Local authorities arrest 20+ as part of roundup Wednesday


BUCKHANNON — About 26 individuals in Upshur County are facing drug and other charges after a months-long investigation by the new Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit. On Wednesday, many of those individuals were arrested, while several more face indictment by an Upshur County Grand Jury or had not been located by press time.

Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory, who heads up the new task force, held a press conference with Upshur County Sheriff David Coffman and Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy to discuss what the task force had been up to for the last three months. Aside from those three agencies, the task force includes the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police.

“Today’s efforts were indicative of about three months of work of the officers assigned to this task force,” Gregory said. He also thanked members of the public who came forward and provided information that was helpful to the task force.

Gissy also said that the task force will soon be making arrests in Lewis and Braxton counties.

“I would expect in the very near future something like this to happen in both of those counties,” he said.

Among those arrested were:

* Daisy Mae Hall, 38, of Weston, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, three counts. On June 13, a traffic stop was performed on a green Jeep Cherokee, driven by Hall, for equipment-related violations. During the stop, various items indicative of methamphetamine sales/distribution were allegedly located and seized, including a small zip-top bag of a white crystal substance believed to be meth, one brown bag containing a glass smoking device, one metal smoking device, a black digital scale, a pink torch lighter, approximately 50 small empty zip-top baggies and $487 in cash, according to the criminal complaint. Also on two different occasions in May and June, a confidential informant allegedly purchased methamphetamine from Hall for $100 at Walmart and at Sheetz.

Magistrate Mike Coffman and Roger Clem set bond at $75,000 — $60,000 surety and $15,000 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Hall faces imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000 on each count.

* Henry J. Hanline, 60, of French Creek, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, two counts, both felonies. In April and June 2015, Hanline allegedly delivered marijuana to a confidential informant.

Coffman set bond at $20,000 — $10,000 personal recognizance and $10,000 surety.

If convicted, Hanline faces imprisonment in the state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years, or a fine of not more than $15,000, or both on each count.

* George M. Simmons, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony. Simmons allegedly sold Subutex to a confidential informant for U.S. currency.

Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $12,500 surety and $12,500 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Simmons faces imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000.

* Devan Terry Hinchman, 23, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony. In April, a controlled buy for meth was conducted with Hinchman allegedly selling the drug for $40, according to the criminal complaint. Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $20,000 surety and $5,000 cash.

* Connor Bryan McCauley, 28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts, felonies. On two different occasions in May, McCauley allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant for $50. Coffman set bond at $50,000 — $25,000 surety and $25,000 personal recognizance.

* Brooke Victoria McCutchan, 20, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony. In June, McCutchan allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant for $25.

Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $20,000 surety and $5,000 cash.

* Tiffany B. Day, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony. Day allegedly sold Subutex to a confidential informant for U.S. currency in June. Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $12,500 surety and $12,500 personal recognizance.

* Taryn Wooden, 28, of Elkins and Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana, and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, both felonies. In July, Wooden allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Coffman set bond at $50,000 — $20,000 surety and $30,000 personal recognizance.

* Ian Wooden was also arrested for delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to deliver.

* Loretta M. Gould, 47, of Adrian, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana, three counts, all felonies. In January 2015, Gould allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant in exchange for $35 at the AFP Lumber yard parking lot twice and once at Dollar General.

Coffman set bond at $50,000 — $5,000 surety and $45,000 personal recognizance.

* Joseph W. Richards, 25, of French Creek, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana. In January 2015, Richards allegedly delivered the marijuana with Gould in the Dollar General parking lot.  Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $5,000 surety and $20,000 personal recognizance.

* James Bailey, 56, of Rock Cave, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony. On July 4, members of the task force and the Upshur County Sheriffs Department went to Bailey’s residence, where he allegedly admitted to selling marijuana to five people. Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $12,500 surety and $12,500 personal recognizance.

* Courtney Anne Carrier, 32, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, two counts, all misdemeanors. Coffman set bond at $10,000 — $5,000 personal recognizance and $5,000 surety. If convicted, Carrier faces imprisonment for not less than 90 days nor more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 on each count.

* Andrew Lincicome and John Eric Squires were each arrested for violation of home confinement.

Also named in the press release, but not arrested as of Thursday morning, were Rebecca Glover for possession with intent to deliver, Bobbie Miller for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, Carl Tussey for possession with intent to deliver, Joseph Wagner for possession with intent to deliver, Chris Confere for delivery of a controlled substance, Josh Casada for possession with intent to deliver and Christina Casada for possession with intent to deliver.

In addition, the crime unit was still looking for Brett Hoover, Harlie Heater, Michael Cryster and Phillip Ward. Anyone with information about their whereabouts should contact 911.

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