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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Sobriety Check Point

In conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the St. Albans Police Department will be conducting a sobriety check point on Kanawha Terrace at Green Valley Drive on Friday August 21, 2015. The checkpoint will last from 7pm to 1am.

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Update on Wallet Theft from Kroger

Today, a little after 6pm, a woman returned the wallet to the listed victim, James Callihan (93 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  He called SAPD officers who met with the woman as she was still on the scene.  She gave officers all of her information saying she had intended all along to return the wallet to Mr. Callihan.

The woman, which we will not identify at this time, did call at least two local TV stations wishing to clear her name.

Mr. Callihan has said at this time he doesn’t wish to press charges.  This information will be turned over to the investigating case officer, Ptl. A. C. Truitt.  Perhaps a prosecutor will be still be consulted since the wallet wasn’t returned for over 24 hours.

All of us at SAPD as well as Mr. Callihan appreciate all of the tips that did come in and everyone’s concern.

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Wallet Theft at Kroger

Unknown Female

Unknown Female

 

At about 11:30 am this morning, an elderly male forgot his wallet after paying for groceries at the St. Albans Kroger.  He left it at the cash register.  After he walked off the woman in line behind him picks it up.  The man, who is 93 years old, had a couple of credit cards, social security cards, a check, and several insurance cards.

A video of the theft can be viewed here.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mpb5bptbhfez6em/KrogerWalletTheft.mov?dl=0&s=sl

Anyone knowing the identity of this woman should contact St. Albans Police Department at 304-727-2251 during regular business hours or via METRO 911 non-emergency at 304-348-8111 or 304-357-0191.  Tips can be sent via email at crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com

Ptl. Aaron Truitt is the investigating case officer.

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

 

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Two Arrests for McKinley Middle School B&E

Joshua C. Longerbean

Joshua C. Longerbean

Jessica N. Longerbean

Jessica N. Longerbean

Thanks to tips identifying them, SAPD has made arrests on two of the three suspects in the McKinley Middle School Breaking and Entering from last week.  The husband and wife pair arrested are Joshua C. Longerbean (25 y.o.a. from the St. Albans area) and Jessica N. Longerbean (25 y.o.a. from the St. Albans area).  Both are charged with Breaking & Entering and Conspiracy.

Tips lead officers to an abandoned house on Burlew Avenue in Charleston.  With the assistance of Charleston PD and WV Parole Officers, the pair were arrested without incident at about 12:47pm today (8/11/15).  Thanks to media publicity, SAPD received well over 20 tips on this case.  At least a dozen of them specifically named the Longerbeans as suspects in this crime.

The suspects claim the stolen property has been destroyed and dumped since the incident.  SAPD officers are following up on leads as to the identity of the third suspect.  Sgt. D. F. Wyatt is the investigating case officer.

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

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Attention Hayes Middle School Parents: The walking bridge will be open for school

I was informed today (Thursday August 6) by the Principal at Hayes Middle School that the walking bridge WILL BE OPEN for students to walk to and from school beginning on the first day of school.  While work continues on the bridge, it will be open to regular pedestrian traffic for students for days when school is session.  What work that remains will be completed on the weekends when school is not in session.

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Breaking and Entering overnight at McKinley Middle School

20 3 15Between 11:50 pm on August 4 and 1:00am August 5, three white persons entered in to McKinley Middle School through an unlocked second floor window.  Video surveillance caught them stealing several thousand dollars worth of iPads, an Apple TV, some television remotes, and numerous flash drives full of a teacher’s lesson plans accumulated over years of teaching.  They roamed freely throughout the school for over an hour going in to every open classroom.

The suspects are one male and one female.  The third suspect is possibly a female, but that is not clear on the video.  The video could not be downloaded, but Sgt. D. F. Wyatt took still photos for distribution.  The entire set of still photos can be viewed at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kfb81vvx2b4g94e/AAAv6iRRug-eL83vYugDSSJMa?dl=0&s=sl

The suspects were last seen headed north away from the school towards the football field area.

If anyone had any information regarding this break-in and to the identities of these suspects, they are asked to contact St. Albans Police Department at 304-727-2251 or via email at crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com

 

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Stalking Arrest: Camera catches suspect spraying liquid on plants & home; Possibly Sulfuric Acid

Charles T. Hatfield

Charles T. Hatfield

A woman on Sutherland Drive in St. Albans reported on Tuesday evening August 4th around 9:36 pm to report an alert from a live surveillance feed on her home regarding an intrusion on her property.  She had just installed this system due to a recent break up with break-up with her boyfriend, Charles T. Hatfield (53 y.o.a. from Hurricane).  The break-up was severe enough to cause the woman to obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order against Mr. Hatfield.  This order was later dismissed after a hearing at Family Court (it is unknown exactly why it was dismissed).

When reporting the intrusion on to her property to METRO 911, she reported getting the intrusion alert and watched a live feed on her cell phone.  She said she watched her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Hatfield, walking around her property and sprinkling an unknown substance in various areas around her property.  SAPD officers were dispatched to the home.  When they arrived, they noticed a distinct chemical odor when checking the property.  They noticed the plants and flowers were wet and some sort of granular substance was in the front yard and front porch.  They were able to meet with the victim and the surveillance feed was played back from the recording.  Officers were able to see a man the victim said was Mr. Hatfield spraying an unknown liquid on the plants and flowers as well as on other areas around the home.  The video also showed the man sprinkling the granular substance.

While officers were on the scene, it was readily evident the plants and flowers were deteriorating at a rapid pace.  Investigators from the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene to collect samples of the substances.   The liquid field tested as sulfuric acid.  Samples of this liquid were found on the vegetation, the air conditioning unit, and entry key pad for her garage door.  The other granular substance was not able to be immediately identified.  The samples of both the liquid and granular substance will be sent to the WV State Police Crime Lab for exact identification.  Officers from Nitro Police Department assisted in evidence gathering at the scene.

Based on the video and victim’s identification, a warrant was obtained for the charge of Stalking on Mr. Hatfield.  He was arrested without incident at his home in Hurricane, WV with the assistance of Hurricane Police Department in the early morning of August 5th.   The stalking charge is a misdemeanor charge.   The investigating case officer is Sgt. Phil Bass.  He is working closely with the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office on this case regarding any possible other charges which could be made.

Mr. Hatfield remains in the Western Regional Jail.  He is to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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St. Albans Night Out

The City of St. Albans will be joining communities across the region and nation on Tuesday, August 4 for the Night Out celebration.   The St. Albans Police Department is glad to once again participate in this wonderful neighborhood event.  We will be at the parking lot of Mayberry’s Restaurant along US 60 at the St. Albans Mall Shopping Center from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Joining us will be the USA Martial Arts (http://www.usamaf.com) training center with demonstrations and a few self-defense tips.  The St. Albans Studio of Dance (http://www.sastudioofdance.com/) will be there along with Heroes 4 Higher (http://www.h4h.us/).  H & H Enterprises (http://www.bringingfuntoyou.com/) will provide some games for the kids.

Come by and bring the kids for an evening of friends and fun!

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Walking Bridge at Hayes Middle School: Delay in maintenance completion!

Attention to all Hayes Parents!!!!!

Kanawha County Schools Facilities Department has informed us that the upgrading to the walking bridge will not be completed by the start of school. There is no timetable for it’s completed.  We do not have any more information.

This bridge is NOT owned by the City, it is owned by KC Schools.

 

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