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Judge Karl Revokes Bond, Continues Cases

By Staff | Mar 28, 2012

Judge Mark A. Karl agreed to revoke a Folsom man’s bond during proceedings in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Friday.

Jeffery Allen Dawson, 26, of Route 1, Box 16, Folsom, appeared alongside Attorney Kevin Neiswonger who shared that more time was needed to review matters in the case. Additionally, he noted the state had plans to file a petition to revoke bond. The state concurred, saying Dawson is currently on a $10,000 bond based on his most recent offense. While he has not posted bond yet, the state’s position is that it should be revoked, as he allegedly committed criminal acts while on a previous bond. After some discussion the judge ruled to revoke Dawson’s bond and he is set to return to court April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Dawson was remanded to the NRJ.

“My concern is he will bond out and commit another offense, as basically there have been three criminal offenses involving Mr. Dawson,” Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught stressed during Friday’s hearing.

Neiswonger retorted that as the bond is a cash only, Dawson simply can’t make the bond. “At this point in time it’s a moot issue,” he said.

With that, Judge Karl revoked Dawson’s bond, saying, “He is not to be released.”

Meanwhile, codefendant Cynthia R. Smith, 23, of 618 North Fourth Avenue, Paden City, also appeared in court wherein her attorney stated she was inclined to accept the state’s proposal and that the agreement simply needed reduced to writing. As with Dawson, she was remanded to the NRJ and will return April 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Dawson and Smith, along with Benjamin Dale Francis, 32, of 1014 Third Street, New Martinsville were each handed a six-count indictment charging them with the repeated offense of conspiracy said to have occurred on or about Dec. 9 in New Martinsville.

The trio is charged with feloniously conspiring amongst each other to deliver: Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance; Marijuana, a Schedule II controlled substance; Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance ; Adderall, a Schedule II controlled substance ; Alprazolam, a Schedule II controlled substance; and Suboxone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Additionally, Dawson is charged with the offense of second degree robbery for allegedly removing money forcefully from Ciara Beisel on or about Dec. 30 in New Martinsville.

Furthermore, Francis is charged with the offense of attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer for attempting to disarm Patrolman Don Larsen, acting in his official capacity as a Patrolman for the New Martinsville Police Department, by grabbing Patrolman Larsen’s weapon and attempting to pull it from its holster on or about Dec. 9 in New Martinsville.

Jonathan Jones, 20, of 111 Helen Street, Paden City, appeared alongside Attorney Roger Weese who stated an agreement was close between the defense and the state. With that, the judge remanded Jones to the NRJ and scheduled a return date for April 9 at 1:30 p.m.

On Feb. 10 Jones pleaded innocent to his two-count indictment for offenses said to have occurred on or about July 8 in Wetzel County. He will return March 7 at 1:30 p.m. to continue his case. He was remanded to the NRJ.

Count one states he committed the offense of conspiracy to commit first degree robbery for feloniously conspiring with Justin Raymond Wyatt and Wilson Scott Longwell to commit first degree robbery against Maverick Ray Stewart in New Martinsville.

Count two charges Jones with first degree robbery for feloniously committing robbery by striking and beating Stewart and stealing money and property from him in New Martinsville.

Meanwhile, the judge denied a motion to suppress evidence in the case of Larry Virgil Watson III, 20, of HC 61 Box 95 B, Littleton, who had previously appeared in court on March 9 to contest the admissibility of a statement he made to West Virginia State Trooper First Class F. L. Raynor on Sept. 27, 2010, as evidence. Following the brief hearing on Friday, a return date was set for April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Watson’s bond continues.

On Jan. 17, 2011, Watson was handed a one-count indictment for the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana) wherein on or about Sept. 27, 2010, in Wetzel County, he manufactured, by cultivation, marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Zachary I. Farley, 19, of 555 Kappel Street, New Martinsville, appeared in court wherein it was learned more time was needed to reach an agreement with the state. With that in mind, the judge set the matter for return on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Farley’s bond continues.

On Feb. 7 Farley entered a plea of innocence to his one count charge of conspiracy.

