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West Virginia State Police Press Release 08-19-2014
 
Huntington, West Virginia – In June of 2014, Corporal M. Moore, of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, began an investigation into sexual abuse allegations involving a four year old child.  The abuse had initially been disclosed to a Cabell County Child Protective Services employee.  During the course of the investigation, Corporal Moore was able to develop probable cause to arrest the father of the child, Mr. Matthew D. Browning (24 years of age, from Huntington, West Virginia).  He was arrested on August 18, 2014, for 3 counts of sexual abuse by a parent and 3 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.  Following an arraignment in Cabell County Magistrate Court, he was lodged in the Western Regional Jail on a $420,000.00 cash only bond.      

West Virginia State Police Press Release 08-19-2014
 
Cabin Creek, West Virginia – On Monday, August 18, 2014, Sergeant L. G. O’Bryan, of the Quincy Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, received a complaint from a Mother who advised that her 14 year old daughter was involved in an intimate relationship with Mr. John W. Jarvis (26 years of age, from Cabin Creek, West Virginia). During the course of the investigation, Sergeant O’Bryan learned that Mr. Jarvis had sexual contact with the child more than 100 times over the past 2 years. On August 18, 2014, Mr. Jarvis was arrested, arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, and lodged in the South Central Regional Jail.

PRESS RELEASE Prosecuting Attorney Harrison County, West Virginia 08-14-2014
 
At approximately 3 pm today, The Harrison County Sheriff's Department executed an arrest warrant for Timothy Aaron Arrington of Salem, WV. Mr. Arrington is an employee of Miracle Meadows School, a faith based residential school located in Salem. He is currently charged with one count of Child Abuse by a Custodian of a child. The allegations are that Mr. Arrington choked a child resident to the point of unconsciousness.19 children, ages 10-17 have been removed from this school and are currently in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. The Sheriff's Department and the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney have opened and are conducting a criminal investigation into the treatment of all the children who resided at this school. The Sheriff's Department was assisted today by the WV State Police and The Bridgeport Police Department.
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 08-14-2014
 
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A commercial airline pilot has been convicted of traveling across state lines in order to have sex with a minor female.
 
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced today that MUSTAFA MOMOUN BAZBAZ, 28 years of age, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct.”  BAZBAZ communicated with a 15-year old female from Jefferson County, Ohio, in December of 2013 via the website known as MeetMe.com.  He misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B.”  BAZBAZ also sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick up the victim near her home in Jefferson County in December of 2013.  BAZBAZ then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where they engaged in sexual intercourse.
 
At the time of the incident BAZBAZ was employed as a pilot with Republic Airways and was stationed in Pittsburgh.
 
The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hancock County (WV) Sheriff’s Department.  This prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr.
 
BAZBAZ faces up to thirty years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervision for life.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. 
Morgantown Police Department Press Release 08-14-2014
 
At approximately 00:43 am, officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to a reported stabbing occurring at 471 Chestnut Street Morgantown. Officers arrived on scene and found the victim stabbed in the abdomen. Officers administered emergency first aid immediately and summoned EMS to the Scene. The victim was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead as a result of the stab wound.
 
The victim has been identified as Devonte WAITES, 19 years of age of Fairmont.
 
Officers of the Morgantown Police Department, Mon Valley Drug Task Force and U.S. Marshall’s Office Mountain State Fugitive Task Force continued with the investigation and retrieved various video surveillance images and interviewed a number of witnesses.
 
At approximately 8:32 pm, pursuant to the ongoing investigation, Officers conducted a traffic Stop on Wagner Road Morgantown and were able to take the suspect in the stabbing into custody without further incident. Robert HERNANDEZ, 33 years of age of Cumberland Maryland has been charged with First Degree Murder and is currently awaiting arraignment.
 
Detectives are still conducting interviews and processing various items of potential evidence.
 
