By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON - A Gilbert man who exhibited bizarre behavior before his arrest on a charge of obstruction was among eight defendants who were recently arraigned after being arrested on a variety of criminal charges, according to criminal complaints obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court.
Cletus Ray Lester, 36, was arrested for obstructing an officer and battery on a police officer. According to reports, officers received a call during the Fourth of July holiday about an individual lying on the white line of U.S. Highway 52 at Justice.
Upon arrival, the officers asked Lester for his name. According to reports, the defendant stared at the officers and said, “Figure it out.” The officers again asked for Lester’s name and the defendant said he would not answer any questions from the officers.
Officers then asked the defendant to get up, to which the defendant responded, “Get me up.”
Officers reportedly attempted to lift the defendant by the arms. At this point, the defendant allegedly swung and struck Cpl. C.G. Endicott in the right part of his chest. The defendant was subdued and detained, according to the report, and officers then allegedly found multiple weapons in his back pocket, including a pair of nun chucks, a rope, a set of wire cutters and a carpenter’s knife.
Patsy L. Kidwell, 48, and Ransom Lee Endicott, 52, both of Delbarton, were arrested after officers allegedly received a call notifying them that two individuals were unconscious in the front seat of a white Chevrolet. The car was parked outside the state police Williamson detachment, within walking distance of Trooper First Class J.K. Harris, who saw both defendants, seemingly unconscious in the vehicle.
Harris woke both individuals and asked them to get out of the vehicle. Endicott got out of the car first and allegedly was unsteady on his feet with slurred speech. Harris conducted an officer safety pat down on Endicott, at which time a hard object reportedly was felt in the right front jeans pocket of the defendant. Endicott advised the officer that the object was a bottle of pain pills, according to the police report.
Both defendants performed each of the three standardized sobriety field tests unsatisfactorily and were placed under arrest for driving under the influence.
Jimmy Dale Hall, 54, of Chattaroy, was arrested for petit larceny after allegedly borrowing a 1998 car trailer, then refusing to return it to the owner. The owner of the vehicle reportedly claimed the defendant admitted on video that he borrowed the trailer, and said the defendant had taken the stolen trailer to Ohio.
Charles LeeRay Lane, 34, of Ikes Fork, was arrested for driving with a revoked license after formerly being charged with DUI. When officers informed the defendant about the status of his license, Lane reportedly said he already knew it was revoked and the only reason he was driving was because he was “pulling a trailer.”
Melissa Lynn Ball, 35, of Newtown, was arrested for forgery/uttering and obtaining money under false pretenses. The defendant reportedly took a check from a victim (without his knowledge or consent) and forged the amount of $90, along with his signature, before cashing the check at Community Trust Bank.
Elizabeth Gail Collins, 29, of Williamson, was arrested for driving with a revoked license. According to reports, officers found reason, based on information given to them, that the defendant had been driving while her license status was considered revoked for a previous DUI. Officers stopped the defendant on West Fourth Avenue (rear alley), where they informed her of the misdemeanor.
Kenneth Brad Hall, 24, of Williamson, was arrested for driving with a revoked license as well, having allegedly previously been charged with a DUI.