Grand Larceny warrant signed on Justin Lee Bradford

Justin Brafford

A man accused of a recent crime spree has been accused of stealing money from a St. Albans gambling parlor also.  On March 15, 2013 a a report was made to SAPD regarding a man who had stolen over $1300 cash from Lewie’s, a gambling parlor on US 60 @ Oak Street in St. Albans.  The theft was caught on video.

After the recent crimes caught on video in other jurisdictions allegedly done by Justin Lee Brafford, officers thought it looked like the Lewie’s offender.  The clerk at Lewie’s also saw the news reports and reported the same.

Ptl. Sheila McCuskey obtained a Grand Larceny warrant on Mr. Brafford (32 yoa) on Monday March 18.  Brafford faces other charges in Kanawha County and Cabell County for recent felonies.

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SA/Nitro Bridge Detonation Plan for March 1, 2013

Chief Matthews and Capt. Agee attended a planning meeting this morning with the construction contractor and demolition company regarding the plan for the detonation of the St. Albans side of the bridge.   Among those also in attendance were officials were Nitro Police Dept., St. Albans Fire Dept., Nitro Fire Dept., Kanawha County Sheriff’s Dept., WV State Fire Marshal, US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, and more.

During this meeting, we were presented with the timeline of the detonation planned for March 1, 2013 at 10:00am and the needed safety areas.

At 9:55am, SAPD officers will shut down traffic on US 60 at the intersections of 4th Street (by C&O Nissan) and 2nd Street (By Appalachian Tire and Subway).  Also 3rd Street will be shut down at the alley that runs behind Taco Bell & Tim Horton’s.  In this area, spectators may view the detonation on the SOUTH side of US60 only.  No one will be permitted on the North side of the road nor will they be permitted on any of the C&O car lots.  The St. Albans High School football stadium  and School Bus garage will be secured and no one will be permitted on those properties.  Those working at C&O and Lou Wendell Marine have been asked to stay inside their respective buildings and at least 8 feet away from windows.

Public viewing of the detonation will be allowed at Roadside Park.  This area is outside of the safety restriction zone.  The public parking areas will be on the lower level and upper level EAST of the shelter near the camping area.  The upper level parking by the shelters are reserved for Media and VIP.  Spectators can view from this area, however.  The restriction is for parking only.

Those parking on the lower lever of Roadside Park are asked to move their cars close to the US 60 end of the lower level area.  SAPD officers will be in the area to assist as needed.  Those parking on the east end of Roadside Park are asked to not park in the grass.  We expect a full crowd at Roadside Park so the best seat to view the detonation may be from your computer.  Local TV stations will be live streaming the detonation beginning shortly before 10:00am.

Motorists should be aware that there will be NO PARKING in the roadway from Roadside Park east to view the detonation.  If you are passing through St. Albans and do not want caught in the stopped traffic should avoid US60 all together.  You should come through before 9:45 or after 10:30 or use Kanawha Terrace to get through town.

In areas east of Roadside Park, spectators may walk across the road to the guardrail to view the event, but again NO vehicles will be permitted to park on the roadway.

Those in the area will hear siren blasts at 9:55am (five minute warning) and at 9:58am (two minute warning).  Barring any unforeseen circumstances the detonation will happen promptly at 10:00am.  We have been told the blast will be quite loud so small children may need to wear hearing protection.

A post detonation inspection will occur to insure all of the explosives detonated properly.  It is our hope that traffic can be reopened within minutes of the detonation at 10:00am.

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Fugitive arrested Thursday Evening, 2/7/2013

Reginald Jackson

Catherine Pontier

Last Thursday evening (February 7, 2013), SAPD received information that Mr. Jackson (32 yoa from St. Albans area) was in a certain brown van.  Ptl. Sheila McCuskey saw the van and stopped it on US 60.  Mr. Jackson was inside and was arrested without incident.  He was wanted by Federal authorities for Probation Violation.  He was processed and turned over to the US Marshal’s Service.

The driver of the car, Catherine Pontier was also arrested for Carrying a Concealed Weapon (2 large knives) and Misdemeanor Possession of Xanax.  She is 40 yoa and from Nitro.

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Fugitive from Justice from South Carolina Arrested

Jeremy P. McVey

SAPD received information that Mr. McVey was staying in St. Albans and was wanted out of South Carolina.  A computer check revealed McVey was in NCIC for failing to appear on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.  He was arrested at a residence on Roosevelt Avenue in St. Albans without incident.  SAPD’s new Special Enforcement Unit and SAPD patrol officers made the arrest.  He will be transported to Magistrate Court shortly.

McVey is 19 yoa and is from Lexington, SC.

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Violation of Home Confinement Arrest

Matthew Bradford

A Circuit Court Capias was issued today for Matthew Bradford for Violation of Home Confinement.  He was arrested without incident at his Wilson Avenue home shortly before 3pm.  He was recently sentenced to Home Confinement for felony drug charges relating to a series of controlled purchases of drugs in his home.  He did not report to Home Confinement yesterday to begin the process which lead to today’s Capias.

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Crash with 3rd Offense DUI

David B. Wilcox

At about 6:55 am today, SAPD was dispatched to a crash at the intersection of 3rd Street & US 60.  During investigating this crash, officers found one of the drivers, David B. Wilcox (54 yoa from Poca) had a distinct odor of alcohol on his breath.  After Field Sobriety Tests, he was arrested for DUI.  Further checks of his record reveal two previous convictions for DUI and two pending DUI cases from earlier this year.

