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Tyler County Releases Grand Jury

By Staff | Oct 17, 2018

The fall session of the Tyler County Grand Jury met behind closed doors on Tuesday, Oct. 9. As a result, the following individuals have been charged with the following offenses:

*Garrett Christopher Amos, 24, of 262 North Wells Street, Sistersville, W.Va., was indicted on the felony charge of “possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.” On or about July 27, Amos is alleged to have unlawfully and feloniously possessed marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, with intent to deliver.

*Arron E. Lasure, 38, was given a two-count indictment. Count one charges him with “possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.” On May 6, Lasure is alleged to have unlawfully and feloniously possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, with intent to deliver. Lasure was given a second count for “transportation of a controlled substance into the state” for allegedly transporting methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, into the state of West Virginia.

*David M. Henthorn, 37, of 140 North 5th Ave., Paden City, W.Va., was indicted on the felony charge of “driving while license is suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol — third offense.” On Aug. 20, Henthorn allegedly drove a motor vehicle when his privilege to drive had been lawfully revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol. Henthorn had been previously charged with “driving while license is suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol” on Oct. 5, 2004 and again on May 23, 2012.

*Ronald Keith Wright, 32, of 914 Bolen Road, Paden City, W.Va., was given a one-count indictment. He is charged with “possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.” On Sept. 18, Wright allegedly possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, with intent to deliver.

*Cole J. Fendler, 33, was given a two-count indictment. Count one was the felony charge of “fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference.” This count alleges Fendler intentionally fled in a vehicle from Lieutenant Shannon Huffman, on or about June 22, after Huffman had given a clear visual and audible signal directing Fendler to stop. Fendler was given a second count for the misdemeanor charge of “reckless driving.” This count accuses Fendler of unlawfully driving a motor vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

*Chad Arthur Swiger, 46, of P.O. Box 330, Middlebourne ,W.Va., was indicted on the felony offense of “driving under the influence of alcohol — third or subsequent offense.” This count alleges Swiger unlawfully and feloniously drove a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on or about Aug. 31. Swiger had previously been charged with DUI on Feb. 19, 2009 and DUI — second offense on July 28, 2011.

*Joshua M. Oates, 34, of 230 Wood Street, Apt. 212, Sistersville, W.Va., was given a two-count indictment. Count one was for the felony offense of “child abuse resulting in bodily injury,” while count two charges “domestic battery.” These incidents allegedly happened on or around Sept. 29. Oates is alleged to unlawfully and feloniously abuse a child and by such, cause bodily injury. Count two charges the misdemeanour offense of domestic battery, alleging Oates unlawfully and intentionally made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with a family or household member.

*Amanda Jo Nash, 34, of 293 North Wells Street, Sistersville, W.Va., was given a one-count indictment for the felony offense of “malicious wounding.” On June 15, Nash is alleged to unlawfully, feloniously, and maliciously wound Dustin S. Nash by stabbing him with a knife, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill.

*Charles E. Henderson, 36, was give a four-count indictment, charging him with two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering. Each count of forgery alleges Henderson forged a writing to the prejudice of another’s right; he also allegedly uttered two forged writings. These incidents allegedly occurred on or around June 11, and again on June 13.

*Karissa Laine Shimp, 24, of 7950 Mount Caramel Ridge Road, St Marys, W.Va., was given a two-count indictment. Count one was for the felony offense of “possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.” It alleges that on May 20, Shimp unlawfully and feloniously possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, with intent to deliver. Shimp was given a second count for the felony offense of “possession of a controlled substance.” This alleges Shimp unlawfully and feloniously possessed marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

An indictment is a mere accusation, and all persons accused in an indictment are presumed by the law to be innocent until determined to be guilty in an appropriate court proceeding.