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Grand jury indicts twenty-nine

On Tuesday, February 4, the Braxton County Grand Jury convened with the Honorable Richard A. Facemire, Circuit Court Judge presiding. The jury returned indictments against 29 individuals on a total of 80 various charges. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton presented the state’s cases.
Jacob Douglas Moats, 27 of Sutton has been indicted on one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Braxton county Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bradley Williams presented the evidence to the grand jury. The deputy was conducting road patrol on December 20 in the Gassaway area when he tried to initiate a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle. Moats, the driver of the vehicle, fled down Chapel Road to avoid the officer.
Kenton Eugene Turner, 25 of Elizabeth, was indicted by the grand jury on three felony charges including sexual assault in the second degree, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust to a child, and failure to provide notice of sex offender registration changes. The defendant is accused of raping a 14 year old girl he was babysitting. Turner is a registered sex offender in Wirt County and never updated his registry when he moved to Braxton. West Virginia State Police TPR Eric Bostic presented the evidence for the case.
Kyra Candice Clark, 31 of Philippi, is facing a felony charge of receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle following and incident from November 24. WVSP TPR Joey Garrett responded to call of destruction of property and trespassing in the Orlando area. Upon arriving on scene, he located the suspect in a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
Bradley David Carpenter, 29 of Glenville, has been indicted and charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and gross child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death. On April 19, WVSP TPR Erica Schoolcraft conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with an obstructed registration. During the search of the vehicle, she located meth and in the diaper bag next to a four year old child in the back seat a set of scales with a white residue. The drugs were allegedly purchased from Tara Jo Turley.
BCSD Deputy Jeremy Jenkins presented the evidence in the case against Turley, 44, and Michael Willis McCord, Jr., 26. From the information provided by Carpenter, the deputy was able to secure a search of their residence in Heaters on May 24. Both individuals were indicted on two felony counts of conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and delivery of methamphetamine following the investigation.
Brady Mariea Wine, 41 of Copen, was indicted on the felony offense of first degree arson. TPR Garrett spoke to the grand jury about a call of an active domestic on Copen Road on August 17. At the scene, Wine had allegedly tried to burn the residence using gas and a lighter.
Stephanie Shyann Dunbar, 22 of Clarksburg has been indicted on the charges of burglary, conspiracy, destruction of property, and trespassing. On July 25, WVSP CPL J.D. Jordan responded to call at a camp on Bear Creek Road. According to the owner of the property, three individuals, including Dunbar, had been staying in the camp without permission.
Jeffrey Earnest Mollohan, 45 of Duck, is facing charges of grand larceny and conspiracy following an investigation from February 26. TPR Jason Hensley responded to a call of a stolen ATV from a residence in the Exchange area. Using security footage from the scene, the trooper was able to positively identify one of the suspects as Mollohan.
Joshua Jackson Carder, 40 of Weston, was indicted on the felony offense of aiding escape and other offenses relating to adults in custody or confinement. On October 3, 2018, the defendant attempted to transport Clonazepam into the Central Regional Jail. TPR Hensley presented the evidence to the grand jury.
Kristopher Adam Speas, 37 of Weston, has been indicted by the grand jury and charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of grand larceny. BCSD Deputy Richard Clayton and WVSP TPR Hensley presented the information from the investigation of tools stolen from a garage in the Fall Mills area on September 10. When officers searched the suspect’s vehicle after obtaining a search warrant, they located those stolen items among others.
John Ryan Richardson, 34 of Gassaway, was indicted on four counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, and one count of conspiracy. BCSD Deputy Bryce Scarbro, Deputy Cleve Westfall, Deputy Andrew Groves and Deputy Clayton, provided the evidence to the grand jury from investigation in August and September 2018.
Dusten Brice Stewart, 29 of Sutton has been indicted on two counts of illegal possession of destructive devices, explosive materials, or incendiary devices. On November 24, Deputy Groves answered a request to investigate fuel being stolen from trucks in the parking lot at the Family Dollar in Gassaway. The officer located the vehicle in question. During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Groves found blasting caps on the suspect.
Amber Dawn Lowther, 34 of Ireland was indicted on the felony offense of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Deputy Groves conducted a traffic stop when he detected the odor of marijuana. He located a white crystal like substance that field tested positive for meth during a search of the vehicle.
William Ray Justice, 43 of Sutton was indicted on six charges including two counts of driving while license revoked for DUI-3rd offense, fleeing with reckless indifference, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, fleeing on foot, and obstructing an officer. The charges stem from two incidents in January and March 2019. During one traffic stop, the defendant was stopped for a brake light out. The second time police attempted a traffic stop for driving left of center when Justice led them down Route 5 in Burnsville trying to escape. Deputy Luke Johnson and Deputy Groves presented the evidence to the grand jury.
Donald Thomas Boggess, 61 of Ovid, Colorado, was indicted by the grand jury on two felony charges, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and transportation of a controlled substance into the state. Deputy Johnson conducted a traffic stop on December 2 on a vehicle for no registration when he detected the strong odor of marijuana. A large quantity of marijuana was located in the vehicle during a search.
Theodore Roosevelt Roby, II, 35 of Bridgeport has been indicted on fleeing with reckless indifference, driving while license revoked for DUI-3rd offense, and fleeing on foot. Deputy Johnson attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle exiting I-79 on the southbound exit at Burnsville when it did not come to a complete stop and the end of the ramp. The defendant fled down Route 5 towards Burnsville in an attempt to escape the deputy.
Kenneth Buster Cogar, 33 of Sutton and Cameron Wade Crites, 20 of Birch River, were both indicted on charges from an investigation into a stolen ATV and motorcycle. The suspected vehicle with the stolen property was spotted at the Go-Mart in Birch River. Both defendants were in the vehicle as well as a juvenile. Cogar was indicted on conspiracy, accessory after the fact, and destruction of property. Crites was charged with burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy, and destruction of property. Deputy Johnson presented the evidence to the grand jury.
Joshua Allen Harris, 28 of Charlottesville, Virginia, was indicted by the grand jury on receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, fleeing with reckless indifference, conspiracy, and destruction of property. On November 26, TPR Caleb Harper joined a vehicle pursuit coming into Braxton County from Kanawha County. The car was reported stolen and was driven by the suspect. The pursuit continued until it wrecked in Jane Lew. The passenger, Shayna Maria Marshall, 28 of Hillborough, Florida, was indicted on fleeing with reckless indifference, conspiracy, and destruction of property.
Erica Leigh Westfall, 31 of Summersville, has been charged with the felony count of aiding escape and other offenses relating to adults in custody or confinement. On October 1, officials at CRJ located meth in her bra during a strip search. WVSP CPL Phi Huff presented the evidence.
Jamie Allison Mathes, 43 of Richwood, is facing charges of grand larceny and three counts of acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, theft, deception or subterfuge. In August, CPL Huff investigated Mathes when law enforcement learned that Mathes in her official capacity as Braxton County EMS Director had tried to inject drugs in the office. During the investigation, narcotics were found missing from the safe and used vials of morphine, Fentanyl, and Versed along with used needles were located.
Gary Lynn Cogar, II, 32, and Kristin Felicia Bender, 34, both of Sutton, were indicted on possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy. Deputy Westfall conducted a traffic stop at Herold Bridge in which Cogar was the driver of the vehicle. During the search, Bender, the passenger of the vehicle, admitted to having meth in their possession.
Shane Wayne Thompson, 30 of Sutton, has been charged with two counts of child neglect resulting in injury and one count of child abuse resulting in injury. TPR George Jones conducted the investigation of a possible child abuse claim at an elementary school on August 21.
Jason Charles King, 41 of Frametown, was indicted on the felony offenses of burglary and grand larceny. Deputy Westfall provided the information from an investigation into stolen tools from a barn on Bear Run Road in Gassaway on September 1.
Leslie Ann Ramsey, 35 of Gassaway, was indicted by the grand jury on shoplifting-3rd or subsequent offense. The incident occurred at the Family Dollar on August 13. TPR Jones presented the evidence from the investigation.
March Christopher Carson, 31 of Gassaway, has been indicted on one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. On September 3, Deputy Westfall responded to a car wreck on Cutlip’s Fork. The suspect told the officer he had fallen asleep. Deputy Westfall located meth in the vehicle during a search.
(Editor’s Note: The return of an indictment by a Grand Jury indicates that a person has been charged formally by the State with the commission of a crime or crimes. It is an accusation. The U.S. Constitution provides that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the State. Upon entering a pleas of innocent, persons accused of a crime are entitled to a trial by a jury of their peers. The guilt or innocence of the accused is determined by a Petit Jury, not by means of an indictment by a Grand Jury.)


