Teen arrested for lying about runaway girl


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested after allegedly lying to officers about the whereabouts of a runaway juvenile.

Trey Amadeus Johnson, 19, of Buckhannon, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, obstructing an officer and underage consumption of alcohol, all misdemeanors.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Lt. Doug Loudin went to a residence on Oklahoma Avenue and found Johnson with a runaway juvenile who had been gone since Dec. 24, 2017, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Johnson allegedly initially lied to Loudin, saying she was not in the residence, but Loudin found her hiding in the bathroom. Johnson allegedly admitted to consuming a shot of liquor and a shot of vodka.  A portable breathalyzer registered a .012 blood alcohol concentration.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $25,000 — $20,000 surety and $5,000 cash.

In a separate case, Michael Crytser, 32, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, Loudin and Chief Matt Gregory responded to a suspicious person call at Hardees and began talking to Crytser, who was staggering and swaying, to find out who he was. While talking to the officers, a black object allegedly fell out of Crytser’s hoodie pocket. Loudin picked it up and found three small baggies with a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Possession of a controlled substance carries a possible penalty of imprisonment for 90 days to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Coffman set bond at $5,000.

In Upshur County court news, Evan Wright, 24, of Morgantown, pleaded guilty to forgery, a felony. Wright admitted to preparing a bank check number on the account of his parents to use the money to buy opioid pills.

Per an agreement with the prosecuting attorney, Wright’s guilty plea acceptance will be deferred for 36 months while Wright serves probation.

Judge Kurt Hall did not order restitution at the request of the victim. Wright was represented by attorney Jim Hawkins.

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