Princeton Police blotter...

February 21

OBSTRUCTION (KANAWHA CAPIAS): Ptlm. S.W. Owens observed a vehicle in the area of Princeton Avenue to have a W. Va. registration with a Va. inspection sticker. Owens then conducted a traffic stop in the area of Ingleside Road by the Chuck Mathena Center. The driver, Tiona Rowe, 28, of Bluefield, was found to be wanted out of Kanawha County for obstruction. Rowe was also issued two citations for driving suspended and improver MVI. Rowe was transported to the police department for processing.

February 23

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich was dispatched to Princeton Community Hospital in reference to an individual acting disorderly. Once on the scene, Leftwich spoke with employees that stated the suspect, Randall Browning, 42, of Princeton, was acting oddly. Browning stated he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Once discharged from the hospital Browning was placed under arrest for warrants out of Tazewell County.

February 24

WARRANT SERVICE: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich observed a maroon Cadillac SUV in the area of North 7th Street driving without the headlights on. Leftwich then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver who stated that he had drunk some before driving. Leftwich then asked Steptoe to step out of the vehicle to perform a field sobriety test to which he did and showed no signs of impairment. The passenger, Jessica White, 37, of Spanishburg, was wanted out of Mercer County for a domestic battery charge. White was placed under arrest and transported to the police department for processing.

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE X2: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich executed warrants on Roger Lee Thornton, 42, of Princeton, in the area of West View Avenue. After being transported to the Princeton City Police Department Thornton complained of arm pain where he was seen by the Princeton City Fire Department for treatment. Thornton was then transported to Princeton Community Hospital by the Princeton Rescue Squad. After being discharged he was transported to Southern Regional Jail.

FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, POSSESSION WITH INTENT SCHEDULE I (MARIJUANA), POSSESSION WITH INTENT SCHEDULE II (COCAINE), POSSESSION WITH INTENT SCHEDULE II (METH-AMPHETAMINE): Sgt. E.C. Nunn was patrolling the area of Church Street when he observed a silver ford mustang. Nunn then ran the vehicle’s registration and discovered that it had expired in 2019. Nunn then lost sight of the vehicle before locating it in the area of Low Gap Road. After initiating his emergency blue lights the vehicle came to a stop in a nearby driveway. As Nunn approached the driver attempted to step out of the vehicle where they were ordered to remain inside. Nunn then asked for the driver’s license to which they were hesitant to provide and stated that he did not want to go to jail. The driver was detained and identified as Robert David Hairston, 49, of Princeton. Nunn then conducted an officer safety pat-down of Hairston’s person. Due to his hesitant behavior, Nunn deployed K9 unit Tax to perform an open-air sniff around the vehicle. As Tax smelled around the vehicle he indicated the presence of narcotics. Taz then gave a final indication on the vehicle’s passenger door. While searching the vehicle Nunn located a black leather case in the passenger seat. In the case was a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver with five bullets inside. Under the case was a cloth bag with eight packages which some were in cigarette boxes. The packages contained controlled substances. These substances included 21.5 grams of a crystal substance consistent with methamphetamine, two clear plastic bags containing 0.7 grams and 1.0 grams of a hard white rock substance consists with crack cocaine, one clear plastic bag containing 2.7 grams of a hard gray rock-like substance constant with crack cocaine, three clear plastic bags containing 1.5 grams, 4.1 grams, and 2.2 grams of a green least substance consistent with marijuana. Nunn then finished searching the vehicle and checked to see if the vehicle had valid insurance. Nunn was unable to find any type of insurance for the vehicle. Nunn then conducted a search of Hairston’s person and located $290 in U.S. Currency. Hairston was then placed under arrest and transported to the police department for processing. Hairston’s criminal history includes several felony convictions with the most recent in Tazewell County on 3-16-17. Hairston’s revoked license on 7–24-13.

February 27

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY, FLEEING ON FOOT: Ptlm. W.W. McGuire responded to the area of Bee Street in reference to a report of a male attempting to break into a residence. Mercer 911 advised that the caller advised the suspect was wearing a light grey sweatshirt and a pair of black sweat pants. McGuire observed a male fitting the description in the alleyway between Stafford Drive and Princeton Avenue. As McGuire attempted to make contact with the individual he began fleeing on foot through several yards through towards Princeton Avenue. McGuire pursued him for a distance ordering him to stop and was able to apprehend him after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was identified as Kevin Mills, 28, of Parkersburg. The complainant informed McGuire that Mills had attempted to scale his neighbor’s fence into his back porch area. Mills was transported to the police department for processing.

SIMPLE POSSESSION (SUBOXONE), SIMPLE POSSESSION (HEROIN), DRUG PARAPHERNALIA X2: Ptlm. W.W. McGuire responded to the area of Southern Highlands in reference to a report of a male showing signs of an overdose. Once on the scene, McGuire made contact with the male, William Dunnigan, 42, of Princeton. While speaking to Dinnigan McGuire observed him appear to be under the influence of heroin. He stated that he had used heroin a short time earlier. McGuire then conducted a search of Dunnigan and his girlfriend, Tonya Smith, 35, of Rock, to which he found an unused Suboxone strip on the male and a small plastic container with brown powder consistent with heroin on Smith. After searching the vehicle McGuire found numerous items of drug paraphernalia including a hypodermic syringe and a metal spoon with white residue. Both individuals were taken into custody and transported to the police department for processing.

