Multiple arrests made in Mingo
Ralph B. Davis
WILLIAMSON — Numerous individuals have found themselves on the wrong side of the law and were arrested by various divisions of law enforcement and were arraigned in Mingo County during the last week.
Bobby Ray Lester, 41, of Chapmanville, was arrested by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Deputy M. Mounts and Gilbert Asst. Chief N.A. Glanden on charges of transferring and receiving stolen property and improper registration.
The charges stemmed from a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) request from Logan County for a 1997 Ford Thunderbird that had been used in a theft from the Walmart in the Fountain Place Mall in Logan. The vehicle was reported to be traveling south on U.S. Rt. 52 towards the Town of Gilbert when it was spotted by Glanden. The officer performed a traffic stop and detained the suspect until Deputy Mounts arrived on scene. Upon examining the contents of the car, over 20 items were recovered from the theft that included a Samsung 43” flat screen TV valued at $700; an Atari Flashback video console that cost $50; an air paint gun valued at $50 along with several others, totaling over $1,200. While conducting the arrest, Mounts also discovered that the registration on Lester’s vehicle was fraudulent and belonged on a 2009 Ford Lincoln.
Lester was arraigned before Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $10,100 bond.
Pamela Evans, 50, of East Kermit, was taken into custody by Delbarton Police Chief David Nunley on charges of DUI and improper backing, after she was involved in an accident on U.S. Rt. 65 that resulted from her attempting to back a vehicle out of the parking lot and onto the highway, colliding with another car.
The chief stated in the criminal complaint that when he arrived on scene, Evans was acting in a nervous and anxious manner. The officer administered a series of field sobriety tests, which the defendant was unable to complete.
Evans was arraigned before Magistrate Sidebottom and was released from custody after meeting the requirements and stipulations of a $2,100 property bond.
Haskel Parker Robinette, 40, of Isaban, was arrested on charges of driving on a revoked license for reason of DUI, (conviction date of 8-19-98) by MCSD Corporal J. Endicott.
The officer observed Robinette operating a Chevrolet S-10 truck on U.S. Rt. 52, turning in the direction of Breeden. Having prior knowledge of the defendant, Endicott knew he did not possess a valid driver’s license. While conducting the traffic stop, the defendant was seen attempting to change positions with the passenger to avoid being in the driver’s seat.
Robinette was released from custody after posting a $1,000 personal recognizance bond issued by Magistrate Sidebottom.
John Paul Belcher, 37, of Gilbert, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, providing false information to an officer and no proof of insurance, following a traffic stop by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper J.R. Tupper.
According to the arrest report filed by the trooper, Belcher failed to produce proof of insurance for the vehicle and provided a false name for his passenger, saying that Max Correll’s name was actually Allen Stanley. However; Correll did not know the birthday or the social security number that matched the Stanley name. Furthermore; the trooper located a straw that contained crushed pill residue and an empty pill bottle lying in the road in the direct location where Belcher was standing. During a recorded interview, the defendant admitted to dropping it there in an attempt to conceal it.
Belcher was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and was incarcerated on a $1,500 bond.
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