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The following citations have been recorded in the Tucker County Magistrate office:

  • Anne L. Banfield, Elkins, was cited for no insurance and expired MVI by Cpl. D.W. Burge. The first charge was dismissed with proof shown, she pled no contest and was assessed fines of $4.75 and court cost of $165.25 for the second charge.
  • Shawn A. Snodgrass, St. Albins, was cited for expired MVI and improper registration by Cpl. D.W. Burge.  He pled no contest to both charges and was assessed fines of $9.50 and court cost of $330.50.
  • Britt L. Arbogast, Montrose, was cited for driving on suspended operators by Cpl. D.W. Burge.  He pled guilty and was assessed fines of $4.75 and court cost of $165.25.
  • Corey M. Hale, Dry Fork, was cited for no insurance by Cpl. D.W. Burge.  The charge was dismissed with proof shown.
  • David W. Miller, Rockport, IN, was cited for speeding (65-55) by Cpl. D.W. Burge.  He pled no contest and was assessed fines of $4.75 and court cost of $165.25.
  • Jamie D. Marsh, Dry Fork, was cited for speeding (64-55) by Deputy C.A. Teter.  He pled no contest and was assessed fines of $4.75 and court cost of $165.25.

The following Criminal complaints have been filed in the Tucker County Magistrate Court:

  • Carol Zaremski, Hambleton, was charged with on count Truancy.  According to the complaint she did fail to have a juvenile attend regular classes at Tucker County High School.  She posted a $265.25 PR bond.
  • Matthew L. Lipscomb, Parsons, was charged with one count Destruction of Property.  The complaint states that on Thursday, Nov. 1 at approximately 10:39 p.m. officers were dispatched to 1771 Pheasant Run Rd for a destruction of property complaint.  Deputy B.T. Zirk and Deputy D.A. Sliwinski of the Tucker County Sheriff’s office responded.  Upon arrival they met with the complainant/victim Jack Close.  They observed a dent near the rear of the vehicle and obtained photographs.  Ms. Lipscomb was operating the vehicle at the time of the incident and provided a statement.  She stated that she went to the defendant’s mother’s house to give him his stuff.  She stated an altercation allegedly ensued and during the altercation he punched the side of the car, putting a dent in it.  She further stated that when she attempted to leave, he allegedly got on the hood of the vehicle preventing her from leaving.  She stated she was able to put the vehicle in reverse, drive through the yard and get away.  A cash bond of $1,000 was not posted.
  • Adam Matthew Shaffer, Eglon, was charged with one count Driving Revoked for DUI and one count Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm.  The complaint states that on Saturday, Nov. 3 Cpl. D.W. Burge was conducting road patrol along WV32 near Davis when he observed a gray Acura with expired registration traveling south on WV32.  He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as the defendant.  He asked for his driver’s license, registration card and insurance.  The defendant allegedly provided an expired registration and advised he did not have his driver’s license or insurance card with him.  Burge asked who owned the vehicle and was advised by the defendant that he had purchased the vehicle three or four months ago.  Burge asked if he had current insurance on the car and was advised by defendant that he did not.  He asked if his driver’s license was valid and Shaffer advised that they were suspended.  Burge observed a pistol in plain sight on the right passenger seat and asked the defendant to exit the vehicle.  Burge retrieved the pistol and Shaffer allegedly advised he did not know it was in the vehicle.  Burge contacted Elkins Communications and checked the driver and criminal history of Shaffer. He was advised that Shaffer has a revoked license in West Virginia for DUI, a prior revocation and a third offense Domestic Battery conviction effective Oct. 15, 2013.  Burge requested a vin verification for the vehicle and was advised that this vehicle was not found through the WV DMV and the registration was issued to a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer.  Burge also observed that the Motor Vehicle Inspection had been peeled from another vehicle and placed on this vehicle.  A cash bond of $1,500 was posted.

The following cases have been ordered and adjudged in the Tucker County Magistrate Court:

  • Mollard verses Phillips: On Nov 2 the court granted judgment in favor of Bill Mollard and Phoebe Woodford Mollard against Jon and Paige Phillips in the amount of $1,929.63 plus $110 court cost.  A counterclaim from the defendants is denied.  This case was heard on Nov. 2 by Magistrate William M. Miller.
  • State of West Virginia verses Justin Thomas Fortney:  He received judgment of guilty plea for one count Battery which occurred on July 10.  He was assessed cost and fees of $165.25 and credit for time served of 45 days.  This case was heard on Nov. 8 by Magistrate Riley H. Barb.