SAPD Seeking ID on Two Suspected Shoplifters


SAPD is seeking the identity of the above pictured male and female.  They are suspected in a shoplifting at K-Mart on Tuesday, April 28.  If you know their identity, please contact St. Albans PD at 304-727-2251 or email:

We don’t need your name, just your information.

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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Drug Take Back Event

St. Albans Police Department will be holding a local drug take back event tomorrow (Saturday), April 18 on the parking lot of the Police Department.  It will be from 10am to 2pm.  People are urged to bring their unused, unwanted, or expired medicines for safe and proper disposal.  This can be prescription, over the counter, or pet medicines.  Items lite vitamins which fit this category are welcome also.

People can either strip off or obliterate their personal information.  Medicines should be in their original container.  No needles please.

Safe disposal of medicines can reduce the risk of theft or improper use by others.  It also prevents them from entering the water treatment system which is what happens when they are flushed down the toilet.  This increases the costs of waste water treatment which is passed on to the customers.

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SAPD Swears In New Officer

Travis Parsons Taking the Oath

Travis Parsons Taking the Oath

St. Albans Police Department swears in it’s 25th officer last night at the City Council meeting.  Travis Parsons from Charleston will attend the WV State Police Academy next month.  Travis is a veteran of the US Navy having served 10 years.  He served on the USS Carl Vinson, the LHA-4 Nassau, and at NAS Signolla, Italy.

After the completing the 16-week Academy, Parsons will have to complete a 16-week field training rotation prior to solo patrol.

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Crash Spike at US 60 @ Walnut Street

SAPD has noticed a recent spike in crashes last month at the intersection of US 60 @ Walnut Street.  In a three week period from the end of February through mid-March, there were five crashes at that intersection.  This far out paced other intersections in the city.  Each crash was looked at and weather was not a factor.  In fact, on every crash the pavement was dry.  Three of them were in daylight and two at night.

SAPD Officers were directed to pay attention to this intersection and monitor for violations.  SAPD have pulled over 23 cars near that intersection beginning on March 17 and there has been only one crash since.  But, enforcement is dependent upon manpower and calls for service.

The WV Division of Highways is conducting a study of that intersection to see what, if anything, can be done about things such as signage, traffic signal timing, traffic signal lighting, speed limits, or anything else to reduce crashes here.

Citizens are asked to use caution at this and all other intersections.  Motorists are reminded that a yellow light means “prepare to stop” and to obey the speed limit.  Much of US 60 has a speed limit of 50 mph.  It drops to 4o mph at about Roadside Park to the western City limits.

About 40% of the crashes in the City of St. Albans so far this year, have occurred on US 60.  While not necessarily unsafe, it has a much higher speed limit so when there is a crash on this road the chance for injuries and severe damage is greater.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Concealed Pistol Charges

William E. Bowen

William E. Bowen IV

On Monday, March 16 at about 10:20pm, a gray Ford Escort was stopped by Ptl. D. D. Griffith after the officer discovered the registration on the car was improper.  After the stop, the driver could not provide any registration or insurance on the car.  Acting extremely nervous, the officer asked the driver to step from the car.  When he did, a small pistol was discovered under the driver’s seat by Ptl. Griffith.  After being taken in to custody, four Clonazepam pills were found in the driver’s pants pocket.

The driver, William E. Bowen IV (29 yoa from Rand) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Carrying a Concealed Dangerous & Deadly Weapon w/o a Permit, Improper Registration, and No Insurance.  He was processed and eventually lodged in the South Central Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond.

These are allegations only.  All people are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court  of law.

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Plea Deal Reached in Armed Robbery of El Dorado Bar

In November of 2014 at shortly after 3pm, the El Dorado Club was robbed gunpoint.  The offender fired a shot just inside the bar prior to fleeing in what was believed a small red car.  The original press release is here:

After a lengthy investigation involving tips given to St. Albans Police Department, a warrant was obtained last month for First Degree Robbery on Joseph Michael Eads (30 y.o.a. from St. Albans area).  Yesterday in Kanawha County Circuit Court before Judge Charles King, Eads accepted a deal and entered a plea of Guilty for the First Degree Robbery.  The deal called for a 15 year sentence which was handed down by Judge King.  Eads was immediately taken in to custody from the court room.

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Lockdown Drills Scheduled

As part of our continued effort to assist and support our local schools, we have been asked by the Kanawha County Schools to monitor and participate Lockdown drills at schools in our City.  In the coming months, we have several drills scheduled.  These drills are an effort to keep YOUR children safe.  These drills test both the staff and students on what procedures they need to perform in the event of a Lockdown.  Some of these procedures are simply an extension of a Shelter-In-Place drill that’s been in place for years as a response to chemical emergencies.  These drills will have minimal impact on the school day.

In the event of a REAL Lockdown, you as parents will likely be notified via the Kanawha County Schools notification system.  If your child’s school goes on a REAL Lockdown, do NOT call the school as you will only clog the phone lines.  These phone lines NEED to be kept open for emergency calls.  We also encourage students who may have cell phones to not all call home at once.  It has been noted at many emergencies that cell towers can quickly become overloaded which impede emergency responders for better doing their jobs.  Finally, in the event of a REAL Lockdown do NOT to to your child’s school.  The building will be in Lockdown and you will not be able to get in to the building.  If the emergency is serious you may not be able to get to the area of the building and you will only clog traffic and prevent emergency responders from getting to the scene and handling the situation.

Many schools have social media accounts like Twitter and/or Facebook.  We encourage school administrators to release information on those accounts during any emergency so parents can be kept informed.  This agency also has Twitter and Facebook and can release information during an emergency.  We are all parents too and we understand the desire to take care of your child.  However, there may be a small period of time in which there is no information to give and parents may not know what is going on.  This will be true in any emergency.  Please be patient with the schools and police as they will be doing their best in a tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving situation.  We all want to give out information as quickly as possible, but we want that information to be ACCURATE!


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Annual Report for 2014

2014 Annual Report

Training Summary 2014

Items of note:

  • Continued decrease in reported crashes in the City during 2014
  • Decrease in reported crimes
  • Increase in arrests
  • Increase in activity from our Special Enforcement Unit
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Warrant Obtained for Stolen Credit Card Used at K-Mart

Earlier today, Sgt. Dan Wyatt obtained a felony warrant for Timothy “Bobo” Ward (32 yoa from Buffalo, WV).  The warrant is for Fraudulent Use of an Access Device.  His whereabouts are unknown, so if anyone is aware of his location they are asked to contact their local police agency.  We also ask Ward to turn himself in.

SAPD was bombarded with phone calls, emails, and other messages since last week.   Of the 30+ such communications received, all but four identified the man in those photos as Ward.  We wish to thank everyone for their help.


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Credit Card Fraud Suspect


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On January 18, the white male in the red cap pictured above attempted to use a stolen credit card at the St. Albans K-Mart.  The purchase was denied.  The card was stolen from Kelley’s Cafe in Nitro the previous night.  Cards from the wallet have been used at several locations in the St. Albans/Nitro area and in Putnam County.

The suspect left the store when the purchase was denied.  He left in a white sedan, also pictured above.  There was another male and a female with long blonde hair also in car.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity, please notify Sgt. Dan Wyatt at St. Albans PD.  He can be reached at the office at 304-727-2251 or via departmental email found on our website:

Those wishing to remain anonymous can email:


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