Man arrested for domestic assault


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Sunday afternoon on a $50,000 bond stemming from a domestic incident.

Jesse Todd Miller, 31, of Buckhannon, was arrested for domestic assault and unlawful restraint, both misdemeanors.

The victim told deputy Tyler Gordon that she and Miller had an argument and she attempted to leave their residence on Boulder Lane to get away from Miller.

Miller allegedly tackled the victim in the driveway of the residence, stopping her from leaving against her will, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

“The defendant did cause physical injury and pain by forcing the victim to the ground outside of her residence,” Gordon stated in the complaint.

Gordon photographed abrasion wounds on the knees and elbows of the victim consistent with the victim’s statement.

Miller and the victim lived together and participated in an intimate relationship.

At the time the incident occurred, Miller was on bond for a domestic battery charge and was on a bond restriction to have no contact with the victim. The victim told Gordon she keeps letting Miller back in due to being “frightened.”

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000 - $10,000 cash and $40,000 surety.

Domestic battery carries a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and/or fined not more than $500 while unlawful restraint

In a separate case, Zachary Ryan Troupe Jr., 28, of Grantsville, was arrested for petit larceny, a misdemeanor, stemming from a June 8 incident. Cpl. Marshall O’Connor from the Buckhannon Police Department responded to Rent-A-Center for a stolen property complaint and observed surveillance footage of the incident. While someone was applying to purchase, Troup walked  into the back of a store with a 70-piece tool set and then into the bathroom with the tool set. A short while later, Troup walked out of the bathroom without the tool set and Rent-A-Center manager found the empty tool set case under the sink.

Troup was wearing a back-pack that he was adjusting while  walking out of the store, according to the criminal complaint. The tool set was valued at $51.98.

Bond was set at $2,50. If convicted, Troup faces confinement in jail for one year or a fine not to exceed $2,500 or both.

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