BUCKHANNON — Two people received multiple charges and both are being held on large bonds following an incident in Upshur County. Miranda Kuhens, age 25 of Mannington, W.Va. and William Lee Baker Jr., age 44 with no address listed, were taken into custody on Tuesday, November 8.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Collins, a call came in from the Upshur County Emergency Communications Center on Tuesday, November 8, regarding a stolen truck, a red F-250 and people engaged in an argument at a camp on Juniper Lane.
The report noted that when Deputy Collins arrived on scene, he observed a red F-250 matching the description of the stolen truck. Deputy Collins also noticed that the front door was cracked open at the residence and he knocked on the door and announced, “Sheriff’s Department.”
Deputy Collins then heard motion inside and noticed a female coming through another door inside. Deputy Collins then ordered them out of the residence and cleared the residence to make sure no one else was inside. The male and female present were identified as William Lee Baker Jr. and Miranda Kuhens. Both Kuhens and Baker Jr. told Deputy Collins that they allegedly had permission to stay at the camp. The deputy had the tag and vin number ran through Comms Center, who confirmed the truck was the stolen vehicle in question.
At this point, both Kuhens and Baker Jr. were arrested and in a post Miranda interview, had allegedly stated that they were picked up and given a ride to Upshur County by another male and female named Steven Bunell and Amanda Powell. Baker Jr. stated that he gave Bunell 20 dollars and “got him high” for the ride and that he overheard Bunell and Powell arguing over the truck.
Baker Jr. also stated that Bunell had said that he could not take the truck back to Fairmont because people had seen them driving it. Baker Jr. and Kuhens kept telling Deputy Collins that they did not know the truck was stolen when they were at the cabin.
Baker Jr. and Kuhens have each been charged with Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Felony and Possession of Stolen Goods. Baker Jr. and Kuhens are currently incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail, with matching bonds of $75,000 cash only.