West Logan vandalism problem?

By J.D. Charles - Freelance Writer

WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — The town of West Logan has become known as one of the most quiet municipalities in our county.In recent years the majority of complaints have tended to be about stray dogs and cats in the area.

However a recent spate of cracked windshields has people in the town wondering if the community is facing a vandalism problem.

The matter of four cracked windshields in one week came up Monday night during the May Town Council meeting. West Logan’s Mayor, Darren Akers, and the town’s Police Chief Robert J. Ward noted that given the way some of the vehicles were parked and the fact that there were four incidents in such a short space of time, it makes it highly unlikely the incidents were caused by gravels tossed by passing automobiles.

“In the period of a week, we have had reports of four windshields that were broken or cracked,” Chief Ward explained.

“This does appear to be vandalism and it appears to have been done on purpose,” Mayor Akers said on May 8. “We have not had that many reports of broken windshields in the past two years, so to have that many in this short of a period of time is definitely suspicious.”

In addition to the cracked windshields another vehicle was reported to have damages on it from being scratched up.

Ironically around the same time frame that some of the incidents occurred over the weekend there were reports of juveniles in the neighborhood ringing doorbells and fleeing.

Some of the council members discussed people walking up and down the streets late at night and one of them mentioned seeing people on his home security camera at 3 and 4 a.m. in the morning at times. Council members mentioned seeing a group of juveniles in the neighborhood in recent months as well.

The incidents are part of an ongoing investigation for now. Mayor Akers said the matter was being taken very seriously.

“Even if you have insurance, replacing these things is expensive because there is generally a pricey deductible to pay,” he said. “This sort of thing is costly.”

In other West Logan Police Department news, Chief Robert J. Ward said that there had been one complaint of an accident in the past month, but noted no injuries were reported. His agency did receive a complaint about disturbing the peace coming from the local hotel. The resident who was the center of the complaint had reportedly been evicted, he said.

Ward said there had been several complaints about a barking dog on First Avenue not far from town hall, however the animal has been removed from that residence following a recent incident.

Ward noted that a small dog belonging to a woman living up Hick’s Hollow had been attacked and killed by a pair of coyotes, which she was unable to stop. Mayor Akers said a pair of local hunters had been informed about the matter and that four of the varmints had been destroyed.

“We also assisted the West Virginia State Police on a shoplifting call,” Chief Ward said, noting the last incident he had to report was an alleged credit card theft. The card had been reported as stolen by a local resident.

Council members also discussed a pair of stray dogs that had been roaming around the neighborhood. Council member Ruby Moore said that one of the dogs appeared to be friendly but had some sort of skin condition.

By J.D. Charles

Freelance Writer

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.

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.

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