Circuit Court News
Judge James Rowe presided over hearings in Pocahontas County Circuit Court Tuesday, June 12, according to Circuit Clerk Connie Carr. The following cases were before the judge:
State vs. Crystal Baker. Baker, 28, of Marlinton, is scheduled for a status conference on July 6, and will remain on bond. Baker asked the court to remove attorney Eugene Simmons from her case. Prosecuting Attorney Donna Price told the Court that a plea agreement is ready to be signed. Rowe ruled that Simmons would continue as Baker's counsel until the Court relieved him. Baker is charged with possession with intent to deliver and driving revoked/suspended.
State vs. Aurionna Francis Freeman. Freeman, 22, of Allegheny County, Virginia, is "no longer in the system," according to Price, who will prepare an order to dismiss. Freeman in charged with assault and battery in Virginia.
State vs. Edwin Kinnison. Kinnison, 55, of Marlinton, must provide proof of employment to the Court in order to maintain his being free on bond. Kinnison is charged with failure to pay child support.
State vs. Travis Brown. Rowe denied a motion for reconsideration of sentence, although Brown's employer has indicated he is willing to hire the defendant again. Brown, 29, of Arbovale, received a negative report from Anthony Correctional Center. Rowe said Brown should have more counseling. Brown is charged with domestic battery, third offense.
Carr reported that Judge Joseph Pomponio was on the bench in Pocahontas County on Wednesday, June 13. Pomponio heard the following cases, Carr said.
State vs. Greg C. Sharp. Sharp, 27, of Cass, was reinstated to his previous bond, with the same terms and conditions. Price indicated a plea agreement is in the works. Sharp is charged with fleeing and DUI.
State vs. Charles E. Fogus. Fogus, 43, of Buckeye, is set for pretrial in Greenbrier County on August 9; however, a trial date has not been set. Fogus is charged with murder in the first degree.
State vs. Herbert G. McClure, Jr. McClure, 62, of Marlinton, was denied being returned to home confinement until his vehicle is secured, either by selling it or otherwise eliminating the problem of endangering the public. McClure has paid all his home confinement fees. McClure is charged with driving revoked for DUI and DUI.
State vs. Karen Cutlip. Cutlip, 22, of Marlinton, was reinstated to bail to Kanawha County home confinement. Cutlip's attorney, Eugene Simmons, told the court that the prosecution's motion to revoke bond because of alcohol in or around her home was incorrect. Simmons said Cutlip tested negative for alcohol, and asked for the case to be dismissed. Former Day Report director Elissa Taylor testified that she found empty beer cans in Cutlip's home and empty beer bottles around the home in Kanawha County. Price objected to Cutlip's bond being reinstated. Cutlip is charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
State vs. Roger Hall, Jr. Hall, no age available, of White Sulphur Springs, asked for dismissal of a DUI conviction from magistrate court. Price agreed to the dismissal, which Pomponio granted.
State vs. Haven Nicole Hall. Pomponio lifted a jail sentence, and ordered Hall to pay fines within 30 days. Hall, 33, is from White Sulphur Springs. She is charged with petit larceny, second offense.
State vs. Kelly Cohenour. Cohenour was placed on monitored home confinement in Greenbrier County. Cohenour's defense counsel, Mike Whitt, told the Court he believed the matter had been taken care of, but asked Pomponio to have Price clarify which case number she is revoking and what the allegations are. Whitt also asked that Cohenour be placed in rehab so she can get credit for time served. She is charged with two counts conspiracy to commit a felony.
Hefner Contracting vs. Wilkins Enterprises, Inc. Pomponio granted judgment of $57,340 to Hefner Contracting. The amount reflects final payment on a bill.
Pamela Pritt may be contacted at pepritt@pocahon tastimes.com