Two arrested in Fountain Place shooting

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 27, 2014

Jere Dale Morrison, 23 of Logan, and Crystal D. Fillinger, 30 of Henlawson, were arrested on May 21 by the West Virginia State Police after shots were fired at the Fountain Place Mall in Lowe’s parking lot. Morrison was charged with five counts of wanton endangerment; Fillinger was charged with five counts of being an accessory before the fact.

According to a file by the WVSP, Fillinger was driving a car through the Lowe’s parking lot at approximately 12:57 p.m. when Morrison — who was a passenger in the car — reached out the window and fired several shots from a pistol.

Police say that at least five people were present in and around the parking lot at the time of the incident.

Morrison’s bail is set for $25,000. Fillinger’s bail is set for $10,000.

  • Michele Conley, 46 of Chapmanville, was arrested on May 21 by the WVSP for two charges of brandishing.

Troopers M.A. Broadwater and J.E. Garren responded to a brandishing complaint in the Brushy Fork area. The victims, who both work for Grace Towing and Recovery, met the officers when they arrived and recounted their story.

The men were trying to repossess a car that belonged to Conley, but after hooking the car up to their tow truck, the men alleged that Conley asked her brother to block their truck. They say that Conley then went inside her residence, grabbed a .22 caliber pistol and approached the victims, pointing the pistol at each of them.

The victims then took the vehicle off the tow truck and left.

The WVSP received two statements, one written and one recorded, from the victims. They also found the alleged weapon that was used in the incident.

Conley’s bail is set for $2,500.

  • Carlos Shane Farmer, 39 of Old Fort, N.C., was arrested May 22 by the WVSP for obstructing and three charges of brandishing.

Trooper R.E. Stowers was dispatched after Logan 911 called about a hit and run in the Stollings area.

After investigating the incident, Stowers alleged that the suspected vehicle in the hit and run was off the side of the road across from the Candle Wood hotel in Logan. Staff from the hotel allegedly advised Stowers that Farmer, who was the suspected driver, was checked into the hotel.

Stowers, along with two other troopers, went to Farmer’s hotel room and knocked multiple times, announcing themselves as the WVSP. Farmer did not answer, but the troopers reportedly heard him lock the deadbolt on the door.

After several minutes, police report that Farmer opened the door with a kitchen knife in his left hand. After this happened, Stowers took Farmer into custody.

Farmer’s bail is set for $3,500.


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