By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Several arrests have been reported over the past week by different law enforcement agencies within Mingo County.
According to arrest reports obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court, Carrie Lynn Justus, 23, of Panther, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police Trooper D.L. Contos on a felony charge of nighttime burglary as well as petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
The report states that the defendant entered the residence of Amanda Baker at Isaban by forcibly removing an air conditioner from a rear window of the residence. The defendant then allegedly stole a Nintendo DS valued at $150, a digital camera worth approximately $120, a Leapster game system valued at $100, a Coby brand tablet that retails for $190, eight DS games with a total cost of approximately $240, four Leapster games worth $120, one bottle of perfume with a price tag of $30, and one package of various men’s cologne, also valued at $30. The total cost of these items is nearly $1,000.
Misty Trent, a neighbor of the victim, allegedly advised the trooper that the defendant had sold her a Nintendo DS and a digital camera, and she returned the items saying she was not aware they had been stolen. Justus allegedly had assistance during the theft from two juvenile boys, and further arrests are pending.
Aaron Jefferson Brown, 51, of Williamson, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction and public intoxication by Williamson Police Department Patrolmen B.W. Gibson and J.D. Tincher.
The officers reported responding to a disturbance call from Goodwill Industries, located on Second Avenue in Williamson. Upon arrival, they saw Brown passed out behind the business, blocking the rear door. When told by Gibson to get on his feet, Brown allegedly refused, saying, “I’m not hurting anyone.”
The defendant had to be physically removed from the property by three officers, the police report said. A strong odor of alcohol was detected on Brown’s breath and, according to the statements of the officers, the defendant blew a .311 on the alcohol breathalyzer test, nearly five times the legal limit of 0.08.
Steven Hunt, 24, of Williamson, was placed under arrest on one count each of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and receiving/transferring stolen goods. The arrest was conducted by Delbarton Police Chief D. Nunley and Delbarton patrolman J. McCown.
Hunt is accused of stealing a Samsung tablet belonging to Stephanie Hunt valued at $200 from the House of Hope apartment occupied by James Maynard. Witnesses at the scene told police they saw the two men committing the crime.
These three defendants were all arraigned by Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.