RONCEVERTE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A Ronceverte man faces charges following an incident last Sunday during which an altercation ensued regarding a fence which had been erected by a neighboring couple.
Reports from Trooper J.D. Dowdy of the West Virginia State Police confirm that, on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 7:57pm, Greenbrier County Emergency Operations Center informed the Ronceverte Police Department of a disturbance complaint at 312 Greenbrier Avenue in which a neighbor had been making threats toward a woman and her husband.
Furthermore, the caller stated that the neighbor had torn down their fence and had begun tossing cinder blocks at their home. Additionally, the caller stated that the neighbor in question was holding a beer bottle, appeared to be intoxicated, and had a firearm at the property line making threats.
Arriving on the scene at approximately 8:03pm, Trooper Dowdy asserts that two males could be seen standing at the top of the yard between 312 Greenbrier Avenue and 326 Greenbrier Avenue.
Utilizing his department-issued flashlight to properly illuminate the area given the nature of the complaint, the trooper shined the light at the two males in the yard to which one male responded, “get that f*cking light out of my eyes,” before approaching the trooper.
“State Police,” announced the trooper, identifying himself – “Kyle Sims, owner of the property,” came the response.
When asked who on the premises was in possession of the gun to which the original caller had referred, Sims stated – per the official complaint issued – “no gun,” “what are you talking about,” “no gun,” “no firearms necessary.”
“Even if there was this is private property,” the subject continued, “no firearms,” to which the trooper responded that he himself would determine if it were in fact necessary, advising the subject to “stop being a smart *ss.”
Reports indicate that at this point the subject was being “standoffish and very belligerent toward this Trooper.”
When asked if he had identification which he could present the subject responded, “Yeah, I do. But okay, if you want to be like that, what is the need for my ID?”
The trooper then informed the subject that he was being detained pending identification and completion of an investigation to determine a potential threat.
The subject refused when asked to place his hands behind his back and resisted for a time until Trooper Dowdy and TFC J. L. Tincher, who was also on the scene, were able to secure the subject in handcuffs.
Trooper Dowdy noted a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the subject’s breath at the time.
An outer search of the subject was conducted, and no weapons were found. The subject reportedly yelled for a time about how the officer was wrong, was on private property, and was breaking the law, despite attempts from the trooper to explain his presence on the scene and the necessity of the restraints which had been put in place.
Officers with the Ronceverte PD, DNR, and Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Departments arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation.
When Ronceverte Police Department officers made attempts to retrieve the subject’s wallet from his back pocket, the subject jerked away stating that he had not given permission for a search.
The subject was walked by Ronceverte Police Department officers to the trooper DPS vehicle and was searched by the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department who handed Trooper Dowdy the subject’s West Virginia Driver’s License which identified him as Kyle Sims.
Sims was placed in the trooper DPS vehicle and a preliminary breath test was administered. The test returned a blood alcohol content level of .183, over double the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle, although it should be noted the subject was not driving in this instance.
TFC Tincher then obtained statements from the neighboring couple, Mr. William Waid Jr. and Mrs. Jesse Waid, from which the disturbance call originated.
It was revealed that Sims had apparently been upset regarding the fence and chain gate which Waids had placed on their property line, and reportedly began to throw cinder blocks placed on the property line into the Waids’ yard.
When confronting the subject regarding his behavior, the two were threatened by the subject who is reported to have proclaimed, “I’ll shoot you.”
It was at this point Mrs. Waid contacted 911 while Mr. Waid continue to speak with the subject.
Mrs. Waid explained that the subject “was very intoxicated and acting crazy.”
Reports purport the subject to have lifted his shirt at the couple, exposing a clearly visible pistol, which he gripped with his hand telling Mrs. Waid to “call the law.”
At this time, the subject’s girlfriend is said to have run outside and obtained the weapon before running back inside the house.
Mr. Waid advised that Sims remained, cursing and making threats at the fence, the damage to which the victim estimates to be a minimum of approximately $500.00.
Upon completion of DPS Form 81, Consent to Search, the form was read and explained to Mrs. Tilly Lively, who understood and signed.
During the investigation, Mrs. Lively retrieved a Colt .45 ML IV Series 80 load with 3 rounds from a safe in the back bedroom area of the residence.
The weapon was taken in as evidence and was submitted into the temporary evidence locker at the Lewisburg Detachment of the West Virginia State Police where the subject was also transported for processing and livescan at approximately 9:16pm.
Sims was eventually transported to Southern Regional Jail in Beaver to await arraignment before the Greenbrier County Magistrate. Sims faces charges of Brandishing Deadly Weapons, Obstructing an Officer, Destruction of Property, and Assault based on the events that occurred on this evening.
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