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Cramer Addresses Criminal Cases

February 27, 2019
BY MADDISEN EIDEL - STAFF WRITER (MEIDEL@TYLERSTARNEWS.COM) , Tyler Star News

The Honorable Judge Jeffrey Cramer recently addressed the following matters in Tyler County Circuit Court, including several arraignments of individuals who were indicted as a result of the Feb. 14 session of the Tyler County Grand Jury.

Christian Iverson, 31, of 650 Park Avenue, New Martinsville, failed to appear for a status hearing. Iverson has been charged with one count of the felony offense of entering a building other than a dwelling with intent to commit larceny and one count of the misdemeanor offense of petit larceny. These offenses allegedly occurred on April 20, 2018. Capias was issued on June 12, 2018, and Judge Cramer continued it. He then asked to be informed when Iverson is back in the jurisdiction.

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David Henthorn II, 37, of 103 North 3 Street, Paden City, also failed to appear in court that day for a status hearing. Henthorn has been charged with one count of the felony offense of driving while his license was revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol; this was his third offense. This offense allegedly occurred on August 20, 2018. Capias was issued October 25, 2018, and Judge Cramer continued it. He asked that he also be informed when Henthorn is back in the jurisdiction.

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Charles Henderson, 36, of 531 Buck Run Road, Sistersville, also failed to appear in court that day for a status hearing. Henderson has been charged with two counts of the felony offense of forgery and two counts of the felony offense of uttering. These offenses allegedly occurred on June 11 and the 13 of 2018. Capias was issued on October 25, 2018, and Judge Cramer continued it. He asked again that they inform him when Henderson is back in the jurisdiction.

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Wyatt Kemp, 19, of 5723 Friendly Hill Road, Friendly, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Kemp has been charged with two counts of the felony offense of cruelty to animals. These offenses allegedly occurred on November 21, 2018, and Kemp was released on bond. Kemp pleaded not guilty to both counts. His attorney made a request for discovery, which Judge Cramer granted, and a status hearing was set for April 2. Kemp's bond was continued, and he was free to go.

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James Wade, 47, of 179 Woodburn Road, Alma, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Wade has been charged with one count of the felony offense of driving while his license was revoked for driving while under the influence; this was his third offense. This offense allegedly occurred on October 21, 2018, and Wade was released on bond. Wade pleaded not guilty to this offense. His attorney made a request for discovery, which Judge Cramer granted. A status hearing was set for April 2. Wade's bond was continued, and he was free to go.

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Gordon Swartz IV, 43, of 10240 Indian Creek Road, Jacksonburg, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Swartz has been charged with one count of the felony offense of grand larceny. This offense allegedly occurred on June 18, 2018. Swartz pleaded not guilty, and his attorney made a request for discovery, which Judge Cramer granted. Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee told Judge Cramer that Swartz was not currently on bond, but requested that a $5,000 surety bond be set. Swartz's attorney argued that his client was present in court and will continue to be present at all future hearings. He also told Judge Cramer that Swartz has no criminal history. However, Judge Cramer granted Furbee's motion, and a $5,000 surety bond was set. Swartz was instructed to post bail for the amount of $5,000. A status hearing was set for April 2, and Swartz was released from the court.

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Tony Winter, 24, of 105 North 3 Avenue, Paden City, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Winter has been charged with one count of the felony offense of possesion of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver. This offense allegedly occurred on November 8, 2018, and Winter posted a $5,000 surety bond. Winter pleaded not guilty to this offense, and a request for discovery was made by his attorney. A status hearing was set for April 2, and Winter's bond was continued. He was ordered to keep contact with his attorney's office, and released from the court.

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James Frick, 49, of 46 Anson Street, New Martinsville, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Frick has been charged with one count of the felony offense of fleeing in a vehicle while under the influence, one count of the misdemeanor offense of fleeing on foot, one count of the misdemeanor offense of aggravated driving under the influence, one count of the misdemeanor offense of obstructing, and one count of the misdemeanor offense of driving while his license was revoked as a result of driving while under the influence, this being his second offense. These offenses allegedly occurred on November 15, 2018. Frick is currently incarcerated at North Central Regional Jail, and bail is set at $10,000. Frick pleaded not guilty to all offenses, and his attorney made a request for discovery, which was granted by Judge Cramer. Furbee made a recommendation that the bail amount be increased to $15,000; however, Frick's attorney says he does not plan to post bail. Judge Cramer denied Furbee's motion, and bail was kept at $10,000. A status hearing was set for April 2, and Frick was then remanded.

