Four arrested in Ritchie County ...

Four arrested in Ritchie County ...

There are 32 comments on the Parkersburg News & Parkersburg Sentinel story from Jan 23, 2011, titled Four arrested in Ritchie County .... In it, Parkersburg News & Parkersburg Sentinel reports that:

Three drug labs in Ritchie County were discovered by state police Thursday, leading to the arrests of four suspects, according to a press release from the Harrisville Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

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Centerview, MO

#1 Jan 25, 2011
This is sad. I feel for their families. Prayers that they get their life together.

United States

#2 Jan 26, 2011
who were the people arrested?

Since: Jan 11

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Jan 29, 2011
There is a story on here that tells the names. tracie Hall, David Hanlon, Chad Nutt, and a Rinehart boy.
None ya

Enola, PA

#4 Feb 17, 2011
Justice! According to investigating officer Sr.Trp. JACKSON, members of the REACT went to David Halons HOME and OBSERVED him removing phosphorous from matchbooks.This search occurred around 11:00p.m.
The OFFICERS also CONFISCATED WHAT IS TO BE BELIEVED TO BE METH,56HYDROCODONE PILLS,APPROXIMATELY 15 grams of suspected MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUG PARAPHERNALIA "INSIDE THE HOME" He was convicted of the "SAME" CHARGE IN JUNE2006and was sentenced to 1 to 5.The sentence was SUSPENDED HANLON WAS PLACED ON 18months home confinement and 18 months probation, JUST COMPLETED IN 2010! Okay so this was all taken from the Ritchie Gazette Jan26,2011

Since: Dec 10

United States

#5 Feb 17, 2011
Dear None Ya:
Please allow me to take this opportunity to offer information regarding the Court’s dismissal of charges in State v. Hanlon, due to the officer's "failure to appear" for the preliminary hearing. The story is long and involved, but, you did ask “what the hell?”
Let me begin by offering a little crash course in the criminal justice system. In Ritchie County criminal hearings are traditionally held on Tuesdays, although they are sometimes held on other days, especially preliminary hearings, which is a probable cause hearing in a felony case. These hearings have to be held within ten (10) days of the arrest, if the defendant is in jail, or within twenty (20) days of the arrest, if the defendant has been released on bond, which was the case with State v. Hanlon. By their very nature, these hearings do not allow for much notice by the Court, because they must be held within the specified time period.
For each week of hearings, the Court submits a docket, via fax, to each law enforcement agency and the prosecutor's office, regarding the hearings scheduled for each particular week. The docket is updated by the Court whenever necessary, i.e., a hearing is continued, the time is changed, etc. Most weeks, the docket is updated several times before the day of Court.
It is important to realize that, although a defendant can ask for and receive a continuance of a preliminary hearing, and waive the time periods set forth, the State does not have the right to request a continuance of the preliminary hearing, although upon the agreement of the defendant and counsel, the time and date of such a hearing can be changed to an earlier time.
The preliminary hearing in State v. Hanlon was originally scheduled for the afternoon of February 11th, a Tuesday. Although Tuesdays are generally Trooper Jackson's day off, and, in fact, he had long-standing plans to be out of the state on February 11th, he rearranged those plans, and did not accompany his family members on the trip that had been scheduled for several weeks. Law enforcement officers often have to appear in Court on their scheduled days off, which is part of their job, and they understand that. It is disappointing to have to miss out on plans with their families, but they realize that they have an obligation to the public that they are sworn to protect and serve.
On February 10th, the day before the subject preliminary hearing was set, upon the agreement of counsel and the Court, the time of the hearing was changed from the afternoon to the morning. Trooper Jackson was off duty by the time it was changed, and a text message was sent to him regarding the change of the hearing time.
The bottom line in this case is, the text was not received by Trooper Jackson. If you live in this area, you know that is not uncommon. The message informing that the text did not go through did not appear until after the hearing was over.
On the morning of February 11th, Magistrate Court was a little more hectic than usual. There were many cases set, which of course meant many defendants, defense counsel, and witnesses. As you may know, there is one prosecuting attorney in Ritchie County, and no assistants, which means if there is a hearing being held, the prosecutor must be there. Because of that, Trooper Jackson’s absence was not noticed until he was needed for the hearing. By then, it was too late to get him here in time.

Since: Dec 10

United States

#6 Feb 17, 2011
Part Two

At 10:30 a.m. on February 11th, the new time the Court had set for the preliminary hearing, Trooper Jackson was at his home in Parkersburg. Upon being informed that his hearing was going to begin soon, he left his home to come to Harrisville.
As you may know, criminal defendants in our system of justice always receive the benefit of any doubt. In this case, the hearing was set at a certain time, and when that time came,(and passed, because Court was running a little behind that day) any competent defense attorney, seeing that the State's witness has not appeared yet, is going to demand that the Court proceed with the hearing, which is what happened in this case. Trooper Jackson was on his way to Harrisville for the hearing, but the Court, faced with a Motion to Dismiss filed by the defendant, really had no choice in the matter. The case was dismissed. The evidence obtained by the officers remains secure in the State’s custody.
Generally speaking, a case can be dismissed at the preliminary hearing stage -- either by the State, or the Court -- for many reasons. These dismissals are without prejudice, which means the State may present that case to a grand jury, which can indict the defendant, and the defendant will be required to post bond again, which most defense attorneys advise against if there is a strong likelihood that the defendant will be indicted.
Some defendants want the dismissal regardless of the fact that the case will be presented to the next grand jury, and an indictment may be returned, charging them with the same crime(s).
In West Virginia, grand juries convene three (3) times per year, on the first day of each new term of Court, although it can be recalled for the presentation of a case later in the term, if necessary. The dates for the beginning of a term of Court are set forth in the Trial Court Rules, specifically, for the Third Judicial Circuit --
"2.03 Third Circuit. For the county of Doddridge, on the second Monday in February and July and the fourth Monday in October; for the county of Pleasants, on the second Monday in January, the third Monday in May, and the fourth Monday in September; for the county of Ritchie, on the fourth Monday in January, the first Monday in June, and the first Monday in October."
I am sure you will be relieved to know that’s the end of the criminal justice crash course. Now, some information on the officer in question --
Trooper Jackson is a dedicated law enforcement officer. During his time in Ritchie County he has been involved in numerous investigations, many times as the lead investigating officer. He is very capable of leading such investigations, and in many cases, such as the one discussed above, it has been his diligence and perseverance which leads to the discovery of evidence, and the arrest of the defendants. In fact, Trooper Jackson made the discovery of the information which led to the first search warrant being granted in this case, which in turn led to others that night.
Please note that Trooper Jackson made this discovery as a result of investigative work that he conducted on his own time, when he made a couple stops on his way to the detachment in Harrisville. He was not scheduled to work that day, but he was going in to do some work on various matters, anyway.

