Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Police Blotter

March 27, 2013

Mercer County Sheriff's Department — March 15-20, 2013

— Mercer Sheriff

March 15

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE: Cpl. S.A. Sommers responded to Oakwood Cemetery in reference to a vandalism complaint. Princeton Community Hospital security advised a male and a female subject were desecrating burial plots at the Cemetery. The officer arrived and made contact with the male subject. The officer learned the male was wanted on a warrant from Tazewell County, Va. The officer found no evidence to suggest damage to the plots at the Cemetery. David Cecil, 43, of Princeton, was arrested.

SHOPLIFTING; CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A MISDEMEANOR: Lt. J.E. Parks responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting. Loss prevention officers advised that two subjects, a male and a female, had removed two televisions from the store without paying. Loss prevention reported the next day that the same two subjects had entered the store and had been stopped by loss prevention officers with another cart-full of merchandise. On March 17, loss prevention reported the male subject had returned to the store. The officer learned the West Virginia State Police were also investigating similar incidents involving the same male subject. Upon arrival at Walmart, the officer spotted the suspect vehicle leaving and was able to follow it. He observed that the vehicle appeared to have a defective brake light and initiated a traffic stop. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer observed the occupants of the vehicle acting suspiciously. The officer believed the subjects inside to be hiding stolen merchandise. The officer determined the female subject from the two prior incidents was the passenger in the front seat of the vehicle. The officer, along with Dep. W.E. Rose and Princeton Police Ptlm. R.S. Gibson were able to locate items taken from the store. The male subject allegedly advised that he had taken the items in question from the store without paying. Andrew Janes, 26, of Princeton, was cited. Warrants are pending from the previous two incidents.

March 16

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: A female subject reported her credit card had been stolen and used at several businesses without her permission.

SHOPLIFTING; FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE: Cpl. S.A. Sommers responded to Walmart on Greasy Ridge Road in reference to a shoplifter. In route, the store's loss prevention officer advised he had to stop following the female due to store policy but had watched the female subject he was chasing enter the West Virginia Tourist Information Travel Plaza adjacent to the parking lot. The officer located a female subject matching the description given. The loss prevention officer confirmed that he had been chasing the female. The loss prevention officer advised the officer that the female had been working with a male subject had attempted to leave the store without paying for approximately $1,500 of stolen merchandise. The male subject allegedly was confronted and abandoned the cart he was using and fled. The officer later learned the female subject was wanted on a warrant from Tazewell County, Va. Angela Whited 38, of Ikes Fork, was arrested on the warrant. Warrants are pending for shoplifting changes.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported damage to her vehicle on Zircon Street near Bluefield.

March 17

BATTERY: A female subject reported to Dep. A.M. Ballard that another female subject had repeatedly struck her in the head at Club Minnaj in Oakvale. The female advised that the she had approached the accused to locate a friend. The accused allegedly responded by saying "You know I don't like you" and repeatedly striking the female in the head. The female advised having no prior contact with the accused that night but their were differences between them in the past. Warrants are pending.

BREAKING AND ENTERING; PETIT LARCENY: Dep. G.C. Paitsel responded to Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant in Mercer Mall in reference to a breaking and entering. Upon arrival, the officer and mall security observed damage to one of the restaurant's doors. Later, the officer learned from the owner that several items were missing from the restaurant.

March 18

GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported his all-terrain vehicle was missing from his home on East Second Street in Princeton.

WORTHLESS CHECK: Cara Pendergrass, 26, of Bluefield, was arrested on the listed charge.

WORTHLESS CHECK: Cheryl Morgan, 48, of Wytheville, Va., was arrested on the listed charge.

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Dep. M.S. Horn responded to Old Athens Road in reference to a subject trying to commit suicide by hanging. The officer arrived and made contact with the male subject. His wife advised he had tried to hang himself and when she asked him about had told her to leave the residence. The male subject allegedly grabbed his wife's hair to remove a letter from her hands and had slammed her into a closet door before their daughter separated them.  The officer also located two knives in the male's pockets violating a court order. The male allegedly refused treatment for injuries sustained in his attempted hanging. William Rowe, 42, of Princeton, was arrested. Alleg-edly, while in the patrol car, the male attempted to use restraints to commit suicide before being stopped by the officer.

March 19

WORTHLESS CHECK: Teresa White, 48, of Bramwell, was arrested on the listed charge.

CAPIAS WARRANT (TWO COUNTS): Mandy Blevins, 35, of Princeton, was located and arrested.

WARRANT DELINQUENCY; VIOLATION OF PROBATION NON-STATUS OFFENSE: Mercer County Animal Control officers advised Dep. K.M. Saddler that a male subject was starving his animals on Miracle Mountain Road in Montcalm. The officer determined the male subject was wanted on a warrant and went with Dep. M.S. Horn and the Animal Control officers to the residence. A male subject was arrested and transported to the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center.

VIOLATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDER OF PROTECTION (WARRANT): Louis Belt, 43, of Bluefield, turned himself in on a warrant.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: Tony Underwood, 47, of Princeton, turned himself in on a warrant.


March 20

CAPIAS: James Collins, 30, of Princeton, was determined to be detained in the Potomac Regional Jail and was arraigned by video.


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