The Pocahontas County prosecutor could re-indict several people charged with selling state property to scrap metal dealers.

The initial indictments against former and current employees of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park were found to be faulty and were recently dismissed by a circuit judge. The Pocahontas County Prosecutor’s Office says the case may go before a grand jury again April 17-19.

A two-year State Police investigation led Troopers to a $30,000 scheme where employees would allegedly take scrap metal from Cass, turn it in to a scrapyard and pocket the money. Eleven people were originally indicted.

Several of them claim they had permission from former Cass Superintendent David Caplinger, now the superintendent at Pipestem State Park, to sell the scrap metal. Caplinger was one of the 11 originally indicted.

State Police Corporal Mark Agee says the money gained from the sales legally belongs to the state park.

Charges against the 11 ranged from felony conspiracy to grand theft.

The investigation got underway in October 2011 when current Cass Superintendent Rob Sovine made a complaint about the missing metal.

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Comments

  • Justin Martin

    Remember when kenny beat the woman up in Cass? That too got covered up just like his drunk old man! I guess brotherly love goes far in thw wv hills. Hoover and Starks were in on the clean up too.

  • Mark

    Dave, you are an idiot from PA!

  • Dave

    There has to be much more to the story. We are hearing, around the area of Pocahontas County, from reputable sources, that several park employees, with potential evidence about this case or valuable information, have been overlooked, ignored, or have not been included in the investigation interviews by the police or the state investigators. The present management of the park could be held responsible for the vast majority of the theft, not the former, if this information was disclosed to the Grand Jury.

    This truth, just hasn't come out yet but it will, if any real investigation is done and EVERYONE is interviewed. This appears, that it could be a case of misdirected or wrongful accusations to conceal the real truth.

    Cover up. Conspiracy. Typical for Pocahontas County WV.

  • Just saying

    Just to verify, I know for a fact that at least one of the 11 had verbal and written permission. Most of the scrap had been laying there for years. They were trying to clean the place up to make it look better as they were told to do. The ones that were told to do the job, are being indicted, but the ones who gives the permission for it aren't getting anything done to them? Sounds funny to me!

  • John

    What do you expect,they had inmates working there for years to get cheap labor you should know they're not going to give anyone and scrap metal lying around.

  • Chris1529

    So a few state workers made some money on the side from scrap metal they dug out of the weeds that had probably been there since before the state took over. Was it wrong? Yes. Should the court/justice system be wasting more effort on it? No! I figure they are already in more than the $30,000 trying to prosecute.

  • Jim

    And the former superintendent, who was also inculded in the original indictment has not been held accountable and in fact promoted???

    • Kevin G

      Did we forget about the boy loosing a for on the train and Caplinger lost the state millions of dollars on that one!

  • Tom

    Seems to be a total misundersanding. I love Cass Scenic Rail Road and this case will have nothing to do with my future visits.

    • Tom Riders

      It will for me! I dont believe they are safe there if they are thieves. The state boss caplinger started those troubles and the place is not the same. Ruined! Just visited and I will never go back because the ranger there was disrespectful and dont know much about the Shays!

  • BARBWIRE

    YOU WILL BE HANGED BY THE NECK!! PEOPLE DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THE STATE/GOVERMENT WANT'S IT ALL!!! NO YOU SHOULD OF NOT TAKEN SCRAP METAL UNLESS YOU HAD IT IN WRITING & YOU KNOW THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN!!! HATE TO HEAR THIS SAD NEWS ABOUT CASS RAILROAD. I DON'T THINK I WILL GO THERE ANYMORE & PAY THE STATE MONEY TO SEE THERE PARK!!BECAUSE OF THIS!!

    • Bandit

      Are you idiots for real???? Have you been drinking the green water again??? It's not really about the state wanting the money, it's more about the justice of it. The shop forces could've used that metal for something, or melted it down and started over anew. Trust me, they don't waste stuff there, and it takes every penny that park makes to keep up the track, cars, and the Shays. What if they had stole it from you, wouldn't you have wanted the money back?? Of course you would. Which makes you no greedier than the state.