Meigs shooting victim wanted in Mason Co.

Beth Sergent

September 24, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — The victim of last week’s shooting in Meigs County might want to be sure to stay on the Ohio side of the river because in Mason County, he’s a wanted man.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Allen R. Brickles, 21, Pomeroy, Ohio, on Sept. 6 after he failed to appear in court regarding a grand jury indictment handed down against him earlier this month in Mason County.

Brickles was indicted for malicious assault, conspiracy, battery five counts, destruction of property two counts, public intoxication and underage consumption. Brickles was charged in a joint indictment which included two other men from Meigs County — James M. Gray, V, 20 and Garrett C. Hall, age unreported, both of Pomeroy. Both Gray and Hall were indicted for malicious assault, conspiracy, battery, destruction of property, public intoxication and underage consumption.

The three men were arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department after an incident which allegedly occurred on the Mason County Fairgrounds during the county fair on Aug. 9. Brickles, Gray and Hall are all accused of committing felony assault by allegedly maliciously wounding L.D. Pyles, age and address unreported, and causing bodily injury to Pyles with the intent to permanently maim, disfigure, disable or kill him.

Also, Brickles is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly intentionally making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with five others at the scene. Gray and Hall were indicted for the same charged against one victim.

Last week, as reported by sister newspaper The Daily Sentinel, Neal D. Bonecutter, age 41, of Pomeroy, was arrested for two counts of attempted murder after an altercation at his residence located on Ohio 143. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Department reported that Bonecutter shot Brickles in the lower leg and shot at Melissa Dickens as she fled the residence.

Brickles was taken by ambulance to Holzer Medical Center and later transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Trauma Unit. There has been no further update of his condition. Also, a search of Bonecutter and Dickens’ residence turned up drugs and a large amount of cash, according to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department. As of last week, more charges were pending, according to Wood.

Brickles was to appear in Mason County Circuit Court last week for his arraignment on the indictment but he was again marked as a “no show.” Also, last week in circuit court, Gray and Hall’s arraignments were continued to 9:30 a.m., Nov. 14.