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Driver in fatal Upshur crash pleads not guilty

January 18, 2014
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - An Ellamore man who police say was behind the wheel in a fatal wreck in October was arraigned in Upshur County Circuit Court Friday.

Following his Tuesday indictment by an Upshur County grand jury, Ronnie Junior Landis, 34, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of driving under the influence contributing cause of death and one felony count of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence, third or subsequent offense.

According to the complaint filed by the West Virginia State Police in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Landis was driving a Dodge truck along CR 151 shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

A passenger in the vehicle, 27-year-old Nicole Rogozinski Currence, died from injuries suffered in the accident, according to the complaint.

Landis is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $370,000 bond.

Other individuals arraigned Friday included:

Beth Ann Bolyard, 47, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree arson, a felony She remains in jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

Robert Franklin Davis II, 35, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony; fleeing in a vehicle in a manner showing reckless indifference to the safety of others, a felony; fleeing in a vehicle while DUI, a felony; driving while license revoked for DUI, second offense, a misdemeanor; shoplifting, first offense, a misdemeanor; and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second offense, a misdemeanor. He remains in jail in lieu of a $75,000 cash or surety bond coupled with a $250,000 personal recognizance bond.

Davis also pleaded not guilty to one count of escape, a felony. For the felony escape charge, a $50,000 cash or surety bond was set.

Jonathan David Cochran, 19, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary, a felony; one count of grand larceny, a felony; two counts of conspiracy, a felony; 13 counts of forgery, a felony; and 13 counts of uttering, a felony. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims. He is being held in jail on a combined $70,000 cash or surety bond.

Cameron P. Loudin, 20, of Ellamore, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary, a felony; one count of grand larceny, a felony; and two counts of conspiracy, a felony. He is free on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

Wesley Ray Stephen McCartney, 25, of Crawford, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony, and two counts of possession of precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony.

Timothy Joseph Baxa, 24, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, a felony, and one count of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony.

Heather D. Ware, 28, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony. She is free on a $25,000 cash or surety bond with the condition that she participate in drug screenings with Upshur County Community Corrections.

Joseph M. Hall, 66, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, Fentanyl, a felony. He remains incarcerated on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

Kenneth Mitchell Lashua Jr., 45, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony; one count of possession of precursor used to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony; and two counts of conspiracy, a felony. His $75,000 cash or surety bond and $50,000 personal recognizance bond was continued.

Daniel Reese Prince II, 28, of Weston, pleaded not guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone, a felony.

David R. Lower, 59, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. His $5,000 cash or surety bond was expected to be posted Friday. He also has a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Joshua W. Cranmer, 31, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony, and one count of possession of precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony. He is free on a $40,000 surety bond and a $60,000 personal recognizance bond with the condition that he also participate in the Upshur County Community Corrections program.

Jamie Roy Sothen, 22, of Volga, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony, and one count of possession of precursor used to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony. His name on the indictment appears as Jamie Ray Sothen. Court officials made a note of the corrected middle name from Ray to Roy. Sothen remains in jail in lieu of a $62,500 surety bond.

David Glen Post, 29, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony, and one count of possession of precursor used to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony.

Tylor James Arbogast, 21, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony; one count of possession of precursor used to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony; and two counts of conspiracy, a felony.

Daniel Scott Grogg, 19, of Buckhannon, was indicted on three counts of forgery, a felony; three counts of uttering, a felony; and two counts of breaking and entering of an automobile, a misdemeanor. He did not appear for his arraignment. 26th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hall rescheduled the arraignment for 2:15 p.m. Jan. 21.

Connie Lillian Cordle, 61, of Russell, Ky., who was indicted on one count of fleeing in a vehicle showing reckless indifference to the safety of others, a felony, did not appear in court. Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Reger said that she was determined to be incompetent to stand trial and has been admitted into William R. Sharp Jr. Hospital in Weston.

Dorothy Murray, 47, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony.

Robert Lee Linger, 22, of Adrian, pleaded not guilty to one count of transferring stolen property, a felony.

David Jay Lipps, 29, of Buckhannon, who was indicted on one count of fraudulent schemes, a felony, did not appear in court for arraignments. His attorney, James Hawkins Jr., said he tried to contact him, but that Lipps may not have been aware of the proceedings. Hall continued the arraignment until Jan. 21.

Emanuel Monroe Perry, 52, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of providing false information in sex offender registry information, a felony, and three counts of failure to provide notice of change in sex offender registry information, a felony.

Judy Queen, 53, of Buckhannon, who was indicted on three counts of fraudulent schemes, a felony, was unable to attend. Her arraignment was rescheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 23.

Tiffany Dawn Coleman, 27, of Lost Creek, pleaded not guilty to two counts of uttering, a felony. She is being held in lieu of a $5,000 cash or surety bond. Her request to be permitted to see one of the alleged victims, her grandmother, was denied. Hall ordered that she have no contact with the alleged victims.

Joseph Michael Wagner, 31, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to six counts of shoplifting, third offense, a felony. His bond was modified to $20,000.

Joshua Jared Davis, 27, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to nine counts of failure to provide notice of change in sex offender registry information, a felony. He is being held in jail in lieu of a $50,000 surety bond and an $85,000 personal recognizance bond.

Clifton Vachel Thompson, 34, of Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of domestic battery, third or subsequent offense, a felony.

Bradley Adam Bonner, 22, of French Creek, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary, a felony, and one count of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Contact Melissa Toothman by email at mtoothman@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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