Berkeley County Court briefs

January 12, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Paramedic accused of stealing medication pleads no contest

A 35-year-old paramedic accused of taking medication from patients being taken to the hospital pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

Tracey Jo Wise of 6 Myers Trail, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs after entering the no-contest plea to the two misdemeanor counts.

An additional count of petit larceny and an additional count of possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.

Wise has been on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal charges since January 2010, according to Program Manager F. Gary Collis.

Wise's employment status is expected to be addressed by Ambulance Authority Board members at their Jan. 27 meeting, Collis said.

The defendant admitted to police that she took Percocet pills from a female patient while she was being taken to the hospital in November 2009, according to court records.

Police also were told that the defendant took a bottle of Lortab from another patient being transported on December 6, 2009, according to court records.

The case was investigated by former Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Chris McCulley, who resigned last year in November after admitting he took oxycodone pills from an evidence locker, according to court records.

McCulley has not been charged.

Man charged with sexually abusing 4-year-old


A 23-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl on multiple occasions since September 2008, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jordan James Loftis of Martinsburg was arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on five felony counts of sexual abuse, according to court records.

The abuse allegedly happened on five separate occasions between September 2008 and December 2010, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Trooper W.R. Garrett.

Loftis was being held Wednesday in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond that was set by Overington in an arraignment hearing, according to jail and court records.

— Matthew Umstead
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