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Circuit Court

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following cases were heard October 2 before the Honorable Judge Jennifer P. Dent:

A non-jury trial was held in the case Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority vs Jerome E. Heinemann. After reviewing all the testimony and exhibits, the court determined that it would not assess the $150 per year penalty, but finds judgment in the amount of $353.10 plus court costs against the defendant.

A bond revocation hearing was held in the case the State vs Gary McKenney, 69, of Durbin, wherein defense counsel advised that the matter would be contested. Judge Dent related that she has personal knowledge that the defendant has violated the terms of his bond. Defense counsel asked that the judge be recused in this hearing. The matter was referred to the other division of the court for further proceedings. McKenney was remanded to custody.

Defense counsel for Travis Rider, 32, of Marlinton, requested that another status conference be set to allow time for negotiations. Rider waived his right to a speedy trial. The court modified his bond to allow him to travel to Roanoke, Virginia.

Sentencing and disposition were delayed in the case the State vs George Travis Underwood, 39, of Marlinton, as the defendant had failed to report for a pre-sentence interview. The court placed Underwood on home incarceration as a condition of his bond so the probation department will know his whereabouts. If Underwood failed to find a home by the end of the court day, he was to be remanded to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

An arraignment hearing was held for Carrie L. Hickson, 41, of Cass, wherein she pleaded not guilty to one count, driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense; and one count, driving while revoked for driving under the influence. Hickson was remanded to custody.

A bond revocation hearing was held in the case the State vs George Matthew Harmon, 27, of Marlinton, wherein defense counsel advised that it would be a contested hearing. Probable cause was found with regard to Harmon violating the conditions of his bond. An evidentiary hearing is set for October 17.

Negotiations are ongoing in the case the State vs Justin Allen White, 38, of Ports-mouth, Virginia. White waiv-ed his right to a speedy trial in this term of court. He remains on present bond.

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