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Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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Jonathan Herman Belcher, 35 of Mount Gay, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on May 19 for malicious wounding and obtaining other than physician.

On May 19, Trooper N.C. Boothe received a complaint of a shooting in the community of Coal Branch. When Boothe arrived on scene, he reportedly found the victim, Gary Belcher, with two wounds that appeared to be small caliber gun shots or pellet shots.

The victim stated that Belcher had shot him.

Senior Trooper R. L. Glaspell spoke to Belcher on the phone and advised him to step out of his residence; Belcher agreed, but then failed to walked outside. The WVSP allegedly tried to call Belcher again, but he did not answer his phone.

Once Belcher did exit his home, he reportedly failed to follow Boothe’s orders.

After Boothe secured the scene, the troopers began to look for the firearm used to inflict the victim’s wounds. During the search, Senior Trooper J.G. Honaker found an unlabeled pill bottle in a block in Belcher’s yard. The bottle reportedly contained 56 small,round pills with the label RE22. The pills were believed to be Levetiracetam 500mg. Boothe also found a lone tablet, labeled RE22, which he believed to be Furosemide 20mg.

Belcher’s bail is set for $15,000.

  • Britanny Simpkins, 25 of Logan, was arrested by the WVSP on May 18 for malicious wounding.

On May 18, Trooper M. A. Broadwater responded to a physical domestic dispute when he found an injured man near the roadway.

The victim’s head had reportedly sustained several injuries, and there was a large amount of blood covering his face and shirt. Broadwater photographed the injuries, and recorded a statement from the victim claiming that Simpkins was responsible for his injuries by beating him with a brick.

Broadwater then located the brick he believed that was used as a weapon; it was covered in blood.

A short time later, Broadwater located Simpkins and noted that she also had minor injuries. However, Simpkins did admit to striking the victim in the face with a brick.

Broadwater transported both parties to Logan Regional Medical Center to receive treatment.

A warrant for Simpkins on charges of solicitation of prostitution and petit larceny filed on Nov. 4, 2013, for which she was also arraigned.

A complainant reported to the police that he had paid Simpkins $20 to perform a sexual act. After she was finished, the complainant with to the restroom and returned to find that Simpkins had left and taken his wallet with approximately $100.

Simpkins bond for the malicious wounding was set at $10,000.

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