UPDATE: Parkersburg man sentenced up to 20 years on multiple felonies

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/13/17 5:30 P.M.

During Thursday's sentencing at Wood County Circuit Court, Stephen Oldham told Judge Robert Waters he wanted to apologize to the people he hurt. He said he was embarrassed by his actions and attributes them to drug abuse.

Oldham was sentenced to 2 consecutive 1-10 year sentences on grand larceny and destruction of property charges.

Last fall, he was responsible for breaking into multiple homes in the Parkersburg area. When Parkersburg Police responded to calls related to the break-in, they found Oldham on the roof of a Parkersburg home. It took 3 hours to get him down.

Joe Munoz, Oldham's defense attorney, said Oldham is a good person when's he not under the influence.

"I know he deeply regrets his actions. I know he deeply regrets the thefts of the cars that led to a lot of people being upset and having to go through a lot of procedure to get their money and property back and I know that he regrets being on top of that roof," Munoz said.

Following the sentencing, Oldham headed over to Wood County Magistrate Court. He plead guilty to a brandishing charge following an incident in May where he brandished a knife during an argument at a Parkersburg home. He then led police on a brief foot pursuit and was also charged with fleeing. But because he plead guilty to the brandishing charge, the fleeing charge was dropped.

As a result, he was sentenced to 60 days on top of his sentencing in Circuit Court.


UPDATE: 05/17/2017, 2:20 P.M.

A man accused of brandishing a knife during an argument at a Parkersburg residence on Monday led police on a brief foot pursuit before being captured Wednesday morning.

Parkersburg Police say they caught 40-year-old Stephen Oldham after officers chased him into into the woods near the Parkersburg flood wall.

The chase began about 8:20 a.m. after he was spotted on Keever Street near the Ohio Valley Rowing Club.

Police say the incident lasted less than a half hour and there were no serious injuries.

Police say the argument in which Oldham allegedly pulled out a knife happened at a residence in the 800 block of 30th Street on Monday.

Oldham was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on charges of brandishing and fleeing and eluding and his bond was set at $1,000 for each charge. He's also being held on a bond-revocation order out of Wood County Circuit Court that stems from another case.

He's currently at the North Central Regional Jail.


UPDATE: 01/20/2017 6 P.M.

Van Devender Middle School was placed on lockdown Thursday while authorities searched for what they called a "suspicious character."

That man is now in police custody. Stephen Oldham is waiting for arraignment in the Wood County Holding Center.

Thursday afternoon, Parkersburg Police say he was reportedly wearing a ninja costume and carrying a crossbow. The school was locked down for about 10 minutes at 10:30 a.m. while police investigated.

Later, Oldham was reportedly spotted at Park Shopping Center. This time, he had a backpack that police say was allegedly filled with handcuffs, knives, and electrical tape.

Police tried to approach him, but he took off. That's when officers tased him.

This isn't Oldham's first brush with Parkersburg Police.In October, officers responded to a call about a man attempting several break-ins.

They found him on a roof of a Parkersburg home. It took officers more than three hours to coax him to come down.


UPDATE: 01/19/2017 6 P.M.

Van Devender Middle School was briefly locked down this morning while authorities searched for what they called a "suspicious character" in the vicinity of the school.

This afternoon, Parkersburg police took a man into custody who was wearing a ninja costume and carrying a crossbow.

Police Joe Martin says Stephen Oldham fits the description of the person reportedly seen in the area of the school.

The school was locked down for about 10 minutes at about 10:30 a.m. while police investigated.

This is not Oldham's first brush with Parkersburg police.

In October, officers responded to a call about a man attempting to break into several homes on 30th Street and found him on the roof of a residence.

It took officers more than three hours to coax him to come down.

At that time, he was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for a mental evaluation.


Van Devender Middle School was briefly locked down this morning while authorities investigated a report of a "suspicious character" in the area.

Mike Fling, assistant superintendent of Wood County schools, says no one was allowed in or out of the building for about 10 minutes after police notified school officials of the situation.

Normal student activities resumed about 10:45 a.m.

We'll continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they become available.



 
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