By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Leading the list of recent arrests was James Robinson, 59, of Kermit, who allegedly took a classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Airfor a spin without the permission of the owner, Willam Ezra Johnson.
The theft of the vehicle, valued at approximately $20,000, from the parking lot of the T&D Carryout in East Kermit, was captured on video surveillance. Robinson is said to have left the vehicle at another location after his joy ride.
Upon questioning, Robinson allegedly told Mingo County sheriff’s deputies R. Fitch and J.D. Endicott that there had been a sign on the windshield of the car that said, “Please test drive me” and that it started without a key, which was not true. The defendant was placed under arrest on felony charges of grand larceny and providing false information to an officer. He was arraigned by Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and was taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail, where he was later released after posting an $8,000 bond.
Shawn Edward Goff, 51, of Lenore, and his daughter, Desirae Lynn Goff, 26, of Slater Street in Williamson, were taken into custody by Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair and Patrolman J.D. Tincher and were each charged with one count of domestic battery.
The charges stemmed from an argument the defendants became involved with concerning a child custody petition that soon turned into a physical confrontation during which the father is accused of striking his daughter on the right side of her face with his fist after she allegedly bit his hand, drawing blood. The Goffs were arraigned by Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and were released after meeting the requirements of their $1,000 bond.
Cecil Ray Diamond, 33, of Dans Branch, was placed under arrest by West Virginia State Police Senior Troopers S.A. Belt and T.G. Kania on charges of second-offense shoplifting, public intoxication, obstructing and trespassing.
The incident occurred at the Victory Lane Service Center on U.S. Highway 119, and was reported by a store employee. The cashier told police she watched Diamond shoplifting several food items from the store (valued at $16.78) and also appeared to be intoxicated. When questioned by the troopers, Diamond is said to have admitted to consuming six beers before arriving at the business. He had also allegedly been asked to leave the property by management and refused to cooperate.
Diamond was arraigned by Sidebottom and was remanded to jail, where he remains on a $2,100 bond.
Randy Hodge, 49, of Kermit, was arrested by Senior Trooper J.J. Dean III on two felony counts of cultivation of marijuana. Dean and Trooper D.L. Contos reportedly acted on a tip and traveled to Jennies Creek to the defendant’s residence, where they were granted the right to search his property. During the investigation, 28 marijuana plants allegedly were found at several locations on the grounds. One plot contained 13 plants and was situated within five feet of the home.
Hodge was arraigned before Blair and remains in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
Irvin Hill Jr., 44, of Williamson, was arrested by Tincher on charges of public intoxication, obstruction, disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.
Hall is accused of pounding on the door of the home of an unidentified female who resides on Joseph Avenue.Upon answering the door, she found Hall on her porch in an apparent intoxicated state. He was also seen knocking on other doors in that vicinity.
Hill was arraigned by Blair and remains behind bars on a $4,000 bond.