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Gilmer County Family Court Report – 09.10.14

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On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court in Gilmer County.


•  Two domestic violence cases were handled.


•  Three divorces were set, 1 was continued and the following 2 were granted:


•  Tashua Riddle (28) of Linn, WV divorced Shawn Riddle (35) of Shinnston, WV.


•  Jessica Helmick (32) of Alum Bridge, WV divorced Steven Helmick (35) of Burnsville, WV.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 09.10.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Wilson's Rentals Mettew Hale 08.25.14 $400.00
Richard Shaffer Titans Towing 08.27.14
Coy Pritt, Jr. Gary Yorder 09.08.14
Woodford's Accounting & Tax Service Eric Schoolcraft 09.08.14 $1200.00
A+ Ventures, LLC Angie Linger c/o Judy Westfall 09.09.14 $1,375.00
Calhoun County Bank Inc. Howard S. Deuley Sr. 09.10.14 $378.12
Calhoun County Bank Inc. Latasha R. White 09.10.14 $301.79



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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
State of West Virginia Virgilio Llano Fugitive from Justice 04.18.04 08.26.14
To Appear Before Gilmer County Circuit Court When Notified
State of West Virginia Jose Traveraso Fugitive from Justice 07.17.14
Sent Over to Circuit Court
State of West Virginia Jihard Smith Fugitive from Justice 05.03.13 08.01.14
To Appear Before Gilmer County Circuit Court 08.11.14 at 9:00 AM
State of West Virginia Jesse Lee Kessinger Fugitive from Justice 09.12.14 07.24.14
State of West Virginia William Markel Warren Fugitive from Justice 07.24.14
State of West Virginia Carlos Wilson Fugitive from Justice 07.24.14
State of West Virginia Antwon Miller Fugitive from Justice 08.14.14
State of West Virginia Terrance Hill Fugitive from Justice 08.14.14
State of West Virginia Johnny Lee Howes Fugitive from Justice 08.21.14
Bond: $6,000.00 To Appear Before Gilmer County Circuit Court 08.24.14 at 9:00 AM
State of West Virginia Antwon Raysean Miller Fugitive from Justice 09.04.14 09.05.14
To Appear Before Gilmer County Circuit Court 09.08.14
State of West Virginia Adam Wayne Ramsey Battery 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 08.29.14: NCP Entered * Fine $100.00 * Court Cost $160.25 * CCP $60.00 > Total $320.25, 1 Year Jail Susp. H/C 6 Month Then 6 Month Unsupervised Probation
State of West Virginia Adam Wayne Ramsey Disorderly Conduct
Motion by State to Dismiss in Exchange for G/NCP to 14M-257 & 14M-259 * Granted * Dismissed
Corey Michael Bell Adam Wayne Ramsey Obstructing An Officer 08.20.14 08.20.14
Bond: $15,000.00 No Contest Plea * Credit for Time Served. $50.00 Fine + $160.26 CC. 6 Month to Pay
State of West Virginia Jennifer Sue Helmick DUI > .15 08.20.14 08.29.14
Bond: $1,750.00
State of West Virginia Charlotte Austin McCune Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 3rd Offense 08.21.14
State of West Virginia Johnny Lee Howes Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams 08.21.14 08.21.14
Bond: $1,500.00
State of West Virginia Thomas Edward Marks, II Driving Under The Influence 08.23.14 08.23.14
Bond: $2,000.00
State of West Virginia Thomas Edward Marks, II Possession of Controlled Substance-Hydrocodone 08.23.14 08.23.14
Bond: $2,000.00
State of West Virginia Christopher Glenn Pegg Driving Suspended/Revoked DUI 08.23.14 08.23.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Stephen D. Marsh Trespassing 08.24.14 08.24.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Joshua Keith Singleton Driving Under The Influence 08.25.14 08.25.14
Bond: $1000.00
State of West Virginia Autumn M. McKeown Driving Under Influence 08.26.14 08.26.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Autumn M. McKeown No Proof of Insurance 08.26.14 08.26.14
State of West Virginia Ralph Gordon Petit Larceny 08.28.14 08.29.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia John David Clark Obscene Harassing Phone Calls 08.29.14
State of West Virginia Wayne Joseph Roberts Obtaining Too Much Pseudoephedrine 09.02.14 09.02.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Wayne Joseph Roberts Conspiracy 09.02.14 09.02.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Gregg Lee Marks Driving Suspended/Revoked for DUI 2nd Offense 09.01.14 09.05.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Elijah Obadiah Urbanic Violation of Protective Order 09.10.14 09.10.14
Bond: $2,000.00
State of West Virginia Michael Questin Florence Possession of Firearm by Prohibited Person 09.09.14 09.10.14
Bond: $25,000.00
State of West Virginia Jerry Lee Grounds Violation of Domestic Bond 09.09.14 09.09.14
Bond: $10,000.00
State of West Virginia James Coy Blosser Driving Suspended Revoked for DUI 3rd Offense
Bond: $500.00
State of West Virginia James Coy Blosser Driving Suspended 3rd Non-DUI 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Virginia Kari Dawn Ramsey Failure to Stop for School Bus 09.05.14 09.05.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Virginia Matthew Scott Cottrill Failure to Stop for Bus 09.05.14 09.05.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Virginia Julia A. Mollohan Driving Under The Influence 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Julia A. Mollohan Battery on Police Officer 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Julia A. Mollohan Reckless Driving 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Delbert L. king Obstructing An Officer 06.05.14 09.06.14
Bond: $5,000.00
State of West Virginia James Coy Blosser Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense 08.28.14 09.03.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Virginia Chase Michel Smarr Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams 08.21.14 08.21.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Elijah Obadiah Urbanic Stalking (5) 09.03.14 09.10.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Elijah Obadiah Urbanic Phone Calls- Harassing/Obscene/Threatening (5) 09.03.14 09.10.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Elijah Obadiah Urbanic Harassment by Electronic Communication Device (4) 09.03.14 09.10.14
Bond: $1,000.00
Freds Country Store Brian Pierce Bad Check 09.03.14 09.03.14
No Contest Plea Entered Fine $10.00 * CC $160.25 * BSC $25.00 * WCP $14.80 * $210.05 Six Month Payment Schedule
Freds Country Store Brian Pierce Bad Check 09.03.14 09.03.14
No Contest Plea Entered Fine $10.00 * CC $160.25 * BSC $25.00 * WCP $42.14 * $237.39 Six Month Payment Schedule
State of West Virginia Ray Larry Wallbrown Possession of Canniboids < 15 Grams 09.02.14 09.02.14
State of West Virginia RRodney Palmer McCord Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 9th 09.02.15/td> 09.02.15
BBond: $5,000.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
James Coy Blosser 08.28.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense
Terra Marie Poster 08.28.14 Operator’s - No Proof of Insurance
Terra Marie Poster 08.28.14 No Child Safety Seat
Dustin L. Fox 08.23.14 Speeding - Seat Belt Violation
Thomas Edward Marks 08.23.14 Driving Under The Influence
Christopher GL Peggs 08.23.14 Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams
Christopher GL Peggs 08.23.14 Driving Suspended Revoked for DUI
Curtis Duvall 09.03.14 Fail to Use Due Care
Billy Reed Kerby 09.07.14 Operator’s - No Proof of Insurance



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Maria Dawn Marks 08.26.14 Permitting Unauthorized
Ross Lee Marks 08.26.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense
Autumn M. McKeown 08.26.14 No Proof of Insurance - Driving Under The Influence
Stefan Andrea Zakaib 08.28.14 Speeding
Billy Lee Beck 09.04.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI
Matthew S. Cottrill 09.05.14 Failure to Stop for Bus
Rodney P. McCord 09.02.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI
Kari Dawn Ramsey 09.05.14 Failure to Stop for Bus
Jeremy M. Spradley 09.02.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense - Cell Phone
Kenneth Ray Young 09.03.14 Speeding



City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Joshua K. Singleton 08.25.14 Driving Under The Influence

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 09.08.14

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On Thursday, September 04, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a fugitive from justice case.

