Rhonda Anne Parker, 19, of 150 Dunlap Street, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to counts three and four, forgery and uttering, of her 18 felony charges.
Parker confessed to the offenses, stating that she took checks belonging to her ex-boyfriend's grandmother, forged them, and then cashed them.
Tragically, Parker-six months pregnant with twins-also confessed during this plea that she "shoots up" heroin multiple times a week.
An infuriated Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught ordered Parker to stay away from drugs, along with those from whom she is receiving them. Circuit Court Judge David W. Hummel Jr. also ordered Parker to do the same, stating that it is also his job to look out for her babies.
Chief Probation Officer John D. Lantz is to file a pre-sentencing report in this case. Parker will return to court Dec. 10, 9 a.m.
By the September 2013 grand jury, Parker was charged with a total of 18 felony charges. Parker allegedly forged the signature of another person on checks belonging to that person's account and cashed them between Feb. 1 and March 23 at various New Martinsville businesses. The checks totaled $1,320.
Duwayne Louis Ueltschey, 34, of 40031 State Route 26, Woodsfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty to an information count of uttering Oct. 17 in Wetzel County Circuit Court. For this offense, Ueltschey was sentenced to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. Prosecuting Attorney Haught informed the court that discovery in the case had shown that Ueltschey had forged checks in Tyler County. Haught added that Ueltschey recently pleaded guilty in Tyler County to similar offenses. His one to 10 year sentence in Wetzel County will run concurrently to his Tyler County sentence.
Judge Hummel emphasized the fact that despite what Tyler County Court would decide in regards to Ueltschey's sentence, he would be in charge of deciding whether or not Ueltschey would receive a reduction in sentence in Wetzel County Circuit Court.
"This offense (uttering) occurred in Wetzel," stated Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught. "The state could prove that Ueltschey took checks from residents in Tyler and cashed some in Tyler. He also cashed checks in Wetzel."
Ueltschey admitted in court he was going to get drugs with the money. He said he had no job but spent approximately $500 a week on pills.
Restitution has been ordered in the case, though the checks were American Express Traveler's Checks, so the credit card company is most likely the party with a loss.
The rest of Ueltschey's indictment was dismissed with prejudice.
Ueltschey was charged by the September 2013 grand jury with five counts of forgery. Counts one, two, and three alleged that on November 1, 2012, Ueltschey forged the signature of a specific individual on three separate American Express Travelers Checks. These checks were then allegedly cashed by Kae Cornell.
Counts four and five alleged that on Oct. 29, 2012, he had done the same.
Kae Lee Cornell, 41, of 631 South Third Avenue, Paden City, pleaded guilty to one count information of receiving stolen goods. Cornell had pleaded to the same offenses in Tyler County.
For both offenses, Cornell will serve 60 days in prison, altogether. Her September 2013 indictment was dismissed.
From that grand jury, Cornell was handed down five counts of uttering. Counts one, two, and three each alleged that in November 2012 Cornell cashed a forged American Express Travelers Check originally issued to another, issued payable to herself.
Counts four and five each alleged that in October 2012 Cornell cashed an American Express Travelers check, originally issued to the same victim, issued payable to herself.
In another matter, it was determined that the case of Robert Thomas White Jr., 40, of HC 61 Box 97, Littleton, will go to trial in December.
White Jr., is charged with third offense driving on a license revoked for driving under the influence and misdemeanor second offense DUI. On or about December 8, 2012, White allegedly drove a vehicle even though this privilege had been taken away since his license had been suspended for DUI. Count two, second offense DUI, states that on or about December 8, 2012, White drove a vehicle on state Route 7 near Wileyville, while under the influence of alcohol.
A voluntariness hearing will be held Nov. 8, 1:15 p.m., in the matter involving Michael Clegg, 35, of 440 Durham Street, Sistersville.
Clegg waived his right to a speedy trial on July 10, due to a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing that was to take place. However, seeing as the hearing has still yet to take place, Judge Hummel decided to set the case for trial, to be held Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.
