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Taylor County Circuit Court was in session last Thursday and Friday

Posted: Sunday, Sep 30th, 2012


Daniel P. Weaver; Ashley E. Sullivan; Stephanie Parrish


GRAFTON – The Taylor County Grand Jury met on Monday, September 4, and handed down over 40 indictments. Arraignment started on Thursday, September 27, and will continue through today, October 1.

Earnest M. Duncan, of Grafton came before the court after being indicted for manufacture of a controlled substance, marijuana. Taylor County Circuit Court Judge, Alan D. Moats, entered a guilty plea on Duncan’s behalf, and granted his attorney 30 days for discovery. Duncan’s $25,000 bond will continue.

Kellica May Ida Duncan, of Grafton was also indicted for manufacture of a controlled substance, marijuana. Judge Moats entered a not guilty plea on her behalf, and was allowed to continue on her bond.

Christopher A. Runner, of Grafton was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a felony. A not guilty plea was entered on Runner’s behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Judge Moats admonished the 18-year-old Runner, who admitted to not finishing school because of drugs.

Runner, and co-defendant Ty Anthony Stemple, were arrested on August 29, after a traffic stop in Grafton. Runner admitted to Judge Moats that he has smoked marijuana since the incident.

“You are the poster boy for what I have been traveling the state talking about this past year,” Judge Moats stated. “Kids, who get involved with drugs in high school, who end up quitting school, end up right here in front of me.”

“I made a mistake sir,” Runner stated. He also informed Judge Moats that he is trying to earn the credits he missed so he can complete high school.

Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney, John L. Bord informed the court that Runner had become a target “because we knew he was doing drugs from other kids at the school. I can tell you that he has a tremendous drug problem.”

Judge Moats stated to Runner’s mother, who was present in the courtroom, that “he is fast closing the door on his future.”

Addressing Runner, Judge Moats stated “your parents do everything they can for you, including worrying themselves sick about you.”

The state recommended that Runner be placed in the Taylor County Community Corrections Program.

“He is to be treated like a child,” Judge Moats informed Runner’s mother. “We don’t let children run the streets, we can’t let him run the streets.”

Runner was placed under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program.

Runner was consequently arrested on Thursday evening, in connection with an armed robbery in Morgantown, along with Dallas Sheme. Runner’s co-defendant in his possession case, Ty Anthony Stemple, was arrested Friday morning when he appeared in Taylor County Circuit Court for his arraignment, Stemple was arrested in connection with the same robbery.

Daniel P. Weaver, was indicted in 2009 for fraudulent schemes dealing with embezzlement at Grafton Foodland. He had been under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program, and an order to revoke his Community Corrections Program participation was issued after being charged with theft in Harrison County.

According to Community Corrections Director, Tammy Narog, the manager of the Duncan Donuts in Bridgeport allowed her to view a video surveillance tape that showed Weaver stealing money from the moneybox.

“I was so close to getting off of the program, and I ruined it,” Weaver stated. “If you reinstated my sentence today, I couldn’t blame you.”

“I don’t have a choice,” Judge Moats replied. “There is no way to condone this.”

Weaver’s original sentence was reinstated with credit for time served.

Ashley E. Sullivan entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit a felony, and a guilty plea to conspiring to deliver a controlled substance in May of 2012.

Her one-to-five year sentence was placed in abeyance, and she was placed into to Community Corrections Program. While on the program, she was permitted to enter the John D. Good Recovery Center.

On August 3, the center contacted Narog and informed her that Sullivan was dropped from the program due to being disruptive, and for other issues. According to Narog, Sullivan contacted her office and stated that she was not going to come back to Grafton, unless she was guaranteed not to be sent to jail.

Sullivan was arrested and placed in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

“Miss Sullivan was confused by believing that she sets the rules,” Judge Moats stated. “By not coming back, she guaranteed that she was going to jail.”

Sullivan’s original sentence was reinstated with credit for time served.

Raymond S. Bearer was sentenced to one-to-five years, in April of 2011, for third offense domestic battery. At that time, he indicated that he was not willing to participate in the Community Corrections Program. In June of 2012, Bearer filed a request to be placed into the program, and the request was granted.

On September 25, he was removed from the program for violating the terms. According to Narog, Bearer was drunk on two instances, in the presence of a child.

Bearer’s attorney, Roger Curry, asked that the court hold this case over so that Bearer could spend time in jail to reflect on this.

“Everybody wants a program,” Curry stated. “The court has a program; it’s called jail. Hopefully, a period of time of forced abstinence might change his attitude.”

“You were the one who asked for a chance in June,” Judge Moats stated to Bearer. “The court gave you that chance and you did not want the opportunity. Not only did you consume alcohol, but you did it in the presence of a young child. You have chosen to endanger other people.”

Bearer’s underlying sentence was reinstated with credit for time served.

Stephanie Parrish was indicted for four counts manufacture of a controlled substance: Methamphetamine. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, and her attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Parrish admitted to doing drugs after getting out of jail, and asked to be referred to rehabilitation.

Parrish stated that she would test clean of methamphetamine if drug tested.

“Drugs have absolutely ravished you,” Judge Moats stated. “You don’t look anything like you did two years ago. You are absolutely destroying yourself.”

Jude Moats placed her into the Community Corrections Program, pending the outcome of her drug test. Parrish’s test came back positive for methamphetamine, and she was sent to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Parrish was brought back into court on Friday, after being caught trying to bring Suboxone into the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Matthew Stuart Wade was indicted for escape from a correctional center, Pruntytown. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery.

Jason Earl Higginbotham 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.

