MPD Busts Four For Burglary, Theft; Blair Pissed At World

by Staff on May 26, 2012 · 6 comments

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NOTE: I started out planning to write up a really nice article about the excellent job the Mitchell Police Department have done over the last two days.  Officer Blair fucked that up. My apologies to the other officers.

The officers at the Mitchell Police Department certainly earned their paychecks Friday — and it appears that Officer Blair is pissed about it.

Around 7 a.m. Friday morning, MPD officers assisted the Lawrence County Police Department in a county-wide drug bust that resulted in a total of ten arrests. Three warrants were served in Mitchell, resulting in the arrests of Chad Taylor, of 315 Dean Street, and Matthew Jeter and Jennifer Hernandez, both of 122 Dale Street, for a total of 13 drug-related charges.

Later Friday evening, the Mitchell officers were out serving warrants yet again.

Shortly after 10 p.m., MPD officers stopped at residences on Brook, Frank, and Vine Streets to serve warrants on several individuals.  Just over an hour later, four people, all of Mitchell, had been arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail on several felony charges.

According to the MPD log:

  • James Longest, 20, was arrested on warrants for four counts of burglary, four counts of theft, and three counts of criminal mischief.
  • Robert Terry, 19, was arrested on warrants for two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and one count of criminal mischief.
  • Montana Mason, 20, was arrested on warrants for two counts of burglary, one count of theft, and one count of criminal mischief.
  • Janice Hall, 21, was arrested on charges of aiding burglary, aiding theft, and receiving stolen property.

Because of the astonishing number of crimes occurring in Lawrence County recently, I attempted to find out which incidents these charges were related to. I stopped by the Mitchell Police Department and spoke momentarily with the dispatcher, who then requested Officer Blair come to the police station to speak with me.

When Officer Blair arrived, he seemed quite agitated, was inexplicably rude, and provided no useful information. Slightly annoyed, I thanked him, told him that was all that I wanted, and left.

Afterwards, Officer Blair stopped two different times at my mother’s old house, I’m told. The first time he apparently parked in front of the house and the second time he parked in the driveway. In both cases, he simply sat there for a few minutes, then drove off. I was immediately reminded of stories I’ve been told from various individuals who felt that Officer Blair was harassing and trying to intimidate them.

I’m not sure what his problem was but I have two guesses:  either 1) he was at home taking a long lunch (as he’s apparently done before) when the dispatcher requested that he come to the police station or 2) he’s still pissed off about actually having to do some real work last night. After getting paid to sit at home for two years, it must suck to actually have to work for a paycheck now.

In addition to the other arrests, Natasha Benge, 18, Mitchell, was arrested at 12:25 a.m. by the Lawrence County Police Department on warrants for burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. It is not known if her arrest is related to the others.

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