By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Expired or fraudulent Motor Vehicle Identification cards seemed to be the flavor of the week in Mingo County, as three defendants were taken into custody on related charges.
Derrick Akers, 31, of Red Jacket, was placed under arrest by Williamson Police Department Sgt. J. Spence on charges of expired MVI, driving on a suspended license for reasons of DUI, improper registration and no proof of insurance.
The complaint states that Sgt. Spence performed a traffic stop on a 1997 Dodge Dakota for reasons of expired MVI, at the intersection on East Fourth Avenue and Vinson Street. When running the registration, the license plate came back as belonging on a 2014 Ford Focus. Contact was than made with Akers, who was unable to produce proof of insurance on the Dodge. While performing a records check through the WV Department of Motor Vehicles, Spence was informed that Akers’ driver’s license had been suspended for a former DUI conviction on 10/26/12.
The defendant was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was released from custody on a $2,200 bond.
Glen Ed Marcum, 39, of Winco Block, was charged with driving on a suspended license (3rd offense), fraudulent MVI, no insurance and expired registration, following his arrest by West Virginia State Police Trooper H.A. Rose.
According to the trooper, he was traveling on U.S. Route 52 near Naugatuck while on road patrol when he observed a Chevrolet Silverado with what appeared to be a registration sticker that has expired as of January, 2013. A traffic stop was conducted and upon further inspection, the officer discovered that most of the vehicle’s identifiers had been removed. However; Rose observed the mileage of said MVI as well as the mileage of the vehicle, and found a 200,000 mile difference in the two. During a DMV records check, the trooper was informed that Marcum’s license had been suspended on 9/4/2013 for unpaid traffic citations. The defendant also had a total of 4 prior DUS convictions with the last one being in 2013. Insurance on the vehicle had been cancelled as of 4/11/2014.
Marcum was arraigned by Senior Status Magistrate Joey Kohari and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $3,000 bond.
Lacy Elizabeth Smith, 57, of Williamson, was arrested by Williamson Patrolman J.D. Ticher on charges of fraudulent registration and no insurance.
The officer told the Williamson Daily News that he was traveling on East 4th Avenue in Williamson when he noticed a 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor with a 2015 registration sticker that did not look correct. Upon contacting Mingo County 911 for a records check, the registration on the vehicles was said to have expired on 1/1/2014. A traffic stop was then made on the on Vinson Street.
Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer quickly noticed that the 2015 sticker still had aluminum from another license plate attached to it, and had been glued onto the registration plate of the Mitsubishi. Smith was unable to produce a valid registration card and when 911 attempted to verify proof of insurance, they were told that insurance had been cancelled on 1/8/2014.
Smith appeared before Magistrate Sidebottom and was released from custody after meeting the requirements of her $2,200 bond.