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Wetzel County Grand Jury Hands Down Indictments Behind Closed Doors

September 20, 2017
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Editor ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The September 2017 session of the Wetzel County Grand Jury met Tuesday, Sept. 12 behind closed doors. As a result, the following individuals have been charged and will appear before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel:

Paul Campbell, Jr., 31, of Salem, W.Va. was handed a two-count indictment by grand jurors. Campbell was charged with "daytime burglary" and "petit larceny." The charges state that Campbell broke into a Smithfield residence on May 4, 2017 and stole goods that valued less than $1,000.

Tillie Doris Freeland, 52, of New Martinsville was charged with "welfare fraud." The charge against Freeland alleges that she unlawfully obtained welfare assistance in excess of $500.

Kenny S. Harrison, 65, of Paden City, was also charged with "welfare fraud." Harrison's one-count indictment claims that he unlawfully obtained welfare assistance, in excess of $500.

Jordan Tyler Kerns, 25, of Paden City, was charged with "battery of a law enforcement officer, second offense;" and "fleeing from an officer on foot."

Kerns' charges allege that on July 25 he grabbed the right arm of a Paden City Police Department officer, while theo fficer was acting in his official capacity. Kerns charge of "fleeing from an officer on foot" alleges that while a PCPD was attempting to arrest Kerns, Kerns fled on foot. Kerns was convicted in August 2010 of "battery on an officer."

Logan John Lynn Miller, 30, of Waynesburg, Pa., was charged with "entry of a building other than a dwelling" and grand larceny. The charges allege that Miller unlawfully entered a garage/barn in Littleton and stole goods valuing more than $1,000.

Mohamed Abdihamid Mohamed, 24, of Grove City, Ohio, was handed down a two-count indictment by the grand jury - "attempt to acquire controlled substance by forgery," and "conspiracy to attempt to acquire a controlled substance by forgery."

Mohamed's charges allege that on November 1, 2016 Mohamed presented a forged prescription to New Martinsville's Rite Aid, attempting to obtain Promethazine with Codeine. Mohamed's second charge alleges that he committed the same act with another individual.

Zachary Montgomery, 21, of New Martinsville, received a charge of embezzlement. Montgomery's indictment alleges that while working as a clerk at Wal-mart, Montgomery stole money - totaling in excess of $1,000 - from his cash register.

Kaylee Dawn Nice, 31, of Pine Grove, was charged with welfare fraud. The indictment, against Nice, alleges that she unlawfully obtained welfare assistance in excess of $500.

William Dean Price, 30, received a one-count indictment and a four-count indictment from the grand jury. Price's first indictment charges him with "driving while revoked for DUI - third or subsequent offense." His second indictment charges him with "false evidences, etc., of registration," "driving while revoked for DUI - third or subsequent offense," "false certificates," and "driving with no insurance."

The one-count indictment alleges that, on March 9, 2017, Price operated a vehicle on Route 2, Wetzel County, when his privilege to do such had been suspended or revoked for DUI. Price was previously convicted of "Driving Revoked for DUI" in January 2013 and April 2015.

Price's second indictment alleges that on July 5, 2017, he knowingly used a forged registration sticker, drove a vehicle, knowing his privilege to do such was suspended. That same day, Price allegedly used a counterfeit inspection sticker and allegedly operated a vehicle, without the required security being in effect.

Pasia Artees Smith, 20, of Westville, Ohio, was handed down a one-count indictment by the grand jury, charging her with "failure to appear on felony bail." This offense allegedly occurred on Aug. 4 when Smith was required to appear in court for a hearing.

Howard Lee Wells, 47, of McMechen, W.Va., was handed down a four-count indictment by the grand jury, charging him four separate times with "sexual abuse by a custodian." These offenses allegedly occurred between December 14, 2009 and June 24, 2014.

William Joseph White, 38, of Hundred, was handed down a two-count indictment by the grand jury - charging him with "entry of a building other than a dwelling," and "grand larceny." These charges allege that during May 2017 White broke into the Jacksonburg Pitstop and stole items having a cumulative value of more than $1,000.



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