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February Grand Jury indicts nineteen


On February 5, Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton presented information which lead to the indictments for nineteen individuals by the Braxton County Grand Jury when they met last week. The Honorable Richard A. Facemire, Circuit Court Judge presided over the event. The indictments included a total of 69 various charges against those individuals.
David Gilbert Riffle of Gassaway was indicted on twenty felony charges, including soliciting a minor via computer to travel and engage the minor in prohibited sexual activity, soliciting a minor via computer, and eighteen counts of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor. West Virginia State Police SGT A.J. Shingler was the investigating officer for the case that ran for four months in 2017 in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. The defendant had multiple conversations with what he believed was a 13 year old female which was really an undercover Homeland Security Special Agent.
Darrick Brent Bosley of Burnsville is facing one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana. Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy A.L. Groves attempted to make a traffic stop on an ATV near Burnsville in October 2018. The defendant reached speed of 60 mph in an effort to avoid the officer. The deputy was able to apprehend the defendant. A subsequence search revealed one clear bag of a green leafy substance believe to be marijuana.
Larry Allen Duffield of Widen was indicted on the felony charge of fleeing with reckless indifference and one misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended third offense. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by Deputy Groves. Duffield led officers on a high speed chase in the Sutton area in June 2018.
Jack Robert Tulley of Sutton has been indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school and one count of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. In May of 2018, BCSD Deputy J.D. Jenkins used a confidential informant to purchase meth from the defendant in Gassaway as part of his investigation.
Gary Duane Cool of Monterville is facing felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine and driving while license revoked for DUI-3rd offense. Deputy Jenkins responded to a vehicle roll over crash on US Route 19 in October 2017. During his investigation of the crash, the officer found out the defendant’s license was revoked. He also located a large quantity of meth along with other drug paraphernalia.
Amber Beth Eberly of Sutton was indicted on one felony count of grand larceny and two counts each of forgery and uttering. WVSP TPR W.C. Heaster presented the evidence to the grand jury. The victim discovered unapproved transactions on her bank account in October 2017. The investigation led the officer to Eberly who had used the account information to make payments for her child support obligation and another transaction.
Travis Lee Cook of Frametown has been indicted on the felony offense of daytime burglary. WVSP TPR J.O. Hensley investigated the report of a burglary on Herold Road in Sutton in April of 2017 which led to the arrest of Cook.
Charles Crocket, Jr of Gassaway is facing numerous charges in the indictment including the felony offenses of fleeing with reckless indifference and battery on a law enforcement officer-2nd offense, and the misdemeanor count of fleeing on foot. The charges are a result of an attempted traffic stop by Deputy Groves in December 2018. Crocket led the officer on a high speed chase down Route 4 in Gassaway before he lost control of the vehicle and struck a fence post. When the deputy finally was able to catch the defendant, Crockett struck him in the face and resisted arrest.
Paul Stanley Evans of Frametown has been indicted and charged with grand larceny, destruction of property, and breaking and entering. The investigation by BCSD SGT L. Johnson was conducted in December 2018. Evans has been accused of being inside property on Elk Street in Gassaway without authorization and taking items from the property to sell.
Frank Eugene Gose of Sutton was indicted on the felony count of fleeing while driving under the influence of controlled substances. In December 2017, Deputy B.J. Williams attempted to make a traffic stop when he observed the defendant get into the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot at the Gassaway Go-Mart. The deputy knew that the defendant’s license was suspended for unpaid citations. The chase led the officer down Chapel Road before he was able to apprehend Gose.
Kari Lynn Frame of Exchange has been indicted on the felony offense of forgery and uttering. BCSD SGT T.V. Flint responded to a complaint of a stolen vehicle on Scotts Fork Bonnie Road in June of 2018. When confronted about the stolen vehicle, Frame informed the officer that the owner of the vehicle had signed it over to her. SGT Flint’s investigation led him to find out the signature on the title did not match the deceased owner’s signature.
Robert Orman Currence of Sutton was indicted on one felony count of child abuse resulting in injury after an investigation conducted by WVSP SGT K.W. Huddleston. The trooper spoke to the parent of the child who informed him that the defendant had excessively disciplined her son while in his care in December 2018. SGT Huddleston did observed massive bruising on the child.
Tonya Alisa Haley of Frametown has been indicted and charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of person prohibited from possessing a firearm. Deputy Groves along with other officers was assisting the parole officer with a home check in March of 2018 when the defendant was found in possession of a pistol along with a large quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia used for distribution.
Jackie Lee Ramsey of Ivydale was indicted on the felony charge of daytime burglary, and four misdemeanor charges including two counts of attempt to commit petit larceny, petit larceny, and indecent exposure. BCSD Deputy R. Cayton responded with fellow officers to a call on Chapel Road in Gassaway in September 2018. On scene, the officer spoke to the victim about the defendant who had entered the residence without permission and had attempted to take a shower.
Miranda Lynn Lemon of Gassaway has been charged with two felony counts of shoplifting-3rd offense resulting from an investigation in December 2018. WVSP TPR J.R. Garrett responded to the call of shoplifting in progress at the Walmart in Flatwoods. He found the defendant in possession of stolen merchandise.
Robert Earl Stutler of Ivydale was indicted on the felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine and the misdemeanor count of driving suspended-non-DUI-3rd offense. Deputy Cayton responded to a call of a vehicle blocking the road in the Frametown area in July 2018. The defendant was found sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle led the officer to located drugs and other items associated with the distribution of controlled substances.
Jacob Douglas Moats of Sutton has been indicted and charged with delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, and fleeing with reckless indifference. The investigation was led by WVSP SGT M.R. Yost. Charges stem from a traffic stop on Old Turnpike Road in August 2018.
John Shane Jenkins of Flatwoods was indicted on the seven counts of shoplifting-3rd or subsequent offense. SGT Yost obtained a copy of the store video surveillance from Pilot and Lloyds Hardware in Flatwoods. The videos showed the defendant taking items and exiting the store without paying for the items. The incident occurred in July 2018.
Casey Renee Vaden of Webster Springs has been indicted on two felony counts of aiding escape and other offenses relating to adults in custody or confinement. In November 2017, SGT Huddleston was contacted by officers at the Central Regional Jail in reference to contraband being brought into the facility. The defendant was observed by officer trying to pass items to another inmate as he walked by her cell in the booking area.
(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 plea 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.)


Elizabeth Dittman signs to play soccer at GSC


Elizabeth Dittman, a four-year player on the Eagles’ soccer team, recently signed to play at Glenville State College.




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Braxton football players plan to play at GSC

Jay Cooper and Aidan Watson signed a letter of intent last week to play football at Glenville State College. Both played four years for the BCHS Eagles, and both saw action offensively as wide receivers. On defense, they were both cornerbacks. During their high school careers, both received LKC honors, although in different years.









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Board of Ed recognizes
HS Science Bowl teams

The Braxton County Board of Education held their most recent meeting on February 5. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Jill Cooper and Vice President David Hoover opened with a non-denominational prayer. All board members were present along with Braxton County High School senior Will Skidmore as the high school representative.

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Sexual assault allegations land Copen man in jail

On Tuesday, February 5, the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit received information from a Braxton County School official in reference to Ercel Nicholson, 56, of Copen possibly having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Taskforce members, assisted by Cpl. P.A. Huff of the West Virginia State Police and Capt. B. Scarbro of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department traveled to the home of the suspect in Copen. The officers were unable to make contact with Nicholson, however, their follow up with neighbors and the victim’s family, lead them to Burnsville where they located the suspect.

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