(11/16/2009)
MAN RUNS DOWN EXOTIC DANCER - Mingo County authorities have charged a 21-year-old Man resident with the weekend murder of a male exotic dancer, who had performed at Club 2000 in Justice the night before.

Tommy "Blaine" Vance, 21, of Man, reportedly struck Jason Scott, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. around 3:15 a.m. with his truck.

Mingo County Sheriff's Department said Vance confronted Scott over a girl after Scott's strip performance.

Vance, according to authorities identified himself as a State Police officer, showing Scott a fake policeman's badge.

Police said he displayed a .22 caliber rifle.

The club's security broke-up the argument with Vance leaving the parking lot in his truck. Police said he circled the club and struck Scott with his truck, dragging him about 25 feet.

Vance then fled the area, but returned, driving by the club as police were investigating.

Officers apprehended Vance after a short pursuit.

Officer Larry Thomas explained that evidence of the crime, including blood, tissue and brain matter was found on Vance's vehicle, as well as the loaded rifle.

Thomas also said that police have a surveillance video.

Vance has been charged with first-degree murder, fleeing, brandishing a deadly weapon, impersonating a police officer and seven counts of obstructing.

BECKLEY STABBING - Beckley police say a woman was stabbed during a domestic dispute over the weekend.

The woman first alleged she was stabbed by an unknown white male who fled the scene, but later admitted to police that it was her boyfriend, Joe Edward Jones, 43, of Beckley, who stabbed her.

The woman was taken to Raleigh General Hospital.

Jones was charged with unlawful wounding and was being held at Southern Regional Jail on $20,000 bond. If convicted, he could face one to five years in prison.


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