By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON –Two Williamson women were involved in separate arrests on Liberty Street, according to documents obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court.
Alexandria Janean Hatcher, 24, was arrested for child neglect with risk of injury, public intoxication, obstruction of an officer, disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.
Officer J.D. Tincher and Officer J.L. Marcum of the Williamson Police Department received a call that a female was on Liberty Street, pushing a baby stroller and disturbing residents. The call also stated the female was possibly intoxicated with drugs in her possession.
When officers arrived on scene they reported finding Hatcher walking up the hill in the roadway, staggering and pushing an infant child in a stroller in traffic. The defendant’s speech was heavily slurred and she could not stand without stumbling and nearly falling on the road, the officers said.
Marcum immediately removed the child from the stroller, saying the child was in danger at the time.
The officers then noticed that Hatcher’s tank top was stuffed with various items, causing it to bulge. When asked what she had in her bra, the defendant allegedly lied to officers and said she was hiding nothing.
At this time, Hatcher allegedly tried to quickly remove a bottle of pills from her shirt and hide it from the officers. When an officer reached for the pills, the defendant allegedly tried to wrestle them away and items fell from her shirt and bra to the ground.
Hatcher then allegedly refused to listen to commands and would not place her hands behind her back.
While waiting for Child Protective Services to arrive, Hatcher allegedly screamed and hit the window of the police cruiser, refusing to stop when both officers and family members asked her to.
Hatcher was taken to Williamson Memorial Hospital, where officers say she consented to a blood draw and allegedly tested positive for barbiturates, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite and opiates. The defendant allegedly had two Clonazepam and six Fiorcet pills inside a plastic baggie placed inside a pharmacy pill bottle along with two five-dollar bills.
At the hospital the defendant continued to curse and yell and, according to reports, she “refused to be respectful of others.”
After being processed, the defendant was transferred to the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden.
Melissa Ann Hall, 35, was arrested for four counts of obstructing an officer, destruction of property and public intoxication.
The arrest occurred when officers received a call from 911 reporting that shots had been fired on Liberty Street.
When officers arrived on scene they spotted a vehicle that had been described in the 911 call. Hall was reported sitting in the vehicle, along with three other people, including one male who was allegedly lying down in the seat. Officers kept all four individuals at gunpoint for their safety. According to reports, while one unnamed individual was allegedly leaving the vehicle, Hall, who had already gotten out of the vehicle, was told by a law enforcement official to “get on the ground.”
Hall allegedly refused to comply with the officer’s command and was once more given a verbal order by the officer to get on the ground.
At this time, Hall allegedly failed to obey the officer’s command and began cursing him. According to reports, the defendant became “belligerent” with the officers and had to be subdued.
While Hall was being arrested, officers allegedly detected an alcoholic odor coming from her. A preliminary breath test was conducted, and the results allegedly were .141.
While officers investigated the shots fired, the defendant allegedly began kicking the windows of the police cruiser, cutting the window tint on the passenger side door and busting the plastic door molding. The damaged were estimated at $380.
Hayley Molloy Cook is a news reporter and writes features for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279, or on Twitter @hayleymcook.