BUCKHANNON — Two people were arrested for falsely reporting an emergency and tying up a state trooper for most of his shift.
Breanna Lee Poling, 20, of Buckhannon, and Betty Jo Reed, 41, of Buckhannon, were arrested for giving false information to a member of the West Virginia State Police, falsely reporting emergency incident and conspiracy, all misdemeanors.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, at about 2:30 p.m., Trooper First Class R.A. Moss and Cpl. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call at a residence on Little Sand Run Road and spoke with the caller, Poling, and her mother, Reed.
Reed allegedly claimed that her husband caused her physical pain and a specific bodily injury earlier in the day during an argument. Poling claimed to have witnessed a portion of the alteration, according to the criminal complaint.
After Reed’s husband had been detained, she then told Moss her claims were false and the injury was unrelated. Poling also said her statements were false.
The complaint interrupted Moss’s attempt to investigate a complex, time-sensitive, multi-county financial fraud case and consumed half of the Buckhannon detachment’s scheduled manpower for over half his shift, according to the criminal complaint. Caynor also devoted time to the matter beyond his shift and the claims required the attention of Moss’s supervisor and Upshur County officials, including a magistrate, prosecutor and assistant prosecutor.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000 each.
False reporting to a member of the West Virginia State Police carries a $25 to $200 fine and/or confinement in jail for not more than 60 days. Falsely reporting an emergency incident carries confinement in jail not more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $500. The penalty for misdemeanor conspiracy carries confinement in jail for not more than one year and/or a fine of .
In other crime news, Caleb Daugherty, 20, of Buckhannon, was arraigned Wednesday on his arrest for five felonies.
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Deputy Seth Cutright and Deputy Tyler Gordon conducted a traffic stop on a white Cavalier for improper registration, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Daugherty, who was the passenger, was taken into custody for a capias out of Lewis County. However, while Patrolman Joseph Barcus and Gordon were patting down Daugherty for officer safety, a loaded handgun was found concealed in the small of his back, according to the criminal complaint. Officers also found two bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine, one bag of nine pills believed to be Percocets, another container with one pill believed to be Percocet, a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine and LSD in a foil. Under the driver’s seat, a safe containing small baggies and a scale were found. Daugherty also had $270 in his possession.
Daugherty was arrested for being a prohibited person with a concealed firearm, possession of controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance Percocet and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, all felonies.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $150,000.
If convicted, Daugherty faces up to three years in a state correctional facility and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for being a prohibited person with a firearm; confinement of one to five years in the state penitentiary and/or a fine of not more than $15,000 for possession of a controlled substance (meth); confinement in the state penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000 for possession of a controlled substance (Percocet); and confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $10,000 for each count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
Charges are pending against the driver, Sara Bailey.