Police arrest man for trying to strangle ex-girlfriend

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BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and trying to strangle her.
Garry William Moran II, 37, was arrested for daytime burglary, a felony; strangulation, a felony; and driving while revoked for DUI, first offense, two counts, both misdemeanors.
On Wednesday, Moran allegedly broke into the apartment and strangled his ex-girlfriend, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Lt. Doug Loudin with the Buckhannon Police Department stated that he observed marks on the victim’s neck and right eye and a large swollen welt on her left cheek.
“[The victim] was crying and visibly afraid [Moran] would come back,” Loudin wrote in the criminal complaint.  
A Be on the Lookout (BOLO) notice was issued for Moran in a 1995 gold Oldsmobile, and Cpl. Dewaine Linger with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop at Buckhannon McDonald’s. Moran allegedly admitted to Linger that he was driving revoked.
Officer Tanner Collins pulled Moran over on July 19, also near McDonalds, and Moran allegedly admitted to driving without a valid driver’s license. A records search showed that Moran was driving while revoked for driving under the influence.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $75,000 cash for the two felonies and $10,000 cash or surety for the misdemeanors. Moran was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
In a separate case, the Buckhannon Police Department made a drug-related arrest at the Buckhannon City Park Wednesday.
Thad Richard Marsh, 25, of Buckhannon, allegedly had three plastic baggies with 30 Clonazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance; a Schedule II controlled substance in a pill bottle prescribed to another individual; two hypodermic needles; and three plastic baggies, one of which had a white crystaline substance, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Marsh allegedly admitted to chief Matt Gregory Wednesday that he brought the Clonazepam into town with the intent to sell them. He was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000. If convicted, Marsh faces imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than three years and/or a fine of not more than $10,000.

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