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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 10.21.14

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Chief Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Gilmer County on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.


•  One Fugitive from justice, namely Ramon Pizzara Jr., waived extradition back to the state of Pennsylvania.

Authorities there have until 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 30, 2014 to pick Pizzara up or Central Regional Jail will release him.

He was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.


•  Five juveniles were heard and reset.


•  One adoption was granted.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dwight Bullough

He was before the Court on the state’s motion.

Judge Alsop denied the motion and instructed the prosecutor to issue a subpoena duces tecum for trial.

Bullough was represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Mose Chadwell

He was before the Court for reconsideration of sentence and Judge Alsop granted his release and placed him on 4 years probation.

Judge Alsop also directed he pay all court costs (which Chadwell has already paid the Clerk in full) plus his court appointed attorney fees (which have yet to be submitted to the Clerk).

Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon represented Chadwell.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Julia Mollohan

She was before the Court for motions filed by defense counsel, David Karickhoff of Sutton.

Judge Alsop granted her motion for mental exam but took the motion to reduce bond under advisement.


•  Patrick Collins was before the Court for a habeas corpus hearing, but due to him needing transcripts of prior hearings Judge Alsop continued the hearing to Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Christopher Moffatt of Charleston is stand by counsel to assist Collins.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Wayne Roberts

He was before the Court for bond reduction, which motion Judge Alsop denied.

Roberts was also represented by Christina Flanigan.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Robert Hacker

He had a hearing regarding him being transferred to a more convenient location to enable his attorney to have easier access to him.

Judge Alsop also took that under advisement.

Hacker is represented by the Public Defender’s office in Charleston.


•  A civil bench trial scheduled for 1:00 PM was settled and dismissed prior to the hearing.


•  Judge Alsop also set the docket for the upcoming November term.

GRAND JURY will be November 5th at 9:00 AM Criminal docket call will be on Wednesday, November 06, 2014 at 9:00 AM.


•  Arraignments will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, November10, 2014.


•  Juvenile status conferences will follow at 3:00 PM on Monday.


•  Petit jury indoctrination and jury trials begin on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 10.22.14

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On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County.

•  He granted one divorce.


•  Tiffany Montgomery (24) of Linn, WV divorced Matthew S. Montgomery (25) of Sand Fork, WV.


•  One domestic was dismissed, one was continued.


•  Three other divorces were not finalized.

Magistrate Court Report - 10.22.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Smith Land Company, LLC Roy Wiant 10.14.14 $1,386.20
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital John Robert Carder 10.15.14 $1,982.10
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Glen Richard Grove 10.15.14 $3,641.28
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Jazzmin Lee Langman 10.15.14 $577.14
Glenville Auto Repair Brittany Bell 10.06.14 10.07.14 $944.66
10.07.14 Plea of Guilty. Fine $25.00   Court Cost  $160.25  WCF  $25.00    WCP  $969.66    Total  $1179.91 - 6 Months Payment Scheduled
Glenville Auto Repair Brittany Bell 10.06.14 10.07.14 $350.00
10.07.14 Plea of Guilty. Fine $25.00   Court Cost  $160.25  WCF  $25.00    WCP  $375.00   Total  $585.25 - 6 Months Payment Scheduled
Glenville Auto Repair Brittany Bell 10.06.14 10.07.14 $200.00
10.07.14 Plea of Guilty. Fine $25.00   Court Cost  $160.25  WCF  $25.00    WCP  $225.00   Total  $435.25 - 6 Months Payment Scheduled



