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Randolph Grand Jury Indicts 19

Funeral Home Owner,

October 31, 2007
By BEN SIMMONS, Staff Writer
A Randolph County grand jury handed up felony indictments against 19 individuals Monday, including charges filed against an Elkins funeral home owner accused of forging a death certificate and embezzling pre-need trust funds and three men arrested in connection with armed robberies.

Cheryl Runner-Kittle, 48, of 210 Cherokee St., Elkins, was charged with three felonies including two counts of embezzlement of pre-need funeral contract funds and one count of forgery of a public record.

According to the indictment, Runner-Kittle is accused of forging the name of Dr. Stephen High on a death certificate for Thomas Hicks in January 2004, which allowed her to receive approximately $6,900 that was paid into a pre-need funeral fund. She is also accused of embezzling $6,900 in pre-need funeral funds paid toward a contract between Thomas Hicks and F.E. Runner Funeral Home in January 2004 and $3,500 in pre-need funeral funds paid toward a contract between Irene Hicks and F.E. Runner Funeral Home for the benefit of Irene Hick’s son on Dec. 20, 2006.

Christopher J. Elza, 20, address unknown, William L. Painter, 21, address unknown, and Justin W. Roberts, 20, address unknown, were named in separate indictments charging the trio of robbing Speedway in Elkins at gun point and breaking into the Total Fitness Center, both on April 11. Elza and Painter are also accused of using a gun to rob Mountaineer Mart in Elkins on April 12.

Elza and Painter are charged with three counts of conspiracy, two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of breaking and entering, all felonies. They are also charged with two counts each of wearing a face covering to conceal their identity and one count of petit larceny, all misdemeanors.

Roberts is charged with two counts of conspiracy, and one count each of first-degree robbery and breaking and entering, all felonies. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of petit larceny and wearing a face covering to conceal his identity.

Homer C. Goldsmith, 40, address unknown, was charged with one count each of second-degree sexual assault, burglary and malicious assault, all felonies, along with one count of destruction of property, a misdemeanor.

According to the indictment, Goldsmith is accused of entering without breaking into a woman’s home during the night and feloniously engaging in sexual intercourse and sexual intrusion without consent from the woman. Goldsmith is also accused of maliciously causing bodily harm to the woman and destroying a coffee table, a refrigerator and various other items belonging to her.

Robert G. Rosier Jr., 30, of Mill Creek, was named in two separate indictments. One indictment charged Rosier with two felonies including one count each of third offense driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing while driving under the influence of alcohol, along with two misdemeanor counts including driving left of center and failure to use a turn signal.

The second indictment charged Rosier with one count each of malicious assault and abuse of an elderly person, both felonies. According to the indictment, Rosier is accused of causing bodily harm to Troy Tacket, who is an elderly person, on Aug. 21. Rosier is currently incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Christopher M. Pell, 26, of 184 B, Apartment 202, Beverly Manor, Beverly, was charged with two felonies including child abuse resulting in injury and malicious assault. According to the indictment, Pell is accused of maliciously causing bodily injury to a juvenile born in 2007.

Clarence R. Maynard, 30, of Route 1, Box 164B, Williamson, was charged with one count of malicious assault, a felony. According to the indictment, Maynard is accused of causing bodily injury to Amber Saltsman on June 10.

Robert P. Likens, 40, of Route 2, Box 230, Elkins, was named in a five-count indictment charging him with two felony counts of third offense driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, along with three misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked for DUI, no proof of insurance and defective equipment.

According to the indictment, Likens was operating a motor vehicle on May 25 with a blood alcohol content of .156.

Derry R. Haymond, 46, of Route 3, Box 179, Elkins, was charged with one count of third offense driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony, and two counts of driving revoked for DUI and driving left of center, both misdemeanors.

Blake H. Carver, 20, of P.O. Box 481, 4 W. Main St., Wardensville, was charged with two counts of burglary, along with one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy, all felonies. Carver is also charged with one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

According to the indictment, Carver is accused of breaking into the home of Paul Carver on or about Aug. 1 through Aug. 14 and taking a Taurus .32-caliber H&R revolver having a value of $200. He is also accused of breaking into the home of Joshua Carver on Aug. 11 and taking an X-Box game console, a Playstation game console, numerous games associated with both consoles, game controllers for both consoles and a Panasonic video camera, having an approximate value of $1,000.

Joshua E. Runner, 25, of 36 Canterbury Drive, Elkins, was charged with one felony count of burglary, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, petit larceny and obstructing an officer. According to the indictment, Runner is accused of breaking into the home of Hazel K. Burford on May 4 and stealing an estimated 114 hydrocodone pills. He is also accused of switching seats with a passenger in his vehicle when pulled over for speeding to avoid prosecution for speeding and driving while his license was revoked.

Rocky Wamsley, 51, of HC 58, Box 4, Mill Creek, was charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy, both felonies. According to the indictment, Wamsley is accused of conspiring to sell cocaine from December 2005 to May 2006.

Brandon J. Conrad, 19, of HC 66, Box 3, Dryfork, was charged with two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Conrad is accused of delivering marijuana and hydrocodone on June 12 within 1,000 feet of Harman School.

Stanley H. Wiseman, 38, address unknown, was charged with one count of threats of terrorist acts, a felony. According to the indictment, Wiseman is accused of stating “that if his children were removed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, he would blow up the courthouse and everyone in it.”

Dennis J. Butcher, 34, address unknown, was charged with one count of threats of terrorist acts, a felony. According to the indictment, Butcher is accused of “stating words to the effect that he was unhappy with the way Jennings Randolph Elementary School handled a situation with his son and that he was going to first try to burn the school down, but if it did not burn, he would then blow it up with explosives.”

Jamie A. Johnson, 21, address unknown, was charged with one count of failure to register or provide notice of registration changes. According to the indictment, Johnson is a convicted sex offender and failed to inform the West Virginia State Police in Randolph County within 10 days of his change of address from Pendleton County to Randolph County.

Marlana Brickles, 26, of 644 Isner Creek Road, Elkins, was charged with one count of fraud in obtaining welfare benefits. According to the indictment, Brickles is accused of obtaining $3,137 in welfare benefits from July 2006 to December 2006 by failing to report household income of $9,303 during that time frame.

Joseph Blackburn III, 20, address unknown, was charged with two felony counts of third-degree sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, Blackburn is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female on June 28, 2006, and engaging in sexual intrusion of a 14-year-old female on Aug. 14, 2007.

Arraignments will be before Randolph County Circuit Judge John L. Henning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Randolph County Courthouse.







 
 

 

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