Wood Circuit Court
PARKERSBURG — The following cases were heard Aug. 17-21 in Wood County Circuit Court:
Before Judge Jason Wharton:
* Matthew Weaver, 45, Pennsboro, pleaded guilty to uttering. Sentencing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. A charge of forgery was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
* Christopher Browning, 31, appearing via Skype from the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, pleaded guilty to feeling from an officer in a vehicle with reckless disregard and was scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. Oct. 5. Charges of assault and destruction of property were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
* A motion by the attorney for Melissa Anne Smith, 41, of Washington, W.Va., to continue a trial scheduled for Sept. 21 was denied. Attorney George Cosenza asked the trial be continued, saying restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic would prevent him from effectively representing Smith, who is charged with fleeing in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, fleeing in a vehicle with reckless disregard and child neglect creating risk of injury.
* Robert Heiden, 27, Parkersburg, was successfully discharged from drug court and found guilty of attempted transporting stolen property, to which he had previously pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to one to three years in prison, with credit for 189 days served. That sentence was suspended and Heiden was placed on probation.
* Natasia A. Smith, 28, appearing via Skype from the regional jail, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
* Eary James Adkins, 43, appearing via Skype from the regional jail, admitted to allegations that he violated probation. His probation was revoked and his original sentence of one to five years in prison was reinstated, with credit for 69 days served. Adkins was pleaded guilty in October 2018 to receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle and his sentenced was suspended for three years probation.
Before Judge J.D. Beane:
* The trial of Isaac Thomas McDonald, 19, Vienna, was rescheduled to Nov. 18 at the request of the defense. McDonald is charged with three counts each of first- and third-degree sexual abuse after allegedly forcing himself on a juvenile female at Jackson Park in November 2019.
* Wilbert E. Sparrow Jr., 35, Charleston, pleaded guilty to receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle and was ordered to serve two years probation. A charge of grand larceny was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
* Melissa D. Morris, 45, Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to an information charging her with third-offense shoplifting. Her sentencing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 30.