WILLIAMSON - According to criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court over the weekend, assault and battery cases were the top reasons for defendants finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Kenneth Bradley Hall, 24, of the Right Fork of Laurel Creek, was taken into custody by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Lt. J.D. Ferris on charges of domestic battery and battery.
Lt. Ferris responded to a domestic in process and observed the defendant with blood on his hands and shoulders. Hall allegedly stated to the officer that he had “caught his girlfriend with another man and whipped him”. Ferris spoke with victim Cole Maynard, who relayed that Hall came into the residence where he and the female were located and began striking him in the face with his fists.
“I think he broke my nose,” said Cole. The officer noted a large amount of blood on Cole’s face, along with swelling and bruising. Blood was also found on the bed sheets. Jillian Vance, the ex-girlfriend of Hall, told Ferris that the defendant had also struck her in the face, causing abrasions, redness and swelling to her left eye.
Hall was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and was remanded to jail on a $2,000 bond.
Jess Charles Dingess, 39, of Dingess, was arrested on charges of domestic assault and domestic battery by West Virginia State Police Trooper D.L. Contos. According to the police report, the trooper was dispatched to the residence of the defendant that he shared with his live-in girlfriend, Tonya Moore.
Upon arriving, the defendant was found to be in a highly-intoxicated state of mind and admitted to the officer that he had been engaged in a verbal argument with his girlfriend that had escalated into a physical confrontation, during which time he shoved Moore to the floor.
Dingess appeared for arraignment before Magistrate Newsome and was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $1,500 bond.
James Edward Simpson, 45, of Gilbert, was arrested by MCSD Deputy L.J. Thomas on an assault charge that stemmed from an altercation with Trevor Miller, whom he struck with a closed fist. The victim told the officer he was mowing grass when the defendant came into his yard and began cursing and yelling at him and then proceeded to strike him, placing him in fear for his safety.
Simpson was also arraigned by Newsome and was released from custody on a $500 personal recognizance bond.