RIPLEY - A two-month investigation ended Monday with the arrest of the Sandyville man who now faces 32 charges in Jackson, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing intoxicating liquor to underage individuals, and providing non-intoxicating beverages to underage individuals.
Kyle D. Cooper, 34, was located at a Ripley area residence and taken into custody by Jackson County Deputy Sheriffs acting on a tip. Cooper has been sought for his alleged role in an underage drinking party on New Stone Ridge Road that left a juvenile teenage girl unconscious and suffering from alcohol poisoning on the night of November 2, 2013.
The 14-year-old female was found unresponsive by law enforcement officers after a tip from a passerby who spotted her lying in a ditch along Old Stone Ridge Road and called 911. Deputy C.R. Saltsgaver and Deputy J.P. Anderson responded to the scene at approximately 11:17 p.m. on November 2. The girl was first taken to Jackson General Hospital and then transferred to CAMC in Charleston for treatment, and was on a medical ventilator, but fortunately recovered.
At the time of the initial investigation, Chief Deputy Herb Faber said it was fortunate that the girl was found and taken to the hospital. The results otherwise could have been tragic, he said.
From interviews, Saltsgaver and Anderson were able to ascertain that the juvenile had been at a underage drinking party on New Stone Ridge Road, just outside the Ripley city limits, with several other juveniles consuming alcohol.
Saltsgaver, Anderson and Trooper C.A. May of the West Virginia State Police detachment at Ripley responded to the scene of the party and apprehended four juveniles fleeing the area. Statements from those four also confirmed the party and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Detective Ross Mellinger and Sgt. Eric Cullen of the Sheriff’s Department also participated in the investigation.
In follow-up interviews with other juvenile party goers, the investigators identified a suspect who allegedly purchased the alcohol for the party and that individual was identified as Kyle D. Cooper.
Evidence retrieved led to the store where the alcohol was purchased and surveillance video that showed the man purchasing beer and a bottle of Jagermeister. That individual on the surveillance video was again identified as Kyle D. Cooper.
Cooper was sought for two months, but had not been located until Monday, as he apparently “bounced around” between Jackson, Ritchie and Kanwaha counties.
Cooper was arrested Monday and lodged in the South Central Regional Jail. He was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by Magistrate Jackie Casto on 32 charges, including 10 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, 10 counts of providing alcohol to an underage person, 10 counts of providing non-intoxicating beverage to an underage person and two other unrelated charges. Bond was set at a total of $41, 250.
Page 2 of 2 - Cooper was also wanted on unrelated warrants from Wood County and on a capias warrant from Ritchie County. He remains incarcerated in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of bond and further court action.