Monthly Archives: January 2011

Single Vehicle Crash takes out Utility Pole

At about 10:15 pm, a single vehicle crashed into a utility pole near 2708 Kanawha Terrace in St. Albans.  No one was injured, but the driver, Dustin Westfall (28 yoa from Charleston) was cited for Driving on a Suspended Operators and No Proof of Insurance. The driver said he swerved to avoid a dog and […]
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METRO Drug Unit Detective Shot serving a search warrant

Around 7pm, the METRO Drug Unit was in the act of serving a search warrant when shots were fired through the door.  A member of the unit, a Charleston PD Detective was shot in the hand.  Thankfully, he was treated & released from CAMC General.  I spoke with Brent Webster, Chief of Chas PD at […]
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Car vs House on South Walnut Street

At about 1:06 am, SAPD was dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the 900 block of South Walnut Street.  The resident there said a car crashed into the garage portion of his residence.  The driver of the car, Ashley L. Biser (20 yoa from Nitro), lost control of her Mercury Cougar and hit the […]
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Home Invasion in 2700 blk of Bard Avenue

At about 3:21 am, SAPD received a call through METRO 911 regarding a home invasion in a residence in the 2700 block of Bard Avenue.  The residents allege two or three men forced their way in to the house wearing some sort of ski-masks saying they were police officers.  They forced people to the ground […]
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Chief Crawford honored at City Council Monday night

Chief Crawford was honored in front of the St. Albans City Council on Monday night.  He was presented with his pistol and a shadow box containing his badges, patches, and insignia  that he wore during his career at SAPD.  Mayor Callaway publicly thanked Chief Crawford for his service to the City of St. Albans.  Chief […]
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Resume and additonal info on Chief Coates

As stated in the press release on January 18, Chief Coates will begin work at SAPD on February 14.  The attached file is his resume as presented to Mayor Callaway. Chief Coates-Resume
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New Police Chief Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SELECTION OF NEW CHIEF OF POLICE FOR ST. ALBANS POLICE DEPARTMENT Mayor Richard Callaway has made his selection for the Chief of Police position.  He is pleased to name Harry “Brent” Coates as his choice.  Chief Coates is a native of West Virginia, graduating from Poca High School.  He worked for three […]
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Burglar Caught by Homeowner

At about 8:03 am on January 18, SAPD was dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Fairfield Street regarding a Burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, they discovered the accused Richard F. Harris (48 yoa from St. Albans) being detained by the homeowner, Michael Scarbro.  Mr. Scarbro had left for work and received a […]
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Mayor to Honor outgoing Police Chief; New Chief to be named

At the beginning of the St. Albans City Council meeting on Tuesday January 18, Mayor Dick Callaway will honor outgoing police chief, Joe Crawford.  Chief Crawford will be presented with a special gift and his pistol.  The city council meeting begins at 7:30pm. Chief Crawford took an early retirement to take a private security administrator […]
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Follow Up on Stabbing Report from January 8

The victim and witnesses have given full statements to the investigating officer, Sgt. P. C. Smith.  A warrant will be obtained for a suspect.  Once the warrant is issued, that name will be released. The victim, Zachary Searls, received a minor injury to his upper lip.  It appears to be a “slash” wound instead of […]
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