WILLIAMSON - Warrants were served during the second half of January on several individuals. The Warrants include but are not limited to charges for battery, fraudulent schemes, computer fraud, conspiracy and grand larceny.
Michael Joseph Bucci, 41 of Williamson was served with a warrant issued by Mingo County Magistrate Harvey for computer fraud on January 9, 2015. A second warrant for computer fraud was also been issued.
Williamson Police Department (WPD) Patrolman B. T. Sipple, II reported that Bucci did go to the ATM at the Community Trust Bank and used a pay card that belonged to Robert Anderson. Bucci withdrew $33 out of the ATM November 24, 2014. The withdrawal was $30 cash and a $3 fee in bank charges.
The second complaint was also filed on November 24, 2014 when Bucci was reported to have gone to the 7-Eleven Marathon in Williamson and used a pay card belonging to Robert Anderson to purchase a can of beer that cost $1.48.
Bucci was a manager with Professional Transportation Inc. (PTI) of Evansville, Indiana. PTI is contracted by Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to provide transportation service to their employees while in the Williamson area. Bucci was a manager overseeing the drivers working for PTI in the Williamson area.
Bucci is accused of allegedly taking the payroll pay card belonging to the PTI employee he managed and using a portion of the money for his personal use.
A hearing was held Wednesday and Bucci was held over for a grand jury hearing and placed on a $1,000 bond. Bucci was released on his own personal recognizes. Bucci is being represented by Williamson Attorney Duke Jewell according to court documents.
Herbert Mitchem, 51 of address unknown was served with multiple warrants issued by Magistrate Kim Blair on November 1, 2013. The warrants were for domestic assault and domestic battery.
On November 1, 2013 West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper J. R. Tupper reported that Mitchem did make threatening statements and gestures to his wife Karen Mitchem during a domestic altercation. Mitchem then grabbed Karen and drug her up a flight of stairs to their shared residence which is located at Chamber’s Curve in the Varney area. The facts were corroborated by an eye witness.
Randy Kyle Lee, 25 of Matewan was served with multiple warrants issued by Magistrate Pam Newsome for felonious conspiracy, felonious attempted burglary and brandishing.
On December 21, 2014 Delbarton Police Officer J. New and Mingo County Sheriffs Department (MCSD) Deputy D. Nunley reported that Lee did conspire with Gary Lee Blankenship and Kari Ann Fields to commit breaking and entering. Video surveillance showed the three attempting to kick the door in on an apartment occupied by Connie Smith and waiving a knife around with aggression.
Gary Lee Blankenship, 21 of Meador was served with multiple warrants issued by Magistrate Pam Newsome for felonious conspiracy, felonious attempted burglary and brandishing.
On December 21, 2014, Delbarton Police Officer J. New and Deputy D. Nunley reported that Blankenship did conspire with Randy Kyle Lee and Kari Ann Fields to commit breaking and entering. Video surveillance showed the three attempting to kick the door in on an apartment occupied by Connie Smith and waiving a knife around with aggression. After going back outside Blankenship cut the tires on a gold car belonging to Connie Smith.
Jason Dale Bowman, 38 of McCarr, Kentucky was served with a warrant issued by Harvey for transferring stolen goods.
During the months of May and June of 2014, Bowman as reported by Special Agent M. E. McCloud of the Norfolk Southern Railroad (NS) Police, transported approximately 43,380 pounds of rail and other material belonging to NS from Pike County Kentucky to Big Franks Salvage located in Williamson. Bowman did receive $4,969 for the material. It was determined during the investigation the rail and material was stolen from the NS right of way located in McCarr, Ky. which is a discontinued rail line and runs in front of Bowman’s home. Bowman was identified from receipts and identification obtained from Big Franks Salvage.
Misty Ann Marcum, 24 of Williamson was served with multiple warrants issued by Newsome for four counts of fraudulent use of access device, identify theft and petit larceny.
On January 2, Senior Trooper D. L. Contos received an identity theft complaint from Michael Grierson. Grierson advised Contos that he was notified by his bank, First National Bank, of suspicious activity on his account. The trooper was advised that the bank card belonging to Grierson was used at the Community Trust Bank automated teller machine located in Williamson three times between the hours of 1:19 a.m. and 1:21 a.m. Withdrawals were made in the amounts of $203, $123 and $43. The bank card was then used at the 7-11 in Williamson for a transaction amount of $15. The trooper obtained video footage from both locations showing Misty Marcum using the bank card belonging to Grierson. Grierson advised the trooper that he did not give permission to Marcum to use the bank card and was unaware that she had possession of the bank card.
Christopher Shane Crum, 41 of Charleston was served with multiple warrants issued by Magistrate Dee Sidebottom for two counts of telephone harassment.
On January 9, Senior Trooper J. J. Dean was advised by Kristy Price that between Friday January 9 at approximately 9 p.m. until Monday January 12 at approximately 12:01 a.m. her brother-in-law Crum telephoned her residence repeatedly, threatening her and her family. Price provided an answering machine containing four recorded messages of Crum harassing and threatening her husband Michael Price. Crum advised them that he was upset with Price and her husband Michael and he would get Michael.
On January 17, Senior Trooper Dean was advised by Christy Price that between the hours of 3:17 a.m. and 3:22 a.m. her brother-in-law Crum telephoned her at her residence repeatedly. The trooper observed the caller ID of the victim.
Marvin Spry, 34 of Dingess was served with multiple warrants issued by Newsome for grand larceny, DUS miscellaneous, failure to report an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident with damage.
