Alderson mayor arrested on misdemeanor, felony burglary charges; released on personal recognizance

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ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — The Mayor of Alderson has been arrested on misdemeanor and felony charges, according to court documents obtained by our sister station WVNS-TV.

Travis Copenhaver was charged with burglary, assault, child neglect and conspiracy. The charges stem from an incident that happened in June at a home in Alderson.

Copenhaver, along with Lloyd “Billy” Lightner, were each accused of approaching a woman in her car, opening the door and touching her. A man who arrived on the property said Lightner approached him and was in his face cussing. The man told Lightner and Copenhaver they were trespassing. As Copenhaver approached him, the man said he stepped back because he was “uncomfortable” and called 911. Copenhaver and Lightner allegedly went into the home on the property, where they reportedly went through the personal items of the people living there. A rifle and compound bow were said to be taken from the home but have since been returned.

The criminal complaint further stated that a bed in the home was moved from the wall and someone had urinated in the bed. A minor was reportedly with the men during the alleged crimes, and the men were also drinking, according to State Police.

According to the Greenbrier County Magistrate Court, Copenhaver was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, which means he didn’t have to pay cash but had to promise to appear in court on a set date. Under the terms of the bond, the documents stated Copenhaver was allowed to leave the state without written approval from the court.

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