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Misdemeanor - Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
State of West Virginia Brittani Dawn Bell Obtaining Goods by False Pretense (6) 10.07.14 10.07.14
Bond $2,500.00
State of West Virginia Sharyce Lynna Warren Obstructing An Officer 10.07.14 10.07.14
Bond $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Sharyce Lynna Warren Disorderly Conduct 10.07.14 10.07.14
Bond $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Derrick Allen Abeare Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 09.09.14 10.07.14
10.07.14  Plea of Guilty Entered. Placed on 6-Month Probation Total Fine $190.25 - 6 Months to Pay
State of West Virginia Kenton Andrew Nicholas Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 09.24.14 10.09.14
10.09.14  Plea of Guilty Entered. Placed on 2 years unsupervised Probation 6-Month Jail Suspension Total Fine $222.25
State of West Virginia Kenton Andrew Nicholas Conspiracy 09.24.14 10.09.14
10.09.14  Plea of Guilty Entered. Placed on 2 years unsupervised Probation 6-Month Jail Suspension Total Fine $297.25
State of West Virginia Harrison James Jenkins Reckless Driving 10.09.14 10.09.14
10.09.14 Plea of Guilty Entered. (0 Days Jail Suspended. 1 Year Probation.  Total Fine  $422.25
State of West Virginia Nathan A. Hardy Driving Under Influence 10.17.14 10.17.14
Bond $3,500.00
State of West Virginia Nathan A. Hardy Underage Consumption 10.17.14 10.17.14
Bond $3,500.00
State of West Virginia Nathan A. Hardy Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 10.17.14 10.17.14
Bond $3,500.00
Somerville Exxon Mathew J. Ellis Worthless Check Complaint 10.20.14 10.21.14
$45.43    Paid $265.68  6-Month  Payment
China 1 Sheila Ann Marks Worthless Check Complaint 10.20.14 10.25.14
$38.55   
State of West Virginia Yumus Clinton Roberson III Reckless Driving 10.17.14 10.20.14
Bond $500.00   
State of West Virginia Kelsey Nicholas Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) 09.24.14 10.20.14
 
State of West Virginia Kelsey Nicholas Conspire to Possess A Controlled Substance 09.24.14 10.20.14
State of West Virginia Jeffrey Alan Mihelich Obstructing an Officer 05.11.14 10.20.14
Plea of Guilty Entered. 6 Month Jail Suspended. 1 Year Unsupervised Probation  Total Fine  $440.25
State of West Virginia Yumus Roberson Obstructing An Officer 05.11.14 10.20.14
Plea of Guilty Entered. 6 Month Jail Suspended. 1 Year Unsupervised Probation  Total Fine  $440.25 6 Month to Pay
State of West Virginia John Wesley Jordan Fail to Register as Sex Offender 10.20.14 10.20.14
Bond $5,000.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Patrick Wayne Gower 10.04.14 Trespassing
Jacob Tyler Kennelly 10.10.14 Speeding
Hamric Samantha Lynn 10.07.14 Failure to Maintain Control
Freddie Perry II 10.03.14 Left of Center
Ryan Michael Sims 10.07.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI
Failure to Drive with Due Care
Katelyn Dawn Weese 10.11.14 Operator’s
Jayson Bradley White 10.03.14 Driving Under The Influence - 2nd Offense
Kenneth Ray Young 10.04.14 Driving Under The Influence



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Heather Ann Black 10.21.14 Aiding Adult in Custody (Give Tobacco)
Dakota C. Burkhammer 10.17.14 Left of Center
Nathan Andrew Hardy 10.17.14 Underage Consumption



City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Michael Kevin Miles 10.14.14 Wrong Way - One Way
Yumus C. Roberson 10.17.14 Reckless Driving
Earon Brandy Settles 10.07.14 Shoplifting
Casey Lee Small 10.17.14 Color of Lights
Reckless Driving

FCI Gilmer Inmates Sentenced After Getting Caught in Possession of Heroin

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Two inmates at FCI Gilmer were convicted and sentenced after they were discovered in possession of heroin.

Antonio Whitehead, age 27, of Macon, Georgia, and Brian Carnegie, age 29, of Cleveland, Ohio, each enter guilty pleas on Wednesday to one count of possession of a prohibited object.

Whitehead and Carnegie, who are both currently incarcerated on drug trafficking charges, were each sentenced to an additional six months in prison.

The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Gilmer. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Roane County Couple Says Company Owes Them $200K

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The WV Record:

Two Roane County residents allege they were not paid more than $200,000 they are owed under a contract.

Contractor Dwayne and Theresa Hickman allege they entered into a contract with defendant Engle Management on June 27, 2012. However, Engle failed to make payments due under the contract, according to the complaint filed September 02 in Cabell Circuit Court.

“As of January 30, 2014, based upon information provided to plaintiffs, the amount owed to plaintiffs is $264,936.56,” the suit states. “However, plaintiffs do not have access to the books and records of Engle to confirm that this is the full amount due them.”

In their complaint, the Hickmans seek the balance they allege they are owed, plus damages, attorney fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Angela D. Herdman of Spilman, Thomas and Battle in Charleston will represent them.

