Crash Sends Four to Hospital

At about 11:35pm, two cars collided at the intersection of 5th Street and US 60 last night.  Witnesses state a car driven by Sheila Gibson (54 yoa from St. Albans) turned left off of US 60 on to 5th Street in the path of a car driven by Natalie Thomas (35 yoa from Cross Lanes).  Both Gibson and Thomas were taken to CAMC General with non-life threatening injuries.

Thomas had two children in her car who were her sons.  Jacob Hughey (12 yoa) was alert and conscious and told officers he was not wearing a seat belt.  He was sitting up front and received a broken femur among his injuries.  He was also taken to CAMC General.  His injuries aren’t thought to be threatening.  His brother, Caleb Hughey (11 yoa) was seriously injured and was sitting in the back seat.   He may not have been sufficiently belted in.  Due to his injuries, it is thought he only had a lap belt on.  He was taken to CAMC General where he was still in ICU early this morning.

Charges are pending, likely against both drivers.  Thomas had a suspended drivers license for 3 unpaid citations and driving with no insurance.  No insurance proof could be found on the car she was driving in the crash.

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Prowler Call Results in Arrest

At about 2:42 am on Sunday January 12, 2014, SAPD was dispatched to a residence in the 2600 block of Bard Ave where the resident reported two males in the back yard.  They had left prior to arrival.  While still checking the area 10 minutes later, officers saw a male walking in the area.  When an officer attempted to talk to him, the male bolted and ran.

This male was found again in the 2600 block of Morrell Ave.  He continued to run and evaded again before being seen in the 2500 block of Washington Ave.  He continued to run before being found hiding up against a house in the 2500 block of Monroe Avenue.

The male, Stanley Jason Barnette (32 yoa from St. Albans) was found with several cards and ID belonging to a resident of the 2600 block of Bard Ave.  When officers checked that address, they discovered a car had been broken in to and the purse missing from the car.

He was arrested for Transferring/Receiving Stolen Property, Obstructing an Officer and Fleeing.  During a search incident to the arrest a small amount of what field tested positive for Methamphetamine was found on his person.  He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine as well.

All the charges are misdemeanors.

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Happy New Year! Make it safe and legal!

As a reminder, it is illegal to serve or provide any type of alcohol to any person who is visibly intoxicated.  Regardless if it is a bartender at a business, clerk in a store, or you at your party.

WV Serving Intox Persons

Ring in the New Year safely.  Here are the numbers of local taxi services from the Yellow Pages.

C&H Taxi:  304-344-4902

Exress Cab Company:  304-757-3422

Teays Valley Taxi:  304-421-8124

To report a suspected DUI, call 911 and give your location and direction of travel.  The call-taker will likely want you to stay on the line until officers can respond.  Safe roads are EVERYONE’S responsibility.

Happy New Year!

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Arrests Made in Weekend Robbery

Two arrests were made in a robbery reported in St. Albans on Saturday evening, December 21st on Washington Avenue near Sycamore Street.  The victim said one black male held him at gunpoint while another black male searched his car.

The victim had responded to a request for a ride from an acquaintance, Ashley Nichole Clark (31 yoa from St. Albans).  When he took her to this area, he was approached by the two black male suspects, one of which confronted him with a handgun.

The next day, the victim was reviewing Ms. Clark’s Facebook page and saw one of the males who confronted him in a picture.  He shared this information with SAPD investigators who identified the male as Trellae D. Toney (20 yoa from Charleston).

Earlier today, warrants were obtained for Clark and Toney.  They were arrested earlier this evening by SAPD investigators.  Toney was charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.  Clark was charged with Accessory Before the Fact to Commit Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.

The identity of the second male suspect has not been confirmed as yet, so the investigation continues.

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Counterfeit Money Investigation

Both Males

Both Males

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At about 5:30pm today, counterfeit money was passed at the Chevron One Stop in St. Albans.  Above are pictures of the suspects.  They were seen leaving the store in a Black Dodge Charger.  If anyone has any information on the identity of these men, please contact St. Albans Police Department at 304-727-2251 or email:  crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com

UPDATE  1:00am 12/12/2013

These two men have been identified and have contacted our department.  The investigation will continue as to their involvement later today.

JPA

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Meth Lab found by Probation Officers

Contents of Meth Lab

Contents of Meth Lab

Materials

Materials

More components

More components

Jason Racer

Jason Racer

Mylissa Jennings Messer

Mylissa Jennings Messer

While checking a probationer at El Rancho Motel today (11/20) around 12:35pm, two Probation Officers from Putnam County discovered a working meth lab.  They secured the probationer and a male companion and called 911 and SAPD officers arrived.  Seeing the obvious makings for a meth lab, technicians were called from the Metro Drug Unit to assist in evidence recovery and disposal.

Arrested were the probationer, Mylissa Jennings Messer (29 yoa, originally from Hurricane).  She is on probation for 2 counts of computer fraud.  Her companion (Jason M. Racer, 31 yoa from St. Albans) was also arrested.  Both will be charged with Attempting to Operate a Clandestine Lab and Conspiracy.

