Animal cruelty charges for Fairmont man

FAIRMONT — A 36-year-old Fairmont man is scheduled to have a plea hearing at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 in Marion County Magistrate Court on a charge of cruelty to animals.

Christopher Lee Menefee of 1104 Village Way, Fairmont, is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

According to the court papers, a Fairmont Police Department patrolman responded to Menefee’s residence on Jan. 5 regarding a dog there being neglected.

Menefee, the owner of the dog, is accused of leaving a dog locked in a cage in his basement without food and minimal water for long periods of time each day, according to the complaint.

The complaint also states that Menefee “does not have proper shelter outside for the dog to stay under while being outside for long periods of time each day.”

The officer said, “Menefee advised that he did observe a decrease in the health of the dog but did not attempt to seek medical care for the dog and let the dog continue to be unhealthy while at the same time not properly feeding or giving the dog water.” The complaint states, “The dog was very thin and emaciated with major loss to the dog’s fat and muscle build which is essential.”

Marion County Animal Control took possession of the dog “due to health issues.”

Court records show Menefee is free from jail after posting $2,000 bail.

Convicted felon charged with firearm possession

FAIRMONT – Kimberly Mae Anderson, 38, of 4876 Upper Little Burch Rd., Sutton, recently waived her preliminary hearing in Marion County Magistrate Court on a felony charge of prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

The criminal complaint states that a Fairmont Police Department patrolman began investigating a burglary Jan. 16 on Hollen Circle in Fairmont.

Police said Anderson admitted to entering a residence on Hollen Circle without breaking, but took a black Taurus Revolver firearm from the victim’s bedroom and transported it to an address on Locust Avenue. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department recovered the firearm, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, a crime database check showed Anderson had felony conviction(s) for delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine and heroin).

Court records show Anderson is in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $20,012 bail, which has been reduced to $5,012 bail.

Chicago man charged with fraud

WHITE HALL – Darious C. Melton, 24, of 7128 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, was charged with felony fraudulent use of access device for a Jan. 31 incident in White Hall.

The complaint states that the White Hall police chief received a call from Walmart Jan. 31 about Melton using a fraudulent credit card from his cell phone. According to the court papers, Melton charged $118.51 worth of merchandise to the fraudulent card.

Court records show Melton is in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Woman faces fraud charge

WHITE HALL – Theresa Gail Anderson, 49, of RR 8 Box 60, Fairmont, recently waived her preliminary hearing in Marion County Magistrate Court on charges of fraud and related activity in connection with access devices.

White Hall Police filed five complaints against Anderson charging her with the felony offense.

The complaints state Anderson used a credit card that did not belong to her to make a purchase at Walmart in White Hall on Jan. 1 and Jan. 7.

Another criminal complaint states Anderson used a credit card that did not belong to her to make a purchase at Dollar General Jan. 1 in White Hall.

Another complaint accuses Anderson of used a credit that did not belong to her to make a purchase at Dairy Queen Dec. 31, 2019 in White Hall while another complaint accuses her of the same type of offense on the same day at BFS Foods in White Hall.

Court records show Anderson posted $2,012 bail for each offense.

Fairmont man charged with burglary

FAIRMONT – William Atwal Washington, 61, of 608 Bellview Blvd., Room 27, Fairmont, is charged with burglary, entry of dwelling or outhouse in connection with a Jan. 13 incident in Fairmont.

Fairmont Police responded around 9:13 p.m. Jan. 12 to an address on Spring Street for a trespassing complaint.

According to the court papers, Washington had been ordered to leave the residence no later than Jan. 12 by a Marion County Magistrate Order, but did not comply with the court order. Police said Washington was removed from the home and left the area.

Then, on Jan. 13, Fairmont police were dispatched to the same address on Spring Street for a residential burglary, the complaint states. Police said the apartment door had been forced open, the inside had been damaged and a plastic bottle of an alcoholic beverage that was not present during the prior day’s walk-through was inside the residence.

Police said West Virginia State Police Lab testing showed that the latent prints on the plastic bottle were made by Washington.

Court records show Washington is free from jail after posting $20,012 bond.

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