Former Moundsville Assistant Fire Chief Indicted


MOUNDSVILLE — The city’s former assistant fire chief was among 17 the Marshall County Grand Jury indicted Tuesday afternoon during its July session.

Ron Walker, 43, of Cameron, was terminated from his position at the fire department in November shortly after his arrest for sexual abuse. Walker allegedly exposed his genitals in the parking lot of the city building before taking another person’s hand and forcing that person to touch him. The criminal complaint also alleged Walker confessed to the act when police arrested him.

Walker was indicted along with two other alleged sex offenders. Shadoe Stewart, 27, of Moundsville, was indicted on eight counts, including sexual abuse by a guardian and use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct. Barbara Wells, 41, of Moundsville, faces one count each of sexual abuse by a guardian and use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct.

Also indicted were Michael McGovern, 50, of Wheeling; Codi Daugherty, 27, of Moundsville; and Kayla McCloud, 21, of Powhatan Point. Each were indicted for their role in the alleged arson of McGovern’s bar in Mozart earlier this year. McGovern was said to have given the key to the bar to Daugherty and McCloud, who were allegedly caught on video camera destroying the bar in various ways. Daugherty allegedly set the fire, which fire crews later put out.

Each of them faces a four-count indictment, and each indictment charges them with second- and fourth-degree arson; conspiracy to commit second-degree arson; and burning or attempting to burn insured property.

Six people also were indicted on drug cases. Prosecutor Rhonda Wade said the Marshall County Drug Task Force had seemingly been preoccupied with other pressing matters in recent months, as drug crimes, which had formerly constituted a large number of indictments in the county, have trailed off in recent terms.

Dustin Stern, who was apprehended in March, is among the most notable indictments for drug charges. Stern was indicted on six drug charges for distribution and transportation of a controlled substance after he was arrested with more than 590 grams of marijuana in his car, along with 93 edibles; more than 50 pills; and more than $2,000 in cash. At the time of his arrest, Moundsville Lt. Steve Kosek said Stern’s arrest was one of the largest drug busts in the city’s history.

Those indicted will begin having their initial appearances beginning Tuesday as the next term of court begins.

Also indicted were:

∫ Frederic Hocker, 23, of Shadyside, possession with intent to deliver;

∫ Jason Phillips, 38, of Wheeling, third offense DUI, third offense driving on a revoked licence and domestic battery;

∫ Jennifer Rickman, 49, of Moundsville, delivery of a controlled substance;

∫ Robby Ross, 35, of Moundsville, delivery of a controlled substance;

∫ Michael Runyon, 38, of Moundsville, failure to register;

∫ Joseph Strupe, 28, of Mingo Junction, unauthorized use of an access device, petit larceny and forgery;

∫ Devin Walker, 28, of Moundsville, 12 counts of fraudulent use of an access device and petit larceny;

∫ Randy Whipkey, 37, of Wheeling, grand larceny, two counts entry of a building other than a dwelling, second degree robbery and petit larceny;

∫ Daylan Whitaker, 28, of Wheeling, delivery of a controlled substance;

∫ Stephanie Wood, 28, of Wheeling two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.