2017-09-13 / Front Page

Grand Jury indicts 27 in September term

Charges include arson, armed robbery, drug dealing & fraud

The Morgan County Grand Jury met last Tuesday, September 5 and indicted 27 individuals on a variety of felony criminal charges ranging from drug dealing to arson.

Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Laura Faircloth will hold arraignments in those cases on Wednesday, September 20. At that time, the accused will enter pleas of guilt or innocence and future hearing dates will be set.

A young volunteer firefighter was indicated on felony arson charges here. Alex R. Gloyd, 18, of York Lane, Great Cacapon was indicted for arson-dwelling, arson land and conspiracy with Brian Twigg to commit arson. Gloyd is accused of setting fire to a vacant home in downtown Paw Paw on February 6 and then setting fire to a field off of Milo School Road on March 5 of this year.

Twigg faces felony arson charges in Maryland for allegedly setting several fires in sections of the Green Ridge State Forest near Paw Paw, where he served as a volunteer firefighter.

Knife, gun charges

George L. Hartlove, 30, of Inwood was indicted for armed robbery and malicious wounding. Hartlove is accused of stealing a man’s wallet in Morgan County at knifepoint and cutting his neck with a knife in May of this year.

Roger Saville Jr., 47, of Paw Paw was indicted for wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He is accused of pointing a shotgun at a neighbor during an argument and firing the gun in the neighbor’s direction this February.

Drug dealing

Several indictments focused on local residents who are accused of running drug-dealing operations together.

Joy D. Gregory, 51, of Hammond Street, Great Cacapon was indicted for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver the drug, conspiracy and simple possession of marijuana. She is accused of conspiring with Christopher Prince and Gordon Thorne to deliver heroin between January and March of this year.

Christopher Prince, 34, of Hammond Street, Great Cacapon was indicted for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver the drug, conspiracy, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and simple possession of heroin. He is accused of conspiring with Joy Gregory and Gordon Thorne to sell heroin in Morgan County between January and March of this year. He is also accused of possessing a mini AK-47 pistol. Due to a previous conviction for domestic battery in Morgan County, Prince is not allowed to own a firearm.

Heather Klinefelter, 32, of Briarwood Lane, Berkeley Springs was indicted on possession of heroin with the intent to deliver the drug and two counts of conspiracy. She is accused of conspiring with Brian McBee and Christopher Odell to deliver heroin, and to transport the drug into the state between January and March of this year.

Brian McBee, 33, of Briarwood Lane, Berkeley Springs was indicted for possession with the intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy, delivery of heroin and transporting the drug into the state. He is accused of conspiring with Klinefelter and Odell to deliver heroin in Morgan County in March. He is also accused of transporting the drug into the state in March of this year.

Christopher Odell, 27, of Tower Circle, Berkeley Springs was indicted for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver the drug, conspiracy and transporting heroin into the state. He is accused of transporting heroin into Morgan County and conspiring with Klinefelter and McBee to deliver heroin in the local area.

Keith Alban, 27, of Theodore Hawvermale Road, Berkeley Springs was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) and conspiring with Jessica Justice, Edward Wright, Electra Studley and Troy Studley to deliver heroin between January and February of this year.

Edward Wright Jr., 26, of Theodore Hawvermale Road, Berkeley Springs was indicted on two counts of delivery of heroin and conspiracy. He is accused of selling heroin between January and February of this year and of conspiring with Jessica Justice, Keith Alban, Electra Studley and Troy Studley to sell heroin.

Jessica L. McCabe, 34, of Winchester Street, Paw Paw was indicted for attempted delivery of a controlled substance (suboxone), attempted delivery of a controlled substance to an inmate and conspiracy. McCabe is accused of putting the drug Suboxone into a letter to Kevin Mauck, who was in custody in the Eastern Regional Jail between January and February of this year. McCabe is also accused of conspiring with Mauck to get the drugs inside the jail.

Burglary, forgery, fraud

Ashley R. Franks, 31, of Meadow Lane, Berkeley Springs, was indicted for grand larceny and breaking and entering. She is accused of stealing antique jewelry and cash worth more than $5,000 from her former roommate in November 2016.

Amanda Myers, 34, of Cacapon Road, Great Cacapon, was indicted for embezzlement and conspiracy. She is accused of stealing cartons of cigarettes, worth $3,900, from the Dollar General store where she worked and giving them to Michael Miller to sell on the street between November 2016 and February 2017.

