Jury selection for the trial of Chad W. McCallister, 31, Apple Grove, began on Tuesday and will continue through at least Thursday. If the jury is filled, it’s possible the actual trial could begin later in the day on Thursday but that is dependant on finding jurors both the state and defense can agree upon. On Thursday morning, 20 new potential jurors were summoned to Mason County Circuit Court to be screened. It’s believed the high profile nature of the case and pre-trial publicity has made it more difficult to find jurors in Mason County who are unfamiliar with the case.
The Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police reports the following arrests: Louis P. Sammarco, 50, Fraziers Bottom, bail piece of wanton endangerment, transported to Western Regional Jail, arrested by TFC A.B.Ward. Marvin R. Mayes, 58, Gallipolis Ferry, violation of personal safety order, arrested by Sgt. T.S. Mills. Timothy J. Blake, 39, Point Pleasant, fugitive from justice from Gallia County, Ohio, transported to Western Regional Jail, arrested by Cpl. K.M. Gilley.
The following divorces have been finalized and filed in the office of Mason County Circuit Clerk Bill Withers (maiden names listed when available): Gary L. Tomblin and Christina M. Hickel. James Dean and Nanette. Gilbert F. Logan and Linda M. Jeffers. Henry L. Riffle and Judith Thomas. Christopher Tate and Marsha Neesmith. Christopher Potts and Melanie McCallister. Terance E. Thompson and Sherry S. Hayes. Craig D. Roberts and Valerie J. Rhodes. Jim E. Riffle and Lisa M. Loomis.
The following death certificates were recently filed in the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley: Barbara J. Stone, 90, Point Pleasant. Dwight D. Carder, 61, Point Pleasant. Ruth E. Cutlip, 90, Leon. Margaret M. Yost, 93, Racine.