Bond request denied

ELKINS – Bond modification was denied Tuesday for a man arrested for his alleged involvement in a stabbing at the Central School Apartments in November.

James Wilson Falls III, 27, was charged with malicious or unlawful assault, a felony, in November, when his bond was set at $30,000 cash only. He appeared before Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong Tuesday for a bond modification hearing in Randolph County Circuit Court.

The state objected to the motion by Falls’ defense attorney, Jeremy Cooper, to reduce or modify the bond. Wilfong ruled that, due to the nature of the charges, the bond would remain the same.

Last week, Falls was one of two inmates charged with one count of violation of an individual’s civil rights/hate crime, a felony, after an incident at Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Falls and Justin Nathaniel Cole, 24, allegedly attacked another inmate while directing racial slurs at him.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court on Tuesday:

n Matthew Blake, 32, of Junior, appeared for a modification hearing on his bond, which is currently set at $30,000, in a case regarding an alleged hit-and-run in Beverly.

Wilfong recused herself from the hearing due to a conflict of interest. The hearing will have to be rescheduled and heard before another judge. No decision has yet been made on who the judge will be or when the hearing will be set.

Blake was arrested in December on one count of DUI causing personal injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of first possession of marijuana less than 15 grams, all misdemeanors, after he allegedly struck Joseph Browning, 18, with his car at the intersection of Dodson Run Road and U.S. Route 219 outside Beverly.

When interviewed after the accident, Blake told police he had used methamphetamines and was still in possession of them, according to the criminal complaint.

Blake advised officers that he struck Browning and “initially stopped to check on his condition” but then “‘freaked out’ and left the scene of the accident in his now-damaged vehicle,” according to the criminal complaint.