SAPD Participates in Two-County Warrant Round-Up

Beginning early this morning (October 16, 2014), St. Albans PD joined a massive effort in both Putnam and Kanawha County to attempt to serve 75 arrest warrants and 3 search warrants.  As of 1:30pm, 78 people have been arrested and the three search warrants have been executed.  The sweep continues and more search warrants and arrests are expected in both counties.

One of the search warrants was served on 10th Street in the City of St. Albans and a kevlar vest, ammunition, and various drug paraphernalia was recovered.  Two arrests for Municipal Court capias were served there.  Other arrests and charges are possible.

The list of entities participating in today’s round-up are:

·         Metro Drug Unit (Chas. PD, Kanawha Co. SO, South Chas. PD, Nitro PD, St. Albans PD)

·         Metro Drug Unit – Putnam Task Force (Putnam Co. SO, Hurricane PD, St. Albans PD)

·         Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department – STOP Team / SWAT Team

·         Charleston Police Department – Special Enforcement Unit / SWAT Team

·         South Charleston Police Department – Special Enforcement Unit

·         St. Albans Police Department – Special Enforcement Unit

·         Dunbar Police Department

·         Putnam County Sheriff’s Department  – Street Crimes / Entry Team

·         U.S. Marshals Service

·         W.V. State Police

SAPD was pleased and excited to join these area agencies in this concentrated effort.

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DUI Driver Arrested At Over 4 times the Legal Limit

Aaron C. Southern

Aaron C. Southern

On Friday, October 3 at about 7pm, Ptl. P. A. Bass pulled over a car for swerving in to on-coming traffic and almost striking two cars on Pennsylvania Avenue.  After stopping the car, Ptl. Bass detected an odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath.  In response to the question if he’d been driving, the driver, Aaron Southern (31 y.o.a. from St. Albans) responded “too much.”  The driver was slow in his responses for paperwork on his car.  He failed one field sobriety test and declined to do any more.  His operator’s license is suspended by the State of South Carolina.

Southern was arrested.  While being processed, an Intoximeter test revealed Southern’s blood alcohol at .367%.  Southern has been charged with Driving Left of Center, Driving on a Suspended Operator’s License, and Aggravated DUI.  His bond has been set at $500 through St. Albans Municipal Court.

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National Drug Take Back Event

This Saturday, September 27 from 10am to 2pm, St. Albans Police Department will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Event.  People can bring their unwanted, unused, or expired medications for proper and safe disposal.  These medications can be prescription, over the counter, or even pet medications.  Liquids should be in original containers, but NO NEEDLES CAN BE ACCEPTED!

Now is the time to clean out that medicine cabinet.

Our event is being held on the parking lot of St. Albans Police Department at 51 6th Avenue.

Hope to see you there!

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Arrest made in Murder Investigation

Michael Benbow

Michael Benbow

In the early evening of Friday September 12, an arrest warrant for First Degree Murder was served on Michael Benbow (24 yoa).  This warrant was served in the City of Charleston by officers from several agencies.

This warrant charges Benbow with the death of Micah Burdette on Tuesday, September 9.  Information leading to Benbow’s arrest was a result of the tips received from several law enforcement agencies as well as the public at large.
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Name Released in City Park Death

The identity of the deceased person found in SA City Park was Micah Burdette (20 y.o.a. from St. Albans).  He is from St. Albans.  Preliminary autopsy results showed the cause of death was homicide.  Final results are pending.

The investigation continues.  If anyone has any information regarding the death of Micah Burdette, please call 304-727-2251 during regular business hours or after hours call 304-348-8111.

People can also email:  crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com at any time.

 

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Deceased Male Found in City Park

At around 7:30pm, a hiker called 911 to report a person down in one of the parking areas of the St. Albans City Park.  The first officer on scene arrived with Kanawha County Paramedics to discover the man was deceased.  The cause of death is unknown, but the death is being investigated.

Detectives from the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene along with Detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit of St. Albans PD to begin an investigation.  The KBI consists of detectives from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, Nitro Police Department, Dunbar Police Department, and St. Albans Police Department.

The male is about 20 years old and has been identified.  His next of kin are being spoken too, but his name will not be released tonight.  His body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office and all officers cleared the scene around 10:20pm.

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Grandparent Scam being used locally

For the third time in two days, SAPD has received word of the Grandparent Scam being used locally.  Yesterday, a woman reported an elderly family member had possibly been scammed out of money.  The scammer was able to con the person out of $16,000.  Another elderly gentleman was conned out of $2500.  The way the scam usually works, is someone calls impersonating a grand child saying they are in jail and they need money for bond.  Often without checking, money is sent.  It is either wired or in the case yesterday, the man went to Wal Mart and put money on a Green Dot card and furnished the card number when the scammer called back.  The other victim wired money from K-Mart to New York.

