Bradley’s State, Federal Charges Complicate Case
James R. Bradley, 39, of HC 60, Box 18, Reader, was present in Wetzel County Circuit Court for a hearing last Wednesday.
It was stated Bradley has made a plea in his federal case, however the plea has not yet been accepted. It was also stated the parties are in the process of working out a disposition of Bradley’s state charges with the federal charges and it was requested the case be passed until July. Judge David W. Hummel Jr. granted the request and set a return date in Judge Mark A. Karl’s courtroom July 14 at 1 p.m.
On May 26 the court entered a plea of innocence on his behalf regarding his three-count indictment from Wetzel County. It was noted he was also presently under indictments in federal court in Wheeling wherein on or about Feb. 1, Bradley, having been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, to wit: the offense of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a means likely to produce grievous bodily harm, and the offense of aggravated assault with a means likely to cause grievous bodily harm, in the United States Army Court of Military Review, did knowingly possess, in and affecting commerce, a firearm. Bradley is also federally indicted for possession of a sawed-off shotgun on or about Feb. 1 which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. There may be a disposition regarding the federal indictments. Bradley is to return June 9 at 10 a.m. His bond continues at $40,000.
Bradley is facing a three-count indictment for his offenses said to have occurred on or about Jan. 31 in Wetzel County. Counts one through three are charges of the felony offense wanton endangerment involving a firearm in that he did wantonly perform any act with a firearm which created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another, to-wit: Bradley did intentionally, unlawfully, wantonly, and feloniously point a firearm at Deputy R. L. Scott Jr., Deputy M. L. Koontz, and Deputy R. L. Hayes, thereby creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm to said victims.
Douglas Shane Steele, 22, of HC 61, Box 62, New Martinsville, was also present for a hearing. Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught stated they are still waiting for restitution to be paid in Steele’s magistrate case to then dismiss this case. Steele is to pay $1,700 for broken windows during an alleged burglary and breaking and entering. Hummel set a return date for July 14 at 1 p.m. in Judge Karl’s courtroom.
Steele is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (oxycontin) wherein on or about Oct. 29, 2009, he allegedly intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully, and feloniously delivered in New Martinsville oxycontin, a Schedule II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug.
Three formal arraignments were made in Wetzel County Circuit Court last Wednesday in Judge Hummel’s courtroom. Nicholas Chad Fletcher, 31, of P.O. Box 245, Littleton, had the court enter innocent pleas for his four-count indictment. A return date was set for July 14 at 1 p.m. under Judge Karl. Until then his bond continues.
In what is alleged to be a cohort case, Fletcher is charged with the same offenses as William Carmen Hadley, 41, of P.O. Box 83, Hundred. Hadley and Fletcher were handed a four-count indictment each for their offenses said to have occurred on or about Feb. 9. Counts one and three charge Fletcher and Hadley with the felony offense of nighttime burglary in that they did, in the nighttime, break and enter the dwelling house of another, with intent to commit a crime therein, to-wit: Fletcher and Hadley did, in the nighttime, intentionally, unlawfully, knowingly, and feloniously break into the residences of Thelma Hunt located in Burton and Cody Nichole Sturm located in Hundred.
Counts two and four charge Fletcher and Hadley with the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny in that they did commit simple larceny of goods or chattels of the value of less than $1,000 to-wit: regarding count two Fletcher and Hadley did willfully, knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully steal, take, and carry away medications belonging to Thelma Hunt, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said goods. Regarding count four Fletcher and Hadley did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully steal, take, and carry away a Ruger Model 860 44 magnum revolver belonging to Cody Nichole Sturm with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said firearm.
Wayne A. McCaman, 46, of 46 Anson Street, Apt. 4, New Martinsville, was present in Judge Hummel’s courtroom as the court entered an innocent plea to McCaman’s one-count indictment of driving while license suspended or revoked for DUI-third or subsequent offense. McCaman continues to be free on bond.
McCaman is facing an indictment for his one-count charge said to have occurred on or about April 14 wherein McCaman committed the felony offense of driving while license suspended or revoked for DUI-third or subsequent offense in that he did unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in this state upon a public highway when his privilege to do so had been suspended or revoked for DUI, to wit: McCaman did unlawfully, intentionally, feloniously, and knowingly operate a motor vehicle on Ironton Street and Mound Street in New Martinsville.
McCaman was previously convicted of the offense of driving suspended for DUI in the Magistrate Court of Wetzel County on or about Nov. 26, 2001, and Jan. 22, 2004, and in the Magistrate Court of Tyler County on or about Jan. 15, 2004.
Lastly, Thomas M. Smith, 20, of 20 Steelton Street, New Martinsville, was also present for a formal arraignment. Similarly, the court entered a plea of innocence on his behalf to his six-count indictment. He will return July 14 at 1 p.m. Smith’s bond continues.
Smith was handed a six-count indictment for his offenses said to have occurred between Jan. 19-22. At a time separate from any other count of nighttime burglary contained in this indictment, counts one, three, and five charge Smith with the felony offense of nighttime burglary in that he did, in the nighttime, break and enter the dwelling house of another, with intent to commit a crime therein, to-wit: Smith did, in the nighttime, intentionally, unlawfully, knowingly, and feloniously enter the residence of Jennifer Butler located at 22 Steelton Street, New Martinsville.
Counts two, four, and six charge Smith with the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny in that he did commit simple larceny of goods or chattels of the value of less than $1,000, to wit: Smith did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully steal, take, and carry away cash in the amount of $300, $300, and $400 (respectively to counts two, four, and six) belonging to Jennifer Butler with the intent to permanently deprive Butler of said cash.