WILLIAMSON - According to criminal complaints obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court, local and state law enforcement officers have been quite busy in recent days.
Cody Bailey, 20, of Williamson, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper T.G. Kania III, on charges of burglary and petit larceny. The defendant is accused of entering the residence of Rita Elkins, who lives on Big Dog Lane in Williamson, and is then said to have stolen a Sears Model 21-410 Gauge Shotgun which was valued at $300, plus a $25 roll of gold $1 coins.
The items were recovered from Margaret Milam who told the trooper that she purchased them from Bailey, paying $125 for the gun and $20 for the roll of coins. While conducting a pat-down on the defendant at the time of his arrest, Kania discovered a chrome set of “brass-knuckles” in his pants pocket, which he was not licensed to carry.
Bailey was arraigned by Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and was released from custody on a $2,000 property bond.
Gregory Steven Ferguson, 45, of Hampden, was arrested by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Deputies L.Thomas and R. Fitch on a single count of battery. The charge stems from allegations that Ferguson struck Johnny May in the head with his closed fist while the victim was seated behind the wheel of a vehicle. The officers relayed that they observed redness and swelling behind the ear of the victim.
Ferguson was released from custody on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond following his arrangement before Magistrate Newsome.
Hansford Lee “David” Nelson, 38, of Delbarton, was placed under arrest by Delbarton Police Chief D.S. Nunley and was charged with burglary and petit larceny, after he allegedly stole a laptop computer valued at $600 from the home of Scotty Clevenger.
The defendant was arraigned by Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler was released from custody after posting a $2,500 bond.
James M. Cline, 45, of Huddy, Ky., was arrested by Williamson Patrolmen J.D. Tincher and J.L. Marcum on charges of violation of an emergency protection order that had been granted to his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Davis. He was arraigned by Magistrate Newsome and was released on a $1,000 bond.