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Jury hands down 54 indictments

May 17, 2008
By JEFFREY SAULTON, jsaulton@newsandsentinel.com
PARKERSBURG —Two men accused of murder and a man under indictment in Gilmer County were among 54 indictments handed down by the May 2008 Wood County grand jury.

Wood County Prosecutor Ginny Conley said the jurors began their deliberations on Monday and returned their results Friday morning.

David Wayne Kaufman, 55, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted in connection with the murder of his wife, Martha Anne, in December 2007. Police said she was shot in the head with what appeared to be a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Police found her body in a bedroom closet at her home.

Carl David Sams, 25, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on charges of murder and death of a child by a guardian or custodian from December 2007.

According to police reports, Carl Sams was watching his 14-month-old son Devin Sams Dec. 21 at 80 Meadowbrook Acres, Parkersburg, while the child’s mother was at work. In a criminal complaint police said Devin Sams was crying and Carl Sams allegedly shook him to make him stop.

Devin Sams died Dec. 23 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Police said the medical examiner’s office in Charleston determined the injuries were consistent with a violent shaking.

John Manis Richards, 44, 777A Pell St., Grantsville, was indicted on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender from April 2007. In March he was indicted by the Gilmer County grand jury on charges of conspiracy, grand larceny and breaking and entering in connection with the robbery of a hardware store. His trial in Gilmer County was set for the July court term.

Arraignments will take place next week. Cases assigned to Judge Robert Waters will be heard at 9 a.m. May 22; those before Judge J.D. Beane will be heard the same day at 1:30 p.m. Cases assigned to Judge Jeffrey Reed will be heard at 10:30 a.m. May 23.

Others indicted by the panel were:

? Robert L. Adams, 23, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, and Stephanie Whaley, 19, 1115 15th St., Parkersburg, were named as codefendats in an indictment charging them with two counts of burglary and one count each of conspiracy to commit burglary, petit larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor from December 2007.

? Kelly Dean Alton, 40, 2106 17th St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender from September 2007.

? Christopher Bailey, 29, 25A Shawnee Trailer Court, Williamstown, was indicted on two counts of burglary and one count each of unlawful entry of a dwelling and petit larceny from September 2007.

? Edward Bailey, 23, 502 Barclay St., Apt. D, Belpre, was indicted on charges of burglary and petit larceny from November 2007.

? Justin Ball, 290, 60 Lincolnshire, Drive, Mineral Wells, was indicted on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny from November 2007.

? Roy Lee Beard, 20, 307 Frances St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a breaking and entering charge from July 2007.

? James Bell, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on five counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count each of first-degree sexual assault, use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor and providing alcohol to a person less than 21 years of age from January 2008.

? James Paul Bryan, 35, 1218 24th St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a charge of first-degree robbery from February 2007.

? James Frances Buksar, 39, 910 Charles St., Apt. B, Parkersburg, was indicted on five counts of failure to register as a sex offender from September 2006.

? John D. Caldwell, 45, 2505 Smith St., W. Huntington, was indicted on charges of third-offense driving under the influence of alcohol, third-offense driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater and driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol.

? Dawn Marie Chapman, 36, No. 2, Honeysuckle Drive, Parkersburg, was indicted on two counts of second-offense petit larceny from December 2006.

? Derek R. Chrisman, 20, 3015 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on charges of breaking and entering, entering without breaking and grand larceny from October 2007.

? Ronald Cox, 71, 6213 Staunton Pike, Davisville, was indicted on two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust from January 2006.

? Thomas Davis Jr., 24, 1406 Gihon Road, Lot 15, Parkersburg, Ralph McMullen, 44, 4834 15th Ave., Parkersburg, and David Reed, 44, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, were named as codefendants where they were all charged with one count each of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery. McMullen and Reed were charged with uttering and conspiracy to commit uttering. Reed was charged with two counts of uttering. All incidents were alleged to take place in October 2007.

? Russell Earl Donahue, 49, 1114 Thomas St., Parkersburg, was indicted on charges of attempted malicious assault and attempted murder from March 2007.

? David L. Gardner, 32, 1108 Juliana St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a count of embezzlement from August 2007.

? Greg Guthrie, 39, 927 Staunton Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on three counts each of second-degree sexual assault and incest and four counts of sexual abuse by a custodian from April 2006.

