Warming Location Available in St. Albans

Hansford Center

If anyone loses electricity in the St. Albans area, the Hansford Senior Center will be made available as a warming center.  If the power goes out before 4:30pm today (January 22), call the Hansford Center directly at 304-722-4621.  If it’s after hours tonight or tomorrow (January 23), contact the St. Albans Police Department through the non-emergency number at METRO Communications Center:  304-348-8111

The center is located at 500 Washington Street in St. Albans.  It’s at the intersection of Washington Street and Washington Avenue.

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Man steals car from a Go-Mart; Caught in Institute & faces a host of charges

Christopher A. Rader

Christopher A. Rader

Today at about 1:18 pm, a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from the Go-Mart at 550 3rd Street.  The occupants had went inside and left the keys in it.  While inside, a man jumped inside and drove off.  An off-duty Charleston PD officer witnessed the theft and followed the vehicle in his personal car as it left the city.  He followed it to the campus of WV State University in Institute where he confronted the driver and held him at gun point at about 1:34pm.  While following the stolen car, the CPD officer, Sgt. Anthony Colagrasso, witnessed the Jeep get into one crash and leave the scene.

The suspect, Christopher A. Rader (31 y.o.a. from Dunbar), will be charged by the WV State Police for Aggravated DUI, Failing to Register as a Sex Offender, Driving on Suspended for DUI, and much more.  Rader was also wanted by the WV Department of Corrections for violation of parole.  Lt. D. C. Harris of St. Albans PD is charging Rader with Grand Larceny of the Jeep.

Rader was identified as a suspect in an assault on a KRT bus driver at the nearby bus stop on 6th Avenue.  The driver kicked him off the bus after he allegedly urinated on the bus.  The driver stated Rader made a physical threat to strike him before he left the area.  Rader will be charged with this at a later date.

Rader is being taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court for arraignment.

All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Fugitive From Justice Found; Was stopped for Public Urination

Kenneth Dale Hughes

Kenneth Dale Hughes

At about 6:45 pm on Tuesday, January 19, SAPD Detective M. J. Martin witnessed a man urinate in public at the KRT Bus Stop at 3rd Street and 6th Avenue.  Det. Martin, a member of SAPD’s Special Enforcement Unit, stopped the man and ran a routine record check prior to writing him a citation.  This record check revealed that the man, Kenneth Dale Hughes (49 y.o.a. from Cross Lanes) was wanted out of Wise County, Virginia for a felony charge of a Bomb Threat.  Hughes is accused in an indictment was handed down on July 20, 2015 that he allegedly communicated a Bomb Threat via the local 911 system in Norton, VA on July 1, 2015.  No other details are available.

Hughes was arrested without incident and is charged as a Fugitive from Justice.  He will be transported to Kanawha County Magistrate Court for arraignment.  Extradition proceedings will likely follow in the coming days.

All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Pursuit ends with multiple felony charges

Steven E. Adkins

Steven E. Adkins

Shortly before 4pm, Ptl. Sheila McCuskey attempted to stop Nissan pick-up truck for running a red light.  The driver of the truck refused to stop headed west on US 60.  The truck crossed the Dick Henderson Bridge in to the City of Nitro proceeding west.  The truck turned up 14th street and then into a wooded area near homes off of the Third Avenue and Short Street areas.  The driver bailed out of his car fleeing in to the woods.  A female and her small child was in the car as well.

The male, Steven E. Adkins (36 y.o.a. from the Poca area) was arrested after a short foot pursuit.  Adkins had a loaded handgun in a gun case in his hand.  On his person he also had several knives and suspected quantities of drugs.

Items on his person

Items on his person

Adkins will be charged with Fleeing with Reckless Endangerment, Child Endangerment Creating Risk of Injury, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession with Intent of Methamphetamine, and a felony Circuit Court Capias.   Adkins has three felony drug convictions from arrests in 2010 and 2011.  He was wanted for failing to appear for arraignment in Kanawha County Circuit Court on felony drug charges on October 27, 2015.

Also arrested was the passenger who is child’s mother, Krista N. Griffin (24 y.o.a. from South Charleston).  She will be charged with misdemeanor charges of Obstructing and Officer and Battery to a Police Officer.  The child, 4 years old, will be turned over to CPS.

All persons arrested are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Pursuit of stolen car yields arrest of convicted felon & shotgun

Cody A. Hudson

Cody A. Hudson

At about 2:15am on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Ptl. Jeff Lucas noticed a silver Mazda RX8 in the area of B Street and US 60.  It matched the description of a stolen vehicle from the Indian Head area outside of St. Albans.  When he attempted to stop the car, it fled west on US 60 at high rate of speed.  The vehicle continued to evade fleeing in to Putnam County on US 60.  The car crashed in to the hillside a short time later as it attempted to turn on to a small road.  The occupants of the car had fled on foot.  Two passengers were caught and detained.  One of these was a juvenile female.  The driver was found hiding in a nearby small creek.

The driver, Cody A. Hudson (21 y.o.a. from St. Albans) was placed in Ptl. Lucas’s car to warm up.  Hudson had been wearing only a long sleeve shirt, shorts, and flip-flops when he fled on foot.  He lost the flip-flops during his flight.  He was hidden for about 20-30 minutes.

