Staunton man arrested after traffic stop
During a random traffic stop Wednesday morning, a Staunton resident was allegedly discovered to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana and had warrants in two counties.
According to the Clay County Sheriff's Department, a deputy initially took Mark E. Williamson, 47, into custody when it was discovered he was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants in Clay and Putnam counties.
The Clay County warrant was issued Nov. 5, 2008.
According to court records, Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers issued the warrant against Williamson after failing to appear for sentencing proceedings as part of a plea agreement for a class B misdemeanor public intoxication charge.
Records at the Putnam County Courthouse show that on Nov. 18, 2008, Superior Court Judge Charles D. Bridges issued a warrant for Williamson's arrest when he failed to appear for court proceedings as part of a change of plea agreement in a case involving class D felony non support of a child case.
Williamson was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on new preliminary charges of possession of marijuana under 30 grams and paraphernalia offenses and the two warrants.
According to jail officials, Williamson has appeared via video conference for a probable cause hearing to remain incarcerated for the Clay County arrest warrant. He is expected to appear in court for the new charges Friday.
Local officials confirm Putnam County authorities have been notified of Williamson's arrest and he will be transferred into their custody after court proceedings are concluded in Clay County.