Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Police Blotter

August 11, 2011

Mercer Sheriff — July 23-25, 2011

MERCER SHERIFF

July 23

•    DUI, STOP SIGN VIOLATION: Deputy A.M. Ballard reported seeing a Chevrolet S-10 traveling east on Oakvale Road fail to stop before turning onto Ambrose Lane. The officer followed, as the driver turned onto U.S. 460 East. The officer executed a traffic stop just east of the intersection, noting the odor of alcohol coming from the driver's breath. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety testing and consented to a blood-alcohol test that showed a 0.112 level. Jesse James Redden, 22, of Princeton, was arrested on a charge of DUI. He was also cited for a stop-sign violation.

• BURGLARY: Deputy J.D. Ellison received a complaint at the station regarding an alleged burglary that had already occurred in the Kegley area. The complainant advised that she had been out of town for a while. When she returned, she discovered her Wii game station and games had been taken from the residence. A family friend reportedly checked on the home while she was away. The officer located the items reported stolen at a local pawn shop and identified the person who reportedly pawned them. Warrants were pending.

• SHOPLIFTING: Cpl. S.A. Sommers responded to J.C. Penney in Mercer Mall, where a loss-prevention officer reported seeing a woman conceal three pairs of men's pants and attempt to leave the business without paying for the items. Alisha Ross, 21, of Boissevain, Va., was cited for shoplifting and escorted from the property.

July 24

• RECKLESS DRIVING/DRIVING SUSPENDED, NO INSURANCE: Lt. J.E. Parks responded to a two-vehicle crash on Unity Road. The accused driver reported he lost control of his car and hit the other vehicle nearly head-on. A DMV check revealed that the suspect's operator's license was suspended due to a mandatory insurance violation in January 2011. A check of the car's interior reportedly indicated the strong odor of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including rolling papers, baggies and residual amounts of marijuana. The victim driver reported that the suspect driver had been traveling at a high rate of speed and talking on the phone when he lost control on the wet, slippery road. Heath A. Thompson, 19, of Princeton, was arrested.

July 25

• BREAKING AND ENTERING, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Deputy W.E. Rose received a report that a burglary to an unoccupied structure had occurred on Hinton Road. The complainant advised that the occupants returned home to find someone had broken into the home, knocking holes in the walls, ripping kitchen cabinets from the walls and flipping the stove over.

• PETIT LARCENY: Sgt. S.J. Cary received a report that someone stole Willowbrook Baptist Church offering donations from the treasurer's vehicle sometime on July 24. The complainant advised he stopped at Rite Aid Pharmacy on Morrison Drive to pick up a prescription on his way home. He suspected someone removed the bank bag and offering at that point.

• SHOPLIFTING: Dep. D.A. Furches responded to Four Seasons Pharmacy, where a complainant advised that video surveillance showed a female concealing religious-themed name cards in the store. The video also showed the suspect vehicle, a Chevy Blazer. Store employees identified a possible suspect identity and address by reviewing entries in a give-away registration box located in the store. The officer located the potential suspect at her residence and noted that she appeared to be wearing the same sandals as she was in the store surveillance tape. Marsha Sparks, 47, of Princeton, was cited for shoplifting.

July 26

• ROBBERY, GRAND LARCENY, ATTEMPT TO COMMIT ROBBERY: Deputies G.C. Paitsel and A.M. Ballard responded to Comfort Inn on Ambrose Lane, where a complainant reported that a robbery had just occurred. The desk clerk at the hotel advised that a white male in his 20s, with tattoos on both arms and a dark-colored Mohawk came into the office and demanded money, her cell phone and her car keys. The suspect allegedly told the woman he had a knife and would kill her if she didn't comply. He even reportedly took the handsets from the office phones so the woman could not call 911. The woman complied with the man's demands and later told officers the man had been staying at the hotel.  Giles County, Va., officers located the suspect in their jurisdiction and advised that he crashed a short distance away, near the Celenese Plant in Narrows, Va. Lanny A. Markland, 29, of Nashville, Tenn., was apprehended and charged with robbery, grand larceny and attempt to commit a robbery.

• BREAKING AND ENTERING, PETIT LARCENY: Sgt. S.J. Cary responded to Woody's Maintenance Building on Coal Heritage Road in Bluefield. The complainant advised that someone broke into his maintenance building and stole multiple power tools. The officer examined the scene, noting that someone had forcibly pried the rear side of the door to the building open, gaining entry to the structure.

o    SHOPLIFTING: Cpl. S.A. Sommers and Sgt. S.J. Cary responded to Walmart on Greasy Ridge Road, where a loss-prevention officer reported that two females were detained after allegedly attempting to conceal and steal women's clothing. Melissa Defoe, 36, of Princeton, and Heather Phillips, 33, of Princeton, were cited for shoplifting.

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