•  Prosecutor Gerald B. Hough and defense counsel, Clinton Bischoff, traveled to Braxton County to hear the matter of State of Ohio vs. Johnny Howes due to Bischoff going on vacation.

Howes waived to return to Ohio and authorities there have until 4:00 PM on Friday, September 12, 2014 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.



On Monday, September 08, 2014 Chief Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Gilmer County and heard a 3 page motion day docket.


•  Thirteen juvenile matters were heard and rescheduled.


•  Two fugitives from justice waived extradition back to their states.  Both were represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon and Virgilio Llano waived to return to New York and Antwon Miller waived to return to Maryland.

Authorities in those states have until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to pick up those individuals on Central Regional Jail will release them.


Two civil matters were heard and scheduled as follows:


•  DC Petroleum vs. Christopher Haymond, et al

The case had a scheduling conference and a pretrial was set for Monday, March 09, 2015 at 1:00 PM and trial is set for Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


•  Lori Short vs. William Stalnaker

The case was before the Court on motion for summary judgment, which Judge Alsop denied.

Later a bench trial was scheduled for Tuesday, December 02, 2014 at 9:00 AM.


Finally

•  State of West Virginia vs. John Puffenbarger

The case was before the Court on a motion for evaluation to determine if he has any mental defects or is competent to stand trial.

Judge Alsop granted defense counsel, David Karickhoff’s, motion for mental exam.

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Why did we never see Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy’s picture in these lineups?
Why has there been nothing, no mention since his arrest for his recent DUI?
High school classmate reports a likely DUI arrest in high school?  Any verification?  Why nothing?

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Four FCI-Gilmer Federal inmates Appear in Court for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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Four Federal prisoners received additional jail time as a result of crimes they committed while behind bars.

Roberto SOTO, age 51, Gregory PARDO, age 58, Antonio MARTINEZ-PORTA, age 38, and Ahmed JOHNSON, age 42, all inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution at Gilmer, entered pleas of guilty to “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm.”

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley sentenced PARDO, MARTINEZ-PORTA and JOHNSON to 24 months in prison and SOTO to 30 months in prison to run consecutively to their current Federal sentences.

The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri for the government.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 09.03.14

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On Wednesday, September 03, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court in Gilmer County.


•  One domestic violence petition was terminated.


•  One was continued and reset.


•  Five child advocate cases were heard and one had a temporary order entered. The others have not been received as of yet.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 08.28.14

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Chief Judge Jack Alsop held Court on Thursday, August 21, 2014 hearing 3 juvenile matters.

•  He reset a motion in State of West Virginia vs. Isaac Grounds due to the prosecutor not having him transported to the hearing.

Grounds is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.

• 
On Friday, August 22, 2014 Judge Alsop heard 2 juvenile matters and took up the case of State of West Virginia vs. Isaac Grounds that was continued from the day before.

Motion was made by the state to appoint a committee to correct the titles to 2 vehicles in the case.

Judge Alsop appointed Hughart as guardian ad litem for Grounds (due to his incarceration) and ordered him to go to the DMV and correct the WV title.

Judge Alsop further directed the prosecutor to file a civil action to straighten out the title from Tennessee.



On Monday, August 25, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a 3 page docket without taking lunch.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Johnny Howes

He was set to be heard as a fugitive from justice case.

However, Central Regional Jail neglected to transport him to the hearing.

His court date is now set for 1:15 PM on Thursday, September 04, 2014 in Braxton County due to his attorney having a scheduled vacation and needing to get it done before leaving for vacation.

Clinton Bischoff was appointed to represent him.


Two arraignments were conducted, namely:

•  Kimberly Swiger was arraigned and Andrew Chattin of Charleston was appointed to represent her.

Her bond was set at $20,000.00 and her case was continued until the November term of Court.


•  James Ash appeared by video from North Central Regional Jail and was arraigned.

A detainer will be placed on him from Gilmer County in case he is otherwise eligible for release.

Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon was appointed to represent him and his trial was continued to the November, 2014 term of Court.


•  Five juvenile matters were heard.


Six pleas were taken and sentencings set as follows:

•  State of West Virginia vs. Traci Pyles

She pled to 2 counts, 1) attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and 2) conspiracy.

She was represented by Timothy Gentilozzi of Clarksburg and will be sentenced on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Brittiny Miller

She also pled to 2 counts, 1) attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and 2) conspiracy.

She was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville and will be sentenced on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 10:15 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Jackson

He pled to 2 counts of child concealment and will be sentenced at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 02, 2014.

Bischoff was also his attorney.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Cottrill

Another client of Clinton Bischoff pled to 1 count of delivery of a controlled substance and he will be sentenced on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 9:30 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Gibson

He was before the Court represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

He pled to 1 count of delivery of a controlled substance and Judge Facemire reinstated his bond and released him from home confinement.

His sentencing will be on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James R. Miller

He pled to 1 count of conspiracy and was also represented by Bischoff.

His sentencing will be on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 9:45 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Edward Cottrill II

The case was set for a plea but it has been rescheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by Clinton Bischoff.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Christina Marks

The case is also set for plea on the same date and at the same time (Friday, September 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM).

She is represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.


•  The trial of State of West Virginia vs. Van Ross Ramsey Sr. began at 10:50 AM after the jury was sworn and Judge Facemire read the instructions to the jury.

At 11:03 AM opening statements were made and at 11:15 AM the state called its first witness.

After the 8th witness the state rested at 3:31 PM, and Judge Facemire excused the jury to return to the Court room at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

On Wednesday the trial resumed at 9:30 AM and the defense called 3 witnesses and rested at 1:43 PM.

The Court read the instructions to the jury until 2:10 PM and closing arguments began.

At 2:45 PM the case went to the jury, and after several questions from the jurors they decided to return on Thursday for more deliberations and at 6:30 PM Judge Facemire sent the jury home to return at 9:00 AM on August 28, 2014.

On Thursday, August 28, 2014 Court was opened at 9:08 AM and the jury continued their deliberations and after many more questions and working through the Noon hour, Judge Facemire sent the jury to lunch at 1:20 PM to resume deliberating at 2:30 PM.

At 2:30 the jury went back to their room and had other questions but kept deliberating until 3:35 PM when they returned their verdict:

Defendant was found not guilty on 2 counts, the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict on 2 counts and found Van Ross Ramsey Sr. Guilty of reckless driving (a misdemeanor).

Sentencing will be 9:00 AM on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 08.27.14

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On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited granted 2 divorces as follows:


•  Roseanna Tomey (57) of Weston, WV divorced Kenneth Dale Tomey (57) of Glenville, WV.


•  Mary Calame (60) of Glenville, WV divorced Daniel Waters (50) of Cox’s Mills, WV.