The Morgantown Police Department is committed to its goal of eliminating crime in our city. Citizens are encouraged to become a “Partner in Policing”, by reporting suspected criminal activity to Morgantown Police Department Switchboard at (304) 284-7522. If you need immediate Police attention or a crime is in progress call 911.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 08-13-2014

Letart, West Virginia – On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Troopers assigned to the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police discovered a deceased female at a residence located on Backwaters Drive, in Letart, West Virginia.  It is believed that the victim died from a gunshot wound.  The West Virginia State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Charles E. Anderson (57 years of age, W/M, 6’2”, 230 lbs., Grey Hair, Brown Eyes).  He may be driving a 2008 grey Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab, with West Virginia Registration OHX-820.  Mr. Anderson’s picture is attached to this release.  He is wanted for questioning concerning this incident and should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is requested to contact their nearest detachment of the West Virginia State Police by telephone.


PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 08-13-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A California man has been charged in Federal court in West Virginia as part of a painkiller distribution ring.
 
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that Mario O. GARCIA, age 41, of Van Nuys, California, was indicted last week and arrested today in Los Angeles on charges of “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone” and “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Oxycodone.”  It is alleged that GARCIA was responsible for causing thousands of oxycodone pills to be shipped to Marshall County, West Virginia for illegal distribution.  Five other individuals have already been prosecuted and convicted in Federal court in Northern West Virginia as part of the same investigation.
    
If convicted, GARCIA faces up to twenty years in prison and a $1 million fine.  The United States is also seeking money judgment in the amount of $82,500 against GARCIA, an amount that is alleged to be proceeds of the illegal activity.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and his prior criminal history, if any.
    
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and was investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force which includes officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
An indictment is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 08-13-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A former supervisor with the state Division of Highways admitted today that he lied to a Federal agent.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that EDWARD MATTHEW TUTTLE, 38 years old, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, entered a guilty plea this morning to the felony offense of "Making a False Statement to a Federal Agent."  TUTTLE admitted that he lied to an F.B.I. agent who questioned him as part of an ongoing Federal investigation into the Equipment Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways.  TUTTLE formerly served as the Highway Administrator for the WVDOH in Upshur County, and as a supervisor with the Equipment Division.  U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert accepted the plea today in Wheeling.

Testimony offered at the plea hearing revealed that complaints made by citizens to a public corruption hotline were very beneficial to investigators and led them to obtain a Federal search warrant for the WVDOH’s Equipment Division.
 
TUTTLE now faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the  Federal Sentencing Guidelines the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the Defendant’s prior criminal history, if any.
This case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Public Corruption Unit. Agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police, and the State Commission on Special Investigations are leading the inquiry.
 
Citizens who wish to report public corruption in their community are encouraged to call the West Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 855-WVA-FEDS or to send an email to wvafeds@usdoj.gov.

Morgantown Police Department Press Release 08-13-2014

At approximately 03:27 am, officers of the Morgantown Police Department reported to a burglary in progress call at 175 Walnut Street. The caller reported that a male suspect had forced his way into her apartment and crawled into her bed. The victim fled from the suspect and barricaded herself in a separate room in the apartment.
 
Officers arrived on scene and found the door to the apartment damaged and had to force their way into the apartment. The officers found the victim with blood smeared over her face. The blood was not that of the victim. As the Officers were tending to the victim they encountered the suspect in the apartment where he was detained without further incident.
 
During the investigation the officers found that the suspect climbed into the bed with the victim after he gained entry into her apartment and smeared his blood on her face. The victim fled from the suspect and called 911. Officers also found blood on three other residences where it appeared that the suspect attempted to gain entry as well. The blood was from a wound on the suspect’s hand. The suspect was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his wounds and released.
 
Thomas Colin GREEN, 25 years of age of Morgantown was arrested and charged with Burglary and Abduction. GREEN is being held pending arraignment.
 
