By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –
On January 26, a Moorefield Police Officer observed Ashley L. Bierkamp, 25, of Moorefield talking on her cell phone while driving. The officer also noticed the vehicle was missing a side-view mirror. A traffic stop was initiated.
According to the police report, Bierkamp seemed nervous and when the officer asked permission to search the vehicle, she declined. The officer called for Ruckus, the MPD’s drug-detecting K-9. When Ruckus indicated there were drugs present in the vehicle, officers searched it.
The search allegedly revealed a straw hidden in a package of cigarettes. Inside the straw was a white powder that field-tested positive for opiates.
A female officer searched Bierkamp and allegedly found five heroin stamps hidden inside Bierkamp’s clothes. Heroin stamps are tiny bags of the drug about the size of a postage stamp.
Bierkamp was indicted on one count of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule I controlled substance, namely heroin.
Bierkamp was one of 15 people arraigned in Hardy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 11. The arraignments stem from Grand Jury indictments presented on Tuesday, June 3.
Bierkamp pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Peter E. Naperkowski, 58, of Old Fields, was indicted on 40 counts of sexual assault by a person of trust and six counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.
According to court documents, on Feb. 2, the West Virginia State Police were contacted by a woman who said her daughter was sexually abused by a relative. When child protective services interviewed the victim, she said the abuse happened on numerous occasions at the suspect’s house while he was baby-sitting.
Sexual abuse in the first degree indicates the suspect is older than 14 and the victim is younger than 11 years old.
Naperkowski pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Brothers Wayne Crites, 69, and Allen Crites, 63, both of Moorefield, were each indicted on one count of obtaining property in return for a worthless check, one count of obtaining property under false pretenses and one count of conspiracy.
Court documents show the Moorefield Police Department was contacted in July 2013 by the victim, who said a check signed by Allen Crites in the amount of $44,413.44 was returned because of insufficient funds. The check was payment for 63 head of cattle.
The victim told police they had called Crites about the check, but payment had not been forthcoming.
Chief Steve Reckart of the MPD contacted Crites who allegedly said he would take care of the situation, but no payment has been made.
Allen Crites allegedly said the cattle were purchased for his brother, Wayne and delivered to Wayne’s son.
According to court documents, Allen Crites admitted giving Wayne a signed check, but allegedly said he didn’t know he would write a check for such a large amount.
A subpoena of bank records allegedly indicate the brothers routinely buy and sell large numbers of cattle.
Both Allen and Wayne Crites pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Edmund Funkhouser, 21, of Rio, was indicted on two counts of malicious assault, three counts of battery and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer.
According to court documents, West Virginia State Police were notified of a malicious assault at Paradise City in Mathias. Enroute, the troopers were alerted to two additional assaults in the same area.
Troopers spoke with the complainant who said three men attempted entrance to Paradise City, there was an altercation and the bouncer was bleeding from the head. While the troopers were investigating that incident, another patron of Paradise City said they were struck in the head by the assailant.
Through their investigation, the troopers identified and located Funkhouser and another man. Both allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Also during the course of the investigation, a third victim said he had been waved down by three men and when he couldn’t help them, was allegedly struck in the face.