Drug Charge Results In Probation
One individual was sentenced and two others arraigned during hearings held in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Oct. 14 while others appeared to continue matters in their cases. Judge Mark A. Karl presided.
Michael Fletcher, 29, of 114 North Second Avenue, Paden City, was sentenced to one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men with credit for 14 days served following his admission of guilt to count one of his indictment, that being felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance (Vicodin). However, the execution of the sentence was suspended for Fletcher to instead serve two years supervised probation. He is also ordered to pay court costs. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the state dismissed count two of his indictment. In May Fletcher received a two-count indictment alleging that on or about Jan. 2 and Jan. 5, in Wetzel County, Fletcher allegedly committed the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance (Vicodin), a Schedule III controlled substance.
In another matter, Timothy Joe Nottingham, 36, of New Martinsville, appeared without counsel in Wetzel County Circuit Court, intending to enter a plea to a two-count by way of information charging him with entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny. However, the judge was reluctant to take a plea without Nottingham being properly advised on the possible sentences Nottingham could incur given his supposed criminal history. With that, Judge Karl ordered the defendant to fill out a financial eligibility affidavit for public defense. Nottingham was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail and will return Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.
On Aug. 30 the New Martinsville Police Department named Nottingham a suspect in a car theft. When police responded to a domestic violence call at his home in the New Martinsville Villa later that evening, Nottingham fled the home, leading NMPD patrolman Don Larsen through the thick fields up and around the area on foot until Nottingham was eventually stopped by fellow patrolman Friend Estep.
At that time Nottingham was charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny, however Chief Tim Cecil said several charges were pending against Nottingham from Wetzel and surrounding counties for various offenses.
Christopher James Henderson, 28, of 1250 North State Route 2, Apt. 27, New Martinsville, entered innocent pleas to his eight-count indictment during his arraignment in circuit court on Friday. Attorney Roger Weese stated an agreement was already close in the case and a return date was set for Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Henderson was remanded to the NRJ.
On Sept. 13 Grand Jurors handed an eight-count indictment to Henderson for several offenses said to all have occurred on or about June 16 in Wetzel County.
Counts one and three state Henderson allegedly committed the felony offense of forgery wherein he did unlawfully, feloniously, and with the intent to defraud, forge the signature of Martie Howell, to two checks issued by Henderson on Howell’s WesBanco account, and made payable to “Cash” in the amount of $100 each, which were cashed at Mayo’s Exxon in New Martinsville to the prejudice of the rights of Howell, WesBanco, and Mayo’s Exxon.
Counts two and four charge Henderson with the felony offense of uttering and attempted uttering for allegedly intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully, and feloniously uttering and employing the first said check as true and attempting to utter and employ the second check as true, by tendering them to Mayo’s Exxon and offering them as true, to the prejudice of Howell, WesBanco, and Mayo’s Exxon, when Henderson knew the said checks were forged.
Counts five and six charge him with the felony offenses of forgery and uttering for allegedly unlawfully, feloniously, and with the intent of defrauding, forging, and employing as true, the signature of Howell to a third check issued by Henderson on Howell’s WesBanco account, and made payable to “Wal-Mart” in the amount of $126.28, which was cashed at Walmart in New Martinsville, to the prejudice of the rights of Howell, WesBanco, and Walmart, when he knew the said check was forged.
Counts seven and eight charge Henderson with the felony offenses of forgery and uttering for allegedly unlawfully, feloniously, and with the intent of defrauding, forging, and employing as true, the signature of Howell to a fourth check issued by Henderson on Howell’s WesBanco account, and made payable to “Go-Mart” in the amount of $65.63, which was cashed at Go-Mart in New Martinsville, to the prejudice of the rights of Howell, WesBanco, and Go-Mart, when he knew the said check was forged.
Skilar B. Campbell, 19, of 140 Cox Street, New Martinsville, also appeared for his arraignment alongside Attorney Weese wherein he entered an innocent plea pertaining to his one count of the felony offense of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. The judge approved a bond modification to $10,000 personal recognizance. Campbell was remanded to the NRJ pending the posting of bond and will return to circuit court Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.
During the month of March, Campbell allegedly intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully, and feloniously conspired with Michael T. Yost, 33, of 639 James Street, New Martinsville, to commit breaking and entering in Wetzel County.
Notably, Yost pleaded guilty to entry of a building other than a dwelling on July 8 and was sentenced on Aug. 19 to one to 10 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men.
Phillip David Montgomery, 20, of 38669 State Route 7, Sardis, appeared in circuit court wherein Attorney Weese asked the matter be continued until after Montgomery appears for a hearing in Marshall County on Oct. 24 pertaining to multiple charges there. It was further noted the state has extended a plea offer regarding his charges in Wetzel County. The judge passed the matter and set a return date for Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Montgomery’s bond continues.
On May 27 Montgomery entered a plea of innocence to his 27-count indictment. Notably, on Sept. 20 codefendant Christopher Lee Richmond, 22, also of 38669 State Route 7, Sardis, pleaded guilty to counts two and 10 of the same 27-count indictment, and was sentenced to the state penitentiary for a total period of three to 30 years for his offenses in both Wetzel and Marshall counties. Per his plea agreement, the state dismissed the remaining counts of Richmond’s indictment and Richmond has agreed to testify against Montgomery.
Montgomery and Richmond were handed 27-count indictments each for offenses ranging from burglary to destruction of property and larceny.