Woman sentenced for fraudulent schemes

ELKINS – A Beverly woman was sentenced in Randolph County Circuit Court Thursday on fraudulent schemes charges.

Katharine C. Davis, also known as Katherine C. Marshall or Katherine C. Cook, 41, of Beverly, was sentenced to one year in a state penitentiary for each of two charges of fraudulent schemes, a misdemeanor. The sentence for the charges are to run concurrent with each other.

Davis pleaded guilty to the charges in January, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lori Haynes said. The charges stemmed from accusations that Davis was writing worthless checks to employees of the Autism Center in Randolph County as well as taking donations and utilizing them for personal gain, Haynes said.

Davis’ attorney, James Hawkins, argued that Davis deserved an alternative sentence such as some form of probation or community service, and said “incarceration serves no purpose other than punishment for the sake of punishment.”

Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong issued the prison sentence on the grounds that she believed Davis had not accepted responsibility in the matter.

Davis was taken into the custody of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office immediately following sentencing.

In an unrelated matter on Thursday, Davis also pleaded no contest to one count of truancy, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to pay a fine of $50.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court on Thursday:

– Jonathan Streets, 18, of Elkins, appeared for a bond modification hearing.

Streets is facing charges for two separate incidents. The first was an alleged burglary that involved a report from a woman on Jan. 11 who told police a male, later identified as Streets, had been inside her Baron Avenue residence without permission, according to the criminal complaint. The woman reported that the two allegedly had a verbal exchange on her front porch and, after Streets left on a bicycle, she went back inside and discovered that approximately $40 was missing from her house, the complaint states.

In the second incident, which resulted in a robbery charge, Streets allegedly harassed a woman while she was driving in the Glenmore area.

The woman said Streets “exited his vehicle and made a lewd gesture… screaming and cursing while approaching (the woman’s) van,” the criminal complaint states. Streets then allegedly followed her to a car wash and continued to harass her, and when she took her phone out to take a picture of his license plate, she reported that Streets took the phone, according to the criminal complaint.

Streets’ bond was set at $35,000 cash only in Magistrate Court. James Hawkins, one of Street’s attorneys, said the bond amount was “well beyond the financial means of his client” and that it was “used only to incarcerate him.”

Wilfong denied the motion to modify bond, stating she believed the bond was reasonable given the circumstances of the case.

– Loretta DeShayes, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to one count of third offense shoplifting. Her sentencing is set for June 3.

– Nathaniel Bragg, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen vehicle. His sentencing is set for April 3.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.