GRAFTON—The Grafton Police Department has been hard at work ensuring that the residents of the city are a little safer. Recently, they have arrested numerous individuals on various charges.
Andrea M. White, 35, of Cheektowaga, NY, was arrested and charged with grand larceny and conspiracy, after officers received a notification from the Harrison-Taylor County 911 Dispatch Center of a stolen vehicle.
According to the complaint filed by Grafton Police Deputy Chief Michael Kochka, the caller advised the dispatch center on January 9, that he had allowed two friends to borrow his vehicle to go get cigarettes from a nearby store the night before.
When the couple failed to return with the vehicle, the victim feared that they might be en-route to Kentucky, Georgia or back to New York.
A report was filed by Kochka and the vehicle’s description was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
On January 10, Trooper Amarose from the Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg Detachment, contacted the Grafton Police Department to advise them that another trooper had stopped the vehicle.
He told the Grafton officers that they had found within the vehicle four rifles and a handgun, but no makes or models were reported.
White, the passenger of the vehicle, was taken into custody and transported to the Franklin County Jail to await extradition back to West Virginia.
White is currently being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash or surety bond amount.
In addition, the department arrested and charged David Lee McMasters, Jr., 42, of Grafton, with felony child abuse creating risk of injury after a July 12 incident.
Corporal Paul Collins, of the Grafton Police Department, responded to a call on Lucas Dairy Rd. and found two juveniles at a residence. The male juvenile wasn’t wearing a shirt, socks or shoes and appeared to be in distress.
When the officer questioned who was in the home, the male reported that he, his sister and McMasters. The officer noted that the youth was shaking and unwilling to answer questions as to why.
The female subject asked the officer to take them to their mother, and both youths refused to go back inside to get McMasters, who the officers learned had been banned from the property.
Collins noted in his report that the male juvenile had scratches on his chest, arms and back, and a mark on his upper left arm, which appeared to be a heel print with faded wording.
The male told the officer that McMasters had not injured him on his left side, only his right. It was on his right side of his head that the youth complained of a knot on his head and soreness on his ribs.
Another family member on scene reported to police that the male had told her McMasters had kicked him five times.
McMasters was taken into custody and is currently being house in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $7,500 cash or surety bond amount.
Additionally, 50-year-old Antonio Devor Chappell, of Grafton, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, and persons prohibited from possessing firearms, after Patrolman Clinton Mayle noticed a vehicle parked near a condemned building on Barrett Street.
According to his complaint, while out patrolling, he noticed a red sedan parked beneath a home on Barrett Street, that had been condemned by the city. When he asked the individuals inside what they were doing there, they revealed they were meeting someone.
One of the individuals had already been cited for trespassing after dark at the location.
When the officer went to check to see who was in the building, he noticed the defendant, Chappell knocking on the door and looking for someone. When asked what he was doing, the defendant told him he was supposed to meet someone there.
The officer performed a routine pat down of Chappell for officer safety, and upon doing so, the defendant reportedly kept grabbing at his pants pocket.
When asked what he had in his pocket, the defendant produced a small clear baggie that contained green leafy substance, later determined to be marijuana. When asked again if he had anything on his person, Chappell admitted that he had a handgun.
Mayle noted in his report that the weapon was not loaded, and Chappell had no ammunition on his person.
Upon further search of the defendant, the officer recovered another small clear baggie, this one containing a crystal-like substance, which was field tested and returned a positive result for methamphetamine.
Chappell was taken into custody and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where his is being held on a $6,000 cash or surety bond.
Finally, the Grafton Police Department apprehended Robin Lynn Kapp, 33, of Grafton. She is being charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, after a disturbance on High Street.
According to Mayle, upon arriving on the scene of the disturbance, he began speaking with Kapp’s husband while the defendant reportedly carried bags from beside the residence.
Upon setting one of the bags down, a clear plastic bag containing drug paraphernalia and a vile of Naloxone HCl fell out. Also inside the large plastic bag were two baggies containing a white residue.
When tested, the residue inside the baggies returned a positive result for methamphetamine.
Kapp was taken into custody and was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she was held on a $3,000 cash or surety bond.