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By Cindy Browning lbradford@civitasmedia.com

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Joyce Ann Knipp, 59 of Bruno, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on August 1 for third offense shoplifting, obstruction and public intoxication.

Trooper J.E. Garren responded to a call from the Family Dollar in West Logan in reference to Knipp shoplifting in the store. Upon arriving to the scene Trooper Garren was advised by the store manager that the female had fled on foot wearing a pink shirt, light colored pants and carrying a leopard printed purse. The officer was able to locate Knipp at a residence on Wood Avenue.

Trooper Garren could smell the odor of alcohol on the defendant’s breath and stated that she has glassy, blood shot eyes with slurred speech. When Knipp was asked for her purse and identification she stated that she did not have a purse or identification and did not know anything about taking items from Family Dollar.

Knipp’s purse was located behind a couch by the officer, where he found identification and the stolen items, which totaled approximately $60.

When Trooper Garren attempted to place Knipp under arrest into handcuffs, she tried to pull away the officer repeatedly.

Knipp’s bail is set at $5,000.

  • Richard Lee Elkins Jr., 29 of Lorado, was arrested by Logan County Sheriff’s Department on August 1 for reckless driving, speeding, driving on suspended license, expired MVI and no insurance.

Trooper R.L. Glaspell was running moving radar on Route 16 near the community of Crites when he clocked a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero traveling at 58 mph in a posted 50 mph speed zone. Trooper Glaspell noticed that the vehicle’s MVI had expired as of March, 2014. He then turned around, and upon catching up with the vehicle, he noticed that it had accelerated to 76 mph in the 50 mph speed zone.

The vehicle then cut onto Rendevous Road and through the Crites Apartments at a high rate of speed. Trooper Glaspell then initiated the emergency siren along with the emergency lights that had already been on for the duration of the chase. The vehicle’s driver still did not pull over for the officer until his vehicle’s engine began smoking.

When Elkins was approached by the officer he was not able to provide him with proof of insurance, which led to the officer running a license check to find out that Elkins license had been suspended for an unpaid citation.

Elkins’ bail is set at $5,000.

  • Stephanie D. Caserta, 36 of Accoville, was arrested by Logan Police Department on August 3 for grand larceny.

Patrolman J. Adkins received a call from Wal Mart in Logan stating they had caught a shoplifter. Upon arrival, the store’s asset protection officers had Caserta in their custody. The asset protection officers stated that Caserta was shoplifting and they allegedly saw her push out a buggy without paying for items. Her receipt showed 11 items sold that totaled $96.57 but 148 items were in the buggy, which totaled $1,247.28.

Caserta was arrested and taken to Logan Police Department for processing. She stated that someone gave her the receipt and told her everything was paid for and to take the buggy of items and go to her vehicle.

Caserta’s bail is set at $5,000.

  • Amber Nicole Lawrence, 23 of Man, was arrested by Logan County Sheriff’s Department on August 5 for prostitution and possession of a controlled substance.

Lawrence offered sexual acts to an undercover law enforcement officer. After being searched, the defendant was found with approximately one gram of a white powdery substance that was believed to be cocaine. The said acts occurred in Mount Gay.

Lawrence’s bail is set at $4,000.

Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

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