LOGAN - A Logan man has been charged with second-degree arson after he allegedly tried to set a fire during a domestic dispute with his wife.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court on March 16, Cpl. J.A. Lyall with the Logan County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to a home along Enterprise Drive for a man involved in a domestic disturbance attempting to burn down the residence.
The man, identified as Wayne Tester Whitt, 40, was detained by the West Virginia State Police, and the fire was put out.
The woman who called 911 was Whitt's wife, who said she and her husband had been arguing for four days. She said Whitt had beaten himself up the night before and took a knife to his arms and chest.
Whitt's wife said on the evening of March 16, he went into the back bedroom of their residence and started a fire. She ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.
Outside the home, Lyall said he observed a burnt mattress, which was used to start the fire, along with a gas can.
Whitt was arrested and transported to the Logan County Sheriff's Office for processing. While there, it was discovered that he had an active warrant and capias on him from Wayne County.
Whitt was arraigned by Logan County Magistrate Joe Mendez on a $20,000 surety bond.
GRAND LARCENY: A man from Big Creek has been charged with grand larceny auto after he reportedly stole a woman's vehicle from her residence.
On March 13, a man called 911 to report that his aunt's vehicle, a 2004 Ford Explorer SUV, had been stolen. According to a criminal complaint, the vehicle was being driven by Bryan Austin Lee Hutchinson, 19, of Big Creek.
The owner of the SUV told police that Hutchinson wanted to take the vehicle to Pikeville, Ky., but she repeatedly told him no and that he was not allowed to use the vehicle. He took the keys from her purse, ran out the door, got in the driver's seat and left.
Logan County 911 issued a countywide be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) for the vehicle, which was later located by DNR Officer T.J. Butcher near Upper Crawley Creek Road on U.S. 119. Butcher initiated a traffic stop and identified Hutchinson, who was taken into custody.
Hutchinson was arraigned by Magistrate Dwight Williamson on a $10,000 surety bond.
POSSESSION: A Logan man was arrested March 15 and charged with possession with intent to deliver schedule I, II and IV substances, as well as driving revoked for DUI.
According to a criminal complaint, WVSP Senior Trooper T.J. Hannon was conducting routine road patrol along W.Va. Route 10 in Logan when he saw a white Cadillac Seville with a defective registration light. When he ran a DMV inquiry, the registration came back as a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Hannon pulled the car over and identified the driver as Tennis Vance, 37, of Logan, whose driver's license was found to have been revoked since July 2009 for an active DUI.
Hannon reportedly noticed the smell of marijuana in the vehicle and asked Vance to exit. Vance gave Hannon consent to search the entire vehicle and told him that some marijuana might be located.
A large black bag was found in the trunk. It contained suspected crystal methamphetamine, three clear yellow plastic bags containing suspected heroin, approximately 15 pink pills identified as Alprazolam (Xanax), three digital scales and multiple empty clear yellow plastic bags.
Vance was arraigned by Magistrate Mendez on a $5,000 bond, which he has since posted.