Firearm charges dismissed against Mill Creek man

ELKINS – Charges were dismissed without prejudice against a Mill Creek man accused of allegedly possessing firearms Tuesday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Randy Lee Taylor, 54, had been charged with one felony count of persons prohibited from possessing firearms. Because the charges were dismissed without prejudice, the charges can be brought back up at a later date.

According to the criminal complaint, Sr. Trooper C.S. Johnston went to a residence to serve a protective order against Taylor that was filed by his wife.

While at the residence waiting for the wife to retrieve her personal belongings, Johnston “observed four firearms in Mr. Taylor’s bedroom closet,” and “the closet door was opened by Mrs. Taylor and the firearms were in plain view after the door was opened,” the complaint states.

In addition to the firearms, Johnston observed numerous rounds of ammunition that matched the caliber of the firearms in the same bedroom. Taylor was not at the residence at the time and his wife secured the firearms and ammunition, police said.

Taylor has a previous conviction for second degree sexual assault, according to court documents.

Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court Tuesday:

– David C. Abbott, 44, of Richmond, Va., waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Abbott is charged with one felony count of bigamy and is free on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Magistrate George M. Riggleman.

A warrant for Abbott’s arrest was issued on Dec. 3, 2003, by Randolph County Magistrate Michele Good.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 3, 2003, Sr. Trooper C.B. Shrader of the West Virginia State Police was told by Leigh Ann Rhinehart Abbott that “she was currently in the process of having her marriage annulled and during the paperwork process being completed by her attorney it was discovered that Abbott had not been legally divorced in the state of Virginia, County of Powhatan.”