Circuit Court

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following hearings were held January 29 before the Honorable Judge Robert E. Richardson:

In a motions hearing in the case the State vs Dalton Cain, 19, of Marlinton, the defense asked that the defendant be reinstated to bond. The court granted the motion with the added condition of home incarceration.

A change of plea hearing was held in the case the State vs Derek S. Hannah, 33, an inmate in St. Mary’s Correctional Center, wherein the defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of the five-count indictment – the lesser included misdemeanor offense of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; the felony offense of illegal possession of explosive materials; and the misdemeanor offense of person prohibited from having a firearm. The state dismissed the remaining two counts. Sentencing and disposition is set for March 11. Hannah was remanded to custody.

Plea negotiations are ongoing in the case the State vs Noletia Gail Mayle, 36, of Marlinton.

A continuance was granted in the case the State vs Joseph D. Friel, 24, of Cass.

Buck Ryan Barker, 58, of White Sulphur Springs, failed to appear for his hearing on a petition to revoke his probation. Defense counsel advised the court that the defendant had called and said he could not be at the hearing for many reasons. The court denied a defense motion for a continuance as Barker failed to appear at the last hearing. A capias was issued and a personal recognizance bond was set at $10,000 with the condition of home incarceration.

Charles R. Calhoun, 34, of Marlinton, failed to appear for his hearing and the matter is continued to February 5. If the defendant is not present at that time, a capias will be issued.

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