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Man shops yard sales with counterfeit bills

Martha SparksSociety Editor

August 16, 2012

A Whitman resident allegedly used counterfeit $20 bills to purchase items at local yard sales on August 11.


Tracy Pete Frye, 27, was arrested and charged by Logan County Deputy Sheriff B.D. Cobb with six counts of delivery of counterfeit money.


According to the criminal complaint, a couple were having a yard sale where a “male showed up on three occasions to purchase items” and paid with a $20 bill. The couple noticed the money was counterfeit and Cobb noticed that the “serial number was the same on each twenty dollar bill.” Cobb was given a physical description of the male and could not locate anyone matching the description. Sometime later, Cobb and City of Logan patrolman M.E. Dickerson were dispatched to Stratton Street where the man from the yard sale was detaining Frye. Cobb notes in the complaint that Frye “was wearing a pair of shoes that he purchased from the yard sale.”


Another complaint about counterfeit money was received from the area of Logan Physical Therapy after Frye was taken into custody. Cobb states that there were “two other victims. One received two twenty dollar bills from the defendant and another received one.” The three bills all had the same serial number, JD82808292A, as the previous three did.


The complaint notes that Frye “admitted to knowing the money was counterfeit and passed the documents to obtain real currency as change.”


Frye is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.


In other court news:


• Chester Ray Horn, 33, of Logan, was charged with possession with intent to deliver on August 12 by City of Logan Patrolmen M.E. Dickerson and J.D. Adkins.


According to the complaint, Dickerson was conducting an unrelated investigation and went to the Dingess Street address to speak with Horn. “Upon arrival, this officer walked up onto the porch and observed the front door standing wide open. Upon knocking, this officer observed Horn with two other persons inside. Horn did have in his possession two unmarked pill bottles in hand with pills inside.” Dickerson saw Horn toss the bottles beneath the coffee table. After retrieving the bottles, Dickerson placed Horn under arrest. The complaint notes that “inside both bottles were a total of forty two pills. Twenty two white oblong pills marked M366 (Lortab 7.5mg) and twenty white oblong pills marked M357 (Lortab 5 mg.)


Horn was released on a $15,000 bond.


• Luther Dale Dalton, 47, of Chapmanville, was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance on August 12 by Town of Chapmanville Patrolman N.D. Tucker. Dalton was released on a $25,000 bond.


• Jason Wade Workman, 32, of Chapmanville, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance on August 12 by Chapmanville Patrolman N.D. Tucker. Workman was released on a $5,000 bond.