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Misdemeanor "sandwich" for Perkins man

On Sun., Feb. 23, Gary Jenkins, 26, of Perkins, WV, was charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing (non-structure), one count of misdemeanor reckless driving and one count of misdemeanor trespassing (structure).

Additionally, the Gilmer County Sheriff's Dept. was called to 280 Walnut St. in Rosedale regarding a related altercation.

According to Sheriff Larry Gerwig, Jenkins wanted to purchase a barn for the wood said structure would provide. During an argument regarding the sale of the barn - which was not for sale to the suspect - Jenkins was told to leave the property.

According to the complaint filed in Gilmer County Magistrate Court, Jenkins left after the refusal to sell him the wood from the barn, but returned to retrieve his cell phone from the residence next door. He was told to leave again, and an altercation ensued.

Witnesses stated that Jenkins "took off spinning" before striking a bystander with his car and running off the roadway to strike another bystander's car. Jenkins then - according to witnesses - "ran off the roadway and struck a tree," then ran off the roadway into an adjacent yard before driving through a wood fence.

Jenkins relayed to the Gilmer County Sheriff's Dept. that he had left when told to leave. Jenkins also stated that he had been punched in the face, and that this was why he got into his car and sped away so "recklessly."

Witnesses questioned at a nearby church corroborated that Jenkins had asked that somebody call for help as he tried to leave.

When questioned about whether or not he had struck Jenkins, Joshua Carter stated that he allegedly "swung at [Jenkins] but did not make contact."

Jenkins was released by Magistrate Carol Wolfe on a public recognizance bond for $500.