WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — Over the course of the past year the quiet and sedate town of West Logan has had it’s proverbial hands full with complaints and problems about cats and dogs…Despite a few quiet months another problematic pooch caused a hair raising experience for a local resident and a law enforcement officer.
It had mostly been a quiet month during February when West Logan Police Cheif Robert Ward received a call about a woman who was chased by a pit bull dog.
“When I went to the area where this incident occurred the dog came out from around the corner and came at me, at which point I was forced to Cap-Stun (pepper spray) it. It was either that or shoot the animal and I did not want to do that,” Ward explained to council members on March 13.
Ward said the dog ran into the residence where it was normally kept in a pen.
“Apparently somebody let the dog out,” Ward said, noting the owner of the dog would face a citation. “This was at the same residence where we had problems last year out of pit bulls but it was not the same residents,” he explained.
As if that was not enough adventure for the month, Ward was present when a routine traffic stop turned out to be anything but routine.
Ward explained that February was mostly a quiet month in the town, with no reported thefts or domestic incidents and no accident reports, however when he assisted the West Virginia State Police with a traffic stop near the traffic light he wound up with his hands full – of cash- in what turned out to be a drug bust. Ward was on patrol when a radio call came out about a possibly impaired driver who was pulled over at the parking lot of the Mountain Trail Inn. When Ward stepped in to help, the officer in question had to call for even more back-up when a large amount of alleged contraband was discovered in the vehicle.
“They recovered what appeared to be over a thousand dollars in cash and a whole lot of pills,” Ward said, noting that other than those two incidents it had been a calm and quiet month with the only other complaints being ongoing concerns about streets in town facing sinkholes and slippages.
Ward noted that there are some new and deep indentations on Third Avenue in West Logan as the road there continues to slip in a most precarious manner. He did have some good news however.
For years the town has had to ask for assistance from the Logan Fire Department to change out traffic lights at the Peach Creek intersection. Ward had talked with a Department of Highways Official last month who informed him that there were some new LED style 100 watt bulbs that are warranted for 5 years minimum service life. “We ordered them and they came in. So once we get them installed it should be years before we have to deal with that problem again.”
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer for Civitas Media and a retired reporter for The Logan Banner. He can be reached by calling 304-752-6950.