POINT PLEASANT — A Gallipolis, Ohio man accused of attempting to run down an officer with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department is due back in Mason County Circuit Court this month.
James H. Moore, 32, is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing at 2 p.m, Oct. 23 with the trial set to go at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 3.
Moore was indicted by the September term of the grand jury for attempted murder; destruction of property; fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference; bringing into this state, property stolen in another state; attempt to transfer stolen goods, breaking and entering, five counts; petit larceny; grand larceny. These charges are contained within two separate indictments.
As for the attempted murder charge, according to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, on Aug. 10, Cpl. T. L. Powell with the sheriff’s department was called by the owners of Poor Man’s Pawn Shop on Huntington Rd. in Apple Grove. The owners advised Moore was allegedly trying to pawn or sell a behind utility trailer. Powell ran the information through the Mason County 911 Center and it was not matching the information Moore was giving the owners of the pawn shop, according to the complaint.
Powell then drove to the pawn shop to speak with Moore about the trailer but upon his arrival, Moore was exiting the building. After the shop owner had pointed out Moore to Powell, Powell approached the passenger side front fender of Moore’s vehicle and asked him to stop. At this time, Powell says Moore placed the vehicle into reverse and began backing out at a high rate of speed and turned to exit the driveway. Powell then stepped in front of the vehicle and held up his hand and was shouting for Moore to stop so he could speak to him. Powell then said Moore pointed at him, put the vehicle in drive and accelerated at a high rate of speed and came directly at Powell. Powell said he was able to move from in front of the vehicle without injury.
Moore was eventually taken into custody and has been booked into the Western Regional Jail since Aug. 12 where his bond amounts are listed as $100,000 and $75,000 in regards to his two pending cases.
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