Circuit Judge Christopher Chiles has been assigned to the case.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 14-C-612
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~~  Kelly Holleran - WV Record ~~

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 10.02.14

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On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Chief Judge Jack Alsop heard a juvenile matter in Gilmer County and one fugitive from justice case.


Treyvon Miller waived extradition back to Maryland and authorities there have until 4:00 PM on Friday, October 10, 2014 to pick him up or he will be released from Central Regional Jail.

Miller was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.




Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Gilmer County on Thursday, October 02, 2014.


•  He heard 3 juvenile matters.


•  He also heard a revocation/show cause hearing in a criminal case but decided not to forfeit the bond in the case of State of West Virginia vs. James C. Milller.

Miller was represented by Valentina Wheeler of Charleston and a pre-trial hearing will be conducted in the case in Braxton County on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:15PM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Wayne Cottrell

He was before the Court for sentencing and was sentenced to 2-10 years with his sentence to run concurrently with the sentence he is currently serving out of Calhoun County.

Judge Facemire did not fine Cottrell but ordered him to pay court costs within 18 months of his release.

Clinton Bischoff represented Cottrell.


Clinton Bischoff represented 3 others who were sentenced today, namely,


•  John Walton Jackson who was sentenced 1-10 on count 1 and 1-10 on count 2 to run consecutively for a total of 2-20 years.

Judge Facemire denied defense motion to allow Jackson to self report at a later date and also motion to reconsider and run sentences concurrently.


•  Also sentenced was Brittiny D. Miller who was sentenced to 1-5 in the penitentiary with the sentence suspended and she was placed on 5 years probation with no fine but she must also pay court costs within 18 months.

She also must pay the typical $11.00 per month to the Circuit Clerk for community correction and probation fees.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Traci Nichole Pyles

She was ordered to undergo 60 days diagnosis and classification at a facility and to have substance abuse evaluation prior to her sentencing on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9:15 AM.

She was represented by Timothy Gentilozzi of Clarksburg and may self report when arrangements have been made.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Christina Marks

She pled to count 2 of her indictment charging conspiracy to 3rd offense shoplifting.

The state dismissed count 1 of her indictment and she will be sentenced on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

She was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Daniel John McCormick

He will enter a plea in Braxton County on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:15PM.

He is represented by Matthew Thorn of Morgantown.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 10.01.14

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On Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County.

•  He dismissed one domestic violence petition and granted another.

•  Several matters involving the child advocate bureau were heard with orders to be entered at a later date.

Ritchie County Woman Says Fracking Damaged Her Property

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A Ritchie County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource.

OilGasVickie Nutter says she owns a home at 4404 Oxford Road in Pullman, which is close to the oil and natural gas drilling activities of defendants Antero, based in Denver, and Hall Drilling of Ellenboro.

The defendant companies utilize a process known as fracking to retrieve the oil and natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial process that releases chemicals into the ground under extreme pressure in an effort to dislodge the gas, according to the complaint filed August 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

There are many dangerous environmental concerns that accompany the fracking process, the suit states. For instance, natural gas is often burned during the process, which results in excessive emissions of hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals, the complaint says.

“[The] defendants’ natural gas activities, acts, omissions, and instrumentalities that are within defendants’ exclusive control, are dangerous, and have caused grave harm to plaintiff,” the suit states.

Because of the defendants’ actions, Nutter alleges she suffered from an impaired ability to enjoy her property, including property damage, substantial discomfort, inconvenience, annoyance and a lost peace of mind, among other harmful side effects.

Although the defendants have known of the dangerous propensity of their activities, they have failed to resolve the issue, according to the complaint.

Nutter alleges negligence against the defendants, saying they failed to prevent injury to others, failed to exercise reasonable care, failed to take affirmative action to control or avoid increasing danger and failed to use ordinary care to protect others from peril that is under the defendants’ control.

Nutter seeks an unspecified judgment, plus punitive damages, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by Aaron Harrah and James C. Peterson of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee and Deitzler in Charleston, and Anthony J. Majestro of Powell and Majestro in Charleston.

Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. has been assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 14-C-1529
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~~  Kelly Holleran - The Record  ~~

Harrison County Woman Blames Fracking for Damages

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A Harrison County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies that she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource.