Farley is said to have allegedly conspired with Tori D. Hinkle, Elson L. Hinkle, and Erin M. Greathouse to deliver Heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, on or about March 3 in New Martinsville.

Tiffany Rose Morgan, 21, of HC 60, Box 70, Pine Grove, appeared in circuit court alongside Attorney Kevin Neiswonger who said that while they’re in the process of negotiations, the case will not be resolved until the case of codefendant Larry Joe George, 29, of P.O. Box 67, Reader, is settled. Morgan will return April 16 at 10 a.m., while George is scheduled to return April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Their bonds continue.

The two were each handed a three-count indictment for burglary-related offenses said to have occurred on or about June 24 in Wetzel County against Ronnie Goodrich.

Count one charges the duo with daytime burglary for allegedly breaking into the dwelling house of Goodrich, located near Jacksonburg, with the intent to commit a crime therein.

Count two states they committed the offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling for entering a locked garage near Goodrich’s dwelling.

Count three charges them with the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny for carrying away firearms having a cumulative value of less than $1,000 belonging to Goodrich.

Rebecca Ann Watson, 25, of P. O. Box 552, Pine Grove, appeared with Attorney Jeremiah Gardner who told the court a voluntariness hearing was needed regarding a statement his client made to police. He also noted there have been preliminary negotiations with the state. Watson remains on bond and will return April 16 at 10 a.m. for a voluntariness hearing.

On March 7 she remained silent as the court entered innocent pleas on her behalf to each of her 25 counts for forgery and uttering.

Watson is indicted on 13 counts of forgery and 12 counts of uttering for alleged forging and employing as true checks totaling $7,556.82 in the span of six days, all to have occurred in 2011 on the account of Jerry L. White and Vickey A. White.

Johnna Watson, 19, of P. O. Box 125, Littleton, appeared for her hearing wherein Attorney Gardner noted there are several victims in the case and time is needed to file written notice of alibi and possibly a trial date. Judge Karl set the matter to return April 16 at 10 a.m. to further discuss if a trial date is needed. Her bond continues.

On Feb. 24 she entered pleas of innocence to her three-count indictment of felony nighttime burglary and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The offenses are alleged to have occurred on Jan. 27, 2011, at the residence of Mary Elizabeth Leon-Miller in Littleton. The battery charges allege that Watson made physical contact in an insulting or provoking nature with Leon-Miller and Michael R. Miller.

Roland Lee Day Jr., 60, of HC 61 Box 38A, Wileyville, appeared with retained Attorney Robert McCoid who told the court he anticipated filing a “rather extensive list of motions.” Asking for a few weeks to review matters, the judge set a return date of April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Day’s bond continues.

On March 7 Day entered a plea of innocence to each of his 33 counts of felony offenses of a sexual nature.

Counts one through three charge that between Jan. 1 and Jan. 30, 2006, Day allegedly committed the offense of sexual assault in the first degree, sexual abuse by a custodian, and incest, respectively.

The remaining charges are said to have occurred between Sept. 1, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2010. Counts four, six, eight, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, and 32 allege that Day committed the offense of sexual abuse in the first degree. Counts five, seven, nine, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, and 33 allege that Day committed the offense of sexual abuse by a custodian.

Mary Bennett, 59, of 421 1/2 Maple Ave., New Martinsville, appeared with Attorney Gardner who noted to the court that a plea offer had recently been made, however some time was needed to discuss the matter with his client. Bennett’s bond continues and her next hearing is set for April 9 at 1:30 p.m.

On March 7 Bennett remained silent as the court entered innocent pleas on her behalf to her one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance (hydrocodone). The alleged offense is to have occurred on Sept. 22, 2010, in New Martinsville.

Robbin Sue Norris, 36, of P. O. Box 144, Hundred, appeared for her hearing in circuit court wherein the state told the court that a proposal has been made which may lead to a resolution in the matter. However, Haught added he needed some time to meet with the victim and investigating officer in the case before agreeing to a resolution. Norris will return April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Her bond continues.

Norris is charged with 18 counts of forgery and uttering to have occurred in 2011 for checks totaling $1,052.