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October 30, 2013

Mannington man charged with DUI

FAIRMONT — A Mannington man was arrested Oct. 25 by Chief Deputy Ralph L. Wright of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for third-offense DUI.

According to the criminal complaint, Dana Jay Burdette, 58, of 111 Locust St., Apt. 4, Mannington, was seen driving erratically in the Industrial Park Road area of Fairmont, swerving continuously and running off the road twice.

After pulling him over, Wright “could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on (Burdette’s) breath.” He failed all four field sobriety tests.

He was then taken to the sheriff’s department for processing and blew .199 on the intoximeter. A check of his driver’s history revealed two prior convictions for DUI, in 2002 and 2007.

Third-offense DUI is a felony. Conviction is punishable by one to three years in a state correctional facility or, at the court’s discretion, a fine of $3,000 to $5,000.

• A Fairmont woman has been arrested by West Virginia State Police on three counts of embezzlement by misuse of power of attorney or other fiduciary relationship.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, arrested was Wendy Kaznoski Morris, 47, of Route 8, Box 155, Fairmont.

The complaint states that on March 13, 2013, she provided a relative with $30,000. On March 27, 2013, she provided that same relative with a vehicle purchased from a local dealer for $22,752.56 and a vehicle on April 1, 2013, from the same dealer for $47,500.

All amounts were taken from an account at the Marion County FFCU of a person for whom she was acting as power of attorney.

That individual told police “he did not give the defendant permission to make (these) transaction(s) and he did not benefit from this.”

Morris said that individual “had paid for things in the past and believed it was OK to make the transaction(s).”

Her bond was set at $20,000 for each offense.

Embezzlement valued at more than $1,000 is considered grand larceny. Conviction is punishable by one to 10 years in the state penitentiary or, in the discretion of the court, up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.

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