by Bill Ellis
Charleston Police arrested three people in a sting operation meant to target local escort services, according to published reports.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported that police charged the following people with soliciting prostitution and providing transportation for prostitution: Bobbie Jo Rastle, 38, of Charleston; William Charles Harper, 39, of Charleston; and Machelle Hughes, 28, of Seth.
Each charges carries up to 30 days in jail, court costs and fines, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department. The sting was conducted by the department's Special Enforcement Unit.
Several online escort service Web sites also were targeted, according to the department. The online Web sites offered males and females for prostitution purposes in Charleston, according to the release.
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A Gordon man faces a felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm (convicted felon), according to Boone County Magistrate Court documents.
The incident occurred on Nov. 3 and involved Jimmy Lee Green, 44, according to a police report filed by Deputy E.C. Eversole of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Eversole was dispatched by Boone 911 to a report of a domestic dispute between the suspect and his father, Tommy Green, according to the report. The officer met the victim at Little General in Van.
The victim told the officer that the suspect, whom he claims was extremely intoxicated, came inside his house and threatened to kill him, then forced him outside of his home, according to the report.
The victim told the officer that the suspect had threatened to take one of the loaded guns inside the home and kill him with it, according to the report. The victim also said there was a loaded handgun under a pillow in the living room and a loaded sawed-off shotgun in the window of the living room next to the handgun.
Eversole and Deputy B.G. Browning responded to the residence, according to the report. They found the suspect asleep in a chair in the living room, where both loaded guns and a large amount of ammunition were located.
The officers retrieved a criminal history on Green, who previously was convicted of a pair of felonies — breaking and entering and possession with intent to deliver narcotics.
Although he argued with them and resisted arrest, Eversole and Browning took Green into custody.
Green remains in Southwestern Regional Jail.
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A Ridgeview man faces a felony charge of daytime burglary, according to Boone County Magistrate Court documents.
The incident occurred on Oct. 26 and involved Mark Matthew Kinder II, 20, according to a police report filed by Deputy E.E. Arthur of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Arthur and Sergeant D.R. Browning were dispatched to Dickens Road in Nellis, where they spoke with a witness, Ray Holstein, and the victim, Russell Hager, according to the report.
The witness told the deputies that he saw Kinder coming out of the victim’s home with some of the victim’s property, according to the report.
When the victim came home, he noticed a Pioneer car stereo, an amp and some compact discs were missing from his residence, according to the report.
Arthur and Browning located Kinder a short time later and he confessed to the crime, according to the report.
Two other witnesses, Larry Dingess and Denna Linville, told the deputies that the suspect came to their home trying to sell the stereo and amp, according to the report.
Kinder faces one to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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An Ashford man faces 12 felony charges stemming from a pair of incidents, according to Boone County Magistrate Court documents.
The suspect is Benjamin John Mooney, 30, according to police reports filed by Trooper First Class L.J. McClung of the West Virginia State Police and Deputy E.E. Arthur of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Mooney faces 11 charges from the first incident, which occurred on Oct. 10 — three counts of burglary, three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering, one count of breaking and entering and one count of destruction of property, according to McClung’s report.
Mooney faces one charge from the second incident, which occurred on Oct. 17 — enter without breaking, according to Arthur’s report.
In the first incident, McClung and Sergeant M. LaFauci responded to Ashford to check on a complaint from the victim, Linda Barker, according to the report. Barker said Mooney, who is her son, broke into her home by prying open and kicking in the door, then stole three checks from her check book and forged them.
McClung spoke with employees at the E-Mart at Ashford and they told her Mooney came into the store and cashed a $100 check on Oct. 10, according to the report. Mooney came into the store and tried to cash another $100 check on Oct. 11, but they couldn’t cash it because there wasn’t enough money in the drawer. So, he gave them a $60 check to cash.
Roger Barker, who is the husband of the victim, told the troopers that Mooney also broke into their residence on Oct. 11-12, when he stole a video camera and digital camera, according to the report. Mooney then sold the video camera to Barbara Kirk, of Ashford.
The Barkers told the officers they questioned Mooney about the incidents and he confessed to committing the burglaries, according to the report.
The Barkers contacted the officers again on Oct. 15 to report that Mooney had broken into their outbuilding and attempted to steal their four-wheeler but was unable to get it out of the building, according to the report. However, the four-wheeler was badly damaged. Also, various parts were stolen from the four-wheeler and various tools where taken from the building.
Mooney faces one to 10 years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines for the destruction of property charge; one to 10 years in prison for each of the burglary charges; one to 10 years in prison for each of the forgery charges; one to 10 years and up to $5,000 in fines for each of the uttering charges; and one to 10 years in prison or up to one year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for the breaking and entering charge if convicted.
In the second incident, Arthur was dispatched to Epling Hollow at Ashford in response to a possible burglary, according to the report.