? Carl Lee Hendershot, 37, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, and Stephanie Renee Jalbert, 23, address unknown, were named as codefendants in an indictment where they were charged with conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance; he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and she was charged with aiding and abetting delivery of a controlled substance from March 2008.

? Jeffrey Lynn Inghram, 54, 3050 Rosemar Road, Parkersburg, was indicted on third-offense DUI.

? Amber Nicole Jenkins, 24, 1023 Latrobe St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a charge of second-offense petit larceny from May 2007.

? Angela Dawn Johnson, 27, No. 4 Brown Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on a charge of second-offense battery of a police officer from December 2006.

? Shawn Michael Layman, 27, Route 1, Box 145-9, Waverly, was indicted on charges of third-offense driving while license suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol, second-offense driving under the influence of alcohol, second-offense driving under the influence of alcohol with a minor in the car, improper registration, improper use of a motor vehicle inspection sticker, no proof of insurance and child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death from February 2008.

? Leroy Clifford Leeson, 47, 1010 Laird St., Parkersburg, was indicted on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public elementary school from September 2007.

? Craig Leibacher, 34, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on a charge of first-degree attempted robbery from December 2007.

? Robert Mahan, 52, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on charges of wanton endangerment involving a firearm and battery upon a police officer from December 2007.

? Fred A. McDonald, 32, 916 21st St., Vienna, was indicted on a charge of manufacture of a controlled substance from December 2007.

? Timothy Edward McGary, 29, Route 1, Box 181B, Walker, was indicted on two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a custodian from August 2006.

? Mary E. Mills, 27, Route 1, Box 93B, Walker, was indicted on charges of forgery and uttering from November 2006.

? Jason Allen Morris, 32, 321 Muskingham Drive, Apt. E, Marietta, was indicted on charges of grand larceny and embezzlement from September 2007.

? William Nutter, 27, and Aaron Corbitt, 23, both in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, were indicted as condefendants on three counts each of breaking and entering, breaking without entering, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit breaking without entering from October 2007.

? Nicholas Alan Patton, 22, 1098 Blennerhassett Heights, Parkersburg, was indicted on charges of aiding and abetting burglary, aiding and abetting unlawful entry of a dwelling, conspiracy to commit burglary of unlawful entry of a dwelling and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor from March 2007.

? Angela R. Phillips, 28, 950 28th St., Apt. A, Parkersburg, was indicted on an uttering charge from August 2007.

? Dana Michael Pickens, 37, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood,was indicted on charges of burglary and assault during the commission of a felony from May 2007.

? Terry Carlton Ratlilff, 37, address unknown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver from April 2008.

? Robert Sams, 54, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on two counts of failure to register as a sex offender from August 2007.

? Phillip Hartland Schmidt, 36, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on charges of wanton endangerment involving explosive materials, attempted arson and two counts of attempted murder from October 2007.

? James David Smearman III, 21, 111 W. Montgomery St., Marietta, was indicted on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender from February 2007.

? Ryan Matthew Smith, 23, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, Augusta, W.Va., was indicted on charges of child neglect resulting in bodily injury, child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and child abuse resulting in bodily injury from May 2007.

? Dale Christian Stroehman, 26, 143 Cheateau Hills Apartments, Parkersburg, was indicted on three counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary from December 2006.

? Anthony Paul Thompson, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on charges of destruction of property and driving under the influence of alcohol from November 2007.

? James Edward Thumm Jr., 51, 407 Kanawha Ave., Nitro, W.Va., was indicted on charges of third-offense driving under the influence of alcohol and third-offense driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more from March 2007.

? Erickson Vandunse, 51, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, Greenwood, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment involving a firearm from December 2007.

? Walter Brian Whoolery, 29, 204 E. Ninth St., Apt. B, Williamstown, was indicted on a charge of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle while intoxicated from December 2007.

? Christopher Wolfe, 30, 1323 40th St., Parkersburg, and Crystal Wolfe, 29, 1011 18th St., Parkersburg, were indicted as codefendants on charges of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and breaking and entering and she was indicted on an additional charge of grand larceny by embezzlement from November 2007.

? Scott David Yeager, 32, 27 Winding Road, Parkersburg, was indicted on charges of child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death from April 2007.

(Editor’s Note: Indictments are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)
 
 
 

 

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