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Deputies stay busy over holiday

SoVaNow.com / January 02, 2020
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputies stayed busy over the holidays responding to domestic incidents, burglaries and motorists driving under the influence.

On Sunday, Dec. 22, Deputy Justin Burch arrested 70-year-old Joseph Hatcher of Clarksville for driving under the influence. Burch stopped Hatcher shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday after observing Hatcher’s vehicle swerve several times into the opposite lane of travel while heading south on Highway 49.

Burch stopped the vehicle and administered a field sobriety test to Hatcher. After the completion of the tests, Hatcher was arrested and transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail where he was issued a warrant for driving under the influence.

Corporal Neil Clayton and Deputy DeSantis, along with Virginia State Troopers were called to a home in the 200 block of Alexander Ferry Road in Boydton on Christmas Eve after receiving a report of a breaking and entering.

The intruder was not at the home when the officers arrived, but the house did show signs of forced entry, according to police. Clayton discovered marks on the front door. Clayton’s K-9 tracking dog, Morris, followed the intruder from the residence to a stretch of Route 4 where it appears a vehicle left spinning tire tracks on the ground, but no person was located.

In another incident, Deputy Nathan Fitts arrested Rodney Hall, 46 of Chase City on charges of domestic violence after he was called to a home in the 100 block of Mooresville Park Lane in Clarksville on Thursday, Dec. 26. Hall was issued a warrant at the Meherrin River Regional Jail, but was later released on bond.

That same day, Fitts was called to investigate a reported larceny at the Eastland Creek Boat Landing near Boydton. The victim said he had parked his vehicle at the boat landing around 11 a.m. and headed out on a fishing trip. When he returned around dark, he discovered that someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen speakers and an amp from inside.

Deputy Bruce King and Cpl. Davis Cumbia responded to separate reports of vandalism in the La Crosse area on Thursday, Dec. 26.

According to Cumbia, victims living in the 500 block of Forksville Road said when they woke that morning, they discovered that someone had broken the rear driver’s side window of their vehicle and damaged another vehicle parked outside the home.

A similar complaint was filed with King from a victim living in the 200 block of Hillcrest Court in La Crosse. According to that victim, sometime between 8 p.m. Christmas night and Thursday morning culprits broke the back window in their vehicle. An investigation continues.

On Saturday, Deputy T. Livermore arrested Ira Talley and Vicki Loftis after he was called to investigate a domestic violence complaint.

When Livermore arrived at the home in the 6000 block of Highway One in Bracey, he encountered a male subject outside the home with injuries to his face and a female inside the residence with injuries as well.

After Livermore completed his investigation, he arrested both subjects on charges of domestic violence and transported them to Meherrin River Regional Jail where they were issued warrants and remanded to jail.

Several of these cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information about these or any cases can call Crimesolvers at 1-877-676-8477. Calls to Crimesolvers remain anonymous and can lead to a reward up to $1000 dollars upon the arrest and conviction of a suspect.



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