The Morgantown Police Department is committed to its goal of eliminating crime in our city. Citizens are encouraged to become a “Partner in Policing”, by reporting suspected criminal activity to Morgantown Police Department Switchboard at (304) 284-7522. If you need immediate Police attention or a crime is in progress call 911.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 07-31-2014
 
The members of the West Virginia State Police were involved in the following incidents recently:
 
Inwood, West Virginia – On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Trooper First Class C. S. Maynard responded to a home invasion at 72 Sailors Way in the Inwood area of Berkeley County, West Virginia.  The victim was identified as an 81 year old lady.  During the course of the investigation, Trooper First Class C. S. Maynard was able to develop probable cause to arrest Mr. David Bradley Moyers (32 years of age, from Pocahontas County, West Virginia).  On Monday, July 28, 2014, an arrest warrant for armed robbery was served on Mr. Moyers as he was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on unrelated charges.  
 
Crumpler, West Virginia – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Sergeant M. D. Clemons of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, executed a search warrant at the residence of Mr. George Allan Truhlar, Jr. (22 years of age, from Crumpler, West Virginia) in reference to a solicitation of a minor investigation.  During the search, Mr. Truhlar was arrested for being a fugitive from the state of Virginia on the charges of indecent liberties, encouraging illicit behavior, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  These charges were filed by the Rich Creek City Police Department.  Charges may be forthcoming related to Mr. Truhlar’s alleged solicitation of sexually explicit photographs from females under the age of sixteen.  He is currently lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail, awaiting extradition proceedings in McDowell County Circuit Court.
 
Sutton, West Virginia – On July 30, 2014, Senior Trooper L. D. Mohr, of the Sutton Detachment, responded to assist the motorist of a disabled vehicle on Interstate 79 near the Frametown Exit.  While providing assistance, the motorist gave conflicting information about his true identity.  The motorist gave Senior Trooper Mohr several different names without providing identification.  Eventually, he was arrested for providing false information.  During a search of the vehicle, over $14,000.00 in US currency was located hidden in a box.  Senior Trooper Mohr learned that the motorist’s actual identity was James Thomas Coleman (22 years of age, from East Lansing, Michigan).  Furthermore, it was determined that Mr. Coleman was wanted in Charleston, West Virginia, for delivery of a controlled substance.  During processing, Mr. Coleman again tried to conceal his identity by signing another person’s name to some paperwork.  He was charged with providing false information, obstructing an officer, forgery, and the outstanding charge of delivery of a controlled substance.  He was transported to the Central Regional Jail to await a hearing.
 
Bridgeport, West Virginia – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Sergeant A. W. Scott, of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, arrested Ms. Brittany Marie Jones (24 year of age, from Bridgeport, West Virginia) for four felony counts of child neglect creating the risk of injury.  This investigation began after Sergeant Scott received information that Ms. Jones’ baby was born in May of 2014 with heroin in her system.  During course of the investigation, Sergeant Scott learned that Ms. Jones would regularly take her infant child and her 5 year old child with her when she purchased and used illegal drugs.  Ms. Jones was arraigned in Harrison County Magistrate Court and released on a $16,000.00 cash or surety bond.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 07-22-2014
 
Littleton, West Virginia – On Monday, July 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mr. Samuel L. Spencer (25 years of age, fom Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania) and Ms. Natasha L. Burns (26 years of age, from Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania) in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, for three counts of first degree murder as described in the press releases below.  The arrest warrants were obtained by Corporal W. D. Henderson, of the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, after he established probable cause through interviews, video surveillance, and physical evidence.  Mr. Spencer and Ms. Burns are awaiting extradition proceedings which are scheduled to take place on July 28, 2014, at 1:00pm.  These arrests were made possible as a result of the cooperation among the West Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 07-17-2014
 
Clay, West Virginia – On Thursday, July 17, 2014, at approximately 1:15am, Senior Trooper B. E. Young, of the Clay Detachment, responded to a robbery call at the Jesse Sez Restaurant/Bar located in Maysel, West Virginia.  The victim, Mr. William B. Vineyard (71 years of age) advised that he was carrying a large sum of money as he left the business after closing.  An unknown white male, approximately 5”8”-5’10” wearing dark jeans, hooded sweat shirt, and a mask approached him with a baseball bat.  The suspect struck the victim multiple times with the baseball bat and then stole the money.  The victim received injuries to his face, arm, and shoulder.  The suspect left the scene on foot.  The victim’s grandson chased the suspect into the woods; however, he stopped the chase when the suspect announced that he also had a gun.  Anyone with information concerning this incident is requested to contact the West Virginia State Police.  

