Unreported Crime in Calhoun County

Ok folks, here it is. The police have created an environment where there are a lot of people who do not bother calling them when things go wrong. Rather just deal with it on our own so to speak. We get the feeling they are not looking out for our best interests anyways. They get called about various crimes and whatever they DO, they DON’T let anyone know what’s up. Thank heavens there are folks out there who actually REPORT on the recent increase in thieving in the area, or we would think it was ok to go to bed with the doors unlocked…

But even THOSE crimes, under-reported as they are, are not ALL of them.

With the economy and all the way it is, we will probably see a lot more of this kind of thing. People are not trusting the cops and not feeling too comfortable putting their money in the bank for whatever reason. So they keep some cash hidden in their homes. And that is making people TARGETS.

There have been 3 thefts of money reported to the Calhoun Underground in the past month. Not sure in the first instance how much, as this was word of mouth only. But the second and third instances were communicated directly to the editors by the victims. Approximately $1200 total has come up missing in those instances.

It appears that whoever is doing the stealing is not only FAMILIAR with the victims, but has a pretty good idea of where to look for the money. Done quickly and without having to move stuff around, and done without staying around to see what else they may find of value, it seems the money is all they are really interested in. That and not getting caught. And so far, they are smarter than the people who were stolen from. Because NO ONE should be sitting on large sums of money without HIDING IT WELL. I’d go so far as to advise not hiding it in your HOUSE at all.

At any rate, obviously there has been enough “unreported” stealing going on in area that I felt it was important to let people know to be especially vigilant. Because from all indications, it could be someone you know.

If anyone else has been “hit” or knows someone who has, does not feel inclined to report to the police, but feels that others should know the extent of the situation, please feel free to leave a comment. We won’t ask questions.

And this is all “heresay” anyhow…. 😉

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A Tax Feeder Frenzy

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CALHOUN MAGISTRATE COURT RULINGS – July 2009 Cases

(08/25/2009)

Disposition of criminal cases in Calhoun Magistrate Court from July 1, 2009 to July 31, 2009.

Cases are listed by date, case number, defendant, age, charge(s) and disposition of case.

M = Misdemeanor – F = Felony

Magistrate Robinson

07/01/09 – 04M-236 – Judy Gillis, Adult, Worthless Check. Dismissed on Time Limitations without Prejudice.

07/01/09 – 05M-226 – Edward Joe Dingess, 35, Possession Controlled Substance. Dismissed upon Time Limitations without Prejudice.

07/01/09 – 05M-227 – Edward Joe Dingess, 35, No Proof of Insurance. Dismissed upon Time Limitations without Prejudice.

07/01/09 – 05M-228 – Edward Joe Dingess, 35, Registration Violation. Dismissed upon Time Limitations without Prejudice.

07/01/09 – 05M-229 – Edward Joe Dingess, 35, Windshield Violation Dismissed upon Time Limitations without Prejudice.

07/01/09 – 05M-230 – Edward Joe Dingess, 35, Driving Suspended/Revoked for DUI. Dismissed upon Time Limitations without Prejudice.

07/13/09 – 09F-31 – Kirk A. Miller, 32, Murder. After Preliminary Hearing Probable Cause Found – Case Transferred to Circuit Court.

07/13/09 – 09F-32 – Kirk A. Miller, 32, Murder. After Preliminary Hearing Probable Cause Found – Case Transferred to Circuit Court.

07/14/09 – 09M-152 – Benjamin Jackson, 32, Trespassing. No Contest Plea- Assessed Fine & Costs totaling $264.53.

07/14/09 – 09M-153 – Benjamin Jackson, 32, Assault. No Contest Plea- Assessed Fine & Costs totaling $189.53.

07/14/09 – 09M-218 – George Griffin, 53, Battery. No Contest Plea- Assessed Fine & Costs totaling $$189.53 & 7 Days Jail With Credit for Time Served.

07/27/09 – 09M-193 – Karen Sue Starcher, 55, Drive Suspended. Dismissed per State Motion.

07/27/09 – 09M-194 – Karen Sue Starcher, 55, Strike Unattended. Guilty Plea – 12 Hours Jail Time, Credit with Time Served, to run Concurrent With 09M-195. Assessed Court Costs only of $164.53. Restitution of $1503.61.

