GilmerFreePress.net

Court News

Court News

Gilmer County Family Court Report - 08.07.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Family Court Judge Larry S. Whited heard cases in Glenville on Wednesday, August 07, 2013.

•  He heard 2 contempt petitions for the Child Advocate Bureau.

•  He entered a temporary support Order in one case.

•  He dismissed an allocation.

•  He entered an order for genetic testing in one case.

•  He continued a final divorce hearing until 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 04, 2013.

•  He entered a temporary order in a modification proceeding.

•  He dismissed another modification hearing.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 08.09.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire spent Thursday morning, August 08, 2013 in Glenville and heard several cases.


Two fugitives from justice waived extradition back to their respective states.

Jeffery Lochard waived to return to North Carolina and Melvin Turner waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Both men were represented by Christina Flanigan and authorities in their states have until 4:00 PM, Wednesday, August I4, 2013 to pick them up at Central Regional Jail or they will be released.


Several juvenile matters were heard and reset:

•  One for Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

•  One for Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

•  One for Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

•  One for Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM


•  The revocation of probation petition against Amanda Smith was dismissed and she was released from Central Regional Jail and readmitted to probation due to the prosecutor not having a witness subpoenaed to testify in the matter.

Smith was represented by Garth Beck of Clarksburg.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Murdaugh

She was before the Court for bond to be set, and although the prosecuting attorney resisted bond being set, Judge Facemire set bond at $25,000.00 good and sufficient surety to be approved by the Circuit Clerk and allowed her to post bond and be released on home confinement.

She is represented by her hired attorney David Karickhoff.


•  Judge Facemire relieved Andrew Chattin from his appointment for the revocation hearing to be heard on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM.


On Friday, August 09, 2013 Judge Jack Alsop heard cases in Gilmer County.


Seven juvenile cases were heard:

•  Three were scheduled for further hearing Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM, 9:10 AM and 9:20 AM respectively

•  One set for Tuesday, August 27, 2013

•  One was not reset

•  One for Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

•  One was dismissed


•  The motion to revoke bond on Ricky Townsend was withdrawn by the prosecutor.


•  The civil case of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Crystal Hixson had an agreed order entered in it, thus completing the case.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Gary Ferrell is set for second trial Wednesday, October 02, 2013.

He is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Rodney Singleton

He appeared by video conference from Martinsburg Correctional Center for further arraignment.

Although Novobilski appeared, he stated he was not Singleton’s attorney because of the distance to meet with him.

Judge Alsop instructed the Clerk to mail a financial affidavit to request an appointed attorney to Singleton and reset his case for further arraignment on Monday, September 09, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Feds Charge Clay County Sheriff with Illegal Wiretapping

The Gilmer Free Press

A West Virginia sheriff who allegedly hacked his wife’s work computer in the Clay County magistrate court office has been charged with illegal wiretapping.

Federal prosecutors charged Clay County Sheriff Miles J. “Mike” Slack in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Monday.

The felony charge is in the form of an information, a document that typically signals the defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Slack secretly installed a keystroke logger on a government-owned computer in April, when he and his wife were still married.

Goodwin did not immediately comment on the motive, but the couple has since divorced.

Slack did not immediately return a message left at his office.

He was a deputy sheriff for 16 years, ran unopposed for election last fall and assumed office in January.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 07.25.13

The Gilmer Free Press

On Thursday, July 25, 2013 Judge Alsop heard several matters in Gilmer County.


Two fugitives from justice cases were heard and both individuals waived extradition back to their respective slates.

•  Jose Flores waived to return to Ohio.

•  Kenneth Richards Jr. waived to return to New Jersey.

Both were represented by Christina Flanigan and authorities in their states had until 4:00 PM, Friday, August 02, 2013 to pick them up at Central Regional Jail or they will be released from custody.


•  Brand Rose appeared with his attorney.


•  Bryan Hinkle was arraigned by Judge Alsop.

His pre-trial will be Friday, October 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM and his trial will be Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM.


•  Three juvenile matters were heard and set for further hearing on Friday, August 09, 2013 at 11:30 AM and Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM, in one case; Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM, in the second; and the third will be heard Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM.


•  A magistrate court civil appeal was partially heard and continued to Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 11:45 AM for final hearing.

