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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Two arrested for Arson

Daniel L. Ferrell

Daniel L. Ferrell

Jameson D. Edwards

Jameson D. Edwards

On Friday, March 7 at about 8:14 pm, the Fire and Police Departments for St. Albans were dispatched to the rear of the Kroger Supermarket located at the St. Albans Mall Shopping Center along MacCorkle Avenue.  Employees reported some boxes had been set on fire outside the back of the store a few feet from a 500 pound propane tank.  The St. Albans Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire.  Officers were able to see about 8-10 cardboard boxes had been burnt.

A Kroger Loss Prevention Associate told officers of the possible suspects now being in front of the stores walking west from Kroger.  Officers found the two which were detained.  Several knives and bic lighters were found on them after a pat down.  One of the two admitted he set the fire.  This was confirmed in viewing the store’s surveillance video.  Two males were clearly seen in the area around some boxes then walking away.  Smoke and flames were seen about 30 seconds later and no one else came in to the area.

They were arrested and taken to SAPD for processing.  Arrested was Daniel L. Ferrell (33 y.o.a. from St. Albans) and Jameson D. Edwards (26 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  Both waived their rights and gave statements.  Edwards admitted to stealing a can of beer from Kroger, fleeing the store with it when asked for ID to purchase it shortly before the fire.  Ferrell admitted to setting the fire in the company of Edwards.

Ferrell was charged with First Degree Arson and is being held on a $1,000 bond.  Edwards was also charged with First Degree Arson.  He also had an outstanding Family Court Capias for Child Support.  He is being held without bond on the Capias.

Ptl. A. C. Truitt is the investigating officer.  He was assisted by Ptl. M. J. Martin, Lt. M. J. Dlugos, & Sgt. M. T. Page.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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School Zone Traffic Stop yields Fugitive From Justice

Raymond Z. Brainard

Raymond Z. Brainard

At about 7:55am on March 7, Lt. Phil Smith stopped a vehicle for speeding in the school zone of Central Elementary School.  A record check on the driver revealed he was in NCIC as a wanted person from the State of Ohio.  The driver, Raymond Z. Brainard (24 y.o.a. from Charleston) is wanted in Athens County, Ohio for Aggravated Possession of Drugs.

Brainard was taken in to custody and has been lodged in the South Central Regional Jail pending extradition proceedings.

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Woman charged with Grand Larceny from K-Mart

Sarah E. Hanson

Sarah E. Hanson

A little after 6pm on Thursday, March 6, loss prevention personnel from the St. Albans K-Mart reported watching a woman remove several items of jewelry from a display case and conceal them in her purse.  The woman also attempted to flee the store, but employees were able to block her way.  She fled back in to the store and left through a rear door where she was apprehended by responding SAPD officers Ptl. D. F. Wyatt and Lt. D. C. Harris.

In her purse was found the jewelry taken from K-Mart.  The total retail value all of the items was $6,079.81.  These items were returned to the store.  The woman, Sarah E. Hanson (23 y.o.a. from St. Albans) was charged with Grand Larceny, a felony.  Loss Prevention officers from K-Mart suspect her of stealing from other K-Mart stores in the area.

Hanson was remanded to the South Central Regional Jail last night on a $5,000 bond.

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Warrant served for Armed Robbery & Wanton Endangerment

Cameron S. Layne

Cameron S. Layne

With the assistance of Huntington PD, a warrant was served in Huntington on Cameron Layne by SAPD Detectives.  The warrant was obtained  for a Home Invasion of an apartment on Highland Drive in St. Albans on the early morning of December 23, 2013.  In this crime, Layne is accused of forcing his way in to the apartment and shooting at the occupant’s dog while demanding and stealing their prescription medication.  The warrant was for Armed Robbery and Wanton Endangerment.

Layne (30 yoa from Huntington) was arrested in the early evening of Wednesday, March 5th without incident along the streets of Huntington and was taken to HPD for processing.  He was lodged in the Western Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.

His accused accomplice, Robert Farris (21 yoa from St. Albans) was charged last month with Armed Robbery.  He has been lodged in the South Central Regional Jail since his arrest.

This investigation continues and more arrests are possible.

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Arrest Totals for 2014

Total Arrests for 2014

Month            Felonies        Misd.          Totals

January 9 46 55
February 7 43 50
Total 16 89 105
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Neighborhood Complaints lead to Drug Investigation; Arrest

Christopher P. Dudding

Christopher P. Dudding

After receiving numerous neighborhood complaints, SAPD officers began looking in to  a residence in the 2700 block of Washington Avenue.  This investigation lead to obtaining a Search Warrant which was executed at 8:45 pm on February 27.  This search revealed marijuana, sandwich bags, scales, bags with suspected marijuana in them, several other items of drug paraphernalia, and some marijuana plants being grown in a closet.

Arrested was a resident of the house, Christopher P. Dudding (19 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  He as charged with a felony for Possession with Intent to Distribute.

Another resident was cited for misdemeanor possession of a control substance.  When officers entered the residence, several in the home were smoking marijuana.

Ptl. J. D. Lucas is the investigating officer.

 

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January Arrest Totals

Felony Arrests:  9

Misdemeanor Arrests:  46

 

Total Arrests:  55

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