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February 4, 2009

Indictments in all cases presented to grand jury

Total of 31 returned on second and final day

FAIRMONT — The Marion County grand jury’s second and final day of deliberations Tuesday resulted in a total of 31 indictments in Chief Judge David R. Janes’ courtroom.

By definition, an indictment is only a charge, not proof of evidence or guilt.

Prosecuting Attorney Pat Wilson said there were no sealed cases at Tuesday’s proceedings, and that the jury members indicted in all of the cases brought before them. On Monday, the jury indicted a total of 29 cases, including one that was sealed.

Among Tuesday’s proceedings, 37-year-old Danny Lee Whetsell Jr. of 59 Chestnut St., Idamay, was indicted on 10 counts of sexual assault in the first degree, nine counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, and 10 counts of incest.

Stemming from a Jan. 6 arrest, Gregory Brian Scritchfield, 38, of 32 Levi Lane, Fairmont, was indicted on charges of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, and Joshua Ryan Wilson, 18, of Route 2, Box 141-B, Fairmont, was indicted on charges of malicious assault on a police officer, fleeing from an officer in a vehicle resulting in bodily injury and felony destruction of property.

The 15-member jury also indicted five people on charges of child neglect creating risk of injury, seven people on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses, and five people on delinquent child-support charges, among others.

The following is a list of others indicted by the grand jury Tuesday:

• Dawn Michelle Rodden, 40, of Route 1, Box 177, Rivesville, fraudulent schemes.

• Arlene Trimmer, 35, of 105 Bailey Circle, Fairmont, child neglect creating risk of injury.

• Richard Don Trimmer, 31, of 105 Bailey Circle, Fairmont, child neglect creating risk of injury.

• Brandon Joe Nelder, 25, of Route #, Box 243, Grafton, felony destruction of property.

• Patrick Lee Minnix, 41, of Route 1, Box 82, Cunningham Run, Wyatt, third offense driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance or drugs.

• Brandon McDougal, 44, Route 1 Box 183, Worthington, third offense driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance or drugs, driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.

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