Judith K. Metheny says she owns a home at 2213 Isaacs Creek Road in Lost Creek, which is close to the oil and natural gas drilling activities of defendants Antero Appalachian and Hall Drilling of Ellenboro.

The defendant companies utilize a process known as fracking to retrieve the oil and natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial process that releases chemicals into the ground under extreme pressure in an effort to dislodge the gas, according to the complaint.

There are many dangerous environmental concerns that accompany the fracking process, the suit states. For instance, natural gas is often burned during the process, which results in excessive emissions of hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals, the complaint says.

“The defendants’ natural gas activities, acts, omissions, and instrumentalities [that] are within defendants’ exclusive control, are dangerous and have caused grave harm to plaintiffs,” the suit states.

Because of the defendants’ actions, Metheney alleges she suffered from an impaired ability to enjoy her property, including property damage, substantial discomfort, inconvenience, annoyance and a lost peace of mind among other harmful side effects.

Although the defendants have known of the dangerous propensity of their activities, they have failed to resolve the issue, according to the complaint.

Metheny alleges negligence against the defendants, saying they failed to prevent injury to others, failed to exercise reasonable care, failed to take affirmative action to control or avoid increasing danger and failed to use ordinary care to protect others from peril that is under the defendants’ control.

Metheny seeks an unspecified judgment, plus punitive damages, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by Aaron Harrah and James C. Peterson of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee and Deitzler in Charleston, and Anthony J. Majestro of Powell and Majestro in Charleston.

Circuit Judge Charles E. King has been assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 14-C-1548
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~~  Kelly Holleran - The Record  ~~

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 09.25.14

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On Thursday, September 25, 2014 Chief Judge Jack Alsop came to Glenville to hear a juvenile matter, which unfortunately had to be reset for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.


One fugitive from justice (William M. Warren) waived extradition back to the state of Maryland.

Warren was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon and authorities in Maryland have until 4:00 PM Tuesday, October 07, 2014 to pick Warren up at Central Regional Jail or he will be released.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 09.23.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Edith Ellyson Ross Lee Marks 09.12.14
09.18.14: Respondent to Retain the Possession of Property.
Glenville Auto Repait Chris Steele 09.15.14 $2,055.76
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Harlie Nicole Phares 09.17.14 $1,014.56
Glenville Auto Tony Armstrong 09.22.14 $768.06
Glenville Auto Justin Self 09.22.14 $1,048.95



