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PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-22-2014

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Arthur Sean Warner, 43, of Morgantown, West Virginia, with multiple drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Warner is charged with one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana” after an investigation led by the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Warner faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 for each of the cocaine charges and up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 for the marijuana charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-22-2014
 
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Tobias Lynn Bennett, 41, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, with witness tampering, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Bennett is charged with two counts of “Witness Tampering – Aiding and Abetting.” A West Virginia State Police investigation revealed that, while incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, West Virginia, Bennett discouraged two potential witnesses from testifying at a fellow inmate’s sentencing hearing.

Bennett faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-22-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned indictments charging two Wheeling area residents with unlawful possession of firearms, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Convicted felon Melvin B. Neff, 56, of Wheeling, West Virginia, is charged with one count of “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm” after he was discovered in possession of five rifles, two shotguns, and a pistol. Neff was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County Pennsylvania for violating the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act.

Convicted felon Zachary M. Foster, 22, of Triadelphia, West Virginia, is charged with one count of “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm” after he was discovered in possession of two revolvers. Foster was previously convicted in the Circuit Court of Ohio County, West Virginia of the felony offense of Attempted Burglary.

Neff and Foster each face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Vogrin is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Wheeling Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are leading the investigations.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-21-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Shane Brantley, 38, of Lewis County, West Virginia, was sentenced for his role in distributing prescription painkillers through the office of Dr. Edita Milan, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Brantley, who is currently serving a 51 month sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm, was sentenced to an additional 8 months in prison.

Brantley pled guilty in June 201 4 to one count of “Conspiracy to use the DEA Registration Number of Another Person” after a Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force investigation revealed that he used Dr. Milan’s DEA registration number to obtain oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam. The investigation began with citizen complaints surrounding prescription writing practices in Dr. Milan’s Bridgeport, West Virginia office. Milan is scheduled for trial on November 5, 2014.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parr prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-21-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two former inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Hazelton, West Virginia were sentenced to additional time in prison for assaulting a fellow inmate and a correctional officer, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

John David Pinke, 36, and Edward C. Crow, 44, were each sentenced to an additional 275 months in prison and ordered to pay $281,548.47 in restitution for assaulting a fellow inmate. Crow was also sentenced to an additional 240 months in prison for assaulting a correctional officer. Crow’s sentences will run consecutively. Both Pinke and Crow are currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Gilmer.

In January 2013, Pinke and Crow assaulted a fellow USP Hazelton inmate in one of the prison’s recreational areas. The victim suffered stab wounds from razor blades, broken bones, and cognitive impairment. A federal jury found both Pinke and Crow guilty of one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Assault with Intent to Commit Murder,” one count of “Assault with Intent to Commit Murder – Aiding and Abetting,” one count of “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm,” and one count of “Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.” The jury also found Crow guilty of one count of “Possession of a Prohibited Object – Weapon.”

In a separate April 2013 incident, Crow used a handcrafted spear to stab a correctional officer through the food slot in his cell door. A federal jury found Crow guilty of one count of “Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding Certain Officers or Employees,” one count of “Assault With a Dangerous Weapon With Intent to Do Bodily Harm,” and one count of “Possession of a Prohibited Object – Weapon.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar and former Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Flower prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Staff at USP Hazelton led the investigations.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Morgantown Police Department Press Release 10-21-2014
 
At approximately 22:28 hours on October 18, 2014, Officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to reports of street parties with the probability of riots and fires throughout a number of locations in Morgantown. Initially gatherings started in the Sunnyside Neighborhood and continued to escalate in both size and intensity.
 
Police and Fire Personnel began addressing the crowds beginning to damage property and set fires throughout the community. Additional gatherings began appearing throughout other areas of the city to include the Central Business District.

During the course of the night a number of fires were set requiring response by the Morgantown Fire Department. Groups of individuals began pushing over street lights on High Street resulting in several thousand dollars worth of damage as well as throwing rocks, beer bottles and other blunt objects at both Public Safety Personnel and their vehicles. A number of construction sites were also breached where fencing protecting the site was destroyed.

As a result of the dangerous behavior the events were declared riots. The crowds failed to disperse after numerous warning resulting in the use of Pepper Spray and chemical munitions being deployed in order to disperse the crowds and prevent any serious injuries and minimize additional property damage.

