Drug, theft cases fill Circuit Court docket

In Rappahannock County Circuit Court June 7, Judge Jeffrey Parker set June 26 as the next court appearance by James Daniel Wines, 28, and July 1 for Ashleigh Renee Baldwin, 22. The two Chester Gap residents are charged with five counts of possession of schedule II drugs and a child abuse charge. Wines is also charged with distribution of the schedule II drug oxycodone.

In indictments handed down May 22, Baldwin and Wines were charged with possessing the schedule II drugs cocaine, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone, as well as having shown reckless disregard for the life of a child. Both have been released on $10,000 secured bonds.

Douglas Michael Twyman, 54, of Castleton pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule II drug (methadone). Parker sentenced him to five years in prison (with all but five months suspended) and three years of supervised probation, as part of a plea agreement negotiated by Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff.

According to Goff’s evidence, the Blue Ridge Narcotics Task Force executed a search at Twyman’s Whorton Hollow Road home last Aug. 15. During the search, marijuana plants and paraphernalia were found near Twyman and a baggie containing methadone was found in his pocket. When questioned, Twyman claimed ownership of the methadone, the marijuana pipe and all of the marijuana.

Hannah Marie Besecker, 23, of Front Royal will serve three months in jail for grand larceny, after being sentenced to three years on that felony charge, then to four months (all suspended) for each of three petty larceny charges. She also must complete three years of supervised probation, and owes $1,159 in restitution to State Farm Insurance.

Besecker was charged with breaking into the Chester Gap home of Susan Cairns three times between March 28 and April 5, accompanied by Amy Leigh Fincham. Goff told the court that Besecker and another female entered Cairns’ house looking for jewelry to sell for prescription pills. Besecker’s accomplice allegedly sold Cairns’ jewelry to a Front Royal pawn shop for $1,700. Goff said that at the time of the break-ins, Besecker had Cairns’ permission to enter the house to use an upstairs shower but that on those three occasions, she and Fincham entered the house to steal jewelry to buy drugs.

Daniel James Santos was sentenced to one year in prison (suspended), one year of supervised probation and a six-month loss of license after Parker found the Amissville 21-year-old guilty of possessing a schedule II drug (Percocet). Due to a marijuana possession conviction against a juvenile Santos five years ago, he did not qualify for a first-offender deferred finding of guilt.

The charge against Santos arose after an Aug. 3 traffic stop by Deputy Chris Ubben of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, who said in his Sept. 20 criminal complaint that he saw a defective license plate light. After the stop, Ubben found that the light did work but was not visible from a distance. Ubben testified that he told Santos he was free to leave and began walking back to his police cruiser, but then returned to the vehicle and asked if Santos could spare some time for the car to be searched.

Santos consented to the search, according to the complaint, and Ubben found one Percocet 5 pill in the ashtray of Santos’ vehicle. When asked why Santos had the pill without a prescription, Santos said that he had hurt his elbow and thought it may have been broken, and that the pill was for the pain.

Dustin Samuel Miller, 21, of Castleton, pleaded guilty to grand larceny, and will be sentenced Aug. 17. Goff presented evidence that on Dec. 29, Miller and an accomplice removed two vehicles from a shed in Castleton with the intention of selling them. The vehicles, a Honda ATV and a dirt bike,  belonged to Donald Southard. Neighbors witnessed the two with the vehicles and told police. When confronted, Goff said Miller made a full confession, saying that they intended to sell the vehicles in Culpeper and had been hiding them in Culpeper. Goff said that both vehicles have been recovered.

A hearing for 19-year-old Dennis Charles McGillivray III of Amissville is set for July 5. McGillivray is charged with breaking into the home of Joseph Dallacklesa and stealing a 9mm handgun, a Playstation III and a video game. According to a Nov. 8 criminal complaint filed by RCSO investigator Capt. J.C. Welch, McGillivray conspired with two juveniles to head to a residence in Rappahannock County to get $30 for marijuana and $10 for gas. “Their intention was to steal the money, because the subject owed their friend $150 for marijuana,” Welch wrote. “When they arrived, the subject was not at home. The accused and one of the juveniles entered the home.” The suspects were apprehended a short time later.