Man faces felony for texting photo to teen


BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man has been arrested for allegedly texting an inappropriate picture to a 14-year-old juvenile.

Joshua Allen Frame, 19, of Rock Cave, was arrested for distribution and display of obscene matter to a juvenile, a felony, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Frame allegedly sent an obscene picture to a 14-year-old female despite knowing her age. Frame told the female he was drunk and to not tell anyone, according to the criminal complaint.

Deputy Tyler Chidester with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $15,000 surety and $10,000 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Frame faces confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years, and/or a fine of not more than $25,000.

In other crime news:

* On July 29,  Buckhannon Patrolman Charles S. Criss III received a call from the comm center  about an older Dodge pick-up driving recklessly in the Walmart parking lot. Criss saw the vehicle pull into the Sheetz parking lot but the driver, later identified as Caleb Moul, 23, had already gotten out of vehicle and was walking towards Sheetz. Criss talked to two subjects in the vehicle and learned the driver was Moul.

A witness told Criss that Moul walked into Sheetz and then ran out the other enter entrance towards the woodline behind Sheetz.

Other law enforcement units arrived to help.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Doddridge County.

Moul was arraigned on the charge in Harrison County along with another charge he was facing from a separate fleeing incident in Harrison County last week. Harrison Magistrate Keith Marple set bond at $10,000 for the reckless fleeing charge and $15,000 on the Upshur County charge of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, according to the Exponent-Telegram article.

* Jesse Todd Miller, 31, of Buckhannon, was arrested on a domestic battery warrant dating back to April 14. On that date, Miller allegedly struck the victim in the face, causing her lip to bleed, according to the criminal complaint in the magistrate clerk’s office. The victim and Miller lived together at the time the incident occurred.

Deputy Seth Cutright with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer.

Domestic battery first offense, a misdemeanor, carries a possible sentence of not more than a year in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500.

Coffman set bond at $6,000 — $3,000 public recognizance and $3,000 surety and ordered Miller to have no contact with the alleged victim.

* Tristan Runner, 22, of French Creek, was arrested for obstructing an officer, driving suspended or revoked and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

On March 15, Runner allegedly lied to Chidester about a passenger in her vehicle being someone named “R.J.” However, the passenger was recognized by Chidester as being Josh Langbein, who was wanted on a parole violation.

A capias had been issued for Runner when she did not appear as notified by the court.

On Aug. 16, deputy Tyler Gordon initiated a traffic stop on a silver Subaru sedan for a detective taillight and suspicious that Runner, the driver and owner of the vehicle, possessed a suspended driver’s license. Runner granted consent for the officer to search the vehicle and Gordon found 39 prescription pills engraved 651 and two pills marked LT 175 inside Runner’s purse. The name on the bottle had been scratched off and the other two pills were prescribed to Runner’s mother, according to the criminal complaint.

Coffman set bond at $3,500.

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