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Cases Continue In County Circuit Court

By Staff | Apr 11, 2012

Several defendants will return to Wetzel County Circuit Court on April 20 as their cases were continued Monday with Judge Mark A. Karl presiding.

Before the hearings began, Karl made a serious announcement that it has come to his attention that there has been some interaction between inmates and family members in the courthouse. “If you try it again, you’re going to be removed,” the judge promised.

The case of Benjamin Dale Francis, 32, of 1014 Third Street, New Martinsville, was continued until April 20 at 10 a.m. as Attorney Jeremiah Gardner needed more time to review supplemental discovery materials. One item of discovery in particular, a DVD, would not work for Gardner. Haught said he had mailed a second DVD, but Gardner had yet to receive it. Another copy was handed to him in court Monday. Francis was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

A similar situation exists for codefendant Jeffery Allen Dawson, 26, of Route 1, Box 16, Folsom. Defense Attorney Kevin Neiswonger who shared that more time was needed to review discovery provided by the state. A return date was set for April 20 at 10 a.m. Dawson was remanded to the NRJ.

Francis and Dawson, along with Cynthia R. Smith, 23, of 618 North Fourth Avenue, Paden City, each pleaded innocent to their charges on Feb. 22, Feb. 24, and Feb. 10, respectively.

The three 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.

Gardner said that while he had received photographs of firearms associated with the case against Larry Joe George, 29, of P.O. Box 67, Reader, the prosecutor still has more discovery to provide. So the case was continued until April 20 at 10 a.m. George’s bond continues.

George and Tiffany Rose Morgan, 21, of HC 60, Box 70, Pine Grove, 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.

The case of Mary Bennett, 59, of 421 1/2 Maple Ave., New Martinsville, was continued until April 20 at 10 a.m. in order to allow Attorney Gardner and Prosecutor Haught time to work on reaching a plea agreement. 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.

Attorney Gardner believes they have an agreement reached in the case of Robbin Sue Norris, 36, of P. O. Box 144, Hundred, who is facing 18 counts of forgery and uttering offenses.

The offenses are to have occurred in 2011 on the account of Frances C. Finnin and Carolyn D. Crone-Aamot. There are eight counts each of forgery and uttering at B & C Deli for checks totaling $976 and one count each of forgery and uttering for a check in the amount of $76 at Koontz’s Country Cupboard. She will return to court on April 20 at 10 a.m.

Lastly, the case of Jonathan Jones, 20, of 111 Helen Street, Paden City, was continued until April 19 at 10 a.m. as Attorney Roger Weese said a minor revision needs to be made to a plea agreement. Jones was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

Jones faces a two-count indictment for offenses to have occurred on or about July 8 in Wetzel County. 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.