Early June arrests keep local law enforcement busy


TAYLOR COUNTY—Area law enforcement have had a busy start to the month, with arrests including drugs, driving while under in the influence and domestic battery.

Zachary Dale Stevens, 34, of Grafton, is being charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, after police were called to a local motor lodge for a domestic complaint.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Patrolman Haddix with the Grafton Police Department, upon arriving on the scene, he noted what appeared to be abrasions cause by skin rubbing on the floor on a female victim’s thigh, knee and face.

She told police that Steven had woke her up by screaming at her, grabbed her by her hair and drug her across the floor.

After taking the victim’s statement, the defendant was taken into custody, transported for further processing and then was taken to Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he his being held on a $3,000 bond.

Justin Philip Carrico Haskins, 27, of Bridgeport, has been charged with misdemeanor battery, after a report was filed with The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, claiming the defendant had thrown a four-year-old female to the floor, causing injury.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Chief Deputy Durrett, the mother contacted the department after she noted bruising on her daughter’s forehead. Once the report was filed, an investigation was started.

Through the investigation, officers learned that Haskins had violently picked up the child and threw her to the ground. It was also reported that the defendant then grabbed the child by her neck, pushing her to the down, while threatening the girl.

An onlooker shouted at Haskins to let the child up.

After searching for Haskins, who had moved from the apartment where the crime allegedly took place, he was located and placed in the regional jail. He has since made bond.

Cathy Kay Shipp, 44, of Grafton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, driving while under the influence of an impairing substance and driving without valid insurance, after a traffic stop on Lincoln Street.

The criminal complaint filed by Deputy Johnson with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department states that after the driver of the vehicle, Shipp, showed signs of impairment, she admitted to having methamphetamine in her vehicle.

She returned to the vehicle and turned over a baggie containing the meth to the officer. She then admitted to him that she had snorted the substance earlier in the evening, before being pulled over.

A battery of Standardized Field Sobriety tests were performed, and Shipp reportedly failed all three.

Shipp was processed before being transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she has since been released on bond.

Eric Furl Barnhouse, 39, of Flemington, was charged with felony third offense driving revoked for driving while under the influence, after a routine traffic stop was completed by Deputy I. Nuzum of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department.

Barnhouse was also wanted on a warrant out of Harrison County.

He is currently being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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