Man Fled Police in his car with 2 month old baby inside.

David A. Eskew

David A. Eskew

At about 1:30am, SAPD Patrolman J. D. Lucas attempted to stop a black Camaro for an equipment violation.  The driver of the car continued west on US 60 from the area of 3rd Street.  He refused to stop and eventually sped up and tried to evade the officer.  The offender fled through parking lots to an alley parallel to US 60, and eventually back on to US 60.  The chase then went to Oliver Street to West Main Street turning on to Coal River Road then up on to High Street to a dead end area.  When the car couldn’t go any further, the driver leaped from the car while it was still moving which continued to roll forward.

Ptl. Lucas caught the driver after a short foot chase.  Back-up officer Ptl. J. M. Dent noticed there were two passengers in the car.  One, an adult who was able to get the car stopped.  There was also a two month old baby in a car seat in the car.  This child is the daughter of the driver who fled.  His name is David A. Eskew (36 y.o.a. from St. Albans).

Along the chase, numerous traffic control devices were ignored by the driver.  He also drove excessive speeds while trying to evade officers.  The driver was subsequently charged with Child Neglect Creating Risk of Injury as well as Fleeing in a Vehicle.

Eskew was lodged in the South Central Regional Jail and eventually arraigned and remanded to the jail on a $50,000 bond.

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

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SAPD registered for No Shave November!

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The St. Albans Police Department will joining the fight against cancer by participating in the No Shave November campaign.  No Shave November is “a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.”  They have partnered with the American Cancer Society, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  From September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, No-Shave November will donate no less than 80% of donations equally to these participating charities.

Each officer that is participating has to make a donation.  At the end of the month, there will be contest on who has the best beard.  The public can vote in this contest as the month goes on, but they must vote with a minimum donation of one dollar.  The officer who raises the most money wins the contest.  ALL of the money raised by these votes will be donated to the No Shave November web site.

Those who want to support our officers in this fight against cancer can donate through our team page at:

Will you help us in this fight?  Visit our team page and make a donation.  Maybe you want to start your own team!  Visit to learn how!

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Teen arrested on Drug Charges on School Property

Landon L. Mitchell

Landon L. Mitchell

At about 7:50am this morning (10/8), SAPD officers arrested Landon L. Mitchell (19 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  He was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Since the beginning of the school year, Ptl. P. M. Farry, the School Resource Officers at St. Albans High School has been receiving numerous complaints from at least 10 high school students complaining that Mitchell was dealing marijuana on and around the St. Albans High School parking lot east of the school.  Using the school’s video surveillance system, Ptl. Farry was able to watch two drug recent transactions between Mitchell and students.

A warrant was obtained by Ptl. Farry and was served this morning by Farry and officers from the St. Albans Police Department Special Enforcement Unit as part of the Kanawha/Putnam Warrant Round-Up.  Mitchell was arrested without incident.  He was arraigned and given a $15,000 bond.

Mitchell is NOT a student at St. Albans High School.  Once again, it was the information and complaints on Mitchell from several current students that lead to this arrest.

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

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Suspect Arrested for 3rd Degree Sexual Assault

Donnie J. Sparks

Donnie J. Sparks

Today, after a lengthy investigation, Sgt. M. K. Elkins of St. Albans Police Department arrested Donnie J. Sparks (63 y.o.a. of St. Albans) for two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault.  Sgt. Elkins has detailed statements from two now adult men, who said Sparks abused them when they were in their early teens.  The men detail accusations of oral sex and intimidation including threats to kill one of the accusers.  Texted nude photos were also allegedly sent to the suspect.  They accuse the suspect of providing them with cigarettes, pills, and marijuana.

One of the men said Sparks initially approached him at a baseball game in St. Albans.  The other accuser said the suspect befriended him initially and began buying him things.  Both accusers said the abuse happened at the suspect’s Highland Drive residence and office located in the 500 block of 6th Avenue.  For several years, Sparks was a youth basketball coach for youth leagues in St. Albans.

Sparks arraigned and received a $75,000 surety bond.  He was able to make that bond and was released.

Sgt. Elkins believes there are many other victims  which have not come forward.  Other victims are encouraged to contact Sgt. Elkins or any St. Albans Police officer regarding their contact with Sparks.

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

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National Drug Take Back Initiative

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, St. Albans Police Department joins law enforcement agencies from across the area and nation for the National Drug Take Back Initiative.  From 10am to 2pmon Saturday, area residents can bring their unused, unwanted, or expired medication to the St. Albans Police Department for safe disposal.

It is important to safely dispose of medications.  Flushing them down the toilet rises the cost to treat the water and indirectly affects your sewer rates.  Simply throwing them away potentially puts them in the hands of thieves or exposes them to pets and animals.  Letting them collect at home raises the risk of theft or diversion to other people.

This program is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  They are working with local law enforcement across the nation and will collect the medications for safe disposal.  So if you have old medicines around from a loved one or you have changed medicines and have the old prescriptions just sitting there, bring them to SAPD for safe disposal.  We will also collect expired or unwanted over the counter medicines, pet medicines, and vitamins.  Liquid medications may be dropped off, but ONLY if in the original container.  NO NEEDLES CAN BE COLLECTED!