There were no injuries in the crash.  Ptl. M. J. Martin is the arresting officer.

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SAPD Cruiser Struck by Suspected DUI

Mark S. Huffman

Shortly after 10pm on Saturday October 20, Lt. P. C. Smith was assisting a disabled motorist in the 1400 block of US 60 at the SA Mall area.  His cruiser, a fully marked 2012 Dodge Durango, was behind the broken down car with the emergency blue lights on.  Both cars were just off the east bound lane of the roadway.

A car came along in the eastbound lane and sideswiped Lt. Smith’s cruiser.  This car continued east on US 60.  Lt. Smith was not in the cruiser when it was struck, but Ptl. B. J. Perry was.  Lt. Smith got in and went after the suspect who was stopped a short distance away.

The driver, Mark S. Huffman (42 yoa from Critz, VA) was arrested.  He was charged with Fleeing While DUI, DUI, Leaving The Scene, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.  While in the back of another cruiser, he could not be awakened and was taken to a hospital.  He was released around 3pm today and taken to the South Central Regional Jail where he was later arraigned and ordered held on a $15,000 bond.

There were no injuries in the crash.  The only damage done was to the cruiser and the vehicle Huffman was driving (the motorist Lt. Smith was assisting received no damage).  This was later determined to belong to Huffman’s employer in Virginia.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department investigated the crash.  Sgt. Ricky Tincher of SAPD arrested Huffman.

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Got Drugs?

St. Albans Police Department is once again participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative.  This national program was created to help fight prescription drug abuse.  Many users will target people with large amount of medications, even old & expired ones.  These can be stolen and either used or sold.

If you have ANY old, expired, unused, or unwanted medications and have been wanting to SAFELY dispose of them, now is your chance.  Simply bring the medicines to the St. Albans Police Department on Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 2pm and drop them in the box.  Please remove or obliterate any identifying information on containers.  Medicines can be prescription, over the counter, or even pet medication.  If you have liquid medicine, please keep it in the original container with your information removed or marked through.  NO NEEDLES PLEASE!!

All medication will be taken to an incinerator and safely destroyed.

Many environmental groups have pointed out potential dangers of flushing medicines down the toilet.  It’s not just your small amount of medicines, it’s the 1000 other people that also flush their medications.  This raises the costs of treating the waste water due to all the added chemicals and could potentially raise your water bill.

Dropping off your unwanted medicines is FREE and no questions asked!!!

Simply drive by the St. Albans Police Department at 51 6th Avenue from 10am – 2 pm.  Officers will be outside to receive you medicines.

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SAPD is Testing!

Having exhausting our hiring list, SAPD will be testing again next month!  Certified officers are encouraged to apply.

The Civil Service Commission of the St. Albans Police Department will be conducting a physical ability test on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8am at the SAPD building at 51 6th Avenue.   Those applicants that pass this will be invited to take the written examination on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6pm at the Hansford Senior Center (500 Washington Avenue in St. Albans).  Extra points in testing will be awarded to honorably discharmilitary veterans or those with at least 2 years of college in a major course of study in criminal justice, police science, criminology, or related fields.

Applications may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office at the St. Albans City Hall located at 1499 MacCorkle Avenue.  They must be returned to City Hall NO LATER than Friday, October 19, 2012 at 4:30pm.  Applications MUST be accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s valid driver’s license, copy of the applicant’s high school diploma or GED, copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, and a copy of the applicant’s DD214 if a veteran.

Requirements are to be at least 18 & no older than 40 at the date of application.  Must complete the above mentioned physical agility test and pass the above mentioned written test.  Submit and pass an extensive background investigation consisting of interviews, reference checks, employment history checks, criminal history checks, polygraph exam, and more.  Applicants must also pass a medical examination and psychological exam.  If not already a certified police officer, applicants must be able to gain entry to the WV State Police Academy and complete all phases of training there.

Successful applicants who complete training at the WV State Police Academy must successfully complete field training.  Officers of SAPD are expected to work rotating shift during day & night hours.  Starting salary for SAPD officers is $30,719 or $14.77 per hour.  Raises granted at one year, three years, & five years service.  Longevity pay kicks in after six years of service.  Once on the road, this pay is supplemented by built in overtime while working a 12-hour shift rotation.  All equipment is provided (duty gear, weapon, kevlar vest, uniforms).  SAPD has a take home car program as well.  Other benefits include health insurance (major medical, eye, dental), life insurance, and police pension plan, optional deferred compensation savings.

The City of St. Albans is an equal opportunity employer.

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Grand Larceny Arrest from Store Safe

At about 5:45 pm today, the staff at the Dollar General Store in the 2500 block of Kanawha Terrace reported that they caught a man in their office who had gotten in to the office safe.  He was caught in the act of an employee of taking money from a bank bag that was in the safe.  He told them he was “playing a joke”, asked them not to call the police & left the store.  Employees took the money from his hands before he left.  It totaled more than $1000.

Officers reviewed the security tape.  Sgt. Marc Gilbert recognized the suspect as Daniel R. Holt (33 y.o.a. from St. Albans).   He was arrested a short time later at his home and charged with Grand Larceny.

Ptl. Phil Bass is the investigating officer.;

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