Domestic battery cases top list of recent arrests

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

February 21, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - Individuals arrested during the last week in Mingo County include three who were taken into custody on domestic battery-related charges.

Scottie Mitchem, 35, of Varney, was placed under arrest by West Virginia State Police Trooper D.C. Moore on charges of domestic battery, domestic assault, destruction of property and obstruction.

Moore states in the complaint that Mitchem engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with his brother, Tony Mitchem, after becoming intoxicated. The defendant allegedly became aggressive at his brother’s residence, and is accused of destroying several items belonging to his sister, Ashley Collins, that included a television, a wooden chair and a mirror. The items were valued at approximately $250.

According to the report, after destroying these items, the defendant was approached by his brother, who attempted to calm him down. Scottie Mitchem then allegedly became combative toward his sibling and threatened him with physical harm. Upon the trooper’s arrival, the defendant refused to comply with commands from the trooper and locked himself inside a room, the report states. He eventually complied, according to the report, and was then placed under arrest.

Leonard Steven Ingersoll, 37, of Red Jacket, was arrested on charges of felony third-degree domestic battery, brandishing, destruction of property and child neglect creating risk of injury.

Mingo County Sheriff’s Department deputies A. Mounts, E. Williams and L. Thompson responded to the home of Ashley Blankenship, who told them that Ingersoll came to her residence and began arguing with her, and stands accused of pulling a knife and pointing it at her, allegedly stating that he would slit her throat if she called 911 for help. The defendant then went into the bathroom and started punching holes in the wall, according to the deputies’ report. All of this allegdly took place in the presence of the victim’s minor children.

Elaine Colegrove, 24, of South Williamson, Ky., was taken into custody by Mingo County Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy after a warrant was obtained against her on charges of domestic battery and destruction of property.

The alleged victim, Gideon Starr, told police that Colegrove (his ex-girlfriend) struck him in the head and face several times with her fist, busting his lip and causing other minor injuries. The defendant also is accused of intentionally breaking the victim’s cellphone and a door handle, as well as the windshield wiper control arm on Starr’s vehicle. The estimate to repair or replace the damaged items was listed as $602.

The three defendants were arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and were released from custody after meeting the stipulations of their individual bonds.