Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:35PM - 433 Views
Jonathan Fahey
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Rachel Dove-Baldwin


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WILLIAMSON — Officers with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) and the Gilbert Police Department (GPD) filed arrest reports with the Mingo County Magistrates Office that occurred during the last week.


Michael A. Martin, 27, of Williamson, was placed under arrest by MCSD Sgt. Joe Smith and Deputy E. Williams on a felony charge of receiving and transferring stolen property.


The complaint states that the defendant allegedly bought a 45 caliber “Doc Holliday Tribute” revolver from a 16 year-old juvenile, paying $100 for the firearm. The gun is valued at $2,000 and was stolen from the juvenile’s stepfather’s (Randy Fletcher) gun safe and then sold to Martin who reportedly had knowledge of the crime.


Martin was arraigned before Circuit Judge Howard Carpenter and was issued a bond in the amount of $1,000.


Elmer Hurley, 32, of Justice, was taken into custody by MCSD Deputy J.R. Fitch, GPD Chief M. Rasmussen and Asst. Chief N. Glanden after he was charged with being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.


The officers accompanied Rebecca Harrison, who serves as a probation officer, to the home of the defendant concerning a possible violation of the defendant’s parole. An emergency protection order had had served on Hurley at the residence of Dora Hurley and Erwin Cline, where the defendant was reportedly residing. Upon searching the home, 4 firearms were discovered that were identified as a 30-06 Sportsman 76 Pump, a .380 Davis Indidtries, one 12 gauge Harrington and Richardson and a 20 gauge J. Stevens Arms Company Springfield. The defendant has a prior conviction of domestic battery in 2004 and a nighttime burglary conviction in 2010.


Hurley was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was remanded to jail on a $1,500 bond, plus a charge of parole violation.


Melanie R. Colangelo, 29, of Avondale, was arrested by WVSP Trooper J.R. Tupper on charges of DUI. Tupper states in the criminal complaint that the defendant was operating a vehicle on U.S. Rt. 52 in the Gilbert area when she entered a parking lot to retrieve items belonging to her husband. Upon approaching the driver, the officer observed obvious signs of intoxication.


The defendant is said to have admitted to being the driver and was accompanied by her sister, identified as Hope Green. A series of field sobriety tests were administered to Colangelo, which she allegedly failed to complete. She was arraigned before Magistrate Pam Newsome and was issued a $1,000 fine.


Bennie Edward Baisden, 54, of Kermit, was taken into custody by MCSD Deputy M.J. Miller on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.


The defendant’s sister, Mary Baisden, told the officer that her brother came to her home and began cursing and yelling at her, and then drew his fist back and stated that he was going to “beat her brains out and whip her”.


Basiden was arraigned by Magistrate Newsome and was released from custody after posting a $500 fine.


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