Princeton Police blotter...

Feb. 7

FUGITIVE: On February 7 Ptlm. W.W. McGuire observed a black Kia Sedan traveling northbound on Washington Ave. The vehicle had an expired W.Va. registration. McGuire conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon stopping, the driver, Katherine Francis, 33, of Princeton, informed McGuire that she did not have a valid driver’s license. Mercer 911 advised McGuire that Francis showed an NCIC as a fugitive from Tazewell County, Va on felony charges. Francis was taken to the Princeton City Police Department for processing.

OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER: On February 7 Ptlm. A.S. Epperson and Ptlm. W.W. McGuire, responded to an unwanted person complaint on Upper Pine St. Both officers recognized the individuals from responding to a call about them earlier in the evening. Previously the caller, the ex-girlfriend, and the suspect, Joseph Ritchie, 23, of Princeton, were reportedly involved in a domestic. For the second call, the caller wanted Ritchie to leave the residence. Ritchie was ordered by police to leave due to the prior events the same evening. The caller informed officers that he had come to the residence being irate and attempting to fight the occupants of the house. Ritchie became irate with officers stating that he wouldn’t leave the house that he pays rent for. Epperson attempted to calm him down but he continued to be loud and throwing his arms around toward officers. Officers restrained him and placed him into custody for continuing to hinder the officer in his duties.

Feb. 8

REVOKED FOR DUI, 2nd OFFENSE: Sgt. C. Butler observed a black Chevrolet 2500HD while patrolling on February 8. The vehicle had an expired W.Va. registration as well as an expired inspection sticker. Butler conducted a traffic stop. Upon speaking to the driver he was identified as Sean Wilson, 41, of Princeton. Wilson advised that his license was revoked for an active DUI. Mercer 911 advised that Wilson’s license was revoked for DUI and he also had a previous conviction for driving revoked for DUI on 3-16-18. Wilson was placed under arrest and transported to the Princeton City Police Department for processing and then taken for arraignment.

Feb. 9

DUI 1st OFFENSE DRUG, POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich, observed a four-door dark grey Toyota Camry with W.Va. registration fail to stop at the stop sign on the intersection of South Wickham and Thorn Street. Leftwich followed the vehicle west on to Brick Street. While following the suspect, Leftwich observed it weave onto and straddle over the yellow line. The vehicle was also swerving randomly on the straight stretch of Stafford Drive. Leftwich conducted a traffic stop and could detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, Xadyk Cannady, 20, of Princeton, was asked why he was weaving so badly, to which he responded that he had sneezed upon seeing the blue lights. Leftwich conducted a field sobriety test to which Cannady showed many signs of impairment. He was then placed into custody. Cannady informed Leftwich that there was a black and pink shoebox in the trunk of the vehicle containing marijuana. Inside the shoe box was 5.3 oz of marijuana. On Cannady’s person were a plastic electronic scale and $830 in US currency. A marijuana grinder, another set of scales, and rolling papers were found in the vehicle. Cannady agreed to a secondary blood test and a secondary breath test. Cannady was taken to the Princeton Community Hospital where his blood was drawn and will be tested by the West Virginia State Police Lab. Leftwich transported Cannady to the Princeton City Police Department and a breath test was conducted. The test showed there was no BAC. Cannady waived his Miranda rights and stated in his interview that he had consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana prior to driving. He was processed and taken to the Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.

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