Landlord burglary case bound over to Circuit Court

The case of a Mill Creek landlord who allegedly broke into his tenant’s residence and removed her dog was bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court Tuesday.

At the advice of his attorney, William T. Nestor, 54-year-old Larry A. Paugh waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Paugh is charged with one felony count of burglary stemming from incidents that took place on June 8, when he allegedly followed through on threats to break into a female tenant’s residence.

When the West Virginia State Police responded to a breaking-and-entering complaint from a residence located along Pond Street in Mill Creek, the female victim told Elliott, the investigating officer, that at 4 p.m. the same day, her landlord, Paugh, allegedly threatened to break into her residence.

She also said she’d vacated the residence at about 6:30 p.m. and returned at 10:45 p.m. to find her kitchen door “pushed in” and her dog missing, according to previous reports.

Trooper C.E. Elliott allegedly saw the victim’s dog outside of Paugh’s residence, and upon further investigation, noticed and photographed boot prints on the outside of the victim’s door that he believed belonged to Paugh.

Paugh is free on bond.

Also in Magistrate Court Tuesday:

  • The preliminary hearing in the case of Roy Horton, 60, of 203 Randolph Ave., was continued. On June 12, Horton allegedly stabbed Cody Simmons in the left chest area, puncturing his lung, according to previous reports.

The incident allegedly took place in the doorway of Horton’s apartment on Randolph Avenue. Simmons was life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for treatment.

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