On December 4, 2014 Senior Trooper D. M. Williamson was contacted by Barbara Connley. Upon speaking with Connley, she advised the trooper that someone had wrecked into her fence. Connley advised the vehicle struck her fence then drove through her yard and left the scene. Connley further advised that several pieces of the vehicle were still located in her yard. Through investigation, the trooper was contacted by Amber Chandler and was advised that her 2005 green Jeep Liberty was the vehicle that struck Connley’s fence. The trooper traveled to Chandler’s home and she said she thought her vehicle had been vandalized. Chandler told the trooper that she had been advised that pieces of her Jeep were laying in Connley’s yard and she went to Connley’s residence and it was pieces of her Jeep.
Chandler stated her son Spry took her vehicle after she told him several times he was not allowed to drive it. Stacie Jones a witness, stated that Spry did take the vehicle and when he returned he informed her the damage was done when he struck a deer. Spry was run through a DMV check and it revealed his license was revoked on May 8, 2014. The approximate value of the vehicle is $8,000.
Joseph Harmon, 25 of Red Jacket was served with multiple warrants issued by Sidebottom and charged with driving on a suspended DUI, fleeing from an officer on an ATV, crossing the center line with an ATV and left of center.
On December 15, 2014 while patrolling in the Red Jacket area Senior Trooper Williamson observed a Honda ATV traveling on a road with a divided line. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop the driver of the ATV fled down Mate Creek Road and then turned up an ATV path. Williamson attempted to find out who was the driver of the ATV when he was approached by an anonymous person advising him the driver was Harmon.
Justin Lee Davis, 25 of North Matewan was served with a warrant issued by Newsom for DUS.
On January 18, Sgt. John Hall was driving through the City of Williamson on West Fourth Avenue when a white Ford Mustang came traveling on the same street in the opposite direction. While stopped at the stop sign across from each other, Hall recognized the driver of the Mustang as Davis. Hall made eye contact with Davis to let him know that he had seen him. Davis looked back at the officer, smiled and pulled away as if nothing was wrong. Davis has been stopped several time and given citations for driving on a suspended license for unpaid citations. DMV has suspended his license numerous times and he refuses to stop driving. A partial list of suspensions range from May and September 2011, September and December 2012, February and August 2013, July, October and December 2014.
Darrell Lee Baisden, 53 of North Matewan appeared before Newsome and was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, DUI, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. WPD Officer J. Marcum conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 white Ford Mustang which did not come to a complete stop at the designated stop before the intersection of Joseph and Alderson Streets. The vehicle contained a passenger with known warrants. The officer stopped the vehicle and placed the passenger under arrest and conducted a search when he admitted to having drug paraphernalia on his person. The officer then made contact with Baisden and noticed he appeared tired and his eyes were barely open when talking to the officer. Baisden’s speech was mumbled and slow and when asked to step out of the vehicle he seemed unsteady using the vehicle for balance. The officer conducted a search and Baisden admitted to having several Neurontin pills on him. The officer removed seven loose Neurontin 400 capsules from Baisden’s jeans pocket. A small bag of marijuana was found in plain sight as Baisden exited the vehicle. A prescription bottle of Gabapentin 400 was also in the console of the vehicle. Baisden said the pills inside the bottle belonged to his daughter and the ones in his jeans belonged to him. Baisden also admitted to taking medication stating he had taken Neurontin earlier in the day.
Amber Elaine Chandler, 57 of Dingess appeared before Harvey and was charged with obstruction. Deputy S. Messer responded to a domestic call at the Chandler residence. Chandler illegally obstructed the deputy when she exited her bedroom and tried to start a fight with her brother. The deputy had previously ordered her to stay in the bedroom and not come out.
Christopher Don Savage, 32 of Chattaroy appeared before Newsome and was charged with fleeing on foot, obstructing, two counts of possession, prohibited drug and public intoxication. Senior Trooper S. A. Belt was attempting to follow up on a separate investigation in the Chattaroy area when he observed Savage acting suspicious. The officer exited his marked cruiser in an attempt to make contact with Savage. Upon seeing the officer, Savage fled and went inside of a residence located along Lintton Hollow Road. The officer located Savage and performed an officer safety search at which time he located marijuana joints in his possession. The officer further made contact with the owner of the residence, Jennifer Hicks. Hicks provided the officer with a statement that Savage did enter her residence and gave her a bottle of pills and packs of an unknown substance. Hicks stated that Savage ask her to get rid of it for him. The officer located the pills, acetaminophen, which is a prescription only drug. Savage told the officer he bought them from someone earlier. The officer also located four packs of marijuana. Savage did tell the officer that he had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day.
Dwayne Evans, 36 of Lenore appeared before Harvey and was charged with domestic assault. Deputy J. D. Ferris and Chief Deputy Joe Smith spoke with Penny Newsome who stated her son, Evans, hit her in the back of her head with his open hand and hit his brother David Wilson with his fist.
Cody Runyon, 23 of Ragland appeared before Harvey and was charged with two counts of assault on an officer, two counts of obstructing and public intoxication. Senior Troopers S. A. Belt and T. G. Kania were dispatched to a possible intoxicated male in the road in Chattaroy. Upon arrival the officers observed Runyon to take an aggressive stance towards the officers. Runyon failed to comply with verbal orders to turn around and place his hands behind his back for officer safety reason. Runyon swung at both officer and yelled profanity towards the officer. Belt subdued Runyon and placed him into custody. The officers smelled alcohol omitting from him.
Karen Luann Grimmett, 44 of Williamson appeared before Harvey and was charged with obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and trespassing. Williamson officers B. Sipple and J. D. Tincher and Deputy C. G. Endicott responded to Logan Street as Grimmett was back at the residence from an earlier call. Grimmett had returned and was beating on the door causing a disturbance. When the officers made contact with her for the second time they noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from her. Grimmett stated that she had been drinking beer. The home owner had advised Grimmett several times not to come back.
(Lil Felix is a News Writer and Reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Lil can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279)
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