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Courthouse News 03-13-14

Circuit Court News

Chief Judge Jack Alsop presided over Circuit Court in Gilmer County on Thurs., March 6, 2014

One fugitive from justice waived extradition back to the state of Louisiana and authorities there have until 4 p.m., March 17, 2014 to pick William R. Mitchell up at the Central Regional Jail or he will be released. Mitchell was represented by local attorney Shelly DeMarino.

After Sheriff Larry Gerwig called a list of defendants names three times in open court and they failed to appear, Alsop directed that the capias' previously issued remain in full force and in effect against the following individuals:
Brandon M. Leady, William Davis McHenry, Erin Jason DeWall, Matthew Snyder, Jaimey Gaines, Jack E. Crawford, Thomas Rusley, Bernard Johnson, Robert Baskin, Christina Gayle Coombs, Sandra Frick, Edward C. Thompson, Jr., Darrell J. Ford, Travis M. Buford, Justice Graham, Kevin Neil Garrett, Justin Derek Antoine, Justin Miller, Gary Terreal Shivers, Joseph M. Stankiewitch, Joshua C. Whitely, and Jarod C. Scott.

Any law enforcement agency is directed to detain said individuals and hold them for further proceedings if they are found.

  • State vs. Robert Lee Hacker was before the Court for further pretrial motions. Hacker is represented by Steve Nanners and Bryan Hinkle, co-council -- both from Buckhannon. His trial was set for Wed., March 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.
  • State vs. Rodney G. Singleton was also before the Court with his attorney, Jerome Novobilski from Clay County. His trial was also set for Wed., March 12, 2014.
  • State vs. Ricky L. Townsend was before the Court represented by Bryan Hinkle. After testimony was taken in his case, Alsop revoked his bond and his case was set for plea on March 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
  • State vs. James Lee Ash was before the Court, without his attorney, Clinton Bischoff, whom the Clerk unsuccessfully attempted to contact. Ash was to enter a plea on Tues., March 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

An old fugitive from justice case was before the Court involving Kenneth R. Fraker, who was wanted in the state of Ohio and Ritchie County, WV also has charges against him. Alsop will dismiss our case by order. Fraker was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton, WV

Mr. Karickhoff also had the case of State vs. William Clavel Smith called for arraignment. Arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Tues., March 11, 2014, however, Mr. Smith was arraigned, Thurs., March 6, 2014 and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge against him. His case was then continued to the July, 2014 term of Circuit Court upon motion of the defendant.

A juvenile matter was also heard and set for further hearing April 9, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Alsop will return to Gilmer County on Mon., March 10, 2014 for his motion day, arraignments and other matters on March 11, 2014 and petit jury commenced on Wed., March 12, 2014.

Family Court News

There was no Family Court News turned in this week.

Misdemeanor Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

  • David J. Marks was cited for Driving suspended / revoked (non DUI). (3.6.14)
  • Katelyn C. Rivero was cited for Intoxication in public. (3.13.14)
  • John R. Zsigray was cited for speeding and two seat belt violations. (3.5.14)
  • Michele L. Fisher was cited for a worthless check. (3.6.14)
  • Michael P. Wallbrown was cited for two worthless checks. (3.6.14)
  • Andrew T. Taylor was cited for possession of cannabis. (2.19.14)

Felony Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

There were no Felonies turned in this week.

Civil Cases Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

  • Credit Acceptance Corp. vs. Robert L. Henderson over an unpaid debt. (3.6.14)
  • Hannah McCune vs. Jerry Workman over an unpaid debt. (3.10.14)
  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Britany J. Frederick over an unpaid debt. (3.11.14)
  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Steven W. Brady over an unpaid debt. (3.11.14)
  • Inas McHenry vs. Courtney Ray over an unpaid debt. (3.11.14)

Worthless Checks

  • Curtis V. Riggs was cited for a worthless check written to Glenville Foodland. (3.6.14)
  • Michael T. DeJarnette was cited for a worthless check written to Glenville Foodland. (3.6.14)
  • John M. Peters was cited for a worthless check written to Glenville Foodland. (3.6.14)
  • Haunani Fisher was cited for a worthless check written to Glenville Foodland. (3.6.14)
  • Michelle L. Fisher was cited for a worthless check written to Glenville Foodland. (3.6.14)

Sheriff's Department Reports & Citations

  • Haylli M. Blackwell was cited by the county sheriff's department for speeding and no proof of insurance. (3.7.14)
  • William W. Cottrell was cited by the state police for no proof of insurance and invalid motor vehicle inspection. (3.9.14)
  • Gregory R. Dixon was cited by the county sheriff's department for speeding. (3.10.14)
  • Tristen L. Hacker was cited by the county sheriff's department for speeding. (3.10.14)
  • Clayton J. McCune was cited by the county sheriff's department for speeding. (3.10.14)
  • Joseph D. Valention was cited by the state police for no proof of insurance. (3.2.14)
  • John R. Zsigray was cited by the state police for speeding, no proof of insurance, and two counts of seat belt violation. (3.5.14)