Upshur County Grand Jury returns 31 indictments in January term

BUCKHANNON – A Virginia man who allegedly admitted to shooting another man in the leg in December but reportedly lied to police about his identity was indicted Monday in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Lavar Anthony O’Neal, 39, of Newport News, Virginia, gave Upshur County Sheriff’s deputies a different name after being arrested on a malicious wounding charge for allegedly shooting a man, Zachary Crawford, in the leg and foot following an altercation Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, on Wabash Avenue.

O’Neal was indicted one count of malicious assault, a felony; three counts of forgery of a public record, a felony; three counts of uttering a public record, a felony; and one count of fleeing or attempting to flee by means other than use of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

In the January 2021 term of Upshur County Circuit Court, a total of 28 individuals were charged in 31 indictments handed up by an Upshur County grand jury, according to a press release from the Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Hinkle’s office. A variety of charges were listed, ranging from strangulation and first-degree sexual abuse to burglary, grand larceny and third-offense driving with license revoked for DUI.

Indictments include:

Joshua Ray Amelotte
Buckhannon, WV
Age 25
Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine, a felony, one (1) count.  
George Tyree Cottle
Dundee, OH
Age 37
Destruction of Property, a felony, one (1) count.  Brandishing a Deadly Weapon, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  Fleeing on Foot, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Michael Ray Fitzwater
Waynesburg, WV
Age 40
Strangulation, a felony, one (1) count.  Domestic Assault, Third or Subsequent Offense, a felony, two (2) counts. Domestic Battery, Third Or Subsequent Offense, a felony, two (2) counts.  
Michael Ray Fitzwater
Waynesburg, WV
Age 40  
Possession of Stolen Vehicle, a felony, one (1) count. Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, a felony, one (1) count. Fleeing on Foot, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.
Joshua Allen Frame
Crawford, WV
Age 21
Failure to Provide Notice of a Change in Sex Offender Registration Information, Life Registrant, 2nd or Subsequent Offense, a felony, one (1) count.  
Silas Elliot Gain
Buckhannon, WV
Age 37  
Fleeing in a Vehicle with Reckless Indifference to the Safety of Others, a felony, one (1) count.   
Patrick Wayne Gower
Buckhannon, WV
Age 37
Driving While License Revoked for DUI, 3rd or Subsequent Offense, a felony, one (1) count.  
John Jason Hamrick
Webster Springs, WV
Age 46
Strangulation, a Felony, one (1) Count. Domestic Battery, a misdemeanor, one (1) count. Domestic Assault, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Joseph Alexander Haislip
Buckhannon, WV
Age 28  
Wanton Endangerment Involving a Firearm, a felony, one (1) count.  
Jackie Lee Harris
Buckhannon, WV
Age 39
Driving While License Revoked for DUI, 3rd or Subsequent Offense, a felony, one (1) count.  
Zachariah Tyler Helmick
Ireland, WV
Age 23
Grand Larceny, a felony, two (2) counts.  Conspiracy, a felony, two (2) counts.                
Alexis Rae Quattro
Ireland, WV
Age 19  
Grand Larceny, a felony, two (2) counts.  Conspiracy, a felony, two (2) counts.  
Timothy Lee Henry
Independence, WV
Age 34
Entry of a Building other than a Dwelling, a felony, one (1) count.  Grand Larceny, a felony, one (1) count.  Conspiracy, a felony, one (1) count.  
Jeffrey Andrew Saltis
Buckhannon, WV
Age 27
Entry of a Building other than a Dwelling, a felony, one (1) count.  Grand Larceny, a felony, one (1) count.  
Jeffrey Andrew Saltis
Buckhannon, WV
Age 27  
Entry of a Building other than a Dwelling, a felony, one (1) count.  Grand Larceny, a felony, one (1) count.  Conspiracy, a felony, one (1) count.   
Jeffrey Andrew Saltis
Buckhannon, WV
Age 27  
Attempted Grand Larceny, a felony, one (1) count.  Entry of a Building Other than a Dwelling, a felony, one (1) count.  Grand Larceny, a felony, one (1) count.  
Scottie Dale Hinchman
Adrian, WV
Age 41  
Grand Larceny, a felony, one (1) count.  
Katherine Ann Huffman
Buckhannon, WV
Age 43  
Obtaining Property in Return for Worthless Check, a felony, one (1) count.  
John Edward Hull
Buckhannon, WV
Age 50
Driving While License Revoked for DUI, 3rd or Subsequent Offense, a felony, one (1) count.  Entry of a Building Other than a Dwelling, a felony, one (1) count.  Petit Larceny, one (1) count.  
Colten Darrell Lester
Volga, WV
Age 32
Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine, a felony, one (1) count.  Driving While License Revoked for DUI, 1st Offense, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Robert Lee Moats
Buckhannon, WV
Age 41  
Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a felony, two (2) counts.  Sexual Abuse by a Parent, Guardian, Custodian, or Person in a Position of Trust, a felony, two (2) counts.    
Lavar Anthony O’Neal
Newport News, VA
Age 39
Malicious Assault, a felony, one (1) count.  Forgery of a Public Record, three (3) counts, a felony.  Uttering a Public Record, three (3) counts, a felony.  Fleeing or Attempt to Flee by Means Other than the Use of a Vehicle, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
William Thomas Peyatt
Buckhannon, WV
Age 21
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, a felony, one (1) count. 
Brandon Willard Scott
Buckhannon, WV
Age 35
Burglary, a felony, one (1) count.  Conspiracy, a felony, one (1) count.  Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Lita Angel Smallwood
Buckhannon, WV
Age 35
Burglary, a felony, one (1) count.  Conspiracy, a felony, one (1) count.  Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Khori Wayne Simmons
Buckhannon, WV
Age 25
Malicious Assault, a felony, one (1) count.  Brandishing a Deadly Weapon, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Skybluewater Keys
Buckhannon, WV
Age 44  
Medicaid Fraud, a felony, seven (7) counts.  Fraudulent Scheme, a felony, one (1) count.  
Corey David Tanner
Weston, WV
Age 32
Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle, 2nd Offense, a felony, one (1) count. Fleeing or Attempt to Flee by Means Other than the Use of a Vehicle, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
Donald Eugene Taylor
Buckhannon, WV
Age 42
Distribution and Exhibiting of Material Depicting Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, a felony, one (1) count.  
Joshua Ryan Warner
Buckhannon, WV
Age 44  
Forgery, a felony, three (3) counts.  Uttering, a felony, three (3) counts.  
James Ray Woodson
Selbyville, WV
Age 31
Fleeing in a Vehicle with Reckless Indifference to the Safety of Others, a felony, one (1) count.  Driving While License Revoked for DUI, 1st Offense, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  Fleeing or Attempt to Flee by Means Other than the Use of a Vehicle, a misdemeanor, one (1) count.  
List of indictments provided by the Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

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