The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 14, 2014

Reality TV star arrested

By Cody Neff
Register-Herald Reporter

— A star of the hit reality show “Appalachian Outlaws” has been arrested on charges of carrying a gun and for an outstanding assault warrant.

Ron McMillion was arrested March 6 for unlawful possession of a firearm and an outstanding assault warrant from Pocahontas County.

State Police ran into McMillion during their investigation into the recent disappearance of Dee Ann Keene of Renick.

According to the criminal complaint against McMillion, a witness said she and another person were at McMillion’s house with Keene. The witness says she believed McMillion was drinking or using drugs and that he was so impaired she didn’t think he could stand up.

The complaint also states that she says she heard McMillion say, “I’m gonna kill you, you f****** b****.”

The criminal complaint says McMillion had a white pistol that he handed to Keene to shoot. He then shot the gun near Keene’s head, close enough for the passing round to ruffle her hair.

After the shot, two witnesses say they left because McMillion was “acting crazy.” They say they tried to get Keene to leave, but she didn’t, the complaint states.

After reviewing McMillion’s criminal record, police say they found he isn’t allowed to possess a firearm because of previous felony arrests and convictions.

McMillion was arrested for robbery, grand larceny, burglary and intent to murder on May 28, 1978.

The event with the gun took place at McMillion’s home on Leonard Long Road in Greenbrier County. Police say this was the last time Keene was heard from.

“We didn’t arrest him on charges due to (Keene’s) disappearance,” Lewisburg State Police 1st Sgt. D.L. Bowles said. “He is a person of interest. He is not in jail right now. He's out on bond.

“He was arrested on unlawful possession of a firearm and then he also had an assault warrant from 2012 in Pocahontas County. That's why he was arrested.”

Bowles said this type of investigation takes time.

“We're getting leads routinely,” he said. “This is still an active ongoing investigation with a lot officers putting in time. If anyone has information we'd hope they'd contact us.”

If you have any information about Dee Ann Keene’s whereabouts or her disappearance, call the Lewisburg State Police at 304-647-7600. Cpl. H.F. Blevins is leading the investigation.

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com