FAIRMONT – The Marion County Grand Jury returned indictments Monday against 29 people, including two men charged with first-degree murder and two others on charges of malicious assault.
The Grand Jury returned indictments for one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree arson against Clyde E. Dean Jr., 45, of 19 Little Lane, Fairmont for the March 15, 2019 fire that killed Cheryl Willis in her Gaston Avenue apartment building.
Grand jury members were presented evidence from the State Fire Marshall’s Office that concluded the fire in Willis’ home was set intentionally, as well as evidence from the West Virginia State Crime Lab.
Willis died March 16 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh after being airlifted there from Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where she was initially taken from Fairmont.
Also indicted for first-degree murder was 26-year-old Christopher Tyrone Keldo, of 878 Old East Grafton Rd., Fairmont, for a shooting that took place on Hawthorne Street.
Earlier this year, in a court proceeding, attorneys stated that a “love triangle” is believed to be behind the April 10 fatal shooting of Justin KaShaun Hughes, 27, of Fairmont.
Keldo turned himself in to Morgantown Police around 12:37 a.m. on April 12, according to police.
“It was alleged that Christopher Keldo had enmity over the victim, Justin Hughes, for contacting a female that Keldo was involved with,” Fairmont Police posted on social media last spring.
Police said they “crammed over 165 officer-hours of investigation into a 30-hour window to secure a warrant” for Keldo’s arrest in April.
Another significant indictment involves a 34-year-old Fairmont man that police said placed several motorists in danger in June when he fled from police in the city.
Shane Burden, of 807 Columbia St., was indicted on receiving or transferring stolen goods; fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference to the safety of others; fleeing in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or drugs; fleeing other than a vehicle; second offense driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or drugs; and driving while license suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.
A Fairmont Police Department patrolman saw Burden driving a black Dodge Caravan at approximately 5:18 p.m. June 11 on Walnut Avenue that matched the description of a vehicle from an earlier stolen vehicle report. The officer said he recognized Burden as the driver.
When the officer tried to stop the vehicle on Fairmont Avenue, Burden allegedly began to accelerate recklessly.
The officer activated his patrol car lights and sirens, but Burden allegedly continued to flee, exceeding 60 mph in a posted 25 mph speed limit in a residential area.
Burden ran multiple stop signs without coming to a complete stop or slowing the vehicle.
“As Mr. Burden proceeded through city streets, there were numerous members of the community outside their residences near the streets,” the officer wrote in the complaint. “There was light traffic on the streets as Mr. Burden fled from me.”
Police said Burden stopped the vehicle, got out and fled on foot, according to the court papers. He allegedly refused multiple law enforcement commands to stop and then jumped into the Monongahela River to continue fleeing, but was captured.
Here are the rest of the indictments:
Samuel Iaquinta Jr., 46, of 905 Emerson St., Fairmont, on charges of fleeing in a motor vehicle in reckless indifference to the safety of others.
Marcal A. Johnson, 34, who is currently booked into the North Central Regional Jail, was indicted on one count of malicious assault and three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, specifically, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
Thirty-year-old Fred Rundle IV of 2676 Bunner Ridge Rd., Fairmont, was indicted on third or subsequent offense driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or drugs; forgery; uttering; and fraudulent schemes.
Twenty-five-year-old Brandon C. Taylor, of 14 McKinney St., Fairmont, was indicted on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – marijuana.
Bonnie Sue Webster, 59, of 1695 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont, was indicted for controlled substance violations.
Twenty-six-year-old Connor J. Zajac, of 1120 Virginia Ave., Fairmont, was indicted on one count of intent to deliver a controlled substance – cocaine.
William Moore, 40, who is currently incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institute of Cumberland, Md., was indicted on one count of intent to deliver a controlled substance – marijuana and three counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Patrick B. Heflin, 26, of 506 4th St., Fairmont, was indicted for one count of malicious assault.
April Nicole Rendina, 25, of 3516 Hackers Creek Rd., Jane Lew, was indicted on one count each of receiving or transferring stolen goods and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Zachary Burton Taylor, 26, of 806 Southern Ave. Lot F, Stonewood, W.Va., was indicted on one count each of grand larceny; receiving or transferring stolen goods; and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Alvin Desawn Howard, 26, of 116 Church St., Highland Park, Mich., was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver cocaine.
Devin Lee Powell, 18, of 334 Maple Ave., Fairmont, was indicted for first-degree robbery; petit larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Eighteen-year-old Donald Thomas Burton III, of 1120 Bryant Place Apt. 402, Fairmont, was indicted for first-degree robbery; petit larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Robert Chaplin Pare II, 50, of 94 Kerns Ave., Fairmont, was indicted for one count each of burglary and grand larceny.
Rusty Allen Baker, 31, of 772 Buffalo Brink Rd., Mannington, was indicted for one count each of strangulation, grand larceny, domestic battery; and unlawful taking of a vehicle.
Oneil Wayne South, 44, of 332 Chicago St., Fairmont, was indicted for carrying a concealed firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Larry Douglas Phillips, 20, of 319 East Main St., Mannington, was indicted on one count of sexual assault in the third degree.
Mariana Marie Brown, 40, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one count of embezzlement.
Jon Michael Stevenski, 51, of 514 Pinchgut Rd., Fairmont, was indicted for one count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver fentanyl and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
Kenneth Evans, 53, of 1 Brookside Dr. Apt. 10, Fairmont, was indicted on one count of domestic battery, third offense.
Joshua Tate, 27, of 185 East Pike St., Clarksburg, was indicted for attempt to commit grand larceny, destruction of property and petit larceny
David Smith, 39, of Shinnston, was indicted on one count each of forgery of a public record and third offense shoplifting.
Anthony Falls, 38, of 47 Buffalo Rd., Barrackville, was indicted on one count each of forgery and uttering.
Ralph Culp, 41, of 403 Catawba Rd., Fairmont, was indicted on one count of fraudulent use of an access device.
Tracy Scott Lawson, 57, of 219 Maple Ave., Fairmont, was indicted on one count of shoplifting third offense.
Tiffany Laine Cole, 29, of 208 Norval St. Fairmont, was indicted for one count of burglary.
Other indictments handed down by the grand jury took place on Oct. 4 when two men were indicted on charges of first-degree murder.
Twenty-seven-year-old William E. Littleton and 35-year-old Richard Allen Moore II were indicted Friday for the murder of Justin Michael Cassella that occurred last Dec. 26.
Police found Cassella dead with a gunshot wound at a home in the 2000 block of Dixie Avenue.
Along with the murder indictments, both men face one count each of conspiracy to commit felony controlled substance violations. Both men are currently held in a regional jail awaiting trial.
Also indicted on Oct. 4 was 24-year-old James William Hinerman III, of 22 Lofty Lane in Montana Mines, on charges of wanton endangerment involving a firearm and involuntary manslaughter.