By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – A Justice man was arrested on charges of malicious wounding and conspiracy after he attacked victim David Simpkins while Simpkins was on a riding lawn mower, according to a criminal complaints obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court.
According to the complaint, William Jason Crouse, 35, dragged David Simpkins off a lawn mower, pulled him down onto the pavement and kicked him repeatedly, causing a broken nose, multiple lacerations and contusions. According to reports, Crouse would sometimes stop beating the victim to ask his wife if she wanted him to continue. According to authorities, Simpkins was transferred by STAT ambulance to Williamson Appalachian Hospital and was later transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington.
Other arrests were as follows:
Carl Quinn Doss, 47, of Varney, was arrested for first-degree arson.
On July 23, the Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department was called, along with State Fire Marshall Timothy Chastain, to conduct an investigation of a house fire at No. 5 Weed Path Lane in Varney. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home completely engulfed in flames.
According to reports, homeowner Homer Hite was outside and highly upset. Hite allegedly said he watched the defendant set two separate fires in his home, and that the defendant had used a cigarette lighter to set fire to towels and clothing piled on a long sofa.
Hite was treated on the scene by emergency medical personnel for thermal burns to his foot that he obtained while attempting to stomp out the fire in the kitchen.
Jordan Paige, 23, of Williamson, was arrested for burglary, petit larceny and transferring stolen goods.
According to police reports, Paige’s mother contacted police and reported that her laptop had been stolen. Police allegedly traced the laptop to another individual who had posted it on a trade-and-sell website and that individual claimed they purchased the laptop from Jordan Paige. Given the information, it was determined that Paige stole the laptop.
On another occasion, the defendant allegedly conspired with Vernon E. Hambrick to take three bottles of liquor from the Three Way Bar in Williamson. The defendant allegedly aided in this act by distracting the bartender. The bottles were valued at $200.68. This act was reportedly witnessed on surveillance video by a law enforcement official.
Douglas Thompson, 34, of Kermit, was arrested for petit larceny after stealing a red Max weed eater from Ernest Williams. Thompson then allegedly had the stolen item transferred and pawned at Joe Evans Pawn and Jewelry for approximately $50. The approximate value of the weed eater is $400.
Shannon W. Dingess, 34, of Kermit, was arrested for petit larceny as well. The defendant allegedly stole several new coal truck tires from victim Monk Sartin, owner of Sartin Trucking. Jimmy Jude, an employee at Sartin Trucking, told police he watched the defendant place two new coal truck tires in the back of his Jeep one evening while working. The stolen tires were valued at $630.
Michael Allen Morrison, 35, of Iaeger, and Jessica Lynn Vannatter, 30, of Gilbert, were arrested for several charges, including child neglect with risk of injury, DUI with a minor, public intoxication and obstruction, among various other charges.
According to reports, officer J.D. Tincher watched a male and female carrying a minor child enter the Williamson Police Department from a brown 1999 Chevy Blazer. Morrison allegedly had driven the vehicle onto the parking lot from East 4th Avenue in Williamson. When he entered the station to pay a citation on DUS/MIS, the officer asked him if his license was valid, and Morrison allegedly responded that Vannatter had been driving the vehicle, not him.
Morrison was then given a standard field sobriety test, which he allegedly failed.
Hayley Molloy Cook is a news reporter and writes features for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279, or on Twitter @hayleymcook.