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Stiles Admits To Probation Violation

September 7, 2011
In Wetzel County Circuit Court on Tuesday Michael Stiles, 34, of HC 67 Box 61, Hundred, admitted to violating probation by consuming alcohol. While this offense is a direct violation of probation terms, Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught shared with the court that Adult Probation Officer John Lantz believed Stiles’ time in jail was adequate. Haught added the state had no objection to having Stiles released back on probation on the condition he refrain from alcohol use and from any contact with the victim in his case. Judge Mark A. Karl ordered Stiles to continue his five-year probation sentence with credit for 48 days served. Stiles was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

During the hearing Haught shared Lantz’s report with the court, stating that on July 20 Deputy Eric Daugherty of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Officer contacted Lantz to advise him that Stiles was involved in a car accident in which he was a passenger. Furthermore, the smell of alcohol was evident in that vehicle, prompting Daugherty to administer a Preliminary Breath Tester (PBT). According to that test, Stiles registered a 0.146 blood alcohol content level.

Stiles pleaded no contest in February to the two domestic assault charges against him in Wetzel County Circuit Court and was sentenced to the NRJ for six months for each count, to be served consecutively with credit for time served. However, pursuant to the plea agreement, Stiles instead served 60 days of incarceration in the NRJ and was placed on supervised probation for a period of five years. Stiles was also ordered to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend in the case.

According to the police report by Hundred Chief of Police Clay Lunceford, on June 9, 2010, Stiles’ ex-girlfriend and a child were standing near her car parked in front of the Hundred Laundromat when Stiles allegedly parked in front of her vehicle, backed up his car toward Union Bank, and sped toward the car. The ex-girlfriend pulled the child out of the path of the vehicle. Stiles then sped away, allegedly coming close to hitting another vehicle.

In another matter, Larry Virgil Watson III, 19, of HC 61 Box 95 B, Littleton, was scheduled for trial Tuesday, however his motion to continue was granted. As this term of court nears its end, Watson waived his right to a speedy trial and will return to Wetzel County Circuit Court on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. His bond continues.

Codefendant Stephanie Nicole Fox, 21, of HC 61 Box 95C, Littleton waived term of court during her hearing July 8. She is also scheduled to return Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Her bond also continues.

Watson and Fox were handed a one-count indictment each for the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana) wherein on or about Sept. 27 in Wetzel County the two allegedly manufactured, by cultivation, marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

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