Karl Hears Four Cases
Four cases were heard in Judge Mark A. Karl’s courtroom in Wetzel County Circuit Court Sept. 13.
Wayne A. McCaman, 47, of 46 Anson Street, Apt. 4, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to his one-count indictment of driving while license suspended or revoked for DUI-third or subsequent offense. While the state recommended one to three years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men, McCaman was granted alternative sentencing with no opposition from the state due to his medical conditions and treatments. McCaman will serve one year under home confinement with emergency, employment, and schooling release. McCaman was granted 14 days to get a direct telephone line installed in his apartment to begin serving his sentence Sept. 27. Until that time his bond continues. He will also pay all court costs.
McCaman stated he did not request drug or alcohol counseling while on home confinement.
McCaman’s charge is said to have occurred on or about April 14, wherein McCaman unlawfully operated a motor vehicle in an inebriated state upon a public highway (Ironton Street and Mound Street in New Martinsville) when his privilege to do so had been suspended or revoked for DUI. 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.
In other matters, Mark S. Frazier, 37, of RR1 Box 3, Proctor, was in court to address his extradition back to Belmont County, Ohio, for allegedly failing to complete two days of community service. Frazier made it clear he was choosing not to sign a waiver of extradition. Judge Karl then asked if he was planning on hiring an attorney. Frazier said he was working on the funds to do so. With that said, Judge Karl ordered Frazier to fill out an affidavit. Frazier will return Oct. 4 at 11 a.m.
Robert Eugene Morgan, 20, of 1374 Thorn Ridge Rd., Friendly, was to have a hearing on a petition to revoke probation. Attorney David White stood in for Morgan’s attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, and noted they anticipated an agreement and admission at the next hearing. A return date was set for Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. Morgan’s terms of probation continue.
Per his sentencing for one count of attempted entry of a building other than a dwelling, Morgan was put on two year’s supervised probation with Adult Probation Officer John Lantz on Feb. 4 after spending time in the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. Morgan illustrated exemplary behavior at the center, earning his GED and a certificate in welding.
Eugene John Huggins, 21, of 28 Rose Street Lot 8N, New Martinsville, was in a similar situation as Morgan. Present with White, an admission hearing was set for Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. Huggins’ terms of probation continue.
On Feb. 5 it was made known there are allegations against Huggins of violating his probation as he tested positive for marijuana.