Wood County Circuit Court
PARKERSBURG — The following cases were heard in Wood County Circuit Court on Aug. 7:
* Judge Jason Wharton granted a motion for a mental competency exam for Timothy Albright, 56, of Belpre, charged with fleeing with reckless indifference and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
* Emily Proscia, 20, of Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to battery, a lesser included offense in the indictment that originally included charges of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, malicious assault and assault during the commission of a felony. A motion was granted to move directly to sentencing. The defense asked Wharton to sentence Proscia to time served, to which the state did not object, pursuant to a plea agreement. Wharton sentenced her to 150 days in jail, with credit for 128 days served.
* Sylvia Casto, 49, of Vienna, did not appear for a status hearing Tuesday, and Wharton granted a motion by the state to issue a capias warrant for Casto and revoke her bond. She is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; two counts of possession of a controlled substance, meth, with intent to deliver; conspiracy; and keeping or maintaining a dwelling for the keeping of a controlled substance.
* Billy Ball Jr., 34, of Walker, did not appear for a status hearing Tuesday. Wharton ordered a capias warrant issued and Ball’s bond revoked. Ball is charged with possession of a controlled substance, meth, and keeping or maintaining a vehicle for the keeping of a controlled substance.
* The court placed on record the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals’ denial of a motion on behalf of Matthew Gonzales, 33, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, to have Wharton disqualified as judge in his case. The defense motion noted that Wharton oversaw Gonzales’ prosecution on a prior case and may have worked with a relative of Gonzales’ as part of the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force. Gonzales is charged with six counts of second-offense possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count each of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
* Dwayne Singer, 26, of Amesville, Ohio, was released on a $5,000 bond after his bond was reinstated following his agreement to waive future extradition proceedings. He is charged with three counts of fraudulent use of an access device and one count of conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of an access device.
* Michael Farmer, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to entering without breaking. As part of a plea agreement, charges of breaking and entering, grand larceny, fleeing on foot and failure to appear were dismissed. A hearing on the defense motion for bond reduction was scheduled.
PARKERSBURG — The following cases were heard in Wood County Circuit Court on Aug. 8:
* Albert Eugene Chute, 22, of Parkersburg, was sentenced to four years with the Department of Corrections, with credit for 488 days served. The sentence will be served on probation for three years. Chute completed a program at the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders after pleading guilty to a charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
* Hope Anne Kimble-Lockhart, 22, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was denied a motion for her bond to be reinstated after admitting to violations of the home confinement portion of her bond. Kimble-Lockhart is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
* Jeremy T. Allen, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to fleeing with reckless indifference. A charge of fleeing on foot was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The defense made a motion to reinstate bond and asked for a sentence of probation. Wharton denied the bond reduction and referred the case to adult probation for a pre-sentencing report. Sentencing was set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24.
* Wharton reduced the bond of Michael Farmer, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, from $15,000 to $10,000. Farmer pleaded guilty earlier this week to a charge of entering without breaking and applied to participate in Wood County Drug Court.