By Myra Chico,

County Editor

A Roane County woman was charged with a felony and a misdemeanor in Gilmer County in connection with an Oct. 2 incident.

Lisa Dawn Richards, 29, of Spencer, was charged with obstructing an officer in a felony investigation, which is a misdemeanor, and accessory after the fact of escape, which is a misdemeanor.

Richards was arrested by Gilmer County Sheriff's Department officials who also wrote the criminal complaint pertaining to the charges.

The Sheriff's Deputy who wrote the complaint stated that on Oct. 2 at approximately 1 p.m., the deputy “received two complaints that Joshua Hardman and a female were at Joshua Hardman's mother's residence at 637 Trace Fork Road.” When the deputy arrived at the residence and knocked on the front door he wrote , “Lisa Richards answered the door and stated that Joshua Hardman was not there and she has not seen him for a long time and she was the only one at the residence.” The deputy added that Richards “appeared extremely nervous and excited.”

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Human trafficking is real. And, human trafficking is happening in small towns in West Virginia.

It's real. And it's real scary!

Studies are showing that within five years, human trafficking will far outgrow the opioid epidemic.

Think about that for a minute.

We all know how bad the opioid epidemic has been. Most of us have witnessed someone we know go down that rabbit hole. We all know someone struggling with addiction, struggling because a person they love is addicted, have lost a loved one because of addiction or prays every day for someone they know and care about who is struggling with addiction.

Addiction has hit the United States wide open and it is truly the government's fault. The government created the opioid crisis and are now putting people in prison because of their own creation.

Federal law enforcement officials need to be focusing on human trafficking. Human trafficking is quickly becoming a bigger situation than opioids.

We feel protected because we live in West Virginia. We feel safe. The truth is, we shouldn't. We should be ever vigilant.  

People are being snatched all over. Just last week, a little girl was grabbed in Virginia and brought to West Virginia to be hidden. On my way home from Williamson last week, the electronic signs south of Charleston were not telling drivers about traffic like they usually are, they were making drivers aware of a missing girl and what vehicle to be watching for and how to notify police.

This was not a parent abduction. This was a stranger who took this child.

It's not just children. It's men and women too. We all have to travel to shop for clothing, shoes, household goods and more. We go to Clarksburg, Bridgeport and Charleston. It is very important to stay vigilant in those places. Keep your car doors locked. Walk with friends or family. Don't go outside the stores or mall by yourself.

Be careful what you and your children answer on the internet. Stop doing those quizzes on Facebook that you say what your name would be for a holiday based on your birthday.

Do not meet people you have messaged on Craig's List alone. Even if you want the item they are selling! Take three friends, take you're whole family, meet at the local police station and let the police know you are there. Don't do it alone.

Craig's List has become a place to be found by human traffickers. They have an item to sell, you message them and they come pick YOU up instead of actually selling an item.

The internet is great. It can be fun with a lot of drama in social media. But, it is also scary. Kids, especially females, are lured into traps on a daily basis throughout the world.

We are not immune in Glenville. A few months ago, a girl had wrecked a scooter near the golf course and when police got to her, she was disoriented and couldnÕ' tell them why she was in Glenville. She said she had answered an advertisement to be a au pair for some children. She was trying to escape her circumstances.

Just because we live in a small, rural community does not make us safe. We must all be vigilant, all the time, with our own safety. Even in Glenville.

Lock your doors. Lock your car doors. Walk in groups. Just always be careful.

By Myra Chico,

County Editor

Gilmer County's Former Assessor pleaded no contest in Gilmer County Magistrate Court to one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

Leisa Dean, 46, of Norris Rd. in Glenville appeared in Magistrate Court with her husband and two sons Mon., Oct. 28. On a motion from Gilmer County Prosecuting Attorney Gerry Hough, the felony child abuse charge was dismissed with prejudice, which means that charge can never be brought up again.

Instead, after Hough read the WV Code Book with Glenville Police Patrolman J. T. Braniff, they agreed to amend the charge to misdemeanor child abuse. Senior Status Magistrate Teresa Robinson accepted Dean's no contest plea.

Robinson sentenced Dean to time served for the time she spent in jail before she was released on bond. She also fined Dean $200. With the addition of court costs, Dean's actual total will be $370.25 and Robinson agreed to give Dean six months to pay the total amount.

Dean was originally arrested on Oct. 20 after she reportedly “came home intoxicated around 12:00 a.m. and was being aggressive throwing things around the house.” Dean's juvenile son told police that his parents were arguing which woke he and his brother. According to the criminal complaint, written by Braniff, “his mother had gotten mad about him unplugging the computer and she slapped him on the left side of the face.”

Braniff also stated in the complaint, that Mr. Dean “advised the son to call 911 and report the issue to the police.”

By Myra Chico,

County Editor

A man who was attending a football game at the WACO Center was arrested Fri., Oct. 25 after he exposed himself and relieved himself on a monument in the end zone.

Peter Randolf Collar, of Country Farm Road in Tucker, was arrested by West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class B. K. Shingleton on an indecent exposure charge.

The complaint states that at about 7:30 p.m. “this officer was contacted by Glenville P. D. Patrolman Officer J. T. Braniff who stated he had just observed a male individual, later identified by his WV driver's license as Peter Randolf Collar, who intentionally and indecently exposed his male sex organs so that he could urinate on a monument in the nearest end zone to the main entrance of the field during an active high school football game.” Shingleton said “such action was in the presence and view of hundreds of people attending such football game.”

The complaint states that Braniff questioned Collar about his actions. “Mr. Collar stated he 'had to p*** and could not hold it any longer,'” Shingleton wrote.

The Trooper wrote in the complaint that “during the encounter with Mr. Collar, he stated that he had consumed approximately 3-4 Bud Light Beers,” but officers administered a “consensual preliminary breath test” and no blood alcohol content showed.

 

Project Warm Hands is a project that was founded in 2012 during a snowy Christmas Parade. There were children waiting in line to see Santa to receive some candy and a toy. Some of these children were so cold that their hands were red. With this weighing heavy on my heart, I knew I had to do something. God gave me a vision of gloves for these children. From that day forward, I, along with big-hearted people like you, have been collecting gloves to cover those little fingers.

If you would like to help keep a child's little fingers warm during the cold weather this year, please give your donation of gloves or a monetary donation to help purchase gloves. Project Warm Hands wants to thank you for caring and the children and you will be blessed by your generosity.

God Bless You for having a Big Heart!

Project Warm Hands

Connie Stewart, Director

304.462.7632

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By Myra Chico,

County Editor

A Braxton County man was arrested in Cedarville after he wrecked his vehicle while intoxicated.

Roy Thomas Riffle, 60, of Arnett Road in Exchange, was charged with driving under the influence by Gilmer County Sheriff's Department officials.

The criminal complaint states that on Sept. 13, the GCSD received a call at 3:09 a.m. “of a single motor vehicle crash on Level Run in Cedarville.” Sheriff's Department officials reported that “dispatch advised there was a vehicle over the hill with ejection and entrapment. They also advised the person was intoxicated.”

 

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