Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Police Blotter

October 1, 2012

Mercer County Sheriff's Department —Sept. 21-26, 2012


Sept. 21

BREAKING AND ENTERING; GRAND LARCENY; RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY: A male subject reported that someone broke into his father's out building, removed items and sold them as scrap metal.

OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENSES: A female subject reported a male subject had agreed to sell her a tractor, received the payment and not turned the item over to her.

BURGLARY; GRAND LARCENY: A female subject reported someone had entered her home and stolen various pieces of jewelry.

Sept. 22

PETIT LARCENY: A male subject reported his utility trailer had been stolen from behind a place of business in Bramwell.

GRAND LARCENY: Dep. E.P. Parks learned a car was stolen from the parking lot of Mercer Mall near Roses.

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Dep. J.E. Coulter and K.M. Saddler responded to C&J Market in Lashmeet after it was reported a 21-year-old male was violent inside the store. After detaining the suspect, he allegedly made statements about suicidal thoughts. His father came on scene and advised the officers that the male was mildly mentally handicapped. The father advised the family including the suspect had just returned from a cruise and the male had become violent on the way to Matoaka. He allegedly struck his sister and was thrown from the car. The male was transported to get evaluated medically. The officer reported the incident to the Child Protective Services hotline.

Sept. 23

PERMITTING DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER; UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL: Dep. C.K. Lester and G.C. Paitsel responded to North State Street in Athens in reference to a vehicle that had struck a car and a house. The officers located the driver, who reported that a friend was driving the car and had fled the scene. The officers noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the owner of the vehicle. The owner allegedly denied having any that night and allegedly stated he was 20. The officers advised they could smell alcohol on the male. The owner then allegedly advised he had an alcoholic beverage. He was then cited for underage consumption and obstructing an officer. The driver of the vehicle then returned to the scene and was arrested for DUI after failing two field sobriety tests. The driver failed to give a sufficient sample for a breathalyzer test three times. The officers then arrested the owner of the vehicle for permitting a DUI. John Niznik Jr., 20, of Athens and Ninde, Va., and Ryan Jeffrey, 20, of Athens, were arrested.

Sept. 24

GRAND LARCENY: A male subject reported his truck was missing from his residence near Bluewell.

CAPIAS: Willie Norris, III, 30, of Matoaka was arrested after he turned himself in.

BREAKING AND ENTERING; PETIT LARCENY: Dep. W.C. Wilborn and G.C. Paitsel learned a male subject had smashed the window of the Glenwood Country Store on Maple Acres Road and stolen cigarettes from behind the counter.  

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Dep. C.K. Lester responded to the Emergency Room of Bluefield Regional Medical Center for a female that had been sexually assaulted. The female stated that she had been picked up along U.S. 52 by a male subject after she left Full Rack. The male allegedly stuck a knife to the female's throat and assaulted her. The officer noted the female did not provide any details of the crime. The officer also noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the female's breath. She allegedly became belligerent and requested to leave the hospital. The female also allegedly told a bartender that she already had her husband arrested that night and showed him a scar as evidence of the assault. The female also refused the sexual assault testing procedure until her husband arrived at the Emergency Room. The information obtained from the procedure was forwarded to the State Police Crime Lab.

Sept. 25

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE: Matthew Blevins, 34, of Princeton was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Tazewell County, Va.

BENCH WARRANT: Charles Stillner, 37, of Falls Mills, Va., was arrested on a bench warrant after he was located.

POSSIBLE BREAKING AND ENTERING; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Dep. K.M. Saddler noted that he could not tell what was damaged or stolen from an abandoned residence on East Circle Drive in Princeton.

Sept. 26

PETIT LARCENY; OBTAINING GOODS UNDER FALSE PRETENSES: A male subject reported another male had stolen his truck battery and returned it to the store, forging the male's name to receive a refund. The suspect in this case is in jail in Tazewell County, Va., on another charge.

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