A man from the Switzer area of Logan County was arrested Aug. 20 following a traffic stop that eventually yielded narcotics.
Deputy Nick Tucker, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department reports he made a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on Route 44 for a seatbelt infraction. The criminal complaint filed by Tucker says he could “…smell the odor of marijuana coming from within the car. While speaking with the defendant, I could still smell marijuana…”
Tucker requested the driver, Brandon Scott Turner, 28, of Switzer, exit the vehicle, and while speaking with Deputy Tucker, Turner reportedly stated he did not use drugs but his girlfriend smokes marijuana. Turner allegedly granted Deputy Tucker permission to search the vehicle where he reportedly found a clear plastic bag containing white chunks that are believed to be crack cocaine. The alleged narcotics reportedly weighed around four grams.
Turner is charged with a misdemeanor count of not wearing a seat belt and a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and, if he is found guilty on both charges, Turner could be forced to spend between one and 15 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $25,025 in fines. Bond was set to $5,000, and, on Aug. 21, Tuner was able to post bond and is free pending trial.
• Mountalisa Ann Sheppard, 45, of Dingess, was arrested Aug. 14 after she allegedly stabbed a man with a pocket knife.
On Aug. 13, Trooper S.P. Bowling and Senior Trooper J.E. Garren, with the West Virginia State Police, report they responded to a possible stabbing at the 7-Eleven in the Kitchen area of Logan County.
Bowling and Garren were reportedly able to locate the victim who stated Sheppard had stabbed him. When Bowling and Garren found Sheppard, she was still reportedly in possession of the knife. After advising Sheppard of her Miranda Rights, Bowling was able to record a statement in which Sheppard reportedly admitted she had gotten into an arguement with the victim and stabbed him in self defense.
Sheppard is charged with a felony count of malicious wounding and misdemeanor count of domestic battery. If Sheppard is found guilty on both counts, she could be forced to spend between two and six years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $1,000 in fines. Bond was set to $5,000.
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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]