Multiple arrests reported in Mingo

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

January 9, 2014

Rachel Baldwin


WILLIAMSON - Mingo County Magistrate Court personnel have been kept quite busy over the last few days, with several arraignments and hearings stemming from recent arrests.

According to criminal complaints obtained from the magistrate court clerk, the following arrests were recently made in the county.

On Sunday, Billy Scott Manns, 25, of Delbarton, was placed under arrest by West Virginia State Police Troopers J.R. Tupper and T.G. Kania III on charges of DUI and obstruction of a driver’s view.

The arrest report states that Manns operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance. The defendant allegedly was seen traveling on the left fork of Duncan Fork Road (County Route 65/38) with a large air freshener hanging in the windshield that was obstructing his view. After conducting a traffic stop for that violation, a three-part field sobriety test was performed, and Manns allegedly failed all three parts.

Marvin Shawn Bench, 33, of Red Jacket, was taken into custody on Friday by Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy M.J. Mounts on charges of DUI after he was pulled over as he was seen driving left of the center line on U.S. Highway 52 on Buffalo Mountain.

Mounts stated in his complaint that, upon talking with the driver, the deputy noticed he had glassy eyes, slurred speech and reeked of a strong odor of alcohol. When asked if he had been drinking, Bench claimed he had not, and then changed his story and said he had consumed two to three beers, the report states. A three-part field sobriety test was administered and the defendant could not successfully complete any of the required actions, the complaint states.

Vincent Tyrone Scales II, 22, of Newtown, was charged with one count each of domestic battery and battery after he allegedly assaulted his father, Vincent Scales, Sr., and Chloe Montgomery.

Sgt. James Muncy and Deputy L. Thomas stated that the defendant went to the apartment of the female victim and began a verbal argument with her, which quickly took on a physical aspect when he struck her in the face with his fist, causing a gash above her eye. After his father tried to intervene, the son allegedly grabbed him by the shirt and threw him to the ground, causing him to strike his head on a table, causing an injury that included signs of swelling and bruising to his cheek and jaw.

Nick Lovich III, 30, of Wharncliffe, was arrested by Deputy L. Thomas on charges of domestic battery and domestic assault after he allegedly struck his wife in the head with a piece of wood. He also reportedly hit her several times on her legs and lower torso. The victim was found to be bleeding from the wound to her ear, as well as from the lacerations on her legs and lower torso, the complaint states. The defendant continued to threaten his spouse, according to the deputy, saying he intended “to kill her.”