The Times West Virginian

Local News

November 13, 2013

Man charged with wounding, kidnapping

FAIRMONT — A man whose name is familiar to many Marion Countians was arrested Sunday in Barbour County for charges from a domestic dispute Saturday night and is now behind bars at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

William Allen “Bill” Bowman, 55, of Route 2, Box 185, Mannington, was wanted by Marion County sheriff’s deputies following a domestic dispute Saturday night in which he allegedly kidnapped and shot a juvenile nephew in the back.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, Bowman is charged with malicious wounding and kidnapping.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded at around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to a report of a victim of a gunshot at Mod’s Run Road near Rachel. He told officers that his uncle, Bill Bowman, had shot him.

“He said Bowman was apparently hiding in the woods nearby his mailbox. As he approached, he heard rustling in the weeds behind him. When he turned around, he realized it was Mr. Bowman standing there,” said Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter.

Bowman, allegedly dressed in camouflage, came out of the woods, pointing a gun at the victim. He started yelling at and kicking the victim, and forced him to walk down the road at gunpoint away from his residence.

“At this point,” Carpenter said, “he said he was in fear of his life, that Mr. Bowman was going to shoot him. He turned around and grabbed the gun.”

A struggle followed and the gun was knocked to the ground. The victim “took off running,” Carpenter said.

“He said the next thing he knew, he heard a loud shot and realized he’d been shot in the back.”

He ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, Bowman fled in a white Subaru.

Through talking with people who knew Bowman, deputies pieced together a description of the car and where he might be headed. They called that information to law enforcement in Barbour County, who recognized the vehicle and arrested Bowman “without incident” at a traffic stop Sunday afternoon outside Philippi.

Marion County Chief Deputy Wright said Bowman is the same man who blew up the car that severely injured then-deputy Ron Watkins, former Marion County sheriff, on April 26, 1989.

In April 1989, a Farmington police officer tried to stop a white car that had an expired inspection sticker. After a chase, the driver eluded the policeman. The police later found the car abandoned in the woods and had it impounded in a local junkyard.

The car was promptly stolen from the lot and was next seen parked in nearby Worthington two days later. A Marion County deputy sheriff and a tow truck driver arrived to haul it away. When the car’s door was opened, the car exploded. Both men were seriously injured.

Bowman reportedly was released from prison in February. He was reportedly forbidden to be in the Marion County area as a condition of his parole.

Earlier media reports that Bowman was wanted in connection with a possible homicide and that law enforcement are looking for a second person connected to the shooting are false, Carpenter said.

“They might be confusing this with another arrest the same night,” he said. “We saw a car in the same area and went to check on it, and it took off on us. One person was caught and arrested, and charged with fleeing. There is no ‘second guy,’ not on Bowman. That was a nonrelated incident. Maybe that’s where the rumors got started.”

“We received a phone call that Bowman was coming through Philippi,” said Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter with the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department. Aided by a description of the vehicle and of Bowman, law enforcement arrested him at a traffic stop outside Philippi.

Bowman was on the passenger side. Carpenter said he was not sure of the involvement of the driver, who was not identified.

“We’ve been dealing with Bowman here,” Carpenter said. “We’ve never had a problem with him and he’s never given us a problem.

“He’s still on parole (for the 1989 bombing conviction). We’ve never arrested him, but we’ve had to put him in his place a couple of times. The guys have told me they watch him because he has an attitude.”

Marion County deputies are continuing to investigate the incident.

More charges may be pending, said Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick N. Wilson.

Marion County Magistrate Hank Middlemas said bond has not been set for Bowman, who remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

“He refused to be arraigned via video conference,” Middlemas said.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at

Text Only
Local News
  • erin autism 1.jpg East Dale student, loyal to twin brother, promotes autism awareness

    Erin Pride, 12, is a sixth-grader at East Dale Elementary School.
    She likes to play basketball, is a Girl Scout and just started learning the clarinet for school band.
    This Christmas, she received a rubber band bracelet loom. Rubber brand bracelets are very popular, and she started making bracelets and trading them at school.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tuesday deadline for voter registration

    The deadline for new voters to register before the May 13 primary is fast approaching.
    Residents have until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to go to a government office, such as the county clerk’s office or the DMV, and fill out a voter registration card.

    April 19, 2014

  • Swimming Challenge available for children with autism

    The Corridor Chapter of the Autism Society of West Virginia (AS-WV) and the YMCA of Clarksburg will be sponsoring the second annual Swimming Challenge for children affected by autism.
    The swimming challenge gives children with autism the opportunity to attend swimming lessons and work on their swimming skills one-on-one.

    April 19, 2014

  • CASA Superhero 5K set for April 26

    The second annual CASA Superhero 5K will be held April 26 in Fairmont.
    The event is at East Marion (Wave Pool) Park and is an annual fundraiser for CASA programs in Harrison, Marion, Monongalia and Preston counties.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041814 Fishing 2.jpg Fun, prizes mark annual event at Curtisville Lake

    An annual family fishing event begins at 9:30 a.m. today.
    The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are having the annual Family Fishing Day. The event will take place today at Curtisville Lake, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and prizes being given away at 10:30 a.m.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Shooting of boy accidental

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.
    On Wednesday, April 9, at 7:52 p.m., police were dispatched to a Fairmont residence after an 11-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound inside the home.

    April 18, 2014

  • FGH oncology to benefit from cleanup

    Proceeds from this year’s town cleanup and recycling in White Hall will go toward comforting local cancer patients.
    During Monday’s council meeting, recorder Charlie Mason said the town will hold its annual cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at Fabric and Foam in White Hall. He said only White Hall residents may bring their garbage to throw away, but any Marion County resident may bring metal (excluding computers, televisions and tires) to recycle.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pleasant Valley approves phase two of cemetery project

    Pleasant Valley City Council approved phase two of a project to fence in Samuel Linn Cemetery in Benton’s Ferry at the council meeting Tuesday.
    The cemetery was started in 1852, with the death of Samuel Linn.

    April 18, 2014

  • UPDATE: Police say 11-year-old shot in 'accidental discharge of a firearm'

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.

    April 17, 2014

  • Attorney General - CB.jpg Morrisey wants to work with all to ‘help transform West Virginia’

    State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to work with citizens to “help transform West Virginia.”
    Morrisey was the guest speaker for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event Wednesday at the Mon Power headquarters, located in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. His trip to the Friendly City followed a town hall meeting in Harrison County Tuesday night.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads