Local man caught on camera lurking at Grafton home


GRAFTON — A Buckhannon man is behind bars following an incident in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

According to Taylor County Sheriff Terry A. Austin, an individual was apprehended and charged after a homeowner’s camera system caught him on the premises.

Daman Lee Mayle, 46, was charged as a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy N. T. Queen, he responded to an address on Knottsville Road at approximately 12:01 a.m. for a report of a male walking around outside of the home with a weapon.

Upon his arrival on scene, he made contact with the subject, later identified as Mayle, who had been spotted walking through a field on private property, carrying a .22 caliber rifle.

Through the course of the investigation, the officer ran a criminal background check on Mayle through the Harrison-Taylor County 911 Dispatch Center. The deputy learned that Mayle had previous felony convictions on his record, preventing him from owning or having a firearm, per WV State Code §61-7-7.

Mayle was taken into custody and transported to the Taylor County Courthouse for further processing.

Mayle remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail and if convicted, he faces confinement in a regional jail for not less than 90 days nor more than one year, a fine of $100-$1,000, or both.

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