By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Several defendants were taken into custody over the last week in Mingo County on charges, some of the more serious centered around assault and battery.
Dustin Dakota Lee Lockard, 21, of Matewan, was arrested by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Deputy R. Fitch on charges of domestic assault, domestic battery and destruction of property.
Lockard is accused of choking and hitting his girlfriend, Amanda Nicole Justice, and further threatening to “cut her from ear to ear and watch her bleed.” The defendant allegedly then used a baseball bat to knock the passenger’s window out of the victim’s mother’s vehicle as she was trying to flee the scene.
Margie Marie Duty, of Dingess, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.D. Matheny on charges of malicious wounding, domestic assault, domestic battery and brandishing.
The defendant allegedly was involved in an altercation with Phillip Martinez, who was identified as her boyfriend. Duty is accused of being in a verbal confrontation with Martinez that turned physical, and allegedly punched him in the left eye with her fist and stabbed him in the abdomen with a pocket knife.
Lois Philpot, 49, of Kermit, was placed under arrest by state Troopers J.R. Tupper and J.J. Dean III after being charged with two counts of child neglect.
The defendant allegedly neglected her juvenile granddaughter (age 15) and left her in the company of Justin Bailey, a parolee from Kentucky, who provided the juvenile with alcohol.
Billy Joe Gilkerson II, 37, of Justice, was arrested by state Trooper First Class James K. Harris on charges of domestic assault and domestic battery after he reportedly threatened his grandmother with physical harm.
The defendant reportedly lived in the home with the victim and has a history of mental illness. During the arrest, the defendant allegedly yelled at the arresting officer, “Jesus Christ says get off my property or you are going to die.”
Dennis Murphy, 52, of Delbarton, was taken into custody by state Trooper D.M. Williamson on a single charge of battery.
The defendant is accused of striking Shayne Fields in the right eye with his fist after the two men had become involved in an argument over a computer, which escalated when Murphy unplugged the Internet.
Scott Gooslin, 37, of McCarr, Ky., was arrested on charges of domestic assault, domestic battery, and assault and battery after being placed under arrest by Senior Trooper C.A. Douglas.
Gooslin allegedly assaulted his estranged wife, Chestine Gooslin, along with her boyfriend, Christopher Adkins. Adkins is accused of forcing his way inside the residence when his wife partially opened the door. He then allegedly pursued Adkins through the house and shoved him into the bathtub, where he began physically assaulting him.
While trying to intervene, the spouse allegedly also was pushed into the bathtub with Adkins and was also assaulted. Both victims displayed multiple injuries and the trooper said he observed blood inside the bathtub.
Sally Ooten, of Delbarton, was taken into custody by Deputy Roger Fitch of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and was charged with battery and destruction of property.
The defendant is accused of striking Wanda Marie Ferrell in the head, knocking her glasses off her face and causing them to break.
Each of these defendants was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and will appear back in court for preliminary hearings.