Emergency Preparedness – A Few Tips

Emergency Preparedness

A few tips to think about in light of the recent storm and aftermath.   It usually takes 72 hours before FEMA and other relief supplies can be brought in to any disaster area.  Having a few of these items on hand can go a long way to making your families safer!

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DUI Checkpoint

The St. Albans Police Department in conjunction with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and the WV State Police, will be having a DUI Checkpoint at Kanawha Terrace and Green Valley Drive.  The checkpoint will be Thursday evening (July 19) from 7pm until 1am.

The checkpoint is funded b y the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

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St. Albans Police expands Emergency Notifications

The St. Albans Police Department will utilize a new communications service, effective today, that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.

The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.

Messages may include traffic advisories, emergency advisories, criminal information, or other relevant safety information from the St. Albans Police Department, the St. Albans Fire Department, or other officials within the City.  Information from other public safety or governmental agencies can be passed on as well.

The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group.  Most importantly, this service is FREE for the City of St. Albans to use.  The SAPD currently uses Facebook & Twitter to disseminate information and we’ll continue to do so.  The Nixle Community Information Service will simultaneously post information the same information to Facebook & Twitter.  Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.

In evaluating the emergency response of the City after the recent Derecho storm, utilizing Nixle was seen as a way to augment the existing ways information is disseminated via Web Site press release, Facebook, & Twitter.  Not everyone has a smart phone and if there is no power or other utilities, computer access to the Internet is likely out as well.  Local cell phone service stayed up within and around the St. Albans area, and those with cell phones could have received up to date and accurate information as to the traffic situation, shelter information, and other relevant safety information.

Residents of St. Albans and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.

If they only want to receive texts, simply text SAPOLICE to the number 888777 to begin the activation procedure.

We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.

About Nixle

Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.

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Traffic Stop yields Convicted Felon with Firearm

Michael Kenney

A little before 9pm on June 19, Ptl. P. A. Bass saw Mr. Kenney drive a car in the area of Claremont Ave and Spruce Street.  From previous contacts, Ptl. Bass knew Mr. Kenney did not have a valid driver’s license.  After initially being placed in custody for Driving on Revoked for DUI, Sgt. M. A. Gilbert found suspected meth and several pills believed to be scheduled schedule 2 & schedule 4 (Oxycodone & Alprazolom).

A gun was also found in the car when Mr. Kenney’s son was retrieving items from the car prior to being towed.  Sgt. Gilbert saw what appeared to be a gun in an empty spot in the dashboard.  A Hi Point .380 was retreived.  Mr. Kenney has been convicted of multiple felonies including two drug convictions (Manufacture of Controlled Substance in 2004 and Operating a Clandestine Drug Lab in 2009).  As such, he is prohibited by state & federal law from possessing any firearms.

Mr. Kenney is facing two felony charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute and Prohibited Possession of a Firearm.  He was lodged in the South Central Regional Jail pending arraignment.  Kenney is 41 yoa and is from St. Albans but listed his mailing address as Hamlin.

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Vehicle Drives In To Intelos Store

At around 4:00am this morning (5-31-2012), a small blue or turquoise car drove in to the Intelos store at the St. Albans Mall and fled.  Witnesses at the Kroger Supermarket saw a car drive in to the nearby Intelos store, back out and drive away.  It was last seen headed west on 3rd Avenue in St. Albans.  Nearby law enforcement agencies were contacted.  SAPD officers followed a trail of broken glass on 3rd Avenue and collected evidence at the scene that may assist in identifying the suspect car.

Video surveillance systems will be looked at by SAPD officers to attempt to better identify the suspect vehicle and driver.

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Anti-DUI/Texting Driving Program

The St. Albans Police Department, along with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an Anti-DUI/Texting program tomorrow (Friday, May 4, 2012) at St. Albans High School.  The program will begin at 9:00am outside of the school.  Students will attempt to navigate a driving closed course in a golf cart wearing “drunk simulation goggles” to see their results.  Others will attempt to complete the course while attempting to text.

The goal of the program is to show how one’s driving skills diminish when either intoxicated or texting on a phone.  It is of significant timing for SAHS students as their Prom is on Saturday, May 5.

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Monthly Reports

Attached are the much delayed monthly reports.  The reporting is listed as a “zone”, but these are actually the City Council Wards.  Most of the reports will be in Ward 1 (the downtown area) as that is where a lot of the businesses are.

January 2012 by Ward

Feb 2012 by Ward Public

March 2012 by Ward

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Neighborhood Complaints spark Drug Search Warrant & Arrest

Matthew E. Bradford

Johnathan Aston

Numerous neighborhood complaints and a lengthy investigation resulted in a search warrant and drug arrest of Matthew E. Bradford (29 yoa from St. Albans) and Johnathan Aston (21 yoa from St. Albans).  The investigation culminated in a Search Warrant served on Bradford’s home in the 2000 block of Wilson Avenue on the evening of Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Bradford was charged with Distribution of Opana.  Aston was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Opana.  Both were arraigned by a Magistrate and lodged in the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bonds.

This investigation is part of the SAPD’s new Special Enforcement Unit.  This is another of the new programs SAPD will be rolling out this year.  Currently funded exclusively by overtime, this unit will become full time in the near future.  Along with drug investigations, it will perform duties like  serving arrest warrants, DUI patrols, stakeouts, speed enforcement patrols, and more.

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National Take Back Initiative, Saturday April 28 from 10am-2pm


It’s time again to get rid of your unused, unwanted, or unneeded medications.  The St. Albans Police Department is again working with the Drug Enforcement Administration by taking part in the National Take Back Initiative.  This is the third time SAPD has participated in this event.  In the last two events SAPD has collected over 75 pounds of drugs for proper disposal.  This keeps them out of the hands of those that may abuse them and also out of the garbage and waste water system.

Bring any unused, unwanted, or unneeded medications to the St. Albans Rite Aid for collection.  These medications can be over the counter drugs, prescribed drugs, or even pet medications.  Pills, capsules, and even liquid medicines can be collected.  Liquids must be in the original container, however.  One should mark out any identifying information on any original containers dropped off.

The only limitations are NO NEEDLES can be collected.

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SA Man Charged with Kidnapping

David Chester II

David Chester II (24 yoa from St. Albans) was arrested on Tuesday, April 24 on warrants for Kidnapping & Domestic Battery.  The charges stemmed from a complaint filed during the day on Saturday, April 21.  A woman, Beth McCutcheon (25 yoa from Charleston) reported she was on a date during the evening of April 20, with Chester with whom she’s had a relationship.  They reportedly got into an argument and she drove Chester back to his SA residence. Once there, Chester allegedly refused to let her go and grabbed her threw her to the floor injuring her arm.  She said Chester forced her to a bedroom and grabbed a knife and sat in a chair in the doorway of the bedroom.

McCutcheon said she was able to escape after Chester fell asleep.  She was treated a local hospital and released.  She received a broken wrist in the assault.

Chester turned himself in at SAPD on the warrants.  He was taken before a magistrate and remanded to jail pending a bail hearing in front of a circuit judge.  Only a circuit judge can set a bond for kidnapping.

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