•  Two other cases were continued and a guardian ad litem was appointed in another case.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 08.20.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Appalachian Piping PDTS Brian Hardesty & Deone Hardman 08.06.14 08.07.14 $800.00
08.13.14: Judgment for the Plaintiff > $800.00 and Immediate Possession of Property.
Appalachian Piping PDTS Steven Idleman & Kisha Riggs 08.05.14 08.11.14 $2,400.00
08.11.14: Substituted Personal Service
Optometric Eye Care Charlene Dulude 08.07.14 08.12.14 $495.55
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Donna Kay Davisson 08.11.14 08.13.14 $3,833.13
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Daniel Lloyd Husk 08.11.14 08.15.14 $1,787,07
08.18.14: Confessed Judgment * To Pay $75.00 Per Month.
Mary Heckert DBA Hands of Pride Devon Heater 08.14.14 08.14.14 $600.00
Camden Clark Medical Center  c/o Edward L. Harman Lisa M. Duskey 08.14.14 08.16.14 $772.86
Woodford's Accounting & Tax Joseph Williams III 08.15.14
08.20.14 Respondent to Pay $700.00 + $75 Court Cost. To Vacate Premises No Later Than 08.22.14



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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Francis L. Raynor James Christopher Miller Possession of Controlled Substance (Hydro) 08.08.14 08.08.14
Bond: $5,000.00 - 0812.14: Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court with 14F-65
Benton R. Huffman Jessica Mae Keith Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 08.11.14 08.11.14
08.11.14: Plea of Guilty Entered * Placed on 6 Month Probation * CCP $30.00, Court Cost $160.25 * Six month Payment Schedule
STPR Kenneth Varnet Jamie Freda Persinger Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense 07.12.14 08.11.14
Bond: $500.00
Benton R. Huffman Cody Allen King Assault 08.11.14 08.11.14
Bond: $3,000.00
Benton R. Huffman   Brandishing Deadly Weapon 08.11.14 08.11.14
Bond: $3,000.00
A.F. Wendling, Inc. Jennifer Cummings Worthless Check 06.14.14 08.13.14
$1,028.10 + $25.00 = $1,053.10
CPT Jeremy D Jenkinks Adam Wayne Ramsey Trespassing 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 - 08.19.14: Conditions of Bond * Placed on Home Confinement Thru GCSD
 
CPT Jeremy D Jenkinks Adam Wayne Ramsey Battery 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 - 08.19.14: Conditions of Bond * Placed on Home Confinement Thru GCSD
CPT Jeremy D Jenkinks Adam Wayne Ramsey Disorderly Conduct 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 - 08.19.14: Conditions of Bond * Placed on Home Confinement Thru GCSD
CPT Jeremy D Jenkins Corey Michael Bell Obstructing an Officer 08.20.14 08.20.14
Bond: $15,000.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Dakota C. Burkhammer 08.16.14 Speeding
Evelyn Ruth Lambert 08.14.14 Registration Violation
No Proof of Insurance



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
James Gale Barr II 08.08.14 Registration Violation
Operator’s
Elmer Jeanie Blair 08.11.14 Speeding
No Proof of Insurance
William T. Cochran 08.11.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense
No Proof of Insurance
Dianna Davis 08.08.14 Speeding
Jordan Leigh Morris 08.20.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams
Joseph C. Westfall 08.11.14 Speeding
No Proof of Insurance
Haley J. Wilson 08.15.14 Defective Equipment



City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Jamie F. Persinger 08.11.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams

 

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 08.15.14

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Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Gilmer County on Friday, August 15, 2014.


•  One fugitive from justice waived to return to the state of New York and authorities there have until 4:00 PM Monday, August 25, 2014 to pick up Jose Traveras or Central Regional Jail will release him.

Traveras was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


Several arraignments were heard as follows:

•  State of West Virginia vs. Clayton McCune

He was arraigned and pled not guilty and asked for his case to be continued to the November 2014 term of Court.

Later he flunked his drug test and was sent to Central Regional Jail until he tests negative for drugs.

McCune was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James C. Miller

He was also before the Court for arraignment and for revocation of his bond due to his being incarcerated again.

Miller pled not guilty and his trial was set for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM and his bond was revoked and he was returned to Central Regional Jail.

Miller is represented by Valentina Wheeler of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Patrick Paletta

He was arraigned and he is set for second trial Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

He was returned to Central Regional Jail where is is incarcerated and he was represented by Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Joe Williams III

He was also arraigned and pled not guilty and his trial is set third on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Ash

He was set for arraignment but federal authorities refused to allow him to attend Court.

Judge Facemire entered an order resetting his arraignment for 9:00 AM Monday, August 25, 2014, and directing the Sheriff serve a copy on the administrator of the jail to permit Ash to participate by video arraignment.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Demastus

She was before the Court for several motions and Judge Facemire granted the motion to continue filed by defense attorney, Mark Hudnall and continued Demastus’ trial to the November 2014 term of Court and informed Mark Hudnall that all further motions would be heard by Judge Alsop.


•  One juvenile matter was also heard.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 08.11.14

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On Monday, August 11, 2014 Chief Judge Alsop held Court in Gilmer County.


•  One fugitive waived extradition back to Virginia, Jilhard Smith was represented by Shelly DeMarino and authorities there have until 4:00 PM Thursday, August 20, 2014 to pick Smith up or Central Regional Jail will release him.


•  Six juveniles were heard and reset.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Mose Chadwell

He was before the Court for sentencing and Judge Alsop sentenced him to not less than 1 nor more than 10 years in the penitentiary and ordered him to make restitution to Ellyson Mortuary in the amount of $5,988.44.

Chadwell was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Michael Puffenbarger

He was before the Court for revocation of his probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving in Magistrate Court.

Christopher Pritt of Charleston represented Puffenbarger and Judge Alsop sentenced him to 60 days in Central Regional Jail with costs to be paid by the Department Of Corrections.


•  One civil pretrial was rescheduled.


•  A bench trial was rescheduled to Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Daniel Grindo represents the plaintiff, Van Ramsey Sr. and Van Ramsey II and Michelle Ramsey defendants are self-represented.


•  Motions were heard in the case of Julie Conrad vs. Gilmer County Senior Citizen’s Center and Judge Alsop took them under advisement and will enter a ruling later.


•  One criminal matter was expunged.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 08.05.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Warren E. Hacker Levander Brown 07.23.14 $860.00
Credit Acceptance Corporation c/o Atkins Law Office James P. Scott 07.25.14 07.25.14 $3,406.99
John & Angela Isenhart John Wood 08.01.14 $300.00



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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jesse Lee Kessinger Fugitive from Justice 09.12.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig William Markel Warren Fugitive from Justice 07.24.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Carlos Wilson Fugitive from Justice 07.24.14
K.J. Varner II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Assault 07.29.14 07.28.14
Bond: $1,000.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Ross Lee Miller Possession of Controlled Substance Less than 15 Grams 07.31.14 08.01.14
Bond: $5,000.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Lisa Fay Sutphin Possession of Controlled Substance Less than 15 Grams 07.31.14 08.01.14
Bond: $15,000.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Lisa Fay Sutphin Obstructing an Officer 07.31.14 08.01.14
Bond: $15,000.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Tyler L. Sutphin Possession of Controlled Substance Less than 15 Grams 07.31.14 08.01.14
Bond: $5,000.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Richard Barker Domestic Assault 08.01.14 08.01.14
Bond: $2,500.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Richard Barker Domestic Battery 08.01.14 08.01.14
Bond: $2,500.00
Joseph R. Garrett Duane E. Lipscomb False Pretenses 07.12.14 08.05.14
Fred's James W Griner Worthless Check 08.04.14
$125.00
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$50.00
Fred's Mose Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$64.52
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$64.00
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$85.00
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$40.00
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$35.00
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$50.00
Fred's Darlene Chadwell Worthless Check 08.05.14
$35.00
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jihard Smith Fugitive from Justice 05.03.14 08.01.14
08.01.14: To Appear in Gilmer County Circuit Court on 08.11.14 at 9:00 AM



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Christopher Baily 07.26.14 Seat Belt Violation
Tonya Buckhannon 07.31.14 No Proof of Insurance
Randall James Cook 07.25.14 No Proof of Insurance
Bobby Eugene Toppings 07.30.14 No Proof of Insurance



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Jose Medra Salmeron 07.30.14 Operator’s
Failure to Obtain WV Registration
Tyler Lee Sutphin 07.31.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams



Gilmer County Family Court Report – 07.23.14

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.


