The Morgan County Grand Jury met on Tuesday, April 4 in Morgan County Circuit Court and indicted 19 individuals on a variety of criminal charges.
Those charges stemmed from incidents in 2022 and 2023, ranging from the murder of a Morgan County man in September of 2022 to drug dealing in the first few months of this year.
An indictment is not a conviction and simply indicates a Grand Jury felt there was enough evidence for the Circuit Court to proceed with hearing the cases.
Gabriel J. Cardwell, 22, of Martinsburg was indicted for voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Scott Mullen in the Greenwood area in September of 2022. Cardwell is accused of stabbing Mullen to death during an altercation at a party.
Assault, crimes of violence
Stuart R. Holloway, 37, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for strangulation. he is accused of strangling a family member and striking that person in an incident in December of 2022.
Anthony S. McCumbee, Jr., 28, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for domestic assault, third offense and destruction of property. He is accused of kicking in a door and knocking a bag away from the victim in December 2022. McCumbee was previously convicted of domestic assault in July of 2019 and August of 2022.
Jeremy A. Ludwig, 25, of Berkeley Springs was indicted on one charge of domestic battery, third offense. Ludwig is accused of striking a family member in March of this year. He was previously convicted of domestic battery in Morgan County in 2018.
Joseph C. Shumaker, 26, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for domestic battery, third offense. He is accused of physically injuring the victim in January of this year. He was previously convicted of domestic battery in 2022.
Kathleen E. Virts, 28, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for domestic battery, third offense. She is accused of striking and hitting the victim in December of 2022. Virts was previously convicted of assault and battery in Frederick County Circuit Court in December 2016 and again in Winchester Circuit Court in 2020.
Michael L. Day, 39, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver the drug, possession of Fentanyl with the intent to deliver the drug and possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver that drug. Day is accused of having quantities of each of these drugs in April of 2022 when multiple police agencies conducted a search of his residence and found the drugs, a large quantity of drug paraphernalia, scales, U.S. currency, ammunition and 55 firearms, along with notebooks detailing drug trade.
Anna M. Haslup, 45, of Dundalk, Md. was indicted for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver the drug and conspiring with Brian Wilkinson to deliver methamphetamine in January of 2023. The two are accused of hiding 255 grams of methamphetamine in a bag inside a trash can at a residence on Oliver Lane in Great Cacapon, and conducting drug sales from that location. Wilkinson, 50, was also indicted for being a felon in possession of firearms. Because he was previously convicted of felony second-degree sex offenses in 2001, he is not permitted to own firearms.
Shaquille D. Jackson, 27, of Glen Burnie, Md. was indicted for possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver the drug, and possession of heroin with the intent to deliver that drug. Jackson is accused of possessing the drugs during a traffic stop in Morgan County in August of 2022.
Abuse, neglect, threats
Anna M. Bullett, 62, of Paw Paw was indicted for burglary. She is accused of entering a home in February of this year and threatening to kidnap a child from that residence.
Vanesa J. Coble, 37, of Falling Waters was indicted for gross child neglect creating the risk of serious bodily injury and DUI, third offense. Coble is accused of driving drunk with a child in her vehicle in May of 2022. Coble has been convicted of DUI in Berkeley County in 2015 and 2023.
Jess M. Webster, 34, of Millersville, Md. was indicted on two counts of first degree sexual abuse. Webster is accused of groping a teenage victim while they were visiting Morgan County.
Shawn A. Verner, 25, of Berkeley Springs was indicted on two counts of possession of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, bestiality and possession of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He is accused of possessing 600 images and 15 videos showing prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity on a computer in Morgan County between November 2021 and January 2023.
Firearms charges, arson
John J. Kemper, 50, of Berkeley Springs was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was previously convicted of malicious assault and domestic batter, third offense, in Barbour County in 2018. He is accused of possessing a firearm in Morgan County in December of 2022.
Daryn R. Ginevan, 33, of Paw Paw was indicted for arson involving insured property. Ginevan is accused of soliciting two men to burn a 2008 Mercury Mariner, which was insured, and offering them $1,000 to commit the crime in October of 2022.
Amber L. Ross, 38, of Paw Paw was indicted on two counts of forgery. She is accused of using the electronic signature of a Mountaineer Health Clinic nurse on medical excuses in October and December of 2022.
Thomas M. Snook of Great Cacapon was indicted for fleeing from law enforcement while under the influence of alcohol in April of this year.
Sex offender registry violations
Lawrence G. Stoddard, 56, of Berkeley Springs was indicted on seven counts of failure to update a sex offender registration. He is accused of failing, between November 2022 and January 2023, to tell State Police that he had a change in internet service, and had online account for six internet platforms, including YouTube, OnlyFans and online dating sites.
Those indicted by the Grand Jury will be arraigned in Morgan County Circuit Court on April 14. At that time, individuals will answer the charges and future hearings will be set.