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Ethan Blizzard Case Could Be Transferred to Tyler County

By Staff | Mar 2, 2016

Several matters were addressed by Judge Jeffrey Cramer on Friday, Feb. 19, in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

The case involving Ethan Tyler Blizzard could possibly be transferred to Tyler County. According to Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught, there are questions regarding where the offense exactly took place, as it might have occurred on the boundary line between Wetzel and Tyler counties.

“Ultimately, the issue doesn’t get Blizzard out of the offense,” Haught noted, adding the charges could be transferred to Tyler County or could be taken care of federally.

“He also has another charge against him,” Haught stated.

Judge Cramer granted the state’s motion to continue the trial, in order to give the state and defense time to decide what to do on the jurisdiction matter.

Blizzard will return to court March 18, 1:30 p.m. for a status hearing.

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).

The case involving Robert Jason Work has been continued generally until Work is returned to West Virginia. Currently, Work is incarcerated in Ohio, where he faces drug charges.

Work, 38, of 27 Rose Street, New Martinsville, was charged by the September 2012 grand jury with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. This offense allegedly occurred on or about June 10, 2015, in Wetzel County.

Attorney David White notified the court that the state will have to request additional bank records in the case involving Tonya Snow Rush. Therefore, the court rescheduled the matter for a status hearing on March 18, 2 p.m. Judge Cramer noted that a trial date would be set at this time.

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.

In another matter, Cramer declined the defense’s motion to reinstate bond for William J. Sisson, 23, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. A104, New Martinsville.

White, who filled in for Attorney Shane Mallet, stated that Sisson allegedly violated his bond by having a bad urine sample. White said the defense was requesting that Sisson be admitted to bond or be placed on home confinement at his parents’ home.

Prosecuting Attorney Haught said the state’s position was that Sisson should remain incarcerated for Sisson’s best interests, as well as the best interests of the community.

Cramer agreed to not reinstate bond and set a return date for March 18, 10 a.m.

Sisson was handed down a five-count indictment by the January 2016 Grand Jury.

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).

Cramer also set a return date of March 18 for Tasheena Lynn Davis.

Haught noted that discovery was not complete but was due on March 18. Furthermore, Haught noted that Davis is on supervised release with the probation office; he said he was told that Davis has allegedly tested positive for marijuana.

Cramer said he was not going to revoke Davis’ bond until the state had moved to do such; however, he sternly warned Davis to not use any controlled substances. “If we get drug results that say you have, we will place you in the Northern Regional Jail,” he stated.

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).

Also, Haught notified the court that a plea was anticipated in the case involving Darryl Gray, 58, of 625 1/2 Kappel Street, New Martinsville. Gray had previously pleaded not guilty to his charge of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Gray will return to court March 18, 2:30 p.m. for entry of a plea.

In another matter, Dathan Kimble will return to court on April 8, 2 p.m. Attorney White noted that Haught and himself have been involved in plea negotiations but had not yet reached a deal.

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).

Robert Leo Kernan, 36, of 615 Kappel Street Ext., New Martinsville, will return to court March 18 with a new attorney. Kernan’s former attorney, Brett Ferro, advised the court that he had filed a motion to withdrawal as Kernan’s counsel. Ferro said that he had been told twice by Kernan that he “doesn’t want me as his attorney.” Ferro said Kernan had contacted the bar to complain and also requested a complaint form.

Cramer said the court was not going to delve into Kernan’s issues with Ferro but added “I’m not going to let you pick your own (court-appointed) lawyer.”

Kernan said he was going to hire Kevin Neiswonger as his attorney, adding that he was now financially able to hire an attorney. Kernan said he was willing to put his property up as collateral.

Kernan previously 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).

Darren William Oliver, 26, of 622 North Sixth Avenue, Paden City, entered a not guilty plea to his charge of DUI third offense.

It was noted that there have been plea discussions in Oliver’s case.

Finally, James A. Haught pleaded guilty, by Alford, to one count of third degree sexual assault. James Haught agreed that there was enough evidence to prove that he, being older than 18 at the time, had engaged in relations with a female minor, who was younger than 18. James Haught will return to court at a later date for sentencing.