Buckhannon woman charged for gun, knife threats


Frankie Lea Knight, 33, of Buckhannon, was charged with Wanton Endangerment by a member of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department after an alleged incident on Jennings Run Road on July 10.
The criminal complaint states that deputies responded to the home on Jennings Run Road on July 10, in response to a complaint. There, the deputies made contact with a male resident who alleged that Knight—who he stated he did not want her at his residence—arrived at his home the previous day while he was sitting on his porch and began striking him repeatedly.  
The complaint also states that the victim alleged that Knight threatened him with a knife, before following him into his home where she allegedly threatened him with a gun that he described as a small black revolver. The victim told deputies that he feared for his life during the incident.
Wanton Endangerment, upon conviction, carries a penalty of one to five years in the state penitentiary or, at the discretion of the court, not more than one year in a regional jail, and a fine of $250 to $2,500, or both.
In an unrelated incident  David Angel Mendez, 29, of Jane Lew, was charged with misdemeanor Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Neglect Creating Risk of Injury, a felony,  by a trooper with the West Virginia State Police.   
In the criminal complaint, the trooper states that he responded to a report of a juvenile who was playing near the Virginia Street Apartments in Jane Lew on Thursday, July 12, and that the child’s father was possibly passed out in his apartment. The trooper states that he made contact with the juvenile, age six, who told the trooper that his father was asleep in their residence, and led the trooper into the apartment.
The complaint continued that the trooper found Mendez asleep on the couch and made several attempts to wake him verbally before shaking Mendez’s leg repeatedly before he began to wake up. After Mendez was able to stand the trooper allegedly located a bag of Meth on the couch were Mendez was lying, and another bag on his person.   
Child Neglect Creating a Risk of Injury, upon conviction, carries a penalty of one to five years in a state correctional facility and a fine of $1,000 to $3,000. The Possession of Meth charge, upon conviction, carries a penalty of 90 days to six months in the regional jail, and a fine of not more than $1,000.


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