After County Commission employee Leonard Hovis mentioned that he thought the defendant had been in jail a few days before his last arrest, Magistrate Dwight Williamson checked and found even more serious charges that the young man had active warrants on which had not been served!
• Richard Lee Salyers, 28, of Chapmanville, was arrested in Boone County by Deputy J.R. Dalton and Lt. D.R. Browning of the Boone County Sheriff's Department for armed robbery kidnapping and destruction of property on May 3.
He was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden at 5:50 p.m.
Salyers and two other Logan Countians were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a man and tying him up during the commission of a mine robbery. Later, while in jail, authorities found warrants from December involving an armed robbery that Salyers had not been charged with, leading to his being arraigned on those charges on Wednesday.
According to police reports on Dec. 26, 2009, Salyers allegedly robbed a man at knife point in the Green Valley area. on Dec. 20, Salyers allegedly ran into the fence of another individual at Mallory while driving an old vehicle and never returned to repair the fence.
Not so surprisingly, Salyers was confused about which of his misadventures he was being charged with during his arraignment. Williamson told him it was for the armed robbery at knife point the day after Christmas and the fence incident. Williamson said Salyers faced up to 10 years on the armed robbery and set bond at $100,000.
"Are you serious?" Salyers blurted out.
"Sir, you are accused of holding a knife to a human being's throat," Williamson said. "That is pretty serious."
Salyers claimed he had a drug problem which caused him to get in trouble with the law, to which Williamson repied, "Well, welcome to rehab — at the jail. Obviously that suboxone you were on was not working."
Hovis, who looks for people who have been left in jail who could be released mentioned to Williamson that he thought Salyers had been arrested just a few days prior to his last arrest. When Williamson checked, he was startled at what he found.
"He has two more felony warrants out on him," Williamson said. One for grand larceny and one for destruction of property. According to this, he reportedly stole 4000 feet of copper wire from Verizon worth $14,000. And a witness saw him stripping the wire."
Also that day, Williamson arraigned another man on robbery charges.
• William Jared Vance, 27 of Accoville, was arrested by Deputy Terry Brumfield of the Logan COuntySheriff's Department on May 5 for burglary and grand larceny charges. According to police reports on April 16, Vance allegedly broke into three buildings and stole a drill press, Lincoln suitcase welder, six pack battery charges and a "a whole building full of copper" along with cutting torches, an electric welder a five ton hoist, hand tools, five chain saws, a commercial paint sprayer and did damaes to the bulding totaling $15,300.
"Myself and Sgt. (Dave) Walls of the Man Police Department recovered the drill press from Mark Allen Copley, who gave me a written statement that he bought it from Jared for $100."
(Mark Allen Copley, 50, of Amherstdale, had been arrested on April 19 for possession of a controlled substance, no insurance, defective equipment and no MVI sticker and drug posession charges when he got pulled over for a defective windshield and was found with morphine.)
Vance was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at holden at 1:50 a.m.
During his arraignment, Magistrate Williamson explained to Vance that he faced from 1-10 years on the burglary charges and grand larceny charges and thousands in fines.
"I am assuming you have still got a drug problem?" Williamson asked.
"Yes," Vance replied.