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Princeton Police Department — Feb. 28-March 5, 2013

Princeton Police Department

Feb. 28

BURGLARY: Lt. B.R. Woodard and Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich learned a television was missing from a residence on Shelton Lane.

SHOPLIFTING: Ptlm. R.S. Gibson responded to Big and Small Lots located on Stafford Drive in reference to a shoplifting. Store management advised three males had taken several Blu-Ray discs without paying.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Ptlm. D.B. Morey and B.E. Grimm responded to the intersection of North Walker Street and Low Gap Road in reference to an accident. The officers were advised that one of the parties involved may try to leave the scene. The officers also learned that subject had reported to be on bond. The officers arrived and noted the subject, a male, had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Three females in the other vehicle in the accident reported the male had struck their vehicle. The officers transported the male subject from the scene due to weather conditions for field sobriety tests. The male subject failed the tests. The male also allegedly advised that he had tried to read a text message and hadn't made the proper angle for the turn. The male registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.097. Timothy Stewart, 39, of Princeton, was arrested.

March 1

OPEN CONTAINER: While on a traffic stop, Ptlm. B.E. Grimm located a passenger with an open container of alcohol on his lap. Ricky Matthews, 49, of Princeton, was cited and released.

BATTERY; ROBBERY: A male subject reported his son had cell phone taken on his way home from school.

March 2

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; DISORDERLY CONDUCT; OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER: Sgt. T.A. Gray, Ptlm. J.D. Halsey and B.E. Grimm responded to reports of an intoxicated female at Danny's Bar on Mercer Street. The officers learned the female had since gotten into a car and pulled onto South Ninth Street. The officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Harrison Street. The female allegedly stumbled out of the vehicle and granted permission for the officers to search the vehicle. The officers asked the female's name. She allegedly responded by saying, "It's my son's birthday at Campestre's." The female allegedly advised the officers that she was on her way back from her son's birthday party at the restaurant. The officers asked if she had been drinking. She allegedly replied that she had not and was "not a bad person." The female advised that she would be unable to perform field sobriety tests because of a medical condition. Samantha Oxendine-Rivera, 43, of Princeton, was arrested.

March 3

DOMESTIC BATTERY; BATTERY; BATTERY ON A POLICE OFFICER: Officers including Sgt. E.T. Pugh responded to Mercer Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. Allegedly, a male subject had followed his girlfriend into the bedroom of an apartment and struck her several times. He also allegedly struck another male at the home. Later, officers located the male on Bee Street. The male allegedly refused to show his hands to the officers and to terminate a phone call. When the officers tried to take custody of the male, he allegedly struck an officer with his fist. David Blankenship, 20, of Princeton, was arrested.

DRIVING REVOKED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE WITH INJURY; LEAVING THE SCENE WITH DAMAGE; FAILURE TO GIVE INFORMATION AND RENDER AID; FAILURE TO REPORT ACCIDENT: Ptlm. R.S. Gibson responded to Wickham Avenue in reference to an accident. A couple reported a vehicle had crossed the center line and struck their vehicle. The officer observed damage consistent with that explanation on the vehicle. Later, officers with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department reported a female subject with her husband had tried to turn themselves in for the hit-and-run. Upon arrival, the female allegedly stated "It was me. I'm the one you're looking for." She allegedly had taken her husband's vehicle without his permission. Crystal Gore, 34, of Bluefield, was arrested.

BURGLARY; PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported items were missing from her residence on East Drive.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Sr. Ptlm. J.D. Halsey and Ptlm. D.B. Morey responded to Highland Avenue in reference to a male that had overdosed on medication. The officers arrived and noted the male was unresponsive and barely breathing. The officers located several pills and reported the incident to the West Virginia State Police after learning the male subject was a sex offender. The male was transported to Princeton Community Hospital for treatment.

PETIT LARCENY; BURGLARY: A female subject reported returning to her apartment on Mercer Street to find it in disarray and that items were missing from it.

March 5

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Sgt. T.A. Gray and Sr. Ptlm. J.D. Halsey responded to Mercer Street in reference to a male subject drinking a beer on the street. The officers arrived and observed the male subject drinking beer. The male allegedly became belligerent when the officers approached him. Alvin Wise, 49, of Bluefield, was arrested.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI: Sgt. T.A. Gray responded to Beckley Road in reference to a possible DUI. The officer located the vehicle in question and observed as it crossed the center line, swerve back into its lane, and narrowly avoid crashing into a ditch. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The officer noted that the male was slow to respond to commands and had a hard time standing up. The subject allegedly refused to perform field sobriety tests and to provide a breath sample. Officers later learned his driver's license was revoked in Virginia. The officer noted that the male had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. John Stocksen, 42, of Bluefield, was arrested.

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