Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 16, 2010

Child endangerment, stabbing among Tazewell indictments

TAZEWELL, Va. — A North Carolina man has been indicted following in incident where a 15-year-old girl suffered complications after giving birth in July.

Kenny King, 38, of Lenoir, N.C., is charged with two counts of child endangerment following an incident where a 15-year-old girl went into seizures following giving birth at the Crestview Mobile Home Park in Richlands.

“Mr. King waved his right to a preliminary hearing and was indicted on two charges of child endangerment,” said Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee. “The first charge involving his 15-year-old girlfriend carries 10 years and the second charge carries 5 years for the serious danger done to the infant. The child was born healthy, but during the childbirth, the 15-year-old victim sustained injuries and complications that brought a heavier charge.”

Lee said the two child endangerment charges carry the highest punishment Virginia could charge King with. King also faces an outstanding detainer and charges of rape in North Carolina, where he will return after facing a Virginia jury.

“Once we have completed our charges here, he will be extradited there for his trial,” Lee said.

Deputy Shawn Hess of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office was killed on duty responding to the call involving King on July 23 when Richlands police discovered King was a fugitive from justice.

In addition, Dallas Wayne Conley, 18, of Bluefield has been indicted on charges of aggravated malicious wounding and attempted murder following a stabbing incident at a party in Boissevain on June 6.

“Mr. Conley is charged with being involved in an altercation with another young man where he stabbed the young man 15 times,” Lee said.

Conley is facing life in prison for his charges.

Randall Elmer Ratliff, 56, of Cedar Bluff, Va., was indicted on six counts after a hostage situation led to a standoff with local police.

“Mr. Ratliff was estranged from his wife,” Lee said. “According to the testimony, they had been separated for one year. The defendant wound up breaking into Mrs. Ratliff’s home and lying in wait with a gun. When she arrived home with a relative’s child, he held her against her will with the gun.”

Richlands Police and the Virginia State Police arrived at the home. Officer Holt with the Richlands Police Department attempted to enter the house to end the struggle, leading Ratliff to assault him.

“When Officer Holt approached the door, he heard a struggle and forced the door open to make an entrance,” Lee said. “Ratliff pointed the gun at Holt and the victim, leading Holt to retreat. The police brought in negotiators and Mr. Ratliff surrendered. He has been incarcerated ever since. A search of the house revealed Ratliff had worn a disguise to enter the home without being noticed.”

Ratliff faces a maximum of life in prison for his charges, which include statutory burglary, two counts of abduction, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and assault of a law enforcement officer.

Other unrelated indictments involve a string of break-ins to area vending machines.

“Criminal acts come in waves and we’ve had a number of vending machine break-ins,” Lee said. “They use the scrap metal and machinery and take it out of the area to sell it. They also do smash and grabs to get quarters.”

Among the 39 indicted, 26 were residents of Virginia, 12 were residents of West Virginia, and one was a resident of North Carolina. Further grand jury indictments include:

• Stephen Wayne Anderson, 30, of Bluefield, Va. was incited on two counts of aggravated bad check, a third or subsequent larceny offense, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell or distribute, and sale of stolen property.

• Misty Dawn Bishop, 28, of Richlands, Va. was indicted on a count of conspiracy and a third or subsequent larceny offense.

• Tonya Sue Blankenship, 31, of Vansant, Va. was indicted on possession of Oxycodone and a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

• Richard Ray Boyles, 44, of Bluefield was indicted on a count of conspiracy, possession of burglarious tools or larcenous implements, a third or subsequent larceny offense, and a misdemeanor charge of  entering or tampering with a vending machine with intent to steal.

• Veronica Kay Brabb, 34, of Pipestem was indicted on a count of conspiracy, possession of Hydromorphone, Possession of Alprazolam, a misdemeanor charge of possession of controlled paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of concealment.

• Jonathan Lee Coxton (also known as William Coxton, Jr.), 30, of Tazewell, Va. was indicted on charges of forgery of a public record, a misdemeanor charge of identity fraud, a misdemeanor charge of giving false report to a law enforcement officer, and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.

• Philip Wayne Cyrus, Jr., 32, of Falls Mills, Va. was indicted on charges of conspiracy, possession of burlgarious tools or larcenous implements, a third or subsequent larceny offense, and a misdemeanor entering or tampering with a vending machine with intent to steal.