Gilmer County Family Court Report - 07.30.13

The Gilmer Free Press

•  One divorce was granted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 with Travis Beacher (36) of Glenville, WV divorcing Penni Beachler (30) of Sugar Grove, WV.

OddlyEnough™: Jackson County Man in Torture Case Can Be There for Birth

The Gilmer Free Press

A West Virginia man accused of torturing his wife for years will be allowed to be there for the birth of their child.

Jackson County Judge Thomas Evans ruled Friday that Peter Lizon could have contact with his wife, Stephanie, who is due to give birth to their child this month.

Lizon is on home confinement. He faces three counts each of malicious wounding and domestic battery.

Stephanie Lizon is not cooperating with prosecutors in the case.

Evans ruled that Stephanie Lizon can go to her husband’s home, where she plans to give birth, and remain there for five days.

The couple’s first child also was delivered at home.

Peter Lizon’s attorneys filed motions Thursday asking that the charges be dismissed.

The judge will hear those arguments on August 19, 2013.

G-otcha™: FCI-Gilmer Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribe for Smuggling Tobacco

The Gilmer Free Press

A correctional officer has pleaded guilty to taking about $40,000 in exchange for smuggling tobacco into Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer in Glenville, WV.

Jason Noel Squires, age 27, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to bribe public officials, and aiding and abetting bribery of a public official. Both felonies.

While working as a correctional officer at FCI-Gilmer between January 01 and August 14, 2012, Squires smuggled tobacco into the prison on multiple occasions.

He would sell the tobacco to inmates.

The inmates would pay Squires for the drugs by way of contacts outside the prison who would send money to Watkins via Western Union and Postal money grams.

Watkins was aware of Squires providing drugs to the inmates.

Squires’ girlfriend, Nikole Monique Watkins, age 24, also pleaded to the same charges.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley will sentence the couple at a later date.

Both are free on bond under the supervision of the probation office in Palm Bay, Florida, where they live.

Squires and Watkins face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine.

Both are free on bond pending sentencing.

WVPSC Speeds Up investigating FirstEnergy’s Double Billing, Meter Reading

The Gilmer Free Press

FirstEnergy wanted the State Public Service Commission to dismiss an investigation into the billing practices of its subsidiaries MonPower and PotomacEdison.

But instead the WVPSC has asked for more information into the controversy and has promised to schedule some public hearings.

The PSC ordered a general investigation into the situation in June after the commission received a number of complaints from MonPower and PotomacEdison customers about meter reading and double billing.

Parent company FirstEnergy asked the PSC to dismiss the case. The commission denied the request in last week’s order.

The PSC now wants from FirstEnergy “the number and the percentage of customers who have received two or more consecutive estimated bills; current employment levels of meter readers; the number and types of complaints received by FirstEnergy; the number and percentage of customer complaints resolved on the first call to FirstEnergy and the number of customers placed on deferred payment plans.”

The PSC has ordered the information be submitted every month for the next year. It also said it will hold public hearings in the service areas later this year.

FirstEnergy said in June a series of unexpected circumstances caused a number of customers to go without actual meter readings for several months.

“You don’t want to have too many consecutive estimates because then when you have true-up meter readings it can be difficult,” company spokesman Todd Meyers said.

The PSC said last Friday that its staff would continue to pursue complaints from customers.

The PSC’s Consumer Affair Technicians can be reached at 1.800.642.8544.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 07.19.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.


•  Two arraignments were scheduled with neither defendant appearing at their 9:00 AM hearing time.

However, later in the morning (9:25 AM) Lucas Buckhannon and his attorney, Jonathan Fittro, appeared and his pretrial is now set for
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM, and his trial is set for Friday, October 18, 2013.


•  Brandon Rose failed to appear but rather than a bench warrant, Judge Alsop directed the Clerk to summons him to appear at 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 25, 2013 since he had already appeared twice without an attorney present to represent him.


•  Judge Alsop then dealt with 2 jurors who failed to appear for the first day of petit jury, namely: Wendy Wilson and Scott McCullough.

Both jurors explained to the Court why they failed to appear and the Judge did not find them in contempt, but instructed them to follow the instructions in the letter given to them by the Circuit Clerk in the future.

He also heard a juvenile matter and set it for further review Monday, September 09, 2013 at 8:45 AM.


On Friday, July 19, 2013, Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over his rescheduled July motion day.


