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Defendants Enter Not Guilty Pleas

By Staff | Feb 3, 2016

Several cases were heard Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Wetzel County Circuit Court, before the Honorable Judge Jeffrey Cramer.

Most individuals indicted by the January 2016 grand jury had their cases set for trial, within the upcoming weeks. Judge Cramer scheduled multiple trials, up to three, on the same day, with the expectation that only one case, or possibly none of the cases, will go to trial.

Ethan Tyler Blizzard, alongside Attorney Patricia Kurelac, pleaded not guilty for his heroin-related charges. Blizzard, 21, of 131 South Main St., New Martinsville, was charged with delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) and conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin). Blizzard’s case was set for trial, for Feb. 24. He will return to court for a pre-trial hearing 11 a.m. Feb. 19.

“My understanding is that his bond has been revoked,” Cramer noted. Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught stated that he knew a motion was filed by the probation officer but he had not seen the order.

Kurelac said the first she had received anything regarding the bond was that morning.

“My understanding is he made bond and then he made the news,” Cramer stated, referencing Blizzard’s arrest on Monday, Jan. 25. Blizzard, along with Tami Lynn Anderson, were both arrested after a search warrant was executed at a New Martinsville residence. The search yielded 675 stamp bags of heroin, with a street value estimated at $16,875, and $1,300 in cash.

George T. Anderson, 43, pleaded not guilty to his indictment. Anderson, represented by Attorney Brett Ferro, has been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and two counts of delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (oxycodone).

Anderson’s trial date was set for April 27. He is to return to court 11 a.m. April 8.

Cody Allen Baters, 28, of 44493 State Route 7, Clarington, Ohio, pleaded not guilty to his indictment that contains two charges of third-offense driving revoked for DUI. Baters’ trial was set for April 27. He will return to court 11 a.m. April 8 for pre-trial hearings.

Judge Cramer advised Baters’ attorney, Ferro, to reduce his motion for bond to writing. Prosecutor Haught had noted that Baters was stopped twice, by the same state trooper, for driving while suspended for DUI. “On the second occassion, there was a motion to revoke Baters’ bond, while he was on bond,” Haught noted.

James Robert Bradley, 44, of Post Office Box 9, Reader, pleaded guilty to his charge, of display of obscene matter to a minor.

Bradley will return to court 11 a.m., March 18 for a pre-trial hearing. His case was set as case number two for trial on March 28.

Tasheena Lynn Thompson-Davis, 27, of 126 Pike Street, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to her two separate indictments. One indictment charges Thompson-Davis with conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin).

A second indictment charges Thompson-Davis with conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin).

Thompson-Davis will return to court 1:15 p.m., Feb 19.

Charles Phillip Shanabarger, 41, of 28 Rose Street Lot 37, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana) and delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana). Shanabarger, represented by Attorney Ferro, will return to court 1:15 p.m., April 8 for a pre-trial conference.

Tonya Snow Rush, 41, of 166 Pike Street, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to each of her three indictments.

One indictment charges Rush with nine counts of “fraudulent use of an access device.” A second indictment contains a charge of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana). Rush’s third indictment charges her with misdemeanor second offense shoplifting.

Rush will return to court 1:15 p.m., Feb. 19 for a status hearing. She is currently represented by Attorneys David White and Brent Clyburn. Judge Cramer noted that he would let the state decide what to do in regards to what case will go to trial first.

Justin David Poling, 38, of 55 West Thistle Drive, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to the charges of nighttime burglary, stalking, and petit larceny. Poling will return to court 1:15 p.m., Feb. 19 for a pretrial hearing. His trial date is Feb. 22. It was noted that Poling had previously appeared before Judge David W. Hummel for a bond hearing. Bond, set at $100,000, was denied at that time.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Kaley Edgell, 32, of HC 68 Box 30, Littleton. Edgell was charged by the January 2016 grand jury with delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (buprenorphine).

Edgell will return to court 11 a.m., Feb. 19 for a pre-trial hearing. His trial date is Feb. 24.

Darren William Oliver, 26, of 622 North Sixth Avenue, Paden City, appeared in court for his arraignment but did not have an attorney. Oliver said he had a court-appointed attorney but had since obtained a job.

Oliver noted that he had not had enough time to find an attorney, as he works six days a week.

