According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following hearings were held November 20 before the Honorable Judge Jennifer P. Dent:

Negotiations are ongoing in the case the State vs Carrie L. Hickson, 41, of Cass. The defendant waived her right to a speedy trial. A status conference is set for January 9, 2020. Hickson was indicted on one count, driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense; and one count, driving while revoked for driving under the influence.

George Travis Underwood, 39, of Marlinton, was sentenced to one year in the regional jail for the misdemeanor of petit larceny; and six months in the regional jail for the misdemeanor of unlawful taking of a vehicle. Sentences will run consecutively, and Underwood was given credit for 123 days’ jail time served. Underwood was remanded to custody.

A status conference was held in the case the State vs Tyler A. Bowman, 20, of Lewisburg, wherein the court granted a defense motion for a continuance to allow time to refile a motion to gain reports and confidential records in this matter. The state related that an in-camera hearing would be held with regard to the reports for juvenile children. The defendant waived his right to a speedy trial. Bowman was indicted by the April Grand Jury on two counts, sexual abuse in the first degree; one count, sexual assault in the second degree; one count, sexual assault in the third degree.

Ina B. Pennington, 46, of Marlinton, was found to be competent to assist counsel and competent to stand trial. She was adjudged guilty of the felony offense of attempted burglary. Sentencing and disposition is set for January 9, 2020. The court revoked bond, and Pennington was remanded to custody.

A status conference was held in the case the State vs Matthew J. Tuskan, 37, of Hillsboro, wherein defense counsel advised that negotiations may be reached and asked for another 30 days to confirm or file motions. Tuskan waived his right to a speedy trial. The matter is set for January 9, 2020.

A change of plea hearing is set for November 26 in the case the State vs George Matthew Harmon, 27, of Marlinton. Trial is set for December 19. Harmon is charged with one count, wanton endangerment involving a firearm; one count person prohibited from possessing a firearm; and one count domestic assault.

A capias was issued for Stuart Tingler, 33, of Millboro, Virginia, who failed to appear for his revocation of pre-trial diversion hearing. Defense counsel verified that the Tingler had been in recovery in The Lifehouse Program, but had left there, and she did not know his whereabouts.

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