07/27/09 – 09M-195, Karen Sue Starcher, 55, Failure of Immediate Report of Accident. Guilty Plea- 12 Hours Jail Time, Credit with Time Served, to run Concurrent With 09M-194, Assessed Court Costs of $164.53.

07/27/09 – 09M-244 – Andrea Baringer, Adult, Worthless Check. Plea of Guilty, Assessed Costs & Restitution Totaling $300.51.

07/27/09 -09M-214 – Linda Ann Simmons, 42, Driving Suspended/Revoked Non DUI 3rd Offense. Plea of Guilty, Assessed Fine & Costs totaling $314.53 (Paid in Full) 6 months Home Confinement in lieu of Jail to Begin 08/15/09.

07/27/09 – 09M-225 – Joshua Michael Tanner, 28, Weapon Without License. Dismissed without Prejudice, Chapter 61, was on Citation.

07/29/09 – 09M-245 – Dexter E. Marks, Adult, Worthless Check. Dismissed upon Full Payment of $244.53.

07/30/09 – 09M-238 – Gary M. Ferrell, 41, No Proof of Insurance. Plea of No Contest, Assessed Fine & Costs Totaling $364.53.

07/30/09 – 09F-29 – John D. Hickman, 55, Driving Revoked DUI 3rd offense. Waived to Circuit Court.

Magistrate Postalwait

07/04/09 – 09M-230 – Dennis Lee Goff, 27, Driving Under the Influence. No Complaint filed, Case Dismissed.

07/04/09 – 09M-231 – Dennis Lee Goff, 27, Reckless Driving. No Complaint filed, Case Dismissed.

07/04/09 – 09M-232 – Dennis Lee Goff, 27, No Insurance. No Complaint filed, Case Dismissed.

07/04/09 – 09M-233 – Dennis Lee Goff, 27, Motor Vehicle Inspection. No Complaint filed, Case Dismissed.

07/07/09 – 09M-151 – Andrew David Woodring, 22, Left of Center. Case Dismissed on Request of Officer.

07/07/09 – 09M-102 – Anna Cottrill, Adult, Fail to Send Child To School. Case Dismissed upon motion of the State.

07/07/09 – 09M-103 – Anna Cottrill, Adult, Fail to Send Child To School. Case Dismissed upon motion of the State.

07/07/09 – 08M-287 – Richard Allen Wines, 50, Driving Under the Influence. Defendant entered No Contest Plea, Assessed Fine & Costs totaling $339.53 (Paid in Full).

07/07/09 – 08M-288 – Richard Allen Wines, 50, Left of Center. Case Dismissed upon No Contest Plea to 08M-287.

07/07/09 – 09M-191 – Victor Lee Carpenter, Sr., 42, Driving Suspended/Revoked Non DUI. Case Dismissed, the Defendant has a valid Driver’s license verified By DMV.

07/14/09 – 09M-146 – Zachary Allen Wease, 18, Leaving Scene with Property Damage. After Full Bench Trial Defendant found Guilty, Assessed Fine & Costs Totaling $264.53.

07/21/09 – 09M-82 – Linda L. Carpenter, 51, Assault. After Bench Trial The Court granted the Defendant’s Motion For Acquittal.

07/21/09 – 09M-9 – Ronnie Lee Hannah, 30, Possession Controlled Substance less than 15 grams. Case Dismissed upon Defendant’s successful Completion of Probation.

07/23/09 – 09M-235 – Lyndsay Eileen Turner, 19, No Insurance. Defendant entered Guilty Plea, Assessed $1000.00 Fine & Costs of $164.53.

07/23/09 – 09M-190 – Victor Lee Carpenter, Sr., 42, Speeding. Defendant entered No Contest Plea to 63 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Assessed Fine & Costs totaling $184.53.

07/23/09 – 09M-234 – Eve Reed, 28, Registration Violation. Case Dismissed upon Motion of the State upon The Defendant providing A valid Registration Card.

Magistrate Jason Bennett

07/21/09 – 08M-135 – Michael Edward Grogg, Sr., 46, Too Fast for Road Conditions. Case Dismissed upon Motion of the Defendant That the victim failed to Show in timely manner For trial.

07/21/09 – 08M-136 – Michael Edward Grogg, Sr., 46, Failure to Maintain Control. Case Dismissed upon Motion of the Defendant That the victim failed to Show in timely manner For trial.

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We have 38 official charges for the month of JULY. Each one with it’s own inevitable paperwork and many hours of desk work, as well as the time and effort involved for the police to do their part… ALL courtesy of the taxpayers of the county.

