Elkins PD announces new option for the receipt of public information

 

An email address has been set up exclusively for the public to report non-emergency information directly to the Elkins Police Department. Any tips, photos or videos submitted will be reviewed daily and may be used internally or externally in the resolution of criminal matters. Citizens should be advised that police officials will not be responding to those submitting emails as they will be busy following up on your tips. Email any crime-related, non-emergency information to elkinspolice@cityofelkinswv.com.

Kump Education Center Event

Fun for the Whole Family

Saturday, August 20 @ Kump Education Center (across from Kroger)

Open Studio Tour 2016 Artist Marcia MitchellKump House

Historic House Tours 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Vintage Restaurant Picnic 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Flash Mob at 12:00 pm

Croquet on the Lawn and Apple Picking in the Orchard

New Payment Option for City Customers

payment drop box 2016_08The City of Elkins has installed a secure payment drop box behind City Hall that may be accessed by pedestrian and vehicle traffic alike. The box will be checked multiple times throughout the day for any business, utility or municipal payments. The drop box formerly located on the front door of City Hall will no longer be in use.

Medicine Drop Off at City Hall

Medicine Drop Off boxDo you have expired or unused medicine at home? Keep reading to find out the risks and recommended methods of disposal.

Unused medications kept in the home may cause:

– Unintended exposure of children or pets to harmful medications

– Opportunity for illegal activity – More than 50% of prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family or friends (awarerx.pharmacy/dispose-safely)

Some things to consider before flushing unused medications:

– Water treatment plants are not designed to deal with pharmaceutical waste. Many medicines pass through the systems and are released into surface water sources

-Medicine in surface water may cause adverse effects in fish and other wildlife, as well as unintentional human exposure

Safe ways to dispose of unused medications include:

– Mixing the medication with an unpalatable substance (kitty litter, coffee grounds), placing the substance in a sealed plastic bag and putting it in your household trash.  Be sure to scratch out any personal information and dispose of the container separately.

– Drop medications in a secure box like the one located at Elkins City Hall (pictured above) or at a designated take-back event.

 

Car Wash Meth Bust

From Chief Cross:

“On the 21st of February, Senior Patrolman K.A. Shiflett along with Patrolman D.T. Sayre responded to the area of Super Splash Car Wash on Randolph Avenue Elkins WV, in reference to a suspicious male subject later identified as, namely Allen Lee White who had attempted to get into a vehicle not belonging to him. The officers located and made contact with White at the car wash.

During the contact the Officers performed an officer safety check of White’s person during which time Senior Patrolman Shiflett felt with his hand what he believed to be methamphetamine (rocks) in White’s left front pocket. S.P Shiflett then questioned White about the contents of his pocket to which White verbally responded with and expletive and then began removing  clear baggies containing a white crystalline like substance appearing to be methamphetamine from his front left pocket.

After removing the baggies from his pocket, White began attempting to rip them open and did not obey S.P. Shiflett’s and Ptlm Sayre’s commands to stop, at which point both officers attempted to take him into custody. White disobeyed the officers’ commands to place his hands behind his back and resisted the officers attempts to gain control of him. During the struggle White was able to rip open two of  the baggies and cause the contents to be strewn about the air and ground.

After gaining control of White and placing him in handcuffs, officers did observe the substance from the ripped open baggies lying about the ground as well as another baggy which still contained a large amount of the suspected methamphetamine. The officers did recover several grams of suspected methamphetamine from the ground and baggies. The substance did also test positive for methamphetamine using a preliminary field test. Allen Lee White was arrested for felony possession of narcotics and transported to the Tygart valley Regional Jail.”

Search Warrant Leads to Heroin Arrest

On February 15, 2016, Corporal G. L. Brown with the Elkins Police Department obtained a search warrant for apartment 2G at Allegheny Apartments  in reference to possession of narcotics. Corporal Brown, along with Corporal M. J. Sigley, Senior Patrolman K.S. Shiflett, and Patrolman A.M. Wyshyvanuk, assisted by troopers from the West Virginia State Police and deputies from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, executed the search warrant. Heroin and illegal mushrooms were found inside the apartment.  Brian Michael Barrack was arrested for possession. Chief Cross is extremely grateful to the WVSP and RCSD for all their assistance in executing these search warrants.

More than 100 Truck Loads of Snow Removed from Downtown

WS Jonas cleanupWe have gotten some questions about city snow-removal operations. Here’s what’s been going on and what we have planned.

As soon as flakes started to fly on Friday, plowing and road treatment commenced. Crews from not only the Street Department but also the Water Transmission Department, the Wastewater Collection and Transmission Department, and others worked around the clock until the snow ceased and it was clear that primary and secondary roads would remain open without constant attention. Crews were then sent home for some much-needed rest.

On Monday, the Street Department set to work clearing snow from the city’s central business district. You may have seen the barricades as loaders, graders, plows and dump trucks made their way block by block until today, when Davis Avenue was finally cleared from First Street to Fifth Street. In the process, more than 100 dump-truck loads of snow were transferred to Glendale Park.

The next, and final, phase of our response to Winter Storm Jonas will be to look for and clear additional intersections where piled snow could create traffic hazards. Unfortunately, because the arrival of winter weather does not reduce any of the usual, day-to-day demands on all city departments, we will not be able to mount clearing operations throughout the rest of the city similar to the one just concluded on Davis Avenue.

