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Man arrested for brandishing weapon waives hearing

September 6, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A man charged with two felony counts of wanton endangerment for brandishing a weapon around his mother and 5-year-old daughter waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Jesse David Tolson, 26, of Harman gave up his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in exchange for an early discovery period and modification of the terms of his $50,000 surety/cash bond. Randolph County Magistrate George "Mike" Riggleman altered Tolson's terms of bond so that he may have supervised contact with his mother, Deborah Tolson, and daughter if Randolph County Family Court Judge Michele Good allows it.

Tolson was arrested on June 27 after he fired shots in the air, allegedly threatened to shoot his mother, Deborah Tolson, and removed his daughter from her home in Job at gunpoint, according to the criminal complaint.

When officers arrived on scene, Tolson opened his front door "approaching officers with a baseball bat," the report says.

Tolson was released to rehab from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in July. Riggleman said Tolson must also attend counseling sessions and continue to test negatively for drugs during Randolph County Community Corrections drug screenings.

The case will be bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court.

"Mr. Tolson, the best advice I can give you is to take advantage of the opportunities that you have as far as visitation," Riggleman said.



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