Woman arrested after juvenile overdose

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman who allegedly knew drugs were given to a juvenile who overdosed in her home was one of the 10 people arrested Thursday in a drug round-up.

Robin Norris, 58, of Buckhannon had two juveniles who were non-family members and one juvenile who was a family member in her care and custody and who were helping her move into a residence on May 4 and stayed the night, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The next morning, Brayson Ackerman, 19, came to the residence to stay and allegedly admitted to Cpl. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department that he gave marijuana and LSD to two juveniles in the residence and that Norris knew he gave the drugs to them.

One of the juveniles was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital and hospitalized overnight after taking the drugs. The juvenile told Caynor that Norris allegedly received some LSD from Ackerman and left the room where they were.

Norris was arrested for child neglect resulting in injury, a felony, and possession of controlled substance and driving suspended, both misdemeanors.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $10,000 cash or surety for the felony and $2,500 personal recognizance for each of the misdemeanors.

If convicted of child neglect resulting in injury, Norris faces one to three years in a state correctional facility or a $100 to $1,000 fine, or in the discretion of the court, be confined in jail for not more than one year, or both.

Ackerman was arrested for contributing to delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

Caynor wrote in the criminal complaint that he and Trooper J.S. Tonkin of the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to an EMS call of a 14-year-old juvenile who had overdosed on LSD at a residence on the Brushy Fork Road. A bystander advised that a man in a green shirt with a backpack left the residence and was standing behind the house next door. The officers located the man, identified as Ackerman, who allegedly told them he had brought some acid and marijuana to the house, gave it to the juvenile and had some also. Ackerman also admitted to having marijuana in his backpack and a bag with less than 15 grams was found inside the backpack.

Hurst set bond at $12,500 cash or surety for Ackerman.

In other cases stemming from the drug round-up:

∫ Brandon McCartney, 34, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin, a felony, possession with intent to deliver clonazepam, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, heroin and marijuana, misdemeanors.

On Aug. 31, 2018, Sgt. William Courtney with the Buckhannon Police Department, and a member of the task force, stopped a Toyota 4Runner with an expired registration. Courtney made contact with the driver and noticed he appeared to be nervous so he asked the driver, McCartney to step out of the vehicle. After questioning, McCartney allegedly admitted to having marijuana which was then found. Courtney and Cpl. Darin Hissam then did a probable cause search of McCartney and found a “shoot up” kit along with four heroin stamps.

On April 9, task force officer Jeremy Jenkins, along with officers from the WVSP BCI, BPD and UCSD, executed a search warrant at a residence on Bailey Ridge Road and found McCartney passed out in a vehicle in his driveway. McCartney was found with a small bag of suspected marijuana, a small blue stamp of suspected heroin and a zip bag of approximately 48 blue pills identified as Clonazepam. A search of the vehicle yielded 37 additional heroin stamps prepackaged.

Coffman set bond at $75,000.

∫ Garry W. Moran II, 39, of Buckhannon, and Johnna Courtney, 37, of Buckhannon, were arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin, a felony.

On Jan. 9, members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit and Upshur County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Moran’s residence on the Hall Road in reference to information received from Caynor while making an arrest on Moran and Courtney. Moran and Courtney gave consent to search the residence and allegedly admitted to heroin being in the home, according to Cpl. Rodney Rolenson with the sheriff’s department and a member of the task force, in the criminal complaint. Task force officers located scales, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills along with cash.

Coffman set bond at $40,000 – $30,000 cash or surety and $10,000 cash only for Moran and $40,000 for Courtney.

Possession with intent to deliver heroin carries imprisonment of one to 15 years and/or fined not more than $25,000.

∫ Candy Suttle, 38, of French Creek, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony. During October 2018, Suttle allegedly sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant, according to Sgt. William Courtney with the BPD and a member of the task force in the criminal complaint.

Coffman set bond at $40,000 – $35,000 cash or surety and $5,000 cash.

Delivery of a controlled substance methamphetamine carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison and/or fined not more than $15,000.

∫ Lucas Unger, 26, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of marijuana, a felony. In July 2018, Unger allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant, according to Sgt. Courtney in the criminal complaint.

Hurst set bond at $40,000 – $20,000 surety and $20,000 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Unger faces imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $15,000.

∫ Wesley Mayes, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony. In October 2018, Mayes allegedly sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of West Virginia Wesleyan College, according to Sgt. Courtney in the criminal complaint.

Hurst set bond at $40,000 – $10,000 cash and $30,000 surety.

∫ John Junior Shipman II, 28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school. In December 2018, Shipman allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of Upshur County Head Start on Cleveland Avenue, according to Rolenson in the criminal complaint.

Coffman set bond at $40,000.

If convicted, Mayes and Shipman face one to five years and/or fined not more than $15,000. They are also not eligible for parole for two years.

∫ Chad Brett Hayes, 28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of suboxone, a felony. In July 2018, Hayes allegedly sold suboxone strips to a confidential informant, according to Sgt. Courtney in the criminal complaint.

Hurst set bond at $40,000 – $10,000 cash and $30,000 surety.

If convicted, Hayes faces imprisonment for one to five years and/or a fine up to $15,000.

∫ Ashley Dawn Sipe, 27, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine. In August 2018, Sipe allegedly sold two small, clear bags containing a white substance believed to be meth for $100 to a confidential informant.

Coffman set bond at $35,000 cash or surety and $5,000 cash only.

The task force was assisted Thursday by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department and the Buckhannon and Weston detachments of the West Virginia State Police. Still at large, as of Friday, are Timothy Strickland, who should be considered armed and dangerous, Aman Sweilam, Keith Johnson, Thomas Lowe and Dustin Landis. Anyone with information is asked to call the Upshur County E-911 Center at 304-472-9550.

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