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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Man arrested for 3rd Degree Sexual Assault; Victim 12 yr old girl

Tristan W. Pennington

Tristan W. Pennington

While on patrol the evening of February 14, Ptl. D. F. Wyatt saw a truck parked on the lot of the former Belvil Elementary School in the 2000 block of Washington Avenue at about 8:39pm.  the truck appeared to be occupied.  When he walked up to truck he saw the male occupant involved in what appeared to be a sexual act with girl who appeared to be quite young.  When asked, the girl said she was 12 years old.  The male, Tristan W. Pennington was confirmed to be 18 years old.  Officers contacted the girl’s mother who confirmed her age.  Due to the circumstances witnessed by the officer, Pennington was arrested for 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, a felony.

Pennington (18 yoa from St. Albans) was taken to SAPD for processing.  The girl’s mother agreed to have her daughter give a statement confirming the act.  Texts had been exchanged between the two where he asked to have sex on Valentine’s Day.  The mother consented to have her daughter’s cell phone examined.

Pennington gave a statement confirming the incident saying he picked her up several blocks away from her home as her parents wouldn’t approve of her meeting an 18 yr old man.  He also voluntarily surrendered his cell phone for forensic examination.

Pennington was arraigned the morning of 2/15 and has since been released on bail.

WV State Law requires there to be LESS than a four year age difference even in consenting sexual acts when one of the persons is under 16 years old and the other person is over 16 years old.  Therefore, if the age difference is over 4 years, it is a crime.  In this case, the age difference is 5 1/2 years.  Pennington is facing a penalty of 1-5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.  Sex offender registration would be mandated as well.

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Home Invasion Robbery

Timothy Westfall

Timothy Westfall

Dustin Gard

Dustin Gard

A little after 9pm on Thursday, February 6, the residents at a home in the 2600 block of Furlong Avenue reported two males entered their home in an attempt to rob them.  They said one had a gun and one had some sort of hammer.  They fled on foot as SAPD responded.  Our officers with the assistance of Nitro PD, cordoned off the area until police K9 units could respond to help track.  Police K9 units from Nitro, Hurricane, and the WV State Police responded.

Officers located Timothy Westfall first.   He was identified as the one with the gun.  The second suspect began calling Westfall’s mobile phone which had been taken by officers.  He was trying to get out of the area and wanted to know where Westfall was.  Not knowing he was speaking to police, he was led to Alameda Street where he was taken in to custody.

Dustin E.  Gard (26 yoa from Turtle Creek, WV) was charged with 1st Degree Robbery.  Timothy L. Westfall (24 yoa from Madison, WV) was charged with 1st Degree Robbery, Nighttime Burglary, 5 counts of Wanton Endangerment, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Fugitive from Justice.  He is wanted in Florida for Felony Battery.

Initial reports of a third offender were not confirmed.  Both Westfall and Gard confessed to their roles and both denied being in the company of a 3rd party.

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

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Annual Report for 2013 of the St. Albans Police Department

2013 Annual Report for St. Albans PD

Of note in the report is the following:

  • 69% increase in all arrests
  • 144% increase in felony arrests
  • 78% in grand larceny reports
  • 48% increase in citations
  • 17.5% decrease in crashes

Working with our citizens like in our Neighborhood Watches, helps the St. Albans Police Department become more proactive.  Some of the increase in these numbers are due our citizens seeing and reporting crime.  A big way you can help fight crime in the City is to join your local Neighborhood Watch.

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