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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Daytime Burglary, Gunshot fired at Witness, Police track suspects through the snow

Craig A. Scott

Craig A. Scott

At around 8:30 am this morning, SAPD was dispatched to a report of a Daytime Burglary and Gunshots in the area of the 700 block of Spring Street.  Officers arrived to speak with a man who said he discovered his neighbor’s house broken in to.  He became suspicious when he watched two males walk in to his neighbor’s yard.  When he want to investigate, he found a door had been forced open.  He saw the suspects leave.

When he followed them, one turned and fired one shot in his direction from a handgun.

When SAPD arrived, officers were immediately directed by the witness to the footprints in the freshly fallen snow.  Officers followed these footprints to a residence in the 700 block of Cunningham Street on the other side of the alley.  Through a window, officers we able to see a male hide some item under a chair.  Two males in the home were secured while a search warrant was obtained.

Acting on this search warrant, officers found a 22 pistol under the aforementioned chair.  They also found a laptop computer, other electronics, and checks belonging to the victim.

Arrested were Craig A. Scott (24 yoa from St. Albans) and a 16 year old juvenile.  The juvenile was the one who fired the shot according to the witness.  They were both charged with Daytime Burglary.  The juvenile is additionally charged with Watnon Endangerment.  Scott was taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court for arraignment.  The juvenile will face a detention hearing.

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

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Update on Death Investigation

Regarding the death investigation of Nancy Lynch which began the evening of January 27.

An autopsy was performed on Ms. Lynch.  The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was homicide.  Specifically, by stabbing.  For the time being, no further information will be released regarding the specifics of the stabbing or the time of death.

In the time since Ms. Lynch was discovered, detectives from St. Albans Police Department have been working around the clock on this case.  They’ve been assisted by detectives from the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation.

During the investigation, it was discovered jewelry had been stolen from the Lynch home.  It was found in a local pawn shop.  The person who pawned this jewelry was Megan M. Hughes (27 yoa from St. Albans).

Ms. Lynch owned two automobiles.  They were not at the Lynch home when she was discovered.  They were both put in NCIC as stolen.  One of the cars, a 2008 Toyota Camry was recovered very early Wednesday morning in Charleston by detectives from SAPD, KBI, and officers from Charleston Police Department.  The person who had been driving the car was Timothy P. Shafer (28 yoa from St. Albans).  In his company was Megan Hughes.  The two are in a romantic relationship.

The second car, a 1991 Toyota Camry has also been located in the Sissonville area.

Ms. Hughes was arrested and charged with Transferring/Receiving Stolen Property regarding the jewelry.  Shafer is being charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

The investigation continues in to the death of Nancy Lynch.  Many in the community have come forth with helpful information.  If anyone else thinks they have any information regarding her death, please contact the St. Albans Police Department.

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Suspicious Death

Last night a little after 9pm on Sunday January 26, SAPD received a call to respond to the 2300 block of Jefferson Avenue regarding a deceased person.  The resident of the house was found by acquaintances who were concerned because they hadn’t heard from her.  Within minutes of officers arriving on scene, detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit of St. Albans PD were notified.  In addition, the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist.

The resident was Nancy Burdette Lynch (66 yoa from St. Albans).  Her exact cause of death cannot be determined, nor can the time of death.  She was taken to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Due to the unknowns, her death is being treated as suspicious and our detectives will be investigating indefinitely.


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