The use of the chemical munitions resulted in the dispersal of the various groups of rioters without any serious injuries. Several individuals were arrested under various charges by a number of different law enforcement agencies that responded to requests for Mutual Aid Assistance because of the size and number of crowds engaged in criminal activity.
 
There were eight arrests by the Morgantown Police Department, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia University Police Department. Those arrested during the incident were:
  • Sean FLYNN, 18 years of age was arrested and charged with Underage Consumption, Littering Throwing Missiles and Assault on a Police Officer.
  • David LEVENDAKES, 21 years of age was arrested and charged with Malicious Burning, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication.
  • Dylan DELURY, 19 Years of age was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication.
  • Dustin JOHNSON, 21 years of age was arrested and charged with Destruction of Property, Possession of Marijuana and Obstructing/Fleeing
  • Casey KNOX, 26 years of age was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing.
  • Jae PARKS, 20 Years of age was arrested and charged with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (Deputy), Obstructing, Underage Consumption, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication.
  • Peter DAVEY, 19 Years of age was arrested and charged with Obstructing, Underage Possession/Consumption, Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication.
  • Jason THOMAS 18 Years of age, was arrested and charged with Underage Consumption, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.
  • More than 24 Criminal Citations were issued between Saturday October 18th and Sunday October 19th to include:
  • Alexander HAMM, 18 years of age was charged with Malicious Burning.
  • Thomas STANKEVICZ, 18 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption.
  • Brian QUINN, 19 years of age was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance.
  • Robin MARKONSKY, 20 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption.
  • Daniel KENNEDY, 20 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption.
  • Caroline FOREBACK, 18 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption.
  • Brigid SUCKEL, 20 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption and Possession of a false identification.
  • Carly KANE, 19 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption.
  • Chirara PULICE, 19 years of age was charged with Underage Consumption.
  • Elijah WELLMAN, 20 years of age was charged with Disorderly Conduct.
The Morgantown Fire Marshall’s Office reports that there were 32 Street Fires and 7 Dumpster Firesthat required response by the Morgantown Fire Department.
 
The Monongalia County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency reported 114 emergency 911 calls as well as 135 non-emergency calls and 126 incidents requiring Public Safety Responses.
 
Additionally, (3) Morgantown Police Department Cruisers, (2) Morgantown Fire Marshal vehicles and (1) Fire Engine, along with (3) West Virginia University Patrol Cars, (1) Monongalia County Patrol Car and (1) Westover Police Department Patrol Car were damaged by rocks, beer bottles and construction debris during the riot.
 
The City of Morgantown is still assessing the total damage to the city. Two (2) street lamps and posts located in the 400 block of High Street were pushed over during the riot and a number of street signs were damaged or stolen as well as heat damage to the streets as a result of the street fires.
 
Officials from Morgantown, the surrounding jurisdictions and West Virginia University will continue to review these incidents as well as the ongoing effort to screen and review any and all social media postings, tips and surveillance videos that can identify those individuals engaged in criminal behavior.
 
Anyone that has information regarding individuals that engaged in criminal behavior is encouraged to report that information to the Morgantown Police Department or the West Virginia University
Department of Public Safety.
West Virginia State Police Press Release 10-21-2014

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Troopers from the Welch State Police Detachment arrested Donald Bailey (Crumpler, WV) and Troy Justice (Panther, WV) for their roles in the deaths of Brandon Church (21 YOA – Ieager, WV) and Clinton Mullins (46 YOA – Garland, WV).    In the early morning hours, of Sunday, October, 19, 2014, Trooper D. R. Murray responded to reports of a vehicle crash and fire in the Long Pole area of McDowell County.  Once on scene, Trooper Murray learned that two (2) bodies were found inside of the burned vehicle.  The focus of the investigation shifted from a vehicle crash to a possible homicide.  In the hours following, Troopers uncovered information leading them to believe Mr. Church and Mr. Mullins had been killed prior to the vehicle fire.  This information was substantiated leading to the arrest of Donald Bailey for 2 counts of 1st Degree Murder, 3rd Degree Arson, and Conspiracy.  Troy Justice was charged with 2 counts of Accessory to Murder, 3rd Degree Arson, and Conspiracy. 
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-20-2014
 
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two inmates at the Federal Correctional Institute, Morgantown were convicted and sentenced in federal court for possession of prohibited objects, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

James Robinson, 42, pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of a Prohibited Object” after he was discovered in possession of marijuana while incarcerated at FCI Morgantown. Robinson was sentenced to an additional four months in prison.

