The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 24, 2013

News briefs

From Staff Reports

Scarbro man indicted for failing to appear

A Fayette County man, who previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography charges was indicted Tuesday for allegedly failing to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.

The grand jury sitting in Huntington indicted Brett David Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro, with one count of failing to appear for sentencing as required by the conditions of his release.

Bowyer failed to appear for sentencing that was scheduled for May 30, 2012 in Bluefield after he previously pleaded guilty in October 2011 to possession of child pornography.

Bowyer was arrested June 12 in Florida after being stopped for failing to change lanes for a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy whose vehicle had its emergency lights flashing.

Bowyer faces up to an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted failing to appear for sentencing.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation and assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.


Fayette man sought in Oak Hill robbery

Oak Hill police are searching for a Page man they believe robbed a Dollar General store on June 9.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for Carl Thomas Walker Jr., 31, of the Page/Kincaid area of Fayette County.

Walker is charged with petit larceny after he allegedly entered the Dollar General and took money from the cash register.

Anyone with information on Walker’s location may contact Oak Hill Police Department at 304-465-0596.


Man charged with wanton endangerment

Mount Hope Police arrested a local man who allegedly fired a handgun into a crowd outside of Clinton Apartments Tuesday night.

Jujuan Rasheed Allen, 23, was charged with wanton endangerment.

“There were some children out,” said MHPD Lt. Mark Larkin. “We’re lucky that none of the children or anybody was struck.”

According to Larkin, Allen and another man had gotten into an argument at the spot shortly before the shooting.

The apartments are located at South Mountain Avenue and Main Street.

Eyewitnesses reported that Allen left and returned with a handgun “and just started firing shots,” said Larkin.

“He fired into an area where five or 10 people were just standing and sitting,” he said.

Two bullets struck a vehicle, and nobody was injured.

When police arrived, Allen fled the scene.

Officers were unable to apprehend him, said Larkin, but they made contact with members of Allen’s family.

Allen turned himself into authorities an hour later, he added.

Police recovered the firearm used in the shooting, and Larkin said more charges may be filed.

Allen was arrested on a charge of wanton endangerment and arraigned in Fayette County magistrate court Tuesday.

He was remanded to Southern Regional Jail in lieu of a $1,000 bond, said Larkin.

West Virginia State Police and Fayette Sheriff’s Department agents also responded to the call.


Oak Hill dog gets a bite of intruder

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department deputies are looking for a would-be burglar “with a dog bite,” Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler said Wednesday.

Around 1 a.m., an Oak Hill woman arrived at her Gatewood Road home to discover a burglar in her house, Kessler said.

“He’d just got in the house when she came home,” the sheriff reported. “She let the dog loose on him, and Skippy got some of him.

“So we’re still looking for a guy with a dog bite.”

The woman told police that the dog bit the man on the right leg, and the man fled the house.

Kessler said he did not know the dog’s breed, but the dog was apparently “a biter.”

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall black male with a medium build, wearing black sweatpants and a gray, hooded sweatshirt.

Kessler said those with information on the break-in may contact the Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-4216 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-7867.


Man arrested after making false 911 call

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old Ansted man Tuesday following a false 911 call to the Fayette Emergency Operations Center and a foot chase.

Jonathan D. Crist, 18, of Victor, was charged with misdemeanor offenses of obstructing a police officer and fleeing on foot from an officer.

A juvenile petition is expected to be filed later against a 17-year-old male accomplice.

According to Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler, the 911 center received a call around 2:30 a.m. that two individuals in the Ansted area were breaking out windows at a Shell station and might be stealing merchandise.

During an investigation, deputies discovered no windows broken and assessed that the call had been false.

As they looked over other area businesses, they saw Crist and the teen-ager running.

The deputies chased the boys through several yards and a wooded area and nabbed them.

Crist admitted that he and his accomplice had placed the false call. He was arrested and arraigned before a Fayette magistrate.

Crist was remanded to Southern Regional Jail in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

The juvenile was released to his parents, pending the filing of juvenile petitions for misdemeanor offense.

“Placing a false 911 call is a crime, not a joke,” said Kessler. “This prank tied up five deputy sheriffs for an extended period of time and resulted in several of my deputies sustaining minor injuries during the foot pursuit.”