Grand jury indicts 24

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BUCKHANNON — One of two men who allegedly beat up and then kidnapped another man before the victim was able to escape has been indicted by an Upshur County Grand Jury.
Bernie Jasper Cook, 28, of French Creek, was indicted Monday for kidnapping, a felony; malicious assault, a felony; first-degree robbery, a felony; and conspiracy, a felony.
Cook’s co-defendant, Kody Linger, 18, previously entered into a plea agreement with the Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and was ordered to complete the Anthony Center for Youthful Male Offenders program. Linger pled guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and unlawful assault.
In March, Cook and Linger allegedly beat Eric Fultz in the head and face, duct-taped his mouth and hands and forced him into the trunk of his own vehicle. Fultz was able to escape after the car stopped at Brushy Fork Mart.
This term’s grand jury indicted 24 people in total.
Benjamin Harris Keller, 39, of Buckhannon, was indicted for strangulation, a felony; two counts of domestic battery, a misdemeanor; and two counts fleeing from officer with reckless indifference.
Keller led officers on a high-speed police chase that ended on the Old Weston Road in February.
David Floyd Brown, 40, of Rock Cave, was indicted for conspiracy, a felony; grand larceny, a felony; and trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Yancy M. Carr, 38, of Buckhannon, was indicted for threat of terrorist acts, a felony. In February, Carr allegedly called the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department numerous times threatening to kill everyone in the department.
Michael Craig Courtney, 32, of Buckhannon, was indicted for shoplifting, third or subsequent offense, a felony. Courtney allegedly shoplifted from Ace Hardware Store in January 2017.
Michael Ray Fitzwater, 36, of Burnsville, was indicted for escape from custody, a felony, and possession of firearm by prohibited person, a felony.
Heath Brian Foster, 38, of French Creek, was indicted for conspiracy, a felony; grand larceny, a felony; and trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Ian Michael Garvin, 32, of French Creek, was indicted for conspiracy to commit forgery and uttering, a felony; accessory before the fact to forgery and uttering, a felony; and two counts of domestic battery, a misdemeanor. In June 2016, Garvin allegedly provided a stolen check upon a closed account of another person to Walton Bonding agency.
Neil Bradford Harvey, 42, of Buckhannon, was indicted for domestic battery, third or subsequent offense, a felony.
Wesley William James, 27, of Elkins, was indicted for three counts shoplifting, third or subsequent offense, a felony. James allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart on three different dates in November 2016 and January 2017.
William Ray Justice, 41, of Buckhannon, was indicted for driving while license revoked for DUI, third or subsequent offense, a felony.
Eric Wayne Lewis, 41, of Hacker Valley, was indicted for domestic battery, third or subsequent offense, a felony, and malicious assault, a felony.
Donald E. Linger III, 19, of French Creek, was indicted for conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, a felony; two counts of attempted breaking and entering, a felony; destruction of property, a misdemeanor; and trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Christopher George Lyle, 34, of Junior was indicted for grand larceny, a felony, and fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference to the safety of others, a felony. Lyle allegedly fled from sheriff’s deputies on a stolen ATV on April 16.
Lucas Matthew Mayle, 32, of Buckhannon, was indicted for fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference to the safety of others, a felony; possession of a firearm by prohibited person, a felony; and concealment of a firearm by a prohibited person, a felony.  In January 2017, Mayle allegedly fled from sheriff’s deputies on Mudlick Road. He also allegedly had a handgun although he was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction.
Dustin Ray Ogden, 34, of Rock Cave, was indicted for two counts of driving while license revoked for DUI, third or subsequent offense, a felony.
Patricia Dawn Peck, 34, of Buckhannon, was indicted for forgery, a felony, and uttering, a felony. In February, Peck allegedly forged another person’s name on a Buckhannon Police Department traffic citation.
Thomas Denver Riley, 42, of French Creek, was indicted for strangulation, a felony, and domestic battery, second offense, a misdemeanor.
Joshua Small II, 34, of Buckhannon, was indicted for two counts driving while license revoked for DUI, third or subsequent offense, a felony.
James Tyler Snyder, 22, of Buckhannon, was indicted for fraudulent schemes, a felony, and two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, a felony.
William Lee Trusler, 24, of Rock Cave, was indicted for five counts of uttering, a felony, and failure to pay for gasoline, a misdemeanor.
John Elliot Wardrope, 37, of Buckhannon, was indicted for daytime burglary, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Wardrope allegedly broke into a home and stole knives, flashlights, batteries, medication and food items in March 2017.
Allen Blake Wolford, 26, of Buckhannon, was indicted for domestic battery, third or subsequent offense, a felony; daytime burglary, a felony; and escape or attempt to escape from custody or institution, a felony.
Ricky Harold Wyatt, 58, of Buckhannon, was indicted for two counts of forgery and uttering, a felony. Wyatt allegedly prepared a National Carports sales contract for $2,385 and forged the signature from the purchaser to conceal that he collected more money from the purchaser than National Carports allows its agents.

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