Drugs place children in danger

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

February 23, 2014

Logan County Sheriff Deputies have charged an Omar area mother with child neglect creating risk of injury on Fri., Feb. 21.

According to the complaint filed in Magistrates Office, Sheriff Deputies responded to a call by the ex-husband that reportedly told officers that he and Amanda Bias, 35, still lived together and that she had allegedly been intoxicated for approximately two weeks and that she had been using drugs intravenously.

He reported to the officers that he had found a used syringe stuck between two mattresses and that their 11-year old daughter had found a spoon with pill residue on it. The ex-husband also alleged that two of her four children had reported physical abuse the past two days. He also told officers that his daughter had watched as her mother used drugs intravenously on Friday.

Officers located Bias at a nearby residence and took her into custody. They searched her purse and located two Zolpidem 10mg pills (Schedule IV) lying in the bottom of the purse.

Children’s Protective Service was called for the children, ages 7 months, six years, 11 years and 13 years.

Bias was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, possession of a controlled substance (Schedule IV) and two counts of worthless checks.

During an attempt to arraign Bias, it was determined that she was too intoxicated. As of Friday afternoon, Magistrate Dwight Williamson had committed Bias to a bail of $100,000. She is scheduled to be video arraigned as soon as her condition improved.

• The U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, West Virginia State Police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant on the home of Dallas Craig Bryant on Feb. 19 which led to drug charges.

According to the complaint, officers seized a bag of Schedule IV pills, a bottle of mixed Schedule III pills and U.S. Currency at the home/

Bryant, 52, of Chapmanville, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. His bail was set at $10,000.

In other court news:

• Mary Lou Kazee, 56, was booked on Feb. 5 by the Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies for DUI of a controlled substance, no insurance and drivers license revoked for DUI. Her bail was set at $10,000.

• Andrew Jackson Ruggles, 49, was booked on Feb. 17 by the WVSP on a Capias and prohibited drug purchase receipt. His bail was set at $1,000.


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