Marshall County Grand Jury Indicts 18

Eighteen people were indicted by the Marshall County grand jury, with violent and property crimes overtaking the previously prevalent drug crimes in the county.

In contrast to previous terms of court, only three of the indicted were charged with drug crimes. Arson, sexual assault, and burglary were instead among the indictments for the spring term.

Chief on the indictments was that of Lester Aeiker, 33, of Mozart, charged with one count of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of minor. According to police reports, West Virginia State Police were alerted to Aeiker’s home on Aug. 17 when two sisters in his care reported having to pull him off their third sister, whom they said he was allegedly attempting to sexually assault. After fleeing the house, the girls flagged down a passer-by and called 911.

Aeiker was promptly arrested without incident after police responded to the house. The 14-year-old alleged victim said Aeiker gave her whiskey, which got her drunk. While she was changing clothes, she told police that Aeiker came into her room and shoved her against the wall, assaulting her.

Aeiker allegedly said that while he did provide the girl the alcohol, and admitted to having touched her leg while driving, he denied making sexual advances toward her.

Also indicted was James Golein, 30, of Wheeling, charged with third degree arson and setting fire on lands, as well as DUI and fleeing DUI. Golein was arrested in November after a truck engulfed in flames was reported in a ditch in Viola. The truck fire also ignited some of the woods in the area. Several gas cans were located in and around the vehicle.

Surveillance footage allegedly showed Golein, identified by his former manager and co-workers, stealing a truck from Apex Energy in Wheeling. The truck and the tools inside were insured for $100,000.

Assistant Prosecutor Joe Canestraro said he suspected many of the indictments were consequences of drug use, as the prosecutor’s office has said frequently in the past.

Former Moundsville Acting Fire Chief Ronald Walker, charged with sexual abuse in November after allegedly exposing himself to a firefighter in the city building’s parking lot, was not indicted. However, Prosecutor Rhonda Wade said the investigation was ongoing.

Additional indictment included:

∫ Raymond Baker and Jolyn Robson; entry of a building other than a dwelling, petit larceny and conspiracy.

∫ Thomas Blake; kidnapping, burglary, brandishing, assault, battery, and destruction of property and possession with intent to deliver.

∫ David Chambers; fleeing with DUI, DUI and left of center.

∫ Corey Cockerham; third offense shoplifting.

∫ Timothy Geho; Strangulation, domestic assault and domestic battery.

∫ Dareld Gittings; failure to register.

∫ Kebin Hubbard; burglary, conspiracy and petit larceny.

∫ Larry Huggins; strangulation and domestic battery.

∫ Derek McGinnis; possession with intent to deliver.

∫ Kelsi Reynolds; operating a clandestine drug lab, conspiracy.

∫ Ryan Rice; second degree sexual assault.

∫ William Taylor; burglary and grand larceny.

∫ Jeffrey VanDyne; fleeing an officer, DUI and battery on a government official.

∫ Jason Wiley; burglary, six counts, grand larceny, three counts and petit larceny, eight counts.

∫ Melissa Williams; entry of a building and grand larceny.


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