Bond reduced in Tucker County drug case

PARSONS – A Norton man facing a drug charge asked for a reduction in bond Monday in Tucker County Circuit Court.

Richard Raymond Linger, 28, is currently housed in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Linger was arrested Feb. 18 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

“We are seeking both a reduction and modification of bail,” Linger’s attorney, James Hawkins, asked Circuit Judge Lynn A. Nelson. “It is currently set at $52,000 of real property only.We are seeking to have that reduced to $20,000 but to include corporate surety, personal recognizance and real property. My client has been in jail since Feb. 18 on this charge.”

Hawkins said Linger would reside with his parents in Norton and would not be a flight risk.

Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora III said the state had no objection to the modification of bond.

“The state would ask that Linger have daily check-ins with Community Corrections, either in Tucker or Randolph County because of the nature of the charge,” LaMora said. “We want to make sure he is clean and is staying clean.”

Nelson ordered Linger’s bond be reduced to $20,000 – $10,000 personal recognizance and $10,000 surety, corporate surety or property.

“He will be required to check in daily to Community Corrections,” Nelson said.

According to the criminal complaint, Linger and Denny Ray Wiseman were at Jim Propst Grocery Store in Bretz Feb. 18 when police observed them searching through a vehicle. Tucker County Deputy Christopher Teter reportedly approached the individuals, asking if everything was O.K. The complaint states “both subjects were having trouble standing still, continued to sway and appeared very unsteady on their feet.”

Teter asked Wiseman if he’d had anything to drink or consumed any drugs recently, and Wiseman told him “he had smoked weed earlier in the day,” according to the complaint.

Teter discovered a baggie containing 13 morphine pills, pill containers with 165.5 morphine and methadone pills and two containers with a green leafy substance, suspected to be marijuana, the complaint states. Teter also found clear plastic baggies, syringes and $574 on Linger and $99 on Wiseman, police said.

The complaint states that “in a later interview with Tucker County Sheriff Brian Wilfong, Linger advised he would trade the pills for Zanax and that he would sell the pills to old people.”

Wiseman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Also appearing in Tucker County Circuit Court Monday:

– David A. Howell, 38, of 124 Long St., Hambleton, appeared with his attorney, Frank Bush. Howell was indicted in February on two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

Nelson set Howell’s trial date for 9 a.m. Sept. 18

and 19.

– Clifford S. Boyles, 46, of 222 Water St., Parsons, appeared with his attorney, Bush. Boyles was indicted in February for failure to register or provide notice of registration changes in February.

Nelson set Boyles’ motion hearing for 9:30 a.m. July 10.