Dominick Jordan, 34, pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of a Prohibited Object” after he was discovered in possession of a cell phone while incarcerated at FCI Morgantown. Jordan was sentenced to an additional three months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. Both cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Morgantown.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided in the Jordan case. U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided in the Robinson case.
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-20-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dustin Tyler Moore, 24, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced to four months in prison after he harbored and concealed a wanted armed robbery suspect, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Moore pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Concealing Person from Arrest” after a United States Marshals Service investigation revealed that Moore used his vehicle to transport an armed robbery suspect for whom the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department had obtained a felony arrest warrant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-20-2014
 
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Virginia men with prior felony convictions were sentenced in federal court for unlawful possession of firearms, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

In late 2013, convicted felons Micky Knight Matheson, 34, and Joshua Thomas Smith, 30, both of Winchester, Virginia, pawned four shotguns and a rifle near Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Smith was sentenced to 80 months in prison. He was previously convicted of the felony offense of distribution of cocaine in the Circuit Court for the City of Winchester, Virginia. Matheson was sentenced to 57 months in prison. He was previously convicted of the felony offenses of credit card theft, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, forgery, uttering, and credit card fraud in the Circuit Court for the City of Winchester, Virginia.

Smith and Matheson each pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” after an investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-20-2014
 
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Martinsburg area men were sentenced in federal court on drug trafficking charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Delmar Hoza Curry, 33, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and six months of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Curry pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base” following an investigation led by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative.

John Earl Mitchell, 29, of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, was sentenced to time served since June 2014 and five years of supervised release for his role in distributing crack cocaine and Methylone, an amphetamine, near Martinsburg, West Virginia. Mitchell pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy” after an investigation led by the Martinsburg Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-20-2014

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Martinsburg area women were sentenced in federal court on theft and fraud charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Brenda Carmody, 49, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, was sentenced to three years of probation and a $500.00 fine after she stole more than $2,000.00 while employed at the Rippon, WV Post Office. Carmody pled guilty to one count of “Misappropriation of Postal Funds” in July 2014 after a United States Postal Inspection Service investigation revealed that she stole monies from a cash drawer and post office box rental fees totaling $2,031.91.

Martina Roberts, 41, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to two years of probation after she filed for personal bankruptcy and subsequently forged the bankruptcy trustee’s signature to authorize a line of credit to purchase a new car. Roberts pled guilty to one count of “Bankruptcy Fraud – Falsification of Documents” in July 2014.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Perri prosecuted Carmody and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar prosecuted Roberts on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Morgantown Police Department Press Release 10-20-2014

On October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:30 Officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the Dairy Mart located at 600 Willey Street. After Officers arrived it was learned that there was no armed robbery but that a suspect described as a male with a dark complexion wearing a grey in color hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, approximately 5’ 7” tall, entered the store and demanded money.
 
When the clerk did not respond to the suspect’s demand, the suspect grabbed the cash register from the counter and smashed it open on the floor. The suspect took the cash from the register and fled the area on foot.
 
Detectives of the Morgantown Police Department are following up on leads and anyone with information is asked to contact the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7522.

Morgantown Fire Department Press Release 10-19-2014

The Morgantown Fire Department was busy Saturday night into Sunday morning responding to numerous street and dumpster fires.  Firefighters encountered dangerous situations as thousands of people gathered in the streets igniting fires and throwing debris at fire engines, firefighters, and fire marshals.  One fire engine and two administrative vehicles were damaged by thrown debris and other objects.  A second alarm was called just before midnight that brought in additional off-duty personnel.  As of Sunday afternoon, 37 fires have been confirmed to have been set, and that number is expected to rise as fire officials confer with police, public works, and West Virginia University.  The majority of the fires were contained to the Sunnyside and downtown areas.  The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office assisted Morgantown Fire Marshals, Morgantown Police, and other law enforcement agencies with investigating and monitoring the fires.  Investigations and property damage assessments are expected to continue for several days.  Anyone with information about the fires should contact the Morgantown Arson Hotline at (304) 225-3586

