Wanton Endangerment Arrest early Saturday Morning

Bryan G. Mace

Bryan G. Mace

While on an unrelated call during the early morning of Saturday June 27, SAPD officers Sgt. Philip Bass and Ptl. Sheila McCuskey, heard a gunshot in the Hilawn area of St. Albans.  Within a minute of that at about 1:00am, SAPD was dispatched to a disturbance in the 2300 block of Jefferson Avenue which is within the area where the gunshot was heard.  The caller mentioned someone had a gun at this disturbance.  Sgt. Bass and Ptl. McCuskey responded.  While approaching the scene, they heard a lot of yelling and saw three people on the sidewalk as they arrived.  They ordered the three to the ground for officer safety reasons.

When asked who had the gun, all three said a guy inside had it.  When a man came out of the house, all three pointed to him as having had the gun.  This man, Bryan G. Mace (47 y.o.a. from St. Albans) was in turn detained and checked for weapons.  During this check the man said the gun in question was upstairs in the home with another man.  When officers checked, this person pointed out where the gun was which officers recovered.

One of the men on the scene said Mr. Mace pointed the gun at him.  After he left the immediate area, he heard a shot being fired.  Mr. Mace admitted to firing a shot in to the air even pointed out where he was standing and aiding Sgt. Bass in locating the shell casing ejected from the handgun.  He was arrested for Wanton Endangerment which is a felony.  He was taken to the South Central Regional Jail to await arraignment.

Everyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Convicted Felon Arrested for Carrying Concealed Firearm

Justin Goble

Justin Goble

Handgun, Holster, Ammunition, and Scales

Handgun, Holster, Ammunition, and Scales

At about 10:24 pm, SAPD was dispatched to the St. Albans K-Mart for a man passed out in a car in the fire lane.  When officers arrived, man was found either asleep or unconscious in the driver’s seat.  When he was awakened to be checked by paramedics on scene, it was discovered he was carrying a concealed handgun.  Further investigation revealed he did not have a permit to carry the firearm concealed.  A record check showed he has a felony conviction for Possession with Intent To Distribute Marijuana.

The man, Justin Goble (26 yoa from South Charleston) was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.  All of these are misdemeanors.

Under WV law, though he can only be charged with a misdemeanor crime for possessing the firearm since the felony drug conviction involved marijuana.

The gun was in a holster inside his front waistband.  It was a loaded .40 caliber pistol with one in the chamber.  A full box of .40 caliber ammunition was also found in the car.  Goble was taken to the South Central Regional Jail to await arraignment by a Magistrate.


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Sobriety Check Point

In conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the St. Albans Police Department will be conducting a sobriety check point on Kanawha Terrace in the St. Albans Loop on Friday May 15, 2015.

The checkpoint will last from 7pm to 1am.

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SAPD Seeking ID on Two Suspected Shoplifters


SAPD is seeking the identity of the above pictured male and female.  They are suspected in a shoplifting at K-Mart on Tuesday, April 28.  If you know their identity, please contact St. Albans PD at 304-727-2251 or email: crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com

We don’t need your name, just your information.

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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Drug Take Back Event

St. Albans Police Department will be holding a local drug take back event tomorrow (Saturday), April 18 on the parking lot of the Police Department.  It will be from 10am to 2pm.  People are urged to bring their unused, unwanted, or expired medicines for safe and proper disposal.  This can be prescription, over the counter, or pet medicines.  Items lite vitamins which fit this category are welcome also.

People can either strip off or obliterate their personal information.  Medicines should be in their original container.  No needles please.

Safe disposal of medicines can reduce the risk of theft or improper use by others.  It also prevents them from entering the water treatment system which is what happens when they are flushed down the toilet.  This increases the costs of waste water treatment which is passed on to the customers.

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SAPD Swears In New Officer

Travis Parsons Taking the Oath

Travis Parsons Taking the Oath

St. Albans Police Department swears in it’s 25th officer last night at the City Council meeting.  Travis Parsons from Charleston will attend the WV State Police Academy next month.  Travis is a veteran of the US Navy having served 10 years.  He served on the USS Carl Vinson, the LHA-4 Nassau, and at NAS Signolla, Italy.

After the completing the 16-week Academy, Parsons will have to complete a 16-week field training rotation prior to solo patrol.

