Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Police Blotter

July 9, 2012

Mercer County Sheriff's Department — June 28-July 3, 2012


June 28

OBSTRUCTING/RESISTING AN OFFICER: Two probation officers reported that a parolee was possibly staying with a convicted felon on Carnation Lane in Princeton. Upon arrival of Dep. W.E. Rose, the probation officers reported that the residents of the home, two females, one a convicted felon, advised them that the male subject in question was at the residence but had left that morning. The officer observed as the male subject in question exited the backdoor of the home. The convicted felon female allegedly advised the officer that she did lie to the officers.

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE: Matthew Furches, 18, of Bratton Avenue was arrested by Dep. J.D. Ellison after the officer learned the suspect was wanted.

June 29

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported that his air compressor was missing from his home on Hall's Ridge Road.

June 30

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Cpl. S.A. Sommers responded to the southbound ramp of Interstate 77 for a motor vehicle accident that had rendered the vehicle inoperable. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver of the vehicle who allegedly advised that he had “too many beers.” The officer had the driver exit the vehicle. The driver allegedly had trouble exiting the vehicle, and allegedly staggered when walking toward the officer. The officer noted a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the driver.  The driver was transported to the sheriff's department to complete three field sobriety tests which he failed. The driver registered a 0.203 BAC. Roderick Billings, 51, of Tazewell, Va. was arrested.

LEAVING THE SCENE (PROPERTY DAMAGE): A female subject reported that her car had been struck by another vehicle while driving southbound on Interstate 77. The vehicle allegedly sped up when the female tried to locate a registration number for the vehicle.

July 1

MISSING JUVENILE: A female reported that her daughter was missing after the daughter missed her 9 p.m. curfew the night before. It was reported that the daughter had gone to the Brush Creek Falls area of Eads Mill Road with her sister and her sister's father but stayed behind with another female and had not been seen since.

July 2

BURGLARY: Dep. D.A. Furches responded to Airport Road where a burglary had already occurred. The male resident of the home reported that his father had noticed the door standing open. The officer observed that the deadbolt lock on the door had been pried open. A shotgun was missing from the home.

July 3

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A male subject reported that someone had damaged his elderly mother's yard and fence on Prudich Street in Montcalm.

GRAND LARCENY: An employee of Eastern Vault Company reported that several batteries were missing from heavy equipment on the property.


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