Two charged with disorderly conduct
The charges stem from the men’s admission of urinating and defecating on the floor of the Blowing Rock Post Office on multiple occasions between March 1 and April 30, 2012.
Bobby Allen Presnell, 27, and Joseph Lee Trivette, 29, both of Sugar Grove, were charged by the BRPD on Aug. 16. Presnell was charged with three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and Trivette was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.
Both men will make their first appearance in Watauga County Court on Oct. 16. The men are reportedly first cousins.
According to BRPD Detective Lt. Angel Mahaffey, she was tipped off by Banner Elk Police Department officer Candice Peck about the matter in early August.
Peck told Mahaffey in a phone conversation that Presnell and Trivette had been arrested on similar charges in Banner Elk for urinating and defecating in the Banner Elk Post Office.
According to Peck, one or both of the men admitted during a police interrogation to having done the same thing in Blowing Rock.
Although no such reports of criminal mischief had been reported at the Blowing Rock Post Office, Mahaffey, who was at that time on leave, forwarded the information to the BRPD.
BRPD officer Dayton Turpin investigated the matter and found out that Blowing Rock Post Office employees had cleaned up waste on numerous occasions during March and April, but had thought it had been the result of customers bringing their dogs into the building with them.
Armed with the new information from the post office, the BRPD contacted Presnell and Trivette and informed them that they would be charged with disorderly conduct.
According to Mahaffey, the BRPD also contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the matter because it had occurred in a federal building. The FBI deferred the matter to local authorities.
Mahaffey also said that Trivette voluntarily turned himself in to receive the charges and voluntarily gave information that incriminated himself and Presnell in the matter. Trivette also had an outstanding warrant for cyber-stalking that he was charged with at that time. His court date for the cyber-stalking charge is also on Oct.16.