West Virginia State Police Press Release 07-15-2014
 
Parkersburg, West Virginia – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at approximately 1:30pm, Detectives with the Parkersburg Police Department attempted to arrest Mr. Paul Christopher Johnson (42 years of age, from Parkersburg, West Virginia), a known fugitive, during a traffic stop of a 2003 Ford Expedition, on WV Route 47.  Mr. Johnson brandished a handgun at the officers and then left the scene in his vehicle.  Moments later additional Parkersburg Officers were able to stop the vehicle once again.  Mr. Johnson exited the vehicle and brandished the handgun in a threatening manner toward the officers.  The officers responded to the direct threat by firing their service weapons.  As a result, Mr. Johnson received multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a hospital in the Morgantown area for further treatment.  This incident is being investigated by the Parkersburg Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.   

West Virginia State Police Press Release 07-07-2014

South Charleston, West Virginia – On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at approximately 9:00am, the Morgantown Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a stolen Jeep Cherokee, which ended at the 146 mile marker of Interstate 79. Mr. Joseph A. Christy (32 years of age, with several reported addresses including Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Ms. Summer L. McDaniel (26 years of age, from Maryville, Missouri) were arrested for charges including felony child neglect, due to the fact that their four children were passengers in the vehicle during the pursuit.

Subsequent interviews of the occupants of the vehicle revealed that Mr. Christy and Ms. McDaniel had buried an infant child in the George Washington National Forest, in the Wardensville area of West Virginia. Members of the Morgantown Police Department, along with West Virginia State Police, Troop 1 Crime Scene Team, Sgt Branham and Cpl Gaskins, responded to the aforemetioned location and met with Sergeant M. D. Anderson and Trooper First Class C. S. Hartman, of the Moorefield Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. State Police then located the burial site and unearthed the remains of the infant. The body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the possible cause and approximate time of death. At this time charges have not been filed concerning the infant’s death or burial.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 07-02-2014

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA  - United  States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld,  II, announced that during the month of June ten (10) individuals were sentenced by Judge Gina M. Groh for violations of the terms and conditions of their supervised release imposed by the United States District Court.
 
