Petersburg woman behind bars, following a traffic stop in Grafton

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GRAFTON—A Petersburg woman is behind bars after being charged with crimes, following a traffic stop in Grafton.

Theresa Marie Vanmeter Lipkey, 36, was charged with one count of forgery and one count of uttering, both are felonies.

According to a criminal complaint filed by a patrolman with the Grafton City Police Department, on February 20, Vanmeter Lipkey was stopped for a traffic violation on Route 50, in Fetterman. The officer asked her for her driver’s license and was told that she did not have it with her.

The officer then asked for her name, and Vanmeter Lipkey stated she was Charlene. Upon looking at the registration card, the officer asked if she was in fact “Charlene Doman,” as the card stated, and she confirmed that she was.

The complaint further states that Vanmeter Lipkey was asked to write out her name, date of birth and social security number. Once running the information through databases with Harrison/Taylor County 911, the officer was advised that Doman’s driver’s license had been suspended.

The officer said he wrote tickets for speeding and driving on suspended, to the woman, whom he thought was Doman. It was not until May that the department received a complaint from Doman, stating Vanmeter Lipkey had used her information during the traffic stop.

She said that on the day of the infractions, she had allowed Vanmeter Lipkey to borrow her vehicle, but that she was not the driver during the time of the crime.

Because Vanmeter Lipkey had provided false information, and signed the citations, she was arrested last Friday, and charged with forgery and uttering.

Vanmeter Lipkey was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, and was being held on a $2,000 bond. She has since posted bond and was released.

The Grafton Police Department also made multiple domestic-related arrests within the last week, as well.

Kevin Brian Runner, 49, of Grafton, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, following an incident on July 27.

According to a patrolman’s filed criminal complaint, police were dispatched to a call on Knott’s Ave., and upon arrival, found the victim’s mother attempting to put him in her car to take him to the hospital for a cut on his hand.

According to their statements, a verbal altercation became physical, and that Runner had left the residence prior to the officers’ arrival. The victim’s mother told police that she had asked Runner to leave her home and he became angry. She said that her son had stepped in to defend her, and began arguing with Runner.

She went on to report that Runner and his victim’s altercation became physical. Police reported injuries to the victim’s face from the dispute.

Runner was arrested on Saturday, and was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held on $2,500 bond.

In an unrelated incident, Whitley Michelle Hill, 24, and Justin Allen Shultz, 27, were arrested, following a disturbance call early Saturday morning.

According to witness statements, Hill and Shultz were arguing, and woke everyone in the home. The witness told officers that the defendants’ fights are constantly happening.

Shultz told police that he and Hill started arguing when he asked her to move their child over so he could lie in the bed. He reported that Hill got into his face, and he grabbed her glasses and threw them, causing them to break.

The criminal complaint further states that Shultz told police that Hill started punching the television causing it to break.

According to statements, while trying to protect the children in the home from the threat, Shultz’s victim attempted to sequester them in a room. Shultz forcibly tried to push open the door to the room, and in doing so caused injury to the victim’s arm.

Shultz was charged with domestic battery, while Hill was charged with domestic assault, both of which are misdemeanors.

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