GRAFTON—Judge Alan D. Moats heard multiple cases in Taylor County Circuit Court, including arraignments, sentencings, bond issues and extraditions.
Derek P. Robinson was arraigned on one count of forgery and one count of uttering, stemming from a traffic stop in Taylor County.
According to Moats, Robinson was stopped for speeding and was cited for not wearing his seatbelt. Robinson reportedly gave his brother’s name to police, when they were performing routine checks through the Division of Motor Vehicles.
After the citations were applied to the brother’s driving record, he called police and straightened out the issue. Robinson had allegedly given his brother’s name, to hide the fact that he was driving without a valid driver’s license, when he was stopped.
Moats entered a not-guilty plea on Robinson’s behalf, to give his council time for discovery and to file motions in the case.
Michael Weidlich was back in front of Moats to enter a motion to reinstate bond, after his lawyer, Jason Wingfield, said prosecutors failed to produce evidence in his case.
Weidlich’s motion for bond had be previously denied, when Moats was told by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Shawn Nines, that he had received information stating Weidlich had contacted a victim in his case, in an aggressive manner.
Moats ordered that the matter would be set for an evidentiary hearing, but could not come to a conclusion on when that date would be due to scheduling conflicts with Wingfield. Upon being taken out of the courtroom, Weidlich had an outburst, in which he cursed the court and the judge, and he had to be, somewhat forcefully, removed.
“An outburst, such as that one, is a cause for concern,” said Moats. “If he is willing to have an outburst like that, and become that angry, when he’s in handcuffs and leg shackles, I’m worried what he might do if he’s out on bond and not restrained.”
Shawn Waters was remanded back to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail after failing to meet the requirements of his bond, while on Community Corrections. According to Tammy Narog, Director of the Taylor County Community Corrections Program, Waters has had issues throughout his time on the program.
“He would come in, last minute, when he knew he was going to get drug tested, which was a sure sign he had been using,” explained Narog. “On his last test date, he became agitated and said he needed to pick his kids up. The more he continued to behave that way, the more I feared for the safety of his children.”
According to testimony, Waters has had numerous positive-drug screens, while on the program.
“We are talking about 14 or 15 years of a drug habit,” declared Moats. “It never stops. You have to decide you want to stop using drugs for yourself, and for your children. Only you can make that choice.”
Moats ordered that Waters would return to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, but that if he could get into a long-term, drug-treatment program, he would be willing to look into his release, so that he could get the help he needs.
Trial dates were set for two separate cases for Gregory L. Gillum, II and Brandon L. Swiger. Both cases will be set for jury selection on May 15, at 9:00 a.m.
A capias was issued for Adriana Fayth Pancake’s arrest, after she failed to appear in court. According to her lawyer, Jason Wingfield, she took off from the Community Corrections program and is now on the run.
John B. Webb was in court to have a sentence handed down to him, for a case involving grand larceny and breaking and entering charges. Webb had previously entered guilty pleas to those charges, in December. Webb’s sentencing hearing had to be continued, because victims in his case were not notified of the court date.
“It is clearly marked on these victim impact statements that these victims wanted to be present to speak at Mr. Webb’s sentencing,” expressed Moats. “The case will have to be continued, so that they may have the opportunity to speak.”
John Michael Whalen waived his right to an extradition hearing, and volunteered to return to Butler County, Pennsylvania, where a bench warrant had been issued, for failure to appear in court.