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Smith Gets 120 Days For Heroin Possession

March 5, 2014
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer (lriggs@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Brad Smith, 30, of 616 Foundry Street, New Martinsville, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor offense of possession of a controlled substance on Feb. 26.

Smith pleaded in magistrate court before Magistrate Judith Goontz after heroin was allegedly detected and found after the car in which he was riding was stopped in New Martinsville for having an expired registration.

Following his plea, Smith was sentenced to six months in the Northern Regional Jail. This sentence was suspended and Smith will instead serve 120 days and serve one year of unsupervised probation. He is also ordered to pay $160.25 in court costs.

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Lewis Ray Anderson

The magistrate report stated that New Martinsville Police Department Detective Donnie Harris ran his K-9 Ryder around the vehicle, and the dog gave a positive indication he had picked up on the scent of heroin. Smith was patted down and five stamps of heroin were found in a Copenhagen can in Smith's pocket, along with needles and spoons. These five stamps contained a brown-colored substance consistent with heroin.

When the heroin stamps were detected, Smith stated he had a heroin addiction.

In another matter, Lewis Ray Anderson, 19, of 6310 McElroy Creek Road, Shirley, has been charged with the felony offense of second degree sexual assault. Anderson remains in Northern Regional Jail on $30,000 bond.

For this offense, Anderson could face 10-25 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men, or a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

These charges stem from a Jan. 9 situation at a Paden City Middle School basketball game where Anderson allegedly engaged in forcible compulsion with a minor, without her consent. The complaint was filed Feb. 28 by Chief Mike Kelly of the Paden City Police Department.

Also, NMPD Chief Tim Cecil has said his department is continuing to investigate a hoax reported to his office on Feb. 19. He said a man called to report he had returned from Wal-Mart in New Martinsville and realized he didn't have his five-year-old son with him. So four NMPD units responded to the store to search for the missing boy. They later found it was a hoax.

"We hope to make an arrest," said Cecil.

On the way to the call, an officer driving the department's new cruiser, just put on the road the day before, had a small wreck that rather significantly damaged the cruiser.

 
 

 

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