BUCKHANNON — A man was arrested Thursday for allegedly strangling another woman in the car he was riding in.
Christopher M. Confere, 20, of Buckhannon, was arrested for strangulation, a felony.
On June 7, Confere, the victim and another woman were riding in a vehicle and Confere allegedly grabbed the victim by the throat and strangled her for approximately two to three seconds, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The victim stated she hit Confere, who released his hold, but he then allegedly grabbed the victim’s hair and slammed her face into the edge of a partially open car window.
The victim suffered swelling, bruising and cuts around her eye, had redness on the right side of her neck and a scratch on the left side.
Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department is the investigating officer.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and ordered Confere to have no contact with the victim.
If convicted, Confere faces one to five years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.
In other crime news, two men were arrested for drug-related charges by the West Virginia State Police.
On Thursday, June 7, Sgt. K.W. Huddleston with the Sutton detachment of the WVSP was leaving his Upshur County residence and observed a black and orange Ford Mustang which appeared to be abandoned on private property, according to the criminal complaint.
After further examination, Huddleston spotted marijuana smoking pipes and what appeared to be marijuana in plain view. He went to the travel trailer parked adjacent to the Mustang and knocked on the door.
Timothy White, 37, of French Creek, answered the door, and another man, Franklin Lee Teft, 41, of Buckhannon, said the Mustang belonged to him. When Huddleston told Teft he needed to talk to him about drugs in the vehicle, Teft allegedly stated the vehicle did not belong to him, but to his son.
Teft admitted he did not have a driver’s license but had driven the Mustang, according to the file.
While in the doorway of the travel trailer, Huddleston observed a marijuana smoking pipe laying in plain view, and when he asked if there was anything illegal in the trailer, he was allegedly told there was a small amount of marijuana and pipes. Further questioning and investigation uncovered meth smoking devices, as well as a sizeable amount of meth, according to the criminal complaint.
Teft and White both allegedly admitted the meth belonged to both of them.
White and Teft were each arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.
Hurst set bond at $10,000 for each.
If convicted, White and Teft face imprisonment of not less than 90 days nor more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and a $50 to $500 fine and/or up to one year in jail for obstructing an officer.