The case involving Patrick Loy, 31, no address given, has been set for trial, also for Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.
Loy was charged, by the September 2013 grand jury, with grand larceny and transferring stolen goods. These two charges allege that on or about April 17, Loy stole jewelry valued at more than $1,000 and transferred it to another.
Edward Robert Dorsey III, 21, of HC 68 Box 40B, Littleton, pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to third degree sexual assault, also known as statutory rape. Prosecutor Haught said the state could have presented proficient evidence to prove the third degree sexual assault; however, he said he did not believe the state could have sustained a conviction as to count one-second degree sexual assault.
The plea was accepted by the court; however, the entry of the plea was deferred until Dorsey undergoes the mandatory physical, mental, and psychiatric study, along with HIV testing and STD counseling that is required by law.
For the offense, Dorsey will be on supervised probation for two years, along with an extended period of supervised release. He is also to register as a sex offender for life.
Johnny Kenneth Greathouse II, 22, of 406 Abbie Drive, New Martinsville, also pleaded guilty to sexual assault in the third degree.
This plea was accepted but the entry of the plea was deferred, as Greathouse will also be required to undergo mandatory physical, mental, and psychiatric study, along with HIV testing and STD counseling.
Greathouse will also be placed on supervised probation for two years, as well as a period of supervised release. He is also to register as a sex offender for life.
Kimberly J. Rial, 24, of Route 2 Box 498, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to forgery. For this offense, Rial was sentenced to one to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women. Rial confessed to the offense, stating, "I tried to cash a check that wasn't mine. I signed it."
The rest of Rial's indictments were dismissed. She was handed down three separate indictments from the September 2013 grand jury.
Rial's first indictment charged her with two sets of forgery and uttering. The first set alleged that on or about May 1, Rial forged the signature of another person on a Social Security Check belonging to that person and then attempted to cash that check at Witschey's. Rial's second set of forgery and uttering alleged that she attempted this again with a Social Security check issued to the same person as before, but with a payee added.
Rial's second indictment charged her with three sets of accessory before the fact to forgery and accessory before the fact to uttering. Each set alleges that between May 1 and 2, Rial stole a debit card from the victim in the case and provided it to another, whom she accompanied to Wal-Mart for the purpose of forging the authorization for that debit card.
Rial's third indictment, charging her with grand larceny and transferring stolen goods, alleged that on or about July 25 she stole a Sharp Aquos television set, having a value of over $1,000, from a person and transferred it to another person.
In another matter, James Skylar Barnhart, 22, of 145 Elm Street, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to a lesser included offense, petit larceny, of his charge of grand larceny. His other charge, entry of a building other than a dwelling, was dismissed.
Barnhart, currently incarcerated, had served the balance of his sentence, but will remain incarcerated, for other pending court action.
Barnhart's indictment alleged that on or about June 21 he stole a Dell Desktop Computer from the New Martinsville Wal-Mart.
Brian Ray Blake, 32, of Route 2 Box 109A, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence. A pre-sentencing report will be filed in the case, though the possible sentence could be three to 10 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men.
Blake confessed to the crime, stating the decision was dumb. He said he was under a lot of stress as his girlfriend had broken up with him and broken their engagement.
The state says that evidence would have explained that the evening of the offense, the New Martinsville police were dispatched out to Blake, who was sitting asleep in his truck.
City police noticed the bottles spilling out, inside the truck. A tire was set up in front of the truck, as a blockade. However, once Blake woke up, he drove off, pushing the tire out of the way with his truck.
A chase ensued and continued up a logging road. Blake was eventually apprehended later, where it was determined he had a Blood Alcohol Count of 0.166.
Chief Probation Officer Lantz will file a pre-sentencing report in the case. Blake will return to court Dec. 10, 10 a.m.
Interestingly enough, Judge Hummel asked Blake, prior to his plea, when he was going to grow up.
"Right now," Blake replied.