• Chad Neal Williams, 32, of Chapmanville, was arrested in Logan county by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.K. Harris for being a felon in possession of a firearm, brandishing a deadly weapon and shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling on June 28.
According to police reports, several troopers responded to a domestic disturbance call about shots being fired at Godby Heights.
“Upon arrival, this officer made contact with Chad Neal Williams and his girlfriend, Melissa Victoria Mangus at which time Mangus, attempted to slam the door on these officers while the accused ran further into the house,” the report states.
“This officer then pursued the accused into the hallway of the residence, at which time the accused was taken into custody. This officer then observed a .22 caliber pistol located on the nightstand in his bedroom of the residence in plain view. Further investigation provided several witnesses who observed the accused in possession of and brandishing and firing the same weapon prior to these officers arrival.
He was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at 11:50 p.m.
Mellissa Mangus was arrested for obstructing an officer on June 28. She was booked at the regional jail at 11:38 p.m.
•Emily Beth Bledsoe, 33, of Chapmanville, was arrested in Logan County by Patrolman D.T. Bryant of the Chapmanville Police Department for child neglect with risk of injury on June 20. According to the police report the officer responded to a call about an out of control child.
“Upon my arrival, I saw the defendant standing in the parking lot of McCoy Rentals,” the report states. “Upon speaking with her, I noticed that she was staggering. I then asked if she had been drinking and she stated ‘yes’. Upon further investigation, I found one Baclose 10 mg muscle relaxer laying on the living room table. I was also advised that Child Protective Services was investigating her. I then had CPS notified and once they responded, both of the defendant’s children were sent to stay with their grandfather. I was also informed by the eight year-old that his mother had people coming into their house.”
The officer was told by another witness that Emily Bledsoe allegedly “loses custody of her children, stays drunk and can’t control her children.” The report said another individual told the officer that “he was inside of the defendant’s residence using Loratabs, Xanaxes and drinking alcohol in front of her children.”
•Dennis James Wells, 46, of Logan, was arrested in Logan County by patrolmen Mark Dickerson and Kevin Conley of the Logan Police Department for child neglect resulting in injury, public intoxication, fleeing and obstructing an officer on June 21. He was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden at 11:39 p.m.
•Juanita Renee Wells, 37, of Logan, was arrested by the Logan P.D. for child neglect resulting in injury, obstructing an officer and public intoxication on June 21. She was booked at the regional jail at 11:53 p.m.
According to police reports the officers responded to a structure fire on 540 Stratton Street.
“Prior to arrival, officers received information from the Logan 911 that persons were inside, including a seven year-old male,” the report states. “Upon arrival, the officer observed the above named (Dennis Wells) sitting on the front entrance step, holding a smoke detector. Upon entry into the apartment, this officer observed numerous open alcoholic beverage containers along with narcotics and paraphernalia.”
Wells reportedly fled towards Holland Lane and the officers chased him into the parking building. The officers lost sight of Wells who returned to the fire scene “where he was detained by Logan Fire Department personnel.”
Wells was arrested and “appeared to be highly intoxicated.”
“Upon further investigation, officers were advised that both Dennis and Juanita Wells had been cooking and then passed out before removing (items) from the stove. Dennis stated that he had thrown the smoke detector away in a trash bag....during transport to Logan P.D. Headquarters, Dennis defecated on himself. The child was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation evaluation. “
The child had been rescued by firefighter Chad Baisden and was later placed in protective custody.
Ironically the Logan Police Department had made three more unusual arrests involving a fire a day earlier, when distraught family members reportedly tried to get into burning residence where they feared a loved one was trapped.
•Dian Kennedy, 55, of Logan, was arrested by Patrolman Kevin Conley of the Logan P.D. for obstructing an officer, obstructing a firefighter and battery on a firefighter on June 21.
She was booked at the regional jail at 1:15 a.m.
According to police reports the officers responded to assist the Logan Fire Department with a fire in the Kanada Street/Chestnut Street area on June 20.
“This officer was asked to come inside the residence and remove a person causing a disturbance,” the report states. “This officer entered the residence and did observe the defendant, Dian Kennedy, being belligerent and pushing firefighters. The defendant was escorted out of the residence by this officer. The defendant did obstruct this officer and the firefighters by not obeying verbal commands to leave the residence. The defendant Dian Kennedy was asked to leave and stated to this officer, ‘Go ahead and take me to jail,’ then the defendant Dian Kennedy did push Fire Chief Scott Beckett, making contact inside the residence. The defendant, Dian Kennedy was placed under arrest at this time....Upon escorting the defendant to the patrol car and placed in the rear of the car, the defendant said she was having chest pains. EMS personnel were notified and the defendant was then transported to Logan Regional Medical Center by EMS.” She was later transported to the regional jail.
•Michael Zane Gray, 58, of Stollings, was arrested by officers Mark Dickerson, Kevin Conley and Artie Willis of the Logan P.D. for obstructing a firefighter on June 21. He was booked at the regional jail at 10:58 p.m.
•Kit Elaine Gray, 51, of Stollings, was arrested by officers Mark Dickerson, Kevin Conley and Artie Willis of the Logan P.D. for obstructing a firefighter on June 21. She was booked at the regional jail at 10:58 p.m.
According to police reports the officers were asked by firefighters “to keep all civilians away from the fire scene while fire suppression was active.”
“While at the scene, the above named, Kit Gray along with husband Michael Gray approached the fire scene,” the report states. “Both were instructed by these officers on three occasions not to pass the fire line. Both left the area and were then observed walking up Chestnut Street towards the fire scene. This officer along with Officer A. Willis walked towards the fire scene and this officer observed Kit and Michael on the fire scene while Logan Fire Department members were active in fire suppression.”
• Scott David Perry, 38, residence not listed, was arrested in Logan County on June 6 for failure to pay child support. He was booked at the regional jail at 5:30 p.m.