Wood County Circuit Court hears eight cases

PARKERSBURG — Eight hearings took place in Wood County Circuit Court Tuesday:

* Kelly Sue Cunningham, 34, 2601 New York Ave., Parkersburg, appeared for a status hearing. The court has received the forensic evaluation and finds her to be competent to stand trial and criminally responsible. She was indicted by the January 2018 grand jury on a charge of child neglect creating a risk of injury.

* John C. Diamond, 41, 205 Left Fork Buck Run Road, Rockport, appeared for a status hearing and the defense informed the court it is ready for trial. Diamond appeared for trial at 1:30 p.m. and accepted the plea agreement offered by the state. He was indicted by the September 2017 grand jury on charges of wanton endangerment involving a firearm and two counts of assault.

* Paula Ann McDonald, 63, 511 Happy Valley Lane, Parkersburg, appeared for a status hearing. She accepted a plea offer from the state to plead guilty to a charge of second-offense DUI. Her sentencing was set for 9 a.m. June 18. Charges of fleeing from an officer while under the influence of alcohol and fleeing from an officer with reckless disregard were dismissed as part of the plea.

* Joshua Caleb Grady, 35, 1019 21st St., Parkersburg, appeared for a plea hearing and agreed to plead guilty to a charge of child neglect creating a risk of injury. Judge J.D. Beane delayed sentencing because Grady has been accepted to the drug court.

* David Jason Rickard, 41, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to fleeing from an officer with reckless disregard. His sentencing was delayed because he is in the drug court.

* David M. Kestner, 35, 2091 Pond Creek Road, Ravenswood, appeared for a status hearing and the court was informed a plea agreement has been reached and a sentencing date will be set later. He was indicted by the May 2017 grand jury on a charge of grand larceny

* Mark J. Province, 47, 1111 Lynn St., Parkersburg, was granted a motion to continue his case to the next court term because his attorney just recently took the case. His sentencing was set for Aug. 14. He was indicted by the January 2018 grand jury on four counts of burglary and fleeing from an officer with reckless indifference.

* James Edward Mitchell, 44, 1606 Nestling Drive, Columbus, was continued to a new court date on a motion from the state due to a delay in lab results. His new trial date was set for June 26.

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