Two divorces were granted as follows:


•  Wendy Wilson (48) of Linn, WV divorced Thomas Wilson (49)  currently lodged in Central Regional Jail on July 23, 2014


•  Meranda Rene Carder (24) of West Union, WV divorced Dustin Wayne Carder (28) of Big Springs, WV on July 23, 2014


•  One divorce was rescheduled.


•  Several domestic violence cases were heard.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.29.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
John Zsigray Robert Fox
Pickers Barn Antique
07.14.14 $450.00
Joe Eagle John R. Ellis 07.15.14 $775.00
Warren E. Hacker Levander Brown 07.23.14 $860.00
Credit Acceptance Corporation
c/o Atkins Law Office
James P. Scott 07.25.14 $3,406.99



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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Failure to Report 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Leaving Scene 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Kenneth J. Varner II Brian S. Kennedy Driving Under The Influence 07.19.14 07.19.14
Bond: $1,000.00
Gerald B. Hough, Prosecutor Lilly Marie King Driving Suspended / Misc. 07.22.14 07.22.14
07.22.14: Plea of Guilty Entered - Fine $100.00 - Court Cost $160.25 - Total $260.25 - 6 Month Payment Schedule
Joseph R. Garrett Michael Shawn Billups Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses 07.24.14 07.25.14
Bond: $2,500.00
John W. Moss David Eric Bailey Domestic Battery 07.24.14 07.24.14
Bond: $5,000.00
Joseph R. Garrett Michael Shawn Billups Conspiracy To Commit A Misdemeanor 07.25.14 07.25.14
Bond: $2,500.00
K.J. Varner, II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Assault 07.28.14
K.J. Varner, II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Battery 07.28.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jose Traveraso Fugitive From Justice 07.17.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jesse Lee Kessinger Fugitive From Justice 07.12.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig William Markel Warren Fugitive From Justice 07.24.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Carlos Wilson07.24.14 Fugitive From Justice



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Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Patrick Eugene Parker 07.22.14 Registration Violation, No Proof of Insurance






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Department of Natural Resources Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Harry L. Heater 07.19.14 Illegal Burning of Refuse

WV Metro News: Gilmer County Commissioner Arrested, Charged with DUI

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The West Virginia Metro News Report:

The West Virginia State Police arrested and charged Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy with a DUI over the weekend.

Senior Trooper K. J. Varner II pulled Kennedy over at 8:00 PM on Saturday after he was seen driving erratically on U.S. Highway 33 in Gilmer County.

Once pulled over, Varner said he detected alcohol on Kennedy’s breath and initiated the proper procedures.

A secondary chemical test revealed Kennedy’s BAC was at 0.089, which is over the 0.08 limit.

Varner said Kennedy was cooperative while detained until around 10:30 PM, when Magistrate Judge Carol L. Wolfe arraigned and released him on a personal recognizance bond.

According to Judge Wolfe’s office, as of Monday, no dates have been set in regard to the case.

A representative from the Gilmer County Commission has not yet been available for comment on the matter at this time.

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LEWIS COUNTY MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY

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One of two men indicted in a 1999 Lewis County, WV murder case has entered a plea of not guilty.

Joseph Metz, age 39, of Weston, WV entered the plea to two counts of first degree murder Friday morning before Judge Kurt Hall.

The defense also filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Judge Hall set a hearing for this motion for next week and jury selection for the trial in October.

Metz, along with Charles Steven Freeman, age 51, of Archbold, Ohio, were indicted by a Lewis County grand jury on July 15, 2014.

Freeman was re-arrested on Wednesday while Metz was re-arrested in January.

Both are charged in connection to the 1999 disappearance of Metz’ mother Mary Friend, age 46 and grandmother Maxine Stalnaker, age 69.

The two, along with David Hughes, age 58, were charged in the case in 2013 but the charges were later dropped in light of additional information in the case arising.

Friend and Stalnaker went missing from Lewis County on December 01, 1999 and Friend’s car was later found five days later in Clarksburg, WV.

Freeman was scheduled for arraignment Friday morning but, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, officials are waiting for his extradition to the state.

Two Charged in 1999 Disappearance of Two WV Women

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Two men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from the 1999 disappearance of a West Virginia woman and her daughter.

A Lewis County grand jury charged both Charles Stephen Freeman, age 51, of Archbold, Ohio, and Joseph Metz, age 39, of Horner, WV with two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday in a sealed indictment.

Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hall ordered the indictment unsealed Thursday morning following Freeman’s arrest on Wednesday in Ohio.

The men are accused of killing Maxine Stalnaker, age 69, and her daughter, Mary Friend, age 46.

The women disappeared in December 01, 1999, after leaving their Jane Lew home on a Christmas shopping trip.

Their station wagon was found five days later near the Harrison County community of Gore.

Their bodies have not been found.

Metz is Friend’s son and Stalnaker’s grandson.

Co-defendant David Hughes, age 58, of Archbold pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

He is awaiting sentencing.

All three defendants initially were charged in September 2013 with the slayings.

Former Lewis County prosecutor Mike Smith later dismissed the charges, saying there was new information.

Attorney Tom Dyer, who had previously represented Freeman, told The Exponent Telegram that the new charges against Freeman were “a very big surprise.“

“To me, I thought this was all over,“ Dyer said.

Metz has been held at the Central Regional Jail without bond since the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department arrested him on murder charges in January.

Jail records did not indicate whether Metz has an attorney.

West Virginia Agency Appeals Judge’s Pay Raise Directive

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is appealing a judge’s directive to give pay raises to some workers at the state’s two psychiatric hospitals, arguing that it has fulfilled a similar order issued in 2009.

The directive is part of an order issued June 2 by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom in an ongoing case centering on the treatment of mental health patients.

Bloom directed the DHHR to immediately implement a special starting salary for new health service workers at William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston and Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. Workers hired or promoted since January 2103 must be retroactively compensated.

The DHHR appealed the directive to the West Virginia Supreme Court earlier this month. The appeal said the directive is “arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion” because the DHHR has fulfilled Bloom’s 2009 order, The Charleston Gazette reported Thursday.

“This issue is separate from the merits of the rest of the action because it is DHHR’s position that the pay rate increase was completed as agreed by the parties, and the controversy concluded at that time,“ Victoria Jones, commissioner for the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, told the newspaper. “In our government, it is the role of the legislative branch to appropriate funding for the other two branches of government.“

She said an order issued by Bloom on April 25, 2012, recognized that DHHR was complying with the 2009 order.

“However, in the June 02, 2014 order, it appears that the Court is interpreting the pay increase contemplated by the 2009 agreed order so that additional pay increases would continue beyond the one-time appropriation by the Legislature. DHHR does not share this interpretation,“ Jones said.

