Joshua Caleb Gearhart, 23 of Sarah Ann, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on May 12 for multiple charges including fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, driving with a suspended license, expired motor vehicle insurance, improper registration, no insurance, reckless driving and filing a false report.
On May 12, Trooper B. K. Wellman of the WVSP attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Gearhart’s vehicle. Gearhart allegedly accelerated and drove recklessly in an attempt to elude Wellman by speeding and neglecting to use his signals.
At this point, Gearhart allegedly abandoned his vehicle behind a building in the Mt. Gay area and fled the scene on foot. When Wellman arrived to the scene, he could not find Gearhart, but he did find a black, Nike shoe approximately 20 ft. away from the vehicle.
As Wellman investigated the vehicle, he found that it had improper registration, an expired MVI sticker and was not covered by insurance.
Not long after this happened, 911 received a call from Gearhart claiming that his vehicle had been stolen. Wellman made contact with him and found that he was at Mt. Gay Lounge.
When Wellman arrived at the lounge, he noticed that Gearhart was muddy and barefoot. Gearhart began to tell a story about his vehicle being stolen and attempted to file a stolen vehicle report.
When Wellman asked Gearhart why his feet were muddy, Gearhart refused an explanation before he admitted to the aforementioned crimes. In a report filed, Wellman says he found Gearhart’s other shoe hidden in another vehicle. Gearhart’s license was previously revoked for unpaid citations.
Gearhart’s bail is set for $5,000.
- Richard Ray Wiley, 26 of Kistler, was arrested by the Man Police Department on April 24 for burglary.
Wiley, along with a female accomplice, forced his way into a house on Vine Street by breaking out the bathroom window in the rear of the house. While inside, Wiley and his accomplice stole what has been estimated as $3,105 of jewelry.
Witnesses reported that they recognized Wiley as the male who committed this crime.
Wiley’s bail is set for $5,000.
- Babe Ellis, 31 of Pecks Mill, was arrested by the Chapmanville Police Department on May 11 for multiple charges including operating without registration, fleeing in a vehicle, reckless driving, obstructing and driving with suspended operators.
On May 11, Deputy Derrick Miller made a traffic stop on Ellis, who was driving a white Honda CR250 motorcycle, on WV Rt. 10 south just before the Pecks Mill Post Office. As he was getting out of his cruiser, Ellis pressed the acceleration on his bike causing gravel to fly at Miller and the cruiser.
In a report, Miller says, “I verbally yelled stop,” but Ellis took off toward the railroad tracks. The deputy jumped into his cruiser and began to follow Ellis, but Ellis was having trouble controlling his motorcycle on the rocks so he began to double back towards the location of the initial.
Miller used his cruiser in an attempt to block Ellis from exiting onto the main road, but Ellis accelerated toward him nearly striking the cruiser and made it onto the road.
Miller then received a report that Ellis was in Long Fork of Mill Creek. He went to the area and found Ellis on the motorcycle in a wooded area. Miller yelled once more for Ellis to get off the motorcycle, but instead he accelerated again.
Miller began to chase Ellis and his motorcycle on foot, but was unable to detain him due to the motorcycle nearly crashing into a residential lawn. Miller searched the area and found Ellis hiding behind a barn.
At that point, Ellis was detained by assistance of the WVSP. Ellis was being uncooperative during detainment and not listening to verbal commands and, at one point, forced the officers to use one spray of vex (chemical mace) to gain compliance.
Ellis was then arrested and transported to the Logan County Courthouse for processing where it was found that he was operating the motorcycle on a suspended operators.
Ellis’ bail is set for $3,500.
- The WVSP recently made a warranted arrest on Shalee Meade, 32 of Chapmanville, for driving with a suspended license (non-DUI related), no child restraint on a child under 8 years old, no hands free device, speeding 24 MPH in a 15 MPH zone and failure to make an appearance for these charges.
On March 23, Troopers Lowe and Miller were conducting routine road patrol on Norman Morgan Blvd. when they witnessed a 2013 red Ford Explorer traveling at a speed of 27 MPH in a 15 MPH speed zone based on the read of a same direction moving RADAR.
The officers then saw Meade talking on a cell phone with a 7-year-old unrestrained in the backseat.
The officers conducted a traffic stop on Meade and found, after running a status check on her driver’s license, that it had previously been suspended for unpaid citations. Meade was given until April 3 to appear for these charges in Magistrate Court, but she failed to appear.
Meade’s bail is set for $500.