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Man arrested for stealing from church plate during AA meeting;

Lawrence County Sheriff's arrest report

May 21, 2013


The Lawrence County Sheriffs Office reported several arrests during the past week. 

Among those arrested is a Fort Gay, W.Va. man who is accused of stealing from a collection plate at the The Point of Hope Church during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. 

ThomasThomasDeputies received a call May 18 with witnesses stating that Billy A. Thomas, 45, had taken money from the church collection plate during the AA meeting and was stopped leaving the area on foot with $256 in his pocket. Deputies reported that Thomas smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet once they apprehended him.

Thomas told deputies he was told by West Virginia Magistrate Randy Wiles from Wayne, W.Va to attend these meetings.

Thomas was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxicaction and theft by unlawful taking.

Sam Muncy, Jr.Sam Muncy, Jr.Another arrest was made in a separate incident when deputies responded to a call that Sam Muncy Jr., 43, of Louisa was arguing with family members and had been drinking.

When deputies arrived, they found Muncy to be manifestly under the influence and was advised by deputies to leave the premises on Mattie Road and not return that day. However, Muncy did return and did not stop when deputies turned on audio and visual signals trying to stop him.

Both Muncy and another person he had with him fled from the vehicle on foot. Muncy was caught and arrested May 20 and charged with alcohol intoxication and second degree fleeing and evading.

MullettMullettChristopher Mullett, 35, of Louisa, was arrested May 19 after deputies received a call on Third Street reporting that Mullett was seen removing metal from a building. When Mullett was questioned by deputies he told them someone named Anthony removed the metal objects from the building and he (Mullett) was just putting the objects back. Deputies found no other tracks in the area, however Mullett had metal in his pockets. He was arrested and charged with third degree burglary.


GrimGrimAmanda Grim, 31, of Louisa, was arrested May 16 after she was stopped by deputies for active warrants. Once deputies pulled her car Grim got out of the car leaving a syringe in plain view on the floor board. When deputies questioned her about the syringe she told them it had been there a while. After Grim told them they could look in her vehicle they found ibuprofen 600 mg which requires a prescription.

She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Grim was also served three bench warrants on charges of failure to appear.

BoggsBoggsAlso arrested last week was James Boggs II, 29, of Louisa. Boggs was arrested May 19 and served a bench warrant on a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance second degree first offense.

William Newsome, 37, of Louisa was arrested May 15 and served an indictment  on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and also a persistent felony offender charge.

Jimmy Ray Moore, 33, of Louisa was arrested May 15 and served an arrest warrant on charges of cultivating marijuana five plants or more and manufacturing methamphetamine. His bond is $25,000.

Arthur Runyon, 52, of Louisa was arrested May 15 and served a child support warrant for arrearages in the amount of $32,146.

Tommy Presley, 36, of Louisa was arrested May 15 and served with a bench warrant.

(Information from Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts' office)

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