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Damien Angel Bagut

WILLIAMSON - A Williamson man was arrested after police said he caused injuries to a man's face during an altercation. He was among two others arrested by Mingo County law enforcement the past few weeks.

Damien Angel Bagut, 38, is facing a malicious wounding charge in a Dec. 20 altercation, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court.

Bagut and an unidentified co-defendant started punching Antonio Messer numerous times in the face and then slammed his head into a parked car, said Williamson Police Chief Grady Paul Dotson and Sgt. Jimmy Spence in the complaint. Messer sustained a split lip and needing stitches at the hospital, police say. The officers took pictures of the injuries, according to the complaint.

Bagut was arraigned on Dec. 22 before Mingo County Magistrate Donald Sansom and ordered held without bail in Southwestern Regional Jail. Bagut is currently on federal probation stemming from his sentence on an escape charge.

According to a news release issued in October by United States Attorney Carol Casto, Bagut previously pleaded guilty to escaping from a halfway house where he was serving a sentence for distribution of cocaine. He was arrested an incarcerated the remainder of his sentence, according to the release.

West Virginia State Police said they arrested a Breeden man who allegedly threatened a juvenile girl and pushed arresting officers.

Jimmy Derando New, 58, is facing charges of battery on an officer and two counts of obstruction, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo Magistrate Court.

West Virginia State Police Trooper H.A. Rose and Trooper S.A. Belt were called to a home in Gilbert and spoke with the girl's mother, according to the complaint. New was upset about an alleged sexual abuse involving the girl, according to the complaint. The girl said New got into her face and she feared he would strike her, troopers said.

New is alleged to have began cursing at the girl and her mother while troopers tried to escort him outside. However, New turned and pushed a trooper, according to the complaint. Troopers tried to place him into handcuffs, but said he put up a struggle.

He was eventually taken into custody without incident and arraigned before Mingo Magistrate David Justice, He was later released.

Also last week, Williamson police arrested a woman they said stole water from the city with a special device.

Lynn Holloway, 46, is facing charges of procuring gas, water or electricity with intent to defraud, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo Magistrate Court.

On Dec. 15, Holloway tampered with a water meter near her Peter Street residence, according to the complaint. The water meter device was located on a city street that is bridged over by a separate meter, Williamson Chief Dotson said. Holloway placed a pipe device on the meter to defraud the city of $500 worth of water, according to the complaint.

She was arraigned before Mingo Magistrate Sansom and later released.

Travis Crum is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He may be reached by phone at 304-236-6497.

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