A Pocahontas County man was arrested on the morning of Friday, April 23 after a series of inappropriate 911 calls led to an altercation with law enforcement. Mark Harold Turbin, 52, of Dunmore has been charged with one count of misuse of 911, obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on the date in question, deputies from the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence belonging to Mark Harold Durbin for the third time in a 24-hour period to investigate allegations of “people stealing his trees and using large equipment to get them.”
According to the criminal complaint, “time after time  officers have went for the calls and have never found any evidence of a crime.”
Deputies reportedly previously advised Turbin that if he continued to misuse the 911-system by making fraudulent reports he would be charged for his actions. As a result, after making the third allegedly fraudulent report, deputies attempted to place Turbin under arrest.
The complaint states that Turbin became irate, and “was throwing his arms and yelling not complying to (deputies’) commands.” Deputies report having “to draw my taser to try and control Mark Turbin.”
While resisting, Turbin allegedly pulled something from his pocket and threw it. After taking Turbin into custody, deputies recovered the discarded object, which was found to be a metal vial containing marijuana.
Mark Harold Turbin is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $1,500 cash bond or surety.