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Grand Jury Indicts 16

By Staff | Sep 21, 2010

Wetzel County grand jurors returned 40 bills against 16 defendants during the September grand jury session held Sept. 14. Additionally, eight sealed indictments were recorded and will remain sealed indefinitely. Sexual assault offenses were prevalent in September’s returned true bills followed by several drug-related charges.

Warren Todd Wade, 46, of HC 68, Box 21, Wileyville, was handed a total of 11 indictments this term. Wade received a three-count indictment for his offenses said to have occurred on or about Sept. 11. Counts one and two of this indictment charge Wade with the felony offense of wanton endangerment involving a firearm in that he allegedly pointed a firearm at Cpl Roger G. Spragg II and Deputy R. L. Scott Jr. in Wetzel County. Count three charges Wade with the misdemeanor offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in that he did possess a firearm and had been convicted of one count of grand larceny during the month of September 2007 in Wetzel County.

In his second indictment, Wade is charged with one count each of the felony offense of sexual assault in the first degree and sexual abuse by a custodian wherein between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 Wade, being 14 years old or more, allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child born in 2003, who was younger than 12 years old and was not married to Wade. Count two of the indictment alleges that between the same span of time Wade engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child under his care, custody, or control.

Wade’s third indictment charges him with one count each of the felony offense of fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence and driving under the influence of alcohol wherein on or about June 7 Wade, being under the influence of alcohol, fled in an all terrain vehicle on state Route 7 in Wetzel County from Deputy R. L. Scott Jr. after Deputy Scott had activated his blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Count two of this indictment alleges that on or about the same date Wade drove an all terrain vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

In his fourth indictment Wade is charged with one count each of the felony offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny wherein between Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 Wade allegedly entered Gary Cecil Motors in New Martinsville. Count two of the indictment alleges that during that time Wade stole a Ford F-150 pick-up truck having a value of more than $1,000 belonging to Gary Cecil Motors.

Wade is also charged with one count of the felony offense of sexual abuse in the first degree wherein on or about Feb. 7 he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a named male.

Lastly, Wade is charged with one count of the felony offense of receiving stolen goods wherein between April 28 and June 7 Wade allegedly received a stolen 2006 Kawasaki Model 750 all terrain vehicle in Wetzel County which he knew or had reason to believe had been stolen.

Newman B. Hoover II, 43, formerly of Route 1, Box 105, New Martinsville, and presently of 140 Cecil Meneffe Drive, Moorefield, W.Va., was handed a six-count indictment for his offenses said to have occurred between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009, and between April 12, 2008, and April 11, 2009, in Wetzel County.

Count one indicts Hoover with the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree in that he, being 16 years old or more, allegedly had sexual contact with a female child born in 1995, and who was not married to Hoover.

Count two charges Hoover with the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian in that between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009 he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child under his care, custody, or control.

In the same span of time listed in counts one and two, count three alleges that Hoover committed the felony offense of incest in that he did engage in sexual intercourse with a relative.

Said to have occurred between April 12, 2008, and April 11, 2009, counts four, five, and six of his indictment charge Hoover with sexual assault in the third degree, sexual abuse by a custodian, and incest for the same occurrences outlined in counts one through three.

John Eric Spears, 26, of HC 62, Box PP, Pine Grove, was handed a six-count indictment for his offenses said to have occurred during the summer of 2009 in Wetzel County.

Counts one and three charge Spears with the felony offense of sexual assault in the second degree. Count one alleges he engaged in sexual intrusion with a female born in 1995. Count three alleges he engaged in sexual intercourse with the same minor, without her consent. Count five of the indictment charges Spears with the felony offense of sexual assault in the first degree in that he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with the same girl.

Counts two, four, and six charge Spears with the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian in that he allegedly engaged in sexual intrusion and sexual contact with the same female child under his care, custody, or control.

Matthew James Myers, 25, of 819 Fifth Street, Apt. 1, New Martinsville, received two, one-count indictments for his offenses in Wetzel County.

The first one-count indictment alleges that on or about April 15 in Wetzel County, Myers committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree wherein he, being 16 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child born in 1994, and who was not married to Myers.

The second one-count indictment alleges that during the month of December 2008 in Wetzel County, Myers committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree wherein he, being 16 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with a different female child, born in 1993, and who was not married to Myers.

