Princeton Police Department Blotter


April 12

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Ptlm. A.S. Epperson and S.W. Owens responded to an apartment on Mercer Street, where both parties reported they were initially involved in a verbal argument that escalated to a physical dispute.

The female advised the male grabbed her by the neck and slammed her into a crib in the residence. Epperson noted redness around her neck that substantiated her statements.

The male present said the woman struck him in the face several times, and Epperson noted there was an injury to his face that supported his statements.

Both parties were arrested, due to mutual combat. Aspen Anderson, 19, and Geremy West, 25, both of Princeton, were charged with domestic battery.

DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI, NO INSURANCE, SEAT BELT, NO PROOF OF REGISTRATION: Ptlm. D. Gibson was patrolling the area of Fourth Street and Princeton Avenue when she reported seeing a white Buick Skylark at a high rate of speed in a 25 mph zone without a seatbelt on.

The officer asked for the driver’s license, registration, and insurance information. The driver advised she hadn’t meant to be speeding and could not provide the vehicle information.

The officer ran the driver’s information through Mercer 911 and was advised that the driver’s license had been revoked for DUI, effective February 14, 2018.

At this time, the Gibson took the driver, Stephanie Thomas, 40, into custody, on the listed charges and transported her to Princeton Police Department for processing and to a Mercer County magistrate for arraignment.

April 13

DRIVING REVOKED, OBSTRUCTING A POLICE OFFICER, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: Ptlm. C.C. Butler reported seeing Steven James Church operating a gray Toyota Corolla on Stafford Drive when he and his passenger, Jason Church, were involved in a motor vehicle accident. Upon pulling into a lot of the Mercer County Technical Education Center to exchange pertinent information with the driver of the other vehicle involved, Steven James Church was reportedly observed by witnesses to switch places with the passenger. When officers arrived on the scene, Steven advised Butler several times that Jason was driving when the accident happened, and he allegedly lied because his license was revoked for DUI. Jason Church reported continuously that a Billy Church was driving during the accident, but he allegedly confirmed when spoken to alone that Steven Church was driving during the accident.

During a patdown for officer safety, Butler reported finding four hypodermic needles in Jason Church’s pockets. At that time, Butler cited Jason Church, 34, of Princeton, for obstruction and drug paraphernalia.

Steven James Church, 29, of Princeton, was arrested on charges of driving revoked for DUI and obstruction. He was transported to Princeton Police Department, where he was processed and transported to a magistrate for arraignment.

April 14

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE, OBSTRUCTING, DRIVING SUSPENDED: Ptlm. J.D. Shrewsbury reported seeing a silver Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed on High Street turning onto Heuser Street with a non-functioning registration light.

The vehicle then turned left onto Karnes Avenue. The officer then initiated a traffic stop and advised the driver of the violation. After several minutes of searching, the driver was unable to locate the vehicle information and informed the officer that the vehicle was not his. Shrewsbury ran the driver’s information through Mercer 911 and discovered the driver’s license was suspended.

The driver’s build did not match the description provided by 911, however, so the officer asked the man again to provide his identity. This time, the man provided a different name and date of birth. So, Shrewsbury asked Mercer 911 to run the information again. This time, the results indicated the driver was wanted in Tazewell County, Va., for Class 5 felony drug possession.

This time, Mercer 911 confirmed that Tazewell County wanted Charles Walker Jr., 53, of Oakvale, so Shrewsbury arrested him on the scene and requested the next available tow truck available in the rotation. Walker was transported to Princeton Police Department for processing and took him to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich was dispatched to a residence on Richie Street, where a domestic disturbance was reported.

When the officer arrived, he reported seeing a male on the front porch behaving in a clamorous manner, stating he had smashed everything in the home with a baseball bat. Leftwich placed the man in custody for officers’ safety before proceeding with the investigation.

The female at the scene advised the male had threatened to kill her with the bat. The bat was seized for evidence, and the male, Kavon Fitzgerald, 21, was charged with domestic assault.