Jim Ross ~~

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday, May 22, 2017 Chief Judge Facemire held motion day in Gilmer County.


•  Seven juvenile cases were heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Robert Potter

He was before the Court and he was readmitted to probation and home confinement for a period of 5 years.

His attorney was Eric Wildman.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Pritt

Upon his former plea was sent for 60 days diagnosis and classification at the penitentiary and his sentencing was deferred until August 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM.

His attorney was Clinton Bischoff.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Patty Reynolds

She was sentenced to 6 months in Central Regional Jail followed by 1 year in Central Regional Jail with sentence suspended and she was placed on 5 years probation with 150 hours per year of community service.

Her attorney was Clinton Bischoff and special prosecutor Shannon Jones worked out this plea deal and dismissed all felony charges against her.


•  The felony charges were also dismissed against William Reynolds who also pled to 2 misdemeanor counts in an information filed against him.

His sentencing is set for July 06, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He has been in jail since August of last year and he made bond today and was released pending his sentencing.

His attorney was Brian Bailey and Shannon Jones was also the special prosecutor.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Margaret White

She was before the Court for reduction of bond, and it was reduced to $10,000.00 and home confinement.

Her attorney was Eric Hencil.


•  One guardian matter was reset for June 26, 2017 at 9:50 AM.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday May 08, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Glenville


•  Eight juvenile matters were heard, 5 were rest for June 12, 2017 in the afternoon with the afternoon’s docket on this date were cancelled.


•  The case of State of West Virginia vs. Michael Puffenbarger

It was reset for an evidentiary hearing because he disputed the amount of restitution.

His hearing is now set for June 12, 2017 at 10:50 AM.

His attorney is Christopher Pritt.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Williams

He was sentenced to 1-10 years in the penitentiary with restitution being set at $26,380 for all victims in the matter.

He was represented by Thomas Kupec.



On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard 4 cases in Gilmer County.


•  Two fugitives from justice were before the Court, both being represented by Paul Knisely.

Edward Jackson waived to return to Ohio and authorities there have until 4 PM May 25, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.

Gregory Bolden was before the court wanted by the state of Michigan and he refused to waive extradition so Judge Facemire directed the prosecuting attorney to seek at governor’s warrant and the state has 60 days to obtain that and then another hearing will be set.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

He entered a Kennedy no contest plea to sexual assault in the 3rd degree with the remaining 29 counts being dismissed by the prosecutor.

He will be sentenced in Braxton County at 2:30 PM on July 05, 2017.

His attorney is Joseph Spano.


•  State of West Virginia vs. David Curry

He pled to 1 count of failure to meet an obligation to provide support to a minor.

His sentencing is set for July 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM following Mike Haley, probation officer, doing presentence investigations on both defendants.

Curry was represented by Paul Knisely also.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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•  May 10, 2017 -  Joshua Jackson of FCI Gilmer divorced Sylvia Jackson of Columbus, Ohio


•  May 15, 2017 -  Emily Stuart (26) of Shock, WV divorced Jerama Stuart (23) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Rocky Jamison (60) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Wendy Jamison (34) of Weston, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Felicia Hall (27) of Glenville, WV divorced Daniel Ray Hall (29) of Cox’s Mills, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kimberly Hess (27) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Jeremy Hess (30) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kristan Ramey (29) of Glenville, WV divorced Eric Ramey (38) of Glenville, WV

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On May 02, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard 3 matters in Gilmer County.


•  Two fugitives from justice, namely Dyron James and Leroy Patterson, both waived to return to the state of Virginia and authorities there have until 4 PM, May 11, 2017 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.

Paul Knisley of Sissonvile represented both defendants


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

He was before the Court with his attorney, Joseph Spano.

A suppression hearing was held and his trial remains on the docket for May 16, 2017.



on May 03, 2017 Judge Facemire returned to Gilmer County for 2 matters.

•  Jonathan Fittro represented both defendants with William Bagley waiving extradition to return to the state of Pennsylvania and authorities there have until 4 PM, May 12, 2017 to pick up Bagley or Central Regional Jail will release him.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Geoffrey Shaffer

He was before the Court and entered a plea to conspiracy with other counts in the indictment being dismissed.

He will be sentenced July 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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Gilmer County Family Court Judge Steve Jones presided over Family Court May 03, 2017.


•  Two domestic violence petitions were continued.


•  Three contempts were heard but no orders were received regarding them.


•  One allocation was continued to June 07, 2017.


•  Temporary orders were entered in 3 cases with final orders to follow.

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