MERCER SHERIFF



Feb. 22

• DUI: Sgt. S.J. Cary and Dep. W.C. Wilborn responded to Route 123 to a motor vehicle accident. Emergency personnel reported the driver smelled strongly of alcohol. Brian Strickland, 28, of Bluefield, was transported to Princeton Community Hospital for treatment and cited for driving under the influence.

• WORTHLESS CHECK: Dep. W.E. Rose processed Debra Marie Horeluk, 51, of Princeton, when she turned herself in on a worthless check warrant.

• WORTHLESS CHECK: Jack Craig Woods, 42, of Princeton, turned himself in on a worthless check warrant. Dep. W.E. Rose filed the report.

• DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Dep. D.W. Sparks Jr. responded to Ryan Village, where a complainant reported several scratches and other damage to the driver's side of a vehicle. A Coor's Light can and a vodka bottle were left on top of the car.

• FUGITIVE, DRIVING SUSPENDED, IMPROPER REGISTRATION, NO INSURANCE: Dep. W.E. Rose reported seeing an orange Ford swerving across the yellow line on West Virginia Route 20. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle after the driver turned onto Morrison Drive. A background check reportedly revealed the driver, Tonia Rae Chancey, 37, of Bluefield, to be driving on a suspended license with improper vehicle registration and no insurance. She was also wanted on a warrant in Tazewell County, Va. She was arrested.

Feb. 23

• WORTHLESS CHECKS: Michele Dawn McMillian, 30, of Rock, was arrested on worthless check charges. Sgt. S.J. Cary filed the report.

Feb. 24

• DUI, DRIVING REVOKED: Dep. W.E. Rose reported seeing a silver Honda Accord traveling East on U.S. 460, swerving across both lanes. The officer followed the driver for approximately half a mile and initiated a traffic stop upon deciding something serious was wrong with the driver. Barry Alan Yearout, 28, of Princeton, reportedly provided the officer his insurance card and registration but told Rose he did not have a driver's license. During the investigation, the driver allegedly began crying and told the officer he had only had five beers, was out on bond and didn't want to go to jail. He allegedly failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.170 reading on an intoximeter test. He was charged with DUI and driving on a revoked license.

Feb. 25

• BATTERY: A man reported another man blocked his vehicle, threw tobacco into his truck and spit in his face on the way to work in Oakvale. The complainant reported the suspect also attempted to get him to follow him to another location, allegedly with the intent of doing bodily harm to him. Dep. W.E. Rose filed the report and noted that warrants were pending.

• FORGERY AND UTTERING: Capt. M.L. Gills investigated a report that someone stole and forged checks from a Kegley man while he was in the hospital. The investigation was ongoing.

• ANIMAL CRUELTY: Sgt. G.W. Woods, Det. D.W. Sparks Jr. and an animal control officer responded to Pigshin Ridge Road in Camp Creek, where a complainant reported a possible case of animal cruelty. The suspect, Daniel Dobos, 49, of Camp Creek, reportedly met officers, told them he had killed the dog and directed them to a field where he said they would find it. Investigators located the animal's body and reported it was covered in mud and had blood coming from its mouth and nose. Other reports indicated the suspect had been seen dragging the animal on a chain with his truck. There were tire prints running through the small dog lot, according to Dep. R.M. Combs' report, indicating the suspect may have intentionally run over the dog with a vehicle while it was confined in its lot.

Feb. 26

• DOMESTIC BATTERY: Mercer 911 dispatched Dep. R.M. Combs, Dep. W.E. Rose and Sgt. S.J. Cary to Super 8 Motel, where a physical altercation was reported. A woman at the hotel reported a woman inside the room repeatedly screamed at someone not to raise a fist to her. Officers also reported hearing what sounded like someone getting slapped in a physical struggle inside. The male in the room refused to open the door without a search warrant. Officers opened the door with a key and pushed through the chain lock on the door. The woman inside reported her boyfriend broke her cell phone, pushed her onto the bed and held his hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming. Mark Dwaileebe, 27, of Olean, N.Y., was charged with domestic battery.

• DOMESTIC BATTERY: Sgt. S.J. Cary responded to Breeze Hill, where a physical altercation was reported between a husband and wife. The woman reported her husband pushed her backward into a bathroom and kept her there briefly while he threw her belongings out of the residence. He was allegedly upset because she went out with friends drinking. The husband admitted to putting her belongings outside but said he never touched the woman. Aaron Lee Shrewsbury, 30, of Princeton, was charged.

• PUBLIC INTOXICATION, DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Sgt. S.J. Cary arrested Rebecca Sue Mullins, 33, of Mullens, after a complainant at Matoaka Mountain reported her beating on his door in the middle of the night. The officer reported the suspect appeared intoxicated and told him a subject she could only identify as “Ronnie” left her there.

• BATTERY ON AN OFFICER: A woman at Pauli Heights called Mercer 911 and demanded to speak to Lt. Joe Parks or she would kill herself. Parks wasn't working that night, but Sgt. S.J. Cary and Dep. W.C. Wilborn responded to the residence. They found her extremely intoxicated, lying on the floor of her apartment, talking to 911 on the phone. She reportedly slapped officers as they attempted to help her up. Wanda Sue Raley, 52, of Bluefield, was arrested.

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