|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/29/1931.
Casey Carpenter Nabbed in Stumptown Robbery
The spotlight was again thrown on Casey Carpenter last week, but this
time it will be at the expense of Gilmer county. Monday of last week
Carpenter and James Nichols were caught in the act of robbing the store
and residence of Ott Poling at Stumptown.
It will be remembered that Carpenter was tried twice in the Calhoun
county circuit court on a charge of assault on members of the Nichols family.
In neither trial could the jury arrive at a verdict. Casey spent
the greater part of the last year in the local jail where his imitations
of a freight locomotive whistling for the water tank earned him this sobriquet.
Mr. Poling was awakened early Monday morning by prowlers in his store
and investigating found Carpenter and Nichols in the room. Missing
nothing from the premises, Mr. Poling turned the pair loose. Later
he discovered that $15 in gold was missing from a trunk and called the
state police who apprehended Carpenter at a home on Sand Ridge in this
county. They were taken to Glenville and after indictment by the
grand jury, then in session, confessed to a charge of robbery and were
sentenced to seven years in the state penitentiary.
Carpenter has a long record behind him. While in the local jail
he proudly boasted to residents of Grantsville that out of eighteen years
he had only five days freedom. Considering his age of 24 years this
is likely an exaggeration but there is no doubt that he will feel quite
at home at Moundsville.