by Bob Fala
* A Hernshaw man faces a charge of wanton endangerment after he allegedly fired shots into a car and injured another man, according to a report filed by Deputy B.G. Browning of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Michael Sean Ritenour, 36, was arrested Aug. 31.
Browning responded to a shots fired call in Nellis, where Sean Meadows was found bleeding from his mouth and the back of his head, according to the report.
Browning also noticed that Meadows’ car had been destroyed. All of its windows and lights had been busted out. At least one window and all four tires had been shot out. There also was a bullet hole above the back driver’s side window, according to the report.
Meadows told Browning he was passed out in the vehicle when Ritenour began shooting it. Meadows told Browning that Ritenour “busted his teeth out of his mouth.” The victim also thought one of the bullets grazed him in the back of his head, according to the report.
Browning and Corporal Mark Parsons apprehended Ritenour at the top of Lynn’s Creek Mountain and retrieved two nine-millimeter pistols from him, according to the report. Ritenour admitted he had used the guns to shoot Meadows’ vehicle.
Ritenour accused Meadows of stealing from his home the previous night and cited that as his motive, according to the report.
Ritenour faces one to five years in prison if convicted. He also could be fined $250 to $2,500.
* A Seth man faces a malicious wounding charge after he allegedly struck another man in the face with a rock “from a very close distance,” according to a report filed by Deputy E.C. Eversole of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Ryan Scott Smith, 19, was arrested Aug. 23, one day after the incident occurred.
Smith’s arrest stems from a fight he had with Christopher Harper at Prenter.
Harper was approaching Smith to talk to him, and Smith hit Harper with a rock, according to the report.
Eversole observed a laceration on Harper’s left cheek that was “approximately two inches long and very deep into the flesh,” according to the report. The victim also complained about injuries to his teeth and jaw. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Smith faces two to 10 years in prison if convicted.
* A Seth man faces third-degree arson charges after he allegedly set fire to an automobile, according to a report filed by Deputy E.C. Eversole of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Curtis Wayne Adkins Jr., 29, was arrested Aug. 20.
The incident occurred May 30 and involved a car - a 1990 Oldsmobile - owned by Jeremy Workman, according to the police report.
Workman and his girlfriend, Valerie Ramey, returned to Mill Branch Road in Racine, where they found his car on fire, according to the police report. Workman and Ramey also noticed Adkins hiding in the weeds behind the burning car. When he saw them, he fled into the woods.
Workman and Ramey said Adkins repeatedly had threatened to burn their property because of an altercation, according to the police report.
Adkins faces one to three years in prison if convicted.
* A Madison man was arrested for and charged with third-offense driving under the influence (DUI), according to a report filed by Trooper S.M. Boyles of the West Virginia State Police.
The incident occurred on Aug. 16, when Greg Allen Hicks, 50, was driving an all-terrain vehicle on W.Va. 85 from Uneeda toward Price Hill, according to the police report.
Boyles was traveling east on the road when he noticed Hicks, whom the trooper said was having difficulty keeping the four-wheeler off the blacktop, according to the police report.
Boyles stopped Hicks and asked him to get off the four-wheeler, according to the police report. When Hicks attempted to do so, he fell to the ground.
Hicks told Boyles he had drank six beers a few hours before the traffic stop, according to the police report. Boyles noticed Hicks had blood-shot eyes and slurred speech.
Boyles tried to perform the horizontal gaze nystagmus test on Hicks, but the defendant couldn’t stand on his own, according to the police report.
Hicks’ blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.257, according to the police report. The legal limit in West Virginia is 0.08.
Hicks faces one to three years in prison if convicted. The judge also could impose a fine between $3,000 and $5,000.
* A Jeffrey man faces a breaking and entering charge after he allegedly broke into a gas station, according to a report filed by Deputy B.G. Browning.
Wootson Tony Wilson, 23, was arrested Aug. 20.
The incident occurred Aug. 19, when Wilson admittedly broke into Frankie’s Marathon Station and stole approximately $50, which he returned to Browning, according to the report.
Wilson faces one to 10 years in prison if convicted.
* A Sylvester man faces an armed robbery charge after he allegedly tried to rob a Kanawha County bar at gunpoint, according to a report filed by Deputy B.K. Carper of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.
Arlie Ray Staley, 36, was arrested Aug. 7, two days after the incident.
The complainants said Staley entered the business and approached the counter with a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, according to the report. “I need some money,” he allegedly told them.
“The victims gave the suspect a money bag and the suspect then asked for the green bag,” Carper wrote in his report. “The complainant gave the suspect an empty green bag. The complainant stated that the suspect was dissatisfied with the empty bag. The complainant then opened the safe to show the suspect that there was no money in the safe. The suspect fled the scene.”
According to the report, witnesses were able to provide the police with important identifying information — the suspect’s first name, his attire (a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and camouflauge hunting mask) and the fact that he has a “24” tattoo on the web of his left hand — that led to his capture.
Staley faces no less than 10 years in prison if convicted.
* A Michigan man faces a charge of false pretense after he allegedly failed to provide a vehicle to a Boone County man who had paid for it, according to a report filed by Corporal J.L. Joyce of the West Virginia State Police.
The victim paid $4,000 via Western Union to Terrence Talley for a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on July 10, but he never received the car.
Talley, 35, of Bellville, Mich., remains in Southwestern Regional Jail.
Talley faces one to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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