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Judge Cramer Hears Circuit Court Matters

February 27, 2019
BY ED PARSONS - STAFF WRITER (EPARSONS@TYLERSTARNEWS.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

Judge Jeffrey D. Cramer addressed the following matters in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Thursday, Feb. 21:

Lewis Ray Anderson, 24 of 6310 McElroy Creek Road, West Union, appeared in court for a scheduled status hearing on his charge by the Wetzel County Grand Jury of "failure to update sex offender registry information." The felony offense is alleged to have occurred between July 16 and July 28, of 2018 in Wetzel County.

Anderson's attorney, Brett Ferro, told the court there has been no agreement in the case, and a trial date should be set. Judge Cramer set Feb. 27 as a date for a voluntariness hearing, if necessary, and scheduled March 11 as the trial date. It was anticipated it would be a one-day trial. Anderson was ordered to return to court on the above dates. His bond was allowed to continue and he was free to go.

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John Wesley Blake, 48, of 8742 Mountaineer Highway, New Martinsville, was also in court on Thursday with his attorney, Ferro. Blake is charged in a one-count indictment with "child neglect creating risk of injury," a felony offense alleged to have occurred on April 6, 2018 in Wetzel County.

Prosecutor Tim Haught and Ferro both told the court there is a resolution agreement between the parties, which involves a diversion. Judge Cramer said bond would continue in the matter until the diversion is put in place. Blake was allowed to remain free.

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Michael Tyrone Blare, 36, of 957 Husky Highway, Fairmont, W.Va., was previously charged in a one-count indictment with the felony offense of DUI - third offense. On Feb. 21, it was announced a proposed plea agreement had been reached but has not yet been reduced to writing. Judge Cramer told the parties to return to court for a plea hearing on Feb. 27, at 9 a.m. Blare is on bond which was allowed to continue.

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Attorney Kevin Neiswonger reported a trial date is necessary in the case involving James Willis Bright Jr., 60, of 88E Club Road, Pleasants Plains, Arizona. Bright is charged in a six-count felony indictment, including one charge of "attempted murder" and five counts of "wanton endangerment involving a firearm." The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Pine Grove, Wetzel County on October 29, 2018.

Judge Cramer set a trial date of April 23. He ordered Bright to be at court by 8:30 a.m. and said jury selection would begin at 9 a.m. Bond for Bright was allowed to continue without objection from the state; he was free to go, pending the trial.

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Attorney Ferro told the court a plea agreement had been reached between the state and the defense in the case involving Randy Lee Cline, 50, of 607 North Seventh Avenue, Paden City. Cline was charged in a two-count felony indictment with "driving while revoked for DUI - third offense" and "fleeing from an officer in a vehicle," allegedly occurring on November 26, 2018.

Judge Cramer set a return date of Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m. for the plea hearing. Cline was allowed to remain free on bond, pending the hearing.

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Attorney David White reported a resolution had been reached in the case involving Nancy Mae Cox, 35, of 8742 Mountaineer Highway, New Martinsville. Cox is charged in a one-count felony indictment, "child neglect creating a risk of injury." The offense allegedly occurred on April 6, in Wetzel County. White said the resolution involves Cox being placed on a diversion.

Judge Cramer allowed bond to continue until the matter is resolved.

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Prosecutor Tim Haught reported that a resolution had been reached in the case involving Amanda Nicole Dennis, 37, of Florida. Dennis had been charged by the grand jury with the felony offense of embezzlement. Haught said Dennis would make restitution in the case, but she is waiting for her income tax return.

Judge Cramer set a return date for March 6, if needed. He said if Dennis makes the restitution, she will not have to return to court. Bond in the case continued, and Dennis was free to leave.

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Attorney Patricia Kurelac said the defense had received a tentative offer from the state, but had yet to review it yet in the case involving Jenna Kay Erb, 38, of 253 Chelsea Street, Sistersville. Erb has a three-count indictment against her, charging felony burglary and two misdemeanor counts of destruction of property. The offenses are alleged to have occurred on August 5 in Wetzel County. Judge Cramer set a return date of March 6 at 10 a.m. He said if there's no plea, he will set a trial date. Erb was ordered to return on that date. Her bond was allowed to continue.

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A trial date of April 8 was set in the case involving Mitchell Lee Erb, 33, of New Matamoris, Ohio. Erb is charged by the grand jury in a three-count indictment with the offenses of grand larceny, "unlawful taking of a vehicle (joyriding), third or subsequent offense," and felony "receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle." The offenses allegedly occurred on November 5, 2018. It was noted there was no plea agreement reached; thus, the trial date was set, and Erb was remanded to jail.

