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Grand jury indicts nine

By Staff | Jun 17, 2009

A Tyler County Grand Jury indicted nine defendants on June 9.

Jessica E. Grimes, 29, of 237 Klondike Avenue, Sistersville, is charged with the felony offense of acquiring possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, forgery or subterfuge. Grimes is alleged to have obtained oxycodone from Prunty’s Pharmacy in Middlebourne on Feb. 6.

Timothy J. Channell, 45, of H.C. 62 Box 105, Lima, is charged with a count of felony malicious assault to have occurred April 12. He is alleged to have struck and choked James Wade with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill and that in the course of the assault, he injured the alleged victim.

Michael S. Walker, 37, of 142 Pine Lake Drive, Scott Depot, W.Va., is charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing death, to have occurred on Nov. 23, 2008. He is alleged to have driven a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and while doing that, causing the death of Paul J. Lyttle, III, who died in the course of the vehicle crash on W.Va. 18 near The Jug.

Kenny S. Harrison, 56, of 807 B South Third Avenue, Paden City, is charged with two counts of felony delivery of a controlled substance, alleged to have occurred on Nov. 7 and 8, 2008. He is alleged to have distributed marijuana.

Howard Wells, 39, of 1415 Pearl Street, Moundsville, is charged with felony welfare fraud to have occurred between October 2002 and November 2004. He is alleged to have made false statements to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and in doing so received welfare assistance he was not entitled.

Jason M. Goldsmith, 27, of Rt. 1 Box 274, Greenwood, W.Va., is charged with one felony count of fraudulent schemes, a misdemeanor count of obtaining goods under false pretenses and a misdemeanor count of fraudulent schemes. Each of the offenses are alleged to have occurred in February 2009 and allegedly involve Goldsmith passing checks on a closed account to Farmers Exchange and Conaway Lake Grocery, for which he allegedly received a refrigerator, stove, hot water tank and cash.

Donald L. Fiber, 22, of 109 Klondike Avenue, Sistersville, is charged with one felony count of embezzlement and one felony count of obtaining property under false pretenses to have occurred in 2008. He is alleged to have converted to his own use a 2007 Honda ATV belonging to Elizabeth Al-Janaby, worth $6,000 and by obtaining a 1987 Honda ATV worth $2,000 in trade, representing that he owned the more expensive ATV.

Joshua L. Hunter, 30, of Middlebourne, is charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol (third offense), misdemeanor driving while revoked for DUI (second offense) and misdemeanor possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, all of which allegedly occurred on March 28.

Joseph Michael Pachuta, 48, of H.C. 60 Box 116, Lima, is charged with the felony count of assault during the commission of a felony which occurred on Feb. 25. It is alleged that he assaulted a female during an attempt to commit the offense of kidnapping.

These defendants will make their initial appearance on the charges before Judge Mark A. Karl on June 22.

In related news, a Tyler County jury found Donald Wise, 63, of Rt. 1 Box 20, Friendly, guilty of one count of misdemeanor brandishing a weapon following an all-day trial in Magistrate Court on June 3.

Wise was alleged to have pointed a shotgun at Richard Vann and Daniel Williamson on Feb. 13, 2009 during the course of a property line dispute.

He was sentenced by Magistrate Michael Griffin on June 10 to 90 days in the North Central Regional Jail and a fine of $500.

Griffin ordered that 30 days be served on home confinement and the balance to be suspended. Wise will be placed on one year probation.