The appeal also argued that other aspects of the case are unresolved, including a plan to reduce staff vacancies, discontinue mandatory overtime and stop using temporary contract employees.

“Given the extreme staffing shortages at the two state hospitals, and the effect that those shortages have on patient care, (the) petitioners are disappointed that the Bureau is choosing to appeal the implementation of a small increase in direct care starting salaries that it agreed to years ago, instead of directing its efforts toward recruiting and retaining direct care staff,“ Lydia Milnes, an attorney for Mountain State Justice, told the newspaper.

Mountain State Justice represents employees and patients at both hospitals.

The appeal DHHR’s also said the directive violates the collateral order doctrine because Bloom ordered immediate implementation of the salary increases, making the directive final. The doctrine makes orders subject to appeal if they are final in a case that is ongoing.

On June 27, 2014 Bloom found the DHHR in contempt for failing to comply with previous orders.

A show-cause hearing is set for August 01, 2014.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.16.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Gregory Waddell Deanna Starcher 07.10.14
Roxanne McAtee Dianna Allegretti 07.14.14 $245.00
John Zsigray Robert Fox 07.14.14 450.00



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Misdemeanor Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
TFC Francis L Baynor Christopher Debarr Burglary 07.03.14 07.14.14
Bond: $50,000.00
Cpt. M.S. Summers Kelly Marie King Driving Suspended / Revoked for DUI 07.10.14 07.10.14
Bond: $1000.00
Cpt. M.S. Summers Kelly Marie King No Proof of Insurance 07.10.14 07.10.14
Bond: $1000.00
Cpt. M.S. Summers Kelly Marie King No Operators Carried 07.10.14 07.10.14
Bond: $1000.00
Deb's Dyes and Dos Brandy Moore Worthless Check 07.11.14
$40.00
TFC Francis L. Baynor Gary Ted Metz Driving Under Influence 07.10.14 07.11.14
Bond: $1000.00 Beulah Metz Posted $1,000.00 Cash Bond on 07.11.14
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Failure to Report 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Leaving Scene 07.14.14 07.14.14



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Bonnie Hicks 07.04.14 Speeding
Ashley N. Huffman 07.07.14 Motor Vehicle Inspection
Cody Ray Jarrett 07.09.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI
Brian Jones 07.14.14 Trespassing
Brian Lee Jones 07.12.14 Trespassing
Tina Jones 07.12.14 Trespassing
Tina Jones 07.14.14 Trespassing
Gary Ted Metz 07.10.14 Driving Under The Influence
Jamie F. Persinger 07.12.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense

Lewis County Grand Jury Indicts 37 People

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Thirty-seven people were named in indictments by a Lewis County grand jury Tuesday, many of them for drug-related charges.

Prosecuting Attorney Lea Anne Hawkins and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian W. Bailey presented the cases to the grand jury.


Those indicted Tuesday include:


•  Danyelle Leigh Wyant, age 24, of Copen, was indicted on nine counts of fraudulent use of an access device and one count of fraudulent schemes.


•  Matthew Alan Kennedy, age 26, of Weston, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.


•  Victoria Lynn Altland, age 38, of Clarksburg is facing two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone; and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, buprenorphine.


•  Chelsey Nicole Garrison, age 26, of Weston, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, morphine.


•  Tyler Paul Carpenter, age 25, of Weston, is facing one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.


•  David Allen Lane, age 31, of Fairmont, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.


•  Kristi Lynn Nuzum, age 39, of Nutter Fort, and Shannon Marie Hannigan, age 36, of Clarksburg, were each indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone, one count of possesion of a controlled substance, hydrocodone with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance, alprazolam, with intent to deliver, and two counts of conspiracy.


•  Donald Glen Carder Jr., age 51, of Camden, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.


•  Atha Denzil Cowgar, no age given, of Weston, was indicted on one count of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana, and one count of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.


•  Randall Joe Metz, age 45, of Weston, is named for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.


•  Kayla Marie Carder, age 25, of Weston, is indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, oxycodone; one count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.


•  Amber Lee James, age 27, of Weston, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.


•  Andrew Christopher Bailey, age 30, of Clarksburg, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.


•  Jeffrey Tyler Davisson, age 28, of Weston, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.


•  Curtis Victor Riggs, age 28, of Sandfork, was indicted on one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; and one count of possession of substances to be used as precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine or another controlled substance.


•  Ronald Dwayne McCartney, age 47, of Crawford, was indicted on one count of third or subsequent offense DUI, third or subsequent offense DUI with blood alcohol over .08, and one count of obstructing an officer.


•  Eric Wade Chidester, age 32, of French Creek, was indicted on one count of persons prohibited from possessing firearms, one count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference to the safety of others and one count of fleeing from an officer.


•  Kayla Michelle Hamner, age 23, of Flatwoods, and Eric Lee Carpenter, age 26, of Sutton, were named in the same indictment. They are each charged with one count of forgery, one count of uttering and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Ryan Edward Gaines, age 23, of Weston, and Todd Michael Gaines, age 20, of Weston, were named in the same indictment charging them each with one count of grand larceny, one count of breaking and entering and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Joshua Lee Lockhart, age 22, of Weston, was indicted on eight counts of sexual assault in the third degree.


•  Joshua Duane Adams, age 32, of Weston, was indicted on one count of possesion of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Brittany Jo Radcliff, age 26, of Weston, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Connie Sue McCord, age 46, of Walkersville, was indicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Jeremy O. Kincaid, age 24, of Horner, was indicted on one count of soliciting a minor via computer and one count of attempted sexual assault in the third degree.


•  Daniel Reese Price II, age 28, of Weston, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.


•  Andrew Lewis Wears, age 27, of Maidsville, was indicted on one count of third or subsequent offense DUI, and one count of third or subsequent offense DUI with a blood alcohol over .08.


•  Corey Shane Bender, age 22, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one count of third offense shoplifting and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  James Scott Morford, age 30, of Grantsville, was indicted on one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and one count of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine.


•  Tyson Stephen Chandler, age 27, of Horner, and Richard Neal Clem II, 46, of Camden, were named in the same indictment. They were indicted on once count of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Chasity Marie Knapp, age 37, of Weston, was indicted on one count each of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, possesion of a controlled substance, and conspiracy to commit a felony.


•  Jedadiah A. Stump, age 27, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one count of sexual assault in the third degree, one count of malicious assault and one count of third offense domestic battery.


•  Joseph Wagner, age 32, of Buckhannon, was indicted on two counts of shoplifting third offense.


•  Sarah Lynn Kennedy, age 18, of Lost Creek, was indicted on one count of sexual assault in the second degree and one count of sexual assault in the third degree.

Gilmer County Circuit Court: Smith Jury Trial End

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On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire indoctrinated the petit/magistrate jurors and the jury was sworn in the case of State of West Virginia vs. William Clavel Smith at 10:55 AM and the trial began.

At 11:32 AM the State rested its case and at 11:53 AM the defense rested its case after the defendant testified.

At 12:03 PM the Court read the charge to the jury and the state and defense argued their case and at 12:31 PM the jury went to their room to deliberate upon their verdict.

At 12:55 PM the jurors returned with a verdict of guilty of possession (a misdemeanor).

Judge Facemire ordered the probation officer to do a presentence investigation on defendant and set sentencing for 9:50 AM on Monday, August 25, 2014.

Upon Smith being unable to provide a urine sample for a drug screen, the Judge ordered him sent to Central Regional Jail until he tests negative.

