The following arrests are taking from criminal complaints filed in the Magistrate Court of Logan County. Criminal complaints are public information and are not an indication of guilt; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- James Garfield Ball, 34, of Whitman, was arrested and charged with two counts of forgery, fraudulent use of access device, identity theft and two counts of uttering, computer fraud and obtaining goods under false pretenses. Ball was arrested after the victim filed a complaint with the West Virginia State Police that someone had made purchases at the Cora Rich Station without her consent. The victim believes she dropped her checks while she was shopping. The officer obtained surveillance video from the gas station and was able to identify the defendant, James Ball to be signing and passing the victi’s checks. Further investigation revealed Ball has used another individual’s driver’s license to utter the checks. When the officer showed the defendant a still photo from the video of him purchasing the items, he acknowledged to the officer the photo was of him. Ball’s bond was set at $20,000.
- Chris Meadows allegedly broke into a home in the Sandy Bottom area of Omar, using another individual as a lookout while he took property valued at $1,000. West Virginia State Police obtained statements from witnesses who saw the defendant complete the acts. Meadows was arrested and charged with burglary. His bond was set at $10,000.
- Khrista Anne Cook, 25, of Holden, was arrested by West Virginia State Police and charged with taking a 2006 Chevrolet. The accused provided the officer with a statement. Her bond was set at $10,000.
- A Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to Rockhouse Creek Development Mine No. 9 at Man in reference to someone trying to steal belt structure. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with employees who had witnessed a green Ford Ranger being directly beside a large piece of belt structure. They left and the employee followed them to Kistler. While following the truck, the employee observed torches and equipment in the bed of the truck. The employee stated the truck went to Kistler and they picked up a female and went to Trogdon’s Convenience Store at Kistler. While speaking to the employees at the site, the truck returned and the deputy followed it, initiating a traffic stop on the mine road. The deputy noted the license number matched the license number provided by the employees at Rockhouse Creek Development and he also noted the torches and tanks were in the bed of the truck. Curtis Ball, 46, of Kistler, was arrested and charged with accessory before the fact and destruction of property. His bond was set at $10,000.
- West Virginia State Police executed a warrant arresting Adam Lester for grand larceny, receiving/transferring stolen property and conspiracy for allegedly stealing eight batteries from WV-3 Kentucky Fuel mining site between the dates of November 30 and December 2, 2013. Five of the batteries were valued at $500 each. The accused allegedly transported the batteries to Vance’s Recycling and sold them for scrap. His bond was set at $5,000.