The Grafton City Police Dept. has a busy start to July

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Multiple arrests made for burglaries and drug charges

GRAFTON—The Grafton City Police Department arrested multiple people last week, on burglary and drug charges.

Christoper Brian Mooney, 39, and Amanda Nicole Lemley, 28, both of Grafton, were charged with felony nighttime burglary, after an officer was called to a home on Shaw Street.

According to criminal complaints filed by a Grafton City Police Department detective, the homeowner told officers that his home had been broken into, and when officers arrived on scene, they found the residence open.

The homeowner was able to provide video surveillance to the officers, of the inside and outside of the residence. While reviewing the footage, the detective was able to identify Mooney and Lemley, having dealt with them recently on a trespassing complaint, the complaint stated.

The video footage showed the defendants removing items from the home, belonging to the homeowner.

Mooney and Lemley were arrested just two days later, and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where they are each being held on $5,000 bonds.

In an unrelated case, Derek Adam Swiger, 26, of Grafton, was arrested for felony burglary in the daytime, following an incident that took place on July 6.

According to the criminal complaint filed by a detective with the Grafton City Police Department, an individual filed a complaint with the department, stating that Swiger had entered through a bedroom window and stole a BB gun.

The victim told the officer that Swiger had been a friend, but that he had become a nuisance, and that because Swiger had been involved in drug use, he didn’t want him around anymore.

On the day of the incident, the victim stated that he heard Swiger’s voice while he was beating on the door, but not wanting to interact, he didn’t answer. He further reported that Swiger then came to his bedroom window and began yelling for the victim. He told the officer that he continued to ignore Swiger’s attempts.

The complaint further stated that the victim told the detective that he believed Swiger had reached inside his window and removed the BB gun. He said he believed Swiger had taken it to sell for Methamphetamines.

Following an investigation, Swiger was arrested, processed and sent to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is currently being held on an unknown bond amount.

Jamie Lynn Jacobson, 31, of Grafton, was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance—Subutex/Suboxen, as well as possession of a controlled substance—Alprozolam, after police arrested her on a warrant.

According to the criminal complaint filed by a Grafton City Police officer, upon searching Jacobson, he found the prescription drugs, for which she did not have a prescription.

The officer processed the defendant for the warrant, as well as the new possession charges.

Jacobson was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she is being held on bond.

In addition to the city police department’s recent arrests, an officer with the West Virginia State Police arrested one individual.

Christopher Cassella, 49, of Fairmont, was charged with felony third-offense driving while revoked for DUI, after officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident on Route 310, near the Taylor and Marion County lines.

The complaint, filed by a West Virginia State Police officer, stated that another motorist reported seeing the driver of the vehicle passing numerous vehicles, recklessly, shortly before the accident.

After the accident, witnesses reported seeing a male, wearing only shorts, exit the vehicle. The officers searched the scene, but did not find the individual. Later, officers were contacted by a homeowner, who stated that he had found a man matching the description of the driver, laying in his field.

The individual was identified as Cassella. He told police he wasn’t driving the vehicle, and that he was not involved in a wreck. However, inside the car, officers found a cellphone that had Cassella’s picture as the wallpaper background. Upon searching contacts, it had Casella listed as “me” in the phone.

After contacting witnesses in the case, Cassella was taken into custody, and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held on a $20,000 bond.

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