Crime Watch
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.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-19-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Four more individuals involved in a large prescription painkiller trafficking ring entered pleas of guilty in Federal court, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Katherine HUNGERMAN, also known as “Kat” or “Bubs,” age 45 of Shadyside, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty to the distribution of oxycodone.  HUNGERMAN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.
 
Christopher HOWARD, also known as “Fatboy” or “Fatty”, age 39, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule II & III controlled substances and one count of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance.  HOWARD, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 24 years in prison.
 
Derick NAMACK, also known as “Dusty,” age 39, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to distribution of oxycodone.  NAMACK, who is on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.
 
Jill WEST, also known as Jill Namack, age 31, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to engage in interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise. WEST, who remains free pending sentencing, faces up to 5 years in prison.
 
The above individuals were part of group of fifteen people who were indicted in February at the culmination of a sixteen-month investigation into the redistribution of oxycodone and other prescription drugs that came to the Ohio Valley from northern Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. Over the course of the investigation thousands of pills were recovered by agents via controlled purchases and court-authorized searches.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr handled the cases on behalf of the government.
 
These matters were investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police-BCI, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force is an Appalachia HITDA-funded initiative

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-18-2014

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — A Federal grand jury in Elkins returned indictments in six new cases yesterday, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
 
Beth Harman OURS, age 46, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was named in a five-count Indictment charging her with one count of distribution of ecstasy, two counts of distribution of oxycodone, one count of distribution of diazepam and one count of distribution of hydrocodone.  If convicted, OURS faces up to 20 years in prison on the ecstasy and oxycodone charges, 5 years in prison on the diazepam charge, and 10 years in prison on the hydrocodone charge.
 
George William BARBER, age 47 of Upper Tract, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment charging him with the distribution of Percocet pills.  If convicted, BARBER faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.
 
These cases were investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
 
Dorothy Ellen METZ, age 61, of Athens, Georgia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging her with the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  If convicted, METZ faces up to 20 years in prison.  This case was investigated by the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the United States Forest Service.  
 
The OURS, BARBER and METZ cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.
 
Roberto SOTO, age 51; Gregory PARDO, age 58; Antonio MARTINEZ-PORTA, age 38; and Ahmed JOHNSON, age 42, inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution at Gilmer, were named in a two-count Indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.  Each face up to 5 years in prison.  The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower and was investigated by the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Gilmer.
 
Joseph A. GARRETT, age 49, of Haywood, West Virginia, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  GARRETT faces up to 10 years in prison.  GARRETT, who has a prior conviction in Marion County is alleged to have failed to register as a sex offender.  This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.
 
Clarence THOMPSON, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  THOMPSON, who has prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, uttering and burglary, is prohibited from possessing a firearm.  THOMPSON faces up to 10 years in prison.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
The GARRETT and THOMPSON cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.
 
An indictment is merely an accusation each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-18-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A 44-year old Wheeling resident was sentenced to prison as a result of a Federal firearms conviction, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
 
Donald L. ELLIS was sentenced to five months in prison and two years of supervised release, with the first five months of the supervised release to be served in a half-way house, for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  ELLIS admitted that he possessed a gun in February in Wheeling.
 
ELLIS had prior convictions in Martin County, Florida, in 1998 for the felony offenses of resisting a law enforcement officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer and therefore was prohibited from possessing a firearm.  ELLIS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.  He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-18-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A husband and wife from Ohio admitted to extorting nearly a million dollars from a woman who had embezzled the money from a West Virginia college, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. 
 
Jason Kirkland Weese, age 31, and his wife, Rachaelle Marie Weese, age 26, pleaded guilty today in Federal court to “Extortion”, admitting that they used fear and the threat of force to cause Shelly Lough to provide them with large amounts of cash that Lough took from her former employer, Bethany College.  Jason Weese also pleaded guilty to “Money Laundering” as a result of his purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro with a portion of the cash he received from Lough.  
 
The Weeses, who both are from East Liverpool, Ohio, admitted to using the money received from Lough to purchase a 2013 Mitsubishi Sport Utility Vehicle, a 2013 Honda All-Terrain Vehicle, as well as large amounts of prescription drugs.
 
