BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon businessman has been charged with fraudulent schemes after allegedly taking deposits for landscaping work and not completing the work.
Raymond Wilson, 44, doing business as Wilson and Sons Landscaping, contracted to do a landscaping job for Don Henderson on Feb. 21 for $800, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Wilson requested and received a $300 down payment and started the landscaping project. However, Wilson then allegedly told Henderson he needed $100 for mulch on three different dates: Feb. 23, Feb. 27 and March 9.
Wilson has not returned to complete the project and does not respond to Henderson’s attempts to contact him, according to the criminal complaint.
On March 8, Wilson contracted to do a landscaping job for Gene Stump for $1,000 and again requested a $300 down payment which he received. However, after obtaining the money, Wilson has not returned to Stump’s residence to start the landscaping job, Lt. Mark Davis with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department wrote in the criminal complaint.
On April 23, Wilson contracted to do a landscaping job for Rick and Jane Johnson for $850. Wilson requested $350 as a deposit, but the Johnsons paid him $300. Wilson has not returned to the Johnson residence to start the landscaping job.
Finally on May 2, Wilson contracted to do a landscaping job for Carol Kelley for $850 and requested and received a $350 down payment.
“He was to start the job on May 8 or 9; however, after receiving the money, Wilson has not returned to Kelley’s residence to start or complete the contracted work,” Davis stated in the criminal complaint. “Restitution in the amount of $1,150 is requested back to the victims.”
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $30,000. If convicted of the felony, Wilson faces one to 10 years in prison, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail up to one year or a fine of not more than $2,500.
In a separate case, Clint Grimes, 38, of Talladega, Ala., was arrested for battery on law enforcement officer, three counts, misdemeanors. On June 24, Patrolman Tanner Collins with the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a 911 call about a male threatening suicide and threatening others at an apartment located at 16 N. Kanawha St.
The male was identified as Grimes and he allegedly told Collins and West Virginia State Trooper C.C. Mayle to “come in you fat, [expletive].”
The officers gained entry with a key provided by the landlord to check on his well-being due to Grimes’ threats of suicide, according to the criminal complaint. Grimes allegedly threw a punch that struck Mayle in the face and also struck Deputy Tyler Chidester in the face. While being restrained, he allegedly kicked Cpl. Darin Hissam with the BPD in the chin.
Grimes was retrained and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Hurst set bond at $20,000 cash.
If convicted, Grimes faces confinement in jail for not less than one nor more than 12 months and/or a fine of not more than $500 for each count.
Finally, David Allen Lane, 34, of Buckhannon, was arraigned after The Record Delta’s Thursday press deadline for grand larceny, a felony. Lane allegedly took Mark Harper’s truck while he was inside Wendy’s on Tuesday.
Lane was caught on security cameras getting in the vehicle and driving it away and he was spotted Wednesday on Route 33 by Upshur County Animal Control Officer Dustin Hollen. He was stopped at the Brushy Fork Mart by the BPD and allegedly had the vehicle’s registration card and insurance card in his pocket.
The vehicle had been wrecked at some point and had damage to the driver’s side. The 2015 Ford F-150 is valued at $60,000.
Hurst set bond at $75,000 cash. If convicted, Lane faces one to 10 years in prison or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for up to one year and/or a fine of not more than $2,500.