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Coal Co. owner arrested for worthless checks

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

July 19, 2014

The WVSP made a warranted arrest on Michael Cline, 50 of Chapmanville, who was charged with two counts of writing worthless checks on May 2.


On May 2, Cline, who owns Cline Coal Company, paid the victim, Michael Brown, with a payroll check for the amount of $829.81. Cline did not have sufficient funds to cover the check.


Senior Trooper T.D. Boggs obtained an audio confession from Cline in which he admitted that he knew there were no funds due to the fact that he had not received the money from the investors of his company.


The complaint filed is based on information received by the victim, an audio recorded statement by Cline, two payroll stubs and observations made by Boggs throughout the investigation.


Cline’s bail is set for $3,500.


• Randall Scott Whitt II, 36 of Man, was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department on July 8 for improper registration, fraudulent registration, driving with a revoked license (DUI) 3rd offense and public intoxication.


On July 8, Deputy Nick Tucker received a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a silver mercury for reckless driving.


Tucker says he located the vehicle traveling north on the Logan Boulevard. After making a traffic stop on the vehicle, Tucker was advised that Whitt’s driver’s license was revoked for two active DUIs: May 20, 2011 and October 20, 2009. Further investigation revealed that the sticker on the tags was fraudulent, the tags were improper and the vehicle did not have insurance.


Whitt’s bail is set for $5,000.


• Tasha Kay Dingess, 26 of Chapmanville, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police/U.S/ 119 Drug Task Force on July 8 for conspiracy, aiding in escape and other offenses.


One July 8, Tfc. J.R. Brewer was contacted by Correctional Officer Thacker from Southwestern Regional Jail. Thacker claimed he intercepted a piece of suspicious mail addressed to Michael Scaggs from Dingess.


Brewer contacted Dingess who advised that she had melted down Suboxone and placed it on the letter to Scaggs. Dingess claims that Scaggs asked her to send the Suboxone to him in SWRJ.


Dingess’ bail is set for $15,000.