Stepped Up Parking Enforcement to Start July 20

Enforcement was scaled back due to stay-at-home/safer-at-home orders

Elkins, W. Va., July 13, 2020: Enforcement of city parking laws will return to normal on Monday, July 20, Elkins officials have announced. After the governor’s declaration of a statewide state of emergency in March, city officials deemphasized and even suspended issuing citations for street sweeper parking restrictions and certain other parking rules in Elkins. With many businesses having reopened, officials say there is a need to return to normal enforcement of street sweeper parking restrictions and all other parking laws in the city.

“Our city, along with the rest of the nation, has experienced extraordinary challenges this year resulting in modifications to business and personal schedules for many,” said Elkins Mayor Van Broughton in a notification letter sent last week to many city businesses and residents. “As many businesses and residents return to modified or normal operating procedures, so shall parking enforcement.”

The mayor’s letter listed violations about which the city hears the most frequent complaints and which may have been receiving reduced enforcement in recent months. These and all other parking violations will now be cited when encountered by enforcement personnel:

  • Parallel parking facing in the wrong direction
  • Street sweeper parking restrictions (please note: vehicles may be parked on the sidewalk temporarily during your designated sweeping time)
  • 3-hour parking limits downtown and in Seneca Mall lot
  • Parking on and other obstructions of sidewalks in all residential and business districts (except during street sweeping)
  • Obstruction of alleyways
  • Parking on Railroad Avenue except in lined spaces near the Delmonte and the Depot (the rest of the street is a no parking zone)

If businesses wish to seek exceptions to these or other parking rules, they should apply to the city clerk by submitting the following information:

  • Contact name, phone number, and email address
  • Name and address of business
  • Description of requested exception and its location
  • The reason for the request

Although not all such requests can be granted, a response will be provided within 14 days.

Residents, business owners, and visitors are reminded that free, unlimited parking is available in the unpaved sections of the lot behind city hall. The street sweeper parking schedule may be found here: www.bit.ly/ElkinsStreetSweeper.

Reminders About Fireworks Safety and Laws in Elkins

Elkins, W. Va., June 29, 2020: As Independence Day draws closer, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton and city public safety officials are reminding area residents about important precautions and legal restrictions to keep in mind when using fireworks.

“The Chamber has postponed their annual fireworks show until at least Labor Day,” said Mayor Broughton. “In case people are thinking about doing their own fireworks, we just want to make sure everyone’s following the law and staying as safe as possible.”

Although state laws concerning fireworks were loosened in 2016, Elkins city code states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to use, shoot, or discharge consumer fireworks within the City limits.” Violators of the city fireworks ordinance may be fined as much as $500.

“Consumer fireworks—which include firecrackers, rockets, Roman candles, and that sort of thing—are illegal inside city limits,” said Elkins Police Department Chief Travis Bennett. “Basically, if it’s a handheld device like a sparkler, or if it’s a ground-based device like fountains, snakes, or smoke bombs, it’s allowed. If it fires something into the air or explodes, it’s against the law in Elkins.”

Regardless of whether fireworks are being used inside or outside of city limits, Elkins Fire Department Chief Tom Meader hopes everyone will follow certain important safety precautions.

“Don’t let kids use fireworks, don’t use fireworks when you’ve been drinking, and never try to relight fireworks that didn’t go off,” says Chief Meader. “Also, please make sure you have a bucket of water or a garden hose ready just in case you accidentally start something on fire.”

Mayor Broughton hopes residents will consider their neighbors when using fireworks.

“I would ask everybody to stop and think about how their fireworks displays might be affecting others in our community,” says Broughton. “Especially when people use fireworks on days other than the fourth of July, it can cause a lot of anxiety for people with PTSD, like some of our veterans. And no matter what day you do it on, it’s going to be really frightening for a lot of people’s pets. I know people just want to have fun and celebrate America’s birthday, but let’s all try to be as considerate as possible.”

Why is Our Flag at Half Mast Today?

May 15, 2020

The flag in front of Elkins City Hall is being flown at half mast today in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, “since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, more than 21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.” So far in 2020, the organization reports that more than 40 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty nationwide.

Please join us in expressing our appreciation for the law enforcement officers of the Elkins Police Department, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, and the multiple federal agencies who work so hard and make so many sacrifices for the protection of our community.

 

Elkins Police Department Completes Review of Use of Force During Arrest of Jerry Lee Isner II

Chief Finds No Disciplinary Actions Warranted

Elkins W. Va., April 20, 2020: The Elkins Police Department (EPD) has completed its internal review of officers’ use of force during the arrest of Jerry Lee Isner II for the shooting of EPD Senior Patrolman Daniel T. Sayre last month. (more…)

Elkins Police Chief Statement on Shooting of Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre

Elkins W. Va., March 27, 2020:

EPD Senior Patrolman Daniel T. Sayre

Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett has released a statement about last night’s shooting of Elkins Police Department (EPD) Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre. Officer Sayre is in good condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Statement from Chief Bennett:

Last night at around 7:30 p.m., Elkins Police Department (EPD) officers responded to a call of a male subject walking around with a rifle. The location was the alley connecting First and Second streets, behind the Jennings Randolph Federal Building.

Upon contacting the subject, later identified as Jerry Lee Isner II, EPD officers ordered him to stop and put the rifle on the ground. When Isner did not comply with these commands, officers deployed a taser in an attempt to control him. Isner subsequently opened fire, striking Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre twice. Officers were unable to return fire due to the proximity of bystanders. No law enforcement officers discharged firearms during this incident.

Officers from multiple agencies provided medical attention to Senior Patrolman Sayre on scene until the arrival of Randolph County EMS. Senior Patrolman Sayre is at Ruby Memorial Hospital recovering from his injuries.

I would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with this incident: West Virginia State Police, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. ATF, Randolph County EMS, Elkins Fire Department, and HealthNet AeroMedical Services.

I would also like to thank the citizens of Elkins for the outpouring of support for Senior Patrolman Sayre and the Elkins Police Department.

  • Chief T.C. Bennett

Elkins Officer Injured in Shooting Incident

Senior Patrolman Daniel T. Sayre

Elkins W. Va., March 26, 2020: An Elkins police officer received non-life-threatening injuries while effecting an arrest tonight around 7:30 p.m. Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre, age 25 and an Elkins Police Department officer since 2015, was shot and is being transported by helicopter to Morgantown. A suspect is in custody.

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Contact: Sutton Stokes
City of Elkins External Affairs
Phone: 304-636-1414, ext. 1212
Email: sstokes@cityofelkinswv.com

Update on Dent Street Shooting

Statement from EPD Chief T.C. Bennett
Date: February 21, 2020
Date: 1046

On February 20, 2020, at approximately 6:24 pm, officers of the Elkins Police Department responded to a house located at 11 Dent Street in Elkins in reference to a shooting.

The location of the incident was in close proximity to the Davis Medical Center, which prompted a lockdown of that facility. Upon arrival, officers secured the scene and learned that one male subject had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated at Davis Medical Center and subsequently transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Officers obtained a search warrant for the crime scene in order to collect evidence pertaining to the incident.

Investigators have been conducting interviews of witnesses and are currently attempting to locate others believed to have knowledge of the incident. A vehicle believed to be involved with this incident was recovered by the West Virginia State Police in Pocahontas County. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Elkins Police Department at (304) 636-0678 or by dialing 911.

I would like to thank the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department, and the Elkins, Marlinton, and Morgantown detachments of the West Virginia State Police for their assistance with this investigation.

T.C. Bennett
Chief of Police

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