W.Va. court briefs

November 09, 2006

Va. man faces charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 28-year-old convicted felon from Fairfax, Va., was arraigned Tuesday on several pending felony charges stemming from a June 2006 incident outside Vixens Gentlemen's Club in southern Berkeley County, Magistrate Court records show.

James Delano Thomas, of Gainesville, Va., was jailed on a $107,000 cash bond set by Magistrate Jo Ann Overington.

After fleeing into Virginia, Thomas was arrested by Virginia State Police in the early morning hours of June 24, 2006, on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Chumley.

Thomas faces prosecution in West Virginia on charges of wanton endangerment, fleeing while DUI, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, possession of body armor while committing a felony and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Thomas rear-ended another vehicle on U.S. 11 south while attempting to flee from West Virginia State Police, records show. He was later caught after he got of the car and began running on foot, police said. Police allege they found Thomas in possession of more than one pound of marijuana, nine thumbnail-size bags of cocaine and another containing methamphetamine, and more than $1,100, Chumley said.


Man faces assault charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 43-year-old Berkeley County man convicted of abduction/sodomy of a woman in Fairfax County, Va., in 1984, was arraigned Wednesday for another alleged encounter last month in the Hedgesville area, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

The name of the accused, who was placed in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond set by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, is not being published to protect the victim's identity.

The accused was charged by West Virginia State Police Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh with second-degree sexual assault, records show.

On Sept. 7, the victim told Eshbaugh about the alleged encounter she said happened two days earlier and identified her attacker as a roommate, Eshbaugh said in his complaint.

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