Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 5, 2014

Princeton Police, Mercer Sheriff blotters Dec. 26- Jan 1

Bluefield Daily Telegraph


Dec. 26

• 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.

Dec. 27

• 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.

Dec.  30

• 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.”

Dec. 31

• 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.

Jan. 1

• ATTEMPTED MURDER, DOMESTIC ASSAULT, DOMESTIC BATTERY: Senior Deputy A.M. Ballard responded to Tilley Road, where a complainant advised a man reported his nephew fired a shot toward him. When the officer arrived at the scene, the uncle again told the officer the nephew had fired a double-barrel shotgun toward his head. Ballard reported that he detained the nephew, who reportedly said the altercation was a misunderstanding. The nephew alleged he had secured the gun and loaded it — reportedly to make good on his own threats to commit suicide. However, as he went outside, the suspect allegedly heard his uncle and the suspect's girlfriend and his uncle arguing and took the gun back inside. The suspect alleged his girlfriend struck his arm, causing his finger to slip and pull the trigger during the dispute. Other officers arrived to assist in the investigation. The nephew, Christopher Edward Persiani, 29, of Princeton, was charged with attempted murder, domestic assault and domestic battery.

• DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Sgt. S.J. Cary received a complaint from a Spanishburg man advising someone threw a rock through the window of his vehicle.

Jan. 2

• STALKING:  A Middlesex Avenue woman filed a report that someone appeared to be stalking her. The complainant told Deputy W.E. Rose that she had received two inappropriate notes indicating that someone was watching her while she showered and dressed in the morning. She provided officers with the notes in hopes that fingerprints could be retrieved.


Dec. 27

• SIMPLE POSSESSION, DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Ptlm. D.B. Morey was traveling west on Princeton Avenue when he reported seeing a Chevrolet Caprice traveling with a defective third brake light. The officer initiated a traffic stop. As he approached the vehicle, Morey reported selling a strong odor of marijuana, and the driver allegedly handed the officer a device used to smoke the drug. Curtis Parks, 31, of Princeton, was cited for simple possession and defective equipment.

• DUI: Ptlm. D.B. Morey and Ptlm. J.S. Faris responded to a motor vehicle crash on Morrison Drive, where the driver of a BMW reported he was run off the road and swerved into a ditch. While talking with the man, the officers reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The driver allegedly admitted to drinking earlier in the day. He allegedly failed field sobriety testing and registered a 0.194 blood-alcohol level. Justin Burgess, 25, of Princeton, was charged with DUI.

• PETIT LARCENY: Officers were dispatched to Princeton Health Care Center, where a complainant advised she was using the keyless entry on her vehicle. When she came around the corner, she reported seeing a suspect going through her vehicle. When she confronted the black male, the suspect allegedly fled.

Dec. 28

• FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR OPEN CONTAINER: Eddie Washington, 37, of Princeton, was located walking on Stafford Drive, and was placed under arrest on a warrant alleging failure to appear for open container.

• PETIT LARCENY: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich was dispatched to Danny's Bar on Mercer Street, where a complainant advised his wallet was taken from his back pocket.

Dec. 29

• DOMESTIC ASSAULT, BRANDISHING, MALICIOUS WOUNDING, OBSTRUCTION: Officers responded to a residence on North Wickham, where complainants reported shots were fired. The complainants advised they witnessed the suspect break a window on their residence. When confronted, the complainants said the suspect attempted to hit one of them with her vehicle and fled the scene. While officers investigated, the woman allegedly returned to the original house, removed a knife from the kitchen and threatened one of the complainants again. Shanna Smith, 38, of Princeton, was arrested on the listed charges.

Jan. 1

• BREACH OF PEACE, UNLAWFUL PURCHASE OF BEER: Ptlm. J.A. Angle reported seeing a woman walk town the north alley of Mercer Street, very unsteady on her feet. The officer approached and talked with the woman, at which time, he reportedly smelled alcohol. Victoria Skeens, 19, of Princeton, was arrested on charges of breach of peace and unlawful purchase of beer.

• DUI: Sgt. J.D. Halsey and Lt. T.A. Gray were patrolling the area of Thorn Street and Westview Avenue, when they reported seeing a suspect enter Thorn Street from West view Avenue and cross the center line of the Thorn Street bridge several times. The officers initiated a traffic stop, reporting a strong odor of alcohol on the driver. He allegedly failed field sobriety testing and offered an insufficient sample for a blood-alcohol test. Jimmy Niece, 41, of Knoxville, Tenn., was charged with DUI.