Woman held on child neglect and drug charges

BUCKHANNON — A 38-year-old Buckhannon woman was taken into custody for multiple charges on Monday and remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.  Yetta Nell Carr was charged with possession of methamphetamine, battery on an officer, and child neglect creating risk of injury.

According to the Upshur County Magistrate Court Criminal Complaint, Deputy Tyler Gordon responded to a 911 call on April 22 regarding a juvenile female allegedly being made feel uncomfortable by a friend of her mother at 3228 Mt. Nebo Road.  The juvenile had left the residence and went to a nearby relative’s home to report the events. 

The report said upon opening the door to speak with the juvenile’s mother, Yetta Carr, the officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the residence.  The defendant was holding a one-year-old infant and reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana in front of the infant just prior to the officer’s arrival.  The deputy said Carr also appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. 

Court documents state that the defendant refused to allow the officer to search the residence, so he advised her the only other option was to obtain a search warrant.  At that time, the defendant said she would give the officer the weed bowl and roach inside the house.  According to the officer’s statement, he asked Carr to show him where they were located, but then a few steps into the residence, he said she changed her mind and turned, pushing the officer with one hand in the direction of the doorway. 

The officer then removed the infant from the defendant and placed her into custody.  According to the complaint, Carr then admitted to also using methamphetamine about four to five hours prior to the officer’s arrival and gave consent for him to search the residence.  The report said he discovered numerous drug paraphernalia, a large propane torch and a wooden box, which held a small baggie containing a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, on Carr’s bedside stand in the open area of her master bedroom. 

Michael Steven Brugnoli, 48, of Hebzibah was charged with DUI of controlled substance and driving while license revoked.  According to the Criminal Complaint, Deputy Tyler Gordon assisted Natural Resource Protection Officer Tanner Collins on a Sunday evening traffic stop at the intersection of WV Route 20 and Morris Street. 

Officer Collins said he observed Brugnoli’s vehicle nearly strike another vehicle in the opposing lane of WV Route 20, while he was traveling northbound.  The defendant’s behavior was reportedly unstable, lethargic, uncoordinated and drowsy.  The report said Brugnoli staggered several times and had trouble standing without obviously swaying.  The officers administered three standard field sobriety tests, in which the defendant reportedly displayed numerous signs of impairment. 

According to the officer’s report, the defendant stated he is prescribed Xanax or alprazolam and his wife stated she had given him one earlier in the afternoon.  The complaint also said Brugnoli was very uncooperative and aggressive at the time of his arrest.  The defendant also has a suspended driver’s license.

Brugnoli is presently being held at TVRJ in lieu of a $2,500 cash or surety bond for DUI of controlled substance and an additional $500 personal recognizance bond on the driving while license revoked charge.


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