By Bob Weaver

Special prosecutor Jerry Hough from Gilmer County is moving grand larceny and burglary counts against Grantsville DHHR worker April McCroskey, after moving that the same charges be dropped against former chief deputy Ron Bandy.

Judge Thomas Evans III denied Hough's request to "divert" or essentially drop the charges against Bandy.

Hough asked Judge Thomas Evans III for a change of venue, claiming media conflict with the Hur Herald. Evans denied the request.

Hough told the court that McCroskey "conspired with Bandy for treasure," indicating it was for her personal gain.

Hough, seemingly out of character for a prosecutor, indicated there could be a problem with McCroskey over her intent to commit a crime, in that she returned items, although he said she had felonious motive.

McCroskey is represented by Parkersburg attorney George Cosenza.

She has pled not guilty to eight counts: one count of grand larceny, three counts of burglary, 3 counts of conspiracy, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count for destruction of property.

A hearing scheduled yesterday for former chief deputy Ron Bandy was taken from the docket because Bandy's attorney was unable to appear. It has been rescheduled for July.

Editor's Note: The Herald has published little detail about the McCroskey or Bandy case beyond procedural events. We stand behind our reporting, including reporting the conduct of law enforcement officers and officials.

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