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Two Arrested For Meth

By Staff | Jan 11, 2017

Photo provided Pictured is the meth that was picked up during a traffic stop in Pine Grove on Sunday, Jan. 8. Howard Starkey and Melissa Lowe were arrested as a result of the find.

Wetzel County Sheriff Mike Koontz reported that the sheriff’s office conducted a traffic stop, that resulted in two arrests, on Sunday, Jan. 8.

The stop occurred on Route 20, in Pine Grove.

According to Koontz, at around 2:40 p.m., deputies from the office conducted a traffic stop, for equipment violation, on a 1998 Honda Accord.

While investigating the traffic stop and equipment violation, deputies discovered approximately 37 grams of a drug, suspected to be methamphetamine. Other items, used for the distribution and consumption of illegal drugs, were also discovered.

As a result of these findings, Howard Starkey, of Wetzel County, and Melissa Lowe, of West Liberty, Ohio, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, with the intent to deliver.


In another matter, Wetzel County Sheriff Mike Koontz advises that there have recently been several thefts in Wetzel County, specifically in the Mobley area.

Koontz said two Yahama Rhino side-by-side utility vehicles were stolen from the Lowman Ridge area of Wetzel County, from a hunting camp, in December. He said the investigation into this theft is still ongoing.

According to Koontz, on Dec. 21 there was a burglary in the Mobley area of Wetzel County in which there were various items stolen from a hunting camp. Among the items stolen was a Can-Am Commander utility vehicle. Koontz said this side-by-side vehicle has since been recovered. The sheriff said no charges have been filed, but the investigation is still pending and an arrest is expected.

Also, a breaking and entering took place in the Mobley area of Pine Grove on Jan. 3. Koontz said someone stole guns, jewelry, and an ATV winch.

Koontz reported that Greg Coen, a Wetzel County resident, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect/s who stole his two Can-Am Commanders. One of the UTVs is a two-seat vehicle, while the other is a four-seat vehicle. These were stolen from the North Fork area of Wetzel County.

Koontz noted that these were the four recent thefts in the area. As always, he urged residents to be vigilant. Furthermore, those with information on any thefts are urged to call the sheriff’s department at 304-455-2430.