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Trial date set in stabbing case

September 15, 2012
By John Wickline Staff Writer (jwickline@theintermountain.com.) , The Inter-Mountain

The trial date for a Knoxville, Tenn., man charged with attempting to stab another person earlier this summer was set for Dec. 18 during arraignment proceedings Friday in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Dwight Steven Smith, 49, is charged with attempted malicious assault, according to court records. He allegedly attempted June 1 to maliciously and feloniously maim, disfigure, disable or kill another man using a knife. Smith is being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or surety bond and a $100,000 personal recognizance bond.

Trial dates for other people indicted this week by the grand jury also were set. Jury selection for those trials will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 11. Indictments are merely formal charges. All those facing charges should be presumed innocent unless they are found guilty in a court of law.

Benjamin Oscar Powers, 38, of Cox's Mill, is facing four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver when his trial begins Dec. 20. He remains free on a $20,000 cash/surety bond.

Evelyn Loretta McCourt, 52, of 22 Morgan Addition, Buckhannon, will stand trial Dec. 20 on three counts of identity theft and one count of fraudulent schemes. She is free on a $16,000 cash/surety bond and a $4,000 personal recognizance bond.

Everett Austin Currence, 37, of HC 32, Box 29B, Rock Cave, had his trial set for Dec. 14, and he is facing charges of grand larceny and entering without breaking. He is free on a $20,000 cash/surety bond and a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

The trial for Allena Nicole Currence, of HC 32, Box 29B, Rock Cave, was set for Dec. 18, as she faces a charge of transferring stolen property. She is free on a $10,000 cash/surety bond and a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Ginger Jean Marlow, 29, of Route 2, Box 30F, French Creek, will stand trial Dec. 19 on three counts of shoplifting, third offense. She is free on a $21,500 cash/surety bond.

Melvin Antonio Tyler, of 182 Camden Ave., Buckhannon, will stand trial Dec. 20 on felony charges of grand larceny and conspiracy, along with a misdemeanor charge of false reporting. Judge Thomas Keadle appointed James Hawkins to serve as Tyler's defense attorney. Bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety and $5,000 personal recognizance.

Ronald Dewayne Deuley, 55, of Route 1, Box 183, Ellamore, had his trial set for Dec. 12 on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense, and one count of driving while having a license revoked for DUI, third or subsequent offense. He is being held in the regional jail in lieu of a $40,000 cash/surety bond.

The trial of John M. Ruble Jr., 29, of 19 Tenney's Mobile Home Park, Buckhannon, was set for Dec. 20. Ruble is charged with four counts of failing to provide notice of change in information as required by the Sex Offender Registry laws. He is free on a $75,000 cash/surety bond.

Robert James Tiffner, 19, of HC 71, Box 154, Ellamore, and Joshua Alden Tenney, 24, of Route 2, Box 240, French Creek, were indicted on two counts of conspiracy, along with one count each of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Tiffner, who is being held in the regional jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash/surety bond and a $50,000 personal recognizance bond, will stand trial Dec. 13. Tenney, who is being in the regional jail in lieu of a $105,000 cash/surety bond and a $20,000 personal recognizance bond, will stand trial Dec. 14.

Bo Dwain Beckner, 32, of 133 Pocahontas St., Buckhannon, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense. His trial was set for Dec. 12. He remains free on a $25,000 cash/surety bond, and he is barred from operating a motor vehicle during the length of these proceedings.

Chad Edward Cook, 38, of 222 Lee St., Weston, will stand trial Dec. 13 on three counts of fraudulent use of an access device and a single count of fraudulent schemes. He is free on a $24,000 cash/surety bond.

Kathy Renae McVicker and Randy L. Wamsley, both of 184 Pocahontas St., Buckhannon, are facing a misdemeanor charge of neglect of an incapacitated adult. Their trial is scheduled for Dec. 12. Keadle set bond at $5,000 cash/surety for both individuals. Hawkins was appointed to represent McVicker, while Kyle Nuttall was appointed to represent Wamsley.

Timothy Lee Grubb, 44, of HC 71, Box 119, Ellamore, is charged with two counts of failing to provide a change of information as required by the Sex Offender Registry laws. His trial was set for Dec. 14, and he remains free after posting a $5,000 cash/surety bond.

Devin William McCauley, 23, of Route 1, Box 56-S, Montrose, is facing two counts of grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy. He is free on a $15,000 cash/surety bond and a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. A co-defendant, Daniel Thomas Gray, of 1420 South Davis Ave., Elkins, is facing the same charges. They will stand trial Dec. 18.

Jessica Rae Vaughn, 21, of 15 Jackson St., Buckhannon, had her trial on felony charges of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy, along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, scheduled for Dec. 19. She is free on a $90,000 cash/surety bond.

Patrick Shane Courtney, 20, of 10 Franklin St., Buckhannon, will stand trial Dec. 20 on one count each of conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. He is free on a $25,000 cash/surety bond.

Richard Eugene Young, 46, of 969 Sharon Copley Road, Wadsworth, Ohio, will stand trial Dec. 19 on felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense; fleeing while DUI and domestic battery, third or subsequent offense; along with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and driving while having a license revoked for DUI. He is being held in the regional jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash/surety bond. As part of his bond conditions, Young was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim in the case.

An arrest warrant was ordered for Steven James Thomas, 46, of 36 Twin Oak Mobile Home Park, Buckhannon, after he failed to appear. His attorney, Hunter Simmons, said he believes Thomas may have moved to Nicholas County. He is facing three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

An arrest warrant also was issued for Christopher Kirk Lane, 22, of Rock Cave, who was indicted on a grand larceny charge. Lane failed to appear for his arraignment.

 
 

 

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