The Following criminal complaints have been filed in the Tucker Magistrate office:
Billy Joe Heckler, of Hambleton, was charged with one felony count of Driving while license revoked-DUI (3rd or Subsequent Offense). According to the complaint, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, Patrolman First Class N.C. Gidley received a message that an employee of BFS wanted to speak with an officer regarding an altercation that had occurred earlier at the BFS located in Parsons.
He arrived at BFS and spoke with two employees regarding the above mentioned altercation. The first employee stated that the defendant came into BFS and confronted him regarding a matter not pertaining to this complaint. He then observed the defendant exit the store, get into a pickup and drive away.
The second employee stated that she observed the defendant pull into the parking lot of BFS from the direction of the town bridge. He entered the store and began to yell at the cashier, before exiting the store, getting back in the pickup and drive away.
On Dec. 12 the Assistant Manager was able to provide a copy of the CCTV footage to PFC Gidley, as well as positively identify the defendant and the truck he was said to be driving. Written statements were obtained from both employees.
The defendant is known by Gidley as having his driver’s license revoked for DUI as there have been prior incidents in which the defendant was arrested driving while license revoked-DUI by Parsons PD in 2021.
Gidley obtained driver’s license information for the defendant, as well as requested a certified driver’s history for the defendant through Tucker 911 also obtained three certified criminal judgment orders from Tucker County Magistrate Court, which show that the defendant has been arrested and convicted of three prior offenses of Driving while license revoked-DUI.
Marshall D. Parsons, of Parsons, was charged with one felony count of Domestic Assault. The complaint states that Trooper Hahn took a complaint through the State Police Detachment in Parsons from Morgan Lynn Parsons who stated that she and the defendant are going through a divorce. She went on to say that her husband was over packing his things the day prior and had come back to get another load of his belongings. She stated that she had told him that he was not going to grab another load because of the time. She said that he became irate and took her phone from her causing her to fear for her safety. She went on to say that when her husband took her phone he struck her nose, but no injuries were visible at the time the report was taken. The defendant has two prior convictions for domestic battery.
Travis Edward Hamm, of Davis, was charged with one felony count of Distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct prohibited fewer than fifty images; penalty. On July 12, 2023 Sr. Trooper C.D. Harper was assigned CyberTip #23-143526 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to the upload of child sexual abuse material to the social media application SnapChat.
Said upload was said to have occurred same date with an approximate location of Parsons, WV. Said tip also showed the user name of the defendant. Harper reviewed the image submitted by SnapChat and confirmed that it was child sexual abuse material.
Harper, along with Sgt. Pyles, of the Parsons Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, made contact with the defendant at his address. It was explained to Hamm the nature of Harper’s position with the State Police’s Crime against Children Unit and asked if he knew why they were there to speak with him. Hamm said yes, about the image he had sent on SnapChat that morning. He told the officer that he had previously had the mobile application SnapChat installed to his phone and that his account had been disabled that same day by SnapChat. Hamm said he deleted the application from his phone after the disabling of the account and deleted media files from his phone that may or may not be perceived as child pornography. He had feared that someone may be aware of what he had done due to the fact that SnapChat ha disabled his account following the sending of said image.
Harper asked him about the image sent that same date that was flagged by SnapChat and he told the officer that he believed the individual to be over the age of 18. Harper told Hamm that he had reviewed said image and did not agree that the child depicted in the image was over the age of 18. He asked Hamm that if 100 people were to view said image how many would say that the child was over 18. Hamm replied, “Not many.”
Harper did seize and later obtained a search warrant for the mobile cell phone belonging to Hamm. That cell phone was analyzed by the WV Police Forensic Laboratory located in Morgantown.
As a result of said analysis, one more image of CSAM was discovered on Hamm’s cell phone. He had allegedly been actively speaking with an individual in a messaging app attempting to trade images of CSAM.
Harper affirms that on July 12, 2023, Hamm did intentionally send one image of CSAM as defined by WV State Code using the mobile application SnapChat. A forensic analysis of Hamm’s cell phone used to commit the same offense discovered one other image of CSAM that was in Hamm’s possession on the same date.
Harper requested the issuance of an arrest warrant for Hamm for the felony offense of “Distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct prohibited fewer than fifty (50) images.”
