Early July arrests keep all area law enforcement agencies busy


TAYLOR COUNTY—A Philippi man is behind bars following an interaction with an underage female.

Jordan M. Bodkins, 18, of Philippi, is being charged with felony distribution and display of obscene matter to a minor, after police learned he had been having conversations with a 14-year-old female via cell phone.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Sergeant Robert Garrison from the West Virginia State Police, during the correspondence with the female, Bodkins asked the victim to send nude pictures of herself to him.

The victim sent various nude pictures to Bodkins, and in return, Bodkins sent explicit pictures of himself, according to the report.

The crime was committed while the defendant was living in Taylor County with his father.

Bodkins was apprehended by the West Virginia State Police and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

Lucas Samuel Talerico, 29, of Shinnston, was charged with felony possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance—methamphetamine, after being stopped for improper registration lights on his vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dillon Nuzum, while patrolling Route 50 West, near Belgium, he notices a black vehicle traveling eastbound that did not have functioning registration lights.

After stopping the vehicle for the infraction, the officer was told by the driver, Talerico, that he did not possess a valid driver’s license. Upon a check of Division of Motor Vehicle records, it was revealed that the defendant’s license had been revoked due to driving while under the influence.

When asked to step out of the vehicle, Talerico admitted that he had smoked marijuana a couple hours prior to the stop. He further revealed to the deputy that he had marijuana in a gym bag inside the vehicle.

After obtaining consent to search both the vehicle and the bag, the deputy located the marijuana, as well as methamphetamine, an unknown crystal-like substance, prescription medications, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Talerico told the deputy that he was going to meet up with another individual at a nearby gas station to deliver methamphetamine that had been paid for a few days prior.

The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to the Taylor County Courthouse for further processing. He was then transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he has since been released on bond.

Additionally, James Luthern Frymyer, 50, of Grafton, is being charged with misdemeanor public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstruction, after a run in with a Grafton City Police Officer.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Patrolman J.K. Haddix, he was dispatched to Beech Street in Grafton, for a male subject who was intoxicated.

Upon the officer’s arrival, he noted an individual outside of a residence being loud and disorderly. The officer escorted Frymyer back into his residence and up into his bedroom.

The officer states in the report that he instructed the defendant that he was to go to bed and not come back down until he had sobered up.

While the officer was speaking with the females at the residence, Frymyer started to come back down the stairs. The officer states in the report he ordered the defendant to return to his bedroom or he would be placed under arrest.

When Frymyer failed to comply with the officer’s orders, he was told to turn around so he could be detained. While trying to handcuff the defendant, he broke free and attempted to crawl up the stairs.

The officer was able to restrain the defendant, who proceeded to resist the officer, and he was placed under arrest.

Frymyer was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he was held until his arraignment. He has since been released on bond.

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