TAYLOR COUNTY—After being indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury during the September term, multiple defendants were present in Taylor County Circuit Court last week to be arraigned on their charges.
Among those facing arraignment was Donald Gene Parks, Jr., age 46, of Newburg, for one count of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence third or subsequent offense.
During his hearing, it was noted that a previous conviction of the same crime had landed Parks on the Taylor County Community Corrections Program, which was then transferred to the Preston County Program.
A previous bond of $5,000 was previously posted by All Out Bail Bonds and when Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats asked the state’s position on its continuance, Taylor County Prosecutor John Bord voiced opposition.
“The state would find that to be problematic because Mr. Parks has tested positive for alcohol use numerous times since being on the Community Corrections program,” he told the court.
Parks revealed that because he had been on the program for over a year, he was only required to test every two weeks.
He further disclosed that should he be tested after his hearing, there was a possibility that it could yield a positive result.
“There was a mix up the other night,” he explained. “My buddy was over the other night. He was drinking Bud Light and I was drinking Pepsi. I accidentally grabbed his can by mistake and took a drink before realizing it.”
When Moats questioned how much of the beverage he consumed, the defendant told him that his gulp contained nearly half the contents in the can.
“You are going to be tested today, and if you test positive, I’m going to have to pit you in jail,” Moats voiced.
Hearing that he very well could find himself behind bars, Parks asked if he would be permitted to enter a rehabilitation facility.
That request was denied by Moats, who told Parks he had plenty of time to seek rehab and failed to do so.
During the hearing, Moats entered a not guilty plea on Parks’ behalf for driving while revoked for driving while under the influence of alcohol third or subsequent offense, allowing 30 days for his counsel, Scott Shough, to obtain discovery and file motions in the matter.
Carlos Raydell Fernandez, age 29, of Philadelphia, PA, also present in Taylor County Circuit Court after being indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, persons prohibited from possessing firearms and conspiracy by the grand jury.
Again, a plea of not guilty was entered on the defendant’s behalf by Moats, with the same 30-day window for his counsel, Zachary Dyer, to file any motions he saw fit.
It was revealed that a $30,000 bond had been set in Taylor County Magistrate Court, and because Fernandez had appeared without issue to his hearings, Moats ordered that the bond would continue.
Additionally, 27-year-old Terry Lee Adams, of Fairmont, was arraigned on a felony destruction of property charge.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf to allow 30 days for his attorney, Katika Ribel, to obtain discovery and file motions in the matter.
A previously posted bond in the amount of $7,500 was allowed to continue, however Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Miller petitioned the court to place Adams on supervised bond.
“Mr. Adams was highly intoxicated at the time of the crime,” he noted.
Adams admitted to Moats that he had used methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana within the past two weeks, and that a drug test would show positive for those substances.
He further conceded that he had been addicted to drugs for some time.
Moats ordered that Adams would be placed on bond supervision through the Taylor County Community Corrections Program, and that would be allowed to be transferred to Marion County.
The $25,000 bond of Thomas Harte, a 52-year-old Flemington man, was allowed to continue, with stipulations in place, after he was arraigned for the charge of sexual assault in the first degree and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian in the second degree.
Moats ordered that the defendant was to have no contact with any child under the age of 18, and that Harte, who was under bond supervision by the Taylor County Probation Office, would undergo drug and alcohol testing.
Should Harte return a positive result, Moats noted that he could potentially be placed on supervision through the Community Corrections program or find himself in jail.
Finally, Terry Wesley Moon, age 52, of Tunnelton, who was indicted by the grand jury for fraudulent schemes and forgery also underwent arraignment.
Moats ruled that the defendant’s $5,000 bond would be allowed to continue.
He entered a not guilty plea on Moon’s behalf to allow 30 days for his lawyer, Dean Morgan, to obtain discovery and file motions in the matter.
A trial date of January 22, 2022, was set for all the above-mentioned cases, with jury selection to begin at 9:00 a.m.