North Carolina pair arrested in Cumberland

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

October 8, 2013

Two North Carolina individuals were arrested following an alleged incident at the America’s Best Value Inn in Cumberland when police were called concerning an unresponsive woman.

James M. Dixon, 39, and Ginger Hall, 32, both of Statesville, were placed under arrest by Cumberland Police Det. Silas Whitehead on Saturday.

According to the citations, Whitehead responded to a call of an unresponsive woman. Whitehead arrived at the hotel where Dixon met him at the door and refused to let him in.

The citation states Dixon had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his person. The unresponsive woman was transported from the scene by an ambulance crew, prompting Dixon to begin screaming and causing a disturbance.

The citation issued to Hall states she was in the room when police arrived. Hall started screaming when here husband was arrested.

According to her citation, Hall had her child in the room where drugs and alcohol were being used. The child allegedly went without food and water for over 24 hours. Hall is also accused of helping clean up the crime scene before officers arrived.

Dixon was charged with tampering with physical evidence, first-degree disorderly contact, endangering the welfare of a minor and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Hall was charged with tampering with physical evidence, first-degree disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a minor, and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Dixon and Hall were both lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on $10,000 full cash bonds.

In other police activity:

* Mack Griffith, 46, of Closplint, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Josh Howard following a call of a single vehicle collision n Saturday.

According to the citation, the caller stated Griffith was driving on KY 38 and took out 150 feet chainlink fence. Griffith then went to the caller’s door and admitted to hitting her fence.

The citation states that when Howard arrived at Griffith’s residence, Griffith fired a .45 caliber handgun from his porch. Howard took cover and called for assistance, resulting in several troopers responding to assist. Griffith fled into the woods, leaving the handgun on the porch.

Griffith was located after an approximately 45-minute search of the woods behind Griffith’s residence, according to the citation. Griffith would not comply to verbal commands and was tazed by Trooper Craig Miller.

Griffith was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, no registration receipt, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to render aid or assistance, menacing, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Griffith was placed on a $20,000 full cash bond;

* Brian Rose, 45, of Harlan, was arrested Sunday by Harlan City Police Officer Will Pope and charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Rose was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond secured by 10 percent.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com