Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 19, 2014

Princeton Police, Mercer Sheriff blotters Jan. 9-15


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Mercer Sheriff



Jan. 9

PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported her vehicle registration had been taken from her vehicle while it was parked at Rosies in Bluewell.

CAPIAS: Sarah Hazelwood, 22, of Princeton, turned herself in on warrants.

GRAND LARCENY: A female subject reported her car had been stolen from Strawberry Loop Road near Princeton.

NIGHTTIME BURGLARY: Officers responded to a burglary in progress on Christopher Avenue near Princeton. Officers followed tracked several leads but were unable to locate the suspect.

BURGLARY: A male subject reported several items were stolen from his residence on Webster Street near Princeton.

FAILURE TO APPEAR (TELEPHONE HARASSMENT); FAILURE TO APPEAR (PROBATION REVOCATION): Robert Whitlow, 41, of Princeton, was located and arrested on warrants.



Jan. 10

BREAKING AND ENTERING TO AUTOMOBILE; PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported a handgun and currency were taken from his vehicle on Oasis Court near Princeton.

BURGLARY: A male subject reported several items were missing from his residence on Mount Olive Road near Lashmeet.



Jan. 11

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Officers responded to Caldwell Street in Athens in reference to a domestic battery. Upon arrival, officers including Dep. J.D. Ellison located a female subject lying on the floor without clothes. The female appeared dehydrated and had several bruises on her body. The officers observed that she could not walk on her own. The female indicated that a male subject living at the residence had caused her injuries. The officers spoke to the male subject noting the male subject was "not in his right mind." The male also allegedly reported the 83 year old female to be his daughter and requested the officers and emergency workers to leave the residence. The officer noted the case was an "obvious domestic battery" but did not believe the male could be prosecuted because of his mental state. The case was referred to the prosecuting attorney for further advice.



Jan. 15

BREAKING AND ENTERING OUTBUILDING; GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported several items were taken from an outbuilding on his property on Camp Creek Road in Camp Creek. Follow up from the Detective Bureau was requested.



Princeton Police



Jan. 9

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: OXYCODONE: Lt. T.A. Gray responded to the intersection of Princeton Avenue and South Second Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer located an SUV with two male subjects "passed out" inside. The vehicle was sitting in the intersection, running and in gear. The officer placed the vehicle in park and turned off the ignition. The officer then spoke to the driver. The officer asked the male to exit the vehicle, noting that he had to use the officer's vehicle for support. The male driver denied drinking but reported taking medication for his back. The officer noted the male had problems keeping his balance and was falling asleep on his feet. The officer determined the male to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The officer did a search of the male locating two pills believed to be oxycodone. Stephen Reed, 25, of Coal City, was arrested.



Jan. 10

OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER: During a follow-up investigation, Ptlm. J.A. Angle observed a male subject he knew to live in the residence he needed to follow up with walking down Wickham Avenue. The officer asked if a male subject was at the residence and the subject replied in the affirmative. The officer arrived at the residence and was advised the male subject he needed to talk to had left, walking with a cane. The officer located the same male subject from before who allegedly told a neighbor the law was after him. The officer spoke with the male subject who allegedly admitted to lying about his identity because he was scared. Benny Lester, 55, of Princeton, was arrested.

SIMPLE POSSESSION: During an investigation, Ptlm. J.L. Faris located a male subject with a gun enclosed in a cell phone case on his belt and a leafy, green substance believed to be marijuana in his pocket. The male allegedly admitted that he did not have a concealed weapons permit. Lee Jenkins, 33, of Princeton, was arrested.



Jan. 11

AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Officers responded to Rogers Street in reference to a male subject driving erratically. The officers arrived and located a male subject driving left of center on the street. The officers initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle complied. The officers observed the odor of alcohol on the male driver's person when they attempted to speak to him. The driver allegedly admitted to having four beers during the night. The driver allegedly failed three field sobriety tests. Chemical testing showed the male subject to have a 0.168 level of blood-alcohol content. Christopher Riffe, 26, of Kegley, was arrested.



Jan. 13

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (SECOND OFFENSE): During a patrol, Ptlm. D.B. Morey observed a male subject driving a truck to perform an erratic turn on to Courthouse Road from Stafford Drive. The vehicle allegedly was traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed the center line. The officer then initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle complied. The officer spoke to the driver and noted his eyes appeared bloodshot and an open case of beer in the back seat. The driver allegedly admitted to drinking during the night. The driver allegedly failed three field sobriety tests. The male subject allegedly refused chemical testing. The male also had a previous conviction for DUI in 2009. Lewis Rochester, 29, of Princeton, was arrested.

SHOPLIFTING: Ptlm. R.S. Gibson responded to Kroger in reference to a detained shoplifter. Upon arrival, store management reported witnessing a female subject placing items in her purse in an attempt to leave the store without paying. Four items were located in the female's purse. Shannon Lilly, 22, of Hinton, was arrested.

SHOPLIFTING: A female employee of Dollar General on Mercer Street reported a female subject had taken two items from the store without paying.



Jan. 15

AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Lt. E.T. Pugh and Ptlm. J.L. Faris were on patrol when they observed a vehicle traveling in the turn lane of Stafford Drive. The vehicle in question also did not activate its headlights. The officers initiated a traffic stop on Courthouse Road and the vehicle complied. Upon speaking to the driver, the officers observed the odor of alcohol on his person. The male driver allegedly admitted to having seven beers. The male subject allegedly failed two field sobriety tests. Chemical testing showed the male's blood alcohol content to be 0.166. Jeffrey Weaver, 44, of Bluefield, was arrested.