If you aren’t in the St. Albans area, please to go here and search for a collection site near you:;jsessionid=70C86C3DECFF6E3EF5BB277810AED960?_flowExecutionKey=_cF9ACF7C7-2609-0069-F87D-CA7438EB289C_kD5068F8D-2F7A-E763-A34D-59BF10647D2A

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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 October 15.  St. Albans Police Department will be having several retirements over the next two years and will need a list to hire from.

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.  The application packet can also be downloaded using the link below:

Police Department Application 2015

Applications MUST be turned in no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, October 15, 2015 to the City Clerk’s Office at  St. Albans City Hall at 1499 MacCorkle Avenue.  Those returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED BY October 15, 2015 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 Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8am.  It will consist of the following current WV State Police Academy entrance standards:

  • 18 strict push-ups within on minute
  • 28 strict sit-ups within one minute
  • 1.5 mile run within 14:36

Explanations and how to train for the test can be found on this document:  WVSPA PAT Training

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 Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6pm at the Hansford Senior Center located at 500 Washington Avenue 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.

Salary scale for base pay is:  Hire – $31,324     Year 1 – $32,822     Year 3 – $34,403     Year 5 – $36,046  (note this is base pay…with the built in overtime on the 12-hour shifts expect each of these salary listings to be at least $5000 higher)

Benefits include:

  • medical insurance with free eye and dental
  • police pension, all equipment issued
  • department issued smartphone (upon completion of the Academy)
  • take home car (upon completion of the Academy and subject to distance restrictions)
  • longevity pay (begins receiving at 6th anniversary of hiring)
  • 12-hour rotating schedule (every other weekend off after completion of Academy)
  • built-in overtime (8 hours per check upon completion of the Academy while working the 12-hour schedule)
  • overtime paid for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week
  • paid every 14 days
  • off-duty employment opportunities
  • overtime detail opportunities
  • special investigation opportunities (drug unit assignments & Special Enforcement Unit)

The City of St. Albans is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Missing juvenile has been found

Christopher Johnson has been located and has been reunited with his mother.  Thanks to the social & news media publicity, he made his location known.  Thanks to everyone.

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Missing Juvenile; Long History of Emotional Problems

Christopher Johnson, 11 y.o.a.

Christopher Johnson, 11 y.o.a.

Casandra Wilson contacted 911 at around 5pm to report her son, Christopher Johnson (11 y.o.a.) missing.  She said he did not get on the school bus after school at Hayes Middle School.  Officers responded and reached the school Principal by phone and were also able to speak with Christopher’s school bus driver.  He said he saw Christopher walk past the school bus and not get on.  Tending to the rest of the duties, he was not able to see what direction Christopher went.

Some areas around the school were checked after speaking to some students who were still around the school.  Ms. Wilson said she and her son were new to the area.  She also said he has had a long history of emotional problems which is of more concern since he is missing.

Christopher has been entered in to NCIC.  If anyone has seen Christoper or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call their local law enforcement agency or contact St. Albans Police Department through METRO Communications.  Those 24 hour numbers are 304-357-0191 or 304-348-8111.

Christopher is about 5-02 and 105 lbs.  He was wearing a gray long sleeve shirt with black sleeves and blue jeans.

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Arrest Made for Child Neglect with Risk of Injury

Benjamin P. Grady

Benjamin P. Grady

At about 11:08am on Tuesday, August 25, employees at Domino’s Pizza at 2308 MacCorkle Avenue called to report a very small child walking around their store with no adult in sight.  When officers arrived, they found a male child about 2 or 3 years old.  Employees of Domino’s said they saw the child headed right for MacCorkle Avenue and stopped him.  MacCorkle Avenue is a 4-lane highway with a center turn lane and speed limit of 50 mph in that area.

Several SAPD officers came to the area and began knocking on the doors of area homes.  At one home within a few hundred yards away, officers found the child’s home.  The man there said he was the step-father and was watching the child while the mother was at a doctor’s appointment.  He said the child was 2 years old and he thought the child was home.  He said he fell asleep on the couch by the front door for about an hour, but was unaware how long the child had been gone.

The mother was notified and returned home quickly to take custody of the child.  Child Protective Services will be contacted as well.  The step-father, Benjamin P. Grady is 27 y.o.a. from St. Albans.  He is charged with the felony charge of Child Neglect resulting in Risk of Injury (1-5 years and/or $1000-$3000 fine).

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

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Arrest made on Felon in Possession of firearm

Raymond Adkins

Raymond Adkins

At around 4pm today, SAPD officers were called to Dean’s Pawn Shop regarding a patron who may have attempted to pawn a stolen shotgun and had allegedly pawned another stolen gun yesterday.  While the status of these guns being stolen could not be immediately confirmed, a record check on the accused revealed he has previous criminal convictions for Grand Larceny and Daytime Burglary in 2011.   Anyone convicted of a felony may not possess a firearm.

The man was arrested and charged with being  a Prohibited Person Possessing a Firearm.  Since the underlying convictions weren’t serious enough, this charge of possessing the firearm is a misdemeanor.  Arrested was Raymond Adkins (36 y.o.a. from Griffithsville, WV).  He was taken to Kanawha Magistrate Court for arraignment.

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

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