WVSP arrest woman for domestic battery incident


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested for a domestic battery, a misdemeanor, after an incident Monday night.

Cpl. V.J. Pyles and Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette responded to a residence at Shawnee Drive for a call to remove a female occupant. The victim met officers at the front door and alleged that the mother of his child, Alexis Kelley, 18, was “going off in the residence, breaking items and had struck him about the face and upper body,” according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Kelley had locked herself in the bathroom when the state troopers made contact with her.

Kelley then allegedly threatened to injure the troopers and herself but was seated in the living room and placed in restraints. Kelley then allegedly tried to injure herself by slamming her head off the chair she was sitting in.

The victim told Pyles and Robinette that Kelley had been yelling at him and threw a cell phone and bowl of cereal at him. Further, Kelley had allegedly struck the victim in the face twice in the mouth and jaw area and “destroyed” the bedroom. Kelley also allegedly threatened to kill the victim.

Kelley was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital to be medically cleared and then to Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $5,000. If convicted, Kelley faces imprisonment for not more than 12 months and/or a fine of not more than $500.

In a separate incident, Patrick Wayne Gower, 34, of Jane Lew, was arrested for driving while license revoked for DUI second offense, no insurance, improper registration and no or expired motor vehicle inspection, all misdemeanors.

On Friday, Feb. 2, deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department observed a Jeep Cherokee traveling south on the Vicksburg Road with a defective passenger side tail light. The registration sticker should have appeared on a Ford Explorer. After turning east onto Holbrook Road, the vehicle was allegedly in the opposing lane of traffic, across the center double yellow line. Gordon initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Gower. Gower admitted his license had been revoked for DUI which was confirmed through Upshur 911. Gower had a prior conviction for driving while license revoked for DUI in Upshur County in November 2014.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $8,500 surety and $4,300 public recognizance.

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