WILLIAMSON – Local law enforcement agencies have reported a number of recent arrests on various charges throughout Mingo County.
Dennis Gearles, 56 from Freeburn, was charged with the felony charge of malicious wounding on Friday, August 5. A criminal complaint states that the arrest was made by Cpl. L. Thomas and Sgt. A Farra from the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department after Gearles stabbed a man in the forearm following an altercation during a card game.
Frankie Fields, 27 from Williamson, has been charged with the felony offense of jail escape. Fields was on home confinement when the incident occurred. A criminal complaint states that Field’s wife called and informed officers that she had discovered a note from Fields which stated that he was going to “take off” and that he would contact her when he figured out what to do. The wife then found the transmitter that had been cut next to the home confinement box.
Isaac Vagott was arrested on misdemeanor charges on Tuesday, August 2 by Sr. Tpr. S. Belt of the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP). According to a criminal complaint, the arrest was made after law enforcement was dispatched to the Newtown area in reference to a domestic disturbance. When the officer arrived, the victim states that Vagott had grabbed her, chocked her and hit her in the face. The complaint further states that Vagott threatened harm against her, putting her in fear of receiving physical pain or injury.
Cecil Diamond, 35 from Williamson, was arrested on misdemeanor charges on Thursday, August 4 by Ptlm. B. Gibson and Ptlm. J. Marcum of the Williamson Police Department. A criminal complaint states that the arrest occurred after officers conducted a traffic stop on an ATV driven by Diamond at excessive speeds failed to come to a stop at an intersection. When officers made contact with Diamond, he stated he was in a hurt to get onto the railroad tracks to go toward Chattaroy. A 911 inquiry stated that Diamond’s driver’s license had been revoked for unpaid citations and an active DUI.
Leonard Hall, 49 from Dingess, was arrested on misdemeanor charges on Monday, August 1 by Sr. Tpr. D. Contos of the WVSP. A criminal complaint states that the officer was dispatched to the Dingess area to conduct a welfare check on a female that appeared to have a head injury. When the officer arrived on the scene, he observed a male later identified as Hall, driving an ATV on the route to the officer’s location. The officer noticed Hall to have glassy bloodshot eyes and smelled like an alcoholic beverage. Hall allegedly explained to the officer that he had been drinking since the prior day.
Rhonda Gannon, 28 from Williamson, was arrested on misdemeanor charges on Monday, August 1. A criminal complaint states that Ptlm. J. Marcum of the Williamson Police Department arrested Gannon on charges related to DUI, driving suspended and expired registration. The complaint states that the officer conducted a traffic stop after noticing Gannon’s vehicle had an expired registration. At that time, the officer noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Gannon. A field sobriety test indicated that Gannon showed signs of impairment. A blood draw was taken at Williamson Memorial Hospital. The complaint states that Gannon explained that the results would show alcohol, marijuana and valium.
James Fields, 49 from Williamson, was arrested on Monday, August 1 on misdemeanor charges related to expired registration and permitting DUI. A criminal complaint states that the arrest was made by Ptlm. J. Marcum of the Williamson Police Department following a traffic stop. During the traffic stop the driver of the vehicle, Rhonda Gannon, was arrested for DUI. Fields allegedly authorized Gannon to operate the vehicle and was a passenger at the time of arrest.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)