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Blake Sentenced To 10-25 Years

October 2, 2012
BY LAUREN RIGGS - Staff Writer (reporter@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Mark Levi Blake, 32, of P.O. Box 274, Pine Grove, pleaded guilty Monday morning to count one, sexual assault in the second degree, of his three-count indictment.

For this crime, Blake was sentenced to 10-25 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. Upon his release, Blake must also register as a sex offender and will be supervised for 25 years thereafter.

Blake had received a three-count felony indictment. Counts two and three were for sexual abuse in the first degree for allegedly subjecting another person to sexual contact without their consent. All of the alleged events for the charges were to have occurred between Dec. 31, 2009, and May 30, 2011.Tony Eugene Cook, 47, no address given, appeared in court where he received a two-count indictment charging him with third-offense domestic battery and violation of an emergency order of protection. The indictment alleges that on or about July 10, Cook unlawfully made physical contact with his ex-girlfriend, who had an emergency order of protection against him, by striking her in the head with his head.

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Mark Levi Blake

Cook requested a reduction in bond, stating that he had a family member who would be having open heart surgery. Karl stated that he would look into reducing the bond but told Cook, "I've done this dance with you before." A return date was set for Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m. The Public Defender's Office has already been appointed in the case.

On Friday, Gary Lee Mallendick, 26, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. D202, New Martinsville, appeared in court where he received a one-count indictment charging him with delivery of heroin, which allegedly occurred on or about March 14. Thomas White was appointed as Gary Mallendick's defense attorney and a return date was set for Oct. 19, 10 a.m. It was stated that Gary Mallendick is also a defendant in another case; thus, a global bond for both cases was set at $10,000. Mallendick's other indictment charges him with delivery of marijuana, which allegedly occurred Oct. 2, 2009.

John M. Howell, 43, of HC 61 Box 114, New Martinsville, appeared in court alongside his counsel, Brent Clyburn and Keith Hart. A motion was filed for a change of venue in the case; Judge Karl then set a return date for Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m., to discuss the possible change of venue.

On Jan. 18, 2011, Howell pleaded innocent to his four-count indictment charging him with felony offenses of a sexual and violent nature said to have occurred on or about Dec. 14, 2010, in Wetzel County.

Howell faces one count each of the felony offenses of kidnapping, second degree attempted sexual assault, first degree sexual assault, and malicious assault (respective to counts one through four) for acts committed against his wife. The two had been separated since August 2010 and have a child in common.

Howell allegedly attacked the victim when she attempted to leave his residence after picking up the child. The victim was flown from Wetzel County Hospital to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Upon his arrest the evening of Dec. 14, 2010, Howell was found with scratches around his left eye, left side, and a bruise on his left arm.

Terrance Brawner, also known as "TB," 30, no address given, was given a one-count indictment charging him with attempted first degree robbery which allegedly occurred on or about Aug. 31.

Brawner wished to speak on his case, but Karl advised him against such. Karl notified Brawner that he had received correspondence from a relative of Brawner's in Georgia, stating that Brawner was in Georgia at the time the crime allegedly occurred.

The state requested that bond be set for $30,000; instead, Karl set it for $10,000 and ordered Brawner that unless he was appearing for court, he was not to be in the area.

Ryan Vown Isaacs, 26, of 65 Orchard Drive, New Martinsville, appeared in court where he received two indictments charging him with sexual related offenses. Isaacs received two counts each of sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual abuse by a custodian, each set occurring at a separate time than the other. The charges allege that Isaacs subjected a child who was supposed to be under his care to sexual contact.

Isaacs' second indictment charges him with two counts each of sexual assault in the first degree, incest, and sexual abuse by a custodian. Each set occurred at different times.

It was determined that Neiswonger would represent Isaacs, as he had represented Isaacs in an abuse and neglect case. Bond was set at $25,000 cash, and Isaacs is to return to court Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m.

Tonya McIver, 38, of Rt. 1, Box 356B New Martinsville, appeared in court where she received a five-count indictment charging her with five counts of parent authorizing sexual abuse of a child which were to have allegedly occurred on or about Nov. 25, 2011; Dec. 10, 2011; between Nov. 1, 2011 and March 21, 2012; Nov. 25, 2011; and between Nov. 1, 2011 and March 21, 2012.

The indictment states that McIver intentionally, knowingly authorized a child to engage in sexual intercourse with Charles Scott Moore.

J.K Chase was appointed as McIver's defense, and a return date was set for Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m. Bond was set for $10,000.

Capias warrants were issued for both Anthony Scott Merritt, 33, of 2158 Pleasant Valley Drive, Huntington, W.Va., and Justin Matthew Martie, 24, of 454 N. Main Street, New Martinsville.

Merritt received a two-count indictment. Count one charges him with possession of hydrocodone with the intent to deliver. This offense allegedly occurred on or about June 3. Count two states that on or about June 3 Merritt allegedly committed the offense of domestic battery in that he intentionally struck his girlfriend in the face.

Martie received a two-count indictment from the grand jury charging him with grand larceny and third degree arson. Count one states that on or about June 21, 2008, Martie feloniously stole a 2002 Suzuki Ozark ATV which belonged to David L. Smith. Count two of the indictment states that between July 5 and 14, 2008, Martie committed the felony offense of third degree arson in that he set fire to and burned a 2002 Suzuki Ozark ATV, which had a value of more than $500.

Attorney Keith Hart reported Monday that Wells' counsel in another case, Clyburn, might have a possible conflict with being Wells' defense. If this is the case, Hart stated he would probably be able to represent Wells in both cases.

Karl then set a return date for Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m.

Wells has a two-count indictment for conspiracy and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (Oxycodone). The offense was to have occurred on Jan. 19 with Zachery Jerico and Shawn Stackpole.

In addition, Wells has another indictment charging him with conspiracy, nighttime burglary, malicious assault, and assault during the commission of a felony. All of the offenses are to have occurred on Dec. 21, 2011, when Wells allegedly conspired with Wilson Scott Longwell to burglarize the residence of Brittney Griffith, 816 Fifth St., New Martinsville. The assault charges allege that Wells struck Charles W. Moore with his fists and by kicking him with his feet.

 
 

 

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