BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man allegedly took a truck from Jenkins Ford and returned it later in the night with damage to the vehicle and methamphetamine under the driver’s seat.
Donald Ray Tenney, 32, of French Creek was arrested Sept. 1 for unlawful taking of a vehicle, destruction of property and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, all misdemeanors.
On Aug. 29, Trooper First Class V.J. Pyles was advised that a vehicle had been stolen and returned to Jenkins Ford. He spoke with general manager Joey Jenkins.
Jenkins told Pyles that a black and tan 2017 F-160 4x4 crew cab pick-up valued at $61,060 was found covered in dust in its original parking space behind Jenkins Ford.
Further inspection revealed the driver’s side glass was damaged and the key holder — which contained the keys for the truck — had been removed.
Pyles observed extensive paint damage and damage to the door frame. He also noticed the outline of a West Virginia registration remained on the rear bumper, and an investigation showed the number belonged to Tenney for a Chrysler Town and Country van. The keys to the truck were located in the console of the vehicle, but the key safe has not been found.
Video surveillance showed a Town and Country van enter the Jenkins Ford lot, a man placing a registration tag on the pick-up truck and the truck leaving the lot. The truck was then returned at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the same date and the male driver removed the registration plate from the stolen truck and left in the van.
On Aug. 25, four days before the truck was stolen, Jenkins employees had found a hammer and screwdriver under the truck. Surveillance shows the same maroon Town and Country van enter the property and the male driver looking at trucks. However, a delivery driver entered the property and the van left.
A witness at Microtel alleged that Tenney left the hotel at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 and stated he was going to get a new vehicle.
Damage to the truck was estimated at $1,108 for parts alone. A quantity of methamphetamine was also located under the driver’s seat of the vehicle by Jenkins’ employees and turned over to Pyles.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $40,000 cash or surety and ordered Tenney to have no contact with Jenkins Ford.
If convicted, Tenney faces up to a $500 fine or confinement in jail for not more than six months, or both, for unlawful taking of a vehicle; confinement in jail for not more than one year and/or a fine of not more than $500 for destruction of property; and imprisonment of 90 days to six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
In other crime news:
p Dusty A. Turner, 47, of Ireland, W.Va., was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony, stemming from a traffic stop on July 3.
Deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on a white Jeep Wrangler after observing the vehicle failed to yield to a stop sign when existing the Salem Ridge Road onto Route 30 South in Rock Cave.
When Gordon made contact with Turner, the driver, he learned that Turner did not have a valid driver’s license, there was no insurance on the vehicle and the registration plate belonged to another vehicle.
During a search, Gordon located a marijuana smoking device and a methamphetamine smoking device, a blue container containing $164, approximately 3.5 grams of crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and three unused plastic baggies, according to the criminal complaint.
Hurst set bond at $50,000.
If convicted, Turner faces imprisonment for one to 15 years and/or a fine of not more than $25,000.
p Michael Paul Wagoner, 27, of Buckhannon, was arrested for driving while license revoked for non-DUI seventh offense, DUI first offense, failure to maintain control and destruction of property, all misdemeanors.
The charges stem from a hit and run on Aug. 27 in which Wagoner allegedly crashed into a tree, reversed the vehicle and parked it at 15 Henry St. and then fled the scene, according to the criminal complaint. Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor stated that in the process of fleeing, Wagoner allegedly met up with a woman carrying a blue bag. Cpl. Theron Caynor and Deputy Tyler Chidester with the sheriff’s department located a male matching the description of the driver and a female with a blue bag walking on the railroad tracks off of Route 20 and a witnessed identified Wagoner as being the male from the accident.
Wagoner allegedly appeared to be intoxicated and had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol on his breath. Wagoner allegedly admitted to consuming three or four Bud Ices before the accident occurred and said he was inside the vehicle at the time of the wreck, but he denied being the driver.
However, the vehicle inspection indicated only one person was in the vehicle at the time of the accident since only the driver-side airbag deployed. The witness also stated only one person matching Wagoner’s description was seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing the area. Standard field sobriety tests were not administrated due to possible injuries, but Wagoner consented to a blood draw.
Lt. Doug Loudin also arrested Wagoner for a possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, charge from Aug. 23 at Buckhannon City Park.
Hurst set bond at $7,000 cash or surety and a $500 personal recognizance bond for all the charges.
p Blade Donovan Powers, 19, of Wytheville, Va., was arrested for domestic battery and domestic assault, both misdemeanors. On Aug. 28, Patrolman Tanner Collins with the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a 911 call that there was a woman at St. Joseph’s Hospital who had been involved in a domestic altercation, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Collins located the victim, who allegedly said Powers grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against a wall, then pushed her down, grabbed her arm and wrapped his arms around her upper stomach and dug his chin into her neck.
The victim had a bruise on her shin, a red mark behind her left ear, a skin tear on her right elbow and a skin abrasion on her right foot.
Powers also allegedly followed the victim to St. Joseph’s Hospital and told her that if she told the cops he would beat her to death, according to the criminal complaint.
Powers was arraigned before Hurst, who set bond at $60,000 cash or surety.
If convicted, Powers faces confinement in jail for up to a year and/or a fine of not more than $500 for domestic battery and up to six months in jail and/or a fine of not more than $100 for domestic assault.