According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following hearings were held July 22 before the Honorable Judge Robert E. Richardson:
A change of plea hearing was held in the case the State vs Hayes Andrew Arbogast, 51, of Elkins, wherein Arbogast pleaded guilty to the lesser included misdemeanor offenses of brandishing a firearm and assault as contained in Counts I and III of the indictment. The State moved to dismiss Count II with prejudice. The matter is set for sentencing and disposition September 11. Arbogast remains on present bond.
Thomas E. Greenburg, 37, of Snowshoe, waived his right to a speedy trial. Defense counsel advised the court that a plea agreement has been reduced to writing. The plea agreement will be a binding agreement.
On July 24, Carrie Pritt, 23, of Warm Springs, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the lesser included misdemeanor offense of simple possession. Pritt waived her right to a pre-sentence investigation and asked to proceed with sentencing and disposition. The defense asked that the sentence be for time served. The court sentenced Pritt to six months in the regional jail with 144 days’ credit for time served. Costs were assessed and the defendant will have 18 months to pay them upon release from custody.
A sentencing and disposition hearing was held July 24 in the case the State vs Buck Barker, 57, of White Sulphur Springs, wherein the defendant was sentenced to one year in the regional jail. Due to health considerations, Barker will serve that time on home incarceration in Greenbrier County where he resides. A fine of $500 was assessed, which is to be paid during the time of his home incarceration.
The following hearings were held July 26 before the Honorable Judge Jennifer P. Dent:
A capias was issued for George Travis Underwood, 39, of Marlinton, who failed to appear for his pre-trial conference.
Carl Lee Kidd, 37, of Arbovale did not appear for his hearing on a petition to revoke probation. An outstanding warrant was already in effect.
Ricky Schoolcraft, 36, of Hillsboro, was sentenced to not less than one year nor more than 10 years in the state penitentiary for the offense of uttering and was ordered to pay restitution of $321.12. As to the offense of petit larceny, Schoolcraft was sentenced to one year. Sentences will run consecutively, and will be discharged on home confinement, with the added condition of substance abuse assessment and counseling. Schoolcraft paid the restitution amount, and was fined $300 and assessed court costs.
A continuance was granted in the case the State vs Amanda Katherine Brewer-Long, 38, of Hillsboro, as plea negotiations are ongoing. The defendant waived her right to a speedy trial, and a change of plea hearing is set for August 21.
A continuance was granted in the case the State vs Joshua Long, 39, of Hillsboro, as plea negotiations are ongoing. Long waived his right to a speedy trial and a change of plea hearing is set for August 21.