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Belington man arrested after failing to appear

September 22, 2012
By Melissa Toothman Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A Belington man was arrested after his failure to appear for a court hearing on a felony drug charge, according to Belington Police Chief Keith Rowan.

Magistrate Kathi S. McBee issued an arrest warrant Sept. 10 for Nicholas R. Jones, 24, of Route 3, Box 22A, after he failed to show up to court on Sept. 7 for his hearing, according to the Barbour County Magistrate's Office.

Harris then was arrested Tuesday by Sgt. D. J. Harris of the Belington Police Department and taken to Tygart Valley Regional Jail. He was released Wednesday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, according to the magistrate's office.

According to the criminal complaint, Harris spotted Jones taking money from a man and giving him a small white pill on July 23 in the parking lot of Freedom Bank in Belington. The pill was later identified as methadone, the complaint stated.

Harris was in his personal vehicle, according to the complaint, so he radioed Officer Josh Hymes, who was on duty at the time, asking him to come to the bank parking lot. Harris exited his vehicle in uniform and confronted Jones and the buyer.

Drug paraphernalia and cash were found in Jones' pocket, according to the complaint. Harris also was able to find the methadone pill in the buyer's pocket, along with cash.

Jones and the alleged buyer met Harris in his office where contact information was obtained, and both men were released, according to the complaint. Jones was later charged on Aug. 24 with a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance.



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