A Ripley man was arrested Friday evening for allegedly stalking a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy for nearly a week. 


A Ripley man was arrested Friday evening for allegedly stalking a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy for nearly a week. 

Jacob Allen Stewart, 30, of Ripley was arrested on one misdemeanor count of stalking last Friday night. 

According to the complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class D.R. Herdman, on Friday, January 22, he was contacted by Deputy Ross Mellinger of the Sheriff’s Department who said that since January 15, Stewart had been following him home from work every evening, harassing his family, and causing his wife, April, to fear for her safety. 

Mellinger stated that Stewart had approached his residence, which is in a rural area, on at least a dozen occasions. 

On one occasion, Stewart allegedly revved his engine so loud in the residence’s driveway that it woke the Mellingers’ two-year-old daughter.  Another time, he allegedly drove into the driveway at 4 a.m. to harass the family. 

Stewart had also allegedly damaged the Mellingers’ driveway by spinning out gravel at the entrance and tearing up the grassy area adjacent to the entrance. 

Additionally, Mellinger claimed that his truck had been keyed during one of Stewart’s visits. 
On Friday, January 22, Stewart approached the residence at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. while Deputy Mellinger was at work, causing his wife to fear for her safety. 

Based on the information provided by Mellinger, TFC Herdman obtained a warrant for the stalking charge from Magistrate Tom Reynolds.

Stewart was arrested and arraigned in Magistrate Court later that evening.  He was released on $2,500 bond.