WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — It has been a busy few weeks for the Town of West Logan, and unusual ones at that.
Last month, West Logan Police Chief Robert J. Ward and West Virginia State Police Trooper J.G. Honaker were the first responders to arrive at a shooting call on Second Avenue in West Logan following an altercation between two individuals. One man was found dead with what appeared to be a small caliber bullet hole in his body. Honaker and Ward spent several hours down on all fours in a muddy crime scene trying to recover usable evidence. The incident was still under investigation Monday evening. Chief Ward told the West Logan Town Council that he wished for Trooper Honaker to receive a commendation from the town for his tireless work on the call, noting it was a difficult crime scene to deal with due to a freak storm that hit right about the same time the incident occurred.
“There have been two more shootings in the past week,” Chief Ward said, noting that
another shooting occurred in the nearby Peach Creek area on Saturday with one person reportedly shot in the lower torso area, and earlier on that Monday there was another shooting reported in the Peach Creek area where a local woman was reportedly shot in the leg.
As if that were not enough calamity, the town faced two major fires in one month. The first when a residence in the alley across from Toppings Exhaust caught fire and burned, then a few weeks later the West Logan Water Department also caught fire.
Mayor Darren Akers said the Water Department is scheduled to open up again on Tuesday, July 12, and that it had been utilizing the auto body specialist shop next door to see customers as the people in the shop were on vacation. Fortunately the records of the water department were saved.
Ward said his department also handled two disputes in the past few weeks, one on First Avenue and the other on Third Avenue.
In other West Logan news:
• Mayor Akers said a long time problem the town had with an abandoned car had been resolved when the owner found somebody willing to take charge of the vehicle and remove it. He noted that the property where the car was located is also in the process of being cleaned up.
• Town Clerk Mark Mareske said that even though the town was on budget for the end of the fiscal year, the month of June had been a bad one for the town with collections way down.
“We were in the hole $7,000,” Mareske said, noting that last year at this time the town was down by $6,000.
“Business and Occupation Taxes have not come in in June and it usually slacks off for a few months. We also had to pay our quarterly insurance premiums,” he explained, adding that bills for July totaled $2,878.00.
“Our tipping fees to Waste Management were about $1,400 and we also had to buy a new weedeater.”
• Chief Ward said a section of Hicks Hollow is in very bad repair and in danger of slipping and that a power pole on First Avenue is continuing to double over. Ward also had some disturbing news about garbage collection.
“Last month was the worst month in the town’s history for people getting cut off of garbage pickup,” he explained. “I gave Glen Dingess a list of 30 delinquent accounts to cut off of service.
Town Attorney Steve Wolfe said the town may have to fine delinquent accounts and place a lien on the property holder’s properties.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.