Arrest made in stolen ATV case
SHORT FORK – A Salyersville man was arrested Thursday night after an ATV was reported stolen.
According to the arrest warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Dewey Marshall was contacted by the victim on June 12, stating his Honda ATV, valued at over $500, was stolen from his residence on Mash Fork Road in Salyersville.
The stolen ATV was found at the home of William Douglas Howard, 47, of Short Fork Road, in Salyersville, but he was not located at the residence, so an arrest warrant was issued.
On June 18, Marshall transported Howard to the sheriff’s office after serving the warrant. According to the arrest citation, Howard was told to empty everything out of his pockets and was asked several times if he had anything on him, to which he replied he did not. A quick pat down was conducted and nothing was found. Once at the sheriff’s office, he was taken out of Marshall’s vehicle and the back seat was searched, with Deputies Marshall and J. Caudill finding a handgun that had been slid under the floor mat.
Caudill wrote in the citation that is was still undetermined how Howard got in possession of the firearm unless he had it in the front of his pants since his groin area had not been checked.
Howard was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time, facing the charges of receiving stolen property under $10,000 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A preliminary hearing in the felony case is scheduled for June 29 at 11 a.m. in the Magoffin County Justice Center.
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