Donald L. Denny, II, 25, Vinton, pleaded not guilty to one count of forgery on March 31 in the common pleas court after he allegedly forged a traffic citation form on Feb. 4, 2010, as the act of Darrell R. Waugh.
A status conference in this case has been scheduled for May 19. A negotiated plea may be filed with the clerk of courts by July 15.
Denny had been arrested and served with an indictment from the common pleas court on the evening of March 29 following an investigation of Denny’s alleged involvement with a breaking and entering offense.
Reportedly, at approximately 11:52 p.m., deputies responded to Denny’s residence located on Scott School Road in Huntington Township to investigate Denny and Michael D. Sellers, 27, Vinton, who were allegedly in the possession of stolen property from a break-in that had occurred earlier that day.
Upon arrival, neither Denny nor Sellers were present and, subsequently, the suspects’ vehicle was seen on Orpheus Road in Jackson County and struck a guard rail just prior to entering Gallia County on Coal Valley Road.
The vehicle later hit a ditch near the intersection of Coal Valley and Scott School Roads and the suspects fled on foot.
Denny was apprehended while Sellers was never located.
Reportedly, the truck contained a large amount of metal, allegedly to be stolen, including tools, a large electric motor and a vat mixer.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and the Ohio State Highway Patrol completed a crash investigation.
Denny was arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on March 30 on one count of obstructing official business in relation to this incident. A court pre-trial has been scheduled for April 14 in this matter.
Sellers was later arrested and arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on April 1. He was charged with two counts of obstructing official business. A court pre-trial in this matter has been scheduled for April 11.
The investigation into the alleged break-in continues and charges are pending.