Philippi man facing marijuana charges

A Philippi man was arrested on drug charges Monday, police said.

Russell John Tingler, 27, of Philippi, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a Schedule I narcotic, according to a press release from the Philippi Police Department.

Officers responded to a report of domestic violence on Locust Avenue. According to police, Tingler got into an altercation, and tried to leave the scene before it escalated into a more serious situation.

Tingler was leaving when police arrived. Officers noticed that he was wearing a large, black backpack, according to the press release.

“Circumstances of the investigation led the officers to believe that there were narcotics involved,” the press release states.

Officers searched the backpack, allegedly finding “a quantity of marijuana was found packaged in a manner common with the distribution of narcotics.”

Several items of drug paraphernalia, as well as a bag containing valium, and a bottle of unidentified pills were found on the scene, according to police.

Tingler was arraigned by Magistrate Kathi McBee and was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond as of presstime.

In other Barbour County news:

A fire was reported in a vacant house on Rt. 57 near Elk City around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Chief Deputy Bret Carpenter of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.

The state fire marshal is investigating the incident to see if “something suspicious” caused the blaze, Carpenter said. The house was a total loss.

Another blaze, a residential structure fire in Brownton Monday, is also under investigation.

The Philippi Volunteer Fire Department, the Flemington Volunteer Fire Department and the Barbour County EMS all responded to the scene.