Preston County Sheriff’s Department Press Release 10-17-2014

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Preston County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple arrest warrants for drug related charges.  Ms. Tracy A. Sapp, 51, of Tunnelton; Mr. Raymond Weaver, 37, of Tunnelton; and Mr. James Moats, 24, of Kingwood were all charged with Possessing a designated precursor with the intent to manufacture Methamphetamine.  Last month Mr. Donald Stout was charged with Operating a Methamphetamine Laboratory.  Further investigation revealed these three people had been purchasing Pseudoephedrine for Mr. Stout’s Methamphetamine Production.  People that purchase Pseudoephedrine for Meth Production are commonly referred to as “Smurfs”.  Ms. Sapp and Mr. Weaver were arrested and arraigned by the Magistrate Court and their bonds were set at $75,000.  Mr. Moats was already incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on Robbery and Larceny charges.  Also wanted for the same offense is Mr. Shaun Capocelli, 29, believed to be now living in Morgantown.   Being a “Smurf” is a felony punishable by a two to ten year prison sentence and/or up to a $25,000 fine.
 
State and Federal laws limit the amount of Pseudoephedrine and/or Ephedrine a person can purchase.  Persons involved in Meth production will often be “blocked” from purchasing because they’ve met the limits.  They will then approach strangers and claim they, or a family member, are sick and not allowed buy anymore.  They will even offer additional money for the person to buy the Pseudoephedrine and/or Ephedrine for them.  The sheriff’s office would like to take this opportunity to warn people against buying Pseudoephedrine and/or Ephedrine for anyone else, particularly strangers.  Not only because it’s contributing to the Methamphetamine problem, but you could also be charged as a “Smurf”.  

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-16-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Samuel J. Pete, 28 of Youngstown, Ohio, Krista D. Dennis, 28, and Patrick A. Groves, 24, both of Wheeling, West Virginia, were indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple drug trafficking charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

The indictment charges the defendants with numerous counts of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of various protected locations including Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen as well as West Virginia Northern Community College and Ritchie Elementary School in Wheeling. Pete (5 counts), Dennis (4 counts), and Groves (3 counts), each face up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 for each count.

The indictment charges all three defendants with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute crack cocaine for which they each face up to 20 years in prison and fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Pete is also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The case is being investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force and the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, both HIDTA-funded initiatives.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-15-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Terrence D. Brawner, a 32-year-old Georgia native, was indicted by a federal grand jury and arrested on multiple drug trafficking charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

According to the indictment, Brawner repeatedly distributed heroin and crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of St. Michael’s Elementary School and Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Brawner is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine near a protected location, three counts of distributing heroin near a protected location, and one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin near a protected location. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 for each of these seven charges.

Brawner is also charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone in and around New Martinsville, West Virginia for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. An investigation by the West Virginia State Police and the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime task force led to Brawner’s indictment and arrest.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Morgantown Police Department Press Release 10-14-2014
 
At approximately 11:30 am, on October 14, 2014, Officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to Mountaineer Middle School for a report of a juvenile in possession of a firearm. When officers arrived they met with school faculty and found an 11 year old juvenile in custody of school administration.
 
During the course of the day, school administrators found what appeared to be a firearm in the possession of the juvenile. Upon inspection of the firearm, it was discovered to be a non-functional BB gun that resembled a handgun.

The weapon was not believed to have been brandished or displayed to any other student at the school. The juvenile has been released to the custody of his parents and the weapon is in police custody.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 10-14-2014

Sutton, West Virginia – On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the family of Ms. Crystal E. Dean (36 years of age, from Orlando, West Virginia) reported her as being a missing person to the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department.  Trooper First Class P. A. Huff, of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, as well as other Troopers began assisting in efforts to locate Ms. Dean.  Investigators determined that Ms. Dean was last seen at Bones Bar, in Burnsville, West Virginia, in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 11, 2014.
 
On Monday, October 13, 2014, at approximately 4:06pm, a citizen informed the West Virginia State Police that a body had been found in a stream, in a wooded area, in the Oil Creek area of Braxton County.  The deceased individual was confirmed to be Ms. Dean.  Her body was sent to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause of death.
 
The West Virginia State Police is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a person of interest in this case, Mr. Jeremy A. Wolfe (29 years of age, from Spruce Run Road, Glenville, West Virginia).  Mr. Wolfe’s photograph is attached to this release.  Should anyone have information concerning Mr. Wolfe, they are encouraged to contact their local detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-09-2014

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four Northern West Virginia residents were sentenced for cocaine related offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Kenneth An'bon Wang, 28, of Martinsburg, West Virginia was sentenced to 41 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine. Wang pled guilty in March 2014 after an investigation led by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

Troy Aaron Wilt, 31, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for distributing cocaine. Paul Harland Ellis, 35, was sentenced to five years of probation for money laundering transactions involving roughly $1,500.00 in proceeds from cocaine sales. Wilt and Ellis, both of Keyser, West Virginia, pled guilty after an investigation led by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

Colleen Eugene Lowe, 49, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to five years of probation for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Lowe pled guilty in July 2014 after an investigation led by the Martinsburg Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-09-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Fairmont resident Claude Jones, 29, pled guilty Wednesday to distributing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Jones faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 for selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Willow Ridge Apartments, a Fairmont housing facility owned by a public housing authority.