Since: Dec 10

United States

#7 Feb 17, 2011

Cases involving meth labs are very time-consuming. The investigation, which hopefully leads to enough evidence to obtain a search warrant; the paperwork required to obtain the search warrant; the actual execution of the search warrant; and seizure of the evidence, which then has to be documented, processed, and in most cases, submitted to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory, for analysis; once an arrest is made, there is more paperwork to be done. Of course, this is only one of many cases the officer is working on, and it all has to be coordinated, so that it all gets done. Add to that the fact that while on duty, the officer must respond to calls and deal with whatever that call involves. Add to that the fact that while on duty, he may be hit by a drunk driver and incapacitated for a year, or worse; he may be fatally shot while serving a warrant on a defendant – in fact, each and every call he responds to could be the last, and he knows that going in. But he puts on the uniform each day, and reports to work, ready and willing to protect and serve a public that doesn’t always appreciate him. Ready and willing to deal with the element of society that most people can’t deal with, which is why he was called in.

In small police forces, such as the ones in our area, during the course of a shift, the officer will likely respond to multiple calls, while trying to complete the necessary paperwork, and fend off a prosecutor who is breathing down his/her neck, wanting that paperwork yesterday, because a defense attorney somewhere has filed a Motion requesting it, and the clock is ticking on the time to respond. Fail to respond in a timely manner, and the evidence may be suppressed, and all the work put into a case will be for nothing.

When it is time to ‘punch out’ the officer may be in the middle of something that he or she can’t leave. This may go on for several hours, and there is nothing the officer can do about it, except stay and finish the job.

We all cherish our days off. We look forward to them, we make plans around them, and our families make plans around them. When we occasionally have to work on a day off, we are mildly annoyed, but for most of us, it is not a frequent happening. Law enforcement officers, however, often spend their days off in Court, waiting on hearings. They miss doctor’s appointments, ballgames, school Christmas programs, trick-or-treat, hearing their baby’s first heartbeat, or the ultrasound of their unborn babies. They are unable to attend long-standing family events, or just vegetate in front of the television and rest, because they are necessary parties to the hearings in the cases they work. They know that is part of their job, and they simply do it.
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Pennsboro, WV

#9 Feb 18, 2011
I love you rcp8181 thank you for clarifying and supporting our law enforcement officers!
Nicely Said

Fairmont, WV

#10 Feb 18, 2011
Thank you RCP8181!! And thank you to all law enforcement officers for the sacrifices you make daily!!

Summersville, WV

#11 Feb 18, 2011
Bravo, Ms.RCPA!

Since: Dec 10

United States

#12 Feb 18, 2011
P.S.-- before some astute individual points it out for me, please note that in my posting above, the date of the hearing should read February 8th. Sorry!

Clarksburg, WV

#13 Feb 18, 2011
Well stated; thanks for the facts!
It's a struggle to juggle and balance the demands of the court system in smaller counties with limited resources. I have always found that Ritchie County does an excellent job ensuring that justice is done-- EVEN WHEN justice demands dismissing of a case.

Keep up the good, and often, thankless work that law enforcement in Ritchie County does!
Law Enforcement Widow

United States

#14 Feb 18, 2011
Thanks RCP8181 for your dedicated service to Ritchie County citizens and our dedicated law enforcement officers. God bless you and God's protection over all those who serve.

Since: Feb 08

Greenwood WV

#15 Feb 20, 2011
Thank you RCP8181 for that thoughtful post.
None ya

Enola, PA

#16 Feb 21, 2011
RCP8181 wrote:
P.S.-- before some astute individual points it out for me, please note that in my posting above, the date of the hearing should read February 8th. Sorry!
I caught that!! Thanks for the crash course it was very informative and I appreciated it! I'm also grateful and appreciative of the law enforcement and the hard work and sacrifices they make for everyone. I'm just hoping all their hard work pays off in the end. Looking forward to the months ahead to the outcome of these 4 cases. Thanks again!!!
daves secert admire

Huntington, WV

#17 Jan 23, 2012
hes cute tho
where are they

Charleston, WV

#18 Jun 17, 2012
when we are getting everything stolen? Heck flavaris ran around for months with the crouch ripped out of his pants. No deceny worthless trash
Ritchie Citizen

United States

#19 Jun 18, 2012
Which really means Daves dad paid off the trooper to "miss" the text message. Wake up people if it was anyone without a rich family they would be swinging from a tree. That boy has been caught redhanded one to many times. Dirty politics....period.

West Union, WV

#20 Aug 31, 2012

Harrisville, WV

#21 Oct 5, 2012
Isn't RCP8181's son going to be in the remake of two girls one cup: two guys one cup in de jail house.

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