Circuit Court News

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Court Clerk Connie Carr, the following cases were heard June 6 before the Honorable Joseph C. Pomponio, Jr.:

In an extradition hearing in the case the State vs Brenda Lee Myers, 44, of Durbin, a fugitive from justice from Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the court accepted the defendant’s waiver of extradition and Pennsylvania authorities will take physical custody of the defendant in 10 days. The defendant may post a $5,000 bond. Myers is charged with the sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities.

In the pre-trial conference in the case the State vs. Michael C. White, 58, of Frank, defense counsel asked that certain evidence be suppressed. The court advised that counsel must file the motion. The matter remains on the trial docket for June 26 at 9 a.m. White is charged with domestic violence, child abuse resulting in injury and brandishing a deadly weapon.

In a bond revocation hearing in the case the State vs Stephanie R. Long, 31, of Marlinton, the state withdrew its petition. Defense attorney Martin Saffer told the court that the defendant had been referred to the Drug Court Program. The defendant was released on bond. Long is charged with one count of grand larceny.

In a status/determination hearing in the case the State vs Ferrell Gene Kelly, 50, of Cass, the court ordered that the defendant remain under the court’s supervision and the defendant will be placed for evaluation for six to nine months as to competency. Kelly is charged with three counts starting fire on lands of another person.

In the status/determination hearing in the case the State vs Sarah Vandevender, age unknown, of Frank, the court ordered that the defendant may remain on PR bond until placement for six to nine months as to competency. Vandevender is charged with a misdemeanor offense of false or misleading information.

Steven K. Bennett, 39, of Marlinton, entered a written plea agreement of guilty to the charges prohibited person with a firearm and possession with intent to deliver a Scheduled II controlled substance, Oxycodone, Adderall.

In a change of plea hearing in the case the State vs Nathan Garrett Martin, 38, of Staunton, Virginia, the defendant pled to the indictment DUI 3rd offense. The defendant waived his right to a pre-sentencing investigation report. The state objected to the waiver. The court accepted the waiver and the defendant was sentenced to the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than three years. The sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for three years under the supervision of the State of Virginia with costs assessed.

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