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A trial date of April 10 was set in one of the cases involving Nicholas Chad Fletcher, 39, of 245 Lemley Ridge Road, Littleton, W.Va. This case involves the charge of felony "fleeing from an officer in a vehicle," allegedly occurring Nov. 14. A second trial date, regarding charges of felony burglary and grand larceny, will be set after the first trial. These offenses allegedly occurred between July 17 and July 22, 2018.

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Attorney White said no plea had been reached in the case involving Kristi Rhena Fox-Hall, 35, of 46 Anson Street, Apt. 7, New Martinsville. She was charged in a two-count indictment with the felony offenses of burglary and grand larceny. Both offenses are alleged to have occurred on September 22, 2018 in Wetzel County.

Judge Cramer set a trial date and time of March 20, 9 a.m. for the trial. Fox is to be in court at 8:30 a.m. Fox was remanded to jail.

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A trial date of March 20 was set for the case involving George Patrick Hallowell, 39, of 131 Commercial Street, New Martinsville. Hallowell, represented by Ferro, is charged with the felony offense of uttering a false bill or note. At the status hearing

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No plea has been reached in the case involving Brandon Scott Lloyd, 33, of Route 1 Box 219, West Union, W.Va.; thus, a trial date of April 8 was set. Lloyd was charged by the grand jury in a two-count indictment; he is charged with "fleeing from an officer in a vehicle," and "gross child neglect creating a risk of death or serious bodily injury," both offenses allegedly occurred on August 21, 2018.

Lloyd is on bond, and bond was allowed to continue. He was ordered to retun to court April 8.

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Attorney Brent Clyburn reported he was in the process of obtaining telephone records, which would be beneficial to his client Denzil Ray Owens, 38, of 308 Fair Street, Middlebourne. Owens is facing a one-count indictment, charging him with felony "failure to register as a sex offender," alleged to have occurred between Sept. 1-29, 2018.

Judge Cramer set a return date for April 24, for a trial. Owens is on bond, which was allowed to continue.

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Jeffrey Allan Starkey, 65, of HC 61, Box 64, New Martinsville, will return to court Apirl 10 for trial. Starkey 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.

It was noted that after hearing from the probation office, Starkey was in violation of his supervised probation. Starkey was remanded to jail to await trial.

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Attorney Kurelac reported that a plea agreement had been reached in the case involving Ronald Lanson Wood, 40, of 1736 Doolin Run Road, New Martinsville. Wood 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.

Judge Cramer set a return date of March 6 for a plea. Wood is on bond, and bond was allowed to continue pending the plea hearing.

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Attorney Clyburn reported the defense is in negotiations with the state over a plea agreement in the case involving Randall Wayne Yoho, 58, of 732 American Ridge Road, New Martinsville. Thus, Judge Cramer ordered a return date of Feb. 27 for entry of a plea. Yoho is on bond, and bond was allowed to continue.

Yoho 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.

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Vincent Tustin, 81, of 1664 Pennsylvania Ave., Hundred, pleaded guilty to felony fraudulent schemes. He was originally charged in a five-count indictment with fraudulent schemes.

As part of his plea agreement, Tustin was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison, which was suspended for three years supervised probation. He was ordered to make restitution to the victims in the amount of $12,135, plus pay the cost of prosecution.

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The attorney of Johnny Dean Hobson, 42, of 615 Kapple Street, New Martinsville, informed the court that he was engaged in talks with the state, in hopes of a resolution. Judge Cramer ordered a return to court date of April 3 for a voluntariness hearing, and a trial date was set for April 24, 9 a.m.

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John David Wells, Jr., 22, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit forgery, a felony. He waived his right to a speedy trial and agreed to proceed on information. Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught noted Wells had conspired with another to forge checks at various places in Wetzel County.

Judge Cramer sentenced Wells to one to five years in prison, with credit for time served. He was also ordered to make restitution and pay the cost of his prosecution. He will be evaluated for drug court, and if approved, will be eligible for a rule 35 early release after six months incarceration. If he is not approved for drug court, the state will oppose the rule 35 motion. Wells was remanded to to begin serving his sentence.

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Josuha Streight, 31, of 214 South Second Ave., Paden City, entered a not guilty plea to the charge of malicious assault. He will return to court April 3 for a status hearing and further proceedings. He is currently represented by Attorney Tom White.

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Cody Allen Baters, 31, of 44493 State Route 7, Clarington, Ohio, pleaded not guilty to a two-count indictment, containing charges of felony entry of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny.

He will return to court April 3 for a status hearing. Bond was set at $10,000 cash/surety, and Baters was remanded to jail.

 
 
 

 

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