Busy Morgan County Grand Jury indicts 34
Thirty-four people were indicted by the Morgan County Grand Jury on Tuesday, January 8, for felony charges ranging from manufacturing explosives to sexually molesting children and abusing elderly persons.
Most of those indicted were arraigned be-fore Circuit Judge Michael Lorensen on Mon-day, January 14. At that time, they entered pleas and trial dates and bonds were set.
Matthew D. Smith, 33, of Long Hollow Lane, Great Cacapon, was indicted for possession and manufacture of explosive material without a permit, and for six misdemeanor violations of the State Fire Code.
Smith allegedly made explosives with intent to sell them to police in a case that has been under investigation since the late summer of 2011.
David A. Lewis, 56, currently in the Eastern Regional Jail, was indicted for three counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and three counts of first degree sexual abuse.
Lewis allegedly molested an 11-year-old girl in his care from August to December 2011.
Kelly J. King, 42, of Sunburst Gardens Drive, Waynesboro, Pa. was indicted for burglary, domestic assault, battery, brandishing a weapon and destruction of property.
King allegedly broke into a home, attacked a man with a knife and physically attacked another person last August.
James M. Eaton, 34, of Paw Paw Road, Paw Paw, was indicted for abuse of an elderly person and destruction of property.
Eaton is accused of using a cane and his fists to abuse an elderly man under his care in July. During the incident, he allegedly broke the cane, which belonged to the victim.
Neil W. Hershey, 51, of Calypso Trail, Great Cacapon, was indicted for abuse of an incapacitated adult, financial exploitation of an elderly person, domestic battery and domestic assault.
Hershey is accused of physically abusing his mother, pushing her to the floor, breaking her hip, and threatening her in incidents last April and May. He is also accused of illegally exploiting her for $1000.
Donald L. Ricci, 70, of Treeline Lane, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for counts of wanton endangerment. He allegedly endangered two individuals and the general public with a weapon.
Child neglect charges
Nancy Estelle McCarter, 33, of Lofty Lane, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for child neglect causing injury and for delivery of a controlled substance.
McCarter allegedly allowed a 15-year-old minor in her custody to smoke blueberry potpourri she ordered over the internet last April. The youth was later treated at Winchester Medical Center.
Robert Leon Kelley III, 25, of Norris Avenue, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for two counts of child neglect. He is accused of leaving a young child alone at home near knives. The child was later found walking down the street.
Burglary & theft
Jessie R. Cain, 28, currently in jail, was indicted for three counts grand larceny and single counts of burglary, joyriding and breaking and entering.
Cain allegedly stole more than $17,000 worth of gold jewelry and tools from a relative, as well as joyriding in a stolen Cadillac in September. The gold was said to be later sold at the Martinsburg Mall.
Cody Allen Carlisle, 20, of Murphy Road, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for the felony of grand larceny and the misdemeanor of petit larceny, as well as conspiracy in each case.
Carlisle allegedly stole a Honda 4-wheeler as well as eight guardrails off private property and later sold the guardrails for $60 scrap in September.
Scott A. Mullen, 38, of Mullen Lane, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for possession of stolen property. He allegedly stole a Honda dirt bike last April.
In the same case, Welden T. Ryan, 24, of Murphy Road, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for transferring stolen property – the dirt bike – and grand larceny.
Three people were indicted for stealing copper wire from CSX railroad property. They were:
—Kirk E. Danfelt, 44, currently in jail, indicted for grand larceny, conspiracy and attempted grand larceny.
—Kevin L. Dunn Jr. 23, of Pulaski Street, Cumberland, Md., indicted for grand larceny, and conspiracy.
—Patricia A. Johnson, 40, of Wayne Road, Chambersburg, Pa,, indicted for grand larceny and conspiracy.
Fraud & forgery
Roni Kesner, 48, of Emily Drive, Paw Paw, was indicted for embezzlement and fraudulent schemes. She is accused of embezzling more than $1,000 by voiding sales and taking the overage between January and September, 2012.
Christine M. Alexander, 27, now in jail, was indicted for three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering (passing a forged document) and two counts of identity theft, as well as for simple possession and false swearing, all in December.
Kimberly D. Nixon, 47, of Martin Lane, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for fraudulent schemes. She allegedly committed check fraud of more than $1,000.
Deborah Ann Guinta, 50, of Finch Drive, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for forgery and uttering for allegedly forging a note from a doctor to keep a minor out of school.
Guinta was also indicted for embezzling money from an estate.
Robert Edward Rose III, 33, of Orchard Drive, Ranson, was indicted for two felony counts of failure to update sex offender registry information and of misdemeanor possession of marijuana (second offense).
Tina Rene Chambers, 35, of Birch Grove, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for two counts of possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance. Drugs allegedly involved were oxymorphone, Amphetamine and saboxone.
In a separate case, Chambers was indicted for financial exploitation of an elderly person. Luca Deluca, 31, in prison, indicted for conspiracy and delivery of cocaine on September 21.
John E. Arrington, Jr, 42, currently in jail, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana), driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages (second offense) and driving while his license was revoked for DUI in November.
Alan S. Ball 24, of Independence Street, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for manufacture of controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and simple possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of growing mushrooms and possessing marijuana.
Frank W. Harrold, 24, currently in jail, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) in August.
Richard M. Cole II, 20, currently in jail, was indicted for manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana) and conspiracy with Joseph Farrell to grow the drug in August.
Joseph E. Farrell, 20, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for the same offenses.
Dustin W. Thomas 21, of Gaither Road, Great Cacapon, was indicted for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) to a confidential informant last summer.
Thomas was also indicted for conspiring with Bridgette Yost, 23, of Spohrs Road, Berkeley Springs, to deliver marijuana.
Yost was indicted for two counts of aiding delivery of a controlled substance and conspiring with Thomas to commit the crimes.
Three people were indicted for conspiring to transport and deliver marijuana in November. They were:
—Andrew R. Latour, 27, of Coddington Road, Brookton Dale, New York, indicted for possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.
—Gregory M. Honda, 31, of Polish Lane, Great Cacapon, indicted for possession with intent to deliver, transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy.
—Miriam E. Yavener, 25, of Polish Lane, Great Cacapon, indicted for possession with intent to deliver, transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy.
Christina Louann Eller, 34, of Winchester Avenue, Inwood, was indicted for driving while her license was suspended and for a felony, third offense of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages in October. She also goes by Christina S. Guerrero, according to court records.
Gregory Shock, 51, of Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for driving while his license was revoked, third offense, last June.