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Final day of arraignments in Taylor County Circuit Court

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012


Lewis K. “Chip” Peters, Leonard William Bartlett, Jr, and Stephanie Parrish


GRAFTON – Taylor County Circuit Court was in session on Monday, for its final day of arraignments after the Taylor County Grand Jury handed down 41 indictments last Monday.

Jonathan P. Hanley was indicted for sexual assault in the third degree. He had appeared in court at the Thursday, September 27 session, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by Taylor County Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats.

On Thursday, Judge Moats placed Hanley under the supervision of the Taylor County Community Corrections Program, and allowed his bond to continue. He was also ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

A report, filed by Community Corrections Program Director, Tammy Narog, indicated that there were two young children living in the home with Hanley and his sisters. The report also revealed that Hanley has three criminal complaints outstanding against him out of Calhoun County.

Haley’s attorney informed Judge Moats that her client was not listening when Judge Moats ordered no contact on Thursday.

“I asked specifically if anyone else lived there,” Judge Moats stated. “I asked if there were any children living there. He told me no. It is quite apparent that he was untruthful.”

Judge Moats also revealed that the three battery charges out of Calhoun County were “of three children trying to defend their mother against Mr. Hanley’s aggression.”

Judge Moats informed Hanley’s attorney that after the matter in Calhoun County is resolved, and if he can come up with a suitable place to live, he would consider it. Handley was placed in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Stephanie Parrish was also in court last Thursday. Parrish had been indicted for four counts of manufacturing a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Parrish had indicated that she would test clean from methamphetamine at that time, and Judge Moats ordered her tested. The test was positive for the drug, and Parrish was sent to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney, John L. Bord advised the court that upon her arrival at the jail, it was discovered that “she had drugs on her person. She had Suboxone in a body cavity, in a plastic bag.”

Parrish admitted to coming to court on Thursday with the Suboxone, prepared to go to jail if she failed her drug test.

“The court finds that she lied repeatedly, and brought drugs into the court inside her body so that she could have drugs in the Regional Jail,” Judge Moats stated. “The court believes she is a raging drug addict. The only way for Miss Parrish to abstain from drugs is by bond revocation and staying in the Regional Jail pending the outcome of this case.”

Christopher Runner was brought back before the court, after being arrested by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, the Grafton Police Department, the Monongalia County Drug Task Force, and a detective from Morgantown last Thursday night, in connection with an armed robbery in Morgantown. He was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a felony. The charges stem from his arrest, on August 29, along with Ty Anthony Stemple.

Last Thursday, Runner was placed under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program and ordered to remain at his mother’s home. Runner’s Taylor County bond was revoked.

Thursday night, Runner, was arrested along with Dallas Sheme, and according to Bord, both gave full confessions.

“Allegedly, the robbery was to get money to run to Mexico,” Bord stated.

Judge Moats informed Runner that he had to have an emergency juvenile court session on Friday, and that juveniles stated that they had attended a going away party for Runner and Stemple in Morgantown. Judge Moats indicated that the juveniles stated that the party was because Stemple and Runner were going to Mexico.

“It is inconceivable to think that you had been arrested here on August 29, you knew the Grand Jury was going to meet on Monday,” Judge Moats continued. “Two days before, you were at a party in Morgantown supplying girls with drugs, and committed a robbery on Wednesday.”

Runner was ordered to the Regional Jail pending the outcome of his case.

Vincent Joseph Six was indicted for two counts of felony destruction of property. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. It was revealed that Six was currently on bond in Marion County, and is facing breaking and entering charges in Harrison County, in connection with Jason E. Higginbotham and Charles L. Green.

His bond was continued, and he was ordered to have no contact with his co-defendants.

Richard S. Shackelford was indicted for six counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, or custodian; five counts of first degree sexual abuse; and one count of sexual assault in the third degree. Judge Moats entered a not guilty plea on Shackelford’s behalf, and granted his attorney 30 days for discovery.

Taylor County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Shawn Nines informed the court that he had no objections to Shackelford’s bond continuing, in general, but did not feel that the bond was adequate. Nines informed the court that additional charges were added after Shackelford’s $10,000 bond was set in Taylor County Magistrate Court.

Nines requested $10,000 bond for each count, making it $120,000.

Shackelford’s attorney, Roger Curry indicated that his client has abided by all of the conditions of his bond, and stated that the increase would be out of reach.

Shackelford’s bond was set at $50,000, and was granted ten days to make the arrangements for it to be posted. He was further ordered, that if he made bond, to remain at his brother’s home and be under the supervision of the Taylor County Probation Office.

Mark Steven Rosier was indicted for third offense domestic battery. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Rosier’s bond was allowed to continue, and he was placed under the bond supervision of the Community Corrections Program.

He was further ordered to have no contact with the victim, and not to consume alcohol or any drugs that are not prescribed to him.

Tracy Elaine Lipscomb was indicted for forgery and uttering. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, and her attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Lipscomb’s bond was allowed to continue under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program.

Sean Jeffrey Jackson was indicted for fleeing in a vehicle from a law enforcement officer while under the influence, and first offense driving under the influence of alcohol. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Before Jackson was drug tested, he admitted to taking morphine, cocaine and Subutex. Jackson was placed under the bond supervision of the Harrison County Community Corrections Program to be drug tested on a regular basis.

Leonard William Bartlett, Jr. was indicted for three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, or custodian, three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, and one count of use of a minor in filming sexually explicit conduct. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery.

Bond had been set in Magistrate Court for $25,000. Judge Moats ordered, that if Bartlett can make bond, that he be placed under the supervision of the Probation Office, and to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Lewis K. “Chip” Peters was indicted for 10 counts of sexual assault in the second degree, 10 counts of displaying obscene material to a minor, and 10 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Peters’ bond, set in Magistrate Court for $100,000, was allowed to continue.

Judge Moats ordered, that if Peters can make bond, that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, and that he be placed under the supervision of the Probation Office.

Michael F. Stout was indicted for grand larceny. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Stout’s $10,000 bond was allowed to continue.

Brian Curtis Neligh was indicted for three counts of felony child neglect, and two counts of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery.

Neligh’s $5,000 bond was to continue, however, After stating to Judge Moats that he would test clean if drug tested, Neligh tested positive for marijuana and was sent to the Regional Jail.

A capias was issued for the arrest of Christine Riffle. Riffle had been indicted for fraudulent schemes. Her attorney, Karen Johnson advised the court that she has not been able to contact Riffle. Judge Moats revoked Riffle’s bond and issued the capias.











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