By RACHEL C. DOVE
WILLIAMSON - An assortment of charges including DUI’s, child neglect, brandishing a deadly weapon and domestic battery constituted numerous arrests during the past weekend, involving law enforcement agencies from across the county.
Tia S. Workman, 22, of Charleston, was placed under arrest by Gilbert Police Department Asst. Chief N. Glanden and Patrolman W. Lester on charges of driving on a revoked license for reasons of DUI and was also cited for an expired motor vehicle inspection sticker.
The criminal complaint stated that the officers, while on road patrol on U.S. 52 in Gilbert, observed a 2008 Honda Civic with an expired West Virginia motor vehicle inspection sticker. A traffic stop was made at which time the driver, Workman, said she did not have her driver’s license in her possession. When a records check was performed, Mingo County 911 informed Glanden that the woman’s license has been revoked for reasons of driving under the influence.
Workman was taken before Mingo County Special Magistrate Joey Kohari who set bond at $600. She was released from custody after meeting the conditions of bail.
Noah Brandon Newsome, 32, of Kermit, was taken into custody by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Deputies M.J. Miller and M.A. Lendearo after he was observed operating a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 that is alleged to have crossed the center line of U.S. 52 multiple times, and is also said to have veered over the white line marker of the roadway.
Deputy Miller stated in the arrest report that, upon conducting a stop of the vehicle, he detected a strong alcoholic odor coming from the defendant’s breath. When questioned, Newsome reportedly told the officer he had consumed approximately 10 beers before getting into the vehicle. Miller administered a three-part field sobriety test to the defendant, which he was unable to complete. An alcohol breathalyzer test was performed with Newsome’s consent, which produced results of a .145 reading. A records check showed three former DUI conviction dates of 2003, 2007 and 2009.
The defendant was charged with DUI, third offense, left of center and no seat belt. Newsome was arraigned before Kohari and remains in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a bond of $5,200.
Joseph Meadows, 39, of Rawl, was placed under arrest by Senior Trooper C.A. Douglas following a verbal altercation between the defendant and his wife, Melissa Meadows, which is said to have escalated into a domestic situation that turned physical.
Meadows is accused of shoving his wife to the floor at her mother’s residence, and is said to have busted out the headlight of a Toyota truck owned by the defendant and his spouse by striking it with an aluminum baseball bat as she was trying to flee the scene after being pushed to the ground.
Meadows was charged with one count each of domestic assault and domestic battery, and was released on a $2,000 Personal Recognizance bond after being arraigned by Kohari.
Carl Beckett, 29, of East Fourth Avenue in Williamson was arrested on charges of domestic battery by Williamson Police Department Sgt. J. Spence after he allegedly struck an un-named victim in the head with his fist and is also accused of twisting her arm, causing bruising and swelling.
Beckett was arraigned before Magistrate Kohari and was released from custody on a $1,000 Personal Recognizance bond.
Roy Franklin Chafin, 54, of Rawl, was taken into custody by MCSD Corporal N. Mines and Deputy M.J. Miller on charges of two counts of brandishing a deadly weapon and one count of shooting across a road; near a building or a crowd.
Chafin, according to the criminal complaint, is said to have fired 6 rounds from a .22 caliber pistol within 500 feet of a nearby residence occupied by Violet Gooslin and Jimmy Ray Hatfield.
The victims informed the officers that when they heard the gunshots and walked outside on their porch the defendant is said to have pointed the gun at them, shouted obscenities and threatened to kill “everyone over there.”
Chafin was released on a $1,500 Personal Recognizance bond By Magistrate Kohari.
Thomas “Tommy” Lester, 40, of Greenville, was arrested by MCSD Corporal N. Mines, Deputy S. Smith and Gilbert Police Chief M. Rasmussen and Asst. Chief N. Glanden on charges of tampering with a MVI, grand larceny, fleeing in a vehicle, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license for reasons of DUI, first offense.
The officers were told to be on the lookout for a 2006 Ford F-150 that had been stolen from a Gilbert residence and was heading toward the community of Wharncliffe. Law enforcement passed the vehicle in question and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the defendant continued to flee and was driving at a high rate of speed.
A short time after Lester turned off U.S. 52 onto Old House Branch near Hampden, the vehicle became inoperable and the defendant was taken into custody. The owner of the vehicle, Joshua Wolford, arrived at the location of the arrest and relayed to the officers that the truck had been parked in the driveway of his girlfriends’ home, when they had heard it start up and seen it drive away. He further stated that he did not know Lester, nor had he given anyone permission to drive his truck.
Lester remains incarcerated in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a bond of $20,000 set by Magistrate Kohari.
Kayla Marcum and her husband Everett Marcum, both of Lenore, were arrested in Delbarton at the House of Hope by Delbarton Police Chief S.R. Hughes and Patrolman A.R. Davis. Kayla was charged with child neglect causing risk of injury, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. Everett was charged with child neglect causing risk of injury and two counts of simple possession.
The Marcums’ were arrested after law enforcement responded to a complaint of an intoxicated female that had left her 5 year old child unattended in their apartment and had then walked to another location where she is said to have caused a public disturbance by yelling at an un-named individual. She also refused to obey the verbal commands given to her by the officers and acted in a confrontational manner, and tested positive for benzoids and opiates at the Williamson Memorial Hospital where she was taken to be medically cleared for admission to jail.
Everett is also accused of leaving their residence where the child was alone for an unsafe period of time. Upon his arrest, the officers observed a blue powdery substance inside his nostril which according to the complaint, the defendant admitted to being a Lortab 10 that he did not have a valid prescription for. The defendant was also found to be in possession of another hydrocodone 10 mg. pill said to be a generic version of the drug.
The couple was arraigned before Magistrate Kohari. Everett was issued a $12,000 bond and Kayla a bond totaling $10,700. They both remained in the Southwestern Regional Jail at press time on Monday.