Once again, we thank those residents who complied with the requirement to clear sidewalks in front of their own houses and businesses, checked on neighbors, dug out each other’s cars, and in general behaved like the resourceful, resilient folks this state is known for. It’s fair to say we dodged a bullet where Jonas was concerned (imagine if that snow had been as wet as during Hurricane Sandy, for example), but it seems everyone did a great job rising to the occasion.

Let’s hope French Creek Freddie has some good news for us next Tuesday!

Elkins Man Shot after Pointing Shotgun at Police

On January 15, 2016 Elkins Police Department (EPD) Senior Patrolman K. A. Shiflett obtained a search warrant for a residence located at 1625 ½ Ward Avenue in reference to illegal narcotics. At approximately 9:45 p.m.,  a team consisting of EPD Senior Patrolman Shiflett, Corporal M.J. Sigley, Patrolman T. C. Bennett, and Patrolman D.T. Sayre; several West Virginia State Police troopers; and several Randolph County Sheriffs Department deputies executed said search warrant. While executing the search warrant, a male subject inside the residence pointed a shotgun at the officers, leaving the officers no choice but to use their firearms to defend themselves. The male subject was struck by bullets fired by the officers. The name of the male subject is not being released at this time. Two other male subjects who were located inside the residence were arrested.

Drunk Driver Arrested After Pursuit

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on January 12, 2016, while patrolling in South Elkins, Elkins Police Department Senior Patrolman K.A. Shiflett observed a black Dodge Grand Caravan traveling west on Eleventh Street at a high rate of speed. Officer Shiflett initiated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, but the driver of the vehicle did not stop and instead continued to travel west on Eleventh Street at a high rate of speed in icy conditions, showing reckless indifference for the safety of others.

Officer Shiflett observed the vehicle commit several unsafe passing maneuvers and ignore multiple speed and traffic-control signs and signals before it struck a large rock monument at the entrance to Glendale Park with sufficient force to move it approximately ten feet. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officer Shiflett commenced a foot pursuit while repeatedly commanding the driver to stop and verbally identifying himself as a police officer. The foot pursuit continued into a heavily wooded area of the park, where Officer Shiflett was able to apprehend the driver. Breath analysis of the detainee, identified as Cory Lee Taylor, indicated that his blood alcohol content (BAC) was .157, well in excess of the legal limit of .10, and he was placed under arrest.

Mr. Taylor has been charged for flight in a vehicle from a law-enforcement officer while under the influence of alcohol, a felony punishable by three-to-ten years in state prison. Additional charges related to destruction of park property and unauthorized use of a rental vehicle may be brought once the investigation concludes.

Update Concerning New Billboards in Elkins

As extensively discussed on the city’s Facebook page, two billboards (one LED, one non-LED) are currently being installed in the City of Elkins. Here are some fast facts about this situation:
  • Yes, NEW billboards (LED or traditional) are illegal in Elkins going forward, as a result of the sign ordinance approved in the summer.
  • However, the signs going in at Davis and Randolph and on Harrison are nonetheless LEGAL, because the company that owns them, Legends Outdoor, applied for  sign permits before the final approval of that ordinance.
  • Once in place, these signs are considered “grandfathered,” meaning that the ordinance’s prohibitions against such signs do not apply, just as they do not apply to the several other existing billboards in town. However, the ordinance’s requirements concerning upkeep and repairs, etc., will apply to them. Also, they cannot ever be enlarged.
  • In other words, there is NOTHING the city can do to prevent this sign from going in, AND the city has also taken action to prevent all future such signs from going in. The only entity with any ability to alter the course of this project is Legends Outdoor; their representative, Steve Snyder, may be reached at ssnyder@legendsoutdoor.com and by phone via the information provided on his company website’s contact page.
  • Silver lining: Legends Outdoor has pledged that they will, for free, display information requested by local authorities (e.g., Amber/Silver Alerts, boil water advisories, etc.).
To expand on that last point: Mr. Snyder spoke with Mayor Broughton yesterday. In that conversation, Mr. Snyder reemphasized his company’s willingness to work with the city to broadcast urgent/emergency messages. This could even include giving the city direct access to be able to place an emergency message day or night, but the technical specifics of that capability need to be researched, so this is not yet a firm arrangement.
 
Mr. Snyder also confirmed that the sign will be dimmed to some extent at night and said that the company might consider turning it off altogether between midnight and 5 a.m., depending on community input.
 
We have heard from many upset residents about this issue. We want you to know that we hear you and understand why you are upset. However, the current elected leadership and administration of the City of Elkins are committed to the rule of law; we cannot pick and choose who the law applies to and who it does not apply to.
Therefore, no matter how strongly many of us might wish otherwise, there was no magic parliamentary or other maneuver available to council or any city official that could have legally prevented the issuance of this permit, which was due to the applicant (Legends Outdoor) on April 29, before the first reading of the first version of the sign ordinance on May 7, 2015 (and of course even that version was later changed substantively enough to require two further readings, such that it was not finally approved until mid-June). As asserted to us by an attorney retained by Legends Outdoor:
  • “West Virginia law does not give cities the authority to suspend a valid ordinance. See Bittinger v. Corporation of Bolivar, 183 W.Va. 310, 314-15 (1990) (rejecting the city’s attempt to defer consideration of any new permits for ninety days by declaring a “moratorium” on any applications while a new ordinance was adopted).”
  • “West Virginia case law does not support the ability of the City of Elkins to retroactively apply any revised code that may be adopted to my client’s previously submitted applications. See Far Away Farm, LLC v. Jefferson County Bd. of Zoning Appeals, 222 W.Va. 252, 259 (2008).”

Thanks for reading, and we will keep you posted.