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Wetzel Grand Jury Returns Indictments

By Staff | Jan 17, 2018

The Wetzel County Grand Jury returned the following indictments during its Jan. 9 session:

Tanya M. Southern, 50, of 781 Third Street, New Martinsville was handed down a five-count indictment. The first count charges Southern with unlawful shooting at another in street alley or public resort. Southern is accused of shooting a gun at a man while he was in his vehicle, leaving her residence, causing the bullet to cross Monroe Ave and W.Va. Route 2. The offense allegedly occurred on or about Oct. 1, 2017. In addition, Southern is charged with domestic assault, brandishing a deadly weapon, wanton endangerment involving a firearm and shooting across a road or near a building or crowd.

Crystal Lynn Aston, 35, of 664 Maple Avenue, New Martinsville, is charged with the felony offense of malicious assault, allegedly occurring on or about March 31, 2017. According to the indictment, Aston allegedly struck and wounded the victim in the head with a flashlight.

Billy Joe Barnette, 45, of 163 Burlington Road, New Martinsville, is charged with felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender, allegedly occurring between May 1 and June 16 of 2017. Barnette is accused of knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously failing to report a cell phone to the W.Va. State Police detachment in Wetzel County.

Steven Anthony Blatt II, 31, of 606 North 5th Avenue, Paden City, is charged with the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, allegedly occurring on or about Nov. 6, 2017. According to the indictment, Blatt is accused of unlawfully, intentionally, knowingly and feloniously possessing methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to deliver the same in Wetzel County.

Lindsay Nicole Burley, 25, of P.O. Box 301, Hundred is charged with one felony count of grand larceny and one felony count of conspiracy. According to the two-count indictment, between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14, 2017 Burley allegedly stole goods and chattels having a cumulative value of more than $1,000. Additionally, she is accused of unlawfully conspiring with another person to commit an offense against the State by intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously conspiring with Kelly Lee Tustin to steal a UTV in Wetzel County.

Kayla Dawn Cecil, 27, of 162 Furbee Ridge Road, Reader, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a schedule II controlled substance allegedly occurring on or about Dec. 8, 2017.

Mitchell Lee Erb, 21, of 911 Pioneer Community Road, St. Marys, is charged with receiving stolen goods allegedly occurring on or about July 25, 2017. According to the indictment, Erb is accused of knowingly, intentionally, unlawfully and feloniously receive from another person, a Jeep Patriot valued at more than $1,000 in Wetzel County which he allegedly knew or had reason to believe had been stolen.

Zachary Jeremiah Ferrebee, 28, of 133 South 1st Avenue, Paden City, is charged with the felony offense of breaking and entering allegedly occurring on or about Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2017. Ferrebee is accused of intentionally, unlawfully and feloniously breaking and entering a building with the intent to commit a larceny.

James A. Haught, 23, of 717 Sixth Street, New Martinsville, is charged with three felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender allegedly occurring between July 31 and Nov. 27. The first-count of the indictment alleges that Haught knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously failed to add an employer to his registration information. The second-count alleges that he knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously failed to update his school status to his registration information. Lastly, Haught is accused in the third-count of the indictment of failing to update his probation officer to his registration information at the West Virginia State Police detachment in Wetzel County.

Amanda Lenn Higginbotham, 26, of Morgan Run Road, Smithfield, was handed down a four-count indictment charging her with forgery, uttering two-counts of conspiracy. According to the indictment, on or about May 20, Higginbotham allegedly conspired with Ashley Nicole Iseli to forge and utter check number 730149 in the amount of $238.92 which was cashed at Simon’s Market in Pine Grove.

Benjamin Ray Highley, 46, of HC 60 Box 43C, Reader is charged with possession of motor vehicle without vehicle identification amount and altering a vehicle identification number allegedly occurring between March 11 and April 22, 2017.

Kevin Joseph Hubbard, 27, of RR1 Box 47B, Glen Easton, was handed down a three-count indictment charging him with malicious assault, strangulation and third offense domestic battery allegedly occurring on or about April 27.According to the indictment, Hubbard is accused of choking another with the intent to maim, disfigure or kill. Count-two of the indictment states that Hubbard maliciously, unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously strangle another without his consent. Hubbard was convicted previously of domestic battery on three separate occassions in the Marshall County magistrate court on Nov. 4, 2014, Sept. 27, 2012 and Aug. 30, 2009.

Thomas James Hull, 25, of 32 Ross Street, New Martinsville, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) with the intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy allegedly occurring Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, 2017. According to the indictment, Hull is accused of possesing and delivering heroin, a schedule I narcotic. Count-three of the indictment alleges that Hull conspired with Arthur Moore to commit an offense against the state by delivering the narcotic.

Ashley Nicole Iseli, 30, of 1704 Ritchie Avenue, Fairmont, as handed down a four-count indictment charging her with forgery, uttering two-counts of conspiracy. According to the indictment, on or about May 20, Iseli allegedly conspired with Amanda Lenn Higginbotham to forge and utter check number 730149 in the amount of $238.92 which was cashed at Simon’s Market in Pine Grove.

Stacey Nichole Jones, 34, of 186 Scaffold Run, Spencer, is charged with grand larceny allegedly occurring on or around Nov. 21, 2016. Jones is accused of knowingly, intentionally, unlawfully and feloniously steal, take and carry away goods and chattels having a cumulative value of more than $1,000

Alexander Cleveland King, 32, 148 South Main Street, New Martinsville, is charged with uttering false bill or note allegedly occurring May 7, 2017. King is accused of intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously utter or attempt to employ as true a false one hundred dollar note or bill, knowing it to be false.

