Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 28, 2013

Princeton Police Blotters, April 18-25


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Mercer Sheriff



April 18

TELEPHONE HARASSMENT: A male subject at Mercer County Opportunity Industries reported that a former employee had called hundreds of times. Allegedly, during the calls, the male subject could only hear the former employee breathing and cursing.

ASSAULT (TWO COUNTS): Employees of Mountain State Investigation and Security reported that a male subject had called and said he was on his way to the business, located in Athens, with his gun. Allegedly, the male subject’s wife also advised she was going to show up at the business. Warrants are pending.

PETIT LARCENY; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported to Dep. E.P. Parks that her phone was stolen while she managed a family yard sale. The officers were able to track the phone’s location using the Find My iPhone app. Officers followed the signal until the phone was turned off in the area of Vine Street in Princeton. Later, the female subject reported that her phone had been returned to her but that it was destroyed. Warrants are pending.

April 19

BREAKING AND ENTERING: A female subject with Lil Camper Day Care on the Athens Road reported that someone had broken into an outbuilding near the day care center. Dep. J.D. Ellison believed the only items to be missing where a tire and a rim.

April 20

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI: During a patrol on US 19 leaving Princeton, Dep. K.M. Saddler observed a vehicle pull out in front of his police cruiser. The officer noted that he had to use “accident avoidance techniques.” The officer along with Dep. M.S. Horn initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. Upon approach of the vehicle, the officers observed the female driver to allegedly have an odor of alcohol, that her eyes were glassy, and her speech slurred. The officers allegedly observed the female to be unsteady on her feet while awaiting field sobriety testing. The driver allegedly failed four field sobriety tests and registered a 0.113 BAC. Later, the officers learned the female driver had her license revoked for DUI. Mary Woods, 37, of Princeton, was arrested.

April 21

DOMESTIC BATTERY; DOMESTIC ASSAULT; BRANDISHING: A female subject requested to make a complaint about her husband to Dep. C.K. Lester. Allegedly, her husband and previously threatened to take her daughter and leave the country with her. After the male subject fell asleep on the couch, the female attempted to take the daughter into her bed. Allegedly, the husband awakened, discovering the female with her daughter. Allegedly, the husband began striking the female and returned to the bedroom to get his gun. Allegedly, the female saw the man carrying the gun before leaving the home.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A male subject on Mapledale Lane near Princeton reported that one of his vehicle’s tires had been cut.

April 22

BURGLARY (NIGHTTIME); PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported that several items were missing from his residence on Postal Place. The case was forwarded to the detective bureau for further investigation.

April 23

BURGLARY; PETIT LARCENY; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported several items had been stolen from her residence on Youngs Row near Princeton while she spent the winter in Florida.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported that a male subject had put a dent into her car. Warrants pending.

April 24

BURGLARY; CONSPIRACY; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY; OBSTRUCTION: Dep. A.M. Ballard responded in reference to burglary that had just occurred. While in route, the officer located a vehicle matching the description of one that had left the scene of the burglary. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle but let the driver and two passengers go after they claimed not have been to the scene of the burglary. Dep. Ballard along with Dep.W.C. Wilborn and Dep. C.K. Lester then responded to Boxcar Place in reference to the burglary. Two subjects reported that the driver of the vehicle the officer had stopped previous had kicked the door of their mobile home in and broken a window of their vehicle. The officers then located the vehicle again at Breeze Hill Mobile Home Park. Allegedly, the male subject refused to step off the porch to speak to the officer. The officers then removed and arrested him. The two passengers, one male and one female, were also arrested. Jackie Justice, 19, of Princeton, Antonio McLane, 28, of Bramwell, and Contessa Graham, 18, of Princeton, were arrested. Allegedly, while in route, Justice made threats against the male subject whose residence he had damaged and told the female not to speak to the police.

Princeton Police



April 18

PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported that several items had been stolen from her vehicle parked on South Ninth Street.

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported he and his wife’s vehicles had been broken into. Several items were missing from the vehicles.

BURGLARY: A female subject reported that her residence on South Avenue had been broken into and several items were missing.

April 19

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Officers including Ptlm. J.D. Halsey responded to Highland Avenue in reference to a possible narcotics user. Officers traveled to Highland Avenue and located a male subject inside of an apartment. When the male opened the door, the officers observed a baggie containing pills on the table of the residence. Allegedly, the male subject had left the pills on the table of the residence. James Parks, 35, of Princeton, was arrested.

SHOPLIFTING: Sgt. T.A. Gray and Ptlm. B.E. Grimm responded to Kroger on Stafford Drive in reference to a shoplifter. Store security reported that a female subject had taken five items and attempted to leave without paying. Brenda Tapp, 28, of Princeton, was cited.

April 20

ROBBERY (AGGRAVATED); GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported that another male had approached him, pulled out a knife and demanded all of his money before fleeing.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; FAILURE TO SUBMIT/IMPLIED  CONSENT: While on patrol, Ptlm. D.B. Morey observed a vehicle pull into a parking lot on Stafford Drive, a short while later, the vehicle returned to Stafford Drive. When the officer began following the vehicle, the vehicle again pulled off. The officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the driver, the officer observed the odor of alcohol on the female driver’s person. Allegedly, the female admitted to drinking. The officer observed the driver to have bloodshot eyes, droopy eyelids, slow and slurred speech. The female subject allegedly failed three field sobriety tests. The female allegedly then refused to take the portable breathalyzer test and the secondary test. Allison Christian, 36, of Princeton, was arrested.

April 21

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported that a license plate had been stolen from his vehicle parked on West View Avenue.

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Officers responded to a domestic altercation on Mercer Street between two females. Allegedly, the fight began after an argument escalated. Both parties refused to press charges. One of the subjects was a juvenile and subsequently released when the officers learned she lived at another residence. April Johnson, 32, of Princeton, and the juvenile were arrested.

April 22

SHOPLIFTING (SECOND OFFENSE): Ptlm. R.S. Gibson responded to Kroger on Stafford Drive in reference to a shoplifter. Store management advised that a male subject had taken several meat products from shelves and concealed them to leave without paying. The officer spoke with the male subject who allegedly advised, “I was just being stupid.” Henry Stacey, 48, of Princeton, was cited.

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported some of his tools had been stolen from a job site on Stafford Drive.

BURGLARY; GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported several items had been stolen from a residence on Straley Avenue.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A female subject reported minor damage to the drive-thru at Arby’s on Ingleside Road.

April 23

PUBLIC INTOXICATION: Ptlm. R.S. Gibson responded to the Budget Inn on Thorn Street in reference to two subjects being passed out. The officer arrived and spoke to a male and female subject lying around the motel. Both allegedly advised the officer that they didn’t have a place to go. The officer observed the two had several beer cans around them and smelled of alcohol. Patrick Epps, 50, and Loretta Woody, 64, of Princeton, were arrested.

BATTERY: Sgt. T.A. Gray responded to Washington Avenue in reference to an altercation between juveniles. A member of the Princeton Fire Department advised the officers that they had broken up the fight. The case was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported that batteries had been stolen from his vehicle on South Wickham Avenue.

April 25

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Sgt. E.T. Pugh responded to Bluefield Avenue in reference to a disturbance. A female subject reported that her son was in an intoxicated state and she wanted him to leave. The officer advised the male to leave the area. Later, the officer responded to the same residence and observed the male had returned and was allegedly refusing to leave. Jessie Mitchell, 33, of Princeton, was arrested.