Thompson pleads guilty on two charges

PARKERSBURG – A man involved in two separate incidents this year entered a plea agreement Thursday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Jamie Ray Thompson, 32, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to charges of DUI of a controlled substance causing death and possession of a controlled substance, Oxycodone.

Thompson pleaded to one count related to each incident, a Feb. 8, 2013 accident that claimed the life of a Rockport resident and a possession charge from April.

According to police reports, Thompson was driving a Ford F-150 southbound about 2:15 p.m. Friday when he swerved into the northbound lane of W.Va. 21, in the 5000 block, and struck a Chevrolet S-10 driven by 21-year-old Greg Starcher head-on. After the collision, Starcher’s vehicle was forced into a nearby house.

On April 11, police were called to the 5800 block of Lee Creek Road concerning a tractor accident. Thompson was reportedly standing next to a tractor that was stuck in a ditch on the side of the road, police said. Initial reports were Thompson was lying in the ditch next to the tractor, police said.

Police reports said Thompson was operating a four-wheel-drive Kubota BX1800, stolen from a resident on Cline Lane. The value of the tractor, which was damaged, was estimated at $12,500, he said.

Thompson also was found to be in possession of Oxycodone and an investigation discovered the medication was stolen from a resident in the Lee Creek Road area, officials said.

In other hearings Thursday:

* A verdict was handed down after a two-day trial. Andrew Thomas Whipkey, 30, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was convicted on charges of unlawful assault, malicious assault, unlawful restraint, battery of a government representative and fleeing from an officer. A motion for probation or alternative sentencing was taken under advisement by Judge Jeffrey Reed and sentencing was set for 9 a.m. Sept. 24.

* Amy Lynn Kestner, also known as Amy Avia Ramirez, 37, 328 Mineral Manor, Parkersburg, was granted a motion to continue her trial to the September court term. Her new trial date will be set at a later time by Judge J.D. Beane. She was indicted by the January 2013 grand jury on three counts of grand larceny.

* Joshua Lee Heiney, 31, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, made a motion to be returned to home confinement since there is a space open for him in a treatment center. Beane denied the motion and Heiney was remanded to serve the remainder of his sentence with credit for time served. He was placed on home confinement for two years after his guilty plea to a charge of first-degree robbery as charged by the January 2011 grand jury. His home confinement sentence was revoked on July 18, 2013.

* David Kyle Blasingame, 20, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a burglary charge as charged by the grand jury on Feb. 21, 2012. Benae sentenced him to one to 15 years in prison with credit for 408 days served.

* Alan Keith Philpott, 46, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was remanded to custody after he pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and was sentenced after waiving a pre-sentencing investigation. Judge Robert Waters sentenced him to six months in the North Central Regional Jail with credit for time served.

* Alan Edward Wimer, 35, in custody, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to a charge of third-offense DUI as charged by the May 2013 grand jury. Waters set sentencing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28.

* Matthew Edward Lamp, 30, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was granted a continuance for his trial to the September court term. Waters set the trial date for Oct. 28. Lamp was indicted by the January 2013 grand jury.