Robbery at MiMi’s

At Monday November 17 at about 11:15pm, MiMi’s Cafe gambling parlor was robbed.  This location is in the St. Albans Mall Shopping Center in the 1400 block of MacCorkle Avenue.  The offender was believed to be armed with a small handgun.  He was described as a white male, wearing blue jeans, brown coat with a blue hoodie sweatshirt on under the coat.  The hood was up over his head.

Sgt. Kevin Elkins is handling the investigation.

If you have any information, please contact the St. Albans PD at 304-727-2251 or at


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Multiple stolen bicycles recovered


On November 11, 2014 at about 2:30, officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of McKinley Avenue for a report of bicycles stolen off a front porch.  A neighbor saw someone steal a bike off a porch and leave in a truck.  Ptl. P. A. Bass located the truck a few minutes later at the intersection of Carson St and Jackson Avenue.  The truck was stopped and the driver was arrested.

The truck had at least 15 bikes in the back that could not be immediately accounted for.  If anyone in the St. Albans area is missing a bicycle, that should contact the St. Albans Police Department.

The driver, Cammy Lynn Johnson (28 years old from the St. Albans area) was charged with Obstructing and Officer, Simple Possession of Prescription Medication, Driving on a Suspended License, and No Proof of Insurance.  More charges relating the theft of the bicycles .

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SAPD Recognizes Our Veterans

St. Albans PD recognizes it’s members who are veterans of our armed forces.  These officers who have served our country, CONTINUE to serve your community.

Lt. Mark Burdette:  US Air Force (deployed overseas in support of Desert Storm)

Detective Kevin Elkins:  US Air Force (deployed overseas to Saudi Arabia)

Detective Todd Lowe:  WV Air National Guard (several deployments to combat zones as air crew)

Detective Brandon Perry:  US Navy (overseas deployment in support of Iraqi Freedom)

Lt. Philip Smith:  US Army and WV Army National Guard (deployed to Iraq during Iraqi Freedom performing hazardous convoy duty)

Ptl. Brandon Tagayun:  US Army and WV Air National Guard

Sgt. Richard Thomas:  US Marine Corps (Participated in combat operations during Desert Storm)

Sgt. Ricky Tincher:  US Air Force, WV Air National Guard, US Naval Reserve  (deployed several times to combat zones as Security Forces and POW Transport)

Ptl. Daniel Wyatt:  US Marine Corps (Participated in combat operations during Iraqi Freedom)

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DUI Check Point on Saturday Evening

The St. Albans Police Department along with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and the Governor’s Committee for Highway Safety will be conducting a DUI Check Point on Kanawha Terrace and Green Valley Drive.  It will be on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 7pm to 1am.

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DUI arrested after hitting unmarked police vehicle on Wednesday, October 22nd

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At about 10:45 am on Wednesday, October 22, a car driven by Debra Ann Creighton (31 y.o.a. from St. Albans) struck an unmarked St. Albans Police Department vehicle in the area of 9th Avenue and 3rd Street.  The vehicle, an unmarked Chev Tahoe, was by the side of the road with Chief Mike Matthews as he supervised Community Service participants from the St. Albans Municipal Court.  Ms. Creighton was driving by when she struck the Chev Tahoe.

After the crash, she attempted to drive away.  When she stopped, officers noted she had a far away stare and was laid back in her car seat.  Her responses to officer questions were extremely slow.  Her speech was slurred.  She denied drinking, but admitted to just having taken a Xanax tablet about 45 minutes prior.  She said she has a prescription.  She also claimed to be headed to work at an area nail salon.

She failed three sobriety tests and she was taken to a hospital after she consented to a blood test.  After subsequent questioning, she admitted to also taking other prescriptions including Suboxone.  She was charged through St. Albans Municipal Court and transported to South Central Regional Jail after failing to make bond.  Throughout the incident, she insisted she was not impaired in any way and was fine to drive.

Ptl. Sheila McCuskey was the arresting officer.

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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: at any time.


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