Logan County arrests

Debbie Rolen Staff Writer

September 11, 2013

These criminal complaints are public information. An arrest is not a sign of guilt or innocence since an individual is innocent until proven guilty.

  • Mark Edward Smith, 21, of Chapmanville, was arrested and charged with battery. Logan County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched to a fight call in the Big Creek area of Logan County. Upon arrival, they found the victim with multiple bruises and scrapes on his person along with a small cut on his head. He told the officers the defendant jumped him while he was taking out his garbage. The defendant said they had been into an altercation just prior to the officers’ arrival.
  • Rhonda Bowman, 42, of Holden, was arrested and charged with embezzlement after police were called to Burke’s Dept. Store at Fountain Place Mall. The store’s loss prevention officer told officers that between January 2012 and May of 2012, the defendant was an employee and on several occasions, she took money from the register she was working in the amount of $55. Bowman was also accused of taking an undetermined amount of merchandise without paying for it. When she was confronted by the officer, she gave them a written statement to him about these facts. The acts were recorded by the store’s security camera.
  • Jonathan Belcher (also known as Chico), 35, of Mt. Gay, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. The officer used a cooperating individual to make a purchase at the residence of Belcher. His bond was set at $1,000.
  • Matthew J. Bryant, 36, of Mt. Gay, was arrested and charged with driving revoked for DUI, second offense, fraudulent motor vehicle inspection, expired registration, no proof of insurance, fraudulent registration and no seat belt. West Virginia State Police officers were on patrol in the community of Holden when they say the red Ford Ranger. They requested a DMV check on the registration and found it expired in 2011. They conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the defendant, who was not wearing a seat belt and could not provide officers with insurance and registration information. The officers observed the motor vehicle inspection was fraudulent and were advised by WVSP communications the defendant’s license was revoked for an active DUI, with a previous driving revoked for DUI conviction. His bond was set at $5,000.
  • Lucky Lee Smith, 37, of Chapmanville, was arrested and charged with unlawful assault, domestic assault, domestic battery 2nd and a parole violation. West Virginia State Police responded to a domestic situation in the community of Chapmanville. Upon arrival, the officer was told by the victim the defendant had come at him with a knife and hit him in the face and head several times. Another victim advised the officer the defendant was her ex-boyfriend and he had come out of her house when she pulled up to her house in her car. She said the defendant had punched her in the head several times. The officer located the defendant a short distance down the road. The officer observed one victim’s face was bloody and swollen. That victim was flown by EMS due to his injuries. His bond was set at $7,500.