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Misdemeanor - Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
State of West Vieginia Delbert L. King Accessory After The Fact-Fleeing DUI 09.05.14 09.05.14
Bond: $10,000.00
State of West Vieginia Julia A. Mollahan Destruction of Property 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $30,000.00; 09.11.14 Probable Cause Found * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court * Motion to Reduce Bond Denied.
State of West Vieginia Julia A. Mollahan Felony Fleeing 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $30,000.00; 09.11.14 Probable Cause Found * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court * Motion to Reduce Bond Denied.
State of West Vieginia Julia A. Mollahan Fleeing While DUI 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $30,000.00; 09.11.14 Probable Cause Found * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court * Motion to Reduce Bond Denied.
State of West Vieginia Michael Quentin Florence Receiving / Transferring Stolen Property 09.09.14
Bond: $25,000.00; 09.19.14 Bound to Gilmer County Circuit Court
State of West Vieginia Derrick Allen Abeare Cultivation of Marijuana 09.09.14
Bond: $25,000.00; 09.17.14 Motion to Waive Time Period Granted
State of West Vieginia Darius Marquis Tibbs Possession with Intent to Deliver 09.16.14 09.29.14
Bond: $15,000.00
State of West Vieginia Darius Marquis Tibbs Conspiracy 09.16.14 09.29.14
Bond: $15,000.00
State of West Vieginia Darius Marquis Tibbs Possession with Intent to Deliver Within 1000 Feet of School 09.16.14 09.29.14
Bond: $15,000.00
State of West Vieginia Edward Lynn Parsons Sexual Assault - 2nd Degree 09.19.19 09.19.19
Bond: $10,000.00
State of West Vieginia Delbert L. King Obstructing An Officer 06.05.14 09.06.14
Bond: $5,000.00
State of West Vieginia Julia A. Mollohan Reckless Driving 0908.14 09.08.14
Bond: $1,000.00; 09.11.14 Probable Cause Found * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court * Motion to Reduce Bond Denied.
State of West Vieginia Julia A. Mollohan Battery on Police Officer 0908.14 0908.14
Bond: $1,000.00; 09.11.14 Probable Cause Found * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court * Motion to Reduce Bond Denied.
State of West Vieginia Julia A. Mollohan Driving Under The Influence 0908.14 0908.14
Bond: $1,000.00; 09.11.14 Probable Cause Found * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court * Motion to Reduce Bond Denied.
State of West Vieginia Edward Lynn Parsons Domestic Battery 09.19.19
Bond: $2,000.00
State of West Vieginia Aaron Emmanuel Delilly Domestic Battery 09.19.14
Bond: $2,000.00
State of West Vieginia Gary Joe McCourt Jr. Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams 09.12.14 09.19.14
Bond: $5,000.00
State of West Vieginia Grant Isaiah Williams Underage Consumption 09.20.14 09.22.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia Thomas Evan Sandy Registration Violation 09.21.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia Thomas Evan Sandy Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection 09.21.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia Maria Dawn Marks Permit Suspended 2nd 09.20.14 09.22.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia James Perrine Indecent Exposure 09.18.14 09.19.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Vieginia Darryl D Murchison AKA Rollins Shoplifting 09.15.14 09.18.14
Bond: $100.00
State of West Vieginia Davon T. Burris Shoplifting 09.15.14
Bond: $100.00
State of West Vieginia Bon Tyler King Obstructing An Officer 09.14.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia Bon Tyler King Driving Under The Influence 2nd Offense 09.14.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Vieginia Samantha Joyce Boling Driving Suspended Revoked Non-DUI 09.12.15
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia Stefan Andrew Zakaib Speeding 08.28.14
State of West Vieginia Jerry Lee Grounds Violation of Domestic Bond 09.08.14 09.09.14
Bond: $10,000.00; 09.16.14 Plea of No Contest Entered, 3 Month Jail Suspended, 3 Month Home Confinement, Fine $250.00, CC $160.25, CCP $30.00 * Total $440.25 6 Month Payment Schedule.
State of West Vieginia Michael Quentin Florence Possession of Firearm by Prohibited Person 09.09.14 09.10.14
Bond: $25,000.00; 09.19.14: Bond Reduced to $10,000.00 * Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court.
State of West Vieginia Elijah Obadiah Urbanic Violation of Protective Order 09.10.14
Bond: $2,000.00; Released on $1,000.00 Personal Recognizance Bond
State of West Vieginia Rodeny Karis Drake Shoplifting 09.11.14 09.15.14
Bond: $100.00
State of West Vieginia James Coy Blosser Driving Suspended 3rd Non-DUI 09.08.14 09.08.14
Bond: $500.00
State of West Vieginia Matthew Scott Cottrill Failure to Stop for Bus 09.05.14 09.08.14
Bond: $1,000.00
State of West Vieginia Kari Dawn Ramsey Failure to Stop for Bus 09.05.14 09.08.14
Bond: $500.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Casey A. Collins 09.11.14 No Proof of Insurance
Ryan Stephen Cullen 09.20.14 Underage Consumption
Lance R. Gross 09.20.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI
Mecca Dawn Henderson 09.20.14 Underage Consumption
Briana C. Jackson 09.20.14 Underage Consumption
Brittsny J. Jackson 09.19.14 Speeding, Failure to Produce Operators
Cody Allen James 09.11.14 No Proof of Insurance
Billy Reed Kerby 09.07.14 Operator’s; No Proof of Insurance
Tori Desire Littles 09.20.14 Underage Consumption
Samantha B. Marks 09.20.14 Seat Belt Violation
Gary Joe McCourt, Jr. 09.12.14 Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams
James Miller 09.20.14 Seat Belt Violation
James Casey Smith 09.11.14 Operator’s
Angenay E. Williams 09.11.14 Seat Belt Violation (2)
Angenay E. Williams 09.11.14 Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams
Margaret Lea Zinn 09.11.14 No Proof of Insurance



