Multiple arrests in Mingo

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

October 20, 2013

WILLIAMSON - According to criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court, several arrests have been conducted within the county over the course of the past few days.

Matthew Thomas Sammons, 22, of Chattaroy, was placed under arrest by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) J.D. Matheny on chargers of burglary and grand larceny.

Trooper Matheny received testimony from a co-conspirator involved in a crime that said he had drove the defendant to a residence owned by Billy Sammons located on Lick Creek Road, with intentions of committing a robbery. Upon arrival, the defendant allegedly broke the rear glass door to gain entrance into the home and once inside, took numerous items including but not limited to, an assortment of jewelry, a compound bow, a video camera, a digital camera, an iPod and a Stihl brand chainsaw, with an overall estimated value of well over $1,000.

The trooper also interviewed an unnamed female that relayed on the same date as the robbery, Sammons attempted to sell her several pieces of women’s jewelry. The officer also obtained a sworn statement from the co-conspirator that he had observed the defendant to have the compound bow stolen from the residence in his possession as he exited the home following the crime being committed.

Sammons was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $12,000 bond, where he remains held.

Matthew W. Meddings, 31, of Dunlow, was taken into custody by Kermit Police Chief C. Ernie Chambers and Mingo County Sheriff’s (MCSD) Deputy E. Williams and was charged with DUS/DUI 1st offense.

A traffic stop was performed after the arresting officers noted an improper registration on a Ford Explorer. Upon requesting to see Medding’s license, he informed them he did not have one. A records check was ran through the WV Department of Motor Vehicles which revealed the defendant’s license had been suspended for a DUI conviction on 5-17-06.

Meddings was arraigned by Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was released from custody after meeting the stipulations of his bail.

Cynthia (Dillon) Slone, 48, of Delbarton, was arrested by WVSP Trooper 1st Class J.K. Harris on charges of domestic assault, domestic battery and petit larceny after allegedly striking her daughter, Crystal Gail Lewis, in the face with first an open hand and then a closed fist, after the two became involved in a verbal argument while traveling in a vehicle.

The victim suffered, redness, swelling and a laceration to her lip as a result of the attack. The incident was witnessed by a third party that was also riding in the car at the time it occurred.

The victim and the witness jumped out of the vehicle when the defendant stopped, and left behind several of their personal belongings. The trooper recovered most of the items, minus a $20 money order belonging to the daughter.

Slone was arraigned by Magistrate Sidebottom, and was transported to jail on a $3,000 bond.

Brenda Lee Fouch, 25, of Liberty Heights in Williamson, was arrested and charged with computer fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses by MCSD Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith and Deputy Stephen Smith, after she allegedly applied via the internet for a credit card in the names of Pierce and Kathe Whitt without their permission or consent. The defendant allegedly charged a total of $767 worth of merchandise and had the items shipped to her Liberty Heights residence before the crime was detected.

Fouch was released from custody on a $5,000 property bond following her arraignment by Magistrate Sidebottom.

Herbert Leo Blevins, 31, of the Cantrell Apartments in W. Williamson, was arrested by Williamson Police Department Lt. G.P. Dotson and Patrolmen J.L. Marcum and J.D. Tincher for 1st offense DUI, after he was observed to be operating a vehicle and was known to the officers as a person without a valid license.

Once the traffic stop was conducted, law enforcement officials detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath and was he asked to exit the vehicle. A portable alcohol breathalyzer test was administered which produced results of .182, with the legal limit being 0.80.

Blevins was arraigned and was released from custody on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

Clifford Edward Curry, 27, of Varney, was taken into custody on charges of domestic assault by WVSP Trooper Contos after Mingo County 911 received a complaint from victim Erica Curry, who alleged that Clifford, who is her husband, verbally threatened to kill her while placing his hand on a pistol that was in the rear pocket of his pants.

Curry was arraigned by Magistrate Pam Newsome and was released from custody on a $500 personal recognizance bond.