Depew, Pickens among indictments

PARKERSBURG – After four days of deliberations the Wood County Grand Jury for May handed down indictments against more than 50 people, said Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton.

Among those indicted were Matthew Edward Depew, 22, and Amber Nicole Pickens, 27, both in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. According to police reports on May 2, Depew and Pickens allegedly beat and attempted to rob Homer Wilson, 79, of Parkersburg.

According to the criminal complaint filed with Wood County Magistrate Court, Depew punched Wilson in the face after Pickens got in the car with Wilson and was talking to him. Police said they were posing as potential tenants of an apartment Wilson owns.

“While Depew was hitting him, Pickens took his car key and said ‘Get his wallet’ as Depew continued to hit him,” the complaint stated.

Before the grand jury returned Depew appeared in court for a bond hearing. Judge J.D. Beane set bond at $100,000 with a condition of home confinement or GPS tracking.

A man involved in an automobile fatality in February and theft of a tractor in April also was indicted.

Jamie Thompson, 32, 3432 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, was indicted in two indictments. In one he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and in the other he was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance casing death, grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Wood County Deputy Sheriffs in April arrested Thompson after responding to a tractor accident. Thompson was reportedly standing next to a tractor that was stuck in a ditch on the side of the road. Initial reports were Thompson was lying in the ditch next to the tractor, police said.

Further investigation found the tractor Thompson was operating, valued at $12,500, was stolen from a resident on Cline Lane. Thompson also was found to be in possession of oxycodone allegedly stolen from a resident in the Lee Creek Road area. A warrant check found Thompson was a fugitive from Washington County for violating probation on carrying a concealed weapon and contempt of court charges.

Thompson also was indicted for the two-vehicle, head-on collision in February on West Virginia 21 near Rockport where Greg Starcher, 21, of Rockport was killed, according to the sheriff’s department.

A man who was convicted in absentia in January on three counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver was indicted on a charge of failure to appear.

Terrance Joseph McGuirk, 44, 2601 16th Ave., Parkersburg, failed to appear after a jury was empaneled in the trial. After waiting for an hour, the trial began and the next day the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts.

Juanita Haught, 23, and Travis McCall, 34, both in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, were named as co-defendants in an indictment charging them with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

According to police reports, they were raided by the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force in the Salvation Army Opportunity House on Fifth Street. They were indicted on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and conspiracy operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. Haught was also indicted on seven counts of uttering.