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Joseph Michael Bowie 09.13.14 Underage Consumption
Brian James Burton 09.13.14 Speeding
Devin Kyle Cottrill 09.19.14 Possession of Controlled Substance < 15 Grams
Mathew Sc Cottrill 09.05.14 Failure to Stop for Bus
Lucas Daniel DeMarino 09.19.14 Underage Consumption
Shane Michael Eddy 09.13.14 Underage Consumption
Mason Scott Fox 09.22.14 Underage Consumption
Maria Dawn Marks 09.20.14 Permit Suspended 2nd
Ross Lee Marks 09.20.14 Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI 3rd
Trassondra Martin 09.15.14 Providing to Under 21
Christopher McVaney 09.12.14 No WV Operators
Kelsey Chr Nicholas 09.15.14 Providing to Under 21
Michael Austin Romel 09.13.14 Underage Consumption
Matthew Shame Smith 09.12.14 Public Intoxication
Dangale Broo Whited 09.15.14 Providing to Under 21
Grant Isai Williams 09.20.14 Underage Consumption



City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Torres Martine Bell 09.20.14 Consumption Non-Intoxicating Beer
Moniqu Akea Dorsey 09.20.14 Consumption Non-Intoxicating Beer
Jordan Lee Gibson 09.20.14 Consumption Non-Intoxicating Beer
Stephanie R. Roberts 09.20.14 Consumption Non-Intoxicating Beer
Antwan Kewon Wilson 09.15.14 Shoplifting



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Department of Natural Resources Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Thomas Evan Sandy 09.21.14 Registration Violation

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 09.22.14

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On Monday, September 22, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a 3 page docket in Gilmer County.


•  He heard and reset 16 juvenile matters.


State of West Virginia vs. Daniel McCormick

He was before the Court with his attorney, Matthew Thorn of Morgantown.

A potential plea bargain was discussed with the Judge, who was not very supportive of the same.

However, he asked the attorneys to submit their proposal and continued the matter to Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM.


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

He was before the Court for sentencing upon his former conviction by jury of reckless driving.

Judge Facemire sentenced him to 90 days in Central Regional Jail, but suspended the sentence and placed Ramsey Sr. on 2 years’ probation and fined him $500.00 and court costs.

Ramsey also must perform 75 hours of community service and is to have no contact with the victim and/or his family.

Medical costs are to be submitted to the Judge who took that matter under advisement regarding the victim=s medical bills.

Ramsey Sr. was represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway and Joyce Morton of Webster Springs.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steve Gibson

He was also before the Court for sentencing and he was sentenced to 1-5 years in the penitentiary.

However, his sentence was suspended and he was placed on 5 years’ probation and must pay court costs within 18 months.

Gibson must also enroll in long term substance abuse treatment and submit to a psych evaluation.

He also must pay $11.00 per month to the Clerk for probation and community correction fees.

Gibson was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 09.19.14

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On Friday, September 19, 2014 Judge Facemire heard cases in Gilmer County.


•  Jesse Kessinger, a fugitive from justice wanted in OHIO waived extradition to return to that state.

He was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon and authorities in Ohio have until 4:00 PM Monday, September 29, 2014 to pick him up or he will be released from Central Regional Jail.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Edward G. Cottrill II

He was before the Court and entered a plea of guilty to count 2 of his indictment charging him with conspiracy.

Count I charging him with 3rd offense shoplifting was dismissed by Gerald Hough, Gilmer County Prosecuting Attorney.

Cottrill was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersivlle.

His sentencing was set for Monday, October 27, 2014, but later in the morning he failed his drug test and was sent to Central Regional Jail after Facemire signed the order.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Robert Carder

He was also in Court on this date for revocation of his probation.

After admitting to the violation Judge Facemire revoked Carder’s probation and sentenced him to 6 months in Central Regional Jail for count 1 and 12 months in Central Regional Jail for count 5.

These sentences were to run consecutively and he was fined $500.00.

Then Judge Facemire suspended the sentence but ordered Carder to spend 5 weekends in Central Regional Jail and to perform 150 hours of community service per year of his 5 years’ probation that he was readmitted to.

He must pay court costs within 18 months plus he must pay the Clerk $11.00 per month in addition to his other costs.

Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon was also his attorney.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 09.17.14

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On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court in Gilmer County.


Two divorces were granted as follows:


•  Wendy Jamison (31) of Gassaway, WV divorced Rocky Jamison (58) of Sand Fork, WV.


•  Mary Shaffer (27) of Elizabeth, WV divorced Geoffrey Shaffer (32) of Big Bend, WV.


•  One divorce was continued.


•  One domestic violence was granted and completed.

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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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.

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