A Chapmanville man was recently arrested at Fountain Place Mall after he was allegedly found to be driving a stolen vehicle.
Trooper T.J. Hannon and Trooper First Class C.S. Maynard with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) report they observed a vehicle matching the description of suspect vehicle from an armed robbery at the Marathon gas station at Fountain Place Mall.
Upon investigation, Hannon and Maynard were able to run the license plate through WVSP Communications; Hannon and Maynard report they were notified that plate number yielded a notification through the National Crime Information Center (an FBI database) stating the vehicle had been stolen from the state of Ohio.
After they were advised of the vehicle’s status as stolen, Hannon and Maynard report they began to approach the vehicle when a male suspect walked toward the driver’s door and allegedly advised Hannon and Maynard that he was driving the vehicle.
Hannon and Maynard report the suspect informed them his name was Jesus and began shouting profanities and asserting that the troopers had no right to speak with him. Hannon and Maynard report the suspect refused to comply with requests to place his hands behind his back and had to be taken to the ground to be secured. The suspect then reportedly stated his name to be Aaron Long. It was later determined by Hannon and Maynard that the suspects true name was Rickey Aaron Bailey, 27, of Chapmanville.
Bailey was then transferred to the Logan detachment of the WVSP where he reportedly continued to provide false names and refused to comply with fingerprinting. It was later discovered that Bailey’s license is currently suspended for unpaid citations.
Bailey is charged with a felony count of receiving or transferring stolen property and misdemeanor counts of providing false information, refusing to be fingerprinted and driving on a suspended license. If Bailey is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend 1.5 to 10.5 years in a state correctional facility or be fined up to $1,100 or both. Bail was set to $50,000.
• Robert Thomas Burke, 44, of Lake, was recently arrested after law enforcement reportedly discovered marijuana growing on his property.
On June 11, Trooper S.M. Thompson with the WVSP was dispatched to the Lake area by Logan County 911 in reference to a domestic dispute.
Upon arrival, Thompson reports he was met by the victim who advised him they were physically attacked by Burke in the residence they share. Thompson reports he was able to observe the victim’s hand covered in blood as well as several large bruises on their inner arms.
Thompson reports he searched the property for the defendant, and, in the process of the search, discovered two plants believed to be marijuana growing on the property.
Burke is charged with a felony count of cultivation of marijuana and misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and domestic battery. If Burke is found guilty on all counts, he could be forced to spend between 2.5 and 17.5 years in a state correctional facility or be fined up to $25,600 or both. Bail was set to $5,000.
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