Tucker grand jury hands down indictments
PARSONS — Earlier this month, a Tucker County grand jury handed down eight indictments including an individual charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
Charles Lee Wolfe, 35, of Oakland, Maryland, was indicted on one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of kidnapping, one felony count of strangulation, one felony count of burglary and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $150,000 bond, set by Tucker County Magistrate Riley Barb.
According to court documents, at approximately 6:45 p.m. April 10, Cpl. D.W. Burge and Trooper 1st Class J.J. Schmidle, both of the West Virginia State Police, and Deputy C.R. Donelson of the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office, were notified of an alleged kidnapping in Davis.
Officers received information that the alleged victim was abducted by Wolfe from her parents’ residence in Davis and was headed toward Bayard, located in Grant County, the complaint states.
They were told the alleged victim was attempting to flee from Wolfe and could be hiding in the woods along W.Va. Route 90 between Thomas and Bayard, police said.
The alleged victim’s mother said she was receiving sporadic messages from the alleged victim from a variety of contact numbers.
Officers did not locate anyone along the roadway. Schmidle and Donelson were the first to arrive in Bayard and began looking for Wolfe and the alleged victim. Burge arrived a short time later, the complaint stated.
While conducting a search, Burge was flagged down by an area resident who told him the pair might be behind the sewage plant, along the Potomac River. When officers arrived at that location, they saw Wolfe “pulling” the alleged victim along the edge of the river, the complaint states. Officers then engaged in a foot pursuit before taking Wolfe into custody.
Schmidle and Trooper 1st Class N.E. Higginbotham, also of the WVSP, spoke to the alleged victim, who told them she was at her parents’ residence in Davis when Wolfe texted her saying he was going to pick her up, police said.
She told them she locked the house door and locked herself in a bedroom because Wolfe had been “abusing her for about eight months,” the complaint states. She added he had threatened to kill her and her family prior to this alleged incident.
The alleged victim reportedly told police Wolfe broke into the home and bedroom and forcibly removed her from the residence before choking her in an alley nearby. She added she believed he was going to kill her.
Wolfe and the alleged victim then got into a car and traveled to Bayard. She attempted to escape several times but he would catch her and throw her down, the alleged victim told police.
Once behind the sewer plant, Wolfe again choked her until she passed out, she told police. He also threatened he was going to “kill her by bashing her head on a rock and then putting her body in the river,” before grabbing her arm and walking toward the river, the complaint states.
She then heard yelling behind her, saw police and “knew she was safe after that,” according to the complaint.
Wolfe also was charged with one felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of strangulation in Grant County. His bond is set at $100,000 in Grant County.
Other indictments include:
• David Joseph Crouch, 36, of Parsons, was indicted on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Tucker County Magistrate Court by Sgt. S.D. Siler, of the West Virginia State Police, on Dec. 26, 2016, Crouch allegedly sold 4 grams of marijuana to a juvenile male in the parking lot of McDonald’s, in Parsons.
During the alleged transaction, the father of the juvenile was driving by and observed his son’s truck in the parking lot with the passenger side door open. The complaint indicates the father parked in an adjacent parking lot and watched Crouch get out of his son’s truck.
The father walked to his son’s truck and found his son with a small bag of marijuana on his lap, according to the complaint. At that time, the father took his son and the bag of marijuana to Siler’s office, where police took a statement from the juvenile.
The juvenile said he paid Crouch $40 for the marijuana. He added he had made several marijuana purchases from Crouch in the past, the complaint states.
• Robert Lee Roy was indicted on two felony counts of strangulation and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.
• Daniel S. Canterbury was indicted on one felony count of delivery of controlled substance to correctional facility.
• Justin W. Sacks was indicted on one felony count of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, one misdemeanor count of violation of protective order, one misdemeanor count of driving revoked or suspended, and one misdemeanor count of expired registration and certificate of titles.
• Nicolle Elizabeth Hebb was indicted on one felony count of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver and one misdemeanor count of DUI, first offense.
• Michael Shane White was indicted on one felony count of worthless checks and two misdemeanor counts of worthless checks.
• Levi G. McCauley was indicted on one felony count of third-offense driving revoked for DUI.
The cases were presented by Prosecutor Ray LaMora III. Circuit Court Judge Lynn Nelson presided. The Tucker County grand jury will next convene on June 5.
An indictment is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.