Evidence introduced at the plea hearings established that Lough had exchanged sexually explicit messages and images with Jason Weese.  The Weeses then threatened to turn over the images and messages to Lough’s husband if Lough did not comply with the demands for cash.  Lough complied until she lost her job at the college, and when she could no longer pay the Weeses, Jason Weese threatened to burn down her Ohio County home.
 
Lough was prosecuted on State charges and was convicted of embezzlement and falsification of accounts in Brooke County (W.Va.) Circuit Court, admitting to the theft of $1,038,000.00 from Bethany.
 
Jason Weese faces up to 40 years in prison as a result of his convictions, and Rachaelle Weese faces up to 20 years.  The Weeses are required to make full restitution to Bethany College.   Part of the restitution will be satisfied through the liquidation of motor vehicles acquired by the Weeses and seized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
 
U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld handled the matter on behalf of the government.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.  U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 06-17-2014

Charles Town, West Virginia – On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Corporal W. R. Garrett, of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, along with the assistance of the Fredrick County (Virginia) ICAC Task Force, developed probable cause to arrest Mr. Michael Lee Ricketts (59 years of age, from Winchester, Virginia) for internet solicitation of a minor, displaying obscene material to a minor, and sending obscene material to seduce a minor.  These charges stem from an investigation that began in March of 2014, when Jefferson County School Officials notified the West Virginia State Police that a 15 year old female had been solicited for sex and harassed by Mr. Ricketts.  An investigation revealed numerous pornographic images and text messages, including a request for sexual intercourse, that were sent to the child from Mr. Ricketts.  Mr. Ricketts was arraigned in Jefferson County Magistrate Court and released on a $230,000.00 bond.   


PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-11-2014

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Eight individuals appeared before Chief Judge John Preston Bailey for sentencing, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
 
Ricky Lee TOWNSEND, age 53, of Coxs Mills, West Virginia, was sentenced to 100 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  The Court ordered that TOWNSEND’s sentence run concurrent with the Gilmer County state sentence he is currently serving on drug-related charges; therefore, TOWNSEND was remanded to state custody. This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.
 
Barbara Ann SPIVA, age 48, of Elkins, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for maintaining a drug-involved premise in Randolph County for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing and using methamphetamine. SPIVA was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police.
 
The TOWNSEND and SPIVA cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.
 
Chad Frederick ARBOGAST,  age 35, of Belington, West Virginia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of oxycodone on July 8, 2013.  ARBOGAST who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution on July 15, 2014.
 
Jonathan Scott HEALEY, age 30, of Elkins, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and one year of supervised release for the use of a communication device to facilitate a drug felony. The Court ordered that HEALEY’s sentence run consecutive to a state sentence he is currently servicing for 3rd degree shoplifting, and therefore, HEALEY was remanded to state custody.
 
Keith Allen POTEETE, age 48, of Elkins, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of buprenorphine within 1,000 feet of the Davis 
 
Street Park Playground.  POTEETE, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution on July 15, 2014.
 
Charles Jacob FREEMAN, age 26, of Beverly, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of alprazolam within 1,000 feet of the Beverly Manor.  FREEMAN, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution on July 15, 2014.
 
Kenneth Franklin PUDDER, age 32, of Elkins, was sentenced to three years of probation for maintaining a drug-involved premise for the purpose of unlawfully storing and distributing buprenorphine.
 
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.
 
Ronald SNYDER, age 39, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and five years of supervised release for failure to update his sex offender registration.  The Court ordered that SNYDER’s sentence be served consecutively with the state sentence he is currently serving for the delivery of marijuana, and therefore SNYDER was remanded to state custody.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Morgan and investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-11-2014
 
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – An Ohio man has been convicted on charges of distributing heroin in Hancock County, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
 
Marcel D.  WEAVER, age 29, of East Liverpool, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty before  Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert to the distribution heroin within 1,000 feet of Allison Elementary School in Chester, West Virginia.  WEAVER was part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin and other drugs in Hancock County and elsewhere between August and December of 2013.
WEAVER, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to forty years in prison, a $2 million dollar fine and six years of supervised release.
 
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Hancock Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.  The case began with a tip provided by the Youngstown, Ohio, office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-10-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – An Ohio man has been indicted on charges of distributing heroin in Marshall County, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. Lionel Jacquel “Kilo” HOLLINGSWORTH, 25 year old, of Marietta, OH, has been charged with two counts of “Distribution of Heroin”, one count of “Interstate Travel in Aid to a Racketeering Enterprise” and one count of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin.”

