Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 24, 2013

51 indictments: Tazewell County Grand Jury docket released

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — The January term of the Tazewell County Grand Jury released a docket including 51 indictments this week including an alleged attempted rape, three separate indictments charging a Tazewell, Va., man with “threatening to burn or bomb,” and four individuals who were charged with 61-counts each involving a “large scale series of larcenies and break-ins,” according to Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee.

According to Lee, Robert McKinley Blankenship, 49, of Doran, Va., was indicted on charges of attempted rape, taking indecent liberties with a child under 15 years of age, assault & battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“The allegations in the indictment are that the defendant attempted to rape an underage girl,” Lee said. According to Lee, the defendant allegedly took the victim to an isolated place where he attempted the rape, but the female was able to successfully resist the attack.

“He was arrested shortly after the incident,” Lee said. He added that Blankenship has been in the Southwestern Regional Jail in Tazewell since his arrest and that he is scheduled for a guilty plea hearing on Feb. 11. The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.

Lee said that Merry Christina Martin, 47, her daughter, Cassandra Elaine Martin, 24, a friend, Jeremy Lee Scobey, 30, and another male whose name was not included in the indictments released to the press, all of North Tazewell, Va., were each charged with 61-counts including conspiracy, burglary, assault, larceny, battery and more.

“They are charged in a large scale series of larcenies and break ins in the Tazewell area,” Lee said. “It started in mid-February and continued until June, 2012,” Lee said. “The Town of Tazewell Police and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case together. Several items were recovered, and the arrests cleared a lot of larcenies and break-ins in the Tazewell area.”

David Michael Mikolic, 55, of Tazewell, Va., was named in three separate indictments including one charging him firearm possession/ transport/conceal by a convicted felon violent felon. The second indictment alleges that Mikolic threatened to burn or bomb; assault & battery; disorderly conduct; resisting lawful arrest and violate condition of release. The third indictment naming Mikolic alleges in two counts that he illegally possessed a weapon, ammunition or explosive as a convicted felon; impersonated a law enforcement officer; and assault & battery.

Lee said that Mikolic is “presently in jail,” and added that he has been incarcerated since his arrest on July 26, 2012.

The counts alleged in the indictment occurred on July 3, July 16, and July 26, all in 2012. The last count emerged from an alleged threat that “he was going to burn a house down,” Lee said.

The Town of Tazewell Police Department and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office worked together on the investigation that resulted in the indictment naming Mikolic, according to Lee.

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