Also upon his admission to smoking synthetic marijuana within the past couple weeks, Judge Facemire also revoked Smith’s bond.

Smith was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 07.14.14

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Chief Judge Jack Alsop held motion day in Gilmer County Monday, July 14, 2014.


Four juvenile matters were heard and reset as follows:

•  Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

•  Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

•  Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

•  Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM


•  State of West Virginia vs. Isaac Grounds

He was before the Court for sentencing upon his former plea of guilty to grand larceny.

Judge Alsop sentenced him to Anthony Correction Center for youthful offenders for a term of not less than 6 months nor 2 years.

After he completes that program he will be brought back and the restitution in the amount of $63,628.00 will then be assessed, minus the sale prices of 2 vehicles Grounds surrendered the title to for the victim to recoup some of his loss.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Patrick Collins

He was before the Court wanting to file a habeas corpus petition pro se with an attorney to assist him.

Judge Alsop had previously appointed Christopher Moffatt of Charleston, who appeared on this date with Patrick Collins.

Grounds now has 120 days to file an omnibus habeas corpus petition.


•  One civil matter was settled prior to hearing.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Derrick Stalnaker

The case was dismissed without prejudice to the state upon joint motions by the state and defense.

Stalnaker was represented by Valentina Wheeler from Charleston and he will be released from bond and house arrest upon receipt of the order.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 07.11.14

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On Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Judge Facemire heard a 5 page docket in Gilmer County, calling the criminal docket and renewing capias’ in outstanding criminal cases.

He heard pretrial motions in 4 criminal cases:


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Demastus

Defendant must report to the probation officer at 9:30 AM on Monday, July 14, 2014 for a drug test and produce a letter of medical necessity from her doctor as to any narcotic prescriptions she is currently taking.

She is also to have no contact with the victim and/or witnesses in the matter.

Her trial is now scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Demastus is represented by Mark Hudnall of Summersville.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Daniel John McCormick

He was before the Court represented by Jeff Davis.

Davis reported that he had been hired by the City of Glenville as their city attorney and felt there might be a conflict in his representation of the defendant, due to the city police being the arresting agency.

Later he withdrew as counsel after calling the state bar association and getting a ruling from them.

McCormick must hire a new attorney and his case is set for status Monday, August 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Clavel Smith

He was before the Court with his attorney, David Karickhoff and his trial remains on the docket for Tuesday, July 15, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Van Ross Ramsey Sr.

He was before the Court with his attorney, Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.

His trial is now set for Tuesday, August 26, 2014.


•  Also before the Court was Stephanie Smarr, represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.

Smarr admitted two paragraphs in the petition for revocation of probation and her probation was revoked.

Judge Facemire deferred revoking her bond and allowed her to attend Crossroads Recovery Home in Mingo County with electronic monitoring and she must complete the program.

Her sentencing is now set for Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM.


•  Twelve juvenile matters were heard and reset for further hearings.


On Friday, July 11, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire held arraignments in Gilmer County.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Ray Gibson

He appeared with Steve Nanners standing in for his attorney, Bryan Hinkle.

Gibson entered a plea of not guilty and he is set for the third trial on Wednesday, September 03, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Wayne Cottrill

He appeared and Clinton Bischoff was appointed to be his attorney.

His bond was set at $20,000.00 and he is set for the second trial on Wednesday, September 03, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Joe Williams III

He failed to appear for arraignment and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest and he is to be placed in Central Regional Jail under $100,000.00 cash only bond.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Walton Jackson

He appeared with Clinton Bischoff his attorney.

He is set first trial on Wednesday, September 03, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dwight William Bullough

His case will be the first trial Tuesday, September 09, 2014 and he is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Edward Gerald Cottrill II and Christina Ann Marks

They appeared with Bischoff representing Cottrill and Steve Nanners stood in for Marks’ attorney, Christina Flanigan.

Their cases were consolidated and are set for 4th trial on Wednesday, September 03, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James C. Miller

He appeared without his attorney and his arraignment was continued until 9:00 AM Friday, August 15, 2014 when his attorney must appear and show cause why she (Valentina Wheeler) did not appear for Court today.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Brittany D. Miller

She appeared and had her bond set at $20,000.00 and Bischoff reappointed as her attorney.

She is set for 5th trial on Wednesday, September 03, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Clayton McCune

He failed to appear, but was not served with his summons to appear.

Therefore Judge Facemire directed a new summons be issued for his arraignment to be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Royce Miller

He appeared with Bischoff, his attorney, and his trial is set for the sixth trial on Wednesday, September 03, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Traci Pyles

She appeared with her attorney, Tim Gentilozzi and was released from house arrest with a 9:30 PM curfew.

She is set for 2nd trial on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 with pretrial to be heard at 10:15 AM Monday, August 25, 2014.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Randell Bailey

He appeared with Daniel Grindo standing in for his attorney, Christopher Moffatt and his trial was continued to the November, 2014 term of Court.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Patrick Paletta

He did not appear for arraignment due to being incarcerated, so his arraignment was continued until Friday, August 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Moffatt also represents Paletta.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Swiger

She did not appear and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest and incarceration pending posting $100,000.00 cash bond.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Ash

He also failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued with his bond being set at $100,000.00 cash only as well.


•  One fugitive from justice case was heard and Faron Haycock waived extradition back to Indiana.

Authorities there have until 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.

Haycock was also represented by Bischoff.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.08.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Calhoun County Bank Dione R. Hardman 07.02.14 07.03.14 $342.50
Calhoun County Bank Tracy Jo Rexroad 07.02.14 07.02.14 $392.50



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Misdemeanor Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
TFC Francis L. Taylor, WVSP Cheyenne A. Dennison Assault on Officer 07.04.14 07.04.14
Bond: $1,000.00    -  Defendant Posted 10% of Bond, $100.00 0n 07.05.14, Paper Receipt Issued by WOL and Released from Jail.
Sgt R.P. Smith Jasmine Rahchelle Roberson Speeding 07.06.14 07.07.14
Bond: $15,000.00
Sgt R.P. Smith Jasmine Rahchelle Roberson Fleeing from an Officer 07.06.14 07.07.14
Bond: $15,000.00
Sgt R.P. Smith Jasmine Rahchelle Roberson Reckless Driving 07.06.14 07.07.14
Bond: $15,000.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Lisa D. Dobbins 07.03.14 No Proof of Insurance
Jeremy N. Poling 07.05.14 Speeding
Todd Mitchel Pounds 07.06.14 Motor Vehicle Inspection



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Terri Lynn Barley 07.07.14 Cell Phone
Chris N. Gabriel 07.03.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked for DUI-2nd Offense
Lorraine H. Wright 07.03.14 Burning Refuse

 

Gilmer County Grand Jury Returns 16 Indictments on 07.08.14

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The July, 2014 Term of Court began on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 with Judge Richard A. Facemire instructing the grand jury.