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Crash Spike at US 60 @ Walnut Street

SAPD has noticed a recent spike in crashes last month at the intersection of US 60 @ Walnut Street.  In a three week period from the end of February through mid-March, there were five crashes at that intersection.  This far out paced other intersections in the city.  Each crash was looked at and weather was not a factor.  In fact, on every crash the pavement was dry.  Three of them were in daylight and two at night.

SAPD Officers were directed to pay attention to this intersection and monitor for violations.  SAPD have pulled over 23 cars near that intersection beginning on March 17 and there has been only one crash since.  But, enforcement is dependent upon manpower and calls for service.

The WV Division of Highways is conducting a study of that intersection to see what, if anything, can be done about things such as signage, traffic signal timing, traffic signal lighting, speed limits, or anything else to reduce crashes here.

Citizens are asked to use caution at this and all other intersections.  Motorists are reminded that a yellow light means “prepare to stop” and to obey the speed limit.  Much of US 60 has a speed limit of 50 mph.  It drops to 4o mph at about Roadside Park to the western City limits.

About 40% of the crashes in the City of St. Albans so far this year, have occurred on US 60.  While not necessarily unsafe, it has a much higher speed limit so when there is a crash on this road the chance for injuries and severe damage is greater.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Concealed Pistol Charges

William E. Bowen

William E. Bowen IV

On Monday, March 16 at about 10:20pm, a gray Ford Escort was stopped by Ptl. D. D. Griffith after the officer discovered the registration on the car was improper.  After the stop, the driver could not provide any registration or insurance on the car.  Acting extremely nervous, the officer asked the driver to step from the car.  When he did, a small pistol was discovered under the driver’s seat by Ptl. Griffith.  After being taken in to custody, four Clonazepam pills were found in the driver’s pants pocket.

The driver, William E. Bowen IV (29 yoa from Rand) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Carrying a Concealed Dangerous & Deadly Weapon w/o a Permit, Improper Registration, and No Insurance.  He was processed and eventually lodged in the South Central Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond.

These are allegations only.  All people are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court  of law.

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Plea Deal Reached in Armed Robbery of El Dorado Bar

In November of 2014 at shortly after 3pm, the El Dorado Club was robbed gunpoint.  The offender fired a shot just inside the bar prior to fleeing in what was believed a small red car.  The original press release is here:  http://saintalbanspolice.com/wp/?p=1303

After a lengthy investigation involving tips given to St. Albans Police Department, a warrant was obtained last month for First Degree Robbery on Joseph Michael Eads (30 y.o.a. from St. Albans area).  Yesterday in Kanawha County Circuit Court before Judge Charles King, Eads accepted a deal and entered a plea of Guilty for the First Degree Robbery.  The deal called for a 15 year sentence which was handed down by Judge King.  Eads was immediately taken in to custody from the court room.

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Lockdown Drills Scheduled

As part of our continued effort to assist and support our local schools, we have been asked by the Kanawha County Schools to monitor and participate Lockdown drills at schools in our City.  In the coming months, we have several drills scheduled.  These drills are an effort to keep YOUR children safe.  These drills test both the staff and students on what procedures they need to perform in the event of a Lockdown.  Some of these procedures are simply an extension of a Shelter-In-Place drill that’s been in place for years as a response to chemical emergencies.  These drills will have minimal impact on the school day.

In the event of a REAL Lockdown, you as parents will likely be notified via the Kanawha County Schools notification system.  If your child’s school goes on a REAL Lockdown, do NOT call the school as you will only clog the phone lines.  These phone lines NEED to be kept open for emergency calls.  We also encourage students who may have cell phones to not all call home at once.  It has been noted at many emergencies that cell towers can quickly become overloaded which impede emergency responders for better doing their jobs.  Finally, in the event of a REAL Lockdown do NOT to to your child’s school.  The building will be in Lockdown and you will not be able to get in to the building.  If the emergency is serious you may not be able to get to the area of the building and you will only clog traffic and prevent emergency responders from getting to the scene and handling the situation.

Many schools have social media accounts like Twitter and/or Facebook.  We encourage school administrators to release information on those accounts during any emergency so parents can be kept informed.  This agency also has Twitter and Facebook and can release information during an emergency.  We are all parents too and we understand the desire to take care of your child.  However, there may be a small period of time in which there is no information to give and parents may not know what is going on.  This will be true in any emergency.  Please be patient with the schools and police as they will be doing their best in a tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving situation.  We all want to give out information as quickly as possible, but we want that information to be ACCURATE!


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