Paul Lee Jackson, age 45, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for testing positive for the use of cocaine; failure to be truthful with probation officer; and, being charged and arrested in Berkeley County Magistrate Court for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Jackson was originally sentenced on July 15, 2003, to 240 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base.  In October of 2009, Jackson’s sentence was reduced to 176 months in prison and again in November of 2011, Jackson’s sentence was reduced to 128 months in prison due to the crack resentencing guidelines.  Jackson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Gerald David Gibbs, age 26, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for associating with a convicted felon; failure to notify probation officer within 72 hours of police contact; testing positive for the use of cocaine; failure to be truthful with probation officer; frequenting a location where illegal substances are located; changing address without notifying probation officer 10 days in advance; and, a charge of No Operator’s.  Gibbs was originally sentenced on July 30, 2010, to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base. Gibbs was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Timothy William Cook, age 29, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for failure to complete and submit monthly reports to the probation office; failure to respond to notifications of probation officer; and, failure to notify probation officer of a change in employment status.  Cook was originally sentenced on January 17, 2006, to 97 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Cook was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Brandy Netz, age 39, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for committing another crime of distribution of cocaine base and arranging a purchase of heroin.  Netz was originally sentenced on August 5, 2008, to 18 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.  On September 12, 2013, Netz supervised release was revoked and she was sentenced to four months in prison and 18 months of supervised release for failure to be truthful with probation officer; testing positive for the use of cocaine; failure to follow instructions of the probation officer; and, being charged with other criminal violations, i.e. failure to maintain control, failure to stop at a stop sign, destruction of property and two counts of no child restraint.  Netz was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
William Matthew Redman, age 47, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and 18 months of supervised release for failure to notify probation officer of change of address; being charge in Berkeley County Magistrate Court with possession of heroin; associating with a convicted felon; possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia; and, frequenting places where controlled substances were illegally sold, distributed or administered.  Redman was originally sentenced on March 13, 2003, to 151 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base.  In February of 2009, Redman’s sentence was reduced to 130 months pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.  Redman was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Ronald Allen Brown, age 36, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to respond to probation officer; and, admitted use of heroin.  Brown was originally sentenced on November 15, 2004, to 108 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of heroin.  Brown was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Devonnie Joseph Cooper, age 26, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison, with three months of the imprisonment term to be served on home confinement, for admitted use of oxycodone; failure to following instructions of the probation officer; and, failure to report to the probation office on six different occasions.  Cooper was originally sentenced on January 29, 2008, to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.  On March 21, 2003, Cooper’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 5 months in prison and four years of supervised release for admitted use of marijuana and cocaine; testing positive for the use of marijuana; and, attempting to provide an altered/fake urine sample. Cooper was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Timothy Douglas Imperio, age 33, of Keyser, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for testing positive for the use of amphetamine, marijuana, suboxone and loracet (not prescribed to him); admitted use of xanax (not prescribed to him); charges of failure to display license and no seatbelt; two charges for shoplifting; failure to notify probation officer of new charges; and charges of DUI-2nd offense, no proof of insurance and no operator’s.  Imperio was originally sentenced on July 13, 2009, to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for perjury before a grand jury.  On January 7, 2013, Imperio’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to six months in prison and 30 months of supervised release for failure to maintain employment; failure to notify probation officer of change in employment status; failure to file monthly report form; and, failure to be truthful with probation officer.  Imperio was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution and will receive credit for time served since June 2, 2014.
 
Michael Hunter Norris, age 37, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 100 months of supervised release for abuse of prescribed medication; failure to notify probation officer of move; and, leaving hospital without notify probation office of residential location.  Norris was originally sentenced on July 2, 2012, to 15 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for failure to register as a sex offender. On July 25, 2013, Norris’ supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 5 months in prison and 115 months of supervised release for testing positive and admitting to the use of marijuana as well as testing positive and denying the use of marijuana.  Norris was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Steven Blunt, age 40, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 42 months of supervised release for testing positive for the use of heroin; morphine, suboxone, opiates and methadone; being observed by probation officers with driving without a valid driver’s license; being untruthful with probation officer; and, failure to complete counseling as directed.  Blunt was originally sentenced on December 10, 2010, to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release for the possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Blunt was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
The United States was represented at the revocation hearings by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jarod J. Douglas and Paul T. Camilletti.

The United States Probation Office carries out probation and pretrial services functions throughout the Northern District of West Virginia.  With locations in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, and Elkins, the office works to assist the federal courts in the fair administration of justice,  to  protect  the  community,  and  to  bring  about  long-term  positive  change  in individuals  under  supervision.  Jeff Givens is the Chief Probation Officer for the Northern District.


PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 07-02-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA  - United  States Attorney  William J. Ihlenfeld,  II, announced that during the month of June ten (10) individuals had their supervised release or probation revoked for violating terms and conditions imposed by the United States District Court.

WHEELING DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.)
 
