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Standoff results in several charges

October 07, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

An Inwood man who allegedly threatened his family members and then, for nearly two hours, refused to obey police commands to come outside was charged Friday with five misdemeanors.

Forest Raymond Weiant, 42, of Specks Run Road, was charged with two counts of domestic battery, two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of obstructing police.

The incident began around 9:10 p.m. Thursday when police received a 911 call about a possible domestic battery incident that involved a firearm at Weiant's home.

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When officers with the West Virginia State Police and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department arrived, they found Weiant inside his home, but his wife and her son across the street.

Weiant's wife, Kelly, told police that her husband was drunk, had punched her and her son, and that he had several guns inside the home, court records show. When officers approached the home and told Weiant to come out, he used profane language and said if anyone came near his house, he would shoot them, police allege.

Officers then backed off and others arrived, including Berkeley County Sheriff W. Randy Smith. Smith called Weiant's cell phone. After talking for about 20 minutes, Weiant asked to speak to Trooper M.L. Dickinson, whom he said he knew personally, records show.

Dickinson came to the scene and spoke with Weiant, who surrendered after a long negotiation, said Deputy R.B. Rhinaman.

Weiant was released on $14,500 bail.

This is the second similar standoff to happen in Berkeley County in the last two weeks.

On Sept. 22, police surrounded a trailer in Dodson's Mobile Home Park off Grapevine Road after a man inside fired a rifle through the roof and refused to come out. Smith eventually talked that man, James Harold Mercer, 38, into surrendering. Mercer was charged with one count of wanton endangerment. Because Mercer waived his right to a preliminary hearing, his case was bound over to Circuit Court for possible grand jury indictment.

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