Lost Creek pair get jail time for obstructing police


Couple discovers roommate wanted for malicious assault

Philip W. Ross, 39, and Shannon A. Ross, 28, both of Buffalo Creek Road, Lost Creek, were charged with obstructing the police in April after they discovered that a man wanted on a felony malicious assault charge in Upshur County was hiding in their home in Weston.
Philip Ross was charged by Deputy J.S. VanMeter of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and Shannon Ross by TFC Z.T. Cooper of the West Virginia State Police.
Officers from the Weston Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police converged on the Ross residence on Jackson Street in Weston on April 20 looking for Howard  J. Landers II. Landers was wanted for shooting a man in Buckhannon.
During their attempt to find Landers, Philip Ross became combative with the police and had to be taken to the ground and handcuffed. Shannon Ross told the police that Landers was not in the residence before police discovered him hiding in the bathroom of the home.
Additionally, she told police that her car, believed to be used in the commission of the crime, was missing when in fact it was parked at the rear of the residence.
All three were taken into custody that afternoon.
On Nov. 15,  Philip Ross pleaded guilty to obstructing the police before Magistrate Michael R. Gissy. He was assessed court costs of $160.25 and received a 90 day jail sentence with credit for any time served prior to entering his plea.
Shannon Ross pleaded no contest to obstructing before Magistrate Gissy and was assessed court costs of $160.25 and was sentenced to serve 100 days in jail with credit for 15 days served prior to entering her plea.
Other criminal judgments handed down recently in Lewis County Magistrate Court include the following individuals:
Derrick L. Stalnaker, 24, of Lynn Avenue, Weston was charged with trespassing and tampering with a store security system by Ptlm. J.I. Minney, WPD, on Aug. 15. He was also charged with two counts of destruction of property for damage done to holding cells at the Lewis County Judicial Annex by Deputy E.J. Brightbill, LCSD, on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25.
On Nov. 15, under a plea agreement with the State, Stalnaker pleaded guilty to the trespassing charge and one count of destruction of property and the tampering and other destruction of property charge were dismissed upon motion by the State before Magistrate Gissy.
On the trespassing charge he was assessed a fine of $100 and court costs of $160.25. On the destruction of property charge he was assessed a fine of $100, court costs of $160.25 and was ordered to pay $50 in restitution.
Joni D. Winters, 41, of Normal Road, French Creek, was charged with felony conspiracy and felony fraudulent use of an access device by Deputy Z.M. Lopez, LCSD, on Aug. 14.
On Nov. 20, under a plea agreement with the State, the felony charges were dismissed before Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr. and Winters pleaded guilty to petit larceny. She was was given a suspended six month jail sentence replaced with home confinement and was ordered to pay $60 in restitution.
Michael J. Salmons, 40, of Lower Big Creek Road, West Hamlin, was charged with possession of a controlled substance/Marijuana and driving while license was suspended or revoked for DUI by Cpl. M. Denison, WVSP, on April 17.
On Nnov. 15, under a plea agreement with the State, Salmons pleaded guilty to the possession charge and the driving revoked charge was dismissed upon motion by the State before Magistrate Gissy.
On the possession charge he was assessed a fine of $250 and court costs of $160.25.
Carl D. McCauley, 74, of First Street, Weston, was charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content level of .175 by Ptlm. B. Watson, WPD, on August 22.
On Nov. 15, McCauley pleaded no contest before Magistrate Gissy. He was assessed a fine of $100, court costs of $235.25 and received a suspended 48 hour jail sentence replaced with six months of probation.
Nova M. Bender, 31, of Enterprise Drive, Gassaway, was charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content level of .191 by Chief J.P. Thomas, WPD, on Nov. 9.
On Nov. 15, Bender pleaded guilty before Magistrate Clem. She was assessed a fine of $200, court costs of $255.25 and received a suspended 90 day jail sentence replaced with home confinement to begin on Jan. 2, 2019,
Ricki J. Carson, 56, of West Run Road, Jane Lew, was charged with DUI with a blood alocohol content level of .117 by Sr. Tpr. F.J. Turansky, WVSP, on Oct. 12.
On Nov. 20, Carson pleaded guilty before Magistrate Clem. He was assessed a fine of $100, court costs of $235.25 and received a suspended 10 day jail sentence.
Daniel W. Berisko, 67, of Tygart Court, Elkins, was charged with driving while license was suspended or revoked for DUI by Chief Deputy R. Hyre, LCSD, on Nov. 20.
On Nov. 20, Berisko pleaded guilty before Magistrate Clem. He was assessed a fine of $100, court costs of $185.25 and received a suspended 30 day jail sentence replaced with home confinement to begin on Jan. 2, 2019.
Robert J. Taylor, 32, of Catherine Street, Weston, was charged with destruction of property by Deputy E.J. Brightbill, LCSD, on Sept. 23.
On Nov. 20, Taylor pleaded guilty before Magistrate Clem. He was assessed a fine of $50, court costs of $160.25 and was ordered to pay $50 in restitution.
Dakoda B. Riffle, 20, of Oil Creek Road, Walkersville, was charged with second offense domestic battery by Deputy C.L. Moneypenny, LCSD, on June 29.
On Nov. 15, Riffle pleaded guilty before Magistrate Gissy, He was assessed court costs of $160.25 and was given credit for seven day of incarceration prior to entering his plea as jail time.
Lakin N. Brown, 23, of Chestnut Street, Clarksburg, was charged with possession of a controlled substance/Methamphetamine by Deputy J.A. Turner, LCSD, on May 23.
On Nov. 15, Brown pleaded guilty before Magistrate Gissy. She was assessed a fine of $50 and court costs of $160.25.
Frederick G. Wilson, 36, of Rt. 47W, Troy, was charged with second offense possession of a controlled substance/Marijuana by Deputy Z.M. Lopez, LCSD, on March 20.
On Nov. 16, upon motion by the Defense and without objection by the State, the charge was dismissed before Magistrate Gissy.


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