Ohio County Circuit Judges Set Trial Dates for Cases in Wheeling

Judges set trial dates in Ohio County Circuit Court Thursday for defendants with felony indictments handed down by a grand jury.

Among those who saw trial dates set Thursday was Donald Daniels, whose seven-count indictment includes one charge of attempted murder.

Daniels was arrested Nov. 25 after he allegedly crashed his car head-on into a police cruiser intentionally on the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. Police allege they found drugs in his system that day, and that he crashed while fleeing from Martins Ferry police.

Daniels and the Wheeling Police Department officer driving the cruiser were both injured.

Circuit Judge David Sims set Daniels’ pre-trial hearing for March 31, with an April 10 trial.

The trial for Doyle Crooks, the Belmont County 911 assistant director who’s accused of stealing hunting items from Cabela’s by stuffing them into a turkey fryer, resealing the box and paying for only the fryer, will be held April 18. His pre-trial hearing is April 7.

Crooks was indicted on two felony counts of entering without breaking, regarding separate but similar incidents.

Sims set a Feb. 28 trial date for Willard Humes, the Peters Run Road grandfather who is accused of neglecting his three grandchildren. Humes’ case is a carryover from the September grand jury, which indicted Humes on three charges of felony gross child neglect creating substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.

Humes’ attorney, Jacob Robinson, has filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing grandparents don’t have a legal responsibility for their grandchildren’s care. The motion states Humes was unable to care for the children because he was hospitalized for much of the time the neglect is alleged to have taken place. The motion argues Humes was simply trying to provide shelter for his homeless daughter and her children.

Among defendants appearing Thursday before Circuit Judge James Mazzone was Christopher Roshak, whose September indictment includes three felonies related to his allegedly trying to seduce and lure a minor through the Facebook Messenger application on his phone.

But instead of the 12-year-old boy with whom Roshak allegedly thought he was communicating, he was chatting with the boy’s mother and West Virginia State Police Sgt. Scott Adams, leading to Roshak’s arrest. Roshak’s trial date is set for March 28, with a pre-trial hearing March 3.

Roshak faces two counts of using obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor and one count of soliciting a minor via computer.