Local man faces felony charge

ELKINS — A local man is behind bars after allegedly stealing items from an area garage.

Victor Leon Taylor III, 26, is charged with one felony count of entry of a building other than a dwelling. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 1:26 a.m. on Aug. 13, Senior Patrolman T.C. Bennett and Patrolman C.G. Boatwright, both of the Elkins Police Department, were advised of a male individual “passed out” on the sidewalk behind Elkins City Hall.

Officers observed the man and were unable to wake him with verbal commands or “light touches.” After finally waking the man, he was “extremely impaired” and could barely stand or speak, according to the complaint. At that time, he was identified as Taylor.

Taylor had multiple items laying around him which he said were his and put in his pant pockets. The items included a small note pad with phone numbers and an unopened envelope that appeared to hold a card addressed to a female individual, the complaint states.

Taylor was transported to Davis Medical Center to be evaluated, according to court documents. Later, at the hospital, officers spoke with Taylor, who said the items were not his.

At approximately 6:58 a.m. the same day, Senior Patrolman B.D. Tice and Patrolman A.M. Wyshyvanuk, both of the EPD, were reportedly advised by Randolph County E-911 of a female stating her garage was broken into the previous night and stuff was “all over.”

The female calling identified herself as the same woman whose name was on the envelope found on Taylor, according to the complaint. She added one item she was missing was a card that she was going to send to her sister.

On Aug. 15, Boatwright spoke with Taylor, who said he would come to the Elkins Police Department the following day to speak with officers. On Aug. 20, Tice and Boatwright were patrolling Davis Avenue and located Taylor in front of the Tygart Hotel, police said. When officers pulled over to speak with him, he ran inside and was unable to be located.

On Aug. 23, they again saw Taylor outside the Tygart Hotel and he again ran inside and was unable to be located. At that time, warrants were obtained for Taylor’s arrest, the complaint states. He was apprehended on Saturday.

If convicted, Taylor could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 10 years in the state penitentiary.

Other arrests recorded in Randolph County:

• Delmus Owen Lambert, 37, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of failure to appear. He is incarcerated at TVRJ on a $50,000 cash-only bond, set by Shepler.

On Aug. 24, by the direction of presiding Circuit Court Judge David Wilmoth, Lambert was ordered to appear for a felony hearing in Randolph County Circuit Court and had been subpoenaed prior to the hearing date, according to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Court Security Officer Jim Bibey called for Lambert three times in the corridor of the courtroom and he did not appear at the courthouse.

Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Z.T. Pingley was contacted by the office of the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney to apply for a felony failure to appear warrant for Lambert, the complaint states.

If convicted, Lambert could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in the state penitentiary, fined not more than $5,000, or both.