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According to Pocahontas County Circuit Court Clerk Connie Carr, the following cases were heard July 25 before the Honorable Judge James J. Rowe:

In a hearing on the State’s motion to revoke alternative sentencing in its case against Ina Pennington, 41, of Marlinton, the defendant waived her right to a preliminary hearing and adjudicatory hearing and admitted to violating the terms and conditions of the alternative sentencing. The court readmitted the defendant to alternative sentencing with the added condition of alcohol monitoring scram bracelet, which will be checked twice a day.

In a change of plea hearing in the case the State vs Vincent P. Gibson, 28, of Coalton, the state informed the court that no plea agreement had been tendered. The matter is set for pre-trial September 5 at 9:15. The defendant was remanded to custody.

A trial is set for September 25 in the case the State vs George Gary Hissom, 63, of Marlinton.

In a pre-trial status conference in the case the State vs Samantha Richardson, 24, of Hillsboro, the defense informed the court that the defendant was participating in the Drug Court program in Greenbrier County. A status hearing is set for August 22 at 11:45 a.m.

In a change of plea hearing in the case the State vs Andrea D. Woody, 29, of Marlinton, the defendant pleaded guilty to Count I of the indictment – Forgery – and the state dismissed Counts two through fifty-nine – Forgery and Uttering. The court will conditionally dismiss Counts two through fifty-nine upon the defendant’s sentencing. The matter is set for sentencing and disposition August 22 at 10:15 a.m. As part of the plea agreement, the defendant will make full restitution in this matter to Buckeye Country Mart, McCoy’s Market, Fas Chek, Pocahontas Foodland, now IGA, Rt. 39 Chevron and City National Bank.

A bench trial is set for October 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the case the State vs John Osborne, 56, of Dunmore.

A motions hearing was held in the case Joel Rosenthal vs Christopher Pritt. The hearing was pursuant to a complaint filed for punitive and compensatory damages on behalf of the plaintiff and “Point of View Farm.” The plaintiff is known for the care and preservation of abandoned and injured wildlife. The complaint alleges that “the defendant has maliciously slandered, defamed and libeled the plaintiff in documents which can be accessed by all citizens.” The defense moved that the complaint be dismissed because of the West Virginia Long-Arm Statute and Due Process Clause which does not permit West Virginia to assert personal jurisdiction in this matter. After careful consideration, the court dismissed the complaint.

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