• Harry Edward Deakins, 62, of Athens was indicted on charges of malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, and a misdemeanor charge of destruction of private property.

• Eileen Hope Deel, 23, of Honaker, Va. was indicted  on charges of conspiracy, statutory burglary, and concealment.

• Bryan Scott Deweese, 18, of Bluefield was indicted on a charge of concealment.

• Kristin Hope Dowell, 18, of Bluefield, Va. was indicted on a charge of concealment.

• Darrin Royal Eggleston, 45, of Appomattox, Va. was indicted on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm, a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, and a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery.

• Bobby Clyde Ferrell, 44, of North Tazewell, Va. was indicted on a charge of prescription fraud.

• Alisha Darlene Groseclose, 30, of Boissevain, Va. was indicted on two counts of forgery or a check or draft, two counts of uttering a forged check or draft, two counts of misdemeanor false pretense, and two counts of misdemeanor identity fraud.

• Adam Ray Hagerman, 34, of Bradshaw was indicted on charges of conspiracy, statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell or distribute, and misdemeanor destruction of private property.

• Malachi Casey Harris, 20, of Honaker, Va. was indicted on charges of conspiracy, statutory burglary, and concealment.

• Joshua Adam Dowdy Hieatt, 27, of Tazewell, Va. was indicted on counts of concealment, possession of Buprenorphine, child endangerment, a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, a misdemeanor charge of concealment, and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving on a suspended or revoked operators license.

• Kyron Dwaine Kelley, 34, of Bluefield, Va. was indicted on counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

• Christopher Lee Lawson, 24, of Richlands, Va. was indicted on counts third or subsequent larceny offense, grand larceny, grand larceny with intent to sell, sale of stolen property, and failure to appear in court.

• Ronnie Derek Lawson, 30, of North Tazewell, Va. was charged with attempted malicious bodily injury and a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a accident involving property damage.

• Jennifer Mae Looney (also known as Jennifer Mae Harman), 28, of Cedar Bluff, Va. was indicted on charges of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer,  misdemeanor giving false report to law enforcement, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and misdemeanor public intoxication.

• Jerry Darnell Lowe, 47, of Avondale, indicted on charges of conspiracy, statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell or distribute, and misdemeanor destruction of private property.

• Christopher Lee Neeley (also known as Christopher Lee Neely), 31, of Richlands Virginia was indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

• Jeremy Travis Reedy, 31, of Richlands, Va. was indicted on charges of statutory burglary,    grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell or distribute, and sale of stolen property.

• Jerry Allen Sawyers, 30, of North Tazewell, Va. was indicted on charges of assault and battery, third or subsequent offense.

• Zachary Edward Short, 25, of Bluefield, Va. was indicted on charges of possession of Oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance.

• Melissa Marie Spears, 39, of Bluefield, was indicted on charges of concealment and     larceny with intent to sell or distribute.

• Thomas Edward Stringfield, III, 29, of Athens, was indicted on charges of      statutory burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny.

•  Blythe Autumn Sutherland, 24, of Tazewell, Va. was indicted on charges of grand larceny and sale of stolen property.

• Chancy Lee Sutherland, 32, of  Cedar Bluff, Va. was indicted on charges of statutory burglary, misdemeanor destruction of private property, misdemeanor assault and battery, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, misdemeanor possession of controlled paraphernalia, misdemeanor public intoxication, and misdemeanor    obstruction of justice.

• James Ray Taylor (also known as Jimmy Ray Taylor), 48 of Bluefield was indicted on charges of conspiracy, possession of burglarious tools or larcenous implements     misdemeanor  entering or tamper with a vending machine, with intent to steal, and larceny, third or subsequent offense

• Darlene Jeanette Todd, 51, of Rock was indicted on a charge of prescription fraud.

• Anthony Ray Lee Vance, 19, of Bluefield, Va. was indicted on a charge of    carnal knowledge.

• Roy Ellis Whitt, 60, of Boissevain, Va. was indicted on charges of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer , misdemeanor obstruction of justice, misdemeanor driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, and misdemeanor no registration.

• Shane Kadeem Williams, 22, of Bluefield, was indicted on a charge of concealment.    

• Jessica Anita Wright, 22, of North Tazewell, Va. was indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance and child endangerment.

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