The car was in fact the aforementioned stolen car from the Indian Head area.  It was stolen around 4:00 am on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  A check of the car revealed a loaded 12 gauge shotgun which Hudson admitted was his.  Hudson cannot legally possess a firearm due to a felony conviction.  He plead guilty to Robbery in Kanawha County on August 19, 2014.  Hudson was charged with the felony charges of Fleeing with Reckless Indifference, Transferring/Receiving Stolen Vehicle, and Prohibited Possession of a Firearm.

Hudson was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital for treatment for mild exposure on his feet.  He was treated and released and will be arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

UPDATE:  Hudson was arraigned by a Magistrate and remanded to the South Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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Pedestrian Struck in St. Albans

At about 6:18 pm on 12/22/2015, a man was struck by a vehicle as he walked to his car near the intersection of Grant Avenue and Chestnut Street.  Garrell Hubert Bentley (66 yoa from Tornado area) was leaving the El Dorado Club and walking to his car parked across the street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Desper Lemon (80 yoa from St. Albans).

Bentley was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital and was to be transferred to CAMC General Division.  There were witnesses to the incident which is still under investigation.  St. Albans PD Lt. D. C. Harris is in charge of the investigation.  He is an Accident Reconsructionist.  The driver is cooperating in the investigation.

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SAPD Midnight Shift turn Baby Sitters……Literally

Sgt. P. A. Bass with toddler

Sgt. P. A. Bass with sleeping toddler

Sgt. Bass, father of three pictured above, had to put those skills to work overnight at SAPD.  While at the Kroger store on an unrelated shoplifting call a little after 4am on 12/14, SAPD officers were alerted to a woman who had locked herself in the store’s bathroom with a crying child.  Officers were able to get inside the bathroom.  They found Donnyell Harrison (39 y.o.a. from Tornado) with a 14 month old girl who was crying.  Harrison, who was not the baby’s mother, was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute after being found in the bathroom of the store.  The man she was with eventually left the scene.

The baby’s mother is reportedly incarcerated in the South Central Regional Jail.  She left the child in the care of another person, who in turn placed the baby with Ms. Harrison.  It is unknown if there is any family relationship among any of the parties caring for this child.  Child Protective Services was contacted as well as the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office to look in to possible charges relating to the care of the baby.

Some small toys were purchased by a Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy who was called to assist SAPD with Ms. Harrison.  SAPD officers purchased baby food and diapers.  Sgt. Bass cared for the baby until CPS could arrive a little a little after 830am.

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Accused Shoplifter also charged with Possession of Stolen Vehicle

Hank F. Meadows Jr.

Hank F. Meadows Jr.

At a little past 9am this morning, SAPD officers were called to K-Mart regarding a possible shoplifter.  Employees said a man was seen concealing clothing.  When approached by officers, he was wearing a pair of boots with price tags still on them and had a new pair of jeans hidden in his overalls.  He also had several used syringes on him.

Further investigation revealed the car he drove to the store in was reported stolen in Dunbar on December 6th.  In addition to facing the charges of Shoplifting and Syringe in Municipal Court, he was arrested for the felony charge of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.  Arrested was Hank F. Meadows Jr (41 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  He will be arraigned later today.

Everyone arrested is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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Christmas Decorations Damaged; Suspect Later Arrested for DUI

Cameron J. Stroebel

Cameron J. Stroebel

On Saturday December 12, 2015 at approximately 0035 hours, METRO Communications dispatched the SAPD to the area of 68 Olde Main Plaza for an intoxicated person.  Dispatchers later updated that a white male wearing jeans and a plaid shirt was ripping down the Christmas lights on the Plaza.  The suspect was seen entering one of the apartment buildings.  Officers spoke with witnesses and possible suspects, but the offender could not be located.

A little over an hour later at about 0148 hrs, one of the witnessed called 911 to report the suspect was getting into a black Range Rover and was leaving the area.  A short time later, officers located this vehicle near the intersection of MacCorkle Avenue and Walnut Street.  A traffic stop was conducted due to moving violations.  As a result of the traffic stop, the driver was arrested for DUI.  The result of a later breath test was .153.  The driver, Cameron J. Stroebel (20 y.o.a. from Charleston) was charged with Aggravated DUI, No Proof of Insurance, and Destruction of Property (for the earlier call on the Christmas lights (all misdemeanors).

Ptlm. J.M. Austin made the arrest.

All who are arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Stolen Car Alert results in Arrest

Paul W. Martin

Paul W. Martin

At around 5 pm on Wednesday November 11, SAPD officers were advised of a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle in question, a 1995 Ford F-F150, was last seen headed south on South Walnut Street.  Ptl. B. L. Tagayun was close to the area and was able to locate the stolen truck on Laurel Drive.  He confronted the driver and took him in to custody.

The driver, Paul W. Martin (29 y.o.a. from South Charleston) had an outstanding warrant for Transferring and Receiving Stolen Property and a Capias for Robbery.  Martin will also face charges relating to tonight’s stolen truck.  Martin was arraigned and lodged in the South Central Regional Jail.  Bond information is not known at this time.

All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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