By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON - A 38-year-old Williamson man was arrested for reckless driving with bodily injury and malicious wounding when he drove his blue Jetta into a man, striking the victim and knocking him off his bicycle, according to criminal complaints obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court. Dwight Lemar Warren then reportedly got out of his vehicle and cut the victim’s face with a utility knife before chasing him to his residence. The victim was taken by ambulance to Williamson Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his arm and had to have stitches on his jaw.
Paul David Howard, 29, of Chattaroy, was arrested for fleeing DUI, aggravated DUI and reckless driving, according to the arrest report. He was released on bond Tuesday afternoon after being booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail. He was arrested by the Williamson Police Department.
Brandon Ray Holbrooks, 18, of Delbarton, was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol, soliciting rides (hitchhiking) and public intoxication.
An officer observed Holbrooks on State Road 65 near Delbarton attempting to solicit rides, according to the arrest report. The officer stopped and informed the defendant that this was an illegal activity; however, less than two minutes later, the same officer passed the defendant again, and he once again placed his arm out and raised his thumb in an attempt to solicit a ride, according to the report.
The officer got out of his vehicle and said he noticed the odor of alcohol on Holbrooks. The officer recognized signs of intoxication from the defendant, including trouble maintaining his balance, staggering while walking, slurred speech, glassy and bloodshot eyes and trouble completing simple tasks, his report stated. The officer asked Holbrooks if he had been drinking, to which the defendant allegedly responded that he had consumed a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best beer. The officer then reportedly inquired Holbrook’s age and was told that the defendant was only 18.
Vicky Lynn Estepp, 26, of Kermit, was arrested for conspiring with Jennifer Estepp to steal six plastic containers of Tide Podz from the Dollar General store. The items were valued at $108.
Jimmy Cline, 32, of Baisden, was arrested by police after alleged victim Rebecca Blankenship said she observed him on the front porch of her residence. According to reports, the defendant was found using a broom to twist the blades of a metal ceiling fan. The fan is valued at $200 and the resulting damage to the ceiling has been estimated at $100, according to investigators.
Darrell Sias, 52, of Williamson, was arrested for DUI after officers Tincher and Sipple received a call to respond to a two-vehicle crash on East Fourth Avenue last Wednesday. Upon arrival, the defendant got out of the driver’s seat of a 2003 Jeep Cherokee and allegedly stated he was driving the vehicle when another car struck the mirror of his vehicle. The defendant was reportedly stumbling with slurred speech while explaining this to officers.
The defendant was given a standardized field sobriety test and, according to reports, showed blatant signs of intoxication. The defendant’s blood was later drawn at Williamson Memorial Hospital, allegedly proving this to be correct.
Annie Marie Marcum, 41, of Chattaroy, was arrested for obstructing an officer and public intoxication. Marcum was allegedly caught trying to hide pills and a plate with pill residue on it. She was given a field sobriety test and showed signs of intoxication.
Nathaniel Cassady, 18, was arrested for battery after allegedly striking a victim in the face. Officers arrived and spoke with the victim, and reportedly observed her right eye was swollen shut. The trooper in question was also provided with a video of the incident.
Lydia Lester, 26, of Justice, was arrested for entering the residence of Crystal Meade. The defendant allegedly entered Meade’s home through an unlocked garage and went into the residence. Upon entering the home, the defendant allegedly took a gold ring and a Samsung cellphone, together valued at $200. The ring and phone allegedly were recovered from the defendant at her residence in Justice on a later date.
Keith Nichols, 34, of Williamson, was arrested for domestic battery and driving with a revoked license. Officers received a call from the victim advising them that the defendant (her ex-boyfriend) had arrived at her residence in Lenore. The victim allegedly told police that the defendant grabbed her by her hair and forced her to get into his vehicle with him.
The victim also stated that the defendant advised her that he had a gun and would kill her. The officers in question reportedly obtained multiple witness statements sharing a description of the defendant’s vehicle as a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. The witnesses also said the defendant grabbed the victim’s hair. The officers conducted a Department of Motor Vehicles inquiry on the defendant and found he had a prior conviction for DUI.
(Hayley Molloy Cook is a news reporter and writes features for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279 or on Twitter @hayleymcook)