MERCER SHERIFF

Aug. 14

• DRIVING SUSPENDED: Dep. J.D. Ellison was patrolling Glenwood Park Road when he reported seeing a black Mustang convertible cross the center line and travel at a high rate of speed. The officer turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver was able to evade the officer. Ellison later spotted the vehicle being driven by the same male. The officer then executed a traffic stop investigation and arrested Casey Gardner, 23, of Princeton , on a charge of driving on a suspended license.

• DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A Crotty Street complainant reported two individuals texted her threatening to key her vehicle if she did not come outside and confront them. The complainant's boyfriend reported he saw the individuals key the vehicle. Dep. J.D. Ellison filed the report and noted that the investigation was ongoing.

Aug. 16

• BREAKING AND ENTERING, PETIT LARCENY: Officers were advised by the Montcalm Police Department that there was a burglary in progress just outside of town limits. Dep. J.D. Ellison responded and observed two males carrying copper wiring and scrap metal out of the basement of the residence. The two men reported they had permission to remove the items, but they could not provide positive information on the owner of the home. One suspect reportedly told the officer he had never seen anyone living inside the house so he didn't think it would be wrong to take the items. Steven Eugene Champ, 36, of Hiawatha, and Timothy Neely, 27, of Matoaka, were arrested.

• DOMESTIC BATTERY: Dep. J.E. Coulter responded to Reese Harmon Road, where a woman reported her husband became upset because the landlord was evicting the couple. He allegedly began destroying the contents of the home and grabbed the woman's pony tail and pulled it during their argument. Coulter and WVSP Troopers C.I. Fields and Workman traveled to the residence in an attempt to locate the suspect. The officers searched the area thoroughly but were not able to locate the man. The woman reported she did not wish to pursue criminal charges.

• DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Dep. G.C. Paitsel talked with a complainant who reported someone threw a rock through the windshield of his vehicles, a Chevrolet Lumina.

Aug. 17

• BREAKING AND ENTERING, PETIT LARCENY: Dep. G.C. Paitsel responded to Days Inn, where a complainant reported someone broke into the storage room behind the pool. A weed eater, hedge trim attachment and a chainsaw were reported missing.

• PETIT LARCENY: A resident of Emma Lane reported someone stole a Craftsman mower from her residence. Dep. D.A. Furches reported he would check local pawn shops to see if the mower had been turned in. The investigation was ongoing.

• BURGLARY: Dep. J.E. Coulter responded to Bent Mountain, where a complainant reported someone broke the rear door of his parents' residence, gained entry to the home, ransacked the residence and took some change from the master bedroom.

• OBSTRUCTING: Dep. J.R. Coburn investigated a destruction of property complaint on Airport Road. When he arrived at the scene, a woman who was believed to be part of the property complaint allegedly became very loud and belligerent. After the officer advised her several times to stop yelling, allegedly to no avail, Tina Santoro, 35, of Bluefield, was arrested on an obstruction charge.

Aug. 18

• FUGITIVE WARRANT: Dep. W.E. Rose arrested Gary Anthony Duncan, 45, of Falls Mills, Va., on a fugitive warrant.

• SEXUAL ABUSE: Det. Cpl. L.B. Murphy attended a forensic interview conducted at Child Protective Services. A 15-year-old female allegedly informed her caregiver that she had been sexually assaulted after a 2008 Halloween party. The young woman reported she did not drink alcohol but had consumed some lemonade at the event. She told investigators she then started to feel funny and went upstairs to a bedroom to rest. There, she allegedly became unable to move or speak clearly. When another teen present reportedly sought help from an adult and then left the room, the girl reported the adult male touched her sexually and attempted intercourse. Other witnesses at the scene at that time confirmed the girl's statements. Murphy noted the investigation was ongoing and that he had not been able to contact the suspect as of last report.

Aug. 19

• DOMESTIC BATTERY: Sgt. S.J. Cary and Senior Dep. W.C. Wilborn responded to Ambrose Lane, here a complainant reported her estranged husband was in her driveway causing a disturbance. The woman reported she and the man had argued and that he grabbed her arm during the altercation. Junior King, 60, of Princeton, was arrested.

• PROBATION VIOLATION: Dep. W.E. Rose arrested Deborah Foddrell, 29, of Bluefield, on a warrant alleging probation violation.

• CAPIAS: Dep. J.D. Ellison attempted a traffic stop involving Roger Ritter, 43, of Matoaka. The officer reported the man did not stop before traveling two-tenths of a mile, but he pulled over at his mother's home and was arrested on an outstanding MCSD warrant.

• DRIVING REVOKED: Dep. J.D. Ellison reported seeing a blue Chevrolet Corsica pull off of Maple Acres Road and onto the lot of Glenwood Mobile Home Park with a fraudulent 9-09 sticker. The officer spoke with the man and indicated he smelled strongly of alcohol. Charles Rhudy Jr., 60, of Princeton, reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving on a revoked license.

• BREAKING AND ENTERING AUTO, PETIT LARCENY: Dep. E. P. Parks responded to Mercer Mall, where a complainant reported someone broke into his vehicle as it was parked outside Lotus Garden and stole the CD player/stereo. Charges were pending.

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