Variety of charges brought against criminal defendants

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

March 13, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - A number of local residents found themselves on the wrong side of the law for a variety of offenses over the past few days, and were placed under arrest for their alleged crimes.

Brianna Collins, 22, of Kermit, was arrested by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. A. Farra on charges of domestic battery and destruction of property. She is accused of striking her boyfriend several times in the face with a wooden stick and in the head with her fists, resulting in lacerations and bruising. The defendant also stands accused of breaking the glass out of four windows at her boyfriend’s residence and also is said to have damaged an interior door.

Melissa Leigh Mullins, 34, of Holden, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.D. Matheny after she was charged with DUI and driving on an expired license. Following her arrest, the defendant was taken to Williamson Memorial Hospital, where she agreed to undergo blood and urine toxicology screens, which produced positive results of barbiturates, cocaine and opiates, according the the complaint in the case.

Christopher Shawn Blankenship, 35, of Williamson, was placed under arrest by Williamson patrolmen B. Gibson, J. Marcum and J. Tincher after being charged with second-offense public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He reportedly submitted to an alcohol breathalyzer test and allegedly blew a .288, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.

Amanda Cox, 34, of North Matewan, was arrested on a warrant for a crime that was allegedly committed last November. According to the criminal complaint and investigations by the arresting officer, state Trooper First Class D.C. Moore, as well as the Child Protective Services, Cox stands accused of striking her 8-year-old daughter in the leg with a closed fist, causing a large protuberance that lasted several days. The defendant was charged with child abuse resulting in injury.

Charles Chafin, 34, of Delbarton, was charged with domestic assault and domestic battery, and was arrested by state Trooper D.M. Williamson. The defendant is accused of engaging in a verbal altercation with his girlfriend that then turned violent after he allegedly struck her in the chin, knocking her to the ground.

Billy J. Hatley, 62, of Bruno, was taken into custody by Delbarton Police Chief D.S. Nunley and patrolmen J.T. McCown, C.S. Carter and D.R. Davis on charges of DUI first-offense. He allegedly tested positive for opiates and benzodiazepines on a urine drug toxicology test.

All defendants were arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and were released from custody when they posted bail.