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J.D. CHARLES, Staff Writer



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Two local defendants entered guilty pleas in Logan Magistrate Court on Monday.
Edward Ray Bartram, 23, residence not listed, was arrested in Logan County by the West Virginia State Police for breaking and entering, trespassing, public intoxication and obstructing an officer on Nov. 7.
He was booked at the regional jail at 6 a.m.
According to police reports, on Nov. 7, Trooper J.K. Harris responded to a suspicious activity call at Buddy's Apartments in Braeholm.
"Upon arrival, this officer was advised two male suspects were observed entering a vacant apartment and were believed to be still inside," the report states.
"After several attempts to contact the suspects, this officer entered the apartment and located the accused, Edward Ray Bartram hiding behind a wall. Additionally, the accused was found to be intoxicated. The accused was not a resident of the building and had not received permission to be inside the apartment. Upon contact with this officer, the accused refused to follow this officer's instructions to lay on the ground as he repeatedly attempted to get up."
Bartram's attorney Michael Blevins worked out a plea agreement with the state.
Trooper Harris explained to defense attorney Blevins that the property was not abandoned, and that another individual was with Bartram, but he fled and Harris was looking for him.
Harris said Bartram was given a drug screening and was tested to be clean, following the incident, albeit drunk.
Harris noted Bartram did not cooperate.
Bartram entered a guilty plea on the trespassing charge and obstructing charge with the breaking and entering charge being dismissed and being given credit for 17 days time served.
Bartram told Magistrate Jeff Lane he did trespass by going into the empty apartment and when the police knocked on the door he did not open the door.
Bartram also received $300 fine and court costs.
Kimberly Dawn May, 35, of Monaville, was arrested by Trooper J.K. Harris of the WVSP for grand larceny, driving on a revoked license, no insurance, defective equipment, no seatbelts and failure to use a seatbelt on Nov. 16.
According to police reports, on Oct. 14, the victim reported that May "stole his blue 2003 Chevrolet Impala from his residence in Monaville, additionally the victim advised he has repeatedly tried to get the accused to return the vehicle."
"The victim further stated the title for the vehicle was also stolen," the report states.
A warrant was issued for her arrest when she was picked up on several moving violations.
She was booked at the regional jail at 1:43 p.m.
May told her attorney Michael Blevins she never took the keys and that she lived part time at the victim's residence and borrowed the car.
Trooper Harris said he got the initial warrant three weeks after the complaint was filed on May and that he was looking to serve the warrant on her when he pulled her over for moving violations.
May entered a guilty plea to joyriding and the moving violations and the grand larceny charge was dropped.
Magistrate Lane told May she faces a $500 fine and or six months in jail.
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