St. Albans Night Out

SA Night OutAugust 5 from 7pm to 9pm at Mayberry’s Restaurant parking lot at the St. Albans Mall (1400 block of MacCorkle Avenue)

Come join the St. Albans Neighborhood Watch and the St. Albans Police Department for the 4th annual St. Albans Night Out.  Bring the whole family for over 30 booths and attractions including:

Presentation by the St. Albans Studio of Dance (http://sastudioofdance.homestead.com/)

Demonstration by the USA Martial Arts school of St. Albans (http://www.usamaf.com/)

A special visit by Batman (http://www.h4h.us/)

Members of the St. Albans Police & Fire Departments will be on hand as well.  Come meet members of the St. Albans Neighborhood Watch.  Join an existing watch, or if one hasn’t been formed in your neighborhood you can get information on how to form one.  It’s a great way to “reconnect” with your neighbors and community.

For more information, like the page www.facebook.com/SANightOut

 

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Burglary & Sexual Assault Arrest

Jonathan M. Wilson

Jonathan M. Wilson

At about 8pm on July 30, officers were summoned to a home in the 2000 block of Grant Avenue regarding a report of Burglary.  A person was checking the home for the out of town homeowner and discovered a side door open.  Two persons were caught inside a male & juvenile female.  The female is a 15 year old juvenile and it was confirmed she is the granddaughter of the homeowner.  She said the male was her boyfriend and admitted they broke in to the home to eat some food and to have intercourse.  She also said the male was 16 years old and gave the name of Michael Meadows.

Officers were suspicious as the male looked older than 16.  They requested Dunbar PD check his former residence.  A picture of the male was sent to the officer to show and a person at the Dunbar residence identified the male as Jonathan M. Wilson who is 26 years old.  Confronted with this, the male admitted his true name and age.  He also admitted to having intercourse with the juvenile female and breaking in to the Grant Avenue residence.

Due to the female’s age (15 yoa), she cannot legally consent to intercourse with someone more than four years older than her.  Subsequently, Wilson was charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault as well as Burglary.  Both are felonies.

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

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Two arrested on Traffic Stop, including local fugitive

Rusty Martin

Rusty Martin

Erin Bays

Erin Bays

 

Yesterday (7/14) at about 5:30pm, at the request of the Metro Drug Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit of SAPD stopped a car in the area of Goff Mountain Road and Rt. 25 in Nitro.  The car was said to have a local man in it wanted on two Circuit Court Capias.  Upon stopping the car, the driver was in fact Rusty J. Martin (34 yoa from Cross Lanes).  He has Circuit Court Capias for Burglary and Grand Larceny.  As is the process for any Circuit Court Capias, Martin was taken directly to the South Central Regional Jail.

He failed to appear in Circuit Court for a Disposition Hearing.  This stemmed from a 2013 break-in at a residence on Oakland Avenue in St. Albans.  The woman came home and discovered Martin in her home.  He fled in a car after stealing some jewelry.  He was later arrested, charged, and eventually pleaded guilty to the above charges.  He just never appeared to sentencing in front of the Judge.

The passenger in the car failed to provide her real name.  She was also arrested and charged with Obstructing and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  She also had several syringes on her.  Her real name is Erin R. Bays (31 yoa from Charleston).  Bays taken to Magistrate Court and arraigned.

 

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SAPD Activity-First Six Months

Arrests:

Felony Misd Total
January 9 46 55
February 7 43 50
March 12 57 69
April 9 43 52
May 19 41 60
June 7 54 61
Total 63 284 347

 

Crashes & Criminal Investigation Reports

Crashes Reports
January 38 94
February 29 90
March 15 98
April 17 116
May 20 110
June 10 110
Total 129 618

 

 

 

 

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St. Albans Police Department is Accepting Applications

Are you between the ages of 18 and 40?  Have you thought about a career in law enforcement?  Are you a military veteran and were or are about to be honorably discharged?  Can you pass a background check?  If so, the St. Albans Police Department is accepting applications for Probationary Police Officer through July 21.

Applications may be picked up at City Hall (1499 MacCorkle Avenue) or the Police Department (51 6th Avenue) between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm.  You can download also download the application below.

Probationary Police App

Applications MUST be turned in by July 21 at 4:30pm to the St. Albans City Hall at 1499 MacCorkle Avenue.  Those returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 21 AT 4:30PM.  Preference points are given for the following:

  • Veterans of at least two years of active duty service in the US Armed Forces and are/about to be honorably discharged
  • Two or more years of college education with a major course of study in law, criminal justice, or police administration (or related fields)
  • Two or more years of prior police experience

The following information MUST be submitted with the application:

  • Copy of a High School Diploma
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of a VALID Driver’s License
  • DD-214 if applicable

If you are seeking preference points for college education or prior police experience, you must attach this information as well (diploma, transcript, police identification).

The Physical Ability Test will be given at the St. Albans Police Department on July 26, 2014 at 8am.  It will consist of the following WV State Police Academy entrance standard:

  • 18 strict push-ups within on minute
  • 27 strict sit-ups within one minute
  • 1.5 mile run within 15:20

Applicants must pass all three standards to pass the Physical Ability Test.

Those passing the physical ability test will be invited to take the written test on August 11, 2014 at 6pm at the Hansford Senior Center at the corner of Washington Avenue and Washington Street in St. Albans.

Those passing the written exam will be placed on a list of eligible candidates in order of their scores.

The testing process is being conducted and supervised by the St. Albans Police Civil Service Commission.

