Upshur County man arrested for strangulation Monday after allegedly choking his girlfriend

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested after allegedly choking his girlfriend during an argument involving a kitten.

Terry Mills, 62, of Buckhannon was arrested Monday for strangulation, a felony; domestic battery, a misdemeanor; and domestic assault, also a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Trooper Z.M. Lewis with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at 1:17 p.m., Lewis received a call from the E911 Upshur County Communication Center in reference to a domestic altercation in progress at a residence on Burnt Bridge in Buckhannon.

The Comm Center advised Lewis that both parties involved in the domestic incident had reportedly called the 911 Center. Although Mills and the victim were separated when Lewis arrived on scene, Lewis ascertained that the two were a couple who lived together, the file states.

Upon speaking to the victim, Lewis observed clear red marks around her neck “consistent with physical contact and/or strangulation,” and the victim was visibly upset, according to the file. The victim told Lewis she brought a kitten home without Mills knowing about it prior to the kitten’s arrival. The victim told police that the two became involved in a verbal altercation about the kitten, and she claimed that during the course of the argument, Mills allegedly placed his hands around her neck and restricted her airflow.

The victim stated she started to faint due to a lack of oxygen. However, Mills let go before the victim lost consciousness, the police report states.

When Lewis spoke to Mills, Mills said the two “were in a disagreement about a kitten” the victim brought home. The two engaged in a verbal argument and Mills said they entered his vehicle together and began driving down the roadway to return the kitten, and the victim was driving.

Mills told police that the victim then “brought up a prior relationship Mills had,” which sparked another verbal disagreement. Mills allegedly told police he “reached over and hovered his hands over the neck of the victim and told her he was going to choke her,” the criminal complaint states.

Due to marks on the victim and the statements from both parties, Lewis charged Mills with domestic assault, domestic battery and strangulation, according to the file.

Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder set bail at $22,500 cash only, according to the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The penalty for a conviction of strangulation, the felony, is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years, a fine of up to $2,500 or both.  



Buckhannon man arrested for alleged strangulation after reportedly looking through girlfriend’s phone

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested for allegedly attempting to strangle one person and then punching another. Brock A. Hyre, 32, of Buckhannon, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 30, for strangulation, a felony, and battery, a misdemeanor. According to […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Commission, Upshur Schools to consider partnership to resurface tennis courts at county Recreational Park

BUCKHANNON – Members of the Upshur County Board of Education did not appear to find any ‘fault’ with a proposal to resurface the tennis courts located near Buckhannon-Upshur High School. In fact, the group spoke favorably about the plan served […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Fish Hawk Acres invites the community to events in December

BUCKHANNON – Mark your calendar: Fish Hawk Acres will offer several exciting events this month. Experience the fun and fine dining of Fish Hawk Acres through their Wine Clubs, Market Dinners and other special events.


Lady ‘Cats tumble to West Liberty, 88-47

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan (0-3, 0-3) women’s basketball team dropped a road game to West Liberty (4-2, 3-0) on Wednesday (Nov. 30) night in West Liberty, W.Va. WVWC LeadersCourtney Wilfong had

Three Lady Bucs earn Big 10 All-Conference postseason volleyball honors

TENNERTON – Three Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs were honored on the recently announced Big 10 All-Conference Volleyball team. Senior Kendal Currence earned First Team honors while sophomore Alyssa Abel and senior Tori Perkins were named to the Second Team. The Lady […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.


City to close part of Madison Street on Thursday and Friday

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The Water Department has announced that Madison Street will be closed, from Florida Street to Spring Street, all day Thursday, December 1, 2022, and Friday, December 2, 2022, as crews work on

Cori Coffman named Assistant Dean of Students at D&E

Cori Coffman has returned to her alma mater Davis & Elkins College following an appointment to the position of assistant dean of students. The 2020 D&E graduate and Buckhannon native began her duties in late