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Circuit Court

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following arraignments were held December 14 before the Honorable Judge Jennifer P. Dent:

Tonya Hedrick, 34, of Durbin, pleaded not guilty to Two Counts Burglary, a felony; One Count, Destruction of Property, a misdemeanor, Two Counts Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor. Hedrick was remanded to custody as bond had been revoked in an earlier case.

James Lester, 34, Nettie, pleaded not guilty to One Count Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor; One Count Entry of a Building other than a Dwelling, a felony. Cash or surety bond was set at $5,000.

Annette Irvine, 46, of Hillsboro, pleaded not guilty to One Count Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Narcotic Substance, Buprenorphine, a felony. Personal recognizance bond remains at $5,000.

Harry McLaughlin, 61, of Dunmore, pleaded not guilty to One Count Wanton Endangerment Involving a Firearm a felony; One Count Brandishing, a misdemeanor. McLaughlin remains on bond.

Christina M. Giese, 34, of Arbovale, pleaded not guilty to Two Counts, Forgery, a felony; One Count Uttering, a felony; One Count Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor. Giese remains free on previously posted bond and shall not travel to any state other than Virginia. The defendant waived extradition in the event of new charges.

Robert Rakes, 35, of Roanoke, Virginia, pleaded not guilty to One Count Entry of a Building Other than a Dwelling, a felony; One Count Destruction of Property, a misdemeanor, One Count Grand Larceny, a felony. The court granted a defense motion to reduce bond from $50,000 to $30,000, cash or surety, with special condition. Rakes lives in Roanoke and waives extradition.
Pretrial status conferences are set for January 25, 2017 for all the above cases.

In other matters:

A disposition hearing was held in the case the State vs Andrea Woody, 31, of Beckley, wherein the court revoked probation and sanctioned the defendant to 120 days in the regional jail. At the end of that time Woody will be placed back on home confinement.

In a reconsideration of sentence hearing in the case the State vs Jeremy Fitzgerald, 31, of Cass, the court denied defense counsel’s request that the defendant be placed on home incarceration. The sentencing order was corrected in open court. Fitzgerald was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for three years, six months jail time and the remainder to be served on home incarceration.

A pretrial status conference was continued in the case the State vs Alfred Lee Pritt, 55, of Marlinton. The state advised the court that a plea agreement is possible. A jury trial in this matter ended in a mistrial in November, as the court was unable to seat 12 jurors. Pritt is charged with three counts Wanton Endangerment with a Firearm.

In an evidentiary hearing, Darin Ramsey, 28, of Durbin, admitted to violating one or more terms of his probation. The court sanctioned him to 80 days in the regional jail with the remainder served on probation. Ramsey was remanded to custody.

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