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Four are arraigned in Circuit Court

By Staff | Nov 5, 2014

Four people indicted by the October term of the Tyler County grand jury were arraigned in Tyler County Circuit Court Oct. 29.

Gary L. Willey II, 33, of 145 Dry Run Road, Sistersville, charged by the October term of the Tyler County grand jury in a five-count indictment, appeared in court for arraignment on the charges.

He is charged with the felony offense of count one, conspiracy to commit an offense against the state; count two, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; count three, possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine; count four, manufacturing of a controlled substance; and count five, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. The alleged offenses are to have occurred between May 26 and July 27, 2014.

John Gainer, appointed attorney for Willey, advised his client to stand silent to the charges and asked the court to enter a plea of innocence on his behalf. Judge Mark A. Karl accepted the plea and ordered Willey to return to court on Dec. 4.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee told the court there are charges pending against Willey in Ohio and authorities from Front Royal, Va., are also making inquires concerning him. Judge Karl ordered Willey remanded to jail, saying there is a procedure to follow for extradition and they would have a hearing held in this court.

Mary L. Bassett, 26, of Dry Run Road, Sistersville, appeared alongside her court appointed attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, for arraignment on a four-count felony indictment from the October grand jury. She is charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the state, operating a clandestine drug laboratory, possession of precursor with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and manufacturing of a controlled substance. All the offenses are alleged to have occurred in Tyler County between May 26 and July 27. Bassett stood silent before the court as her attorney asked the court to enter an innocent plea on her behalf. Judge Karl allowed the plea to be entered. It was also noted she has charges pending in Monroe County.

Neiswonger said he has received discovery from the state and is going over it.

He would like more time to try to reach an agreement in the case. Karl set a return date of Nov. 17. Bassett was ordered to return on that date and she was remanded to jail.

Jeremy M. Keller, 35, of Middlebourne, appeared in court with his attorney Eric Powell for a formal arraignment hearing. Keller is charged in a 13-count felony indictment from the October 2014 grand jury for allegedly participating in illegal drug activity in Tyler County between October 2012 and September 2013.

Due to time constraints Wednesday, Keller’s arraignment was continued until Nov. 17.

He was ordered to stay in contact with his attorney and to return on that date. Without any objection, he was allowed to remain free on bond.

Jonathan E. Glendenning, 24, of Tyler County, was arraigned on five felony counts of forgery and five felony counts of uttering. The offenses are alleged to have occurred between December 2012 and January 2013 in Tyler County.

Glendenning, who had previously failed on two occasions to appear in court and had a capias issued for his arrest, is presently incarcerated at the North Central Regional Jail.

He was in court without counsel and Judge Karl appointed public defender John Gainer to represent him, assuming there is no conflict. Karl ordered Glendenning to fill out a financial eligibility form and to return to court on Nov. 6.