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Courthouse News 04-17-14

Circuit Court News

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Judge Richard A. Facemire heard two cases in the morning hours.

State vs. Justin Handshoe, a fugitive from Kentucky, waived extradition and authorities in that state have until 4 p.m. April 18, 2014 to pick him up, or the Central Regional Jail will release him from custody. Handshoe was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.

Also heard was a juvenile matter which was reset for June 23, at 9:20 a.m.

In the afternoon of April 9, Chief Judge Jack Alsop heard several matters in Gilmer County.

State vs. Kelland Sherrod, a fugitive from Ohio, waived extradition and authorities from there have until 4 p.m. April 18, to pick him up or the CRJ will release him from custody. Sherrod was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.

Three juvenile matters were heard and reset as follows: June 9 at 10:10 and also one at 10:20 and the third for May 16 at 1 p.m.

Chief Judge Jack Alsop presided over his motion day on Mon., April 14, 2014 in Gilmer County.

Six juvenile matters were heard and reset, two for June 9, 2014 at 10:30 and 10:40; one for May 12 at 10; one for July 14, at 9 a.m.; one for May 28, at 1:45; and one was previously scheduled for another date.

State vs. Harlin Campbell, a magistrate appeal was set for a bench trial on June 4, 2014 at 9 a.m. David Karickhoff of Sutton represents Mr. Campbell.

In the civil matter between Julie Conrad vs. Gilmer County Senior Citizens, after hearing a motion to dismiss by defense counsel, Jan Fox, the Court felt the complaint was not sufficient on its face and ordered the plaintiff to file an amended complaint within 20 days and took the motion to dismiss under advisement.

State vs Ricky Townsend was before the Court for sentencing and Alsop opted to double his sentence for a second drug conviction and ordered Townsend to be sentenced to 4-20 years in the penitentiary. Townsend was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

State vs. Robert Hacker was brought before the Court for sentencing, as was Rodney Singleton, but both defendants sentencing were reset for May 12: Hacker's at 1 p.m. and Singleton's at 10:10 a.m. Hacker is represented by co-counsel Steve Nanners and Bryan Hinkle, both of Buckhannon. Singleton is represented by Jerome Novobilski of Clay.

State vs. Daniel Rose was before the Court asking for mental evaluation, which motion was granted by the Court. Hinkle also represented Mr. Rose.

State vs. Derrick Stalnaker was before the Court, represented by Valentina Wheeler of Charleston, asking for his case to be dismissed. Alsop denied her motion but did permit him to be released on bond and house arrest. Later that afternoon bond was posted and he will be hooked up on house arrest in Lewis County on Tuesday and he was released from the Central Regional Jail.

Family Court News

Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, April 9 also. He recused himself in four domestic violence cases, which will now be heard by Special Family Court Judge Susan Shelton Perry of Logan County. Copies of all of the files will be sent to her by the Clerk.

One Divorce was granted between Billy Pounds, 38, and Linda Pounds, 36, both of Glenville.
Four other divorces were reset.

Misdemeanor Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

  • Clayton J. McCune was cited for domestic assault. (3.21.14)
  • William F. Foster was cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. (3.23.14)
  • Ronnie L. Hannah was cited for obtaining goods under false pretences. (3.24.14)
  • Terri Pettry was cited for DUI and Reckless Driving. (3.27.14)
  • Charlotte A. McCune was cited for driving suspended / revoked (non-DUI) (2nd offense). (3.23.14)
  • Marissa S. Starks was cited for domestic battery. (3.28.14)
  • Jeffery S. Conrad was cited for possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams (x2) and breathing inhaling intoxicating compounds. (3.28.14)
  • Allison M. Peery was cited for DUI. (4.3.14)
  • Michael T. Hess was cited for impeding traffic. (4.1.14)

Felony Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

No new Felonies were reported on this week.

Civil Cases Gilmer County Magistrate's Court

No new Civil Cases were reported on this week.

Worthless Checks

No new Worthless Checks were reported this week.

Sheriff's Department Reports & Citations

  • Elizabeth A. Bender was cited by the state police for no proof of insurance. (4.10.14)
  • Kenneth L. Bevans was cited by the state police for possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams. (4.11.14)
  • Nathaniel L. Gregory was cited by the municipal police for driving suspended / revoked (non-DUI). (4.9.14)
  • Edward C. Hartman was cited by the municipal police for creating a dump and burning of refuse. (4.9.14)
  • Devan T. Hinchman was cited by the state police for possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams and permitting an unlicensed driver. (4.11.14)
  • Brandon L. McClure was cited by the state police for possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams and driving suspended / revoked (non-DUI) (2nd offense). 4.11.14)
  • James C. Miller was cited by the county sheriff for driving suspended / revoked (non-DUI) and obstructing an officer. (4.8.14)
  • James R. Miller was cited by the county sheriff for possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams. (4.9.14)
  • Traci N. Pyles was cited by the county sheriff for permitting an unauthorized person to drive and obstructing an officer. (4.8.14)