Three people were charged with felonies after allegedly burglarizing a home at Blair.
Elizabeth Minnie Dent, 36, and Jason Eric Smith, 38, and Erica Lynn Baldwin, 28, all of Hewett, were charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy on May 2, 2012, by W.Va. Senior Trooper J.K. Harris.
The residence of Donna Watts of Blair was forcibly broken into and multiple items stolen, including firearms, knives and jewelry. According to the complaint, Watts advised the firearms were “a High Point .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .22 caliber revolver.” Also stolen were multiple items of jewelry and five knives owned by Watts’ son.
Watts told officers “that prior to arrival at her residence, she passed a dark green Jeep Liberty…” After discovering the burglary, Watts called her son and told him of the incident and suspicious vehicle. Watts’ son said “his ex-girlfriend, Erica Baldwin, had just stopped and talked to him…” He further stated that Baldwin was in a dark green Jeep Liberty driven by Jason Smith and that Libby Pagano, aka Elizabeth Dent, was also in the vehicle.
Trooper Harris went to the residence on Meadow Fork Road and located a dark green Jeep Liberty parked in front of the residence of Dent. After entering the residence, Harris was able to recover “the stolen property in a white garbage bag in the floor of the living room.” Harris allegedly located more jewelry in the bathroom and a firearm under the bed of Baldwin’s daughter. Harris also found synthetic cocaine, or “bath salts”, under mattress.
Dent, Smith and Baldwin were arraigned before Magistrate Jeff Lane who set bail at $25,000 each.
On April 30, following an altercation with officers, Dominque Lee Simmons, 22, of Omar, was charged with Assault on an Officer, Battery on an Officer, Obstructing, Fleeing on Foot and Possession with Intent to Deliver.
According to a complaint filed by W.Va. Senior Trooper B.K. Wellman and Trooper S.A. Belt, officers recognized a “red Volkswagen car parked in the parking lot of Frances Apartments” as a vehicle from an earlier drug tip. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the occupants who stated that the “were dropping off a male subject identified as ‘D’.”
Officers observed someone peeking through a window and knocked on the door of the apartment. The door was answered by a female “who stated that the male had just jumped out the back window.” Officers pursued the subject, identified as Simmons, “who ignored commands to stop.” Officers were able to catch the accused, who “fought with and struck these officers, while continually resisting.”
Officers allegedly located a small plastic bag containing “a white substance, believed to be crack cocaine, along with $2,461 in U.S. currency” in Simmons’ right front pocket. Officers also located one more small plastic bag and one large plastic bag, both containing a white substance, which officers observed the accused throw down during the foot pursuit.
After arriving at the West Virginia State Police Logan Detachment, the bags were weighed and had the combined weight of 2.8 ounces.
Simmons was arraigned before Magistrate Leonard Codispoti set bail at $25,000 cash bond only.
In the same incident, Pattie J. Maynard, 47, of Mt. Gay, was charged with Conspiracy and Possession with Intent to Deliver.
According to the complaint, Maynard was the driver of the red Volkswagen, “who stated that she was there dropping off a male subject she identified as ‘D.’” Officers determined that the male (Simmons) had been taken to the apartments by the accused to complete a drug transaction.
Maynard was also arraigned before Codispoti who also set her bail at a $25,000 surety bond.