BUCKKHANNON — A Lewis County man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a woman with whom he was in a relationship with.
On Oct. 5, Gary Lee Nelson, 40, allegedly threatened to kill the woman while reaching for and patting his pocket which contained a knife, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The altercation was due to the defendant allegedly wanting to take the victim to Florida against her will. The victim feared for her life, fled from the defendant and contacted law enforcement.
Nelson was arrested for domestic assault, third offense, a felony.
Deputy Tyler Gåordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000. If convicted, Nelson faces confinement of one to five years and the court may impose a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000.
In a separate case, Kelli Ann Villagomez, 37, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, a misdemeanor.
On Oct. 4, Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor and Patrolman Tanner Collins of the Buckhannon Police Department were investigating an open dump behind the trade school. They observed a female walking out of the woods from the trail they were on and stopped her because she was trespassing on the tracks.
O’Connor found an active capias for Villagomez out of Kanawha County. After receiving that information, O’Connor asked if she had any weapons in her bag. Villagomez said no but told the officer he could look through the bag.
Villagomez admitted to having marijuana in the front pocket. O’Connor found a bag of marijuana weighing 3.6 grams and a marijuana bowl.
Coffman set bond at $4,000.
If convicted, Villagomez faces imprisonment of not less than 90 days nor more than six months and/or fined not more than $1,000.
In a separate case, Ashley Bennett, 32, of Buckhannon, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, driving revoked for DUI and no insurance, all misdemeanors stemming from leaving the scene of an accident on Sept. 21 on the Old Elkins Road, according to the criminal complaint.
Corporal Roy Moss with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police is the investigating officer. He found an unoccupied silver Dodge Neon that had impacted a grape over an embankment on the north side of the Old Elkins Road.
An investigation led Moss to arrest Bennett who admitted that she had served to miss a deer and had left the scene because she did not want to go to jail and lose her children.
The damage to the grape arbor is estimated at over $1,000.
Coffman set bond at $9,000.