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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DUI Checkpoint

There will be a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday, April 26 from 7pm to 1am.  It will be on Kanawha Terrace near the Intersection of Green Valley Drive.

The St. Albans Police Department along with Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff will be conducting the checkpoint.  The checkpoint is made possible by grant through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

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Reminder of National Drug Take Back and MORE

Special reminder of the National Drug Take Back event this Saturday in St. Albans from 10am to 2pm at the St. Albans Police Department (51 6th Avenue).  Bring your unused, unwanted, or expired prescription meds, over the counter meds, or pet meds to SAPD for a safe disposal.  This safe disposal removes these drugs from your home and keeps them out of the water treatment system!

Remember, NO NEEDLES!  You can bring liquid medicines, but they must be in original containers.

This events kicks off the City Wide Clean Up.  Also going on is:

Cells for Soldiers:  Bring your old cell phones for donation.  They will be recycled and sold to purchase phone cards to our deployed military to use free of charge.  The phones can be broken and of any age.

Document Shredding:  Worried about identity theft?  Have way too many documents and papers to use with a home shredder?  Now is your chance to rid your home of paper clutter.  Bring your unbound paper and it will be shredded before your eyes in a large capacity shredder.  This is for PAPER ONLY!  It must be ready to shred, so it can’t be in any binders.

Finally, St. Albans Police Department is offering a child safety seat inspection.  If you want to make sure your child’s car seat is correctly installed, let our trained technicians check them out!

We hope to see everyone Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 2pm at St. Albans Police Department!

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Spring Cleaning Kick-Off Event

April 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at the St. Albans Police Department (51 6th Avenue)

We are having four events to help start the spring cleaning and help prevent drug abuse, identity theft, and keep you kids safe.

1) The National Drug Take Back Event:

This returns to St. Albans.  Bring your old, expired, or unwanted medications in for proper disposal.  NO NEEDLES PLEASE!  Liquid medicines must be in original containers!  Help keep fight drug abuse and keep potentially abusive drugs out of the wrong hands.

This disposal keeps medicines out of the water treatment systems which increases the costs to make sewage safe.  This nationwide program is brought about through a partnership with the US Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  St. Albans Police Department joins dozens of local police agencies in providing you with this opportunity to SAFELY dispose of any medicines (including pet meds and over the counter meds).  You can remove or obliterate any personal information.

2)  Document Shredding Event:

A first for our city, this is brought to you by the City of St. Albans and Cintas Corporation.  Help prevent you becoming a victim of identity theft by bringing any old documents, files, bank information, checks, etc. and it will be properly shredded and recycled.  Please bring ONLY PAPER!  No binders please!  All paper must be ready to shred!

3)  Cell Phones for Soldiers

Bring you old, used, or broken cell phones for disposal and recycling!  This event is sponsored by the St. Albans American Legion Post #73 and is one of only two places in the state which has a collection site.  These phones will end up with the Cell for Soldiers national group who will have them recycled in return for money used to purchase phone cards for our deployed military personnel worldwide.

4) Child Safety Seat Inspection

Certified personnel from St. Albans Police Department will inspect your car’s child safety seat to verify it’s proper installation.

These events are all FREE!  This kicks off the City’s ward by ward clean-up culminating in a City-wide clean up on May 9.

Ward 1:  April 22          Ward 2: April 29         Ward 3: April 30         Ward 4: May 1           Ward 5: May 2
Ward 6: May 5               Ward 7: May 6             Ward 8: May 7             Ward 9: May 8

If you are unsure of what ward you live in, please refer to this page:  http://www.stalbanswv.com/parts/120607map.jpgYou can also call St. Albans City Hall at 304-722-3391 to check.

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Arrest for Crystal Methamphetamine

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Laura Thayer

Laura Thayer

At about 5pm on April 8, our Special Enforcement Unit received information regarding a male in a male in a black Lincoln LS was on a parking lot of a local restaurant and was in possession of methamphetamine and attempting to sell some.  When responding to the area, the suspect car had left and was northbound on Walnut Street.  It was followed to Grant Avenue and pulled over when the car didn’t use a turn signal and a faulty brake light was seen.  A traffic stop was attempted, but the car drove for a full block in the residential area before pulling over.

When the car pulled over, the male acted as if he swallowed something and fell to the ground acting disoriented.  An ambulance was called and he was later fully cleared by a hospital physician after a FULL medical exam.  After the exam, he admitted he didn’t swallow anything.

The female passenger was taken out of the car.  An obvious amount of crystal powder was seen in plain view on the car’s center console.  A search warrant was obtained for the car which was taken back to the St. Albans Police & Fire building to be searched.  It was placed in one of the Fire Department’s bays to be searched.  During the execution of the warrant, the crystal powder was field tested positive for methamphetamine.  Several PVC pipes with sealed up end caps were also found in the car.  Thinking they could be pipe bombs, Kanawha County’s Bomb Squad unit was called to the scene while the building was evacuated and streets around were blocked off as a precaution.  There was nothing to indicate these pipes were in fact pipe bombs, but since they had a consistent appearance, protocol demanded it be treated as a possible device.

The Bomb Squad examined the PVC pipes with portable a X-Ray machine and were found to be empty.  These pipes could have been used as smuggling devices.

The suspected crystal methamphetamine seized from the car appears to be a high quality substance which is highly valued on the street.  A large about of cash was seized as well.  Neither the driver or passenger claimed ownership of the cash or substance.

Arrested were Robert Nicholson (44 yoa from St. Albans) and Laura Thayer (40 yoa from St. Albans).  They were both charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver.  They remain in the Regional Jail on $75,000 bond each.

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First Quarter Snapshot

Arrests thus far in 2014:

Felony Misd Total
January 9 46 55
February 7 43 50
March 12 57 69
Total 28 146 174

Crashes and Criminal Investigation Reports thus far in 2014:

Crashes Reports
January 38 94
February 29 90
March 15 98
Total 82 282

 

 

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New Hires increases SAPD to 26 Officers

New Patrol Officers, David Griffith (L) and Seth Hodges (R) take the Oath of Office from Mayor Callaway while Chief Matthews looks on

New Patrol Officers, David Griffith (L) and Seth Hodges (R) take the Oath of Office from Mayor Callaway while Chief Matthews looks on

Last night at the St. Albans City Council meeting, Mayor Richard Callaway swore in two new police officers for St. Albans PD.  This increases the Department to 26 officers, the highest staffing level ever.  The St. Albans City Council approved this expansion over the last several years from 21 officers to 26.  The new officers still have to attend the WV State Police Academy.  They begin Academy training next month.  Once they graduate, they will have to undergo a period of field training, so it will be nearly Christmas before they are on solo patrol.  Hiring and training new officers takes time, but it is time well invested so your police officers can provide the best service possible.

Hired last night was Seth Hodges and David Griffith.  Hodges graduated from Winfield High School and served 4 years with the US Marine Corps, deploying to Afghanistan with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Upon honorable discharge, he worked for a time for the St. Albans Municipal Utility Commission before testing for SAPD.  Griffith will graduate from Marshall University later this year with a double major of Criminal Justice and Psychology.  He is a lifelong resident of St. Albans.  He attended Davis & Elkins on a Basketball scholarship before transferring to Marshall to finish his studies.

 

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