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SAPD Raid Grant Ave Residence Again

Timothy D. Basham

Timothy D. Basham

Shawn A. Harmon

Shawn A. Harmon

Jessica L. Harmon

Jessica L. Harmon

Responding again to numerous neighborhood complaints, SAPD culminated a months long investigation with a raid at 2246 Grant Avenue in St. Albans early Thursday (6/5/2014) evening.  The Special Enforcement Unit of SAPD along with SAPD patrol officers executed an arrest warrant and a search warrant at this Grant Avenue home.

An arrest warrant for Delivery of Controlled Substances (Opana) had been obtained on Timothy D. Basham (49 yoa from St. Albans).  He was taken in to custody after the execution of the arrest warrant.

Shawn A. Harmon (28 yoa from Poca) was arrested for Delivery of Controlled Substance (Opana) after the execution of the search warrant.  Detectives believe he supplied the pills which were being sold from this residence.  When confronted with information known by our Detectives, he waived his Miranda rights and confessed to providing Basham with 10-15 Opana pills who in turn sold them keeping 1/4 of each pill for his own use.  All cash earnings from the sales were brought back to Shawn Harmon.

Also arrested was Jessica L. Harmon (36 yoa from St. Albans) who was also charged with Delivery of Controlled Substances (Opana).  Detectives say she also sold the Opana pills supplied by Shawn Harmon.

There were seven other occupants of the residence there when the raid took place.  No other arrests were made, although the St. Albans Building Department was called to the residence due to two of these seven people were living in an unattached garage behind the home.  This garage does not meet the St. Albans Building Code as a residence.  This garage had been previously placarded “prohibited occupancy” which had been removed.  The two people living there will be charged later with code violations through St. Albans Municipal Court.

None of the other five were arrested or cited.

Remember, all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Special Enforcement Unit of SAPD is headed by Lt. Marc Gilbert who currently has three detectives working under him.

 

 

 

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2014 Activity

A snapshot of our police activity thus far in 2014:

ARRESTS:

Felony Misd Total
January 9 46 55
February 7 43 50
March 12 57 69
April 9 43 52
May 19 41 60
Total 56 230 286

CRASH REPORTS & CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION REPORTS:

Crashes Reports
January 38 94
February 29 90
March 15 98
April 17 116
May 20 110
Total 119 508

 

 

 

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Shoplifting Call turns to Felony Drug Arrest

Cory Marshall

Cory Marshall

On Tuesday, May 6 at about 8:30pm, K-Mart Loss Prevention monitored two males who were concealing items.  Officers were requested to respond to assist in the detention.  When they arrived, they stopped the males as they were leaving the store.  One of the males was searched and 49 Clonazepam pills, 3 Xanax bars, 3 rocks of suspected Crack Cocaine, and 10 stamps of suspected Heroin.  In addition he had over $1500 in cash on him.  The Crack & Heroin field tested positive.

The male, Cory M. Marshall (21 y.o.a. from Dunbar), was arrested for 4 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances.  He was arraigned and remanded to the South Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

The man with Mr. Marshall was charged through Municipal Court with simple possession of Marijuana and 1st Offense Shoplifting.  The shoplifted items, about $76 in CDs were recovered but were not able to be resold.

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One Arrested Brandishing Replica Handgun

Jon A. Sirianni

Jon A. Sirianni

Right Side View

Right Side View

Left Side View

Left Side View

At about 12:25 pm today (5/5), a local pizza delivery driver called 911 to report he was behind a car in which a passenger was brandishing a handgun to the head of the driver.  He gave a description of the vehicle, a white Chevy Trailblazer, and passenger and a partial license plate and kept following the car while on the phone with 911.  One of the responding officers, Ptl. Dwight Meadows located the Trailblazer and got behind it.  From this position, he witnessed the passenger stick what appeared to be a pistol out the SUV’s window and point it at a man riding a bicycle.  Ptl. Meadows initiated a high-risk traffic stop and got everyone out of the Trailblazer at gunpoint.

As other officers arrived on scene to assist, the officers discovered a very realistic looking replica handgun.  It appears to be a plastic airsoft pistol.  The red safety indicator has been removed from the barrel.  The item is even so realistic, it has the words “Sig Sauer” who is a manufacturer of real handgun one side of the gun.  Pictures of the recovered replica gun are above.

The passenger, Jon A. Sirianni (19 y.o.a. from Cross Lanes) was arrested and charged with Breach of Peace through the St. Albans Municipal Court.  The other passenger in the car and the driver were released, although from speaking to them at the scene of the stop it is believed they were at least somewhat complicit in Sirianni’s actions who was released on a bond.  This bond was paid by the driver of the Trailblazer.

 

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Accidental Shooting

Zip gun 1Zip gun 2

At about 7:40pm on April 26, a wounded man walked in to the Kan Co Ambulance station on 5th Street in St. Albans.  The man had a wound to his left hand.  Although it was a small wound, the device he described causing it led to the precautionary dispatch of Bomb Squad of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.   The man was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   His name is Kevin Tolbert (37 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  Tolbert said he found the item and it accidentally went off in his hand when he was walking in the 400 block of 6th Avenue.  He sustained a single gunshot wound to his left hand and was able walked a short distance to the medic station.

Another man accompanying Tolbert led officers and Deputies to the location of the device on Gallatin Street in Amandaville at a residence.  The device appears to be what is commonly called a “zip gun” and is a disguised weapon with a flashlight on one end and a short gun barrel concealed inside exiting the other end.  It fires a small caliber handgun bullet.

Pictured above is the actual device.  The investigation will continue in to this firearm and this incident.

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