•  He heard 3 Fugitive From Justice cases with all being represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon and waiving extradition back to their respective states as follows:

Bernard West to Maryland, Myron Miller to Ohio and Tyrone Ward to Michigan.

Authorities from those states have until 4:00 PM, Friday, July 26, 2013 to pick them up at Central Regional Jail or they will be released.


•  One juvenile was heard and reset for Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM, one for Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM, another for same day at 10:20 AM and a third for 10:30 AM.


•  Jackie Belknap II was before the Court for probation revocation and he admitted the allegations filed against him in the petition.

Belknap was represented by Flanigan and was sentenced to 1-3 years in the penitentiary and $1,000.00 fine and court costs.


•  Randall Lambey was before the Court for sentencing but due to his pre-sentence investigation not being completed his sentencing was reset for Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM.


•  John Carder‘s sentencing was also reset for Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM.


•  One petition for amended birth certificate was issued to Phyllis McHenry.


•  The civil case of Educap INC. vs. Gary Jenkins and Charley Gregory was before the Court for hearing and was referred to a mediator for mediation to be completed by Thursday, October 17, 2013 and bench trial is set for Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Gilmer County Family Court Report - 07.17.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

•  He dismissed one divorce and granted a domestic violence petition.

Grand Jury Indicts West Virginia Doctor on Drug Charge

The Gilmer Free Press

A north-central West Virginia doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers to patients has been indicted on a federal drug charge.

A federal grand jury in Martinsburg charged Dr. Edita Milan of Fairmont on Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

The indictment charges that Milan prescribed the drugs without any legitimate medical reason.

Milan was arrested earlier this month. She voluntarily surrendered her Drug Enforcement Administration registration number. That means she can no longer prescribe controlled substances.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II has said that Milan was treating more than twice as many patients as she was permitted to treat with narcotics at her practice in Bridgeport.

Milan’s office was closed and there was no telephone listing for her in the Fairmont area.

Braxton County Mother Accused in Sons Death Waives Preliminary Hearing

The Gilmer Free Press

The Sutton, Braxton County, WV mother accused of denying medical care to her terminally ill son and then allowing him to die has waived her preliminary hearing.

Valerie Brown, age 38, waived her preliminary hearing on a charge of child neglect resulting in death on Wednesday.

Her bond was also cut in half, from $100,000 cash only to $50,000 cash or surety.

Brown was arrested last week after a West Virginia State Trooper and a Hospice worker found her son dead wrapped in blanket inside her Sutton home along Salt Lick Road.

West Virginia State Police said the body of Levi Burroughs, age 8, was partially decomposed.

Troopers said results from an autopsy for Burroughs are not back yet.

Also on Wednesday, Brown was charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses.

The new charge is unrelated to the death of Burroughs.

West Virginia Mother Guilty of Baby Smothering Try in Pennsylvania

The Gilmer Free Press

A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to trying to smother her 4-month-old son at a Pittsburgh hospital last year, and is still being investigated for allegedly trying to do the same thing more than a dozen times in her home state, according to the district attorney’s office.

Rachel Nelson, 23, of Costa, WV, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child rather than face trial before an Allegheny County judge. She’ll return for sentencing September 05, 2013.

District attorney’s spokesman Mike Manko said West Virginia authorities were still working to indict her on charges that she tried to suffocate the boy repeatedly in that state.

Nelson’s public defender declined comment and referred questions to the head of her office, who did not immediately return a call.

Pittsburgh police Lt. Kevin Kraus has said investigators believe Nelson may have tried to suffocate the boy more than a dozen times since August.

The boy was treated at a Charleston, W.Va. hospital six times after he turned blue and had to be resuscitated, then was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in October for what police called “repeated episodes of apnea and hypoxia and concerns of medical child abuse.“

The boy’s father woke up in his son’s hospital room on October 19 to find the boy blue and not breathing, and told police Nelson was the only person awake with the boy. When the boy was transferred to intensive care, he was again found limp with abnormal breathing on October 20. After doctors reviewed surveillance footage of Nelson in the room alone with the boy and blocking the camera’s view of him, she acknowledged holding the boy to her chest until he stopped breathing, police said.

Nelson was taken to a psychiatric facility for evaluation after she was charged, but it wasn’t clear if she was continuing to receive psychiatric treatment.

Kraus said investigators have been unable to explain Nelson’s actions.

