Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 21, 2013

Police blotter - December 22, 2013


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Mercer Sheriff

Dec. 12

WORTHLESS CHECK: Richard Singer, 52, of Rock, was located and arrested on a warrant by Lt. J. Parks.

Dec. 13

BREAKING AND ENTERING: Two subjects, a male and a female, reported their son had broken into their residence in Bluewell. The couple reported cash was missing from the residence. Warrants are pending.

PETIT LARCENY; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: An employee from AT&T reported damage to one of the company's cell phone towers.

WANTON ENDANGERMENT: A male subject reported he had gone to residence on Old Athens Road near Princeton where another male had discharged a shotgun. Dep. H.L. Walters observed a text message sent by the female encouraging the male subject to come to her residence. The officer then located the other male subject who reported seeing the male and the female who sent the text message at the residence being "intimate" with one another. The male then allegedly entered the residence and discharged the weapon away from other residences. Brandon Ball, 28, of Princeton, was arrested.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported her vehicle's back window hand been broken out on Willowbrook Road.

Dec. 15

BREAKING AND ENTERING: An employee of Brown Sack Florist reported cash was missing from the business in Brushfork.

Dec. 16

PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported her cell phone had been stolen while she was at Cheers Bar.

OBSTRUCTING/RESISTING AN OFFICER: During an investigation, Lt. J. Parks and Dep. H.L. Walters located a female subject walking along the side of the road. When the officers spoke to her, she allegedly provided false information about her reason for walking alongside of the road on Duncan Road. The female later allegedly reported seeing the officers and leaving a vehicle in question because she was "scared." Heather Lawrence, 26, of Princeton, was arrested.

VIOLATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDER: Melissa Hernandez, 33, of Bluefield, was located and arrested.



Princeton Police

Dec. 13

PETIT LARCENY; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: An employee of Allens Furniture reported two subjects had taken mattresses from the company's loading dock. Ptlm. J.A. Angle located the subjects at  the Downtown Motel with several mattresses in their room. Allegedly, the subjects reported believing the items were free. The mattresses were returned to the store.

Dec. 14

SHOPLIFTING (FIRST OFFENSE); OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER: Ptlm. D.B. Morey and J.A. Angle responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Family Dollar on Mercer Street. The officers located a male subject matching the description of the shoplifter a short distance away from the store. The officers located merchandise from the store and returned it. Allegedly, the male subject became belligerent and pulled away from the officers while at the police station. Shannon Blankenship, 38, of Princeton, was arrested.

Dec. 16

GRAND LARCENY: An employee of Princeton Community Hospital reported a former male employee had taken several tools from the maintenance department. Warrants are pending.

SHOPLIFTING (FIRST OFFENSE): While on loss prevention duty at Grants Super-market on Athens Road, Sgt. J.D. Halsey observed a female subject attempt to place steaks in her purse to leave the store without paying. Manda Thorne, 19, of Princeton, was cited.

Dec. 17

FLEEING ON FOOT; CONCEALED WEAPON (TWO COUNTS): While on patrol, Lt. T.A. Gray located a male subject looking inside of an apartment building. The officers attempted to speak to the male. Allegedly, the male fled before lying down a short distance away. The male subject allegedly admitted to having two knives on his person. The officer noted the strong odor of alcohol on the male's person. Michael Cottrell, 25, was arrested.

Dec. 18

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (SECOND OFFENSE); DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI (FIRST OFFENSE): POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE; OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER: Ptlm. D.B. Morey, Sgt. D.A. Weatherly, and Lt. E.T. Pugh received notice of a vehicle driving erratically toward Princeton on Courthouse Road. The officers located the vehicle and observed it cross the center line several times while swerving. The officers observed the vehicle making a wide right turn onto Stafford Drive before initiating a traffic stop. The vehicle complied. The officers then approached the vehicle where they smelled the odor of alcohol on the driver's person. The officers observed the driver to have slurred speech, his speech incoherent, and a delay response time. The driver allegedly admitted coming from a bar where he consumed alcoholic beverages. The officers had the driver exit the vehicle. The officers located a pill on floorboard of the driver's seat. The driver allegedly attempted to resist the officers' instructions before being contained by the officers. The officers located eight pills in the vehicle and on the driver. Field sobriety tests were not conducted because the driver was combative. The driver later registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.112. The officers learned the male driver had a previous DUI conviction. Mark Ratliff, 26, of Peterstown, was arrested.

BATTERY: Ptlm. D.A. Weatherly responded to Grants at the Athens Crossroads in reference to an altercation. A female subject reported that another female had struck her when she was returning to her vehicle. The store's management stopped the altercation. The officer observed a cut to the head of the female and red marks on her neck. Witnesses present confirmed the female's report. Nicole Casey, 31, of Princeton, was arrested.

FLEEING FROM AN OFFICER; BATTERY ON AN OFFICER; BREACH OF PEACE; RESISTING ARREST: Lt. E.T. Pugh responded to Hardees in reference to an altercation. Upon arrival, the officer located a female subject, who he was familiar with because she was arrested and released for battery earlier that night. The officer advised the female to leave the area for the night. Allegedly, she became belligerent toward the officer and began screaming. As the officer approached to arrest her, the female allegedly attempted to flee on foot. The female allegedly continued to resist and spat in the officer's face. Nicole Casey, 31, of Princeton, was arrested.