Crime Watch

West Virginia State Police Press Release 04-14-2014

Logan, West Virginia – On Friday, April 11, 2014, Senior Trooper J. G. Honaker and Trooper R. L. Jennings, of the Logan Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, received a complaint from Suddenlink Communications in reference to the destruction and theft of their lines in the Ethel area of Logan County.  The Troopers received information that two suspects were attempting to sell the stolen lines to H&P Recycling in Mount Gay, West Virginia.  Trooper J. E. Garren immediately responded to H&P Recycling and arrested Mr. Timothy E. Hackney (32 years of age, from Stollings, West Virginia) and Mr. Homer P. Gibson (41 years of age, from Stollings, West Virginia) for felony destruction of property, conspiracy to commit a felony, grand larceny, and disruption of communication services.  The stolen lines were recovered during the arrest.  Mr. Hackney and Mr. Gibson were transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail to await arraignment in Logan County Magistrate Court.  Suddenlink advised that thousands of customers in Logan and surrounding counties were affected by the theft and subsequent outage.    
 
Princeton, West Virginia – On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Troopers assigned to the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police along with members of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, responded to 451 Browns Cemetery Road, near Oakvale, West Virginia, after receiving information concerning cock fighting.  Upon arrival, it was evident that a cock fighting event had recently occurred.  Two (2) Roosters were found to be severely injured.  Game fighting spurs covered in blood were recovered from the scene.  As a result, six fighting roosters were seized by law enforcement officers.  The property owner, Mr. Stacey Brown (43 years of age) and his brother, Mr. Gilbert Brown (45 years of age, from Princeton, West Virginia) were cited for hosting an illegal venture.  Three others present received citations for being in attendance of an illegal venture.   
 

 

Martinsburg, West Virginia -  On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approximately 2:55am, Trooper D. W. Satterfield, of the Martinsburg Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, conducted a traffic stop on Hammond’s Mill Road which led to the arrest of two suspects for possession of controlled substances.  Mr. Tyler J. Nolan (20 years of age, from Falling Waters, West Virginia) was arrested for possession of hashish oil and Mr. Joshua T. Smith (22 years of age, from Hagerstown, Maryland) was arrested for possession of marijuana.  Following the arrests, Trooper Satterfield conducted a search of a residence (511 Raging River Road) belonging to Mr. Nolan’s family.  The search resulted in the discovery of marijuana, eighty two (82) perforated stamps of LSD, and remnants of the manufacture of hashish oil.  Mr. Nolan was additionally charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute LSD, cultivation of marijuana, and the manufacture of hashish oil.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 04-11-2014

Richwood, West Virginia – On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Corporal D. P. White, of the Richwood Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, arrested Mr. John Philip Douglas Bell (28 years of age, from Craigsville, West Virginia) for sexual assault in the second degree and incest. These charges stem from a complaint that Mr. Bell had sexually assaulted a family member over a two year period when the victim was a juvenile. An investigation by Corporal White developed probable cause to arrest Mr. Bell. He was arraigned in Nicholas County Magistrate Court and lodged in the Central Regional Jail.


West Virginia State Police Press Release 04-11-2014

Elkins, West Virginia – On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Corporal K. A. Corley, of the Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, arrested Mr. Daniel Davis (21 years of age, from Huttonsville, West Virginia) for sexual assault in the third degree.  This charge stems from a complaint received in March 2014 that a 14 year old female had sexual contact with Mr. Davis at a motel in Randolph County, West Virginia.  An investigation by Corporal Corley developed probable cause to arrest Mr. Davis.  He was lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail to await arraignment in Randolph County Magistrate Court.


West Virginia State Police Press Release 04-09-2014
 
Marlington, West Virginia – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Corporal M. A. Agree, of the Marlington Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, arrested Ms. Samantha Bartley (25 years of age, from Marlington, West Virginia) for three (3) counts of sexual assault by a guardian.  These charges stem from a complaint from a former student of Pocahontas High School.  The victim claims that as a student in 2013, he engaged in sexual relations with Ms. Bartley, who was employed as a teacher at the school.  The victim was a juvenile at the time the sexual relationship is alleged to have occurred.  An investigation by Corporal Agee developed probable cause to arrest Ms. Bartley.  She was arraigned in Pocahontas Magistrate Court.

Press Release - Office Of The United States Attorney Northern District Of West Virginia - William J. Ihlenfeld, II - United States Attorney 04-07-2014
 
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A federal grand jury has returned indictments against alleged drug dealers from throughout the Ohio Valley.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that five indictments naming seven defendants were returned alleging the sale of heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana.  The charges were brought by area drug task forces that receive federal funding from the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) initiative.
 
According to Ihlenfeld, the following individuals were charged by the grand jury:
 
MARCEL D. WEAVER and HOLLY D. KEYES were charged in an eight count indictment with the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Chester, West Virginia in late 2013.  WEAVER, age 29 of East Liverpool, Ohio, and KEYES, age 26 of Chester, are also alleged to have maintained a drug-involved premise.  The investigation began due to a tip from the Youngstown, Ohio, office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
 
WEAVER and KEYES face up to forty years in prison, a $2 million fine, and six years of supervised release.  This case was investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.
 