In today’s case, an elderly couple from Putnam County came to SAPD inquiring about a grand child having been arrested.  They provided the same story as yesterday’s victims.  We told them they were being scammed and NOT to send any money.  They assured us they would not and they would take the time to reach their grandson  who lives out of state to confirm he is OK.

Area law enforcement has been contacted regarding this scam.  None have been reported using this same specific technique, however Hurricane Police informed us they had three cases of a person calling people identifying themselves as IRS agents and telling them they owed back taxes.  They were told to wire money to cover the taxes.

If ANY ONE calls you demanding money for some incarcerated loved one or for back taxes, do not just send money without checking things out.  First, the IRS will not demand payment over the phone for any reason.  They have a legal process which will be followed.  Most people are well aware when/if they owe back taxes anyway.

Regarding the distress scam, if you receive such a call, you should verify the identity and location of the grandchild claiming to be in trouble.  You should hang up and call another family member who can confirm your grandchild’s whereabouts.  Try calling your grandchild at the telephone number through which you normally reach him or her.  Stay calm and avoid acting out of a sense of urgency.  Do not wire money unless you have verified with an independent third party that your grandchild is truly in trouble.

In addition, never give out any personal identifying information such as bank account or credit card numbers to anyone who calls you on the phone.  As with all phone scams, con artists will lie, cheat, steal, and make up plausible stories to convince you to wire money or divulge sensitive information.  The callers are often professional criminals who are skillfully able to get you to wire money or give personal information before you have time to properly assess the situation.

For more information, go to: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/april/grandparent_040212

News Story from April 2014:  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/17/con-artist-says-he-made-10000-a-day-in-telephone-grandparent-scam/

 

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St. Albans Night Out

SA Night OutAugust 5 from 7pm to 9pm at Mayberry’s Restaurant parking lot at the St. Albans Mall (1400 block of MacCorkle Avenue)

Come join the St. Albans Neighborhood Watch and the St. Albans Police Department for the 4th annual St. Albans Night Out.  Bring the whole family for over 30 booths and attractions including:

Presentation by the St. Albans Studio of Dance (http://sastudioofdance.homestead.com/)

Demonstration by the USA Martial Arts school of St. Albans (http://www.usamaf.com/)

A special visit by Batman (http://www.h4h.us/)

Members of the St. Albans Police & Fire Departments will be on hand as well.  Come meet members of the St. Albans Neighborhood Watch.  Join an existing watch, or if one hasn’t been formed in your neighborhood you can get information on how to form one.  It’s a great way to “reconnect” with your neighbors and community.

For more information, like the page www.facebook.com/SANightOut

 

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Burglary & Sexual Assault Arrest

Jonathan M. Wilson

Jonathan M. Wilson

At about 8pm on July 30, officers were summoned to a home in the 2000 block of Grant Avenue regarding a report of Burglary.  A person was checking the home for the out of town homeowner and discovered a side door open.  Two persons were caught inside a male & juvenile female.  The female is a 15 year old juvenile and it was confirmed she is the granddaughter of the homeowner.  She said the male was her boyfriend and admitted they broke in to the home to eat some food and to have intercourse.  She also said the male was 16 years old and gave the name of Michael Meadows.

Officers were suspicious as the male looked older than 16.  They requested Dunbar PD check his former residence.  A picture of the male was sent to the officer to show and a person at the Dunbar residence identified the male as Jonathan M. Wilson who is 26 years old.  Confronted with this, the male admitted his true name and age.  He also admitted to having intercourse with the juvenile female and breaking in to the Grant Avenue residence.

Due to the female’s age (15 yoa), she cannot legally consent to intercourse with someone more than four years older than her.  Subsequently, Wilson was charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault as well as Burglary.  Both are felonies.

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

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Two arrested on Traffic Stop, including local fugitive

Rusty Martin

Rusty Martin

Erin Bays

Erin Bays

 

Yesterday (7/14) at about 5:30pm, at the request of the Metro Drug Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit of SAPD stopped a car in the area of Goff Mountain Road and Rt. 25 in Nitro.  The car was said to have a local man in it wanted on two Circuit Court Capias.  Upon stopping the car, the driver was in fact Rusty J. Martin (34 yoa from Cross Lanes).  He has Circuit Court Capias for Burglary and Grand Larceny.  As is the process for any Circuit Court Capias, Martin was taken directly to the South Central Regional Jail.

He failed to appear in Circuit Court for a Disposition Hearing.  This stemmed from a 2013 break-in at a residence on Oakland Avenue in St. Albans.  The woman came home and discovered Martin in her home.  He fled in a car after stealing some jewelry.  He was later arrested, charged, and eventually pleaded guilty to the above charges.  He just never appeared to sentencing in front of the Judge.

The passenger in the car failed to provide her real name.  She was also arrested and charged with Obstructing and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  She also had several syringes on her.  Her real name is Erin R. Bays (31 yoa from Charleston).  Bays taken to Magistrate Court and arraigned.

 

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