An investigation by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force led to the prosecution of Jones. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-09-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Mario Walton, a 33 year old Homewood, Pennsylvania native, pled guilty this week to selling crack cocaine in Bridgeport, West Virginia, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Walton faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

An investigation by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force led to the prosecution of Walton. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-09-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Amber McCormick, 29, of Clarksburg, pled guilty to distributing Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of the Harrison Street Playground in Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

McCormick faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00.

McCormick pled guilty after an investigation by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Taskforce. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-08-2014
 
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Three co-defendants of Dr. Edita Milan were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a conspiracy to distribute prescription pills through the doctor’s office, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.
 
Lois Crites, 50, of Fairmont served as the doctor’s office manager from August 2010 until the office was closed in June 2013 after the execution of numerous federal search warrants. Crites pled guilty in June 2014 to conspiracy to distribute Schedule II and III controlled substances. Crites was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
 
Lois Crites’ son, Daniel J. Quirk, 30, also of Fairmont, pled guilty in June 2014 to distributing hydrocodone. He was sentenced to 12 months incarceration with six months to be served in prison followed by six months of home detention and 2 years of supervised release.
 
A third co-defendant, Brandi Mayo, 30, of Weston pled guilty in June 2014 to June 2014 plea to using a communication facility to illegally obtain hydrocodone. Mayo was sentenced to one year probation with eight months to be served on home confinement with electronic monitoring.
 
The convictions were the result of a 2 ½ yearlong investigation led by the Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force, which began with citizen complaints of the prescription writing practice of Dr. Milan from her Bridgeport, West Virginia office. Crites admitted her involvement with distributing more than 400 oxycodone pills and 25,000 hydrocodone pills through the doctor’s office. Dr. Milan is scheduled for trial on November 5, 2014.
 
U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-08-2014
 
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four Martinsburg area residents pled guilty to heroin trafficking in Federal court Monday, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.
 
Kimberly Michelle Bailey, 32, of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Brandy Renee Netz, 29, of Martinsburg, West Virginia pled guilty to distributing heroin. Brenda Michelle Sams, 34, of Petersburg, West Virginia, pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin. Derwin Lee Harris, 48, of Martinsburg, pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.
 
Investigations led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, and the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force since February 2011 culminated in the convictions of Bailey, Nets, and Sams. An investigation led by the Martinsburg Police Department since July 2013 led to Harris’ conviction.
Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment fee, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 10-07-2014
 
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that 34 year old machine operator and Martinsburg resident DAVID CULLEN was sentenced Monday to 151 months in prison and three years of supervised release for distribution of heroin. CULLEN was also ordered to pay a special assessment fee of $100.
 
During an investigation led by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, CULLEN misled authorities when he originally agreed to make a series of controlled purchases on behalf of the Task Force, but instead, bought heroin for personal use and gave officers a counterfeit substance. CULLEN pled guilty to distribution of a controlled substance on June 3, 2014.
 
“We continue to support the efforts of the Drug & Violent Crime Task Force to aggressively investigate heroin sales in the Eastern Panhandle,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “We are confident that law enforcement officials and residents can work collaboratively to minimize drug use and promote safety in our region.”
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.
West Virginia State Police Press Release 09-18-2014
 
Madison, West Virginia – On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Trooper First Class E. B. McClung, of the Madison Detachment, received credible information concerning the cultivation of marijuana at 482 Kanawha Avenue in Madison, West Virginia.  Upon arrival at the residence, Troopers discovered four (4) marijuana plants.  During the course of the investigation, Trooper First Class McClung developed information that the accused, Ms. Mary L. Messer (47 years of age), was not only involved in the growing of the marijuana but was also allowing her juvenile son to use the illegal drug.  On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Ms. Messer was arrested for child neglect creating the risk of injury, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and conspiracy to commit a felony.  She was lodged in the South Western Regional Jail to await arraignment in Boone County Magistrate Court.
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