Elkins Police Department Calls, Cases, and Arrests: September 2015

The Elkins Police Department currently reports monthly statistics on calls*, cases*, and arrests* to council each month. We thought you might be interested, too.

* “Calls” are requests for an officer’s services or assistance. “Cases” are all calls and/or situations observed by an officer in which there is evidence of a crime having been committed; the number of cases shown in this table is only those with an initial “call” or report date during the given month. “Arrests” are the number of people arrested in the given month. Because one individual may be arrested for multiple crimes, we also report the total number of “violations by arrestees.”

Electronics Recycling: Oct. 17, Walmart parking lot

We are passing along the following information as a service. This is not a city event. Please contact the below organizations with questions.

“It’s almost that time of year again — E-CYCLING by the D&E GreenWorks! student group!

In partnership with the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, GreenWorks!, Sustainability Studies, Environmental Science students, and D&E Center for Sustainability studies staff will be collecting electronics

**Saturday, October 17th, 8am – until the truck is full**, at the **Wal Mart parking lot** on the Beverly 5-lane.

Please bring your items for recycling at this time, earlier is better as the collection will end when the 53’ trailer is full (have filled every year for 7 years!). The collection is free of charge but donations to the GreenWorks! group in any amount will be accepted in support of future student projects and event expenses. No items will be accepted prior to or after the event.

Hope to see you there! Volunteers are welcome – please reply to this post if you wish to help out for any amount of time on the 17th. Lunch and gloves will be provided.

Acceptable Items:

Computers and Peripherals:
Complete and partial systems (working or not), processors (CPUs), optical drives (CDROM, CDRW, DVD, etc), network and communications hardware (modems, routers, hubs, etc), drives (hard drives, floppy), keyboards, laptops, mice, monitors, network hardware (servers), paper tape readers and punchers, plotters, printers, tape drives

Subassemblies and Components:
Any subassemblies of the above, boards, cables, casters, circuit boards, computer chips, controllers, disk storage products, expansion products, fans (200/240v, 115v, 12v 24/48v), motors, PC cards, power supplies, wire (telephone, networking, electrical), fiber optic (kinked or broken cable, drop, etc)

Home Electronics:
NO WHITE GOODS (including: refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers). But we do accept TVs (CRT, flat panel, plasma, etc), microwaves, mixers, phones (corded, cordless, and cellular), entertainment goods (VCRs, DVD players, radios, speakers, cameras, recorders, alarms, VCR’s, key pads

Central Office and Communication Room Equipment:
Chillers, communication equipment, mainframe equipment, motor generator Sets (MG sets), power distribution units (PDU), uninteruptable power supplies (UPS Systems)

Office Equipment:
Barcode equipment, pagers, copy machines, fax machines, telephone systems (cordless, cellular, desk)

Utility and Power Equipment:
CATV, cable, electric generators, gas meters, repeaters, transformers, water meters, specialty equipment, construction, production, manufacturing equipment.”

EPD: Shots fired on South Davis Avenue

From Chief Craig:

Tuesday morning, at about 2:45 a.m., Elkins Police Department (EPD) received reports of a “shots fired” incident in the 900 block of South Davis Avenue.

EPD and Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and discovered multiple shell casings and one expended bullet in a nearby parking lot. Officers observed damage to a nearby business consistent with bullet strikes. Officers also encountered and interviewed two male subjects who may have been involved in this incident.

Based on information collected so far, this does not appear to have been a random incident, but rather an altercation between individuals known to each other. The damaged business does not seem to have been targeted directly and is believed to have been damaged collaterally during this altercation that just happened to occur in its vicinity. We do not believe that the general public is in danger.

We would greatly appreciate the public’s assistance in locating a silver car, possibly a Dodge Neon, that may have been involved in this incident. As always, we also request that the public be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

In an emergency, please dial 911.
During business hours (8:00-4:30), EPD may also be reached at (304) 636-0678.

No, home rule does not mean tax hikes (corrected)

Like an early Halloween present to the City of Elkins, the InterMountain ran a letter on Saturday that compared your elected representatives to Dracula.

This comparison came in the course of French Creek resident Robert Ware’s analysis of Elkins’s plan to apply for acceptance into the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program (HRPP). First asserting that “home rule is one of the most financially devastating schemes any politician has ever come up with,” Mr. Ware then warned readers that “home rule will automatically bestow upon Elkins elected officials … a slew of broad new powers,” including what he called “unlimited taxing power.”


“Cured-in-place pipes”: saving time and money for Elkins

COE_SewerProj_CastCrewIf you were downtown at all over the last several weeks, you might have noticed crews operating a strange, steam-powered contraption, pictured at right. Just what the heck were those guys doing?

In short, saving time and money for the people and businesses of Elkins.

As you may know, the city is currently in the midst of a project to separate certain combined sewer/stormwater lines. Along the way, we are taking the opportunity to repair some existing sewer lines that are at risk of failure. And how do you repair a failing sewer line?  (more…)

Comments sought on Home Rule plan

At a special meeting today, Elkins Common Council voted to proceed with an application to the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program (Phase III).

This now opens a 30-day public comment period on the plan; if you wish to read the draft as approved, you may do so at the city clerk’s office or by downloading it.

The next date on the city’s application schedule is a public hearing on October 30 at 12 p.m. in council chambers.

Submit comments to:

Elkins City Clerk
Sutton Stokes
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

Online Utility Bill Payment Now Available

Great news! You may now pay your utility bill online. Click here to do so.

Halloween in Elkins Will Be Observed on Halloween

In case you were wondering, council recently approved the following schedule for Halloween trick-or-treating in Elkins:

  • Saturday, October 31st, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Here are some safety tips.

Seating for Forest Festival Parade

Fall is in the air, and the Mountain State Forest Festival is approaching. One of the best views of the Grand Feature Parade is from the chairs or bleachers placed along the curbs on the parade route. Here is the city code section concerning placement of and the practice of “selling” seats:

Section 18-1 Seating at Mountain State Forest Festival.

  • The placing of chairs for viewing the Mountain State Forest Festival scheduled parades shall, insofar as they are placed between the curb of any street on the parade route and the property of any person abutting the parade route, be placed only with the permission, direction and control of such abutting property owner, subject only to the provisions of this section.
  • Chairs shall be so placed as to leave the sidewalk abutting the parade route clear and unobstructed for normal pedestrian traffic.
  • Chairs shall not be placed in the traveled portion of any street.
  • Sales of chairs and seating shall be only by religious, charitable or nonprofit organizations.
  • By granting the right to place chairs or seating upon that portion of the public street right-of-way adjacent to any abutting owner’ s property, the city shall assume no liability or responsibility for injuries of parade spectators or users of the rights granted herein.

Doing Business in Elkins During Forest Festival

The annual Mountain State Forest Festival (MSFF) is almost upon us. If this year is like past years, more than a few of you are thinking about setting up a food cart or other temporary business during the festival and are wondering what sort of licenses or fees apply.

Normally, anyone doing any kind of business inside of Elkins must obtain a city business license. However, the rules are a little different during the festival.  During the festival, many “temporary” vendors show up, hoping to put their products in front of the tens of thousands visitors brought in by festival events. That category of vendor is not required to obtain a city business license but instead must obtain a special festival license from MSFF.

Before MSFF will issue this permit, there are various insurance and other requirements to be met. You’ll need to check with MSFF for all the details.

As usual, all food vendors must comply with health regulations. Also, no grease may be dumped within city limits.

For more information, please contact MSFF staff: 304-636-1824  |  msff@forestfestival.com

Happy festival, and happy vending!