If I counted right, there were 18 dismissed all together and 1 acquittal. Well. 19 from 38 is…….. HALF the charges for the month had to be tossed.

I say no more.

Anonymous Tips, Taxes, and the Police State

Well, I’ve heard just about enough of this that it’s making my blood boil.

I already know first hand what horrors await the poor soul who perhaps has pissed off some lowlife enough for them to make an anonymous accusation about them to the police. In our little corner of the universe, we have had this happen more than once. SOMEONE, and you probably will never find out who for sure, decides it furthers their agenda to tell the police you are doing something illegal, whether you are or not is beside the point. So the police show up at your door, perhaps with a CPS worker or something similar, sometimes with a warrant and sometimes without one. It matters not, because they can bend the rules to suit their plan.

Now, one could think this is just a random occurance. BUT lately, I have been running into a LOT of people who have had this happen to them just in the last couple months. To the point where I think it’s pretty obvious that there is something greater at work here than just “anonymous tips”.

I went to a wedding in NY recently where I met a friend of the family who had a horror story to tell about an anonymous tip which led to her home being ransacked, her mother handcuffed, and of course a few minimal eventual charges, even tho the actual accusations on the search warrant were fabricated. I wonder how many of you might have SOMETHING in your homes that the police could consider illegal if they so choose? I bet the wrath of the state police will find SOMETHING to charge you for, even if ultimately the charges must be tossed out.

Well, I thought, they actually ARE targeting certain types of individuals.  But that did not prepare me for the next horror story. I returned to home in the holler, and went online to read some current posts by one of my favorite bloggers, and low and behold, HE too had someone make an anonymous tip in the past week or so which led to his having to hurriedly spirit his family off to a safe place before the CPS could obtain a search warrant.

Now, this is really starting to piss me off and add credence to the fact that NONE of us are safe in our homes.

So, I’m sitting here and the phone rings, and it’s a good friend of ours who lives near Huntington. And guess what? The cops showed up at HIS place, NO SEARCH WARRANT, on, guess what? An ANONYMOUS TIP.  He was not home but his son was. They  intimidated the son into signing a waiver so that they could search the house, and in doing so, found not one single thing wrong. But meantime they had the son handcuffed for 3 hours, and even tho he was not arrested for anything the police told him he could not stay there. Even tho that is where he lives and they found nothing wrong…

The outcome of the whole thing was that someone made up a story about having been attacked by my friend (the real story was the guy was sitting in his truck and this idiot punches him in the face, twice, and broke his glasses before he lifted a finger to defend himself)  But now the owner of the land is charged with “wanton endangerment”, the “victim” claiming that he pulled a gun on him. For a fact, the guy in question does not even OWN a gun. And I can verify without question that this man is NOT a liar. Ever. But he IS a Viet Nam vet who gets a disability check for mental illness. I’m seeing a pattern of the police using extreme force in dealing with these anonymous “investigations” towards people they think could be “dangerous”. In other words people they are afraid of. In this case, the owner of the property, upon returning home and seeing all the police cars in his driveway, got the heck out of there as fast as he could, ON FOOT and thru the woods. The SWAT team was called out, the dogs were brought in, and the helicopters flew over his farm for 2 days. All over an anonymous complaint that was made up.

Now, how much do you taxpayers think THIS cost?

No, not one of us is safe. If you have any kind of “reputation”, including the reputation of telling it like it is, or living “outside the box”, you too can be a victim of the State Police, a victim of any Joe-down-the-street with a telephone or a computer, and there is not one thing you can do to stop it. And all these so-called “public servants” are SWORN TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION!

This is really some bullshit.

Mistaken Identities, Conspiracies, and Other Excuses

The Editors of the Calhoun Underground, after speaking at great length with Bob Weaver of the Hur Herald, feel that it is high time to set the record straight on our end.

The article this morning entitled “The Hur Herald IS Not The Internet” is absolutely true, and a shame. It is hard to imagine anyone literate enough to use a computer who is not able to recognize that the Hur Herald, The Calhoun Underground, The Calpatty Press, The Lone Meth Ranger, and even the regional jail website are not all run by the same person!!! Perhaps it is difficult for some to accept that there might actually be some credibility to what has been said regarding the state of affairs in this part of West Virginia. After all, if all these “crazy” blog sites can be connected to the Hur Herald editor, then we do not have to give the Hur Herald any credibility either, now do we? How convenient for those with the desire to keep these issues swept under the rug.