Jason Anthony Litton, 37, of 133 South First Avenue, Paden City, was handed down two three-count indictments from separate incidences. The first indictment charges Litton with daytime burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy allegedly occurring between July 24 and July 31, 2017. Litton is accused of entering without breaking a New Martinsville residence where he stole goods valuing more than $1,000. The final count alleges that Litton conspired with Ashley Willhoite to steal goods from the victim.

The second indictment charges Litton with three counts of third offense shoplifting allegedly occurring July 1, Aug. 21 and Aug. 31 at Walmart in New Martinsville. Litton was previously charged with shoplifting in the magistrate court of Wetzel County on March, 18, 2012 and in the Moundsville Municipal court on Jan. 18, 2013.

Dustine Michael Moore, 24, of 6 Witschey’s Addition Street, New Martinsville, was handed down a four count indictment charging him with delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine), and two counts conspiracy allegedly occurring on or about May, 30, 2017. According to the indictment, Moore is accused of intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously delivering methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance and he had possession of Buprenorphine, a schedule III narcotic. Additionally, he is accused of conspiring with Robert Anderson to deliver methamphetamine as well as buprenorphine.

Gregory Dalton Morgan, 23, 404 Virginia Street, New Martinsville was handed down a three-count indictment charging him with the felony grand larceny, a misdemeanor offense of breaking and entering an automobile and destruction allegedly occurring April 2, 2017. The indictment accuses him of knowingly, intentionally, unlawfully and feloniously stealing goods valuing more than $1,000. The second-count alleges that he broke and entered an automobile with the intent to commit larceny. Last, he is accused of destroying the property of another.

William Paul Morgan, 38, of 318 South Wells Street, Sistersville, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender allegedly occurring between Sept. 1 and Sept. 29, 2017. According to the indictment, Morgan is accused of failing to report a change of address to the West Virginia State Police detachment in Wetzel County.

Justin Alan Richeson, 35, of Rt. 20, Reader is charged with nighttime burglary allegedly occurring on April 26, 2017. Richeson is accused of intentionally, unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously entering a New Martinsville, with the intent to commit a larceny therein.

Leslie Wayne Riel, 69, of 20 Union Street, New Martinsville is charged with retaliation agains a public official allegedly occurring on Aug. 27, 2016. Riel is accused of threatening to kill an officer of the New Martinsville Police Department for the performance of his duties as a law enforcement officer in Wetzel County.

Ryan Nicklaus Richmond, 24, of 639 Wise Acres Road, New Martinsville, is charged with possession of controlled substance (heroin) with intent to deliver, allegedly occurring Dec. 5, 2017.

Charles L. Roberts, 59, of 292 Bear Run Road, Littleton, is charged with six-counts of failure to update sex offender registry information, allegedly occurring between Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, 2017. According to the indictment, Roberts is accused of failing to do the following: report two electronic mail accounts, report two cell phone numbers, report a Facebook account, and report a Grindr account.

Robert Jack Six, 33, of HC 62 Box MM, Burton, was handed down two separate indictments. The first indictment charges him with driving under the influence of alcohol-third offense, allegedly occurring on or about Sept. 19, 2017. The second indictment charges him with daytime burglary and conspiracy. According to the indictment, Six conspired with James Levi Simpson to commit daytime burglary at a Wetzel County residence, allegedly occurring on or about Sept. 18, 2017.

Clarence Franklin Thayer, 35, of 917 Ashcamp Run Road, Metz, is charged with four counts of failure to register or provide notice of registration as a sex offender allegedly occurring between May 20, 2017 and Oct. 16, 2017. Thayer failed to report the following: a change in his employment status, a change in his vehicle registration, accurate information as to the starting date of his employment and accurate information as to the date he changed vehicles.

Joshua Toothman, 32, of New Martinsville was handed down two indictments for separate incidences. The first indictment charges him with retaliation against a witness, allegedly occurring on or about Feb. 5, 2017. Toothman is accused of threatening to take the life of two individuals for filing a complaint with New Martinsville Police Department, which resulted in criminal charges filed in the magistrate court. The second indictment charges Toothman with attempted nighttime burglary and conspiracy allegedly occurring Jan. 28, 2017. According to the indictment, Toothman is alleged to have conspired with Dreama Vancamp and Chrissy Rial to break and enter a residence.

Kelly Lee Tustin, 55, of PO Box 402, Hundred, is charged with grand larceny and conspiracy, allegedly occurring between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14, 2017. Tustin is accuses of conspiring with Lindsay Burley to seal a UTV with a cumulative value of more than $1,000.

Franklin Dale Welch, 27, of 46590 East Captina Highway, Alledonia, OH, is charged with nighttime burglary, allegedly occurring on or about July 3, 2017. Welch is accused of breaking and entering a New Martinsville residence.

Ashley Broke Willhouite, 37, of Paden City, was handed down two three-count indictments from separate incidences. The first indictment charges her with daytime burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy allegedly occurring between July 24 and July 31, 2017. Willhouite is accused of entering without breaking a New Martinsville residence, where she stole goods totaling more than $1,000. The final count alleges that she conspired with Jason Litton to steal goods from the victim.