KEYSER, W.Va. — A woman was indicted by the Mineral County grand jury for embezzling from ATK Rocket Center from April to November 2010.
Gretta Lynn Ramsey, no address provided, was indicted for embezzlement and is listed on the September term grand jury indictments provided by the Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The case is being handled by Hampshire County Prosecuting Attorney Gaynor Cosner because of a conflict of interest with Jay Courrier, Mineral County prosecuting attorney.
Ramsey was manager of training and management at ATK, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Courrier was unavailable for comment.
In August, Keyser police responded to Mozelle Street for a domestic incident in which someone was reportedly stabbed.
Sherry Susan Moorehead, 48, of Keyser was arrested and is currently being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. She was indicted for three counts of malicious assault, attempted malicious assault, three counts of misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor violating of a domestic violence protective order.
The victim was transported to Potomac Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Also in August, a fire at a residence on Orchard Street led to the arrest of Cort William Anderson, 28, of Keyser.
Anderson, who is currently being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, was indicted for manufacturing of controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
The fire was reportedly extinguished by the time Keyser Police and the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department arrived.
Anderson was initially taken to Potomac Valley Hospital for medical evaluation and was released following the incident.
A search of the residence located in the first block of Orchard Street was conducted.
Keyser police reportedly seized marijuana manufacturing material, prescription drugs not registered to the defendant and marijuana plants as well as a fully loaded 223 assault rifle, five 30-round magazines and a tactical assault vest.
All charges listed are felony charges unless otherwise noted. Other indictments include:
• Jason Lee Gordon, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, grand larceny. Gordon was also indicted for grand larceny in September 2010.
• Daniel Adam Shugars, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, third offense driving while revoked for DUI.
• Lindsey Marie Favara, Keyser, three counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation/fraud.
• William Lee Bell, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, breaking and entering of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny.
• Kristian Leigh Vanmeter, Cresaptown, grand larceny.
• Edward Earl Kile, Keyser, manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
• Kayla Marie Suter, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy.
• Jeffrey Luke Talbert, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, burglary and grand larceny.
• Jamie Robert Clark, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
• Bonnie Ann Kesner, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, possession of substance to be used as precursors to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy.
• Larry Allen Lyons, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy.
• Reginald Dee Redman, Keyser, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy.
• Becky E. Roby, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, possession of substance to be used as precursors to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy.
• William David Adams, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, fleeing in a vehicle while DUI, third offense DUI and reckless fleeing, attempted malicious wounding.
• Michelle Maria Besley, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy.
• Sophia Lorae Satchell, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, principal to delivery of a controlled substance, principal to transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy.
• Earl Scott Harris, New Creek, third offense DUI.
• Sandra Susann Duckworth, Allegany County Detention Center, burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy.
• Zachary Russell Jones, Westernport, burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy.
• Tyler Edward Holland, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, burglary and conspiracy.
• Nancy Kay Lambert, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, attempted breaking and entering and escape from custody.
• Philip Scott Skelley, Green Spring, two counts of bringing stolen property into the state.
• Dylon Earl Fincham aka Dylon Earl Largent, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, burglary, attempted grand larceny and conspiracy.
• Donald Lee Rutter, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, burglary, grand larceny, attempted grand larceny and conspiracy.
• Jordan Thomas Rutter, Keyser, burglary, attempted grand larceny and conspiracy.
• Harley Clinton Shreve, Keyser, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse in the first degree and misdemeanor battery.
• Mark Ramon Nixon, Ridgeley, delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy and misdemeanor illegal possession of a firearm.
• Angela Nicole Broadway, Ridgeley, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver and two counts of conspiracy.
• Charles Douglas Cobak, Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, delivery of a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance into the state, possession with the intent to deliver, two counts of conspiracy and misdemeanor receiving or transferring stolen property.
• Heather Dawn Miller, Highview, third offense shoplifting.
• Jeremy Collin Jennings, Burlington, extortion and misdemeanor destruction of property.
• Gary Lee Ravenscroft, Fairmont, fraudulent schemes.
• Wayne Kevin Meyer, Keyser, fraudulent use of a credit card and fraudulent use of an access device.
• Ryan Michael Redman, Keyser, grand larceny.
• John Jason Clark, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
• Christopher Lee Shriver, Frostburg, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
• Tyler Edward Holland, gross neglect of a child creating risk of injury, misdemeanor DUI with a minor and misdemeanor carrying a concealed deadly weapon without a license.
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Pit bull advocates hail the changes as recognition that breed-specific laws discriminate against dogs that are not inherently aggressive or dangerous unless they are made to be that way by irresponsible owners.
The dogs’ foes complain that their message is being drowned out by a well-funded, well-organized lobbying effort in state capitols. The debate puts millions of pit bull owners up against a relatively small number of people who have been victimized by the dogs.
Ron Hicks, who sponsored a bill in the Missouri House to forbid breed-specific legislation, said he was surprised when nobody spoke against his proposal last month at a committee hearing.
“I figured a few parents would be there who would bring tears to my eyes,” the Republican said. “Would it have changed my opinion or what I believe in? No.”
A version of Hicks’ legislation was endorsed by a House committee last month and needs to clear another committee before a full House vote. The state Senate is considering a comparable bill, as are lawmakers in Utah, South Dakota, Washington, Vermont and Maryland.
In Kansas, the communities of Bonner Springs and Garden City repealed their pit-bull bans earlier this year.
Summer Freeman did not know there was a ban when she moved to Bonner Springs last year after a divorce. She panicked when an animal-control officer discovered her pet and told her she had 15 days to get rid of the dog named Titan or move out of town.
“I think of him like my son,” she said. “He’s my dog-son, I guess you could say. He’s at my hip all the time. He’s just a big baby that wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
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Pit bull owners insist their dogs are harmless, loving family members that shouldn’t be blamed for something they didn’t do. To opponents, they are a volatile breed whose genetics drive them to kill more than two dozen people in the U.S. each year, many of them young children.
Popular television shows such as “Pit Boss” and “Pit Bulls and Parolees” on Animal Planet glorify the animals and minimize the tragedies that occur when pit bulls turn on humans, pit bull opponents say.
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Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, pointed to a friend-of-the-court brief her organization submitted in a 2012 case in which the Maryland Court of Appeals declared pit bulls “inherently dangerous.”
“Appellate courts agree with us. Doctors and surgeons agree with us. That is credibility right there,” Lynn said. “We also have the support of three divisions of the U.S. military, huge, massive bodies in the U.S. government.”
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