Knife incident leads to arrest


BUCKHANNON — A man who brandished a knife in front of an officer and slashed multiple tires at Buckhannon Toyota Sunday was arrested on several charges.

George Tyree Cottle, 37, of Dundee, Ohio, was arrested for destruction of property, a felony; brandishing a deadly weapon and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.

On Sept. 20, Deputy Dakota Linger with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a domestic happening on 199 Smith Ave. in Buckhannon but that the defendant, later determined to be Cottle, had left, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Linger made contact with Cottle on the Brushy Fork Road who allegedly became very irate and pulled out a knife and advised Linger that “we needed to get back” and held the knife up to this throat, according to the criminal complaint.

Cottle told Linger that “someone is going to die, that he is tired of this [expletive] and that if he is going to die, it can be by cop if he rushed us,” the deputy wrote in the criminal complaint.

Cottle refused to give Linger his name and ID and started to walk toward Buckhannon Toyota. There, he jumped over the fence and slashed tires on nine different vehicles and busted out the back glass of one vehicle causing over $2,500 of damage.

Cottle then walked to Route 33 where he began going eastbound but was met by a Buckhannon Police unit and taken into custody.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $35,000 for the destruction of property and $15,000 for the other two charges. Brandishing a deadly weapon carries confinement in jail for 90 days to one year and/or fined not less than $50 nor more than $1,000. Obstructing an officer carries confinement in jail for up to one year and/or fined $50 to $500.

Felony destruction of property carries confinement in the penitentiary for one to 10 years or a fine of up to $2,500. In the court’s discretion, Cottle could be confined for up to one year in jail and/or fined up to $2,500.


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