Arthur arrived and interviewed the victim, Christina Jarrell, according to the report. Jarrell told Arthur that when she exited a bedroom and entered the kitchen of her home, she saw the defendant standing in her living room bent over the coffee table.
Mooney had Jarrell’s medication in his hands, according to the report. Jarrell yelled at Mooney and told him to leave, but he refused. He left, however, when she called 911.
Jarrell told Arthur that her purse and its contents — a checkbook, two credit cards, change and personal items — were missing from her home, according to the report.
Mooney faces one to 10 years in prison for the enter without breaking charge, according to the report.
Mooney remains in South Central Regional Jail.
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A South Charleston man faces felony charges of destruction of property and grand larceny, according to Boone County Magistrate Court documents.
The incident occurred on Oct. 12 and involved Hassel Lee Tyler, 68, according to a police report filed by Corporal G.L. Cook of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement.
Conservation officers last month were investigating allegations that Tyler was illegally feeding and trapping bear in Boone County, north of the left fork of Bull Creek, when they found a homemade trap, according to the report.
The trap was 3 feet high, 3 feet wide and 8 feet long, according to the report. It was made of livestock fencing, rebar, angle iron, cable and iron pipe. Much of it was welded together, and there was a chain and a Hampton lock holding the door open. There also were some sticks wedged in the top.
The trap was baited with various types of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, including glazed, glazed and raspberry-filled, and chocolate-covered and creme-filled, according to the report.
Conversation officers placed a First Witness Guardian 2000 hidden camera and recorder — valued at more than $4,500 — at the trap to video tape the feeding, trapping and hunting by the aid of bait, according to the report.
On Oct. 12, conservation officers checked the site for activity and the status of the camera and recorder, according to the report. As they were leaving the area, at 3:18 p.m., they saw Tyler traveling off the road on his all-terrain vehicle and entering the trail that led to the trap.
On Oct. 13, conservation officers returned to the location to monitor the area for persons hunting, entering the site or leaving it before dawn, according to the report, but no one entered or exited the site. They traveled to the trap, where they discovered the camera had been discovered and destroyed. The batteries were removed from a transmitter and the recorder was stolen.
Cook interviewed Tyler that evening, according to the report. Tyler admitted to Cook he had traveled to the site that afternoon to check his stand and had seen three individuals, who were conservation officers. Tyler also said he knew about the trap, which he called a coyote trap. He said he placed doughnuts in the area at his stand to catch coyotes.
Tyler voluntarily escorted Cook into his garage, where the officer observed approximately 100 boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, including 45 empty boxes, according to the report. Tyler voluntarily gave Cook the empty boxes.
Cook obtained a search warrant for Tyler's residence and found a Hampton key that opened the lock on the trap, according to the report.
Tyler was arrested on Oct. 22, according to the report.
Tyler faces one to 10 years in prison or a fine of no more than $2,500 for the destruction of property charge and one to 10 years or a fine of no more than $2,500 and a sentence of no more than one year for the grand larceny charge if convicted.
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A Jeffrey woman faces a felony charge of concealing a deceased human body, according to Boone County Magistrate Court documents.
The incident occurred on Oct. 10 and involved Marsha Marie Bias, 35, according to a police report filed by Senior Trooper C.H. Mitchell of the West Virginia State Police.
David William Hunter, 56, of Seth, faces the same charge, which stems from the same incident.
Hunter and Bias conspired to conceal the deceased body of Sheila Sanders, according to the report.
Sanders, 44, of Madison, died of an overdose at Hunter’s home, Mitchell wrote in the report. Hunter and Bias then decided to take Sanders’ body to Clear Creek in Raleigh County, where they disposed it.
Mitchell found Sanders in her automobile in a wooded area of Clear Creek off W.Va. 1 on Oct. 12, according to the report.
Mitchell interviewed Bias on Oct. 16 and Bias gave Mitchell a taped statement detailing the alleged incident, according to the report.
Bias faces a sentence between one and five years and a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 if convicted.
Bias remains in Southern Regional Jail. Hunter remains in Southwestern Regional Jail.
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A Jeffrey man faces felony charges of forgery, uttering and petit larceny-second offense, according to Boone County Magistrate Court documents.
The incident occurred on Sept. 24 and involved George Jason Grimes, 33, according to a police report filed by Corporal J.L. Joyce of the West Virginia State Police.
The suspect forged the signature of Debbie Grimes on a check for $50 and uttered it at Frankie's Marathon Station near Ramage, according to the report.
The check was stolen from Debbie Grimes' residence at Hewett Creek near Jeffrey.
George Grimes has a previous conviction for petit larceny, from an incident that occurred in Kanawha County on April 2, 2003.
Grimes faces one to 10 years in prison for the forgery charge, one to 10 years for the uttering charge and up to one year for the petit larceny-second offense charge if convicted.
Grimes remains in Southwestern Regional Jail.
— Compiled by Jacob Messer, managing editor
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