They will be transported to Magistrate Court for arraignment.  The St. Albans Building Office condemned the room they were in and the room next door due to the meth lab.  One person in the room next door was displaced.

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Stabbing on late evening of Monday, 11/18

Jameson Edwards

Jameson Edwards

 

At about 11:03 pm on Monday 11/18, SAPD responded to a reported stabbing at a residence in the 2700 block of Forrestal Avenue in St. Albans.  The suspect was reported to have left the scene.  Officers at the scene spoke with the victim, Douglas Wilson (57 yoa from St. Albans) who identified Jameson Edwards as his attacker.

Edwards had already been located a block away  with blood on his face.  He was arrested and transported to SAPD for processing.  Edwards is 26 yoa and lives in St. Albans a block away from the victim.  Jameson was charged with Malicious Wounding and lodged in the South Central Regional Jail pending arraignment.  Wilson received a stab wound to his left torso.  He was taken to CAMC General via Kan Co Ambulance.  He was being treated for a punctured lung, but is expected to recover.

This incident was not random and the two know each other.  The investigation continues and more charges could be forthcoming.

Ptl. Daniel Wyatt is investigating and was the arresting officer.

Edwards was held on a $25,000 bond.

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Possessing Gun on School Grounds

Daniel T. Turner

Daniel T. Turner

Kanawha County Schools had received an internal complaint about an evening custodian carrying a gun on school property at Hayes Middle School.  An investigator with the school system contacted our School Resource Officer, Ptl. Sheila McCuskey to jointly confront the custodian.  This took place when he reported for work on Sept 20 shortly after 3pm.

During an interview with the school system’s investigator, he admitted there was a loaded gun in his car.  He granted permission for officers to retrieve it.  The gun was under his driver’s seat fully loaded in violation of WV Code 61-7-11A(b).

Turner is 38 yoa and lives in the St. Albans area.  He was arrested without incident.

(b) (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess any firearm or any other deadly weapon on any school bus as defined in section one, article one, chapter seventeen-a of this code, or in or on any public or private primary or secondary education building, structure, facility or grounds thereof, including any vocational education building, structure, facility or grounds thereof where secondary vocational education programs are conducted or at any school-sponsored function.

(2) This subsection shall not apply to:

(A) A law-enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity;

(B) A person specifically authorized by the board of education of the county or principal of the school where the property is located to conduct programs with valid educational purposes;

(C) A person who, as otherwise permitted by the provisions of this article, possesses an unloaded firearm or deadly weapon in a motor vehicle, or leaves an unloaded firearm or deadly weapon in a locked motor vehicle;

(D) Programs or raffles conducted with the approval of the county board of education or school which include the display of unloaded firearms; or

(E) The official mascot of West Virginia University, commonly known as “The Mountaineer”, acting in his or her official capacity.

(3) Any person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary of this state for a definite term of years of not less than two years nor more than ten years, or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

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Wanted Man Arrested during Investigation

Larry Parker

Larry Parker

On Tuesday September 17, 2013 the St. Albans Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit was conducting surveillance in the 2800 block of MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  Detectives encountered Larry Parker from Detroit, Michigan and discovered he was listed as a fugitive in three different states.  He was wanted in Detroit MI on weapons charges, Woods County OH for three drug related charges and Atlanta GA for Domestic Violence related charges.

Parker also had eleven (11) Opana pills in a clear plastic baggie at the time of his arrest.  Parker was arrested and transported to the St. Albans Police Department for processing.  He will be extradited back to the State of Ohio to appear on his outstanding charges.  Authorities in Detroit declined extradition.  Authorities in Georgia wouldn’t extradite from this far north.

The St. Albans Police Department will file felony charges against Larry Parker at a later date related the pain medication found in his possession at the time of his arrest.  The driver of the vehicle Larry Parker was a passenger in was also arrested and charged with driving on a revoked driver’s license.

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Petit Larceny Arrests

Alecia Sanders

Alecia Sanders

Raymond Gartin

Raymond Gartin

On Sunday, Sept 8, 2013 at about 4:47pm, SAPD received a call regarding a stolen ladder on Lakeview Drive in St. Albans.  The victim witnessed the offenders and the vehicle they left in, a dark colored Chev Trailblazer with a “lost tag” notice on the rear of the vehicle.  Responding officers passed the suspect’s vehicle and it was stopped on Pennsylvania Avenue near 9th Avenue.

There were two ladders seen in the vehicle after it was stopped.  One belonged to the victim who called, the other was connected to another home on Pennsylvania Avenue.  That victim hadn’t yet discovered the theft.

The occupants of the car were arrested.  They are Raymond Gartin (31 yoa from St. Albans) and Alecia Sanders (27 yoa from St. Albans).  They were each charged with Petit Larceny and taken to jail on a $500 bond.

This suspect vehicle is similar to one identified by victims as being involved in several similar thefts in the St. Albans area over the summer.

 

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