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April 1, 2014

Man arrested for fatal hit-and-run posts bond

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont man charged in the deadly hit-and-run that took the life of a Marion County man early Sunday has posted $25,000 bond.

Cole Edward Valentine, 19, of Fairmont, was arrested by Fairmont City Police on March 30 and charged with crashes involving death or personal injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Valentine was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra South near the 1600 block of Fairmont Avenue, Route 250. Valentine struck a pedestrian identified as Raymond Michael.The pedestrian was on the roadway when he was struck by the vehicle.

The accident created a debris field that was approximately 190 feet beyond where Michael was struck.

According to the criminal complaint, Valentine stopped his vehicle briefly at the 1700 block of Fairmont Avenue. A witness notified Valentine that they thought Valentine had struck a person.

Valentine then continued to Kingmont and did not check on the victim personally, return to the scene of the accident nor did he notify the police of the collision for several hours.

“Michael had suffered obvious severe injuries from this impact, which caused his demise to include open head injuries and limb disfigurements,” the complaint states.

Michael was pronounced deceased at 2:43 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, the complaint was written based upon the “defendant’s own admission, witness statements and a police investigation.”

If convicted, Valentine faces a fine up to $5,000, one to five years in prison or both.

As Monday afternoon, Valentine was given a $25,000 bond.

Michael Wayne Leadingham, 37, of Olive Hill, Ky., was arrested on March 31 by White Hall Police and charged with attempting to obtain controlled substance by misrepresentation.

According to the criminal complaint, Leadingham came to a local health clinic for a follow-up visit. Leadingham went to the restroom to provide a urine sample.

When Leadingham provided an employee with the urine sample, the employee noticed the urine was “hotter than normal.” According to the criminal complaint, Leadingham admitted to bringing the urine with him to the clinic after a family member provided it for him. Leadingham admitted to using a “Hot Hands” heating packet to warm the urine.

According to the criminal complaint, Leadingham said he had smoked marijuana and that it would show up in his urine. Leadingham was attempting to obtain a prescription of Oxycodone.

If convicted, Leadingham faces one to four years in the penitentiary or a fine up to $30,000 or both.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabich.

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