Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 19, 2014

Princeton Police Blotter April 11-16


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Princeton Police department



April 11

PUBLIC INTOXICATION: Ptlm. J.L. Faris responded to the Sunoco gas station on Mercer Street in reference to an intoxicated person. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the male subject inside the gas station. The officer noted the male subject had the odor of alcohol on his person, his speech slurred, and it appeared the male couldn’t keep his eyes open. The male allegedly reported consuming alcohol “all day.” Barry Farley, 22, of Thomasville, N.C., was arrested.

April 12

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported her vehicle had been damaged on Mercer Street.

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported his wallet was taken from Taco Bell.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (THIRD OFFENSE): While on patrol, Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich observed a vehicle traveling without lights on Rogers Street. The officer followed the vehicle, observing it traveling in the median of the roadway. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle complied. The officer observed the male driver to have the odor of alcohol on his person. The male subject allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol that night. The male subject failed one field sobriety test and refused to complete the other two. The male subject registered a 0.212 blood-alcohol content in testing. Benjamin Anderson, 27, of Princeton, was arrested.

April 13

BURGLARY: A male subject reported unauthorized access to his domicile and that items were missing.

BURGLARY: A male subject reported his residence on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue had been broken into and items were missing.

April 14

BREACH OF PEACE: Lt. B.R. Woodard and Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich responded to First Community Bank in reference to a belligerent customer. The officers arrived and located a male subject smoking a cigarette inside of the building while acting in a belligerent manner. The male subject allegedly continued to act belligerently. Michael McPherson, 62, of Princeton, was arrested.  

April 15

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich was dispatched to Stafford Drive in reference to a hazardous driver. While attempted to locate the vehicle, the officer located a blue vehicle crossing the center line and running off the road on Brick Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle complied. The officer approached the vehicle and observed the male driver’s vehicle to have the odor of alcohol. The male subject failed all three field sobriety tests. The officer observed a half-empty bottle of alcohol in the vehicle and several empty bottles of alcohol in the vehicle. Secondary testing indicated the male subject had a blood-alcohol content of 0.207. Billy Hylton, 37, of Princeton, was arrested.

FOUND PROPERTY: A handgun was located in a safety deposit box at BB&T bank.

April 16

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY; PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported a building on his property had been accessed without permission and a firearm was missing from it.

FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL; NO INSURANCE; DRIVING SUSPENDED: Jerry Billings, 48, of Princeton, was arrested on warrants.



Mercer Sheriff

April 10

WORTHLESS CHECK: Amanda Brown, 36, of Bluefield, turned herself in on a warrant.

BURGLARY; GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported unauthorized access to his residence on Country Girl Road. The case was forwarded to the detective bureau for further investigation.

April 11

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported her vehicle had been damaged on Camellia Drive near Bluefield.

DUI WITH BODILY INJURY; DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER: Dep. J.E. Parks responded to Mercer Mall Road in reference to a vehicle crash. The officer believed one the vehicles involved to be a vehicle sought by police for reported swerving in the roadway. During the officer’s accident investigation, the officer determined one vehicle had been on the wrong side of the road and had struck another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle allegedly in the wrong lane reported swerving to miss a rabbit in the roadway. The officer noted several witnesses reported the vehicle was on the wrong side of the road. The driver of that vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle were transported for treatment. The officer went to the hospital and conducted a field sobriety test on the man, finding his eyes glassy and bloodshot. The male failed the field sobriety test and allegedly was unable to provide a sufficient sample of breath for testing. The officer left the male subject at the hospital for treatment.

CHILD NEGLECT RESULTING IN RISK OF INJURY: Dep. E.P. Parks responded to Middlesex Avenue near Princeton in reference to a toddler being unsupervised in a female’s yard. The officer arrived and was directed to a nearby residence, with the door open. The officer and Dep. J.D. Ellison attempted to locate a resident. A female subject answered the door, appearing to have just woken up. The officers noted the female’s speech was slow and slightly slurred and her eyes very dilated. The officers believed the female to be under the influence of a chemical substance. The female subject attempted to locate the child in the residence before the officers informed her the child was outside. The officers followed the female into the residence, locating a pipe believed to be used for marijuana. The female allegedly became belligerent to the officers when questioned about the pipe. The child was taken into temporary custody by another party. Katrina Toler, 35, of Princeton, was arrested.

PETIT LARCENY; FAILURE TO APPEAR (MISDEMEANOR): Jonathan Comer, 21, of Bluefield, was located and arrested.

FRAUDULENT SCHEMES: Officers learned a male subject had given over $20,000 to another male subject in small withdrawals from a bank.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A male subject reported his vehicle had been damaged on Northview Addition near Princeton.

April 12

BREAKING AND ENTERING; GRAND LARCENY: Dep. E.P. Parks learned a church had been broken into and several items were missing on Airport Road near Bluefield.

April 14

OBTAINING GOODS UNDER FALSE PRETENSES: A male subject reported he had written a check for work that had not been performed.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; RECKLESS FLEEING; FLEEING DUI: While on patrol near Glenwood on WV Route 20, Dep. J.D. Gills observed a vehicle  traveling south on the roadway that went into a ditch and struck a large road. The vehicle then nearly struck the officer’s vehicle. The officer then turned and attempted to initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle allegedly did not comply, allegedly almost striking nine vehicles. The officer then got in front of and stopped the vehicle. The officer noted the male driver did not comply with instructions to turn the vehicle off. The officer pulled the male subject out with an arm bar and placed him in restraints. The male subject then asked what the problem was, informing the officer that he was on his way home and had done nothing wrong. The officer noted the odor of alcohol on the male’s person, the male’s pupils appeared dilated, his speech slurred, and that he appeared anxious. The officer learned the male subject was wanted on a warrant from Tazewell County, Va. The male allegedly admitted to consuming marijuana and Xanax. The male subject failed field sobriety tests. The officer administered a breathlyzer test which did not indicate the presence of alcohol. Joseph Dixon II, 21, of Bluefield, was arrested.

April 16

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A male subject reported items were missing from vacant apartments on Athens Road.