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WEST LOGAN — The West Logan Police Department will be on the move soon. West Logan Mayor Darren Akers said the department will be moving soon, but not far.


“We will be moving our police department into the old West Logan Post Office location,” Akers said on Friday. “When the post office had moved out, a local business, Elite Cleaning had moved in. Well, their business has really taken off, so now they have moved to a bigger location, where the old Stop -n-Go Mart is located down by the Peach Creek intersection. As the facility was available the decision was made to move the police station into it at our October Council meeting.”


Akers noted the original police station location, a small room behind city hall is fairly cramped and confined.


“This move will alleviate that problem for them,” he said.


West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward said he was happy about the upgrade.


“The new facility is bigger of course, but it is also more visible,” Ward said. “We are right next to the road on Route 10 now and have large windows where we can look out and see and be seen. We will also have more parking.”


For years, the police department has often operated out of the council’s meeting room when handling investigations, paperwork or having municipal court (which has moved to Friday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.)


Chief Ward had a busier-than-usual month in September, according to the WLPD Activity report given to the council.


“I took a complaint on a stolen purse near the Peach Creek underpass,” Ward said, noting that no county or state police officers were available to handle that 911 call.


“I assisted the Logan County Sheriff’s Department at Speedway with a highly intoxicated and combative female,” Ward said. “The subject apparently had been involved in an altercation with a patron of Speedway. When questioned by deputies she became belligerent and combative. One of the deputies and myself were kicked by the subject.” The woman was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Department.


West Logan PD also had a call about a Domestic Violence Petition that was broken, however upon investigation the call proved to be unfounded.


Other than that, it was mostly business as usual over the course of the past two months.


“Mayor Akers and myself have had several meetings and discussed certain properties in need of cleanup and having sanitation removed,” Ward said, noting that most of the people he had spoken with had in fact started cleaning up their properties. “We had a torn down house on First Avenue that some people had complained about but the property owner brought a big truck in and hauled everything away over last weekend. He really did an excellent job of cleaning it up.”


Ward said a local apartment complex has purchased proper garbage receptacles for tenants and all of the residents have been notified of pick-up-day. Ward said some people have been trying to dump their refuse in the town’s garbage truck after it has been parked for the evening at the town garage. People who persist might wind up getting a citation, he added. Three “no dumping” signs have been placed around the garage and the sanitation truck is being backed against the building with the gates locked shut to avert people illegally dumping refuse in it after business hours.


“We also had the results of our recent financial audit by the state,” Ward said. “We got a clean bill of health as it were from the auditor.”


West Logan will give out trick or treat candy on Thursday, October 31, at the garage behind the current police station at town hall.

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