Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 27, 2014

Preliminary hearing set for man charged with fatally shooting dog

BLUEFIELD — A Bluefield man, Lorenzo Valentine, 36, is scheduled to appear on July 1, before Mercer County Magistrate Susan Honaker on charges stemming from the shooting death of a German shepherd on Preston Street Tuesday night.

Valentine appeared on Wednesday before Magistrate Michael Flanigan who set his bail at $20,000 all cash. He is charged with one count of cruelty to animals, 8 counts of wanton endangerment and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Lt. D.A. Pennington of the Bluefield Police Department.

“We have conflicting stories on what happened,” Pennington said. “One story was that the dog was running loose and chased a little girl who climbed a fence and cut her leg,” Pennington said. “There is a different story of events that will probably come out during the trial.”

Pennington said that Patrolman A.L. Crook is investigating the case. “He has sent all of the evidence that he collected up to the State Crime Lab in Charleston,” Pennington said.

Patricia Valentine, Lorenzo’s mother, said that her 16-year-old granddaughter, “has more than just a cut on her leg.” She said that her granddaughter was transported to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center where she was treated, given crutches and given pain medication.

“There is constant problems with that dog,” Patricia Valentine said.

Crook was off shift and unavailable for additional comment.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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