The following cases were recently heard in the Pocahontas County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judges Robert E. Richardson and Jennifer P. Dent:
A change of plea hearing was held in the case the State vs Joseph Tawney, 38, of Hillsboro, wherein the defendant pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of transferring stolen property. The court granted the state’s motion to dismiss Count II of the indictment – burglary – with prejudice. Tawney will remain on present bond pending sentencing.
Charles Calhoun, 35, of Marlinton was sanctioned to 30 days in the regional jail for violating the terms and conditions of his home incarceration. The state related that a firearm was found in Calhoun’s home. Upon completion of the sanction, the defendant will be placed back on home incarceration with the specific term “no possession of any firearms.”
Dustin Morrison, 26, of Marlinton, pleaded guilty by Kennedy v Frazier to the lesser misdemeanor offense of battery. The remaining counts of the indictment, Counts II through IV, are unresolved and could be brought on by the State at a later time. Morrison remains on current bond pending a status hearing.
The court found that Dalton Cain, 20, of Marlinton, violated one or more terms of his bond while waiting for bed space at Anthony Correctional Center. Cain was remanded to custody of the Tygart Valley Regional Jail until space is available at Anthony’s.
Leo Woodhouse, 55, of Marlinton, pleaded guilty to the offense of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to nine days in the regional jail and given credit for nine days served.
Three panels of 12 jurors will be pulled for the trial in the case the state vs Tyler A. Bowman, 21, of Lewisburg.
Sheila Smith, 45, of Bluegrass, Virginia, pleaded guilty to grand larceny. Her sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years with credit for time served. She will be required to complete a substance abuse treatment program and have other therapy as deemed necessary by the probation department.
The six-month sentence was suspended in the case the state vs Corey Lee Alexander, 31, of Marlinton, and the defendant was placed on 18 months probation with normal terms and conditions.
Logan James Smith, 24, of Rainelle, waived his right to a speedy trial. Trial is set for June 23. Smith is charged with unlawful taking of a vehicle.
The court found probable cause that Carl Lee Kidd, 39, of Bartow, had violated one or more terms of his probation. He was referred to the Southeastern Drug Court Program.
Lynn Jordan Jr., 23, of Cass, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a Schedule II controlled non-narcotic substance – methamphetamine, a felony. The matter was referred to the probation department for a pre-sentencing investigation. Jordan remains on current bond.