Man arrested after allegedly not completing substance abuse recovery program

BUCKHANNON – A Huntington man was arrested after allegedly not complying with a court order to attend a substance abuse program.

James Heater, 42, of Huntington W.Va. was arrested for escape, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Sgt. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, on July 21, 2023, Heater entered a plea in Upshur County Circuit Court and was ordered to attend the Recovery Point substance abuse program.

If he did not complete the program, Heater was to report to the Upshur County Day Report Center and be hooked up to electronic monitoring, the complaint states.

Heater allegedly left Recovery Point on Sept. 3, 2023.

“The defendant left the program on his own and has not completed the program,” Caynor wrote in the complaint. “The defendant has had no contact with Recovery Point since he left and has not contacted the Upshur County home confinement officers.”

Bail was set at $10,000 cash only by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis.

The potential penalty for escape is confinement for not more than five years in the penitentiary.

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