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Rachel Dove-Baldwin

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON — Several defendants have been arrested and arraigned over the course of the last week within Mingo County, with the most serious crime being child abuse.

James Gregory Case, 23, of Williamson, was taken into custody by WPD Sgt. J. Spence and was charged with felony child abuse leading to bodily injury. The reports states that Case was watching his 5 year-old stepson at a residence on Mulberry Street and became angry at the child because he refused to go to basketball practice. Case allegedly pushed the 5 year-old down on the bed and repeatedly struck him on the buttocks with his hand, leaving severe welts and bruising.

Case was arraigned before Mingo County Chief Magistrate Toler and was released from custody after meeting the stipulations of his $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court to answer to these charges.

Jimmy L. Chafins, of Williamson, was arrested after a warrant was obtained against him on behalf of the Workforce for West Virginia Employment Program. The complaint states that Chafins knowingly failed to report his earnings from employment with Daily Services, a Columbus, Ohio business, when he filed his unemployment claim for the week ending Sept. 22, 2012. As a result of this act of fraud, Chafins is said to have received a total of $524 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Chafins was arraigned by Magistrate Pam Newsome and was released from custody on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear for a probable cause hearing next week.

Joshua Thomas Wilkerson, 28, of Nitro, was placed under arrest by Williamson Police Department Sgt. J. Hall Jr. and Patrolman J.L. Marcum and charged with trespassing, obstructing an officer and intoxication or drinking in a public place.

According to the complaint filed in magistrate court, the officers were dispatched to a disturbance call at the Victoria Courts Apartments. The apartment in question was occupied by Courtney Wilkerson, who was in the process of arguing with her soon to be ex-husband, Joshua. Crystal told the police that Joshua had repeatedly beat on her door until she agreed to let him in and then refused to leave. She stated she was afraid of the defendant, feared for her safety and wanted him to leave.

The officers spoke with Joshua and instructed him to gather his belongings and leave the premises, to which he agreed. Shortly after arriving back at the police station, a call was received saying that the defendant had returned and was throwing rocks at the door of the apartment because Crystal refused to answer, and was also sending threatening text messages to her.

Wilkerson was arraigned by Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and was released from custody after meeting the conditions of a $1,000 bond.

Jessica Williams, 34, of Kermit, was arrested by West Virginia State Police Trooper C.A. Douglas on one count each of assault and battery.

The trooper states in his report that Williams and Barbara Simpkins engaged in a verbal dispute while outside of Simpkins’ residence located at Coon Branch. During this time, the defendant grabbed Simpkins by the right hand, injuring her fingers. Williams is also accused of making verbal threats toward the victim, causing her to fear for her safety.

Simpkins was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Toler and was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

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