Last updated: March 19. 2014 5:38PM - 3958 Views
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By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - An individual who allegedly committed drug offenses in November 2012 was arrested this month on outstanding warrants that had been issued against him for those charges after he was taken into custody on new charges of malicious wounding and domestic battery for an incident that occurred on Academy Drive in Delbarton.

Hiram J. Preece, 51, allegedly struck Peggy Leann Maynard in the face with his fist, resulting in a large laceration and a broken nose. Maynard is identified as the niece of the defendant and resides in the same household. The victim was taken from the scene by STAT Ambulance and was taken to Appalachian Regional Hospital, where she received medical treatment for the injuries she sustained, according to a report by the arresting officers Deputies A. Mounts and L. Thomas.

When a records check on Preece was conducted through Mingo County 911, the officers said they discovered that the defendant is accused of obstructing Mingo County sheriff’s Deputy E. Williams during questioning at the Duncan Fork residence of Virgil Sammons in November 2012.

That criminal complaint states that during a pat-down of the defendant, the officer found in his left-front pants pocket 10 small blue pills that were identified as Oxycodone 30 mg, a Schedule II controlled substance, and three Alprazolam tablets (Xanax), which are classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Preece was also found to have in his possession $685 in cash.

The 2012 warrants were served on Preece by Deputy Roger Fitch. He was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden until he made bail.

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