In Wetzel County Circuit Court on Thursday several new indictees appeared before Judge Mark A. Karl for formal arraignment.
Denzil Ray Owens, 31, of 100 North Bridge Street, Lot 12, New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to count-one of entry of a dwelling and count-two petit larceny during his arraignment on Thursday. The charges stem from the allegations that Owens intentionally entered the residence of Scott E. Davis and Renee Davis located at North Bridge Street, New Martinsville, and committed larceny of goods totaling less than $1,000.
Joshua Ray Watson, 20, of RR 1, Box 111, Metz, failed to appear for his arraignment on Thursday; thus, a capias warrant was issued. Watson was indicted on the charges of nighttime burglary and grand larceny. Watson allegedly, between the Feb. 20 and March 10, entered the residence of Jeffrey Robert Baldauf and stole goods totaling more than $1,000.
Patricia Nicole Goding, 23, of 134 Thompson Drive, New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to her charges-principal in the second degree to entry of a dwelling and principle in the second degree to petit larceny. Goding allegedly entered the residence of Scott E. Davis and Renee Davis of North Bridge Street, New Martinsville, and stole jewelry valuing less than $1,000.
More time was needing for Ronald A. Morgan III, 36, of HC 60, Box 92, Pine Grove, to look over his indictments with his attorney Roger Weese. Morgan was handed a one count indictment charging him with the felony offense of grand larceny.
Jacob Patrick Fluharty, 29, of 269 East Thistle Court, New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to one count indictment of malicious assault that occurred on or about April 22. Discovery is to be exchanged and a return date is set for June 29 at 10 a.m. Fluharty has also been charged with the felony offense of nighttime burglary as well as grand larceny. His bond will continue.
Brandy Anne Cecil Rice, 25, of HC 61, Box 311, New Martinsville, appeared alongside her court appointed attorney, Jeremiah Gardner, who alerted the court that he was unaware of counts nine through 13 of his client's indictment; however, he requested to be retained as her counsel for those counts as well. Cecil Rice's bond was also increased by another $10,000, which she had until Friday at 4 p.m. to post. Rice received a 13-count indictment including six charges of fraudulent schemes, four counts of forgery, and three counts of uttering. Rice is to appear in court again on June 29.
Joshua E. Mylar, 23, of 133 South First Avenue, Paden City, appeared alongside his court appointed counsel, Gardner, and pleaded innocent to one count of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana). Mylar's return date is set for June 29.
In other news, a trial date has been set for July 10 at 9 a.m. in the case involving Charles Robert Wells. The trial is expected to last one day. On Feb. 22 Wells, 45, of 247 Lang Dr., New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to his one-count felony charge of third-offense domestic battery. He is alleged to have struck his girlfriend in the face with his hand and kicked her in the ribs with his foot on Oct. 24, 2011.