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Mason County Circuit Court —A Gallipolis, Ohio man has entered into a plea agreement following his arrest in November on a drug charge.

Damaecus Q. Basham, 39, recently entered a plea of guilty to the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in Mason County Circuit Court before Judge David W. Nibert. Basham is to return for sentencing at 10 a.m., July 17. Basham was represented at the plea hearing by Attorney R. Michael Shaw, Jr. with Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson representing the state.

According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Patrolmen Tyler DeWeese and D.M. Taylor with the Point Pleasant Police Department were dispatched by Mason County 911 to respond to an apartment at 402 21st St. The apartment was occupied by a resident who stated there were people dealing drugs inside his home and he didn’t want them there, the complaint said. The resident led the officers into his apartment, and upon entering the living room an unidentified female was on the couch and Basham was sitting in a chair.

The complaint goes on to say, sitting on a table in the living room were seven individually “plastic wrapped” baggies of green leafy vegetation, along with a larger sandwich bag of green leafy vegetation and a set of digital scales. On top of the scales was a piece of green leafy vegetation allegedly being weighed. Also, Basham was allegedly holding a pair of scissors in his right hand and a piece of leafy green vegetation in his left hand and appeared to be cutting the vegetation into pieces, according to the complaint. The seven clear, small baggies with the vegetation inside were allegedly packaged in a manner to be sold individually, according to the complaint.

Basham was indicted by the January term of the grand jury for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Mason County Clerk — The following property deeds have recently been filed in the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley: Abra Ohlinger to Betty S. Sloas, Cooper District. Stacey D. Phillips to Ellen L. Bugg, Clendenin District. James M. Bush to Bruce D. Bush, two parcels, Lewis District. Harbour Family Trust to William T. Anderson, Eva A. Anderson, Jessica N. Burris, Town of Mason, Waggener District. Nelson Click to Brian Shirley, Cologne District. David D. Duncan and Kimberly S. Duncan to Brian R. Scott and Jessy R. Scott, Hannan District. B.J. Builders to West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways, 7.42 acres, Robinson District near Wadsworth Ave., $175,500. Cynthia S. Johnson to Samantha M. Bailey, Joshua D. Bailey, Waggener District. Barbara A. Gerlach to Larry S. Riffle, Cooper District. Nancy L. Burns to Raymond J. Lewis, Elizabeth A. Lewis, Point Pleasant. Lester S. Stewart to Stephen Jodon and Darlene Jodon, Town of Mason, Waggener District. Joseph M. Trippett to Orvin H. Kiser, Jr., Hannan District. Frederick Pyles to Steven A. Nibert and Debra A. Nibert, Clendenin District. (Editor’s Note: Selling price will be listed on any land transfers and deed filings involving the sale of property to a government entity.)

The following death certificates were recently filed in the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley: Penny A. Charron, 70, Point Pleasant. David A. Nott, 52, Point Pleasant. Joe L. Oxley, 85, Point Pleasant. Alma Zimmerman, 98, Point Pleasant. William R. Tatterson, 66, Gallipolis Ferry. Ronald T. Weikle, 67, West Columbia. Janet D. Holley, 59, Apple Grove. Gwenia J. Hurt, 63, West Columbia. Richard L. Kensler, 47, Fraziers Bottom. Betty L. Simpkins, 78, Gallipoils Ferry. Arthur H. Stephens, 94, Leon.

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley: Johnny E. Donohue, Jr., 44 and Cale M. Clausen, 40, both of Point Pleasant. Scott A. Greene, 49 and Amy L. Hoschar, 35, both of Hartford. Trasawn L. Bonecutter, 26 and Ashley D. Bowman, 27 both of Point Pleasant. Eli S. Mast, 20 of Albany, Ohio and Martha A. Kinsinger, 26 of Letart. Nathaniel P. Wedge, 23, Point Pleasant and Lindsey D. Deem, 23, Mason.

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