Buckhannon couple facing felony child neglect charges


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon couple has been arrested after the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit and local law enforcement serving a search warrant on a home Tuesday discovered them at home with their 3-month-old child and various drugs and paraphernalia nearby.

Nicholas Ralph Cicalese, 30, of Buckhannon, and Tesyla Dawn Mowery, 24, of Weston, were arrested for child neglect resulting in risk of injury, a felony.

Thomas Arthur Cicalese, 68, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a felony, after he was stopped by law enforcement when he left the residence prior to execution of the search warrant.

Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette, with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, assisted with the execution of the search warrant at 965 Hickory Flat Rd., according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Officers discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple smoking devices lying in the living room on a coffee table. Officers also detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana in the residence. The officers discovered a 3-month-old infant lying within a car seat on the floor in close proximity to the drugs and paraphernalia, according to Robinette.

Child Protective Services responded to the residence. While retrieving the diaper bag, officers discovered an open can of an alcohol beverage inside the diaper bag. Nicholas Cicalese and Mowery are the biological parents of the infant.


Cpl. Rodney Rolenson with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and the task force, stated he was providing surveillance when he observed Thomas Cicalese, leave the residence prior to officers arriving. Rolenson followed Thomas Cicalese and he and Chief Deputy Mike Kelley initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on South Florida Street. Rolenson stated in his criminal complaint that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and from Thomas Cicalese. A search revealed individual packaged marijuana and methamphetamine and cash located on Thomas Cicalese. Pre-packaged marijuana was also found in the vehicle.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000 each for child neglect resulting in risk of injury for Nicholas Cicalese and Mowery and $50,000 for Thomas Cicalese’s charge of possession of controlled substance, meth, with intent to deliver.

If convicted, Cicalese and Mowery each face confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or fined $1,000 to $3,000 for child neglect resulting in risk of injury.

Thomas Cicalese faces confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $15,000.

• In a separate case, Levi Reed, 22, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and use of a firearm during commission of a felony, both felonies . On March 11, Trooper J.S. Tonkin, Robinette and Sgt. A.S. Taylor with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, along with Upshur County Probation Office members arrived at 1 Big Bend Rd. for a report of a wanted person. There, they found the driver, David Blagg, 24, who was wanted on a capias, according to court records. Taylor made contact with Reed who advised he had a 9mm handgun located inside of his boot and methamphetamine inside his pocket. During a search, Reed was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, a digital scale, a glass marijuana smoking device, brass knuckles, multiple knives and a loaded 9 mm handgun. When Reed exited the vehicle, Taylor saw a loaded silver in color .12 gauge shotgun. The front compartment of the vehicle yielded a black nylon bag containing in excess of 50 small plastic bags consistent with distribution of controlled substances.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $25,000 cash or surety for each charge. Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony carries a possible sentence of imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not more than 10 years. Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance carries one to five years in prison and/or fined up to $15,000.

• In a separate case, Jason Barcus, 39, of Ellamore, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to deliver, both felonies. stemming from Aug. 5, 2017. Deputy Tyler Gordon stated in the criminal complaint that on that date, he responded to a 911 call from Barcus who stated he was being chased and assaulted. Gordon spoke with several witnesses who all claimed that Barcus started the argument and ran into the woods. “While speaking with the defendant, it was apparent that he was under the influence of a controlled substance, presumably methamphetamine,” Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint.

Barcus admitted to two bags of marijuana that were found in the right pocket of his shorts. After removing the marijuana, Gordon also found a small clear baggie containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Inside a backpack Barcus was holding, Gordon found another small, clear baggie of a substance believed to be meth, several unused clear baggies, digital scales and approximately $365 in cash along with several smoking devices. Cash was remanded back to Barcus’s possession but the substances found totaled 12.2 grams of marijuana and .8 grams of meth.

Coffman set bond at $50,000. If convicted, Barcus faces confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $15,000 for each charge.