Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Police Blotter

December 7, 2010

Mercer County Sheriff's Department — Nov. 24-30, 2010


Nov. 24

• PETIT LARCENY: A Bluefield woman reported that someone stole several rings from her residence. She advised Dep. J.D. Ellison of a suspect's name and stated that she believed the rings were pawned at a specific shop in Bluewell. Lt. J.E. Parks verified that the individual had pawned several rings at that location, and they were believed to belong to the complainant. A warrant and verification of the rings' identification were pending.

Nov. 26

• SIMPLE POSSESSION OF COCAINE: Dep. J.E. Coulter responded to Club Blue on Airport Road, to assist West Virginia State Police officers who were attempting to break up a gathering that was reportedly becoming unruly. Upon the scene, Coulter observed a silver Buick that was idling near the edge of the parking lot. Coulter approached the scene and observed a black male slumped over the center console of the car. The officer opened the door and reported seeing two empty containers that once held alcohol in the car and two baggies tied that appeared to contain cocaine. The man behind the wheel awakened when the officer opened the door and allegedly told him the baggies that tested positive in a field test for cocaine were his. Gerald E. Craighead, 27, of Bluefield, was charged with simple possession, and the substances were seized and processed as evidence.

• PETIT LARCENY: Dep. J.D. Ellison received a complaint from a man who advised his friend borrowed his laptop computer for a while and did not return it. The complainant believed the computer had been pawned. Ellison located the computer at a pawn shop and returned it to the complainant. Charges were pending against the suspect.

• HIT AND RUN WITH INJURIES: Sgt. G.W. Woods responded to a motor vehicle accident reported at the CVS in Athens. The complainant stated he parked his truck on the lot at approximately 5:35 a.m. and returned to find someone had struck the passenger side of the vehicle. There was white paint left behind in the damaged area of the truck, which included the door, cab corner and bed. No note was left behind at the scene.

• DUI: Dep. J.R. Coburn responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 71, in the Bluewell area. The officer observed a red sedan that was crashed in the road. The driver of the vehicle had already been transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center. The officer talked with the driver at the hospital, verifying that she was the only occupant of the vehicle when it crashed into the embankment. The officer reported smelling alcohol on the woman, and she allegedly told him she had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening. Chelsea Quesinberry, 21, of Bramwell, was cited for DUI, and the case remained under investigation.

• PETIT LARCENY: Lt. J.E. Parks responded to Bulltail Hollow Road, where a complainant reported copper water pipes were stolen from rental property.

Nov. 27

•  DOMESTIC BATTERY: Dep. A.M. Ballard responded to Village Green Mobile Home Park, where a complainant reported she and her ex-boyfriend had argued outside and that he struck her in the face. The officer noticed what appeared to be fresh blood on the front of her white jacket. The woman reportedly declined to pursue charges or to seek a protective order.

• UNLAWFUL WOUNDING: Maj. D.B. Bailey responded to Bluefield Regional Medical Center, where a patient sought treatment for a stabbing wound. The complainant alleged he was asleep in his aunt's mobile home, when his uncle began kicking him in the face and poured beer from a bottle into the complainant's face. The uncle and nephew then began to fight, and the uncle allegedly produced a firearm and threatened the nephew. Another party then reportedly intervened and confiscated the firearm. The uncle then allegedly stabbed the complainant with a pocketknife in the thigh. The complainant also told the officer the uncle accused him of touching a 14-year-old relative on the buttocks. The investigation was pending further information.

Nov. 28

• DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, PETIT LARCENY: Dep. A.M.  Ballard investigated a report of vending machines being broken into at Four Seasons Pharmacy. The officer observed four machines that had been damaged and appeared as though someone had used a pry bar to force entry into the dollar bill acceptor. The officer also investigated three other scenes where similar activity had occurred, including Grant's in Green Valley and Glenwood and Miller's ATV in Bluewell.

• ASSAULT, NEIGHBOR DISPUTE: Dep. A.M. Ballard responded to Hodges Mobile Home Park, where a couple advised the man went next door and asked the neighbors to turn music down. The neighbors allegedly became belligerent and threatened to burn the complainant's home. One of the neighbors also allegedly spat on the complainant. The neighbors alleged that the music was never turned loud at their residence and that there was an ongoing dispute with the complainant. The officer advised the alleged suspects to keep their music to a minimum, and both parties were advised to stay away from each other.

• GRAND LARCENY, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Dep. G.C. Paitsel responded to Days Inn, where a complainant advised someone had stolen a four-wheeler from his trailer while it was parked in the lot there. The vehicle information was entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

• SHOPLIFTING: Sgt. S.J. Cary responded to Belk of Mercer Mall, where a loss prevention officer reported a woman concealed multiple clothing items and attempted to leave the store without paying. The woman was reportedly found to be in possession of items totaling $295.73. She also allegedly confessed to attempting to steal items from K-mart in Bluefield. Lillian M. Stewart, 55, of Princeton, was charged with shoplifting.

Nov. 29

• BREAKING AND ENTERING: Dep. G.C. Paitsel responded to an alarm at Airgas on Country Girl Road and located a window missing from the building. Paitsel requested that Dep. J.D. Ellison and his K-9 partner respond and clear the building. The officers examined the scene and did not locate a suspect.

• BENCH WARRANT: Sgt. S.J. Cary arrested Alicia Jane Bishop, 25, of Lerona, on a bench warrant alleging failure to appear.

• PETIT LARCENY: Sgt. S.J. Cary responded to Walmart on Greasy Ridge Road, where a 73-year-old woman advised someone removed her purse from her shopping cart and stole it. Store personnel contacted an expert to review the surveillance video, and that person located the video that showed a woman remove the purse from the shopping cart and place it inside her purse to conceal it. The video showed the Dodge Dakota truck that the subject left in, and the officer traced the vehicle to the suspect and her boyfriend. The woman, Lahoma Renae Thomas, 34, of Princeton, ultimately confessed to taking the purse, but she told officers she became scared and left the purse inside a dressing room at the store. Walmart personnel located the purse and returned it to the complainant, who advised that nothing was missing from the bag. Thomas was charged with petit larceny.

• BREAKING AND ENTERING, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, PETIT LARCENY: Dep. D.A. Furches responded to a report of vehicle vandalism off of Cricket Street in Nemours. The complainant advised that his wife discovered campers on the property had been broken into and vandalized within the last month. The case was forwarded to the detective bureau.

Nov. 30

• SHOPLIFTING: Sgt. S.J. Cary received a report of a shoplifter at Walmart on Greasy Ridge Road. A loss prevention officer advised that he saw an employee remove merchandise from the store and attempt to leave without paying for it. Once confronted, the suspect allegedly advised he had been stealing from the store for approximately two weeks. Matthew James Wallace, 26, of Bluefield, was cited for shoplifting.


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