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Courthouse News 03-06-13

The March, 2014 term began on Tues., March 4, 2014 with Chief Judge Jack Alsop instructing the Grand Jury. After the grand jurors went to the jury room at 9:55 to consider their indictments, Alsop called several civil matters for status hearings.

At 11:53 a.m., the grand jurors returned to the Court room and returned indictments against eight individuals for the following charges:

  • State vs. David C. Wise, indicted for two counts of failure to provide sexual offender registration. His attorney is Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon
  • State vs. Kimberly A. Demastus, was indicted for five counts of delivery of a controlled substance, namely, amphetamine, hydrocodone, and three counts of delivery of oxycodone.
  • State vs. Isaac Charles Grounds was indicted for two felony counts: one of burglary and one of grand larceny. He is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.
  • State vs. Daniel J. McCormick was indicted for one count of conspiracy and one count of delivery of controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.
  • State vs. William C. Smith was indicted for one count of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule 1 controlled substance (marijuana). He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.
  • State vs. Van Ross Ramsey, Sr., was indicted for six counts: malicious wounding, destruction of property, domestic battery, reckless driving, and two counts of obscene phone calls.
  • State vs. Ginger Persinger was indicted for three counts of embezzlement. She is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.
  • State vs. Mose A. Chadwell was indicted for two counts of obtaining goods under false pretenses and one count of forgery and one count of uttering. Chadwell is represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

Status hearings were held in seventeen civil cases as follows: one was settled and a fax was received regarding the same.

State vs. Kenneth Fraker was reset for March 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. Dismissal to come in another case. The Court will dismiss another case and plaintiff's attorney has to refile. Another case reported the defendant was making payments and it will be dismissed upon receipt of their income tax.

The case of Lori Short vs. William Stalnaker had a scheduling order entered by Alsop. Pretrial is now 1 p.m. on July 25 and bench trial at 9 a.m. on August 5. Short is represented by Ira Adams, III of Clarksburg and Stalnaker is represented by Thomas Dyer also of Clarksburg.

Alsop dismissed one civil case for no service.

The case of Time Payment Corp vs. Deborah Yeager had a scheduling order entered by Alsop. Pretrial is now Jan. 23, 2015 at 9 a.m. with trial set for Feb. 10, 2015 also at 9 a.m. Richard McGervey represented the plaintiff and Daniel Cohn represents Ms. Yeager.

One case was continued due to lack of service, but will be dismissed after 120 days have expired if service is not obtained on defendant.

One civil case between Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jason F. Cottrill was set for bench trial on June 13 at 10 a.m. and defendant has until March 10 to answer or default judgment will be entered and no trial will be necessary.

One case was completed in August but the order was unclear if it was over. After today's hearing, the clerk completed the case and took it off the active docket.

In one case, the plaintiff's attorney will send a default judgment order and it will be completed.

The case of Julie Conrad vs. Gilmer County Senior Citizens will have a motion to dismiss heard before Judge Alsop on April 14 at 9:45. Discovery must be completed by Nov. 30 and a pretrial will be heard Jan., 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. and a jury trial will be held Feb., 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. unless the matter is resolved earlier. Conrad is represented by Christina Rumbach and GCSC is represented by Jan L. Fox with Steptoe and Johnson law firm.

Agreed default judgement was entered in another civil case and it was removed from the docket.

Another civil case has no service in it yet and the attorney is attempting to obtain a proper address for the defendant.

A civil case between Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and Joshua Singleton was set for bench trial June 13 at 9 a.m. Singleton has until March 7 to file his answer or judgment will be awarded against him.

The case of Van Ramsey, Sr. vs. Van Ramsey, II and Michelle Ramsey was set for bench trial June 13 at 1 p.m. Sr. is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway and the defendants are self-represented. .

Family Court News

There was no Family Court News turned in this week.

Misdemeanor: Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

  • Christopher McVaney was cited for Domestic Battery. (2.7.14)
  • Gary B. Jenkins was cited for Trespassing (structure); Trespassing (non-structure), and Reckless Driving. (2.26.14)
  • Richard K. Davidson was cited for shoplifting. (2.19.14)
  • Misha D. Parker was cited for Domestic Battery. (2.28.14)
  • Waitman L. Frederick was cited for Domestic Assault, Domestic Battery, and Assault on an Officer. (2.28.14)
  • A Minor was cited for possession of non-intoxicating beer and intoxication in public. (2.13.14)

Felony: Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

There were no new Felonies reported this week.

Civil Cases: Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

  • Delco Supply Co. vs. Ellyson Mortuary over an unpaid debt. (2.25.14)
  • United Hospital Center vs. Allison Beall over an unpaid debt. (2.26.14)

Worthless Checks

There were no new Worthless Checks reported this week.

Sheriff's Department Reports & Citations

  • Tyrique S. Brown was cited by the municipal police for driving suspended revoked (non-DUI). (2.28.14)
  • Jacob L. Z. Cooper was cited by the State Police for no proof of insurance. (2.25.14)
  • A juvenile was cited by the municipal police for possession of tobacco. (2.28.14)
  • Michael D. Langford was cited by the State Police for driving suspended / revoked (non-DUI). (2.26.14)
  • Mitchell W. Stevens was cited by the State Police for no proof of insurance. (2.26.14)
  • Patty J. Stump was cited by the State Police for no proof of insurance. (2.22.14)
  • Joshua L. Wilson was cited by the county sheriff's department for no operator's license and no proof of insurance. (2.25.14)