Chloe man indicted on sex abuse charges

GRANTSVILLE – A Chloe man accused of sexually abusing two children more than a year ago was one of 16 people indicted by the Calhoun County grand jury Tuesday.

Corey Lee Metheney, 33, of 277 Douglas Run Road in Chloe, in the southern part of Calhoun County, was charged with two felony counts each of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, sexual assault in the first degree and sexual abuse in the first degree, according to a release from the county prosecutor’s office.

The alleged incidents occurred in November 2012, when the victims were younger than 10 and Metheney was the live-in boyfriend of a member of their family, 28-year-old Angel Bowers, Prosecutor Shannon Johnson said. Bowers of 279 Douglas Run Road was also indicted this week on two felony counts of child neglect creating risk of injury and two misdemeanor counts of failure to report child abuse. The cases were investigated by Trooper D.C. Moore of the West Virginia State Police.

The following indictments were also returned:

* John Franklin Cash, 41, of 319 Main St., Grantsville, was indicted on one count of operating and attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony. The charge resulted from an Aug. 11 traffic stop executed by state police Senior Trooper J.A. Newman.

Cash was also indicted on one count of threats of terrorist acts, a felony. It is alleged that Cash made threatening statements to Calhoun County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy J.D. Smith at a Sept. 5 magistrate court hearing.

* James Forrest Blankenship II, 29, of Route 1, Box 29, Big Bend, was charged with one count of fleeing while driving under the influence, a felony; DUI, a misdemeanor; third-offense driving while license suspended for miscellaneous, a misdemeanor; left of center, a misdemeanor; and two misdemeanor counts of failure to stop at a traffic signal. The allegations stem from an attempted traffic stop initiated by state police Cpl. J.B. Hunt on May 4.

* William Wayne Cottrell, 34, of 2103 Duck Run Road, Glenville, was indicted on one count each of purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine or another controlled substance, a felony; possession with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony; conspiracy, a felony; and carrying a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor.

In the same indictment, Mark Brian Harris, 39, of 107 Maple St., Apt. 3, Grantsville, was indicted on felony charges of purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine or another controlled substance and conspiracy.

Their indictment resulted from a January 2013 investigation conducted by Chief Andrew Walker of the Grantsville Police Department.

* Donald Lee Drake, 42, of 49 Mayapple Lane, Big Bend; Christopher Keith Ferrell, 42, of P.O. Box 401, Grantsville; David Glen Jones, 46, of 10096 W. Little Kanawha Highway, Mt. Zion; Scotty Lynn Knight, 32, of 159 Cain Road, Big Bend; and Christina Darlene Wilson, 37, of 2707 W. Little Kanawha Highway, Grantsville; were all indicted on charges of operating and attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony; purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine or another controlled substance, a felony; two felony counts of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing; and conspiracy, a felony. Ferrell also faces a sixth count: felony possession with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance.

The alleged incident occurred on March 21 and was investigated by state police Sgt. O.S. Starsick.

* Georgie Gaglione, 30, of 106 Klipstine Road, Big Springs, was charged with operating and attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony; purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine or another controlled substance, a felony; two felony counts of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing; and conspiracy, a felony.

Joshua Thomas Slider, 29, also of 106 Klipstine Road, was indicted on the same counts. Gaglione and Slider are accused of operating a methamphetamine lab on May 9. This incident was investigated by Hunt, of the state police.

* Larry Dana Harold, 45, of P.O. Box 231, Arnoldsburg, was charged with one count of attempting to commit burglary, a felony; destruction of property, a misdemeanor; first-offense trespass, a misdemeanor; and impersonation of a law-enforcement officer or official, a misdemeanor. The allegations stem from a May 22 incident investigated by Hunt.

* Leon E. Kerby II, 27, of 212 Mill St., Grantsville, was indicted on one count of child abuse resulting in injury, a felony. The alleged incident occurred on April 29 and was investigated by Walker, the Grantsville police chief.

* Herman Sampson Stanley III, 36, no address listed, was charged with one count of failure to meet an obligation to provide support for a minor, a felony. The indictment alleges that Stanley has failed to meet his child support obligation since Feb. 7, 2012. This case was investigated by Joe Earnest of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Child Support Enforcement.

Indictments returned against individuals are merely charges at this time and are not indications of guilt. All the above defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.