Miller, 31, of the same address, was indicted for aiding and abetting embezzlement, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretenses. Miller is accused of receiving cartons of stolen cigarettes from Myers and selling them. He is also accused of stealing merchandise from the store and then returning the items to the Hancock store for money or store credit.

Michael Steiner, 28, of Key Acres, Berkeley Springs was indicted for embezzlement. He is accused of creating records of fraudulent refunds at Advance Auto Parts while he was an employee there. He is accused of stealing more than $4,100 in cash for those fake refunds from May to July of this year.

Kassy Affeldt, 22, of English Muffin Court, Berkeley Springs was indicted on charges of daytime burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, petit larceny, fraudulent schemes, conspiracy to commit fraud and eight counts of fraudulent use of an access device. She is accused of scheming with Jason Maslauskas and Brian Vangosen in December 2016 to break into a home and outbuilding to steal a hydraulic press and other items to sell. She is also accused of using a bank card that wasn’t hers to charge more than $1,200 worth of purchases locally.

Maslauskas, 38, of Coyote Lane, Berkeley Springs was indicted for daytime burglary, petit larceny, conspiracy, fraudulent schemes, conspiracy to commit fraudulent schemes and six counts of fraudulent use of an access device. Maslauskas is accused of planning the December 2016 break-in with Affeldt and Vangosen. He is also accused of using a bank card that wasn’t his to charge more than $1,200 worth of purchases locally.

Brian W. Vangosen, 46, of McCoy Road, Berkeley Springs was indicted for daytime burglary, conspiracy and petit larceny for his part in the alleged theft scheme.

Andrew J. Harman, 26, of Highland Ridge Road, Berkeley Springs was indicted on 13 counts of fraud and related activity in connection with an access device. Harman is accused of using a bank or credit card without authorization and charging more than $500 worth of purchases at a Dollar General store.

Shawntae W. Kelley, 25, of Luther Michael Road, Berkeley Springs was indicted on five counts of forgery, three counts of uttering and a single count each of fraudulent schemes and conspiring to commit fraudulent schemes. Kelley is accused of writing multiple forged checks totaling more than $1,800 on the same bank account in March of this year and trying to pass those checks at a local bank. She is also accused of conspiring with Leah McDonald to commit the crimes.

Leah E. McDonald, 31, of Cameron Terrace, Berkeley Springs was indicted on two counts of forgery, six counts of uttering, fraudulent schemes and conspiracy to commit fraudulent schemes. McDonald is accused of conspiring with Kelley to commit the crimes in March of this year.

Stephen B. Wink, 35, was indicted for two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering. Wink is accused of forging two checks worth $140 on another person’s bank account and attempting to cash them in September 2016.

Ryan S. Woodrum, 33, of Indianapolis was indicted on two counts of bringing stolen property into the state and attempted transfer of stolen property. He is accused of driving a stolen minivan into Morgan County and attempting to sell a stolen laptop, guitar amp and an iPhone to people at the Sheetz store.

Sexual assault, abuse

Daniel McJilton, 23, of Wiggins Run Road, Great Cacapon was indicted on five counts of third-degree sexual assault, two counts of thirddegree sexual abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old and helping the minor sneak out of a residence.

Adam L. Sloan, 24, of Spring Street, Berkeley Springs was indicted for two counts of third-degree sexual assault and possession of explicit material depicting a minor. He is accused of engaging in intercourse with a 15-year-old minor in October 2016 and having materials portraying a minor engaged in explicit conduct.

Sex offender registry

Earl Lansdowne, 51, of Cox Lane, Great Cacapon was indicted for failing to register as a sex offender with the West Virginia State Police and two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Lansdowne, who was convicted of second-degree rape in Maryland, is accused of not notifying the local State Police barracks that he had moved into Morgan County sometime between February and April of this year. Lansdowne is also accused of being in possession of a semi-automatic piston and a semi-automatic rifle. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possession firearms.

William S. Wilson, 55, of Kearneysville was indicted for failing to register with the sex offender registry and failure to update his information on the sex offender registry. He is accused of not re-registering with the local State Police as a sex offender between April and June of this year after being released from jail. Wilson is required to register due to a previous conviction for possessing/filming/photographing a minor in sexually explicit conduct.

Raymond Poe, 61, of Warfordsburg, Pa. was indicted for fleeing under the influence, DUI, second offense and driving while his license was revoked for DUI. He is accused of not stopping when police attempted to pull him over in Morgan County in October 2016. Poe was previously on conditional probation for DUI from Montgomery County, Md.

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