WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — West Logan Mayor Darren Akers thanked the town’s Police Chief and the Municipal Court judge for their part in this year’s Jim Frye Memorial Kiwanis Bicycle Rodeo. Akers told town council members at the June meeting that around sixty children got their fingerprints made thanks to the WLPD Police Chief Robert Ward said he still had about fifty of the fingerprinting kits left over from the event and that he would like to donate them to an area church.
Ward pointed out that a few years back there was a television movie based on an real-life child abduction called “I Know My First Name is Steven” where a young boy was kidnapped and held so long that he had forgotten his actual identity. Ward said that by keeping a relative’s fingerprints on file this way it could help to identify a person who has been abducted.
“We thank you guys for going up there and working that event,” Akers said.
“We had fun up there working the event but it was very hot,” Ward said.
The West Logan PD has been providing free fingerprinting services to children and families at the event for many years.
Chief Ward said it had been a bit of an unusual month in West Logan, which is normally a quiet little place.
“We had no automobile accidents to report this past month, Ward told council members. “However we did have one reported theft of a weed eater that an individual had left on his back porch. I responded to a call about a fight the other night on Third Avenue, and it turned out to be a family dispute. This is the second time I have been called out there.”
Ward said there was another incident on First Avenue recently where two females reportedly got into a verbal altercation.
“We also did an assist for a motorist who ran out of gas,” he said.
Ward told Council members that he had to be present in a few weeks for an upcoming Logan County Commission meeting where the town will receive their annual check from the fire and police levy. He asked some of the council members to also attend.
Ward said heavy recent rains had been challenging for two different reasons- it made the vegetation grow “like crazy” making it difficult for the West Logan Street Department to keep trimmed and it also exacerbated problems on Third Avenue and up Hicks Hollow where there have been some very bad slips on the road and hillside.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.