Three people were arrested in the Cora area of Logan County after law enforcement discovered a man slumped over the steering wheel of a parked car July 18.
Trooper T.J. Hannon with the West Virginia State Police reports he observed a vehicle with its lights off parked in front of an old garage building in the Cora area of Logan County. Upon closer inspection, Hannon reports he could see a man in the vehicle leaning over the steering wheel. Upon removing the driver, Coty Vance, 29, of Chapmanville, Hannon reports Vance’s hands where shaking. When Hannon asked if Vance was in possession of any illegal substances, Vance allegedly advised him he had several hypodermic needles and a dirty spoon used to cook the narcotic Opana before injecting. Vance, whose driver’s license was determined to be suspended for unpaid citations also allegedly stated to Hannon that had driven the vehicle Cora.
When asked if anyone was with him, Coty Vance reportedly stated his sister, Jenna Vance, 24, of Chapmanville and Tony Butler, 43, of Holden had been with him earlier but he was unaware of where they had gone. At that time, the garage that Coty Vance’s car was parked in front of opened and Jenna Vance and Tony Butler emerged from inside of the building.
Butler allegedly informed Hannon that Coty Vance knew that he and Jenna Vance had went into the building to engage in a sexual act in exchange for money. Jenna Vance reportedly advised Hannon that she and Butler had agreed that Butler would pay her $50 for a sexual act.
Coty Vance is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule two controlled substance, driving on a suspend license and providing false information. If Coty Vance is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend between 150 days and six months in state correction facility and pay up to $1,700 in fines.
Jenna Vance is charged with prostitution, and if Jenna Vance is found guilty, she could be forced to spend between six month and one year in state correctional facility and pay up to $250 in fines.
Butler is charged with solicitation of a prostitute, and if he is found guilty, Butler could be forced t spend between six months and one year in state correctional facility and pay up to $250 in fines.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]