James H. Ware was indicted for third offense driving under the influence of alcohol. Ware is currently scheduled to enter the ACT Unit, a treatment facility. His $7,500 bond, set in Taylor County Magistrate Court, was allowed to continue, and he was placed under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program, until he can enter the ACT Unit.

Jackie Eugene Wyatt had previously entered a guilty plea to third offense driving while license revoked for driving under the influence. He had been placed into the Community Corrections Program, but on September 18, Narog sent a report that Wyatt was drinking and driving. His Community Corrections participation was revoked, and his underlying sentence was reinstated.

Shirley D. Sigley came before the court to enter into a plea agreement with the state. Sigley agreed to plead guilty to second offense shoplifting, which posses a possible six-month jail sentence.

The state agreed to recommend that she make restitution, to the Blueville Go Mart for $51.12, and that she be placed into Community Corrections in Preston County.

The court agreed to the terms of the agreement, and her six-month jail sentence was held in abeyance.

Douglas A. Workman was indicted for fleeing from a law enforcement officer while driving under the influence and first offense driving under the influence. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Workman’s $5,000 bond, set in Taylor County Magistrate Court was allowed to continue.

Joseph H. White was indicted for third offense driving on a revoked license for driving under the influence. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery.

White was currently serving the remainder of a sentence, on home confinement, for second offense driving under the influence out of Marion County. This arrest revoked his home confinement.

White’s current sentence will be completed on October 5. Judge Moats ordered that his bond be continued, but that White be under the supervision of the Marion County Community Corrections Program.

Brian Keith Fairley was indicted for three counts of sexual assault in the second degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, four counts of sexual assault by parent, guardian, or custodian. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Judge Moats ordered that his bond continue, and that he be placed under the supervision of the Taylor County Probation Office. He further ordered that Fairley have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, and that he not be in any place around children.

Charles Luther Green 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. Green’s $5,000 bond was allowed to continue.

Shawn K. Moscar was indicted for forgery of a public record and uttering a public record, both felonies. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Moscar’s $5,000 bond was allowed to continue.

Donald G. Parks, Jr. was indicted for two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony: to manufacture Methamphetamine. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Bond was issued in the amount of $1,000 cash or good surety, and Parks was placed under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program.

Hayward Richard Prickett was indicted for manufacture of a controlled substance. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Prickett had recently been released from prison for similar charges. His $40,000 bond, set in Taylor County Magistrate Court, was allowed to continue.

Virl Ross Stemple, Jr. was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was given 30 days for discovery. Bond was set at $1,000 cash or good surety, and he was placed under the supervision of the Community Corrections Program.

Justin Michael Turner was indicted for two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony: to manufacture Methamphetamine. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery.

His bondsman indicated that Turner had failed two drug tests and has been evicted from the house he is living in. The bondsman further claimed that Turner informed him that he has been smoking synthetic marijuana, and that it is legal.

He was quickly informed that the substance is not legal. Turner’s bond was revoked and he was placed in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

On Friday, the second day of arraignments came with an unexpected arrest in the courtroom.

Ty Anthony Stemple was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. His bond had been set in Taylor County Magistrate Court for $5,000. The court then asked Bord if he was in agreement with the bond. Bord then produced a felony warrant, charging Stemple with first-degree armed robbery in Monongalia County. Judge Moats then arraigned Stemple for the new charge, and set bond on that charge at $150,000.

Bord then moved that the court increase his bond on the Taylor County charge to $150,000. Judge Moats increased the bond on the Taylor County charge to $100,000.

According to Bord, Stemple’s co-conspirators in the robbery, Dallas Sheme and Christopher Runner both admitted to their respective roles in the robbery, and informed of Stemple’s actions, as well.

Stemple was arrested by Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Randy Durrett, and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Then, the court ordered that Bord produce Christopher Runner on Monday morning for a hearing on his bond.

Timothy Lynn Setler was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. His $20,000 bond, set in Taylor County Magistrate Court, was going to be allowed to continue, if the results of his drug test came back clean. Setler tested positive for marijuana, and was handcuffed and placed in the back room. He was placed under the supervision of the Community Corrections

Program, pending the outcome of this case.

Jason Edwards was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and his attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Bond was set at $1,000 personal recognizance.

Rebecca Dianne Crouse was indicted for forgery of a public record and uttering a public record. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, and her attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Crouse was ordered to be drug tested, and claimed that she had not smoked marijuana for two months. The result of her drug test came back positive for marijuana, and she was handcuffed and placed into the back room.

After the court session, Crouse was brought backing front of Judge Moats. Crouse was informed that her dishonesty was like a pattern. Crouse was placed into the Community Corrections Program.

Aleina Marie Hess was indicted for conspiracy to commit a felony, delivery of a controlled substance. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, and her attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. Her $10,000 bond, set in Taylor County Magistrate Court was to be continued, pending the outcome of her drug test. Her test was clean.

Macel Joann Workman was indicted for two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony: to manufacture Methamphetamine, and two counts of felony child neglect.

A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, and her attorney was granted 30 days for discovery. According to Bord, she allowed her children to be around where Methamphetamine was being manufactured and used. Judge Moats ordered that she not be allowed to have contact with her children, other than supervised visits, and that they be placed into their grandmother’s custody.

Judge Moats further ordered that the State Department conduct an investigation, and to have it in front of him within 45 days.

Christina M. Riffle, and Vincent Joseph Six’s cases were continued.

Butch Michael J. Shugars was indicted for nighttime burglary. He failed to appear, and a capias was issued for his arrest.

Desmond T. Evans was indicted for abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult. He also failed to appear, and a capias was issued for his arrest.












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