Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:27PM - 234 Views
Rachel Dove-Baldwin
Heartland News Service



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WILLIAMSON — Following a series of arrests conducted by Mingo County Special Investigator Eugene Crum, Williamson Police Chief C.D. Rockel, members of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) and officers with other agencies, five defendants who were taken into custody on drug related charges made an appearance in Magistrate Court on Thursday for their preliminary hearings.


Providing back-to-back testimony in all five cases was Williamson Chief C.D. Rockel.


Granville Vance, 60, and his grandson, Nathan “Whitey” Vance, 20, both of Dingess, had been arrested on Tues., Sept 4, on charges of one count of delivery of a Schedule II narcotic and one count of conspiracy to deliver, and were each remanded to jail on a $100,000 full cash bond. Both defendants appeared back in court yesterday for their preliminary/show cause hearings and were bound over to the grand jury. The bond amount and stipulations remain the same for the grandfather and his grandson.


Granville was represented in court by Attorney Ron Rumora and Nathan’s legal counsel was Ashley Cochran.


Elizabeth Tomblin, 44, of Dingess, “aka” Elizabeth or Liz Canterbury, was arrested on Sept. 4 and charged with one count of attempt to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, and was issued a full-cash bond in the amount of $50,000. In magistrate court on Thursday, her attorney, Josh Ferrell, agreed to waive the case against his client to the grand jury in return for the court agreeing to change the conditions of her bond from full-cash to a surety (property) bond. The defendant was released from custody Friday morning after having a family member post her bail.


Delmer Tomblin, 44, also of Dingess, appeared for his preliminary hearing and was bound over to the grand jury on charges of one count of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to deliver after probable cause was found. The defendant’s bond remains at $100,000 full-cash.


Christopher A. Cline, 40, of Williamson, was scheduled for two separate preliminary hearings on unrelated charges of two counts of state wiretapping charges, 2 counts of intercepting electronic communications and 2 counts of conspiring to intercept of disclose electronic communication. This week during a circuit court appearance on a extradition request for reasons of failure to pay child support when he allegedly attempted to conceal contraband (17 g of marijuana) inside a body cavity. He was arrested and charged with introducing contraband into a jail facility.


Both cases were bound over to grand jury after probable cause was found. He was represented by Attorney Susan Van Zant.


During the hearing, Chief Rockel stated that Magistrate Pam Newsome instructed Van Zant to control her client, after he repeatedly interrupted the pre-lim with outbursts of anger and obscenities.


These cases are slated to be presented in circuit court when the next grand jury convenes.

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