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A former Chapmanville Regional High School teacher was arrested by the US 119 Task Force assisted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, August 25, Jennifer Rachel Baisden, 47, of Pecks Mill, was arrested on four counts of Delivery of Crack Cocaine. The counts alleged that Baisden sold crack cocaine to a CI (cooperating individual) for US currency on four separate occasions.

Baisden was arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court and remanded to the Southwestern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

This arrest is part of an ongoing investigation.

• Robbie Aaron Browning, 25, of Chapmanville, was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department on August 22 for multiple charges including defective equipment, safety equipment, fleeing from officer, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, attempt to operate a clandestine laboratory, no insurance and no driver’s license.

On August 21 at approximately 9:55 p.m. Sergeant D.A. White was on patrol at Fountain Place Mall when he allegedly observed a motorcycle exit the parking lot with a female passenger who was not wearing a helmet. White followed behind the motorcycle. He reportedly noticed the motorcycle’s headlight was not working, and he was unable to read the temporary registration.

White then initiated a traffic stop by using his blue lights and sirens. Browning allegedly turned his head back and looked at White then accelerated away. White pursued the motorcycle traveling 119 North. Browning was allegedly weaving from side to side and accelerated his motorcycle in excess of 80 mph.

Browning reportedly turned onto Upper Crawley Creek Road where he continued to drive recklessly, including driving on the left side of a lined road. Browning allegedly turned off of Crawley Creek Road onto Brushy Fork, drove until the end of the pavement and then turned up a gravel driveway where he lost control of the bike.

At this point, Browning laid the bike on its side. White exited his patrol car and handcuffed Browning. White then conducted an officer protective search during which he allegedly found six bottles of various pills believed to be controlled substances. While searching Browning’s backpack, White also allegedly found items and ingredients used in the manufacture/use of a clandestine drug laboratory.

Browning allegedly told White that he was transporting the items to make meth and that was the reason he ran: he was afraid. White also reported that further investigation showed Browning did not have a valid driver’s license and the motorcycle was not insured.

Browning’s bail is set for $100,000.

• Melvin Maynard, 35, of Logan, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on August 21 for possession of a controlled substance.

On August 21, Logan Home Confinement and Trooper J.E. Garren went to Maynard’s apartment to search for him. While looking through the residence, Garren allegedly observed three Suboxone sublingual strips and cash sticking out of a pair of pants pockets in the bedroom closet.

Upon further investigation, Garren allegedly found two small baggies containing a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine and a set of digital scales.

Maynard’s bail is set for $30,000.

• William Kenneth Burgess, 36, of Chapmanville was booked on August 10 for a variety of charges, including operating a meth lab. He has now also been charged with receiving or transferring stolen goods.

On August 11, Burgess was found to be in possession of a Logan County Sheriff Department uniform which had been issued to Deputy Lyall. The uniform had been stole from Lyall’s previous address at Peach Creek. The uniform was found when members of the WVSP arrested Burgess.

Previously, Troopers R.E. Stowers and M.J. Miller traveled to a residence on Mill Creek in an attempt to serve a felony warrant that had been issued on March 18, and when they arrived they were informed that Burgess was hiding in the attic and would not come down. Troopers allegedly had to physically pull him from the attic.

Burgess’ bail was set for $30,000.


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