The investigating state police trooper in a state park theft case expects a group of park workers to be indicted for a second time later this year.

Cpl. Mark Agee told MetroNews he still has a strong case against several current and former workers at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County.

“The employees were taking metal from Cass State Park and taking it to scrap yards and obtaining cash or checks for that and pocketing that money,” Agee said.

The investigation showed $35,000 of metal was sold to two different scrap yards.

The original indictments obtained last December from a Pocahontas County grand jury were dismissed because of a wording mistake on the indictments. Agee said he expects the re-indictments during the August grand jury.

There were originally 11 people indicted but Agee expects the number to be slightly reduced in August. He said former Cass Superintendent David Caplinger, who was indicted on one count of conspiracy, passed a polygraph test.

Current Cass Superintendent Rob Sovine filed the initial complaint with police in 2011. Agee said Sovine also passed a polygraph test.

The state Division of Natural Resources confirmed Monday that two of the original 11 workers indicted have returned to work at the park — Rex Cassell, of Cass, and Christopher Lambert, 29, of Durbin.

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Comments

  • Red green

    Nice to see the park boys drinking beer in the park!
    I thought it was illegal to drink in the park.

  • Wishful Thinking

    The thieves get away! You know Caplinger organized the theft and took money for it. Big brother got him out of it then brought in two of the dumbest boys to run Cass. I guess the stupids will cover for the drunk.

    Tomblin should step up and clean house!
    How about Earl Ray? You going to do something about the problem at Cass?

  • Jason krieger

    The new boys are really on top of things arent they? Spending alot of time and money on their houses. The grass needs cut trash needs picked up and the store looks like crap but I guess they come first. The old little guy is not to smart pointing his gun at people on the road! Might come back on him. The crooks led by crooks!

  • Jason krieger

    The new boys are really on top of things arent they? Spending alot of time and miney on their houses. The grass needs cut trash needs picked up and the store looks like crap but I guess they come first. The old little guys us not to smart pointing his gun at people on the road! Might come back on him. The crooks led by crooks!

  • Ronnie L

    It will come out when it gets to court. You don't retaliate on an employee befor court! That is stupid.

  • Dan

    Yes and he tried to give credit to the new guys for the work that was done by the two previous guys. Did you notice store how terrible it looked?

  • Billy

    Ken Caplinger is at the head of that conspiracy. His brother was given special treatment and where else can you steal 35000 and keep your job?
    Look into the boy who turned them in was transferred because he arrested the chiefs brother. Even the administrator was removed from cass and charleston because of his involvement. This is embarrassing and the Govenor should clean his own park house!

    • Roger

      He ruined railfan weekend! We looked forward to how the fornmer superintendent had arranged a great weekend accommodating everyone and these new guys ruined the weekend with rearranging our houses, trying to get into every shot and the little one knows nothing about the engines! What a mess and because he plays favors for his family

  • Bill Hill

    I was an employee of the state, retiring after 30 some years. Like Brian, I have run into state employees who were ate up with their own importance. First, to Brian, not all state employees are crooks, rude, or try to be intimidating. Secondly, I have found when I run into an employee who acts as you describe, they just may have their finger in the till.

  • Jim

    And where was Caplinger when this was happening? Asleep at the switch (pun intended)
    Next question: what were the repercussions of Caplinger being asleep at the switch? He was promoted to superintendent of Pipestem Resort!

    • Bobby Jenjins

      Just like his father, drunk and irresponsible.

  • Brian

    Approx 10 years ago, I looked at a patch of timber for a landowner who owned a tract next to the Park. As I and another forester cruised the timber, we were approached (while on private property) by a man who identified himself not by name, but as an "engineer on the Cass RR. He was rude, aggressive and attempted to be intimidating.

    It struck me then, how corrupt the local/state govt employees were. I guess it finally caught up with them.

    What a shame. I haven't seen a more beautiful county in WV or VA

    • Bill Monroe

      What a shame? You should see Cass now! It is a wreck except for the nice house the super lives in. Seems like that state boys are on top of anything fir themselves. Ill never visit again.

    • Brad Kieft

      What!?! The good ole boy system still working in cass. I guess Caps DUI news didnt make it to earl Ray. What a drunk idiot.

      • Howard D

        Yes I gave lots of items away by the direction of the superintendent Caplinger. He saud it was okay that his boss told hom to do it. It got out if hand, but why didnt cap tell about the letters from charleston.

    • Amy

      They are crooks! You should see the money they are spending on the superintendents houses when the state is broke. Wish metro news would look into it plus the trains aren't safe anymore they broke down on us the other day

    • Wapjr

      Brian, It strikes me how ignorant you are to stereotype all State and Government employees as corrupt. Don’t make such prejudicial comments that are group based and completely false. Yes there are some but don’t say all. That shows ignorance on your part and lessens your credibility tremendously.