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Former councilman among 19 indicted in Berkeley County

October 24, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former Martinsburg City Council member was among 19 people indicted during the first day of a grand jury convened for the October term of Circuit Court in Berkeley County.

Frank L. Idoni, 50, of 112 Union Ave., Martinsburg, was indicted on counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy in October 2006 and November 2006, according to signed copies of the sequestered panel's true bills released by Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely's office.

Elected to city council in June 2004, Idoni agreed in April 2005 to resign his seat as part of a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time.

The panel is expected to reconvene today, Games-Neely said.

An indictment merely reflects the grand jury's conclusion that the accused probably committed the crime or crimes in question, but it is not evidence of guilt.

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Indicted Tuesday were:

· Cyrus W. Painter, 25, no fixed address, on a count of conspiracy and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance in October and November 2006.

· Christopher B. Riffey, 35, of 23 Doral Lane, Martinsburg, on counts of grand larceny and conspiracy in May 2007.

· Jacqueline R. Riffey, 33, of 23 Doral Lane, Martinsburg, on counts of grand larceny and conspiracy in May 2007.

· Steven Allen Hess Jr., 34, of 9 Harrison Drive, Inwood, W.Va., on counts of bank robbery and fleeing in a vehicle from a law enforcement officer in November 2006.

· Thomas N. Fowler, 41, of 1080 Winchester Ave., Bunker Hill, W.Va., on counts of breaking and entering and grand larceny in December 2005.

· Kenneth Markley, 29, of 14741 Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., on counts of grand larceny and conspiracy in April 2006.

· Floyd A. Morris, 39, of 55 Vinegar Court, Falling Waters, W.Va., on counts of breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy in March 2007.

· Allan T. Woodward, 22, of 96 Fabric Drive (P.O. Box 688), Bunker Hill, on one count of grand larceny in July 2006.

· Markus A. Watts, aka "G", 23, of 95 Amorette Drive, Martinsburg, on one count of malicious wounding in June 2007.

· Adrian D. Green, 35, of 1019 Aztec Drive, Martinsburg, on two counts of delivery of crack cocaine.

· William J. Bryant Jr., 23, of 268 Frog Hollow Road, Winchester, Va., on four counts of credit card fraud, and counts of forgery and uttering in November 2006.

· Jeremiah D. Owens, 22, of 102 Gantt Drive, Martinsburg on four counts of third-degree sexual assault and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse in April 2007.

· Stacey J. Liskey, 32, of 4302 Middleway Pike, Kearneysville, W.Va., on one count of welfare fraud in February 2004.

· Brenda Tregoning, 33, of 192 Rudolph Ct., Martinsburg, on one count of welfare fraud in August 2005.

· Phillip J. Kilmer, 30, of 984 Avondale Road, Martinsburg, on four counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, four counts of conspiracy, six counts of destruction of property, and counts of petit larceny, assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing in a vehicle, improper registration, operating a vehicle without a license and reckless driving in February 2007 and March 2007.

· Ronald D. Whetzel, aka "George," 37, of 329 Boyd Ave., Martinsburg, on four counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, four counts of destruction of property, four counts of conspiracy and counts of fleeing on foot and petit larceny in February 2007 and March 2007.

· Garnett A. Barrick, 31, of P.O. Box 755, Hedgesville, on three counts of third-degree sexual assault and counts of second-degree armed robbery, burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy in June 2006 and April 2007.

· Carl E. Nelson Jr., 39, of 4015 Newton St., Colmar Manor, Md., on counts of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of display or distribution of obscene matter to a minor and counts of sexual abuse and assault between October 2003 and January 2004.

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