GRAFTON—Two local ladies found themselves in trouble at the beginning of the month, when law enforcement officials were called to two separate occurrences.
Rose Marie Poe, 49, of Grafton, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors, after Patrolman J. K. Haddix from the Grafton Police Department was called to Washington Street regarding a public nuisance.
According to the Patrolman Haddix’s criminal complaint, neighbors of the 300 block reported a female running around in the backyards of nearby residences, yelling and cussing.
When the officer arrived on scene, he made contact with Poe, asking if she were alright. She reportedly began yelling and cussing at him. The policeman advised the defendant to lower her voice and to watch her language, to which she replied with an even louder display and more foul language.
Several attempts were made by the officer to have Poe calm down, but she refused, continuing with her disruption to the residents in the area.
The officer placed Poe under arrest, transported her to the Grafton Police Station for further processing before she was taken to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she is currently being held on a $1,500 cash or surety bond.
Then, on April 7, a Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to the Parkview area of Taylor County in reference to an improper burning complaint, that resulted in the arrest of 33-year-old Donna Marie Duley, of Grafton.
According to Deputy H. D. Browning’s criminal complaint, he and West Virginia State Police Trooper Loren Knotts responded to the call on Carr China Street at approximately 10:40 a.m. He noted in his report that once in the area of the call, both officers noticed thick black smoke coming from the residence.
Once on scene, the deputy reported seeing a large fire burning in the front yard of the residence. According to the officer, there was a female, later identified as Duley, throwing items into the fire, which as not contained and was burning freely in the front yard.
Browning asked Duley what it was she was doing, to which she replied, “Just get out of here.” As the officer attempted to exit his vehicle to assess and handle the situation, the defendant threw an item at Browning, narrowly missing him and striking the vehicle.
After the attack on the deputy, Duley then reportedly retreated back into the home, but continued to be loud and aggressive to the officers.
The officer noted in his complaint that it seemed to him that the defendant was experience some sort of psychological issues. According to the report, Duley had made statements that the officers were going to be arrested by the FBI and CIA.
When told that she was being placed under arrest, the defendant fell backward onto a couch, advising the officers that she wasn’t going anywhere. When the officers attempted to place her in handcuffs, Duley became combative and Browning revealed that she was assisted to the floor by himself and Knotts, where she continued to fight the officers.
According to the criminal complaint, both officers were kicked by Duley during the struggle. Finally, the officers were able to place both handcuffs and leg restraints on the defendant.
Browning then completed a safety sweep of the home. He reported that upon entering the kitchen, it was discovered that all of the burners of the stove had been lit, exposing flames. The stove was shut off to prevent any further damage to the home.
While officers were inside the home attempting to apprehend the defendant, crews from the Grafton Fire Department were on scene extinguishing the flames before they could spread and farther. It was reported that the home’s siding sustained damage due to the flames.
Duley was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer and destruction of property.
She was taken to the Taylor County Courthouse for further processing, before being transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she has since posted bail.