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Hummel grants bond reduction

By Staff | Aug 10, 2011

Brody Ostrander and his attorney, Herman Lantz, listen during a hearing Thursday in Marshall County Circuit Court. (Photo by J.W. Johnson Jr.)

A Proctor man accused of exposing himself on several occasions in Marshall and Tyler counties was granted reinstatement of his bond on Aug. 4, but new charges in Wetzel County could prevent him from being released from jail.

Brody Ostrander, 19, appeared in Marshall County Circuit Court on Thursday with his attorney, Herman Lantz, to request reinstatement of Ostrander’s bond, which had been revoked in July. Ostrander was dubbed the “Moundsville Flasher” following a series of incidents in spring 2010 in which he allegedly exposed himself to traffic along W.Va. 2 and other areas of Marshall County. Since he was first arrested and indicted on indecent exposure charges, Ostrander’s case had been delayed so a psychological exam could be conducted. No hearings had taken place on those charges in several months, and Ostrander was free on bond while the examination was conducted.

In July, Ostrander’s bond was revoked by Marshall County Circuit Judge David W. Hummel after Ostrander was arrested by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department for an incident along W.Va. 18 near Kidwell. A person reported seeing a man naked from the waist down walking in front of his vehicle. While deputies were en route, they passed a vehicle on Main Street in Middlebourne that matched the description given by the witness. According to the criminal complaint, the driver was naked from the waist down.

Ostrander was arrested and charged with one count of indecent exposure and, unable to post $20,000 bond, was takem to the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood.

While still incarcerated for the first count in Tyler County, Ostrander was charged by the sheriff’s office with a second count of indecent exposure. According to reports, a half-dressed man had confronted a woman who was jogging along W.Va. 18 south of Middlebourne on June 30. The woman identified Ostrander as the suspect in this case.

In requesting the reinstatement of bond, Lantz said Ostrander’s bond was taken away because of pending charges in Tyler County which had nothing to do with the original Marshall County charges. He also requested Ostrander be placed on monitored home confinement.

“He resides with his parents, and they are willing to allow him to live there and they will pay the cost of the home confinement,” he said.

Marshall County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Canestraro said the state did not object to the home confinement, but he did request Ostander’s bond be increased from $5,000 to $10,000. Hummel reinstated the $5,000 bond on the condition that Ostrander be equipped with a GPS home confinement monitor. Because Marshall County does not have GPS monitoring capabilities, Hummel suggested Ostrander seek to obtain a unit from Ohio County, which would also monitor his whereabouts.

Hummel added his ruling would be contingent on an afternoon hearing in Tyler County Magistrate Court, where Ostrander requested a bond reduction. Magistrate Mike Griffin agreed to the bond reduction, but stipulated Ostrander pay $10,000 cash.

Ostrander also faces similar charges in Wetzel County after he was named a “person of interest” in an incident that allegedly occurred in New Martinsville on July 16. There were three witnesses to that incident, which occurred on Martin Avenue, including two children. Ostrander would also have to answer those charges and post $2,000 bond before being released on his Marshall County home confinement. As of Tuesday evening, Ostrander remained in the Northern Regional Jail.

Ostrander appeared in Marshall County Circuit Court on Tuesday for further proceedings, which include addressing motions to suppress evidence.