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Police make fifth arrest in drug case

Elkins man allegedly purchased an ingredient for manfacturing meth

June 12, 2012
By Brad Johnson - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly purchasing materials for use in manufacturing methamphetamine, police said.

Brian Keith Hammer, 50, of 1120 S. Henry Ave., was charged June 9 with one felony count of purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, according to court records.

Bond was set at $25,000 in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

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According to the criminal complaint, Hammer allegedly bought one box of pseudophedrine, totaling 2.40 grams, from the Elkins Walgreen's store at 4:34 p.m. June 3. Police allege that Hammer had "prior knowledge" that the pseudophedrine was intended for use in manufacturing methamphetamine.

The complaint states that a bottle of pseudophedrine "consistent with the purchase made by" Hammer was found on the person of Shalae Brooke Studer, 21, of 1860 Beverly Pike, when she was arrested on meth-related charges June 3. April D. Kenney, 30, of 24B Pleasant Ave., also was arrested that day on meth-related charges.

Studer and Kenney were arrested after being found in the Elkins McDonald's parking lot in the vehicle of Hammer at about 7:19 p.m. June 3, according to court documents.

Jeffery R. Corley, 48, and Steven "Pacco" B. Miller, 39, of Harman, were arrested on meth-related charges June 4 after officers allegedly found an active methamphetamine laboratory in a Bowden residence shared by Kenney and Corley, according to court records.

In other news from Magistrate Court, an Elkins man was arrested after allegedly threatening people with a gun in the Highland Park area, police said.

Donald Manard Kerns, 52, of Rt. 2 Box 308-A, was charged with one felony count of wanton endangerment. Bond was set at $25,000. He was being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.

According to the criminal complaint, police received a call May 5 about an armed man threatening people outside a residence at 305 Boundary Ave. in Highland Park.

Deputy D.L. VanMeter of the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, who prepared the complaint, said Elkins Police Department officers had Kerns in custody when he arrived on scene. A Smith & Wesson model SW40OVE .40-caliber pistol was recovered from Kerns' pants, according to the complaint.

The weapon was loaded with 14 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition "with one in the chamber," police said.

Kerns' blood alcohol content was .187 when he was booked and processed at the Elkins Police Department, according to the complaint.

Chief Deputy Mark Brady obtained statements from four people who said Kerns had "racked the slide (of the gun), threatening to kill them," according to the complaint.

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