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Lying Lands Sing In Jail

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

Joshua Paul Sing, 23, of RR1 Box 391, New Martinsville, went before Judge David W. Hummel Jr. July 12 for a petition to revoke probation.

Sing was sent to the Northern Regional Jail on or about May 24 for his underlying offense of misdemeanor possession of heroin. The matter at present however was Sing’s dishonesty to the court and failure to attend Drug Court. For these offenses Sing received an additional 10 days of incarceration for contempt plus a $500 fine payable within three months for lying about his whereabouts when not at Drug Court. Sing was released from incarceration on July 19.

In Wetzel County Circuit Court last Monday Judge Hummel recounted the events leading to Sing’s arrest and judgment. Hummel stated he called Sing’s residence after he was deemed a “no show” to Drug Court one day. Sing’s father told Hummel over the phone his son was at Drug Court and the father provided Hummel with Sing’s cell phone number, which Hummel then called and left a message. Sing called Hummel back saying he was at home sick in bed.

Hummel phoned Sing’s father once more and asked him to check the boy’s bedroom and to little surprise Sing was not at home. At that point Hummel stressed to Sing to make his next appointment with Adult Probation Officer John Lantz. Following this Hummel then called Lantz and instructed Lantz to arrest Sing upon his arrival for lying and skipping Drug Court.

Sing pleaded guilty to one-count misdemeanor offense possession of a controlled substance (heroin). He was previously sentenced to up to one year in the Northern Regional Jail. After serving 44 days, Hummel suspended his sentence and he ordered Sing to supervised probation on Feb. 5.

Sing was in a vehicle stopped by police in Paden City. While stopped, officers smelled marijuana and a K-9 Unit indicated the vehicle contained drugs. Upon searching the vehicle officers found a pill crusher, 10 stamps of heroin, and marijuana. Sing stated he was just going along for a ride with a Mr. Baker to purchase heroin and sell some of it in surrounding areas. Officers found 28 more stamps of heroin in Mr. Baker’s socks and Sing had 18 stamps in his pockets.

Sing was fully cooperative and has agreed to provide testimony against Baker. Sing has no prior convictions and acknowledged in court he has a drug problem for which he’s already arranged counseling. Hummel insisted he be monitored very closely.

Lastly, Shirl Norman Baker III, 30, of 1802 Muddy Creek Road, Middlebourne, was also present alongside his attorney Patricia Kurelac for a petition to revoke home confinement. Baker had been sent to the Northern Regional Jail on July 8 for being past due on his home confinement payment. Additionally, it was noted in court that there was some concern over Baker’s failure to prove employment. The state, however, motioned to amend the petition. Baker’s pay stubs and work schedule were filed with the court and Judge Hummel ordered Baker back to home confinement until his adjudicatory hearing. Baker is to pay $10 a day for home confinement and must contact the Tyler County dispatcher whenever he leaves for work.

Baker had been sentenced on April 23 to one-15 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men. However, at that time despite the state’s recommendation, Hummel suspended the incarceration for five years on home confinement with provisions of probation. Baker was also released for work, educational, and counseling purposes.

Baker was residing in Middlebourne with his fiance, daughter, and father under Tyler County’s home confinement while Adult Probation Officer John Lantz supervised Baker’s probation.

Also at that sentencing hearing, Kurelac was granted appropriate modifications in the instance that Baker’s home or employment conditions change.

Baker pleaded guilty to count two-felony offense possession of a controlled substance (heroin) with intent to deliver-of his two-count indictment in Wetzel County Circuit Court on March 31. As per a plea agreement, the court dismissed count one of his indictment-delivery of a controlled substance (heroin).