• BURGLARY, GRAND LARCENY, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Deputy K.M. Saddler responded to Chicory Road, in Bluefield, where a complainant advised he was watching the home for a friend, who was away for the holidays. Sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 25 and 2:50 on Dec. 26, the complainant advised someone broke a window and removed a TV from the kitchen. When the resident of the home returned, he advised multiple items were removed from the home. The case is pending and has been forwarded to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau.
• SHOPLIFTING: Deputies J.D. Gills and K.M. Saddler responded to Mercer Mall in Bluefield, where a representative of J.C. Penney reported seeing a woman shoplift several items. The loss-prevention manager reported seeing Kandie Porter, 32, of Princeton, conceal several items in a bag and attempt to flee the store. The manager detained Porter in the parking lot and held her in custody, allegedly retrieving more than $174 worth of stolen merchandise. Saddler placed Porter under arrest on second-offense shoplifting and for a fugitive warrant already pending. Wytheville, Va., also reported a warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance.
• PETIT LARCENY: Deputy W.E. Rose received a complaint from a Short Street man advising he had his pistol in his pocket while working on vehicle in his driveway on Dec. 26. An acquaintance visited, and the complainant reported he later noticed his firearm was missing. The complainant advised he had waited a few days to file the report hoping it “would show up.”
• DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Deputy W.E. Rose responded to Colonial Apartments, where a complainant reported someone vandalized her vehicle by placing yellow paint on it. The officer noted it appeared as if the suspect had used a spray can of paint to apply paint from the passenger side, over the trunk and all the way to the driver's-side front.
• DUI, FLEEING POLICE WHILE DUI: While patrolling New Hope Road, Lt. J.E. Parks reported seeing a white Ford truck turn onto the Church of Christ parking lot, across from the Sandstone Park entrance. Keeping an eye on the vehicle, the officer reported he saw it turning tight circles and spinning the tires in the lot. The officer activated the blue lights on his cruiser, and the driver of the truck allegedly exited the parking lot and turned onto Guard Drive. Parks followed the truck onto West Virginia Route 20, noting his cruiser's speed to be 80 mph at one point. The driver ultimately pulled over at Friendly Lane, and Parks ordered the driver from the vehicle. Kenneth “Rusty” Boswell Jr., 19, of Gracie Street, was arrested on charges of DUI and fleeing police while DUI, after allegedly failing field sobriety testing and registering 0.084 in a chemical blood-alcohol test. He was transported to Princeton Police Department for a secondary chemical test, which he allegedly refused upon arriving at PPD. The officer noted that Boswell was very “talkative” while at PPD, telling the officer that he almost outran the cruiser, until he blew up the engine in his truck.