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Grand jury indicts 10 defendants

By Staff | Feb 25, 2015

BY ED PARSONS

Staff Writer

Tyler County’s grand jury returned indictments against 10 individuals on Feb. 10. All appeared in court before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel Jr. on Monday for arraignment of their charges.

Michael John Cross, 35, of 124 Terry Lane, Sistersville, received a one-count felony indictment, charging him with embezzlement in the amount of $23,396.50 from the Tyler County Fair Association. Cross appeared without counsel and was shown to be ineligible for a court-appointed attorney. He was ordered by Judge Hummel to hire an attorney and return to court for arraignment on March 19. He was placed on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Hope A. Isenburg, 50, of 48 Jemmison Lane, Bens Run, W.Va., appeared with her court-appointed attorney to answer to the two-count felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance; and marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance all having occurred in Tyler County. On the request of her attorney the court entered a plea of innocence on her behalf. She was ordered to return to court on April 7 for a pre-trial hearing. Bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety.

Kristica R. Skelley, 33, of 24537 Energy Highway, New Martinsville, appeared for arraignment on a one-count felony indictment, alleging the offense of nighttime burglary by entering without breaking a dwelling owned by another individual, having occurred in Tyler County. She entered a plea of innocent and is to return to court on April 7.

Zachery Arnold Coen, 25, of 228 Steel St, Middlebourne, is charged in a two-count felony indictment with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death and driving on a licensed revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol-first offense. Through his attorney John Gainer, a plea of innocent was entered on his behalf. He was ordered to return to court for a pre-trial hearing April 7, with a trial date of April 13. The above charges are alleged to have occurred in Tyler County.

Randel Glenn Masters, no age available, of 22 Klondike Rd., Alma, received a two-count felony indictment charging him with fraudulent use of a credit device and embezzlement. Both offenses are to have occurred in Tyler County. The court entered a plea of innocence on Masters’ behalf and he was placed on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. He was ordered to return to court on April 7.

Richard Lee Bender, 28, of P.O. Box 1555, Falling Waters, W.Va., has been indicted by the grand jury on a one-count felony charge of nighttime burglary, by entering a dwelling house belonging to another. Judge Hummel entered an innocent plea on his behalf. Bender was ordered to return to court on April 7 for a pre-trial hearing.

Jessica B. Highley, 39, of 202 Abby Drive, New Martinsville, was handed a two-count indictment charging her with the felony offense of first degree arson and the misdemeanor offense of trespass in a structure by entering a house belonging to another without being authorized. Hummel entered an innocent plea on her behalf and ordered her to return to court April 7. She was placed on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

James W. Ellison of 313 Wood Street, Sistersville, was handed a two-count indictment charging him with the felony offense of first degree arson and the misdemeanor offense of trespassing in a structure belonging to another. He pleaded innocent to the charges and was ordered to return to court April 7.

Carl Ross Straight, 75, of Rt. 2 Box 309 C. Middlebourne, was indicted by the grand jury on two felony charges of daytime burglary, for allegedly entering without breaking into a dwelling belonging to another individual, with the intent to commit a crime. Straight entered a plea of innocent and was ordered to return to court April 7.

Allen Ross Straight, 24, of Middlebourne, was indicted by the grand jury on one count of the felony offense daytime burglary by entering a dwelling belonging to another individual, with the intent to commit a crime. He pleaded innocent to the charge and was ordered to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on April 7.