Special session of Wood County grand jury indicts 20

PARKERSBURG — After three days of deliberations, the Wood County grand jury in special session on Wednesday returned indictments against 20 individuals.

Three people involved in a shooting on Maple Street in April and two men, who were arrested after a warrant was conducted at a Parkersburg residence, were among those indicted.

Scott Charles Baker, 23, Alexis Jean Allberry, 24, and Tanner John Smith, 22, all in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, were charged in connection with the April 19 attempted murder of Stephen Duane Wilder, 26, of Parkersburg in front of 512A Maple St., police said.

Baker was indicted on charges of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, malicious assault and attempted murder from April 2017. Allberry and Smith were charged with accessory after the fact to wanton endangerment involving a firearm, accessory after the fact to malicious assault and accessory after the fact to attempted murder.

According to the criminal complaint, Baker shot Wilder in the back with a 9-millimeter pistol around 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. Wilder was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, then transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, with what the complaint describes as “life-threatening” injuries.

Baker and a second suspect then allegedly fled the area. Police continued to search for Tanner John Smith of Parkersburg.

Allberry was the first to be arrested, about 30 minutes after the shooting. According to a criminal complaint in Wood County Magistrate Court, she had a 9-millimeter pistol in her unzipped purse and admitted she took the gun to dispose of it for Baker.

Baker was arrested a few hours later.

Smith was arrested about two weeks later in Marietta by Washington County sheriff’s deputies at a residence on Dazell Ridge Road off County Road 11.

In the complaint against Smith, investigators stated they found a spent 9-millimeter casing matching the rounds found in Allberry’s purse. Witnesses statements indicate Smith used a towel to wipe the firearm, magazine and bullets before giving it to Allberry, officials said. She was allegedly told to “get rid” of the gun in the house on Maple Street, officials said.

In another indictment Jason M. Bernard, 43, and Bryan Anthony Merritt, 34, both in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, were named as co-defendants, charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance. Bernard was also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

They were among those arrested on Feb. 16, 2017 when the Parkersburg Police Department conducted a search warrant at 900 32nd St. Bernard lived at 900 1/2 32nd St.

Merritt, the son of former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt, was arrested on outstanding felony warrants from Pleasants County for possession with intent to deliver meth and heroin and bringing stolen property into the state.

Merritt was named in a separate indictment charging him with seven counts of fraudulent use of an access device.

According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, at about 10:36 a.m. on July 19, 2016, Merritt used the WesBanco debit card of Linda Merritt to obtain $200 from a WesBanco ATM at 415 Market St. in Parkersburg. Police said the incident was captured on video surveillance from which Merritt was identified.

This transaction took place without the knowledge or consent of Linda Merritt, officials said. Bryan Merritt also served a year in prison after being convicted in 2008 of fraudulent use of an access device, charges based on his use of county credit cards assigned to his father.

Others indicted were:

* Marquise Antwuan Culbreath-Claytor, 21, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail; Alexis Sadie Harris, 561 Elda St., Columbus, Ohio, and Mary Jean D’Aquila, 26, 6854 Pike St., Apt. 8, Mineral Wells, were named as co-defendants charging them with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance from May 2017. Culbreath-Claytor was also indicted on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance from January 2017.

* Daniel James Drennen, 34, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and use of presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony from October 2016.

* Jeremy Lee Friend, 32, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on eight counts of delivery of a controlled substance from March 2016 to February 2017.

* Timothy Aric Fulks, 37, 3504 Hemlock Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from May 2017.

* Jonathan Lee Keife, 25, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on four counts each of sexual abuse by a custodian and sexual abuse in the first-degree from January 2013 to June 2017.

* Shad M. Knight, 25, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony from September 2006.

* William H. McBrayer, 31, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from April 2017 to June 2017 and failure to appear from May 2017.

* Kyle Ray Mise, 28, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail; Amanda Bock, 36, 3500 Linden St., Parkersburg; and Vivian Richards, 26, 1921 Black Fork Road, Big Springs, W.Va., were named as co-defendants, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in March 2017. Mise was also charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance from June 2016 to December 2016 and receiving stolen property from January 2017.

* Aaron Ray Nations, 34, 2664 Skull Run Road, Murrayville, Ohio, and Adam Louis Hames, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, were named as co-defendants on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from January 2017.

* Kasey James Ward, 26, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from April 2017.

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