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An Omar man has been charged with grand larceny auto after he allegedly stole a vehicle on March 21.

According to the criminal complaint, West Virginia State Trooper J.E. Garren responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the Omar area when he observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle traveling southbound on WV 10 in Logan.

The officer initiated a stop on the vehicle and identified the driver to be David Franklin Williams, 46, of Omar. The officer reports that he smelled the odor of alcohol on Williams and that he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and that Williams stated that he had drank a case of beer earlier. Field sobriety tests were administered, which Williams reportedly failed. His BAC was determined to be .94 percent. WVSP dispatch advised that Williams’ operators had been revoked for two active DUIs and that the automobile’s registration had expired in April 2012. The officer was also unable to locate valid insurance and that the inspection sticker did not belong to the vehicle. Williams reportedly told the Trooper that he “just needed a vehicle” so he could visit his girlfriend in Logan.

Williams was arraigned on March 22 for grand larceny (auto), DUI 3rd offense, driving suspended/revoked for DUI, expired registration, no insurance and inspection violation. His bail was set at $100,000.

A call to assist Child Protective Services resulted in the arrest of two individuals in the community of Blair.

According to criminal complaints, on March 29, WVSP Trooper R.L. Jennings entered the residence with CSP where Joe Stephens, 50, and Carleen Ferrell, 37, at Blair. Upon entering, the Trooper observed drug paraphernalia in plain view beside the living room couch. He then conducted a search of the room where he allegedly found several clear bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. He also located several pill bottle containing controlled substances, a weighing scale and several other items of drug paraphernalia. Along with the alleged drug discoveries, the officer located two .22 caliber rifles, a Thompson automatic rifle and one 12 gauge shotgun.

Garren was advised by WVSP dispatch that Stephens was a convicted felon. He was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, child neglect and felon in possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $25,000.

Ferrell was charged with commit a felony and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $10,000.

In other Magistrate Court news:

• Tabitha Lynn Meade, 32, was booked on March 22 by the Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies for three counts of uttering and three counts of forgery. Her bail was set at $30,000.

• Dixie Anne Jessup, 28, was booked on March 22 by the WVSP for driving while suspended/revoked non DUI and DUI with minor in vehicle. Her bail was set at $25,000.

• Joshua Gene Goodman, 33, was booked on March 23 by the WVSP for improper/expired registration, DUI with minor in vehicle, left of center, no insurance and possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $25,000.

• Courtney Lashay Kelly, 20, was booked on March 23 for speeding, DUI with minor in vehicle and false information. Her bail was set at $3,500.

• Carl Richard Fry, 66, was booked on March 23 by the WVSP for possession of a controlled substance, weapon brandishing and domestic assault. His bail was set at $3,000.

• Roberta Angeline Mullins, 38, was booked on March 23 by WVSP for disorderly conduct, false information and public intoxication. Her bail was set at $2,500.

• Jeremiah Allen Dalton, 21, was booked on March 24 by the WVSP for DUI (1st offense), no insurance, registration violation and possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams. His bail was set at $2,500.

• Phillip Michael Bryant, 30, was booked on March 24 for driver’s license revoked for DUI and improper left turn. His bail was set at $2,500.

• Sarah Elizabeth Elkins, 37, was booked on March 24 by the LCSD for permitting DUI, reckless driving and driving while suspended/revoked for DUI. Her bail was set at $2,500.


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