The Times West Virginian

December 27, 2013

Local man faces charges in Georgia

By Kristen Talerico
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A local man is being extradited to Georgia to answer charges of probation violations.

James Saunders, 51, of Emerson Street in Fairmont, was arrested Thursday as a fugitive of justice from Clayton County in Georgia. The state of Georgia issued a warrant for Saunders’ arrest on charges of failure to report as instructed, and failure to pay as ordered from a previous felony conviction.

He was originally convicted in Georgia in 2011 for forgery in the first degree.

On Dec. 11, Sheriff Victor Hill of Clayton County sent a notice to the Fairmont Police Department regarding critical information as to Saunders’ whereabouts.

“Saunders was picked up by the city police and is at North Central Regional Jail waiting to be extradited back to Georgia,” Marion County magistrate Hank Middlemas said Thursday.

Saunders was arrested by the city police in Fairmont on Nov. 22 on charges of domestic battery and obstructing an officer.

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