The outcome of this case of mistaken identities is that there are issues which can not be fully covered by the Hur Herald even if the editors desire to do so, at risk of being seen as “just another crackpot” or accused of being responsible for any number of other more infamous sites or at least conspiring with the authors.

Now, some may say that if all the authors of these websites and blogs are NOT one in the same, then surely they must be friends, collaborating among themselves to create the greatest amount of havoc. I can only speak for myself in that I had never heard of The Lone Meth Ranger, The Calpatty Press, The Crooked County Crooks, or Bob Weaver until I discovered them on the internet. It only follows that the editors of the Calhoun Underground have  had some limited communications with the other BLOG writers, because at least in some respects, we find ourselves on the same page. Regardless of our initial thoughts regarding these BLOG sites, I found it interesting that there was such an assortment of people raising a lot of the same issues and that there were others who actually had the NERVE to speak up. Being a writer myself and finding myself constantly at odds with certain happenings related to the State Police in Calhoun and Roane Counties, decided to do the same, for the sole purpose of attempting to give even MORE credibility to some of the most important issues facing ALL citizens in this county.

Now, the Hur Herald is NOT a blog, but a credible news source for this area. And our association with Bob Weaver is purely coincidental. We simply tend to share not only his views on the issues, but his desire to keep things aboveboard. I grew up with a writer/philosopher for a dad, and Bob Weaver’s writings are very similar to my Father’s in nature and scope. And in a small community like this one, individuals with similar ideas tend to become friends. But even finding ourselves in close quarters, we have mutually attempted to limit our connections as far as the internet community. My ideas are mine, his ideas are his.

It can be a handicap, being a writer, being in agreement with the Editor, but not being able to utilize the Hur Herald for a medium of communication. But, as we both realize, a certain distance must be maintained for our arguments to carry the greatest amount of weight.

The problems involved in presenting facts that tend to be unpopular are many, and one of the things I have endeavored to do is try my best to keep the Calhoun Underground as INDEPENDENT from the other blogs and the Hur Herald as possible, as I too am concerned about those who would try to lump all these individuals into one, at the expense of the truth.

Now, I would say it’s high time for readers of these many blogs and news sites to realize that maybe, just maybe what is being said about the corrupt practices in question, by all the various DIFFERENT people independently of each other, SHOULD be looked at more closely and stop being discredited by those with an obvious agenda.

Letter To the Editor of the Hurherald

Ah, it pays to have the inside scoop. Looks like there are a few more waves in the pond. Anyone with their own stories? We’ll publish them anonymously if need be. As long as they are TRUE. Send ’em in.

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Dear Editor,
This in response to your ongoing troubles with the WVSP and to those who
would dismiss the issue by claiming it is “just bad blood”.  I know first
hand of the incompetence within the Calhoun County State Police. My family
and myself have been victimized by the State Police under the direction of
Mr. Starcher and his ilk more than once over the years. The most recent
involving a search warrant obtained by Starcher using demonstrably false
information. The “probable cause” for the search warrant was entirely
fabricated, and the results of the search led to what can only be described
as baldfaced lies in statements to the media, with the case eventually
DISMISSED for lack of evidence. In this case, the issue was swept under the
rug and the “loss” of ALL evidence was never reported on to the media.  This
also led to a serious mental and health breakdown for my husband who suffers
from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe anxiety disorder when under
stressful situations. Which led to even more legal problems rather than a
doctors help.

Sure, people could say there is “just bad blood” between Starcher and myself
as well if you know the history. But ultimately the problem seems to be that
you have a person who was born and raised in Calhoun County, went to school
here, and now is a State Police officer here. He is familiar with just about
everyone and vice versa. This resembles to me something akin to “conflict of
interest” where people are simply too familiar with each other to  maintain
objectivity in critical situations. Any State Trooper needs specifically to
be ABOVE REPROACH in his actions in order to be effective and respected. I
feel that in these instances and circumstances that familiarity does indeed
breed contempt, and that it would serve the WVSP best interests to remove
him from this area all together, as there is far too much “bad blood”
floating around which would cause any State Trooper to be unable to actually
do his job properly.

I believe this is information that should be publicly known and so a copy of this letter has also been sent to the Calhoun Chronicle and the Times Record.

Patsy Buvoltz