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WILLIAMSON — Several arrests have been reported by various law enforcement throughout Mingo County over the past week, including charges of DUI, brandishing and battery.


Jordan Chase Canada, 21, of Delbarton, was arrested on charges of DUI and simple possession by officers with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) and the Delbarton Police Department (DPD), after they received a complaint of a driver passed out in a vehicle that was sitting in the parking lot of the Miner Mart in Taylorville, allegedly with a syringe in one of his hands and an upside down pop can between his legs with a blue, powdery residue on its bottom.


Upon arrival, the criminal complaint states that the officers were informed that an employee had attempted to stop Canada from leaving the business once he was roused and awake, but was not successful in their attempts. Upon making a traffic stop on the described vehicle and contact with the defendant, he was found to have blood shot eyes and appeared very nervous. He was administered a three-part field sobriety test which he could not complete. In plain view of the officers was the pop can that contained the residue. The substance was believed to be Oxycontin. Upon further search of the vehicle, a pill bottle was discovered that contained a green, leafy substance identified as marijuana.


The arresting officers in this case were Trooper First Class D.C. Moore, Deputy M.A. Lendearo and Patrolman T.R. Copley.


Dustin McCoy, age unknown, of Day Star Rd. in Delbarton, was taken into custody on a brandishing charge after he allegedly went to the residence of Julian Ooten and threatened him with a knife. The defendant is said to have pulled the knife from his pants pocket and waved it in the direction of the victim in a threatening manner, making him in fear of his safety. MCSD Corporal N. Mines and Deputy S.M. Smith conducted the investigation and made the arrest.


Nathan Swayne Cantrell, 23, of Williamson, was arrested by MCSD Sgt. Joe Smith and Deputy E. Williams after a warrant was obtained against him for felony charges of breaking and entering other than a dwelling and grand larceny.


The allegation stem from a report of a burglary at a Williamson Terrace Apartment that is owned by the Williamson Housing Authority, in which Cantrell is said to have stolen approximately $1,400 worth of new copper pipe and pipe fittings that belonged to Gary Webb, a contractor who was doing work at the location and who was also the employer of the defendant. After committing the theft, Cantrell reportedly took the stolen copper to the Pennypacker Scrap Yard in Goody, Ky., where he allegedly sold it for a profit of $177.60.


Roger Spencer, Jr., 34, of Williamson was taken into custody by Williamson Police officers Lt. G.P. Dotson and Patrolman J.L. Marcum after they responded to a Goodman Avenue residence on a disturbance call.


The officers wrote in the criminal complaint that upon arrival, they spoke with Rebecca Spencer and Justin Bowling, who were at the residence, who relayed that the defendant came inside the home and began arguing and allegedly grabbed a guitar that did not belong to him and smashed it against the floor and then damaged the kitchen table in a fit of anger. Spencer is said to have then began striking Ronnie Runyon in the face with his fists and then proceeded to strike Bowling after he tried to break up the fight. Spencer reportedly grabbed the phone and walked outside on the porch and called Mingo County 911 and could be heard by dispatchers continuing to fight with the victims.


During the investigation, the officers documented that while they were attempting to ask Rebecca questions about what had occurred, Spencer began arguing with the female and continued to do so even after being ordered to stop. After these commands were given, the defendant is alleged to have thrown the phone he was holding, which made contact with Rebecca. He then fought the officers who were forced to restrain him to make the arrest.


Spencer was charged with one count of battery, domestic battery 2nd offense and destruction of property.

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