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Karl hears cases in Tyler County Circuit Court

By Staff | Jun 16, 2010

The following cases were heard in Tyler County Circuit Court on June 9 by Judge Mark A. Karl.

Diana Ash, 46, of Rt. 1 Box 641, Greenwood, W.Va. pleaded guilty to count one of an indictment for operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and count three of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing.

“I bought pills and iodine,” Ash said in open court.

Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee said the State’s theory was that Ash was aiding and abetting her husband in this endeavor and purchased pills and other items for him to manufacture a clandestine drug lab.

“Records from Prunty’s Pharmacy and sales receipts show that she purchased an unreasonable amount of Sudafed.” said Furbee. “She cooperated with my office and it is in her best interest and the interest of the children for state to accept this plea.”

The charges were suspended and Ash was placed on three years probation. She was given credit for time served and was ordered to pay all court appointed attorney fees.

Dale R. Barnhart, 47, no address given, appeared with attorney Joseph Munoz.

Furbee filed a discovery response.

Barnhart is to return July 9 at 10 a.m.

Steven D. Wedekamm, 41, of 313 Hickman Run Road, Sistersville, appeared in court. He was charged with the felony offenses of child abuse by hitting and kicking the child and such abuses caused him bodily injury to have occurred in 2007.

In January, Wedekamm’s trial was declared a mistrial when the state was unable to seat a jury.

On Wednesday, Wedekamm’s attorney, George Cosenza, informed Judge Karl that a plea agreement had been reached.

Wedekamm is to return on July 9 at 9:15 a.m.

Timothy J. Lasure appeared in court with his attorney.

Lasure, 32, of HC 67 Box 19B, West Union was charged with breaking without entering and petit larceny.

At his last appearance, Furbee stated the state disclosed the reduction of Lasure’s sentence. His bond was continued and ordered to return on June 30 at 10 a.m.

Colby Justin Acree, 19, of 317 Main Street, Middlebourne, appeared in court for motion for reduction of his sentence.

Acree was charged with two counts of conspiracy. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to one to five years with consideration of probation after serving six months.

On Wednesday, Judge Karl granted the motion of reduction of sentence and placed him on two years probation under the supervision of Probation Officer John Lantz.

James Lee Smith, Sr., also appeared before Judge Karl. His bond was continued and ordered to return on July 22 at 9 a.m.

Timothy J. Channel, 45, of HC 62 Box 105, Jacksonburg was charged with the felony count of malicious assault.

His trial date is set for June 24.

The case of Joshua T. Jenkins, 27, of Parkersburg, was continued until June 30 at 10 a.m.

Jenkins was charged with count one of delivery of a controlled substance and count two of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Jessica Schoolcraft, 22, of 535 Pleasant Hill Drive, Richmond, Va. was charged with the felony of attempted breaking and entering a building other than a dwelling.

Her case was continued and she was ordered to appear on June 30 at 10 a.m.

Donald Wade Tinnell, 48, was arrested on a capias warrant for failure to meet an obligation to provide support to a minor. He was handed the indictment against him and is to return on July 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Angela Bennett, 29 of 2421 South State Route 2, Friendly, appeared in front of Judge Karl on the charge of malicious assault.

Bennett’s attorney, F.M. Dean Rohrig, informed Karl they are in process of plea agreement.

Bond was continued and Bennett was ordered to return on June 30 at 10 a.m.

Jerry D. Noland appeared with David Zehander with Public Defender Corporation.

Noland, 44, of 136 East Charles Street, Middlebourne was charged with three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Adderall. He was arrested for contempt of court.

Noland’s attorney informed the court that his client thought he was due back on June 28 for motions.

Noland was released on a $10,000 cash surety bond and ordered to return back on June 30 at 10 a.m.

Shawn W. Long was back in court for violation of his bond agreement.

Long, 39, of P.O. Box 145 Middlebourne, was charged with three counts of second offense battery on a police officer.

Judge Karl released Long on his former bond. He was ordered to return on June 30 at 10 a.m.

Donald Ray Rice Jr., 34, of 119 Burt Street, Sistersville, was charged with misdemeanor second offense domestic battery.

A pretrial date has been set for July 9 at 10:15 a.m.

Carol Greathouse, 36, of 562 Maple Lane, Sistersville, was charged with the misdemeanor of harboring a vicious animal and a misdemeanor charge of allowing dog to run at large.

Judge Karl passed the matter until July 9 at 10:45 a.m.

Larry Underwood, 67, of P.O. Box 227 Friendly, was charged with misdemeanor battery.

Judge Karl passed the matter until July 9 at 11 a.m.

Ralph V. Gorrell, 47, of 201 Pine Ave, Weirton, appeared to request extradition to Utah to face charges against him.

Furbee informed Judge Karl that Gorrell is facing charges in Brooke County as well. Karl ordered Gorrell’s transportation to Brooke County to face charges pending against him.

Jeremiah Anderson, 23, of HC 61 Box 55A, Knob Fork, W.Va. was in court to file a motion of voluntary statements.

Anderson was charged for felony count one of breaking and entering a building other than a dwelling, a misdemeanor count of petit larceny, a felony count three of attempted breaking and entering other than a dwelling and a misdemeanor count four of destruction of property.

Judge Karl continued his bond and ordered him to return on July 9 at 11:15 a.m.