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Two face battery, obstruction charges after fighting with officers, court records say

Court records say Stevy Amber Carte, 40, and Brandon Keith Reynolds, 37, both of Ripley are charged with obstructing an officer and battery on an officer. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Two people face charges in Jackson County after they were accused of fighting with officers who were trying to serve outstanding warrants.

Stevy Amber Carte, 40, and Brandon Keith Reynolds, 37, both of Ripley are charged with obstructing an officer and battery on an officer, according to criminal complaints filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

Officers with the Jackson County Bureau of Investigations – made up of members of the sheriff’s office and the Ravenswood Police Department – on Wednesday arrived at a residence in Cottageville in an attempt to arrest Gabriel Hopper and Katherine Smith on outstanding warrants.

The officers could see through the front door glass that the two people who were being sought were asleep on the living room floor. After knocking for several minutes with no reply from anyone and seeing one of the suspects looking directly at them, the officers kicked in the door to gain entry.

Carte and Reynolds emerged from a back bedroom, and one of the officers tried to handcuff Reynolds. The complaint said Reynolds struck the officer numerous times with his arms and elbows. Carte also grabbed the officer and tugged and pulled to try to separate Reynolds from his fight with law enforcement, the complaint said.

The officers said they restrained Carte before continuing their fight with Reynolds. Carte began videoing the incident with a cellular phone until everyone else was arrested. She was then placed under arrest.

Carte and Reynolds are currently being held in the South Central Regional Jail, each on a $5,000 surety/cash bond.

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