Police have busy weekend

By Amanda Hayes

Senior Staff Writer

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for several offenses after he fled from officers Sunday night.

Samuel Thomas Workman, 29, was arrested for domestic battery third offense, a felony, and four misdemeanors: obstructing an officer, two counts; possession of controlled substance, two counts; fleeing on foot; and battery on an officer.

On Dec. 3, Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette and Cpl. V.J. Pyles with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police observed a black pick-up truck traveling north on Route 20 with an obstructed registration. The vehicle turned onto Route 33 West and the state troopers caught up to the vehicle and activated their emergency lights near the intersection of Route 33 and Brushy Fork Road, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

The vehicle turned right onto Brushy Fork Crossing and the troopers were able to see the registration number, which was supposed to be a on a Mazada Tribute and not the Ford Ranger.

When the troopers approached the vehicle, a man exited the passenger side. Pyles and Robinette told the man, later identified as Workman, to get back in the vehicle. However, Workman fled on foot towards the High Life Lounge, pursued by the state troopers. When Workman fell after crossing the railroad tracks, Robinette grabbed him and tried to place him into custody, but Workman did not comply initially. Workman was eventually placed into constraints and troopers allegedly found 4.5 grams of marijuana and 1 gram of meth on him.

After Pyles returned to the vehicle, Workman allegedly became combative again and Robinette took him to the ground in order to regain control, according to the criminal complaint. Workman then allegedly spit and kicked the trooper in the face, injuring his upper lip area and slightly injuring his hand.

Workman told the state troopers he ran because he knew he was wanted on a warrant.

That warrant was for third or subsequent offense domestic battery, a felony, that was alleged to have occurred Oct. 30. In that case, Sheriff’s deputies Tyler Chidester and Seth Cutright responded to a call of Workman allegedly cutting the tires on Robert Taylor’s Chevy Silverado and attempting to kick in the door of a residence belonging to another person there. Workman allegedly put a female victim in fear for her safety and the safety of her child during the attempt to gain entry into the residence. Workman has three previous domestic battery convictions with the third being in June 2016.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $100,000 — $25,000 cash and $75,000 surety — and ordered Workman to have no contact with the victim or to be at Valley Green Apartments.

In another case, Christopher Wayne Casto, 39, of Walkersville, was arrested for shoplifting third offense, a felony, from Ace Hardware on Black Friday. Robinette, the investigating officer, said he received several calls following the publication of a surveillance photo from people who recognized Casto.

Video surveillance showed Casto allegedly stealing two hammers valued at $34.99 each, one tape measure valued at $19.99, one pair of work gloves valued at $22.99 and two packs of utility blades valued at $1.99.

Casto was already incarcerated in the Central Regional Jail for another offense at the time he was arrested for shoplifting third offense.

Coffman set bond at $10,000.

The Buckhannon Police Department arrested three individuals on drug-related charges.

Nicole Yvonne Crumley, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, and conspiracy, all felonies.

Bradley Wayne McCauley, 35, of Buckhannon, was arrested for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, a felony.

In October and November, Cpl. Darin Hissam and Sgt. William Courtney conducted a controlled drug buy utilizing a confidential informant. Crumley allegedly sold .6 grams of methamphetamine for $120 and a gram of marijuana for $10 to the confidential informant. McCauley allegedly used a cell phone to arrange for Crumley to deliver the meth and marijuana to the confidential informant.

Coffman set bond at $50,000 for Crumley and $10,00 for McCauley.

Bruce Lee Wilmoth, 27, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. In June 2017, Sgt. William Courtney and Patrolman Tanner Collins conducted a controlled buy in which a confidential informant allegedly purchased two grams of marijuana from Wilmoth within 1,000 feet of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Coffman set bond at $75,000.

In another separate case, Alexis Dawn Kelley, 27, of Buckhannon, was arrested for two counts of domestic battery by TFC R.A. Moss with the Buckhannon detachment of the WVSP.

On Dec. 2, Moss responded to a domestic call on Fontana Loop and learned that Kelley allegedly struck her grandmother in the left eye and grabbed her mother’s hair, struck her in the face and grabbed her around the neck, according to the criminal complaint.

Coffman set bond at $10,000.

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