A slew of new charges were brought against several individuals in Augusta County court Tuesday.
The Augusta County grand jury handed up several indictments Tuesday. The grand jury handed up indictments for two embezzlement cases, one attempted-murder case, and an arson suspect allegedly caught with a weapon in jail.
Woody Puckett and Joannis Hoard, two employees who lost their jobs at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville, are now facing criminal charges. Inmates from the Middle River Regional Jail were on work release at the Augusta Expoland - best known for hosting the Augusta County Fair, home shows and other large-scale events. But investigators say the crews spent part of their time working at the home of maintenance supervisor 47-year-old Woody Puckett, partly with the blessing of expo administrative secretary 45-year-old Joannis Hoard. Both lost their jobs last month, and now face embezzlement charges. The two could face fines and a small amount of jail time if they are convicted of embezzlement.
Arthur Allen, the 28-year-old alleged gunman in a Fishersville shooting, faces four new indictments including a pair of attempted murder counts. Allen is accused of firing numerous shots at a car full of people in a parking lot, missing one of them by an inch. Allen will go to trial on a total of 15 charges. The charges against Allen mean the potential for decades behind bars.
Ray Arnold Eavey, the Stuarts Draft man already charged with burning down his own house to collect insurance money, faces a new indictment from his time behind bars. An investigator at Middle River Regional Jail says 53-year-old Eavey was caught with a blade he fashioned from a jail-issued shaver. He is charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner.