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Grand Jury Indicts 25

Jury Hears More Presentments Today

September 19, 2012
BY LAUREN RIGGS - Staff Writer (reporter@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Wetzel County Grand Jurors returned 107 true bills against 25 defendants during the first of two September grand jury sessions. The first session was held Sept. 11 at the Wetzel County Courthouse. A second grand jury session will take place today.

Brian Keith Highley, 54, of RR 2, Box 175, New Martinsville, received two separate indictments, each with two charges of sexual assault in the first degree, two charges of incest, and two charges of sexual abuse by a custodian.

Counts one and four of the first indictment charge Highley with sexual assault in the first degree. Count one states that between July 10, 2011 and Nov. 18, 2011, Highley committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the first degree in that he engaged in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with a person who was younger than 12 years. Count four states that the felony offense occurred between Nov. 18, 2011, and May 3, 2012.

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Counts two and five charge Highley with incest. Count two allegedly occurred between July 10, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. Count five allegedly occurred between Nov. 18, 2011, and May 3, 2012.

Counts three and six charge Highley with sexual abuse by a custodian in that he engaged in or attempted to engage in sexual contact with a child under his care. Count three allegedly occurred between July 10, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. Count six allegedly occurred between Nov. 18, 2011, and May 3, 2012.

Lonnie David Gray, 65, of HC 60, Box 70, New Martinsville, received eight counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, eight counts of incest, and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.

Each count of sexual abuse in the first degree, (counts one, three, five, seven, nine, 11, 13, 16) allegedly occurred at a separate time and date from each other charge of sexual abuse in the first degree. They states that Gray allegedly subjected another person, who is eleven years old or less, to sexual contact.

Likewise, counts two, four, six, eight, 10, 12, 14, and 17 of incest ar stated to have occurred at a time and date separate from each other charge of incest in the indictment.

The indictment further states that Gray allegedly committed the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian in that he, being the custodian of a child under his care, engaged in or attempted to engage in sexual contact with the child. Counts 15 and 18 of sexual abuse by a custodian are also to have occurred at dates and times separate from each other.

Jimmy R. Work, 42, of 425 James Street, New Martinsville, received a five-count indictment from the grand jury charging him with first degree robbery, domestic battery, violation of a condition of bail, conspiracy, and possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) with intent to deliver.

Work's first count charges him with the felony offense of first degree in that on or about Aug. 6, Work did intentionally commit robbery by striking and beating Chelsea Renee Barker and stealing property and money from Barker in New Martinsville. Count two of Work's indictment states that on or about Aug. 6, he did commit the misdemeanor offense of domestic battery in that he did intentionally tackle his ex-girlfriend, Barker, causing her physical harm.

Count three charges Work with the misdemeanor offense of "violation of a condition of bail" in that on or about Aug. 6, Work did intentionally violate a condition of bail, which was issued in Wetzel County Magistrate Court, in an effort to protect the personal safety of Barker. This condition prohibited him from having contact with her.

Count four charges Work with the felony offense of conspiracy in that on or about Aug. 6, he did intentionally conspire with Anthony McClain to deliver Psilocybin Mushrooms, a Schedule I controlled substance, in Wetzel County.

Count five charges Work with possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) with intent to deliver, in that on or about Aug. 6, Work unlawfully possessed, with the intention to deliver, Psilocybin Mushrooms, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Jonathan Owens, 28, of HC 68, Box 530, Gunlock, Ky., received a two-count indictment from the grand jury, charging him with possession of a controlled narcotic substance (Xanax) with intent to deliver and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Both offenses are to have occurred on or about July 22. Owens was driving a Ford pickup on Fourth Avenue (state Route 2) in Paden City, while he had an alcohol concentration in his blood of more than 0.15. He also allegedly possessed Xanax with the intent to deliver.

James Michael Hall, 35, of 115010 Crouse St., Pound, Va., received a three-count indictment charging him with the felony offense of fleeing from an officer while DUI, the misdemeanor offense of DUI, and the felony offense of destruction of property.

Counts one and two of his indictment alleges that on or about Aug. 20, James Michael Hall did flee in an automobile on state Route 2 in New Martinsville, from New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil, after Cecil had activated his blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Hall was allegedly driving a Ford pickup on state Route 2, Parkway Avenue, Fourth Street, Hassner Lane, and Long Street in New Martinsville, while he had an alcohol concentration in his blood of more than 0.15.

Count three of his indictment states that, allegedly, during this time Hall did deface a garage located at 829 Fourth Street, a garage located at 825 Fourth Street, a utility pole at the corner of Hassner Lane and Long Street, and a Ford pickup truck in New Martinsville. Damages cumulatively totaled more than $2,500.

