WILLIAMSON - Several arrests reports were filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court, pointing to a very busy week for local law enforcement officials as they ended the month of October.
Curtis Spry Jr., 32, of Dingess, was taken into custody by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Cpl. Norman Mines on charges of domestic battery. According to the officer, Spry struck his girlfriend on the arm with a metal crutch, causing redness and bruising on her right forearm.
Patrick Zane Spears, 22, of Warfield, Ky., was arrested by MCSD Deputies E. Williams and L. Thomas, after he was charged with battery and destruction of property. The complaint reads that the defendant had been involved in an altercation with victim Andy Garland, at a Marrowbone location. During the physical confrontation, Spears allegedly struck Garland with a can of beer, which resulted in an injury. The defendant then kicked the victim’s vehicle as he was attempting to leave the scene, causing damage.
LeAnn Christian May, 40, of Ragland, was arrested and charged with 1st offense DUI by Deputy E. Williams, after the officer was dispatched to Rutherford Hollow in reference to a possible intoxicated driver that had been involved in an accident on Mary Taylor Mountain. May, who was operating the vehicle and her passenger, Wendy Wisecup, had both been transported by ambulance to the Appalachian Regional Hospital for treatment.
After arriving at the hospital to question the two females, Williams found May to be in an intoxicated state and had difficulty answering the officer. May was placed under arrest and was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court on the single charge.
Wisecup was also placed under arrest on charges of two counts of possession of a controlled substance, after she was found to be in possession of 17 Hydrocodone tablets (Schedule III controlled substance) and 7 Clonazepam (Schedule IV controlled Substance).
Shawna Mae Newsome, 37, of Lenore, was placed under arrest on charges of DUI 2nd offense and driving on a license revoked for reasons of DUI by Williamson Patrolmen J.L. Marcum and J.D. Tincher.
The officers were traveling on East 1st Avenue in Williamson when they observed a Saturn Ion traveling West on 1st Avenue that almost struck another vehicle that was slowing down to make a turn. Officers conducted a traffic stop and found her to have glassy eyes and was speaking in a slurred manner. The strong odor of alcohol was detected on her breath and from inside the vehicle. A series of three field sobriety tests was administered to the defendant, which she failed to complete. The defendant told the officers that she had just left a nightclub in town and had consumed several alcoholic drinks. A preliminary alcohol breathalyzer test was administered on Newsome, which produced results of .146.
Jordan Chase Canada, 22, of Delbarton, was taken into custody by Delbarton Patrolman J. McCown after he was found to be operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license. A traffic stop was originally conducted after the officer observed the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer to have defective equipment.
Ronnie Sweeney, 33, of Beauty, Ky., was arrested by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper D.L. Contos on charges of possession of a controlled substance, obstructing, driving left of center and striking a fixture.
According to the complaint, the trooper received a report of a single motor vehicle crash on U.S. Rt. 75 near Belo. Upon arrival, the officer observed a Ford Explorer that had collided with a guardrail and a traffic sign located on the side of the highway. Contos was informed by members of the Delbarton Fire Department that they had seen the defendant attempting to discard a prescription bottle that was found to contain 160, o.5 Clonazepam (Clonapin) tablets, a Schedule IV controlled substance. When questioned about the medication, Sweeney alleged that the pills belonged to his girlfriend’s autistic son.
Sweeney was found to have glassy eyes, slurred speech and a lack of coordination. While doing a pat down on the defendant, the trooper discovered two Zanax pills inside his pocket, also a Schedule IV controlled substance. Sweeney failed to complete field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.
The defendants will all be appearing in Mingo County Magistrate Court to answer these charges.