Cramer noted that he understood such but urged Oliver to find an attorney, as the matter was important.

Oliver will return to court 9:30 a.m., Feb. 11.

Robert Brad London, 36, of 819 5th Street, Apt. 1, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to his 14-count indictment, charging him with several sexual offenses. London’s case was set as the first case to go to trial on March 30. He will return to court 11 a.m., March 18 for a pre-trial conference.

Count one charges London with display of obscene matter to a minor, to have occurred between September 18, 2009 and September 18, 2011.

Counts two, five, eight, and 11 charge London with sexual assault in the first degree, to have occurred between September 18, 2009 and September 18, 2011.

Counts three, six, nine, and 12 charge London with sexual abuse, to have occurred between September 18, 2009 and September 18, 2011. Count 14 charges sexual abuse, alleged to have occurred between February 1, 2015 and February 31, 2015.

Counts four, seven, 10, and 13 charge him with incest, to have occurred between September 18, 2009 and September 18, 2011.

Darrell Gray, 58, of 625 1/2 Kappel Street, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to his charge of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Gray was given a trial date of Feb. 24. Gray, represented by Attorney Brent Clyburn, will return to court 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19 for a pre-trial hearing.

Dathan Kimble, 31, of 1469 Hornet Highway, Hundred, pleaded not guilty to his two charges – conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin). Kimble, represented by Attorney David White, will return to court for a final pret-rtial hearing at 1:45 p.m., Feb. 19. His case will head to trial on Feb. 26.

Caleb M. McCune, 20, of 141 Fairview Drive, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to each of his two indictments. A one-count indictment charges McCune with delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin); his second indictment charges him with conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin). McCune received a trial date of March 30.

Marvin D. Highley, Jr., 22, 702 Maple Avenue, New Martinsville, appeared in court without an attorney. Judge Cramer tentatively appointed the Public Defender Corporation as Highley’s representation.

The matter was set for arraignment for 9:30 a.m., Feb. 11.

Robert Leo Kernan, 36, of 615 Kappel Street Ext., New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to his three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one count of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Kernan’s case was the second case set for trial on Feb. 26. He is to return to court 1:45 p.m., Feb. 19 for a pre-trial hearing.

Sean David Grimm, 29, of 1232 Clencairn Road, Weirton, pleaded not guilty to his charge of malicious assault. Grimm, represented by Attorney Ferro, will return to court 11 a.m., April 8 for a pre-trial hearing. His case was the third case set for trial on April 25.

Michael Richard Martin, 25, of 306 North First Avenue, Paden City, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. Martin, represented by Attorney Clyburn, will return to court for a pre-trial hearing 11 a.m., April 8. His case was set as the second case for trial on April 25.

Steven Fredrick Postlethwait, 25, of 841 Haddox Run Road, Pennsboro, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Postlethwait’s case is the second case set for trial for March 30. He will return to court for a pre-trial hearing at 1:15 p.m., March 18.

Kevin Ray Morgan, 40, of 3100 Lynn Camp Road, New Martinsville, did not appear in court to answer to each of his two counts of third offense driving revoked for DUI. After a bench conference, Judge Cramer noted that the case would be passed until further notice from the prosecutor’s office.

Christine Robinson, 36, of Post Office Box 241, Littleton, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin), both to have occurred on or about February 11, 2015. Robinson’s case was the third case set for trial for March 30. She will return to court for a pretrial hearing at 1:15 p.m., March 18.

William J. Sisson, 23, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. A104, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to his five-count inictment. Sisson will return to court at 1:15 p.m., Feb. 19. His case was set for trial for Feb. 22.

Count one charges Sisson with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Count two charges Sisson with delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and counts three, four, and five charge Sisson with delivery of a counterfeit narcotic substance (heroin).

James A. Haught, 21, of 717 Sixth Street, New Martinsville, pleaded not guilty to six charges of “sexual assault in the third degree.” Haught did not have an attorney but noted he had filled out paperwork to have one appointed to him.

Cramer tentatively appointed the Public Defender Corporation as Haught’s representation.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carl “Worthy” Paul requested a $15,000 bond for Haught, which Ferro did not object to.

Haught’s trial date was set for Feb. 22; he is to appear for a pretrial hearing 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19.