Last updated: May 22. 2014 10:56PM - 814 Views
Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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Gregory R. Conn of Lexington was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on May 16 for the charges of DUI, speeding, reckless driving, no proof of registration, driving left of center, possession with intent and not wearing a seatbelt.

Troopers R. E. Stowers and J. R. Brewer was dispatched by Logan 911 to a vehicle driving recklessly while travelling south on US 119, knocking over multiple construction cones and almost hitting several Department of Highway workers.

En route, the officers spotted the vehicle, reportedly travelling 76 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. The officers turned around, attempting to stop the vehicle by activating the cruiser’s lights and sirens.

At this point, Conn allegedly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic in the northbound lane, and then swerved back into the southbound lane. After the officers reportedly pursued Conn for nearly one minute, he pulled off to the shoulder and stopped.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officers noticed that Conn wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Further investigation, including frisking Conn, officers discovered a clear, plastic bag of a green leafy substance (believed to be marijuana) in Conn’s pocket.

The officers also reported that Conn’s eyes were bloodshot and they smelled alcohol on his breath; Conn’s speech was allegedly slurred and incoherent at times, and he had trouble standing on his own. He was unable to perform several field sobriety tests.

When asked for his registration, Conn was unable to provide it. Conn gave the officers written consent to test his blood, so they transported him to Logan Regional Medical Center.

Throughout the course of the investigation, the officers discovered that Conn had allegedly been receiving and delivering a substance believed to be marijuana.

  • Meagan Leann Dingess Williams was arrested by the WVSP on May 18 for fleeing with reckless indifference.

Senior Trooper B. A. Lowe observed Williams driving a red Dodge Caliber northbound on Rt. 10 in the Phico area, travelling 64 MPH in a 40 MPH zone and nearly striking Lowe’s cruiser while straddling the center line as she negotiated a curve.

Lowe immediately activated his lights to initiate a stop on the vehicle.

However, by the time Lowe was able to turn his cruiser around, Williams had accelerated and was allegedly turning onto Bentley Branch Road. When Lowe saw the car making the turn, he activated his sirens.

While turning onto the bridge in pursuit of Williams, Lowe reportedly witnessed the Caliber nearly hit a black truck, but the truck was able to maneuver off the roadway in time to avoid a collision.

Williams continued driving and eventually turned into a driveway on Bentley Branch Road. It was at this location that the officer conducted the stop.

Further investigation revealed that Williams was on probation for embezzlement and had a revoked operator’s license for unpaid citations. There were also no DMV records for the registration plate on her vehicle.

Williams’ bail is set for $5,000.

  • The WVSP made a warranted arrest on Kevin Johnson, 34, of Lenore, on April 21 for charges he faced from April 8: three counts of breaking and entering, grand larceny and petit larceny.

On April 8, Trooper N. C. Boothe responded to a breaking and entering complaint at 5 Star Storage in the community of Henlawson.

Upon arrival, Boothe was informed that three storage units had been broken into, and more than $5,200 of property was taken.

Boothe took the investigation to H&P Recycling to see if any of the stolen property had been scrapped; there, he interviewed an employee who stated he had witnessed Johnson unloading some of the stolen property at the scrap yard.

One piece of stolen property, a carbon fiber drive shaft, was positively identified by Justin Chirico at H&P Recycling.

Johnson’s bail is set for $15,000.

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