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Grand Jury Hands Down Indictments

January 16, 2019
Wetzel Chronicle

The Wetzel County January 2019 Grand Jury met behind closed doors on Tuesday, Jan. 8. As a result, 22 individuals have been charged at the circuit court level. The charges include attempted murder, sexual assault, child neglect, burglary, and drug-related offenses, among others.

Those indicted, and their charges, are as follows:

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James Willis Bright, Jr., 60, of 88E Club Road, Pleasant Plains, Arizona, has been given a six-count indictment. Count one charges him with attempted murder, to have occurred on or about October 29, 2018 when Bright allegedly shot at another with a firearm.

Counts two through seven charged Bright with wanton endangerment. Each count alleges that Bright discharged a firearm at a vehicle being driven by another individual.

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Glen R. Anderson, 64, of 27 Mexico Lane, Reader, is charged in an eight-count indictment and a two-count indictment.

The eight-count indictment included the charge of sexual assault in the first degree, two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian, sexual abuse in the first degree, three counts of distribution and display to minor of obscene matter, and enticing minor to photograph sexually explicit conduct. These offenses allegedly occurred between July 15, 2018 and October 1, 2018.

Anderson's second two-count indictment charges him with sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual abuse by a custodian. Both offenses are to have occurred between July 15, 2018 and October 1, 2018.

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John Wesley Blake, 48, of 8742 Mountaineer Highway, New Martinsville, is charged in a one-count indictment with child neglect creating risk of injury. This offense allegedly occurred on or about April 6, 2018.

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Nancy Mae Cox, 35, of 8742 Mountaineer Highway, New Martinsville, is also charged in a one-count indictment with child neglect creating risk of injury. This offense was to have occurred on or about April 6, 2018.

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Ronald Lanson Wood, 40, of 1736 Doolin Run Road, New Martinsville, received an eight-count indictment from the grand jury, charging him with burglary, the misdemeanor offense of domestic battery, two counts of the misdemeanor offense of battery, the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property, two counts of strangulation, and the misdemeanor offense of unlawful restraint. The indictment alleges that on November 17, 2018, Wood did break and enter a dwelling house, with the intent to commit a crime. The indictment further alleges domestic battery, stating Wood intentionally grabbed another and attempted to drag them from the above-mentioned residence. Two counts of battery each allege that Wood pushed a separate individual at the above-mentioned residence. A charge of destruction of property alleges that Wood destroyed personal property at the above-mentioned residence, in an amount less than $2,500.

Two counts of strangulation each allege that between October 15 and November 17, 2018, Wood strangled an individual. A charge of unlawful restraint, alleged to have occurred during the timespan mentioned above, accuses Wood of restraining an individual in a box truck with the intent that the individual not be allowed to leave the box truck.

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Joshua Eugene Streight, 31, of 214 S 2nd Avenue, Paden City, was charged in a one-count indictment with malicious assault, alleged to have occurred between November 30 and December 1 of 2017 when Streight allegedly picked up another individual and slammed their body onto the floor.

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Brandon Scott Lloyd, 33, of Route 1 Box 219, West Union, received a two-count indictment, charging him with fleeing from an officer in a vehicle and gross child neglect creating risk of death or serious bodily injury. The indictment alleges that on or about August 21, 2018, Lloyd feloniously fled in a vehicle from Deputy Donald Bordenkircher, of the Wetzel County Sheriff's Office, who had activated his blue lights and siren. The indictment alleges that Lloyd showed reckless indifference to the safety of others, including the child who was in the vehicle he was driving.

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Lewis Ray Anderson, 24, of 6310 McElroy Creek Road, West Union, was given a one-count indictment, charging him with failure to update sex offender registry information. The charge alleges that between July 16 and July 26, 2018, Anderson failed to update his registry information by failing to update the addresses or provide the address of any habitable real property where he intends to reside or resides at the time.

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Denzil R. Owens, 38, of 308 Fair Street, Middlebourne, was charged by the grand jury in a one-count indictment, charging him with failure to register as a sex offender. This offense allegedly occurred between September 1 and September 30, 2018 when Owens failed to report in the month of his birth, to renew his sex offender registration with the West Virginia State Police.

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Nicholas Chad Fletcher, 39, of 245 Lemley Ridge Road, Littleton, received two indictments from the grand jury. The first indictment charges him with burglary and grand larceny. These charges allege that between July 17 and July 22 of 2017, Fletcher entered the residence of another and stole goods with a value of more than $1,000.

