2 arrested for marijuana



Two people from the Island Creek area were arrested June 12 after law enforcement reportedly discovered marijuana growing at a house in Switzer.

On June 1, Trooper Z.S. Holden with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) reports he was able to locate two marijuana plants growing at home on Indian Springs Road in Switzer. Holden further reports he believes the residence in which the marijuana was growing to be occupied by James Taylor Bradshaw, 39, of Logan, and Amelia Marie Browning 34, of Monaville.

The criminal complaint filed by Holden says, “This officer also obtained an audio recorded statement from the defendant [Browning] advising that she knew the plants were there.”

Browning would run afoul of law enforcement again 11 days later. On June 12, Trooper First Class T.D. Boggs with the WVSP was called to Apollo Mine Services in Switzer in reference to an entering without breaking complaint.

Upon arrival, Boggs reports the owner of the business advised him he had been working late Thursday June 11 and temporarily left the front office. Upon his return, the owner advised a can of Mountain Dew and his bottle of prescription blood pressure pills had been stolen.

Boggs and the owner were able to review video surveillance footage from the store reportedly showing Amelia [Bradshaw] Browning entering the business and attempting to steal a drill. The footage reportedly shows Browning putting the drill back before the footage showed her exiting the store with a can of Mountain Dew in her back pocket.

Boggs reports he was able to obtain an audio recorded statement from Browning advising him that she entered the business without permission but did not recall if she took the blood pressure medication.

Browning is charged with felony counts of entering without breaking and cultivation of marijuana. If Browning is found guilty on both counts, she could be forced to spend between 14 months and six years in a state correctional facility or pay up to $15,100 or both. Browning’s bond was set to $10,000.

Bradshaw is charged with a felony count of cultivation of marijuana, and if he is found guilty he could be forced to spend between one and five years in a state correctional facility or pay up to $15,000 in fines or both. Bradshaw’s bond was set to $5,000.


Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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