WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward said that there were few calls for assistance in the month of August, noting that the most serious was a domestic dispute between two brothers on First Avenue, who got into a fight.
More troubling were two drug overdoses which reportedly occurred last weekend, one apparently from Heroin.
“The other was somebody who overdosed on pills,” Ward told the West Logan Town Council on Sept. 12. “I was informed by other law enforcement agencies that there were 14 overdoses in Logan County in a two-day period. It seems some of the drug epidemic with Heroin that the city of Huntington has had recently has moved into our area.”
One resident in the neighborhood had reportedly almost died and might have not survived had not one neighbor provided a Narcan injection which saved their life, and another neighbor who had been an EMT provided first aid and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Reportedly the victim had turned purple and family members feared for the victim’s life.
“We also received a complaint about an alleged prowler,” Ward said. “That is being looked into. But other than those incidents it has been a slow and quiet month.”
In other West Logan news:
— A few months ago Sam Montgomery’s home in the alley across from Toppings Exhaust shop caught fire and burned. That structure has been completely removed, noted Mayor Darren Akers, who said that he was informed that it may be possible that a modular home could replace it. This led to much speculation as to how, as the street leading to the property is narrow and has a very steep curve. One resident quipped that they might have to air lift it in until Town Clerk Mark Mareske pointed out that it could be possible to access the property via the large and empty parking lot where the Clubhouse Suites used to be located. Mareske said that if Montgomery could get an easement from the property’s owner it would be possible to form a ramp at the end of the lot and access the empty lot.
— Mayor Darren Akers said that the Region II Development Authority will be having a going away party for Michelle Craig in Huntington and that the council was invited to attend on Thursday, Sept. 29. Asking if anyone wished to go, the Mayor noted that it could be a good opportunity for council members to network with the people at Region II who have been so helpful to neighboring towns like Logan and Man through the years on major projects.
— Mareske noted that Region II is also doing a Grant Request Application and has asked West Logan and other towns or needed data for information about the six-county coalfields area.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.