Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies, State Police, Bluewell Volunteer Firefighters and a unit of the Bluefield Rescue Squad staged Saturday afternoon at both entrances of the Family Dollar Store at the intersection of Lorton Lick Road and U.S. Route 52, in response to a report of a suspicious object in the parking lot.
At approximately 2:48 p.m., the Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department blocked off the entrance to the parking lot from the Route 52 side while Deputy D.A. Furches secured the area around the object and Trooper B.R. Wood of the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police secured the Lorton Lick Road entrance to the business.
In spite of the frigid temperatures, the units held their positions after contacting the explosive response team in Summersville. The team arrived between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m., and at about 6:10 p.m., blocked traffic on Route 52, and Lorton Lick Road. They also established a perimeter.