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Brian Wade, 55, Route 2 Box 138A, New Martinsville, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Wade has been charged with one count of the felony offense of breaking and entering and one count of the felony offense of grand larceny. These offenses allegedly occurred on October 26, 2018. Wade is currently incarcerated at Northern Regional Jail, and bond has been set at $50,000. Wade pleaded not guilty to both offenses, and his attorney made a request for discovery, which Judge Cramer granted. A status hearing was set for April 2, and Wade was then remanded.

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Lionel Seese, 47, of 526 Braden Hill Road, West Union, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Seese has been charged with one count of the felony offense of burglary and one count of the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property. These offenses allegedly occurred on Jan. 31. Seese is currently incarcerated in North Central Regional Jail, and bail is set at $10,000. Seese pleaded not guilty to both offenses, and a request of discovery was made by his attorney. Judge Cramer granted this request, and a status hearing was set for April 2. Seese's attorney then requested that bond be reduced to $5,000 cash/surety as Seese is not considered a flight risk. Cramer had him submit this request in writing to be reviewed at a later date, and Seese was then remanded.

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Chadrick Kile, 39, of 102 Becky Lane, Middlebourne, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Kile has been charged with one count of the felony offense of grand larceny. This offense allegedly occurred on Feb. 14, and Kile posted a $10,000 surety bond. Kile pleaded not guilty to this offense, and a request for discovery was made by his attorney. Judge Cramer granted this request, and a status hearing was set for April 2. Kile's bond was continued, and he was released from the court.

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Michael Cooper, 50, of 6684 Tyler Highway, Sistersville, failed to appear in court that day for arraignment. Cooper has been charged with two counts of the felony offense of terrorist threats, one count of the felony offense of fourth degree arson, one count of the misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals, and two counts of the felony offense of attempted murder. These offenses allegedly occurred on December 25, 2018. It was said that Cooper was currently in custody of Allegheny County Jail. As such, Capias was issued and subsequently continued by Judge Cramer. Judge Cramer asked that he be informed when Cooper is back in the jurisdiction.

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Jerrick Mercer, 20, of 103 Becky Lane, Middlebourne, appeared in court that day for arraignment. Mercer has been charged with one count of the misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals. This offense allegedly occurred on November 21, 2018. Mercer pleaded not guilty, and a request for discovery was made by his attorney. Judge Cramer granted the request, and a status hearing was set for April 2. Furbee recommended that bail be set at $2,000 as it was a misdemeanor offense. Judge Cramer approved of this, and Mercer was instructed to post that bond before leaving. Mercer was then released.

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Brian Phillips, 33, appeared in court that day for extradition. Phillips is curently incarcerated at North Central Regional Jail. However, he is considered a fugitive in Greene County, Pennsylvania as he violated the terms of his parole. Judge Cramer instructed Furbee to notify Greene County that they had 10 days to transport Phillips to their custody. He was then remanded pending extradition.

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Tracy Keller, 50, of 212 Dodd Street, Middlebourne, appeared in court that day for a petition to revoke probation. Keller accepted a plea deal for the felony offense of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state and for the felony offense of possesion of precursor with intent to manufacture on February 23, 2015. However, Keller has allegedly violated the terms of her parole by failing to attend a mental health treatment she previously agreed to, and testing positive to methamphetamine on two separate occasions. While she admits to one count, Keller continues to deny the others. Furbee told Judge Cramer that while he would accept the plea, he did not believe that she was entitled to graduated sanctions. Judge Cramer eventually accepted Keller's admission, but agreed with Furbee. Keller was sentenced to 120 days in North Regional Jail, given an additional four months of probation, and was urged by Judge Cramer to receive drug treatment. Judge Cramer also informed Keller that any further violations would result in incarceration at the Department of Corrections. Keller was then remanded.

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Garrett Amos, 26, of 262 North Wells Street, Sistersville, failed to appear in court that day for a plea hearing. Amos has been charged with one count of the felony offense of possesion of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana). This offense allegedly occurred on July 27, 2018, and Amos posted a $5,000 surety bond. Amos is currently said to be in California, but a motion was filed to dissolve this matter according to his attorney. Judge Cramer set a status hearing for April 2 where they would either dispose of the matter or set a trial date.

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Karissa Shimp, 24, of 13971 North Fork Road, Smithfield, failed to appear in court that day for a plea hearing. Shimp has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. These offenses allegedly occurred on May 20, 2018, and Shimp posted a $5,000 surety bond. Shimp's attorney reported that he was unable to get in contact with her. Shimp's trial was originally set for Feb. 25, however the matter was reset for Feb. 27 after Judge Cramer continued the trial.

 
 
 

 

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