Jason Lee Derby, 39, of Post Office Box 496, Reader, received a two-count indictment from the grand jury charging him with misdemeanor DUI and felony fleeing from an officer while DUI. On or about Feb. 11, Derby allegedly fled in an automobile on state Route 2 in New Martinsville and on state Route 7 in Wetzel County from Deputy Eric Daugherty, after Daugherty had activated his blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The second charge alleges that at this time, Derby had an alcohol concentration in his blood of more than 0.15.

Joseph Kipling Norris, 28, of HC 61, Box 314, New Martinsville, received a two-count indictment charging him with grand larceny and transferring stolen goods. Between March 23 and April 20, 2011, Norris allegedly stole a Husqvarna 3120k chop saw valuing more than $1,000, which belonged to Atlas Railroad in Wetzel County.

His second count states that between March 23 and April 20, 2011, Kipling allegedly transferred the Husqvarna 3120k chop saw, belonging to Atlas Railroad, to Cody Joseph Craft, knowing it had been stolen.

Cody Joseph Craft, 22, of HC 61, Box 58, Wileyville, was handed a one count indictment. This charge alleges that Craft committed the felony offense of receiving stolen goods in that between March 23, 2011, and April 20, 2011, Craft did feloniously receive a Husqvarna 3120k chop saw from Joseph Kipling Norris, belonging to Atlas Railroad, which Craft had reason to believe had been stolen.

Daniel Ray Fordyce, 33, of HC 61, Box 3, Littleton, received a two-count indictment containing charges of grand larceny and transferring stolen goods.

On or about Feb. 8, 2011 Fordyce allegedly stole goods totaling more than $1,000 from Savage Heavy Highway. His second count alleges that between Feb. 8, 2011 and April 3, 2011, Fordyce allegedly transferred to Andrew Burt Wade a Husqvarna K750 14" chop saw valuing more than $1,000, which belonged to Savage Heavy Highway.

Alexander Scott Whaley, 24, of HC 62, Box PP, Pine Grove, received a one-count indictment from the grand jury charging him with malicious assault. This charge alleges that on or about June 27, Whaley did cause bodily injury to Leonard K. Wildman by striking him in the face and kicking him in the face.

Troy M. Richman, 51, of HC 61, Box 321, New Martinsville, received a one-count indictment alleging that on or about June 4 Richman committed the felony offense of malicious assault by cutting Joseph Eugene Lasure with a knife.

Chad Tedrow, 22, of Littleton, received a three-count indictment from the grand jury, charging him with one felony offense count of first degree arson and two misdemeanor offense counts of petit larceny.

His first count states that on or about June 13, Tedrow allegedly set fire to and burned the dwelling of Richard Himelrick, located in Littleton. His second count, petit larceny, states that Tedrow stole an Iver Johnson .22 caliber revolver Model 55A, which had a value of less than $1,000. Count three of Tedrow's indictment alleges that he also stole an H&R Arms .22 caliber revolver with an octagon barrel, which also had a value of less than $1,000.

George Patrick Hallowell, 43, of 45 Paducah Drive, Apt. 3, received a three-count indictment: two counts of entry of a building other than a dwelling and one count of grand larceny.

His first count alleges that between May 8 and May 9, Hallowell intentionally broke into the storehouse belonging to J-Wood Contracting, LLC with the intent to commit a larceny.

The second count alleges that Hallowell did take belongings, having a cumulative value of more than $1,000, belonging to J-Wood Contracting, LLC.

Count three of Hallowell's indictment charges that Hallowell did break and enter a building housing the Spieler's club.

George James Mavety, 28, and Nicky Nicole Mavety, 23, both of PO Box 97, New Martinsville, received identical two-count indictments from the grand jury charging them with entry of a building other than a dwelling and petit larceny. Count one alleges that on or about July 14, they entered Wal-Mart Store #2684 in New Martinsville with the intent to commit a larceny. Count two alleges that they stole goods with a cumulative value of less than $1,000 from Wal-Mart.

Richard E. Mylar, 47, of 108 S. 1st Avenue, Paden City, received a one count indictment charging him with fraudulent schemes. Between June 1 and June 2, Mylar allegedly deprived Betty L. Robinson of services in that he represented to Robinson that he would repair her garage roof at her New Martinsville residence. Mylar demanded payment of more than $1,000, allegedly without completing the repair work on that garage.

Willard Johnson Loy, 54, of HC 63, Box 210, Ellenboro, W.Va., received a one-count indictment from the grand jury charging him with the felony offense of nighttime burglary. His indictment alleges that Loy did, in the nighttime, feloniously break and enter the residence of William Pefferman located at AAA Trailer Court, Lot 6W, New Martinsville, with the intent to commit a crime.

Kimberly Dawn Parsons, 21, of 248 Woodland Knls 28, Moundsville, received a one-count indictment from the September grand jury stating that on or about June 15 Parsons committed the felony offense of unlawful assault in that she unlawfully caused bodily injury Frances Martha Headley by striking her with a pipe in New Martinsville.

