Parsons man waives right to hearing

PARSONS – A Parsons man arrested after a domestic dispute waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday in Tucker County Magistrate Court.

David Lee Close, 35, of 106 Thornwood Lane, appeared before Tucker County Magistrate Riley Barb on a charge of malicious wounding, a felony. Close is free on a $50,000 surety bond.

Close was arrested after an incident that allegedly took place Jan. 9 at about 9 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. C.D. Siler and Senior Trooper J.J. Schmidle of the West Virginia State Police were called to Close’s residence for a domestic dispute.

The complaint alleges the officers found Close’s wife in her vehicle, and she told officers that Close had beat her in the head and face area with “a large glass candle.” She was transported by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital, the complaint states.

The complaint alleges officers found multiple firearms in the home while searching for Close, as well as “a blood-covered glass candle.”

Officers then traveled to a Montrose residence, where they found Close, according to the criminal complaint. Close was taken into custody after a short standoff, during which Close put a rifle in his mouth, according to the complaint.