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Defendants Appear In Court

By Staff | Oct 19, 2011

New defendants from this term of court appeared in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Oct. 3 for their arraignments. Judge Mark A. Karl set return dates for these newly indicted individuals this afternoon for further proceedings.

Brandy Marie Adams, 24, of 1229 Lost Pavement Road, Parkersburg, W.Va., remained silent during her arraignment in circuit court. The court entered innocent pleas regarding the one-count indictment charging her with the felony offense of grand larceny. She was remanded to the NRJ and will return to court Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Andrew William Richard, 22, of 28 Rose Street Lot 80N, New Martinsville, appeared for his arraignment alongside two attorneys: Kevin Neiswonger and Gardner, who represent the defendant in his felony and misdemeanor cases, respectively. Richard pleaded innocent to all charges against him and a return date was set for Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. He remains on bond.

On Sept. 13 Richard received a two-count and a one-count indictment from Grand Jurors for offenses said to have occurred in Wetzel County.

In his two-count indictment, Richard is charged with entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny. In his one-count indictment, Richard is charged with the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny.

Notably, in 2007 Richard was alleged to have stolen cigarettes from Mayo’s Exxon valued at less than $1,000. A recommended stay at the Anthony Center for youthful offenders in Greenbrier County was his sentence given by Judge John Madden. Following successful completion of his sentence at the center, Richard was granted two years supervised probation by Judge David Hummel.

In addition to facing these new charges, Richard presently has hearings underway in circuit court on a petition to revoke his probation.

Donald Alex Bassett, 26, of 1749 Oil Ridge Road, Sistersville, remained silent during his arraignment wherein the court entered pleas of innocent on his behalf to his one-count indictment of conspiracy to commit uttering. Bassett will return to court Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. He was remanded to the NRJ.

Blaine Watson, 41, of P.O. Box 134, Littleton, also remained silent in court. The court entered innocent pleas to his three counts and one count of information for various offenses said to have occurred in Wetzel County. He was remanded to the NRJ and is set to return Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Counts one through three allege that on or about July 4 Watson committed the misdemeanor offenses of destruction of property, petit larceny, and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Furthermore, count three entails Watson knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully encouraged the delinquency of a child by encouraging that child to cause damage to property not his own and to take monies not his own at the Littleton business with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the same.

The one count of information details that between June 15 and July 6 Watson allegedly committed the felony offense of failure to update sex offender registry information in that he, being required to register as a sex offender for life, knowingly failed to register or provide a change in information to the West Virginia State Police in Wetzel County by knowingly failing or refusing to report his move to a new address.

Timothy John Judge, 30, of P.O. Box 132, Friendly, appeared alongside Attorney Gardner wherein Gardner told the court the defendant had not gotten in touch with him to go over the indictment as requested. The judge advised the defendant to meet with Gardner and passed the matter until Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. Judge’s bond continues.

Judge is charged with two counts of failure to update sex offender registry information and knowingly failing or refusing to report a new vehicle or change in vehicle.