February 28

SEAT BELT, OBSTRUCTING, SIMPLE POSSESSION: Sgt. F.L. Faris was in the area of South Wickham in Princeton when he observed a black Kia SUV with the driver not wearing a seat belt. Faris then conducted an emergency traffic stop near the area of Brick Street and made contact with the driver, Frank Graham, 25, of Princeton. While speaking with Graham Faris observed a small yellow pill on top of a coffee thermos. Faris was able to identify the pill as a hydromorphone pill. During the stop, Graham stated that he had swallowed the pill in order to conceal it. Graham also stated that he had placed additional pills inside of his coffee. Faris located an additional five and a half pills inside of Graham’s coffee. Faris then arrested Graham and he was transported to the police department for processing.

March 3

BREACH OF PEACH MOVEMENT, TRESPASSING: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich responded to a complaint of an intoxicated vagrant in the area of Mercer Street. Once on the scene, Leftwich observed Michael Hickman, 63, of Princeton, sitting in the middle of the hallway of the building impeding the passage of walkers by. Hickman had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his person and seemed intoxicated. He also had a 40oz Natural Light beer next to him in a brown bag. Hickman had been told on several occasions by officers to not be in the residence. Hickman was placed into custody and taken to the department for processing.

SIMPLE POSSESSION, SEAT BELT: Sgt. J.L. Faris responded to the area of Rogers Street when he observed a brown Buick La Sabre with the driver not wearing a seat belt. Faris then conducted a traffic stop in the area of the BP on Stafford Drive. Faris identified the driver as Jonathan Williams, 69, of Princeton, as observed that he was the only occupant within the vehicle. When asked if Faris had permission to search the vehicle, Williams complied and signed the West Virginia Consent to Search Form. Faris then located three hydromorphone pills. Faris placed Williams under arrest and transported him to the department for processing.

NO INSURANCE, DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI: Ptlm. W.W. McGuire observed a white Ford Explorer in the area of Stafford Drive while patrolling. This vehicle had only a vanity tag for registration and an expired MVI sticker. McGuire then conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle on Stafford Drive. After making contact with the driver, Joseph Hardway, 37, of Elkview, Mercer 911 advised that his operators was revoked through the state for an active DUI conviction on 12-11-03. McGuire then removed Hardway from the vehicle and placed him into custody for driving revoked. Hardly also advised that he did not have valid insurance on the vehicle. Hardway was placed under arrest and taken to the department for processing. 

March 4

SIMPLE POSSESSION SUBOXONE: Sgt. J.L. Faris was patrolling the area of Honaker Avenue when he conducted a traffic stop on a red Jeep for a traffic violation. After making contact with the passenger of the vehicle Faris identified him as Darin Renz, 53, of Rock. Renz informed Faris that he was in possession of a 50 bag of crack cocaine and one Suboxone strip. Faris located the strip and a small plastic bag of a white rock substance in the front left cargo pocket of Renz. Renz was placed under arrest and transported to the department for processing.

AGGRAVATED DUI: Ptlm. T.S. Wyatt and Ptlm. J.E. Carroll responded to the area of Grants Supermarket on East Main Street in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Officers made contact with both drivers and determined that both were uninjured. Officers made contact with the first driver, Roger Comer, 43, of Bluefield, who had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his person. When asked if he had any alcoholic beverages he stated that he had a 22 ounce Bud Light before coming to Grants. Wyatt had Comer perform a field sobriety test to which he showed a lack of smooth movements. Wyatt determined that Comer was under the influence of alcohol. Once at the Princeton City Police Department Comer agreed to a second blood test. The secondary test deemed his blood alcohol content to be .219 which is well over the level limit. Comer was then arrested and processed.

March 5

PETIT LARCENY, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: Ptlm. S.W. Owens responded to the area of Bee Street in reference to a male who had gotten into  vehicle and stolen items in the area of Appalachian Coffee House. The owner of the vehicle confronted the suspect who fled with his belongings. Owens then arrested the suspect, Jeffrey Tait, 36, of Princeton. Tait informed Owens that he did take Lambert’s belongings. While searching Tait Ptlm. B.L. Charente discovered a glass pipe/bowl used to smoke marijuana. Officers also located the victim’s belongings in Tait’s jacket pockets as well. Tait is on a PR bond and is being remanded to the Southern Regional Jail for bond revocation.

BREAKING AND ENTERING, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Ptlm. W.W. McGuire responded to the area of Fifth Street in reference to a suspect living in a home without the owner’s permission. McGuire, Sgt. C.C. Butler and Ptlm. R.S. Dyson responded to the residence for further investigation. McGuire located a male living in the outbuilding adjacent to the residence. The male advised that the owner’s son had given him a lease for a $100 to live in the shed. When informed that he had to leave he complied and left. Officers then knocked on the residence door to which they were granted permission to enter. Officers cleared the residence and ran all of the subjects within the home through Mercer 911. The subject in question, Randall Reese, 20, of Princeton, stated that he just needed a place to stay, though he was doing so without permission. Reese advised that he was aware he did not have permission to do so. Officers observed damage to the home including but not limited to floors, walls and doors. Damages totaled to $1,000. Officers also observed signs of forced entry to the home. Reese was placed under arrest for breaking and entering and destruction of property. Reese was transported to the department for processing.

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