A separate, one-count, indictment charges Fletcher with fleeing from an officer, to have occurred on November 14, 2018. The indictment claims that Fletcher fled from Hundred Police Chief Joshua Cecil, after Cecil had activated his blue lights and siren.

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Codey Allen Baters, 31, of 44493 State Route 7, Clarington, Ohio, was charged through a two-count indictment with entry of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny, to have occurred on or about November 10, 2018. The indictment states that Baters entered commercial property housing a business known as Universal Blasco and stole a laptop computer.

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Jeffery Allan Starkey, 54, of New Martinsville, received a four-count indictment, charging him with possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) with intent to deliver, misdemeanor driving while revoked for DUI, misdemeanor expired registration, and misdemeanor no insurance. These offenses allegedly occurred on or about June 10.

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Randall Wayne Yoho, 58, of 732 American Ridge Road, New Martinsville, was given a three-count indictment, charging him with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled narcotic substance (Xanax) with intent to deliver, and possession of a controlled substance (Tramadol) with intent to deliver. These offenses allegedly occurred on or about May 31, 2018.

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Natasha Lynn Tedrow, 27, of 632 Maple Avenue, New Martinsville, received a three-count indictment, containing charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) with intent to deliver, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and false evidence of registration. These offenses allegedly occurred on May 26, 2018. The second count alleges that Tedrow was previously convicted of conspiracy to deliver Subutex, which thereby prohibits her from possessing a firearm. The third count alleges that Tedrow was using a registration plate that was registered to another vehicle other than the one she was driving.

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Jenna Kay Erb, 38, of 253 Chelsea Street, Sistersville, received a three-count indictment from the grand jury, charging her with burglary and two counts of misdemeanor destruction of property.

The indictment alleges that on August 5, 2018 Erb entered the residence of another, destroying the door of the residence, as well as a television.

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Michael Lee Erb, 32, of 101 Evans Street, New Matamoras, Ohio (homeless) received a three-count indictment, charging him with grand larceny, unlawful taking of vehicle (joyriding) - third or subsequent offense, and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. All offenses allegedly occurred on or about November 5, 2018. Erb allegedly stole and drove a 1966 Ford Fairlane, having a value of more than $1,000. Erb was convicted for unlawful taking of vehicle (joyriding) previously - July 2017, July 2012, May 2008, July 2009, and April 2018. The charge of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle alleges that Erb had a vehicle in his possession, knowing it was unlawfully taken.

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Kristi Rhena Fox-Hall, 35, of 46 Anson Street Apt. 7, New Martinsville, was charged in a two-count indictment with burglary and grand larceny, to have occurred on or about September 22, 2018. The indictment alleges that Fox-Hall unlawfully broke and entered the residence of another and stole goods having a cumulative value of more than $1,000.

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Amanda Nicole Dennis, 37, of 24423 Energy Highway, New Martinsville, received a one-count indictment from the grand jury, charging her with embezzlement. The indictment states that between August 1, 2017 and March 12, 2018, Dennis, embezzled more than $1,000 in funds belonging to Packy's Beer & Tobacco, in Wetzel County.

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George Patrick Hallowell, 49, of 131 Commercial Street, New Martinsville, has been charged with uttering false bill or note, to have occurred on September 13, 2018. The indictment states that Hallowell uttered, or attempted to employ as true, a false $100 bill, knowing it to be false.

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Daniel Ray Kessler, 20, of 187 N State Route 2, New Martinsville, was charged in a one-count indictment with failure to appear on felony bail, to have occurred on or about November 7, 2018.

The indictment states Kessler failed to appear after being charged by felony indictment in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

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Michael Tryone Blare, 35, of 957 Husky Highway, Fairmont, was given a one-count indictment, charging him with driving while revoked for DUI - third offense.

The indictment states that on or about May 2, 2018, Blare operated a motor vehicle on State Route 7 in Wetzel County, though his privilege to do such had been suspended. Blare was previously convicted of Driving Suspended/Revoked for DUI in September 2014 and in February 2015.

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Randy Lee Cline, 50, of 607 N 7th Avenue, Paden City, was given a two-count indictment, charging him with driving while revoked for DUI - third offense and fleeing from an officer. It is charged that Cline, on or about Nov. 26, operated a motor vehicle in Paden City, though his privilege to do such had been suspended or revoked. Cline has been convicted for Driving Suspended/Revoked for DUI in August 2018 and in July 2013.

The indictment further states that Cline fled in a vehicle from Paden City Police Department Officer Raphe Bailes, after Bailes had activated his blue lights and siren.

 
 
 

 

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