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Wade Pleads Innocent to Nine-Count Indictment

By Staff | Jun 27, 2012

Due to a medical emergency, the case involving Samuel Arthur Wade, 32, of Route 1, Box 69, Folsom, was moved to the top of the docket Thursday afternoon in Wetzel County Circuit Court. Wade, alongside court appointed attorney Jeremiah Gardner, entered a plea of innocence to his nine count indictment. A request for discovery was made by the defense and a return date was set for July 20, 10 a.m.

Counts one, four, and seven of Wade’s indictment state that at some point between Nov. 1 and Dec. 26, 2010, Wade allegedly committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the second degree. Counts two, five, and eight charge Wade with the felony offense of incest. Counts three and six charge Wade with sexual abuse by a custodian.

James Ronald Long, 61, of 414 Ohio Street, New Martinsville, also returned to court on Thursday, where Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught and Defense Attorney Scott Brown confirmed that a meeting at the alleged site of marijuana growth was held. Brown asked for additional time to file motions and Haught advised the court of testimony expected at the next hearing regarding such motions.

Both Charles Michael Young and Mary Young are both scheduled to return to court July 9 at 1:30 p.m., as Defense Attorney Kevin Neiswonger reported that discussions are ongoing with the prosecution.

Charles Michael Young, 50, and Mary Evelyn Young, 49, of Route 1, Box 31A, New Martinsville, are charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person and forgery for offenses committed against Burton Young between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 in Wetzel County.

Count one in their respective indictments allege they intentionally and feloniously misappropriated the assets of Burton Young, who is over the age of 65, by permitting the recording of a Quitclaim Deed, now of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Wetzel County, in Deed Book 424, at page 103, transferring the real property of Burton Young to their names, without the knowledge or consent of Burton Young.

Count two charges them with feloniously forging the attestation of a notary public to the same Quitclaim Deed, knowing it would be received as legal proof.

Additionally, Mary Evelyn Young’s third count in her indictment states that on or about Dec. 13, 2010, in Wetzel County, she committed the offense of uttering wherein she feloniously employed as true the above named Quitclaim Deed, when she knew the attestation of the notary public thereon was forged.

Mark Levi Blake, 31, of P.O. Box 274, Pine Grove, appeared in court Thursday where it was implied that there could possibly be a plea deal in the future. Defense Attorney Neiswonger did request for additional time with his client; hence, a return date was set for Blake for July 9, 1:30 p.m. Blake had received a three-count felony indictment. Count one was for sexual assault in the second degree for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with another person without the person’s consent. Counts two and three were for sexual abuse in the first degree for allegedly subjecting another person to sexual contact without their consent. The events were to have occurred between Dec. 31, 2009, and May 30, 2011.