James Timothy Snyder, III, age 31, of Steubenville, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for a new felony conviction of reckless fleeing in a vehicle, failure to submit monthly supervision reports, failure to notify probation office with change of address and failure to report an arrest to the probation office within 72 hours.  Snyder was originally sentenced on May 12, 2007, to 54 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location.  In August of 2008, Snyder’s sentence was reduced to 44 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.  Snyder was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Shawn Henderson, age 46, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the possession and use of cocaine; traveling out of the district without the permission of the probation officer; and, associating with known felons.  Henderson was originally sentenced on March 1, 2010, to 43 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location.  Henderson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Emanuel Banks, age 40, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 14 months in prison, to run consecutively to the 140-month sentence he received in April of 2014 for the May of 2013 distribution of cocaine base.  Banks was originally sentenced on March 18, 1994, to 57 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base.  In March of 2008, Banks was reduced to 47 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.  Banks was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Ian Welshans, age 32, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 30 days in prison and 18 months of supervised release for excessive use of alcohol; failure to report for drug testing; and, failure to register as a sex offender.  Welshans was originally sentenced on March 5, 2012, to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for attempting to transfer obscenity to a minor.  Welshans self-reported to the Northern Regional Jail on June 30, 2014.
 
ELKINS DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Chief Judge John Preston Bailey)
 
Matthew Shane Burns of Norton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for possession and use of a controlled substance, associating with persons engaged in criminal activity, excessive use of alcohol and commission of another crime. Burns was originally sentenced on May 10, 2005, to 77 months in prison and three years of supervised release for felon in possession of a firearm.  Burns was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution and will receive credit for time served since May 7, 2014.
 
Stephen Blake Landis, Jr. of Randolph County, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for use of a controlled substance and alcohol.  Landis was originally sentenced on May 9, 2011, to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of methamphetamine.  Burns was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
CLARKSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Irene M. Keeley)
 
Kevin Wayne Bennett, age 41, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 month in prison and 24 months of supervised release for unlawful possession and use of controlled substances and alcohol and a location monitoring violation.  Bennett was originally sentenced on June 4, 2009, to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for maintaining a drug-involved premise.  In October of 2011, Bennett’s sentence was reduced to 57 months in prison due to the crack resentencing guidelines.  Bennett, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.
 
Naquan Warren, age 24, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced to six months in prison and 24 months of supervised release for unlawful possession and use of a controlled substance and associating with a known felon.  Warren was originally sentenced on November 2, 2012, to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for aiding and abetting in the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location.  Warren was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution and will receive credit for time served since May 7, 2014.
 
Charles Clint Gaines, Jr., age 26, of Clarksburg, was sentenced  to 6 months in prison and 30 months of supervised release for failure to report to probation officer; failure to truthfully answer all inquiries of probation officer; failure to participate in substance abuse testing, counseling and treatment; and, associating with persons engaged in criminal activity.  Gaines was originally sentenced on February 10, 2010, to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base.  In October of 2011, Gaines sentence was reduced to 57 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.  Gaines was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
 
Joel Levine, age 48, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 2 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession and consumption of alcohol; unlawful use of marijuana and failure to participate in drug and alcohol treatment as directed by the probation officer.  Levine was originally sentenced on November 22, 2010, to 5 years probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Levine, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.
 
The United States was represented at the revocation hearings by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John C. Parr, Randolph J. Bernard, Shawn A. Morgan, Zelda E. Wesley and Andrew R. Cogar.
 
The United States Probation Office carries out probation and pretrial services functions throughout the Northern District of West Virginia.  With locations in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, and Elkins, the office works to assist the federal courts in the fair administration of justice,  to  protect  the  community,  and  to  bring  about  long-term  positive  change  in individuals  under  supervision.  Jeff Givens is the Chief Probation Officer for the Northern District.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 07-02-2014

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three Central West Virginia men appeared in United States District Court before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull and entered pleas of guilty.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

Jason MARPLE, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, a former Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Process Server, entered pleas of guilty to one count of distribution of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of Clarksburg City Park playground and one count of knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime. MARPLE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to life in prison.  
 
Chad Alton REGISTER, age 31, of Anmoore, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to the distribution of oxycodone.  
 
Russell POWERS, also known as Rusty, age 49, of Clarksburg, entered a plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  
REGISTER and POWERS, who are free on bond, face up to 20 years in prison.
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan, and was investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Three Rivers Drug Task Force.
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