Several Defendants Arraigned in Circuit Court
Lewis charged with crimes against local churches.
Christopher L. Lewis, 25, of 512 Lemon Alley, Paden City, is charged in a 12 count indictment handed down by the June term of the Tyler County grand jury for various property crimes against two churches alleged to have occurred in April and May of this yea in Tyler County. The indictment charges him with seven felonies and five misdemeanours.
He appeared in court on Monday, June 22, for arraignment on the charges. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by the court at the request of his attorney John Gainer. Lewis is presently incarcerated in the north central regional jail in lieu of a $10,000 property/surety bond. At Monday’s hearing Judge Hummel set August 6, for a pre-trial hearing in the case and August 24, for the trial date. He then ordered Lewis to be remanded back to jail.
Lewis is accused in count one with the felony offense of breaking and entering a building used and occupied by the Little United Methodist Church, count two charges him with the felony offense of grand larceny for allegedly stealing property belonging to the Little United Methodist Church having a value of more than $1,000, count three accuses him the misdemeanour offense of destruction of property by destroying a door, window and screen, owned by the Little United Methodist Church. Count four accuses him with the felony offense of forgery for forging the signature of another on a bill of sale, with the intent to defraud Little United Methodist Church. Count five of the indictment accuses Lewis of the felony offense of uttering by forging the signature of another on a bill of sale to the prejudice of the Little Untied Methodist Church. Count six charges him with the felony offense of breaking and entering a building belonging to another. Count seven charges him with the misdemeanour offense of petit larceny for stealing property belonging to another and having a value of less than $1,000. Count eight charges him with the misdemeanour offense of destruction of property for breaking the window of a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer. Count nine charges him with the felony offense of breaking and entering a building other than a dwelling belonging to Smith Ridge Chapel. Count ten charges him with the misdemeanour offense of petit larceny by stealing property having a value of less than $1,000 belonging to Smith Ridge Chapel. Count eleven charges him with the misdemeanour offense of destruction of property by destroying a door belonging to Smith Ridge Chapel. Count twelve charges him with the felony offense of daytime burglary by entering without breaking, in the daytime a house belonging to another with the intent to commit a crime.
Christopher Dodril, 25, of 133 Cliff Street, Sistersville, appeared in circuit court for arraignment on Monday June 22, before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel. Dodril was indicted by the June term of the Tyler County grand jury on two separate felony charges of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and malicious assault. Both offenses are alleged to have occurred on November 3, 2014 in Tyler County.
Dodril who is being held in the North Central Regional Jail, appeared without counsel and told the court he didn’t know what he was in court for. Judge Hummel told him he had been indicted by the grand jury and that he would need an attorney. He told Dodril he would tentatively appoint John Gainer from the public defenders office to represent him, pending his application for court appointed counsel.
Gainer told the court he would advise his client to stand silent and he asked the court to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf. Hummel entered the plea.
Prosecutor D. Luke Furbee asked that bond be set at $15,000 cash/surety. He said he believes the defendant has other charges pending in Barbour County.
Dodril said there is charges pending against him in Barbour county but as part of those charges he has been accepted to drug court in Wetzel County. On the new charges. Judge Hummel set bond at $15,000 and remanded him back to jail. A trial date has been set for August 26, on the new charges in Tyler County.
Caitlyn D. Tallman, 25, of Middlebourne, appeared in court on Monday, for arraignment on two drug related felony offenses handed down by the grand jury of Tyler County. Tallman’s court appointed attorney John Gainer asked the court to enter a not guilty plea on her behalf.
Judge Hummel entered the plea and set bond at $10,000 cash/surety. He ordered Tallman to appear in court on August 6, for a pre-trial hearing and set a trial date for August 26. Tallman is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state and one count of delivery of a controlled substance heroin. Both offenses are alleged to occur in Tyler County in December, 2014.
Joshua L. Hunter, 36, of 449 Pleasants Ridge Road, Sistersville, was indicted by the June term of the Tyler County grand jury for the felony offense of driving while his license was revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol – third offense. He appeared alongside his attorney John Gainer, who asked the court to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Judge Hummel allowed the not guilty plea on his behalf and allowed him to remain on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond previously established. Hummel ordered Hunter to be in court on August 6, for a pre-trial hearing and he set August 26, as the trial date. Hunter’s charge is alleged to have occurred on March 4, 2015 in Tyler County.
Earl Dean McWhorter, 32, of 311 Pullman Avenue, Pennsboro, W.Va., appeared in court for arraignment on an eight count felony indictment alleging sex crimes against an individual under the age of eighteen. The offenses are alleged to have occurred in Tyler County in October and November of 2014. John Gainer attorney for McWorther asked the court to enter a not guilty plea on all counts on his behalf.