The grand jurors went to their jury room to deliberate upon their presentments at 9:42 AM and returned to the Court Room at 12:37 PM and returned 16 indictments as follows:


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Ray Gibson

3 count indictments, indicted for 2 counts of delivery of a controlled substance (meth) within 1000 feet of a school and 1 count of domestic battery.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Wayne Cottrill

3 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of altering pseudoephedrine, 1 count of conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Joe Williams III

1 count indictment, indicted for conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Walton Jackson

4 count indictments, indicted for 3 counts of child concealment of a person under 16 and 1 count of sexual abuse in the third degree.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dwight William Bullough

1 count indictment, indicted for 1 count of attempt to obtain a prescription by fraud.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Edward Gerald Cottrill II

2 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of shoplifting third offense and conspiracy to shoplift third offense.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Christina Ann Marks

2 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of shoplifting third offense and conspiracy to shoplift third offense.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Christopher Miller

13 count indictments, indicted for 2 counts of conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 2 counts of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (meth), 1 count of driving suspended, 2 counts of obstructing an officer, 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct an officer, 1 count of possession of controlled substance (hydro), 1 count of altering pseudoephedrine, 1 count of possession of controlled substance (synthetic cannabis) and 1 count of possession of controlled substance (marijuana).


•  State of West Virginia vs. Brittiny Denise Miller

2 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and 1 count of conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Clayton James McCune

4 count indictments, indicted for 2 counts of malicious wounding and 2 counts of domestic battery.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Royce Miller

5 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of altering pseudoephedrine, 1 count of conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance ( synthetic cannabis) and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).


•  State of West Virginia vs. Traci Nichole Pyles

10 count indictments, indicted for 2 counts of obstructing an officer, 1 count of permitting an unauthorized person to drive, 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct an officer, 1 count of possession of controlled substance (hydro), 1 count of conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 1 count of altering pseudoephedrine, 1 count of possession of controlled substance ( marijuana) and 1 count of possession of controlled substance (synthetic cannabis).


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Randell Bailey

7 count indictments, indicted for 7 counts of delivery of a controlled substance (hydros).


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Patrick Paletta

4 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of daytime burglary, 1 count of conspiracy to commit daytime burglary, 1 count of grand larceny and 1 count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Jean Swiger

4 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of daytime burglary, 1 count of conspiracy to commit daytime burglary, 1 count of grand larceny, and 1 count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Ash

6 count indictments, indicted for 1 count of persons in custody of institutions or officers (escaped home confinement), 1 count of felon in possession of firearm, 1 count of destruction of property, 1 count of assault, 1 count of possession of controlled substance (Marijuana) and 1 count of obstructing an officer.


Arraignments will be 9:00 AM Friday, July 11, 2014 when defendant need to appear with their attorneys and be prepared to post bond if they have not already been admitted to bond.

GINGER PERSINGER FOUND NOT GUILTY

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The trial of State of West Virginia vs. Ginger Persinger, charged with 3 counts of embezzlement began on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM after the jury was sworn and seated.

Opening statements were made and the prosecutor Gerald B. Hough began to call witnesses.

Testimony was taken from 2 witnesses on Tuesday and Chief Judge Jack Alsop recessed the trial at Noon and directed the jury to return at 9:00 AM on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Gerald Hough called 6 more witnesses before the Judge sent the jury to lunch.

At 1:15 PM the trial resumed and the state rested its case.

Judge Alsop sent the jury to their jury room while motions were heard and at 1:20 PM the defense called 1 witness and rested its case at 1:25 PM.

At 1:33 PM Judge Alsop read the charge to the jury, concluding at 1:55 PM.

Both attorneys had 20 minutes to argue their case and at 2:21 PM the jury retired to the jury room and at 2:33 PM they announced they had arrived at a verdict.

Deliberating less than 15 minutes they found the defendant NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.01.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
1st Financial Bank USA    c/o Amanda Tieszen Trisha L. Cottrill  AKA  Trisha L. Metz 06.25.14 06.26.14 $1,669.41
06.26.14 Returned - Unable to Deliver



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Misdemeanor - Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Jeremy D. Jenkins George Michael Simmons Obstructing an Officer 06.17.14 06.18.14
Bond $1,500.00  - 06.18.14 B&B Bond Out * No Contact What So Ever with Christian Pierce
Jeremy D. Jenkins George Michael Simmons Accessory After The Fact 06.17.14 06.18.14
Cpl Matt Summers Michael Anthony Puffenbarger Reckless Driving 06.19.14 06.19.14
06.19.14 Plea of Guilty Entered in Exchange for Dismissal. Fine $35.00  Court Cost $160.26
Cpl Matt Summers Michael Anthony Puffenbarger Assault 06.19.14 06.19.14
06.19.14  Dismissed by Motion of State 8 Granted in Exchange for Guilty Plea to above Case
Garry W. Smarr Spencer A. Dillon Phone Calls - Harassing/Obscene/Threatening 06.25.14 06.27.14
Bond  $500.00
Francis L. Raynor, TFC Steven R. Gibson Attempt to Commit Petit Larceny 06.26.14 06.27.14
Bond  $1,000.00
Francis L. Raynor, TFC Steven R. Gibson Conspiracy 06.26.14 06.27.14
Bond  $1,000.00
Francis L. Baynor, TFC John Junior Woods IV Attempt to Commit Petit Larceny 06.26.14 06.27.14
Bond  $1,500.00
Francis L. Baynor, TFC John Junior Woods IV Conspiracy 06.26.14 06.27.14
Bond  $1,500.00
Francis L. Baynor, TFC John Junior Woods IV Obstructing an Officer 06.26.14 06.27.14
Bond  $1,500.00
Gerald B. Hough, PA Adam W. Ramsey Trespassing 2nd 06.10.14 06.27.14
06.27.14  No Contest Plea.  $100.00 Fine + $160.25 Court Cost.  Credit for Time Served. 6 Months to Pay.
Jeremy Jenkins Jacob Shreves Brandishing Deadly Weapon 06.27.14 06.27.14
Bond $2,500.00  
Jeremy Jenkins Jacob Shreves Assault 06.27.14 06.27.14
Bond $2,500.00 
K.J. Varner Russell Scott Greenlief Domestic Assault 06.29.14 06.29.14
Bond $500.00
K.J. Varner Jeffrey Mark Harper Domestic Battery 06.29.14 06.29.14
Bond  $500.00
Jeremy D. Jenkins Jacob Eli Shreves Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 06.27.14 06.29.14
Bond  $1,250.00
Glenville Foodland Danny Minigh Worthless Check 03.15.14 06.30.14
$28.49
Glenville Foodland Michael Cain Worthless Check 05.09.14 06.30.14
$26.58
Glenville Foodland Michael Cain Worthless Check 05.09.14 06.30.14
$23.79
Kenneth J Varner, II Mark Anthony Stump Driving Suspended / Revoked for DUI 06.30.14 06.30.14
Bond  $1,500.00                          
Kenneth J Varner, II Mark Anthony Stump No Proof of Insurance  06.30.14 06.30.14
Bond  $1,500.00
Kenneth J Varner, II Mark Anthony Stump Motor Vehicle Inspection  06.30.14 06.30.14
Bond  $1,500.00
Kenneth J Varner, II Mark Anthony Stump Registration Violation 06.30.14 06.30.14
Bond  $1,500.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
James Scott 06.27.14 No Proof of Insurance
Annetta Lee Snyder 06.05.14 No Proof of Insurance
Mark A. Stump 06.30.14 Driving with Suspended/Revoke for DUI
Mark Anthony Stunp 06.30.14 Motor Vehicle Inspection,  Registration Violation
Kiira P Thompkins 06.21.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams
Ceterika La. Waddell 06.27.14 Speeding
Zacary Michael White 06.18.14 No Proof of Insurance,  Motor Vehicle Inspection
Sarah Jane Yeager 06.27.14 Speeding



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Thomas Robert White 06.02.14 No Plates
Thomas Robert White 06.02.14 No Proof of Insurance
Thomas Robert White 06.18.14 Operator’s
Thomas Robert White 06.18.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams



City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Jacob Eli Shreves 06.27.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams


Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 06.25.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Clint McHenry Laken Moore 06.02.14 06.04.14 $3,090.00
John M. Brown D.J. Marks 06.05.140 06.05.14 $935.00
06.16.14: Petitioner Granted Possession of Rental Property Defendant Shall Vacate Premises by 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 20, 2014
Linda Cottrill Mandy Post Blake 06.11.14 06.12.14 $980.00
06.23.14: Respondents to Pay $780.00 and to Vacate Premises No Later Than June 30, 2014
Sally Hart James Perrine 06.12.14 06.13.14
06.20.14: Dismiss without Prejudice * Magistrate Court Does Not Have Jurisdiction
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital - c/o Booth & McCarthy Alex Anderson Phares 06.23.14 $955.78
Sonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital - c/o Booth & McCarthy Felicia Darlene Hall 06.23.14 $388.63
Sonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital - c/o Booth & McCarthy Dwanetta Darlene Martin 06.23.14 $1,853.33



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Misdemeanor - Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
M. J. Wheeler Kyra Lynn Brown Domestic Assault 06.01.14 06.01.14
Bond: $1,500.00
M. J. Wheeler Kyra Lynn Brown Obstructing an Officer 06.01.14 06.01.14
Bond: $1,500.00
Chief Benton Huffman Wesley A. Bailes Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 05.26.14 06.02.14
Bond: $1,000.00
Joseph R. Garrett, PTTM Kimberly Rae Davis Disorderly Conduct 06.07.14 06.08.14
Bond: $10,000.00
Joseph R. Garrett, PTTM Kimberly Rae Davis Domestic Battery 06.07.14 06.08.14
Bond: $10,000.00
Joseph R. Garrett, PTTM Kimberly Rae Davis Obstructing An Officer 06.07.14 08.08.14
Bond: $10,000.00
Cason Jones Robert Thomas White No Plates 06.02.14 06.12.14
Bond: $2,500.00
Cason Jones Robert Thomas White No Proof of Insurance 06.02.14 06.12.14
Bond: $2,500.00
Cason Jones Robert Thomas White Operator's 06.02.14 06.12.14
Bond: $2,500.00
Cason Jones Robert Thomas White Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 06.02.14 06.12.14
Bond: $2,500.00
Jeremy D. Jenkins George Michael Simmons Obstructing an Officer 06.17.14 06.18.14
Bond: $1,500.00
Jeremy D. Jenkins George Michael Simmons Accessory After The Fact 06.17.14 06.18.14
Bond: $1,500.00
CPL Matt Summers Micheal Anthony Puffenbarfer Reckless Driving 06.19.14 06.19.14
Bond: $1,000.00
CPL Matt Summers Micheal Anthony Puffenbarfer Assault 06.19.14 06.19.14
Bond: $1,000.00
Captain Jeremy D. Jenkins Adam Wayne Ramsey Burglary 06.10.14 06.10.14
Bond: $15,000.00
K.J. Varner, 11, Sr Trp. Ronald Michael Gilmore Driving Suspended/Revoked for DUI 3rd Offense 06.21.14 06.21.14
Bond: $15,000.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
James Edward Ash 06.05.14 No Proof of Insurance
Harold Billingsley 06.05.14 No Proof of Insurance
Chad Drennen 06.17.14 No Proof of Insurance
Donni Marie Finley 06.10.14 No Proof of Insurance
Ronald Micheal Gilmore 06.21.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked for 3rd Offense
Patrick Wayne Gower 06.21.14 Trespassing
Rodney Harper 06.19.14 Possession of Meth, Possession Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams
Jerry Linn Hess 06.19.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI
Russell G. Hines 06.07.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI, Registration Violation
Jessica J. Hirsch 06.05.14 No Proof of Insurance
Jerry Lee Losh 06.12.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI
Ronnie Murphy 06.16.14 No Proof of Insurance, Seat Belt Violation
Tausha L. Riddle 06.23.14 Failure to Drive with Due Care, No Proof of Insurance
Annetta Lee Snyder 06.05.14 No Proof of Insurance
Brandon M. Sprouse 06.22.14 Destruction of Property
Kiira P. Thompkins 06.21.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less than 15 Grams
Eugene D. Turner 06.23.14 Seat Belt Violation
Zacary Michael White 06.18.14 No Proof of Insurance, Motor Vehicle Inspection



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Tyler Scott Bennett 06.15.14 Registration Violation
Mary A. Hosey 06.10.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI
David Tyler Parrish 06.11.14 Unlawful Killings
Robert Thomas White 06.02.14 No Plates, No Proof of Insurance
Robert Thomas White 06.02.14 Operator’s, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than 15 Grams

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 06.23.14

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On Thursday, June 19, 2014 Chief Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Gilmer County.


•  He heard a fugitive from justice case, wherein Nancy Aviles had to act as interpreter in the matter.

Arturo Barba Juarez was wanted by the state of NY and authorities there have until 4:00 PM Monday, June 30, 2014 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him from custody.

Juarez was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon and he waived extradition back to NY.


•  Two juvenile matters were heard and one was reset for Monday, September 08, 2014 at 10:30 AM and the other being set for Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ginger Persinger

She was in Court for pre-trial motions and her trial remains on the docket for Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

She is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Michael Pumphrey

He was before the Court for plea, which Judge Alsop rejected as not being in the fair administration of justice and also denied him being released on a personal recognizance bond.

Pumphrey was represented by Christopher Pritt of Charleston.



On Monday, June 23, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire held his regular motion day in Gilmer County.


•  One fugitive from justice, Michael Stuckey, waived extradition back to Maryland.

He was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon and Maryland authorities have until 4:00 PM Wednesday, July 02, 2014 to pick him up or he will be released from Central Regional Jail.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Judy Gillespie

She was before the Court for sentencing after entering a plea in January to manufacturing a Schedule I controlled substance.

Judge Facemire sentenced her to 1-5 in the penitentiary but suspended the sentence and placed her on 5 years’ probation with the usual and customary court costs but no fine.

She also must pay $11.00 per month as a probation and community correction fee beginning Tuesday, August 05, 2014.

She was also represented by Christina Flanigan.


•  Five juvenile matters were heard and reset as follows:

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM, 9:05 AM, 9:10 AM, 9:15 AM and 9:20 AM


•  Two names changes were granted.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Jeremy Harris

He was before the Court once again for sentencing after having been returned by Anthony Correctional Center to the Central Regional Jail.

Judge Facemire sentenced him to 1-10 in the penitentiary with credit for time served.

Harris was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


Judge Facemire will return to Gilmer County to open the July term of Court on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at which time Grand Jury will be held and other matters will be heard.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 06.18.14

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On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited granted one divorce in Gilmer County:


•  Brian Pennebaker (40) of Troy, WV divorced Jane Pennebaker (40) of Strasburg, PA.

Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictments Involving Area Residents

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A Federal grand jury in Elkins returned involving area residents.

Roberto SOTO, age 51; Gregory PARDO, age 58; Antonio MARTINEZ-PORTA, age 38; and Ahmed JOHNSON, age 42, inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution at Gilmer, were named in a two-count Indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.

Each face up to 5 years in prison.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower and was investigated by the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Gilmer.


Clarence THOMPSON, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

THOMPSON, who has prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, uttering and burglary, is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

THOMPSON faces up to 10 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The GARRETT and THOMPSON cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.


An indictment is merely an accusation each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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