Charles Robert Wells, 46, of Post Office Box 53, Proctor, received a two-count indictment. Wells' first count, third or subsequent offense domestic battery, alleges that on or about July 16, Wells struck a family member in the face with his hand in New Martinsville. His second count, battery, alleges that on July 16 Wells intentionally struck a person in the face by throwing a can of soda or beer at her in New Martinsville. Wells was previously convicted of the offense of domestic battery in the Magistrate Court of Wetzel County on Feb. 13, 2004; and in the Magistrate Court of Wetzel County on Nov. 14, 2007.

James Daniel Duke, 43, of 151 Commercial St., New Martinsville, received a four-count indictment from the grand jury alleging that he committed the offenses of failure to update sex offender registry information, second offense failure to update sex offender registry information, second or subsequent offense failure to update sex offender registry information, and second or subsequent offense failure to register as a sex offender.

The first count states that on or before April 25, 2010, Duke allegedly failed to report to the West Virginia State Police in Wetzel County his move to the state of Ohio.

The second count alleges that on or before July 11, 2012, Duke knowingly failed to provide a change of address in New Martinsville. On or about June 30, 2010, Duke had been convicted of "failure to register" in the Common Pleas Court of Ohio.

The third count alleges that Duke knowingly failed to register or provide a change in information to the West Virginia State Police in Wetzel County by failing to report a change of his telephone number.

The fourth count alleges that Duke, being required to register as a sex offender for life, failed to report, in the month of his birth, to the West Virginia State Police detachment in Wetzel County.

Jason Andrew Young, 29, of 71 West Benjamin Drive, New Martinsville, received one indictment containing 12 counts of uttering from the September 2012 grand jury. Young allegedly cashed several checks from the Peoples bank account of Amy Goddard and James D. Furbee, knowing the checks were forged. The counts, in order, are for the following dates and checks: March 31, to Cash, $100; April 1, to Tessa Young, $150; April 5, to Tessa Young, $150; April 11, to Jason Andrew Young, $100; April 12, to Jason Andrew Young, $95; April 12, to Jason Andrew Young, $95; April 16, to Jason Andrew Young, $100; April 18, to Witschey's, $60; April 18, to Jason Andrew Young, $100; April 19, to Witschey's, $50; April 19, to Jason Young, $120; and April 20, to Witschey's, $95.

Tessa Ann Young, 25, of Rt. 1, Box 140, Proctor, received an indictment containing 13 counts of forgery from the Sept. 2012 grand jury. Young allegedly forged the signature of Amy Goddard on 13 checks from the Peoples Bank account of Amy Goddard and James D. Furbee. The counts, in order, are for the following dates and checks: March 31, to Cash, $100; April 1, to Tessa Young, $150; April 5, to Tessa Young, $150; April 11, to Jason Andrew Young, $100; April 12, to Jason Andrew Young, $95; April 12, to Jason Andrew Young, $95; April 16, to Jason Andrew Young, $100; April 18, to Witschey's, $60; April 18, to Jason Andrew Young, $100; April 19, to Witschey's, $50; April 19, to Jason Young, $120; April 20, to Witschey's, $95; and April 24, to Mayo's, $55.

William Harold Angus, III, 26, of 46 Anson St., Apt. 1, New Martinsville, was handed a four-count indictment containing two charges each of forgery and uttering. The charges stem from incidents on March 10 and 16 when Angus allegedly forged the signature of W.H. Angus on checks made payable to Bill Angus and Go Mart in the amounts of $200 and $94.55.

Joy Jo Headley, 34, of HC 60, Box 44, New Martinsville, received two indictments from the grand jury. The first indictment charged her with two counts of forgery and two counts of attempted uttering.

Count one and two allege that on or about March 29, 2011, Headley forged the signature of Virginia D. Tracy to a check made payable to Mayo's Exxon in the amount of $200, which she then attempted to cash at Mayo's Exxon in New Martinsville.

Counts three and four allege that on or about March 29, 2011, Headley took the check written out to Mayo's Exxon and altered it payable to "Cash". Headley then allegedly attempted to cash this check at Peoples Bank in New Martinsville.

Headley then received a separate, four-count indictment charging her with the felony offenses of forgery, uttering, fraudulent schemes, and financial exploitation of an elderly person.

Counts one and two allege that Headley forged the signature of Donna Headley to a check made payable to "Joy Headley" in the amount of $750, which Joy Headley then cashed at Peoples Bank in New Martinsville.

Count three charges Joy Jo Headley with fraudulent schemes in that she allegedly wrote a check and made cash withdrawals from the Peoples Bank checking account of Donna C. Headley, knowing that she was not authorized to do so. The said check and withdrawals totaled more than $1,000.

Count four charges Joy Jo Headley with financial exploitation of an elderly person, alleging that she did feloniously misappropriate the assets of Donna C. Headley, who is over the age of 65, by making cash withdrawals and writing a check from the Peoples Bank checking account of Donna C. Headley, without Donna C. Headley's consent.

 
 
 

 

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