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December 4, 2013

Fairmont man faces charges

FAIRMONT — A Marion County man was arrested Dec. 3 by Fairmont police on three felony charges.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, Robert Logan Michael, 23, of 1010 Kimberly Circle, Fairmont, was charged with nighttime burglary, conspiracy to commit a felony and grand larceny from a Nov. 30 incident.

Michael allegedly stole a television and Xbox from a Fairmont residence. He and a second person took the items to a residence on Locust Avenue. He returned to the first residence two more times, taking about $1,650 in cash or coins.

The complaint was based on statements made by accessories after the fact, victims and witnesses.

Michael is lodged at the North Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond, or $25,000 for each charge.

Conspiracy to commit a felony carries a possible penalty of 1-5 years in a state correctional facility; burglary, one to 15 years; and grand larceny, one to 10 years, plus fines.

• A Fairmont man was arrested Dec. 3 by Marion County sheriff’s deputies and faces three charges following an automobile accident.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, Joseph S. Wentz, 35, of 1592 Mary Lou Retton Drive, was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Route 310 on Dec. 3.

He fled the scene and was found hiding in the woods not far from the accident. Wentz had alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and failed all three standard field sobriety tests. His status was valid with the Interlock Program, in which individuals convicted of DUI are required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. The vehicle Wentz was driving was not equipped with Interlock.

He was convicted of DUI in April 2010.

He was charged with DUI second offense, leaving the scene of an accident and Interlock violation. He posted a $2,500 cash bond.

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