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New Indictees Return To Court

By Staff | Feb 23, 2011

BY MIRANDA STOKES

Staff Writer

Several new indictees appeared in Wetzel County Circuit Court Feb. 9 to be arraigned by Judge Mark A. Karl on charges filed against them for this term of court.

Benjamin Joseph Dotson, 30, of 2503 Beverly Street, Parkersburg, pleaded innocent to each of his eight charges in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Wednesday. He will return March 7 at 10 a.m. Dotson was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

Dotson was handed three-count and five-count indictments for his offenses involving attempted theft and possession of controlled substances with the intent to deliver.

Regarding his three-count indictment, count one charges that between June 24-25 in Wetzel County Dotson allegedly committed the offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling in that he did break and enter a building commonly know as the Robert C. Byrd Center, housing the offices of the Town of Pine Grove and the Wetzel County Committee on Aging, located in Pine Grove with the intent to commit a larceny therein.

Count two alleges that during this same time and location Dotson committed the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny in that he stole, took, and carried away goods and chattels having a cumulative value of less than $1,000, belonging to the Town of Pine Grove and the Wetzel County Committee on Aging, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said goods.

Count three charges Dotson with the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property for allegedly forcing open a window and multiple doors in the Robert C. Byrd Center in Pine Grove, thereby damaging the said window and doors.

Regarding his five-count indictment, counts one through five charge that Dotson allegedly possessed various controlled substances, those being: Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance; Vicodin, a Schedule III controlled substance; Lortab, a Schedule III controlled substance; Lorcet, a Schedule III controlled substance; and Dolophine, a Schedule II controlled substance, respectively, with the intent to deliver those same substances on or about Nov. 27 in Wetzel County.

Dotson is presently being held in the Northern Regional Jail on a $40,000 bond for his Wetzel County charges, but is also being held without bond for charges in Mercer County.

James Matthew Doty, 26, of New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to his newest indictment of one count of the felony offense of first degree robbery for his acts said to have occurred on or about Nov. 21 in Wetzel County. Attorney Roger Weese stated they were close to a plea agreement and asked for a return date for a possible plea. Doty was remanded to the NRJ and will return March 7 at 10 a.m.

Doty’s most recent indictment details that he allegedly committed robbery in the first degree by using the threat of deadly force by presenting a deadly weapon to the clerk at the Budget Inn in New Martinsville and taking money from said clerk against the clerk’s will.

Doty is being held in the Northern Regional Jail for this and other charges presently in hearing in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

On May 26 Doty entered a plea of innocence to his two-count indictment for his charges said to have occurred between April 11 and 12, wherein Doty allegedly committed the felony offense of forgery (count one) by forging the signature of Dona Neely to check number 333 issued by the said Doty on the Peoples Bank National Association account of Northern Mountain State Metals, Inc., and made payable to “Cash” in the amount of $300, which was cashed at Peoples Bank in New Martinsville. Count two charges Doty with the felony offense of uttering by attempting to employ as true the said check when Doty knew the said check was forged. Additionally, Doty is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (oxycodone) said to have occurred on or about Dec. 20 and 21, 2009, in Wetzel County.

In other matters, James Russell Webber, 66, of 83 Northgate Drive, New Martinsville, will return to court March 7 at 10 a.m.