Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 8, 2014

Princeton police blotter Jan. 30-Feb. 5


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Mercer Sheriff



Jan. 30

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (FIRST OFFENSE); NO PROOF OF INSURANCE: Dep. W.C. Wilborn was dispatched to Simmons Circle near Princeton in reference to a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, the officer contacted a female subject driving a vehicle that had struck another vehicle. The female allegedly reported leaving a friend's residence and her vehicle had slid down the hill, striking another vehicle. The female also allegedly reported consuming alcohol at the friend's residence. The officer observed the strong odor of alcohol on the female's person and the female appeared unsteady on her feet. The female was unable to produce proof on insurance for the vehicle. The female later registered a blood-alcohol content level of 0.141. LaTonya Smith, 36, of Princeton, was arrested.

Jan. 31

DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI; FAILURE TO PRODUCE LICENSE: Dep. K.M. Saddler, while on patrol, located a vehicle with a defective headlight and a passenger not wearing a safety belt. The officer conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle complied. The driver of the vehicle reportedly advised he did not have a license. The officer confirmed the male driver to have a suspended license. The passenger, Rebecca Meadows, was cited for not wearing a safety belt. Eric Nathan, 30, of Matoaka, was arrested for driving with a revoked license.

Feb. 2

BURGLARY (NIGHTTIME); GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported several items were taken from his residence on Sundial Loop Road near Princeton. The case was forwarded to the detective bureau.

BREAKING AND ENTERING: Employees at Subway near Bluewell reported cash was missing and the store was damaged overnight.  

Feb. 3

BURGLARY; PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported a fire safe box had been stolen from his residence on Pinnacle View Road near Bluefield. The case was forwarded to the detective bureau.

CAPIAS (WORTHLESS CHECK SIX COUNTS): Stephanie Bailey, 35, of Rock, was located and arrest on warrants.

FRAUDULENT USE OF ACCESS DEVICE: A female subject reported money was being taken from her mother's bank account without her mother's permission.

Feb. 4

SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA; POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Ruth Marshall, 37, of Bluefield, turned herself in on warrants.

SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA; OBSTRUCTING/RESISTING AN OFFICER: While on routine patrol, Dep. D.A. Furches observed a vehicle parked in a high drug trafficking area on Blue Prince Road. The officer observed as the female driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and put the hood up. The officer spoke to the female who advised her vehicle was overheating. The officer requested the female provide him with identification. As the female attempted to retrieve the identification from the vehicle the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer explained he smelled marijuana to the female. Allegedly, she turned away from him where the officer could not see her hands. The officer drew his weapon and instructed the female to show her hands. The female complied and was placed in mechanical restraints. Allegedly, the female was attempting to retrieve a bag with two pills and a substance believed to be marijuana. The officer also located several items that appeared to belong to another female. The female driver allegedly advised that she had not seen the other female. After a few minutes of questioning, the female driver allegedly admitted that another female had fled as soon as the officer arrived on scene. The other female was later located by an officer from the West Virginia State Police in a nearby trailer park. The other female also reportedly advised she had taken several narcotics. Jennifer Miller, 27, was arrested for possession of marijuana and obstructing/resisting. Mary Mullins was arrested on several warrants.

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported the tailgate had been stolen from his vehicle near Rock.

PUBLIC INTOXICATION: Dep. K.M. Saddler responded to Campestre Bar and Grill near Princeton in reference to an intoxicated female "beating on" cars in the parking lot. Upon arrival, two subjects reported observing a female strike a vehicle. An employee requested the female be escorted from the premises. The officer located the female in the restaurant and observed her to have bloodshot eyes, the strong odor of alcohol on her person, and to be speaking incoherently. The officer noted the female could barely stand. The female was searched by another officer and transported to the Sheriff's Department. The female registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.279 in portable breathalyzer testing. The officer requested the female be transported to Princeton Community Hospital because of a high blood-alcohol content, the possibility of medication intake, as well as suicidal idealizations.



Princeton Police



Jan. 30

CAPIAS (FAILURE TO APPEAR): Nicole Southern, 29, of Princeton, turned herself in on a warrant.

Jan. 31

POSSESSION OF A COUNTERFEIT NOTE: A cashier at Family Dollar reported to Ptlm. J.L. Faris that a male subject had attempted to use three counterfeit $20 bills. The officer spoke to the male subject who reported he couldn't remember where he got the money from. The officer then arrested the male, locating another counterfeit bill on his person. The male's wife couldn't remember where he got the bills. The officer then transported the male to the police department. The male reported a medical issue and was transported to and released by the Princeton Community Hospital. John Overbay, 63, of Princeton, was arrested.  

FAILURE TO APPEAR; DRIVING SUSPENDED; FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE: Basil Bennett, 24, of Princeton, turned himself in on multiple warrants.

Feb. 2

DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI: During a traffic stop, Ptlm. J.A. Angle determined a female driver had a revoked license. Melva Proffitt, 45, of Lashmeet, was arrested.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY; ENTERING WITHOUT BREAKING (THREE COUNTS); GRAND LARCENY: Several residents near 12th Street reported their vehicles had been broken into and several items were missing.

PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported that money had been taken from her purse at her residence on Straley Avenue.

ENTERING WITHOUT BREAKING; PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported her vehicle, parked on Olive Street, had been broken into and cash was missing from inside.

Feb. 3

FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR DUI: John Lilly, 55, of Princeton, turned himself in on a warrant.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Ptlm. J.E. Malm responded to an accident on Courthouse Road. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver of one of the vehicles involved. The officer observed the male's speech to be slurred and the odor of alcohol appeared to be coming from his person. The male allegedly admitted to having four beers that night. The male was transported to Princeton Police Department for field sobriety testing because of adverse weather conditions. The male failed all three field sobriety tests. The officer then arrested Ethan Reece, 23, of Princeton. Later, Reece registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.173 in testing.  

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY; PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported her vehicle, parked at the Princeton Health and Fitness Center, had been broken into and her purse was missing.

FAILURE TO APPEAR (THREE COUNTS); DRIVING REVOKED (TWO COUNTS); IMPROPER REGISTRATION: Lonnie Christian, 23, of Princeton, was located and arrested on warrants.

Feb. 4

FAILURE TO APPEAR; DRIVING SUSPENDED; NO SEATBELT: Brandon Cosby, 29, of Princeton, turned himself in on warrants.

FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR DRIVING SUSPENDED: Brandon McBride, 25, of Pipestem, was located and arrested on a warrant.

Feb. 5

GRAND LARCENY: A female subject reported several of her rings had been stolen from her residence on Stafford Drive.

BREACH OF PEACE: Ptlm. D.B. Morey responded to Budget Inn on Thorn Street in reference to an unwanted guest. Upon arrival, the officer located a male subject. The officer noted the male was intoxicated. The officer asked the male if he had anywhere to go. Allegedly, the male subject replied, "we're getting ready to roll, my ass is going to jail tonight." Alvin Wise, 50, was arrested.