This isn’t the first time that Wesley “Buster” Clark, 52, has been accused in the death of an oil field worker. Clark is believed to be responsible for the shooting death of Dustin Moreland, 26, of Dennison, according to investigators. Moreland’s body was found Tuesday night off of Taylor Road in Harrison County, not far from the Tuscarawas County line.
Clark is believed to be responsible for the shooting death of Dustin Moreland, 26, of Dennison, according to investigators. Moreland’s body was found Tuesday night off of Taylor Road in Harrison County, not far from the Tuscarawas County line.
Clark was arrested Friday in Carroll County after a manhunt.
Moreland had told family members he was going to go with Clark to Texas to work in the oil fields.
In May 1989, Tuscarawas County sheriff’s deputies were notified that Clark was being held in Williams County, North Dakota, on a murder charge.
Then-Sheriff Harold McKimmie said the charge stemmed from a fight at an oil field construction site between Clark and another man, who died as a result.
In May 1987, Clark — then 24 years old — was arrested in connection with the shooting of two men in Mineral City.
That incident began as an argument over dimming car headlights.
At the time, Clark and his brother were driving along a county road May 19 when they approached an oncoming car whose driver flashed his bright headlights in an effort to get the Clarks to dim their vehicle’s headlights.
That angered the Clarks, who followed the car to the home of the occupants’ parents in Mineral City.
Wesley Clark shot each brother once in the leg with a .22-caliber handgun in the ensuing argument, investigators said. Those brothers were treated in Union Hospital in Dover.
Wesley Clark could not be found after the shooting, but late in May was located in Newark, Ohio.
Clark also was charged with two counts of felonious assault after a May 16, 1987, incident when he fired several shots at two men.
Investigators said the men were camping at the old Zoar Dam off Tuscarawas County Road 111, and were among six men, including a friend of Clark, who got into a brawl. Later, after hearing about the incident, Clark went to the campsite and shot at the pair, but missed.
Charges for the Zoar shooting incident were dismissed in a plea deal for Clark to plead guilty to the Mineral City shootings. In May 1989, Clark was sentenced to serve five to 15 years in prison on each count, plus a mandatory three years because he used a gun in committing both crimes.
Clark did not begin serving the term immediately because Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Lile ordered him to be returned to North Dakota, where he had started serving a 10-year sentence in October 1988 for manslaughter.
Clark is being held in Tuscarawas County jail in New Philadelphia on two charges unrelated to Moreland’s death. SOURCE-timesreporter.com