Billy Joe Heckler, of Hambleton, was charged with one count Possession of a Controlled Substance. The complaint states that on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, Trooper R.S. Musgrave, along with the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office, executed an arrest warrant on Billy Heckler. A routine search was conducted and during the search Musgrave obtained a blue bag containing a white, crystallized substance consistent with methamphetamine. He conducted a field test on it and it produced a positive test for meth. At this time a signed written statement was obtained from Heckler stating he claimed ownership of the above stated substance. Heckler was arrested via arrest warrant and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was then transported to TVRJ.
Tyler Addison Collar, of parsons, was charged with Aggravated DUI 1st Offense, No proof of insurance, Failure to obey traffic device and Possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of a motor vehicle. According to the complaint on Wednesday, Dec. 27 Trooper R.S. Musgrave was dispatched to the area of 55 Blackman Flats Rd. for a motor vehicle accident. TCSO Deputy Summerfield observed the driver of the vehicle in the back of the ambulance with slurred speech and the odor of alcohol emanating from the driver’s person. The driver identified as Tyler Collar advised Summerfield that he had recently been drinking prior to operating his vehicle. He was transferred to Davis Medical Center by EMS.
Musgrave arrived on scene and assessed the damage to the vehicle and acknowledged the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the cab of the vehicle. He observed a Bacardi Rum bottle on the ground just underneath the wrecked vehicle having approximately eight ounces of a clear liquid still in the bottle.
Musgrave traveled to Davis Medical Center in order to obtain a statement from Collar. At this time he observed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, droopy eyelids and bloodshot, watery eyes. Collar advised the officer he was drinking then proceeded to drive, which resulted in him wrecking his vehicle. Musgrave obtained a signed consent from Collar to obtain the BAC that was collected by DMC. The blood alcohol test produced a result of a .287 BAC.
Alexa Ann Lawson, of Hambleton, was charged with one count of Shoplifting. According to the complaint on Saturday, Dec. 23 Deputy B.M. Gidley received a call for service for a shoplifting that haf occurred at Jim’s All-Star. He arrived on scene and made contact with the worker that was on duty. The worker advised that a female came in and stole a lighter. He asked the worker if she knew the female and she advised yes that it was Alexa Lawson. She also advised that another worker had seen her do it and a 911 dispatcher also saw it. The other worker showed up and gave a handwritten and sworn statement. In the statement she advised that she had seen Lawson looking at the lighters and out of her peripheral vision she saw her shake her sleeve down. When she checked out and the worker asked her to shake her sleeve, Lawson said, “It’s my IV.” The 911 dispatcher was behind her when this occurred and spoke to the worker and said, “Did you see that she took that lighter and put it in her sleeve.”
The worker also advised she had just stocked the lighters and no one had bought any. Troopers were able to locate the subject and made contact with her. The officer was talking to her of what had happened and to get her side of the story. Lawson continued to say she didn’t steal anything I will pay for it just to get it over with.” The officer obtained her information and made a phone call to the store and was advised by the manager that she had the cameras up and could clearly see Lawson steal the lighter. The officer told Lawson that he was going back and review cameras. She then allegedly admitted that she did steal the lighter. She was cited for Shoplifting 2nd Offense, the value of the lighter was $2.75. She was convicted of 1st Offense Shoplifting in May 2017 in Lewis County.
The above crimes were committed in Tucker County and all individuals are considered innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.
The following property transfers have been recorded in the Tucker County Clerk’s office:
John W. Wheeler, III, Thomas Corporation, 50×120 Lot 71 Thomas to Matthew B. Sherald and Sarah B. Hunt, $28,000.
Randel C. Gum and Lucinda C. Gum, Dry Fork District, Unit 141 Deerfield Village Condo to Timothy Schwinabart and Victoria Schwinabart, $370,000.
West Virginia University Foundation Inc., Clover District, 39 acres, 6 chains and 15 poles to Shiloh Quarry LLC, $3,000.
Mountain Valley Bank, NA, Parsons Corporation, 1.02 acres and easement to Sky Shine Properties LLC, $95,000.
Mark E. Russell and Cynthia M. Russell, Dry Fork District, lot 39, 40 Woods End to Timothy Embree and Kristen Hinman, $575,000.
Hinchcliff Lumber Company, Hendricks Corporation, 8,100 square feet plat to Town of Hendricks; Hendricks Town of, $1,200.