Smith sets record for career 3-point goals

In a recent game against Webster, Braxton senior Peyton Smith set a new school record for career three-point goals for BCHS girls’ basketball..

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Gray signs to play football at GSC

Brandon Gray, a four year starter for the Braxton County Eagles, recently signed a letter of intent to play football for the Glenville State Pioneers. Braxton’s center and defensive end explained that he has: always wanted to play there. “I went to Glenville’s football camps, and I fell in love with Glenville,” Gray added.

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Board conducts expulsion hearings, recognizes student achievements

The most recent meeting of the Braxton County Board of Education was held on February 4. Before the regular meeting, board members conducted two student expulsion hearings in executive session as part of a special meeting. Board member Bradley Shingler made two separate motions for the 365 days of expulsions for the students following the recommendations of the superintendent which were approved by the board when they reconvened back into session. The special meeting adjourned at 5:39 pm.

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Commission hears request to remove administrator

The first act of business at last Friday’s Braxton County Commission meeting was to hear a request by George Cameron Baker to remove Daniel C. Cooper as executor for the estate of George C. Baker, deceased. Raymond Keener, attorney for George Baker outlined the request to the Commission. Attorney Terry Rogers, spoke on behalf of family members opposing the change. Commission President George Skidmore told those in attendance that the Commission was awaiting a written opinion from the Prosecuting Attorney regarding discovery questions. Following a discussion, Lisa Godwin made a motion to set a hearing on the matter for March 6 at 10:00 a.m. to allow for the PA’s response.

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