Murder charges among 35 indictments issued by Preston County Grand Jury

KINGWOOD — Three attempted first-degree murder charges were among 35 indictments handed down Oct. 15 by the Preston County Grand Jury.

The indictments also included 12 drug-related indictments. Other charges ranged from first-degree arson to kidnapping, forgery and threatening a public official.

The attempted murder charges are related to domestic violence incidents. Among those charged with attempted first-degree murder was Richard Frederick Schamberger Jr., 36, of Tunnelton. He was also indicted on a charge of strangulation and child neglect with injury.

Also charged with attempted first-degree murder was Michael Valentine, 34, of the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, and John Richard Henson, 35, of Oakland, Md. Valentine was also charged with malicious assault, and Henson was also charged with threatening terrorist acts.

The drug charges ranged from methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana to Xanax and Ritalin.

A complete list of those indicted will be published at a later date.

A second day of grand jury will be needed to present other cases, Preston Prosecutor Melvin C. Snyder III said. Normally the Preston Grand Jury continues the next day, as needed, but Circuit Judge Steve Shaffer will be gone today through Thursday at a judicial conference.

That means another day will be set for the grand jury to continue its work. Right now January is being considered.

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