Randy L. Lewis, 21, of 325 Virginia Street, New Martinsville, was handed a one-count indictment wherein during the summer of 2008 in Wetzel County, Lewis allegedly committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree in that he, being 16 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child born in 1994, and who was not married to Lewis.

Daniel L. Postlethwait, 25, of 28 Rose Street, Lot 42 South, New Martinsville, received a one-count indictment for his offense said to have occurred during the month of March in Wetzel County wherein he allegedly committed the felony offense of display of obscene matter to a minor in that he displayed such matter to a minor born in 1992.

Several drug and alcohol-related offenders were charged by the September 2010 term grand jury. Norman Albert Jackson, 34, of 1004 Fifth Street, Rear No. 3, Moundsville, is charged with one count of the felony third or subsequent offense of driving under the influence of alcohol wherein on Aug. 5 in Wetzel County Jackson allegedly drove a motor vehicle on Foundry Street in New Martinsville while under the influence of alcohol. Jackson was previously convicted of the offense of DUI in the Magistrate Court of Wetzel County on or about Aug. 30, 2002; in the Magistrate Court of Marshall County on or about Dec. 15, 2004; and in the Circuit Court of Marshall County on or about March 6, 2008.

Paul Junior Chase, 62, formerly of 3500 Main Street, Pine Grove, and presently of 229 Summit Drive, Apt. D, Salineville, Ohio, received a one-count indictment charging him with the felony offense of delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (Hydrocodone) in that on or about April 16 Chase allegedly delivered Hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled narcotic substance, in Wetzel County.

Colby J. Acree, 20, of 203 South Second Avenue, Paden City, and Natacia L. Lallathin, 27, of 906 1/2 Meadow Heights, Paden City, were both handed a one-count indictment each for their offense said to have occurred on or about Sept. 1 in Wetzel County. They are each charged with the felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) in that they allegedly conspired with Brock I. McMahon and Joshua R. Mathews to deliver heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Andrew Laugh, 20, of 134 Wetzel Street, Paden City, was handed an indictment for one count of the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana) said to have occurred June 22 in Wetzel County. Allegedly, Laugh manufactured, by cultivation, marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Brian Tyler Russell, 20, of 819 Fifth Street, New Martinsville, holds a one-count indictment for the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver wherein on or about June 29 Russell is said to have possessed marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in Wetzel County with the intent to deliver the same said marijuana.

Jason S. Noland, 24, of 819 Fifth Street, Apt. 1, New Martinsville, is also charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver wherein on or about June 29 Noland is also said to have possessed marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance in Wetzel County with the intent to deliver the same said marijuana.

In other matters, Howard Ray Starkey, 22, of 1026 Third Street, New Martinsville, received two, two-count indictments for his offenses said to have occurred between Feb. 15 and March 24 in Wetzel County.

Count one charges Starkey with the felony offense of burglary in that he allegedly entered the residence of Robert and Ruth Starkey located at HC 62, Box 40, Pine Grove, with the intent to commit a crime.

Count two charges Starkey with the felony offense of grand larceny wherein he allegedly stole firearms having a cumulative value of more than $1,000 belonging to Robert Michael King.

At a time separate from any other count of burglary set forth in this indictment, Starkey is also charged with another count of burglary wherein he allegedly entered the residence of Robert and Ruth Starkey of HC 62, Box 40, Pine Grove, with the intent to commit a crime.

At a time separate from any other count of grand larceny contained in his indictment, Starkey is additionally charged with a second count of grand larceny in that he allegedly stole firearms having a cumulative value of more than $1,000 belonging to Robert Michael King.

James R. Bradley, 39, of HC 60, Box 18, Reader, is charged with one count of felony failure to pay support to a minor in that he, having been court-ordered to pay support to a minor, allegedly failed to pay court-ordered support, which he could reasonably provide and which he knew he had a duty to provide, to his minor daughter for 12 months or more during the period beginning June 1, 2003, and ending May 7, 2010.

Lastly, April M. Wood, 38, of 3413 Central Avenue, Shadyside, Ohio, was handed a one-count indictment for the felony offense of uttering wherein on or about Dec. 20, 2009, in Wetzel County, Wood allegedly uttered and employed as true WesBanco Bank check number 6392 issued on the account of Virginia L. Abbott and Roger L. Abbott, and made payable to Wal-Mart in the amount of $341.99, by tendering the said check to Wal-Mart when Wood knew that said check was forged.