“At this point we don’t know,“ Kraus said. “That’s up to the medical people and the physicians to determine.“

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 07.10.13

The Gilmer Free Press

On Monday, July 08, 2013, 6 juvenile matters were heard by Judge Jack Alsop in Gilmer County and reset as follows:

•  Two for Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

•  One for Wednesday, July17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

•  One for Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

•  One for Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

•  One for Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM


•  A motion for partial summary judgment was denied in a civil case between DC Petroleum Inc. vs. Christopher Haymond.


Tuesday, July 09, 2013 was the day for arraignments:


•  Ginger Persinger appeared with her attorney, Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.

She entered not guilty pleas to all counts of her indictment and her trial was continued to the next term of Court, that being in November, 2013.

She posted $25,000.00 bond and was released.


•  Rodney Singleton appeared for arraignment and further arraignment was set for him on
Friday, August 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

He has until Thursday, August 01, 2013 to complete a financial affidavit asking for a court appointed attorney.


•  Darren Marbury appeared with his attorney, Lance Rollo.

His trial is set second for Thursday, October 03, 2013 with pretrial on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM.


•  Brandon Lee Rose, failed to appear for arraignment.

The clerk was directed to issue a bench warrant but hold it until 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 when his arraignment was continued to.


•  Bryan Hinkle had replaced Grindo as his attorney and the Clerk contacted him to appear with his client on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.


•  Brandon Lee Rose appeared on July 10, 2013 without his attorney so Judge Alsop reset his arraignment for Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM with the Clerk leaving messages and notifying Hinkle in writing of his need to appear.


•  Michael Anthony Puffenbarger failed to appear and likewise a bench warrant was issued but was to be held until 9:00 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2013 for further arraignment.

His attorney was Christopher Pritt and they both appeared on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, and his pretrial is now set for 9:00 AM, Friday, September 20, 2013 with his trial being set for second trial on Tuesday, October 01, 2013.


•  Barry Neil Hamner did not appear for his arraignment since his attorney Garth Beck was in another county and his arraignment was reset for Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM at which time they appeared and his pretrial is now set for 10:00 AM on Friday, September 20, 2013 and his trial is set for Wednesday, October 02, 2013.


•  Teresa Ann Riggs was represented by James Clevenger and her trial is set for Thursday, September 19, 2013 and pre-trial on Monday, September 09, 2013 at 10:15 AM.


•  Larry Dale Lilly appeared with his attorney Daniel Grindo and his trial is set for Tuesday, October 29, 2013 with pre-trial on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM.


•  Seth Michael Johnson also appeared with Daniel Grindo and his pre-trial is Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM and trial is Wednesday, October 30, 2013.


•  Lucas Wayne Buckhannon‘s arraignment was continued to Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM since his attorney, Jonathan Fittro was unavailable.


•  Jamie Lynn Farrar was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.

Her pre-trial is Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM with her trial on Thursday, October 31, 2013.


•  Mark Alan Taylor appeared with counsel Daniel Grindo and his pre-trial is Friday, September 27, 2013 and trial Tuesday, October 0l, 2013.

His bond was set at $20,000.00 good and sufficient surety to be approved by the Circuit Clerk.


•  Stacy Lea Bright appeared with counsel Grindo and her pretrial is Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM and trial on Thursday, October 03, 2013.

Her bond was set at $15,000.00 and she posted a PR bond until 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 11, 2013 when she must post a surety bond in the same amount.

She later appeared on Thursday, July 11, 2013 and posted bond with B&B Bonding as her surety.


•  Motions were heard in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Gary Ferrell.

His bond was set at $50,000.00.

He was represented by Daniel Grindo.


On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Judge Alsop indoctrinated the July 2013 petit/magistrate jurors and released them to report back at a date and time listed in the letter given to them by the Circuit Clerk.

•  Two jurors failed to appear and the Clerk issued a summons to be served upon them by the Gilmer County Sheriff Larry Gerwig, for them to appear at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 to explain to the Judge why they failed to appear as previously summonsed.


•  He also arraigned Michael A. Puffenbarger and Barry Neal Hamner.

Click Below for additional Articles...

Page 33 of 90 pages « First  <  31 32 33 34 35 >  Last »








The Gilmer Free Press

Copyright MMVIII-MMXVI The Gilmer Free Press. All Rights Reserved