Volga man jailed for arson threats

ADRIAN — A Volga man was jailed Tuesday after local authorities arrested him for threatening arson and stealing keys from a vehicle, all while he was allegedly driving illegally on May 8.

According to court documents, James Clifford Wagner II, age 37, now stands accused of assault, harassment, petit larceny, and driving without a license.

Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the incident that reportedly began at the General Store in Hinkleville and travelled to the Holly Apartment Complex in Adrian. Wagner allegedly entered the General Store on Saturday around 4 p.m. to make threats towards the victim. An employee, who was working at the time, intercepted Wagner and the victim and was able to give officers a detailed recollection of the event. The worker told officers that Wagner said he had a message for the store owner and allegedly stated that the apartments burned down for a reason and that if he doesn’t stop, the store would burn as well.

According to the criminal complaint, Wagner made verbal threats to burn down the General Store before he left to go to the Holly Apartments looking for the victim. The victim was advised of the ongoing incident and proceeded to the apartments to assess the situation. Upon arrival, the victim was reportedly met by an individual who was later identified as Wagner.

Wagner was allegedly yelling more threats of burning the store and violence towards the victim when he put his hands in his pockets and attempted to approach the victim, who later told Sgt. T. Caynor that he was in fear for his safety. The victim also told the officer that photographic evidence placed Wagner at the scene.

A while after the incident occurred, Cpl. B. K. Wright received a phone call from the victim advising the office that it was just discovered that the accused had also stolen the keys to a vehicle from the victim’s property.

A Barbour County unit was subsequently sent to the accused’s Volga address to locate and question Wagner about the stolen keys. According to court documents, Wagner admitted to taking the keys which were recovered and returned to the victim.

Wagner remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $7,600 cash only bond set by Magistrate Alan Suder.


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