JAMES J. CARNEY, 22 years old, of Moundsville, was charged with five counts of distributing heroin near protected locations in Marshall County in late 2013.  It is alleged that CARNEY sold heroin to a confidential informant within 1000 feet of Moundsville Central Elementary School on four occasions, and with making a fifth sale outside of a Moundsville restaurant.  CARNEY faces up to forty years in prison, a $2 million fine, and six years of supervised release. 
 
GLENN A. MILLER, age 37, and AMANDA M. BARKER, age 25, both of Moundsville, are charged with the distribution of oxycodone and Alprazolam near protected locations in Marshall County in 2012.  MILLER and BARKER each face up to forty years in prison, up to a $2 million fine, and six years of supervised release.  
 
DESIREE N. BURGE, age 30 of Moundsville, was charged with one count of distribution of oxycodone in 2013.  BURGE faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and at least three years of supervised release.
 
The CARNEY, MILLER, BARKER, and BURGE cases were investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.
 
NELDA K. WHITE, age 54, of Hundred, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment charging her with “Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana” and “Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.”  The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also seeking to forfeit $23,500 which was seized in January as part of the investigation.  WHITE faces up to 5 years in prison on each of the charges.  
 
These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., Randolph J. Bernard, and Stephen L. Vogrin.

Press Release - Office Of The United States Attorney Northern District Of West Virginia - William J. Ihlenfeld, II - United States Attorney 04-07-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A coal miner who claimed to be foreman has been charged with falsifying safety records at an Ohio County, West Virginia coal mine.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that SEAN A. CHASE, 31 years old, of Spencer, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 29 counts of making false representations and certifications in mine safety records.  Specifically, it is alleged that CHASE, while working at the Tunnel Ridge Mine in Ohio County, claimed to be a mine foreman and to be qualified to perform mine safety exams when in fact he holds no such certification.  CHASE is also charged with making false statements to a federal agent, and claiming that he took the mine foreman examination and was issued a foreman card and foreman number.

The matter came to the attention of law enforcement when the certification numbers all foremen at Tunnel Ridge were submitted and reviewed for the purpose of continuing education requirements.  It is alleged that the certification number submitted for CHASE had never actually been issued by the West Virginia Office of Mine, Health, Safety and Training, and thus an investigation was opened.
 
CHASE faces up to five years in prison on each of the thirty charges, and a fine of up to $10,000.  The matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the West Virginia Office of Mine, Health, Safety and Training.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri.
 
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA  —  A sex offender who moved from Pennsylvania to West Virginia has been indicted in federal court for failing to register.
 
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Charles R. LUNDIS, age 64, of Weirton, West Virginia, was charged with “Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.” LUNDIS faces up to 10 years in prison.  LUNDIS has a prior conviction for “Rape” in Pennsylvania and is alleged to have failed to register as a sex offender after he moved to West Virginia in 2013.
 
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police.  The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin.  
 
An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Press Release - Office Of The United States Attorney Northern District Of West Virginia - William J. Ihlenfeld, II - United States Attorney 04-07-2014

WHEELING, WV – A Michigan man was sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute prescription painkillers.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that Malcolm TYLER, age 36, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone” in the Wheeling area from late 2011 to Spring of 2012. TYLER admitted to being a source of supply of painkillers for a Wheeling-area drug dealer, who then redistributed the pills locally.  U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., presided.
 
TYLER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.  As a result of this conviction TYLER violated the terms of his state parole and will face additional prison time in Michigan once he has completed his federal sentence.
 
In a separate matter before Judge Stamp, Charles WILKES, age 28, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 70 months in prison and six years of supervised release for "Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Heritage Port Playground." WILKES was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.
 
The TYLER and WILKES cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and were investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police-BCI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Press Release - Office Of The United States Attorney Northern District Of West Virginia - William J. Ihlenfeld, II - United States Attorney 04-07-2014
 
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Three Fairmont residents have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in making methamphetamine.
 
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Daniel Joseph HANST, age 28, Brandi Rene SMITH, 27, and Anthony William OURS, 32, all of Fairmont, were each sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.”  The Fairmont defendants, who are free on bond, will self-report to prison.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Fairmont State University Police Department.  U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.
 
In other matters before Judge Keeley, Michael John Luther GRIFFIN, age 34, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Distribution of Heroin.”  GRIFFIN’s sentence was increased by the Court due to violations of his pretrial release.  GRIFFIN was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
 
Luis Alberto GARCIA, age 34, and Victor ESTANGLE-FLORES, age 35, former inmates at United States Penitentiary at Hazelton, were sentenced to 24 months in prison for “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm.”  GARCIA and ESTANGLE-FLORES were remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.  These cases were investigated by the Special Investigative Services Unit at USP Hazelton.

Press Release - Office Of The United States Attorney Northern District Of West Virginia - William J. Ihlenfeld, II - United States Attorney 04-07-2014

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Three individuals entered pleas of guilty before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull on drug-related charges.
 
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:
 
Chad PRESTON, age 34, of Elkins, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.”  Preston, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.
 
Jonathan HEALEY, age 30, of Elkins, entered a plea of guilty to “Use of a Communication Device to Facilitate a Drug Felony.”  HEALEY, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 4 years in prison.
 
Charles Jacob FREEMAN, age 26, of Beverly, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Alprazolam within 1,000 feet of the Beverly Manor.”  FREEMAN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.
 
These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn A. Morgan and Stephen D. Warner and were the result of the work of the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Forest Service, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Tucker County Sheriff’s Department and the DEA, assisted by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad.