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Grand jury returns indictments on 6

The Pennsboro News of Harrisville, West Virginia

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Indictments were returned by a Ritchie County grand jury against six individuals Monday, Jan. 26.

Melinda Helmick, 31, Pennsboro, was indicted on three felony counts by the grand jury including one count of child neglect resulting in serous injury, one count of child neglect resulting in bodily injury and one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing bodily injury.

The charges stem from an alleged incident April 10, 2014, where Helmick drove a vehicle while taking her juvenile child, who was three-years-old at the time of the incident, in the car with her when the child was not in a car seat and had an accident where the child was seriously injured.

Helmick was allegedly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance when the accident occurred, causing bodily injury to the young child who was not in a car seat.

Cpl. T. M. Jackson of the Ritchie County Sheriff's Department provided testimony to the grand jury Monday, Jan. 26.

Freddie W. Hess III, of Harrisville was indicted on three felony counts including driving under the influence with one or more unemancipated minors under the age of 16 in the motor vehicle, one count of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of domestic battery.

The charges stem from an incident July 5, 2014, where Hess allegedly was driving a motor vehicle while under the influence with two juvenile children in the vehicle.

He allegedly was fleeing in the vehicle from Senior Trooper C. T. Speece of the West Virginia State Police Harrisville detachment while under the influence of alcohol.

During the same time frame Hess allegedly made physical contact by grabbing Colette Loveless' face with both hands, shoved her backwards, putting his hands on her forehead and pushing her down causing her to hit the back of her head on a rock.

Trooper Speece provided testimony in the case to the grand jury Monday.

Christopher T. Wolfe, 23, was indicted on one telony charge ot third degree sexual assault.

Wolfe allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a juvenile on or about Dec. 1, 2013.

Trooper Speece provided testimony in the matter to the grand jury members Monday, Jan. 26.

James D. Lee was indicted on five drug related charges including three counts of operating or attempting to operate a drug laboratory, one count of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to the manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

The charges stem from an incident April 1, 2014, where Lee allegedly had assembled chemicals and/or equipment for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The alleged labs were found at 547 Volcano Road, Petroleum, in the back bedroom, in the front bedroom and in the food pantry.

Lee also allegedly was in possession of a glass jar with dual layers, a plastic bottle with liquid baggies, burnt foil, glass pan with one razor and unknown white powder, which filed tested positive for methemaphetamine, two cans of Coleman Fuel, a glass plate, a credit card and a snorting straw with white powder, a baggy of marijuana.

He was also allegedly in possession of a plastic bottle with tubing, coffee filters, some of white were rolled up and contained a white substance, a mason jar and a plastic container with liquid and a filter with unknown powder substances and a plastic brown bottle with a crushed powder substance, among other items found.

Lee was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, which is a schedule II non-narcotic controlled substance.

Cpl. J. L. Brewer provided testimony to the grand jury in this matter.

William D. Gorman, 47, Rock Run Road, St. Marys, was indicted on two counts of failure to provide notice of registration changes.

Gorman allegedly failed to register changes required as a sex offender, including information regarding his former employer and his new employer within 10 days Oct. 11, 2013.

Cpl. Brewer provided testimony to the grand jury in the matter.

Gary R. Henshaw III, 24, North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on three counts of failure to provide notice of registration changes.

Henshaw allegedly failed to report changes regarding his employment, his telephone number and internet screen names and accounts as a registered sex offender to the West Virginia State Police June 18, 2014.

Trooper J. T. Blevins provided testimony to the grand jury concerning the matter.

The six individuals indicted by the grand jury Monday, Jan. 26, are scheduled to appear for arraignment hearings in front of Third Circuit Court Judge Timothy Sweeney in Ritchie County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 27.

During their appearance in circuit court, the individuals will enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or stand silent.



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Original Publication Date: January 28, 2015



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