CLARKSBURG — Bridgeport Mayor Jim Christie believes his Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy should stop any further action against him as part of a separate civil lawsuit.
A federal court lawsuit filed in October named as defendants Christie and Dave Cutlip, the co-owners of Comvest Ltd. Inc.
The civil lawsuit stemmed from an earlier bankruptcy filing by Comvest Ltd. Inc.
Christie’s latest filing in the civil lawsuit was made by Clarksburg attorney Tom Fluharty, who contends the personal bankruptcy “will operate as an injunction against the continuation” of the lawsuit’s bid to recover debt.
“Therefore, Defendant prays that no further action be allowed against him and the Complaint be dismissed,” Fluharty asserted.
Comvest allegedly owed $2.7 million at the time of its filing, with creditors to include governments, banks, a school district and an area hospital.
Christie’s personal filing showed him with $933,922 in assets, and $2.05 million in liabilities.
Among them: $900,000 owed to Freedom Bank of Bridgeport; $709,000 to Premier Bank of Philippi; $88,000 to Huntington National Bank, Charleston; $58,000 to Clear Mountain Bank of Bruceton Mills; $50,000 to Robert J. Osborne of Freeport, Bahamas; $50,000 to James P. Arendash of Hilliard, Ohio; $50,000 to John K. Skidmore of Rock Cave; and $25,000 to John R. Kortas of Lewisburg.
The January filing listed the combined monthly income for Christie and his wife as $11,242.92, with average monthly expenses listed as $11,201.39. The mayor listed his net income per month as $41.53.
In other court news:
Harrison Chief Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. has denied a motion by Stonewood Mayor John M. Hines Sr. seeking to be dismissed from a lawsuit filed against him by the community’s former police chief.
Through attorney Jerry Blair, Minor had sued the city and Hines last summer, asserting a decision to replace him was a breach of contract.
“Minor’s complaint does state claims upon which relief may be granted,” Marks wrote. “The court, further, believes it more prudent to permit this case to proceed and, if appropriate, determine the issue raised by the parties on dispositive motion(s) once discovery is completed.”
Marcus A. Rose, 19, of Shinnston, has been charged with two counts of felony conspiracy to flee law enforcement by Harrison Sheriff’s Lt. W.S. Sothen.
Rose was released on $20,000 bond after an initial appearance Wednesday before Special Magistrate Rose Humway.
The defendant was a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle that fled law enforcement at speeds in excess of 70 mph, Sothen has alleged.
Rose had a couple of opportunities to dismount during the pursuit, but chose not to, and appeared to be urging the driver on while taunting law enforcement, according to Sheriff Albert Marano.
Though Sothen was unable to catch up to the ATV, Rose was identified as the passenger by a witness, according to the criminal complaint filed by the lieutenant.
Charges are pending against the 22-year-old driver, Marano said.
Previously in a separate case, Rose pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit destruction of property in March. He was sentenced May 9 to two years’ probation with weekend incarceration by Harrison Circuit Judge Thomas A. Bedell.
Though wrongdoing in the ATV case was alleged to have occurred April 17, Sothen’s investigation was still under way until the warrants were obtained earlier this week.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the new charges would impact Rose’s probation since the alleged action preceded the sentencing hearing.
Adrian A. Farrar, 26, of Buckhannon, has been charged with felony third-offense domestic battery by Buckhannon Patrol Officer D.K. Hissam.
Farrar’s bond was set at $40,000 on the charge by Upshur Magistrate J. Michael Coffman. Jail records also indicate she’s facing another $35,000 in bond on two pending misdemeanor charges.
In the domestic battery charge, the defendant punched her husband on the right side of the head Wednesday, Hissam has alleged.