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Arraignments conducted in Circuit Court

July 8, 2011
By Ben Simmons - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Arraignments were conducted Thursday in Randolph County Circuit Court for individuals indicted by a grand jury in June.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Richard T. Busch presented the state's cases to Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong.

Howard Alexzander Arbogast, 23, of HC 86 Box 30B, Valley Head, appeared with attorney William T. Nestor and pleaded innocent to a 19-count indictment that includes allegations of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, contraband and conspiracy to deliver merchandise to a correctional facility.

According to the indictment, Arbogast is accused of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a felony, on or about March 18. Nine of the counts charge Arbogast with delivering contraband into a correctional facility, all misdemeanors, between November and March. The indictment accuses Arbogast of delivering cigarettes to inmates. He is also charged with nine counts of conspiracy, all misdemeanors.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 21. Arbogast remains free on a $25,000 bond.

Derrick Gene Armstrong, 33, of PO Box 76, Mill Creek appeared with attorney Michael Parker and pleaded innocent to one count of child abuse creating a risk of serious bodily injury and three counts of child abuse resulting in bodily injury, all felonies.

The indictment alleges that Armstrong picked up a 3-year-old child by the neck, and while holding him by the neck hit the child's head into the arm of a chair approximately five times; hit the child's mouth with an open hand causing bleeding; hit the child with a plastic bottle approximately 10 times; and dragged the child by the leg from a living room to a bedroom.

Wilfong set jury selection for Oct. 3 and scheduled the trial for Oct. 28. Armstrong remains free on a $35,000 bond.

Michael Allen Currence, 30, of HC 71, Box 71, Ellamore, appeared with attorney Tim Prentice and pleaded innocent to two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one count of distribution and display to a minor of obscene matter, all felonies.

The indictment alleges that Currence engaged in and attempted to engage in the sexual exploitation of, and sexual contact with, two juveniles under his care; and showed a pornographic video to one of the minor children. It's alleged that the incidents took place between Jan. 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2002.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 16. Currence remains free on a $50,000 bond.

Christopher Brian George, 31, of HC 61 6A, Coalton, appeared with attorney James Hawkins Jr. and pleaded innocent to one count of kidnapping, a felony, and one count of domestic battery, a misdemeanor.

According to the indictment, on or about April 6 through April 27, George allegedly detained a woman against her will and raped her; and on or about April 28 struck and strangled the woman, who resided with him at the time.

Wilfong set jury selection for Aug. 2 and scheduled the trial for Aug. 17. George is currently incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash, surety or property bond.

Freddie David Tingler, 44, of 310 Findley St., Elkins, appeared with attorney Shannon Johnson and pleaded innocent to one count of malicious assault, a felony.

According to the indictment, Freddie Tingler was allegedly operating a small excavator with a digging arm and bucket and brought it down on Rocky Tingler, who was struck on the shoulder and arm in April.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 23. Tingler remains free on bond.

Allen Lee White, 32, address unknown, appeared with Hawkins and pleaded innocent to two counts of counterfeiting, one count of possession of counterfeit with intent to utter and one count of conspiracy, all felonies.

According to the indictment, White, on or about Nov. 4, gave Veronica Scott a counterfeit $50 bill; and on or about Nov. 3, White used a counterfeit $50 bill to purchase food at Dairy Queen. Also, on or about Nov. 4, printing sheets of counterfeit $50 bills were found at the home of Jason Beal.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 15. White remains free on a $50,000 cash or surety bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program as a condition of bond.

Mark Allen Watson, 43, of PO Box 283, Dailey, appeared with Hawkins and pleaded innocent to 22 felony charges of various sexual abuse, which allegedly occurred between 1992 and 2003. Watson is charged with eight counts of first-degree sexual assault; nine counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian; four counts of incest; and one count of third-degree sexual assault.

According to the indictment, Watson allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with a juvenile female relative at various times during an 11-year period.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 22 and 23. Watson is currently lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash, surety or property bond.

Teresa Marshell Wratchford, 40, of 310 1/2 Homewood St., Parsons, appeared with Hawkins and pleaded innocent to six drug-related felony charges.

The indictment accuses Wratchford of entering without breaking into Colonial Place on or about May 21, 2010, through June 4, 2010, and taking 16 Hydrocodone tablets with an approximate street value of $160. Wratchford is also charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone, by fraud.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 14. Wratchford remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program.

Sarah Elizabeth Howard, 27, of 828 Isner Creek Road, Elkins, appeared with Prentice and pleaded innocent to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. According to the indictment, Howard allegedly possessed with the intent to deliver two Heroin capsules on or about Oct. 28, 2009.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 19. Howard remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program.

Makala Louise Shoulders, 22, of 5 Jackson Ave., Elkins, appeared with attorney Phil Isner and pleaded innocent to one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy, both felonies. The indictment alleges that Shoulders delivered three Oxycodone hydrochloride on or about June 9, 2010.

Wilfong set jury selection for Nov. 4 and scheduled the trial for Nov. 18. Shoulders remains free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program.

Megan Rae Stottlemyer, 25, of lot 53 Beverly Mobile Home Park, Beverly, appeared with Isner and pleaded innocent to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. The indictment charges that Stottlemyer delivered three- and-a-half Buprenorphine Hydrochloride (Subutex) pills on or about April 13, 2010.

Wilfong set jury selection for Nov. 4 and scheduled the trial for Dec. 2. Stottlemyer remains incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on other charges.

Brenda Lee Hutton, 27, of Edmundton Avenue, Beverly, appeared with Nestor and pleaded innocent to charges contained in two separate indictments. In the first indictment, Hutton is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and one count conspiracy, also a felony. The indictment alleges that on or about July 15, 2010, Hutton delivered three Morphine sulfate pills.

Hutton's second indictment charges her with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and conspiracy, a felony. The indictment states that Hutton delivered four Morphine sulfate pills on or about July 14, 2010.

Wilfong set jury selection for the first case on Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 20. For the second case, Wilfong set jury selection for Oct. 3 and scheduled the trial for Oct. 6. Hutton remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program.

Zachary Robert Hutton, 25, of Edmundton Avenue, Beverly, appeared with Isner and pleaded innocent to charges contained in two separate indictments. The first indictment charges Zachary Hutton with one count delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and one count of conspiracy, also a felony. The second indictment charges Zachary Hutton with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy, both felonies. The indictment alleges that Hutton delivered four morphine sulfate pills on or about July 14, 2010.

Wilfong scheduled jury selection for the first case on Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 21. For the second case, Wilfong scheduled jury selection for Nov. 7 and set the trial for Nov. 17

James Edward Mullenax, 38, of PO Box 1255, Elkins, appeared with Johnson and pleaded innocent to one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy, both felonies. According to the indictment, James Mullenax allegedly, on or about June 9, 2010, delivered three Oxycodone hydrochloride.

Wilfong set jury selection for Sept. 7 and scheduled the trial for Sept. 22. Mullenax remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program.

Robert Lee Scott, 30, of Lot 49 Airport Trailer Park, Elkins, appeared with Hawkins and pleaded innocent to charges contained in four separate indictments, all of which charge him with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony; and three of the four indictments charge him one count of conspiracy, a felony.

The first indictment states that Scott allegedly delivered two Oxycontin 60-milligram pills on or about April 26, 2010. The second indictment alleges that Scott delivered three small baggies of cocaine on or about April 21, 2010. The third indictment states that Scott delivered four small baggies of cocaine on or about March 18, 2010. The fourth indictment against Scott alleges that he delivered two small baggies of cocaine on or about Feb. 22, 2010.

Wilfong scheduled jury selection for Sept. 7 and set the trial for Sept. 16. Scott remains free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and was ordered to participate in the community corrections program.

Also during the session, Wilfong granted attorney Richard Shryock's motion to dismiss a felony indictment lodged against John David Huey Jr., 51, of 249 Helens Run Road, Worthington. Shryock told the court the charges cited in the indicted were the same as the ones that were dismissed with prejudice in magistrate court more than a year ago.

Huey was facing one count of malicious assault, a felony, and one count of conspiracy, a felony.

Wilfong also granted a continuance in the state's cases against Danny Rorbaugh Jr., 33, of RR 2, Box 217C, Beverly, and Valerie McIntyre, 22, of Lot 49, Airport Trailer Park, Elkins. Rorbaugh's indictment had his first name listed as Daniel and McIntyre's indictment had her last name listed as Scott. Both hearings are scheduled for July 13.

Rorbaugh is charged with one count of kidnapping, a felony; one count of threats of terrorist acts; one count of brandishing a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor; obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor; and one count of assault, a misdemeanor. He is currently lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The indictment alleges that Rorbaugh, held Econo Lodge employee Evelyn Lewis at knife point, locked the doors, and held her hostage for the purpose or with the intent of shielding or protecting himself from bodily harm, or of evading capture, or arrest, after he may have committed a crime in February. Rorbaugh also allegedly refused to obey the commands of officers by refusing to release the knife.

McIntyre was named in two separate indictments. Both indictments charge her with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, felonies, and one count of conspiracy, also felonies.

According to the first indictment, she allegedly delivered two Oxycontin 60-milligram pills in April 2010. The second indictment also accuses her of delivering two Oxycontin 60- milligram pills.

Wilfong also granted a continuance in the state's case against Thomas Owen Triplett Jr., 53, of 100 Tallman Ave., Apartment 327, Elkins. Triplett failed to appear for arraignment and Parker asked to have additional time to notify Triplett of the charges. Triplett is facing one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. According to the indictment, Triplett allegedly delivered one Morphine pill on or about Sept. 17, 2008.

A continuance was also issued for Anthony Francis Silvester III, 32, who is in custody of the Department of Corrections. Silvester is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. According to the indictment, Silvester allegedly delivered four "stamps" of Heroin on or about April 28, 2010. A hearing is scheduled for July 13.

Capiases were issued for Teresa Sue Smith, 39, of 109 Pleasant Ave., Elkins, and Victoria Breeann Mullenax, 27, of PO Box 1255, Elkins, for failing to appear for arraignment.

Smith is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and one count of conspiracy. The indictment alleges that Smith delivered four Morphine Sulfate pills on or about July 14, 2010.

Victoria Mullenax was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and one count of conspiracy, also a felony. The indictment alleges that Mullenax, on or about June 9, 2010, delivered three Oxycodone hydrochloride.

 
 

 

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