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Clay County man arrested in Fayette

A Clay County man faces felony charges after attempting to steal from a Fayette County church.

On April 8, Fayette County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to the Brookside Ministries Church in Mount Carbon to respond to an alarm activation, according to a press release from Sheriff Mike Fridley. Upon arrival, officers discovered a window that had been opened. While clearing the structure, a deputy encountered a man with a flashlight, and the man then attempted to evade.

He was eventually secured by law enforcement while still in the church. In his possession were items belonging to the church, the release noted. The man also attempted to provide a false identity to officers.

The deputy was aided on scene by the Montgomery and Smithers police departments.

Christopher Norman Graham, of Procious, is charged with daytime burglary, destruction of property, obstructing an officer, and possession of a controlled substance. Graham was also wanted out of Kanawha County for parole violations.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information relating to it is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Department at 304-574-3590 or through its Facebook page "Fayette County Sheriff's Department." You can also call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.

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Armstrong Creek men charged after fleeing police

With aid from local citizens, Fayette County authorities apprehended two fleeing men Sunday night.

According to information from Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, two Armstrong Creek men face charges after attempting to evade police.

On Sunday, a Fayette County Sheriff's Department deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction before the driver fled in the Armstrong Creek area. The deputy located the vehicle nearby on a back road. As law enforcement approached the car, the two male occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. One man was found by the deputy and an assisting Smithers Police Department officer. The subject was combative and attempted to grab an officer's gun, authorities said.

Local citizens seized the other man and detained him until officers could arrive to take custody.

Andrew Proctor is charged with fleeing in a vehicle, obstruction and fleeing on foot.

Codie Pauley is charged with obstruction, fleeing on foot, attempting to disarm an officer, and battery on an officer.

They await court proceedings.

There were no injuries, said Chief Deputy R.K. Perdue.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Department at 304-574-3590 or on Facebook at "Fayette County Sheriff's Department." Individuals can also call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.

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Local man faces felony theft charges

A Mount Carbon man tackled some recent chores with illegally-appropriated equipment, law enforcement officials allege.

Adam Neil Jones, 42, faces felony theft charges in Fayette County, according to Sheriff Mike Fridley. On Thursday, Fayette County Sheriff's Department deputies were notified of a theft call in Mount Carbon, as an individual had allegedly taken a $40,000 excavator from a construction staging area and drove it to his home. The man was actually using the machine when a deputy arrived to investigate, a press release from Fridley indicated.

Jones was arrested and charged with grand larceny. He now awaits court proceedings.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact the FCSD at 304-574-3590 or through "Fayette County Sheriff's Department" on Facebook, or call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.

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Ansted woman faces drug charge

A drug charge has been lodged against a Fayette County woman for a Sunday incident.

On Sunday night, a Fayette County Sheriff's Department deputy made contact with an individual who was carrying luggage and a motorcycle helmet while walking near Hawks Nest State Park. It was discovered that she was in possession of multiple individually-packaged units of methamphetamines, heroin and scales.

Megan Mullins, of Ansted, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics. She awaits court proceedings.

The incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact the FCSD at 304-574-3590 or on Facebook at "Fayette County Sheriff's Department." Individuals can also call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.

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Sentencings handed down in Fayette cases

Sentencings in three separate Fayette County cases were announced by the office of Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Ciliberti Jr. on Friday, April 9.

According to press releases posted on the Fayette County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, the sentencings were as follows:

• Randy L. Billups, 46, of Hico, was sentenced by Fayette County Circuit Judge Paul M. Blake Jr. to 3-to-25 years in prison for fleeing with reckless indifference, receiving or transferring stolen goods, and grand larceny, all which are felonies. Billups was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. He entered a guilty plea to the crimes on Feb. 23, 2021.

On. Sept. 3, 2019, Billups fled from police in a vehicle during an investigation for an improper license plate. He drove north on U.S. Rte. 19 from the area of Maple Lane to Opossum Creek Road, attaining speeds in excess of 125 MPH before wrecking and injuring himself and a passenger.

A little over a year later, on Sept. 15, 2020, Billups received a stolen ATV from a person then sold it to another individual in the Hico area. Then, on Nov. 10 of that year, he stole a pick-up from his former employer in the Danese area and drove it to Ohio. Billups eventually crashed that vehicle, too, and Ohio authorities helped identify him as the driver of the stolen truck.

Billups was also recently arraigned on a Kanawha County indictment for fleeing with reckless indifference, grand larceny, and possession of another stolen vehicle in November 2020. A trial date for that is set in late April, the press release noted.

The Fayette crimes were investigated by members of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and the Fayetteville Police Department. Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer D. Crane prosecuted the Billups case.

• Evan Lee Evans, 33, of Oak Hill was sentenced by Judge Blake to a prison term of 3-to-35 years for delivery of methamphetamine and heroin. Evans must serve at least three years in prison before being eligible for parole. Evans was also fined $5,000 for the crimes, to which he entered a guilty plea on Feb. 24, 2021.

According to Ciliberti's office, Evans sold heroin and methamphetamine to a cooperating individual in the Fayetteville area on June 2 and 3, 2020. Evans had been previously convicted of a separate felony drug offense in 2013.

His crimes were investigated by members of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, as well as members of the Oak Hill and Fayetteville police departments, and they were prosecuted by Ciliberti.

• Summer Fleming, 44, of Morgantown and formerly of Oak Hill, was sentenced by Judge Blake to 2-to-10 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to deliver. Fleming will be required to spend at last two years in prison before parole eligibility occurs. She entered a guilty plea to the charges on Feb. 16, 2021.

On July 23, 2019, a search of Fleming's home on Shilo Drive in Oak Hill resulted in the seizure of multiple controlled substances, evidence of drug trafficking, and firearms. Fleming admitted to delivering methamphetamine and heroin to others prior to the search of the home.

The crime was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and was prosecuted by Ciliberti.

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