By RACHEL C. DOVE
WILLIAMSON - Mingo Country Magistrate Pam Newsome presided over a busy docket on Thursday morning, hearing a variety of cases while others were continued until a later date.
• Melissa Dawn Copley, 41, of Delbarton was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on four felony counts of forgery and two misdemeanor charges of worthless checks. While in the courtroom, the defendant was served with five additional felonies warrants for two counts of computer fraud, one count of credit card fraud, one count of forgery, one count of uttering and was also charged with one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.
The charges stemmed from allegations against Copley that on March 16, she attempted to cash or make purchases with four checks at the Delbarton One Stop that were on a bank account which was frozen after the account holder reported that her checks and credit cards had been stolen.
Copley is said to have forged the name of Jessica Brewer, the account holder, on the checks. The activity was recorded on the security camera inside the business. The defendant was arrested on these charges after warrants were obtained by Delbarton Police Officer David Nunley.
The additional warrants served in court Thursday were by West Virginia State Police Trooper T.G. Kania. They include the petit larceny charge for the theft of the credit card, and the felonies were instated for purchases on the card made in person and via the internet.
Copley’s original bond had been set at $2,400. She was arraigned on the additional warrants by Magistrate Dallas Toler who set bond at a $25,500 ($5,000 for each felony count and $500 for the misdemeanor). Total bond for the defendant is now $27,900.
Copley was remanded to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.
• The case against William Wolford, 60, of Gilbert, who was arrested on March 14 after he attempted to enter the Mingo County Courthouse with a fully loaded .22 caliber revolver in his packet, was continued to a later date per the request of his attorney, Charles Mullins.
Wolford was scheduled to attend a domestic violence petition hearing the afternoon of his arrest, and had allegedly demanded for Family Court Judge Micah Thompson to recuse herself from the case, which she is said to have refused to do so because there were no grounds to substantiate his request.
Court Bailiff’s Brandon Maynard and Henry Moore stopped Wolford after he tried to bypass the metal detector and after conducting a search, found the concealed firearm.
Wolford remains free on a $20,000 bond.