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February 5, 2014

Arrest made in armed robbery case

Two charged with child neglect

FAIRMONT — Law-enforcement officials have arrested a man who was allegedly involved with an armed robbery last summer.

Richard Eugene Wells III, 21, of Baxter, was arrested on or about Jan. 30 and charged with armed robbery.

According to the criminal complaint filed at Marion County Magistrate Court, Wells was the man who held up the Little General Store on East Grafton Road in June 2013.

He was wearing a Halloween-type mask and, armed with a knife, demanded money from the clerk, but was denied. Wells then fled the store with the cash register, the complaint said.

The complaint also said he was identified by witnesses who were at the store at the time of the robbery, and statements were taken and evidence was recovered that indicated Wells was, in fact, the person who robbed the store.

If convicted, the crime of armed robbery by the threat of deadly force by presenting of a firearm or other deadly weapons is robbery in the first degree and brings a sentence of imprisonment in a state correctional facility not less than 10 years.

Wells is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $250,000 bond.

• Two people are facing child-neglect charges in Marion County.

Elizabeth Jane Salisbury, 23, of Fairmont, and Tyler Ray Gorrell, 24, of Morgantown, were arrested Feb. 2 at 724 Gaston Ave.

The complaint states that police were called to the residence because of a domestic altercation. Salisbury and Gorrell admitted to the use of and were found to be under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription medications.

Gorrell had a BAC of .177 and Salisbury’s BAC was .140, according to the complaint.

The complaint continued that it was also found that while under the influence of these substances, Gorrell and Salisbury were caring for three children (ages 3 and 4) who were also staying at the residence.

If convicted, the crime of child neglect creating risk of injury brings a sentence of a fine not more than $3,000 and confined to the custody of the division of corrections for not less than one nor more than five years.

Gorrell is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $10,000.00 bond.

Salisbury has been released on bail.

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