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Robber granted early release to attend college

A Kanawha County judge on Tuesday granted an early release to a former University of Charleston basketball player convicted of robbing a man last April.

Robert Keith Dreher will be released from the Anthony Correctional Center on probation in July, a month earlier than expected, so he can attend summer classes at Bluefield College.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom heard during a sentence reconsideration hearing on Tuesday that Dreher successfully completed classes and vocational opportunities at the prison and was accepted to Bluefield College on a partial scholarship to play basketball this fall.

Dreher had been convicted to up to two years in prison in October after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery stemming from the April 21, 2013 robbery and attack of Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison. Police say credit cards belonging to the men were taken and used.

Kanawha Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach said Rude had no objection to Dreher’s early release and thought it was a good idea to see him turn his life around. Giggenbach also had no objections and said criminal law is not only about punishment, but about rehabilitation as well.

Two men sentenced in federal meth case

Two men convicted of possessing methamphetamine and firearms were sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday.

Richard Milton Hudson Riggal, 44, of Zephyrhills, Florida was sentenced to 15 years and eight months. He received an additional two years for violating federal supervision. Howard Leon Lykins, II, 49, of Charleston, was sentenced to nine years, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Riggal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth in January. Lykins pleaded guilty to maintaining a residence for drug purposes.

According to the release, police executed a search warrant at Lykins’ house in Charleston in July 2013. They discovered meth-making materials, digital scales and two pistols, one of which was reported stolen, according to the release. Police also found more than $41,000 in cash. Police executed a search warrant at another house and seized more than 900 grams of high-quality meth which Riggal transported from Florida to Charleston, according to the release. Both men allegedly admitted to distributing approximately seven pounds of meth in the months leading up to July 2013.

Riggal had been previously convicted of several felonies including burglary, grand theft, operation of a chop shop and distribution of marijuana, according to the release.

Two arrested in Dunbar on drug charges

Two people face drug charges after police were called to a Dunbar hotel.

Dunbar Police Chief Jess Bailes said Patrolman Dave Chandler and Sgt. John Fling went to the Dunbar Plaza hotel at about 7:15 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of people hanging naked out a hotel window. The officers went to a room on the second floor and found several people inside, he said.

While in the room, Bailes said Chandler and Fling saw drug paraphernalia sitting on a table and got permission to search the room. They allegedly then found about one gram of suspected marijuana, 155 hydrocodone tablets, 39 suboxone pills and 28 Xanax tablets, Bailes said.

Officers also allegedly found scales and numerous plastic bags, some of which had price tags with them.

“It was obvious there was intent to deliver the drugs,” Bailes said.

Police arrested Earl Finley, 42, of Dunbar, who originally gave officers a fake name, Bailes said. He said Finley is wanted in Detroit on a parole violation.

Finley was charged with being a fugitive from justice and three counts of possession of drugs with intent to deliver, Bailes said. Finley was in the South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday, with bond set at $75,000.

Bailes said Andrea Springstead, 30, of Hurricane, allegedly told officers the marijuana belonged to her. He said Springstead was given a ticket for simple possession.

Two men stole dirt bike, police say

Police in Dunbar arrested two men who allegedly stole a dirt bike from a parking lot on Monday.

Police received a call from a man who said someone cut the lock of his 2006 Suzuki dirt bike that was at Kanawha Valley Fine Jewelry and Loan in Dunbar.

Officers later received a tip that a man was attempting to sell a dirt bike matching the description of the stolen one, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Dunbar Police Chief Jess Bailes. Police went to the house on Woodrum Lane in Charleston and spotted the dirt bike in plain view inside the garage. They got a search warrant and determined that it was the same dirt bike, according to the release.

David Snyder, 27, of Nitro, was charged with grand larceny and transferring and receiving stolen property. Charles Grose II, 20, of Charleston, was charged with transferring and receiving stolen property.

The investigation determined that the two men had gone to the business on Sunday and cut the lock off the bike. They then drove it to a mountainous area and called a third person to help them transport it to the house on Woodrum Lane.

Snyder was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bail. Grose is being held in South Central Regional Jail on an outstanding warrant of domestic assault, according to the release.

— Compiled from staff reports


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