HOLLINGSWORTH is alleged to have sold heroin in Moundsville, W. Va. on two occasions in November and December of 2013 to a confidential informant.  He faces up to 20 years in prison for each distribution charge, up to 5 years in prison on the racketeering charge and up to 4 years in prison on the telephone count.
 
This case is being investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Glen Dale Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Moundsville Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.
 
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. The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, 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 06-09-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA –  Two Ohio Valley men have been convicted for their roles in a large prescription painkiller trafficking ring.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that Jordan SORGE, age 22, of Wheeling, W.Va., and Richard W. HERCULES, 50, of McMechen, W. Va., entered guilty pleas before U.S. District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
 
SORGE pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Use a Communication Facility to Facilitate the Distribution of a Controlled Substance.” HERCULES pleaded guilty to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Oxycodone.”
 
SORGE faces up to 4 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.  HERCULES faces up to 20 years and a $1 million fine.
 
SORGE and HERCULES were part of group of fifteen people who were indicted in February at the culmination of a sixteen month investigation into the redistribution of oxycodone and other prescription drugs that came to the Ohio Valley from northern Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.  Over the course of the investigation thousands of pills were recovered by agents via controlled purchases and court-authorized searches.
 
The cases were investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police-BCI, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  
Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government.

PRESS RELEASE United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II Northern District of West Virginia 06-09-2014

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Brooke County men have been charged with the illegal possession of firearms, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
 
Ian K. SAUNDERS, 34 and Mark CAMPBELL, 22, both of Follansbee, W. Va. were each indicted on one count of “Unlawful Drug User and Addict in Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm.”  The Indictment alleges that both men are addicted to heroin and came into possession of the stolen firearms in January of 2014.
 
 Each count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. 
 
This case is being investigated by officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and the Weirton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.
 
In other indictments returned by the Wheeling Grand Jury:
 
Wilbur W. BARR, 22 of Wheeling, W. Va., was charged with one count each of “Unlawful Drug User and Addict in Possession of a Firearm”, “Possession of a Stolen Firearm”, and “Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.”  BARR is alleged to be addicted to methamphetamine.  
 
This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.  AUSA Vogrin is prosecuting the case for the government, and BARR faces up to twenty five years in prison
 
Christopher N. GRAHAM, 37 of Jodie, W. Va., was charged with one count of “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.”  GRAHAM has a previous felony conviction in the State of Arizona for Burglary.  He faces up to 10 years in prison.
 
This case is being investigated by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and the ATF.  AUSA Vogrin is prosecuting the case for the government. 
 
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 each defendant. The charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

West Virginia State Police Press Release 06-04-2014

The Wood County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is charging six (6) juveniles for their involvement in a major disturbance at the Lorrie Yeager Jr. Juvenile Center in Parkersburg that occurred on February 18, 2014 and resulted in property damage estimated in excess of $40,000.
 
During a recreational period in the detention facility’s dayroom, two (2) male residents began physically assaulting correctional officers, staff and other juvenile residents. The two males enticed two (2) other male residents to join them in assaulting staff members with tables, chairs, and thrown items while destroying property. Correctional officers and staff members quickly moved non-participating juvenile residents to a safe, secure location, but two (2) female residents refused to comply with their orders and chose to participate in the disturbance.
 
The six (6) residents were locked in the dayroom, where they damaged glass windows, sprinkler heads, a large flat-screen television and other property. They broke into an adjoining laundry room and three offices, destroying property in them as well. They fashioned weapons using scissors and metal rods from a foosball table, and threatened to use these weapons if correctional officers entered the dayroom. The four (4) male residents also unsuccessfully attempted to escape the facility by ramming a door with a folded ping pong table.
 
Correctional officers entered the dayroom in riot gear and detained all six (6) residents without further incident. An investigation was then conducted by the West Virginia State Police and a completed report was forwarded to the Wood County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. The resulting juvenile criminal charges, being filed in Wood County Circuit Court accuse the four (4) male juveniles with Destruction of a building by Rioters, Felony Destruction of Property, Attempted escape, Possession of a weapon by an inmate at a Juvenile Detention Center. The two (2) female residents are being charged with Destruction of a building by Rioters and Felony Destruction of Property.