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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Lincoln County man is in custody following a pursuit through two counties overnight Tuesday into Wednesday that included a crash into a Charleston Police Cruiser.
According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD), Bradley Owen Ellis, 33 of Harts, was arrested. Ellis was stopped for an initial traffic stop on Campbells Creek Drive near Malden, but as the deputy approached to speak with the occupants the vehicle fled north.
The car pulled into a gas station where a passenger began to exit the vehicle as the deputy sheriff caught up. With the door open and the passenger partially out of the vehicle Ellis quickly pulled away, the sheriff’s office said. The passenger remained in the vehicle and the door closed again.
The vehicle fled onto I-64 toward Charleston, passing illegally on the shoulders of the road, and at high rates of speed.
According to the KCSD, the vehicle stopped at another gas station in Charleston where two female passengers exited the car. The vehicle then drove off and the pursuit resumed.
The fleeing vehicle then struck a Charleston Police Cruiser near Bigley Avenue but continued driving. The vehicle fled south on US 119 into Boone County where it ran out of gas and came to a stop, KCSD said. That’s when Ellis was taken into custody.
KCSD charged Ellis through Boone County Magistrate Court with fleeing with reckless indifference, fleeing while driving under the influence (DUI), driving with a license revoked for DUI 3rd offense, and DUI.
No one was injured in the pursuit or crash in Charleston. Charleston PD, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Virginia State Police assisted in the pursuit.
According to KCSD, additional charges may be filed by Charleston PD relating to the crash involving a cruiser.
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NAME: Chad Barker
CANDIDATE FOR: Boone County Sheriff
HOME CITY: Madison
HOME COUNTY: Boone
EDUCATION: Scott High School 1996; Marshall University Community College; Associate's Degree in Applied Science; WV State Police Academy Graduate 2001; FBI Great Lakes Leadership Seminar.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Chief Deputy Boone County Sheriff's Office.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: 19 years 2 months as a Boone County Deputy Sheriff
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Boone County STOP Watch, Boone County Backpack Buddies Program, Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Boone County ASA Softball Board, Madison Baptist Church Deacon, Boone County Deputy Sheriffs' Association Shop with a Cop, WV ICE Softball.
ENDORSEMENTS: UMWA COMPAC, WV Sheriffs' Association
FAMILY: wife, Brianne; and daughter, Cambri
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I'm a career law enforcement officer and a graduate of the WV State Police Academy. I grew up in Manila, Boone County and I'm a first generation college graduate. I'm a born again Christian, family man and member of the Madison Baptist Church. My hobbies include spending time with my family, coaching youth sports and being involved in the community. Law Enforcement Instructor in: Less Lethal Weapons, Handgun, Patrol Rifle and Shotgun, Active Shooters, Clandestine labs and Undercover Drug Operations. Graduate of the FBI's 2014 Great Lakes Leadership Seminar and a recipient of the 2013 VFW National Law Enforcement Award.
1. How would you collaborate with other jurisdictions of the county to alleviate the problems of crime and violence countywide?
Communication in Law Enforcement is vital to success. I would schedule monthly leadership meetings with all law enforcement agencies in the county as well as making sure there is an open line of communications between shift supervisors and all officers. Beyond that, working with the Prosecutor's office, Probation and Parole is essential to being successful.
2. What procedures do you believe could be improved in the handling of domestic violence and child abuse cases?
We have to stay in tune with our domestic and family violence partners such as YWCA Resolve Family Abuse, Cornerstone Family Interventions, available shelters and other resources. Partnering with these programs is critical to improvement and is a great compliment in addition to maintaining specially trained deputies in this field.
3. What would you do to combat drug boone county sheriff twitter in the county?
We must be harsh on the legitimate dealers and make sure there is treatment available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for people struggling with addiction. We will develop and maintain partnerships with the school system for early drug education and partner with parents for early drug intervention. Make sure reentry packets are available to released inmates.
4. Would you increase the size of the law-enforcement force?
Yes! The Sheriff's Department is responsible for so much more than just answering 911 calls. They have to bailiff courts and maintain the security there, serve all civil process, watch inmates who are transported from the regional jails for court, serve Domestic Boone county sheriff twitter Petitions, take care of mental hygienes and many other tasks that are hidden from the general public.
5. What are the three most pressing issues for the sheriff’s department?
Manpower, Equipment and Vehicles. Maintaining police coverage 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, providing 2 full time bailiffs, a school resource officer, a drug investigator, running the home confinement program, watching inmates for court, serving process, handling mental hygeines and domestic violence petitions is very difficult with 17 sworn officers. We have cruisers with over 200k miles.
6. What is the most pressing concern and solution for tax collections?
Staffing, the office has been cut to 3 employees. It is impossible for them to adequately staff the office and be proactive in their tax collections. As Sheriff, I would be trained and would help when needed in the Tax Office and also work on creative ways to collect delinquencies. This would also help reopen the Racine collection point monthly.
White Supremacists Begin New Year With Plot, Murder
American white supremacists marked the New Year with violence, opening 2013 with a murder in Kentucky and an alleged plot in Ohio. Suspects in both incidents have ties to neo-Nazi groups.
The murder occurred near the small town of Walton, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 9. About a week later, Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men on kidnapping, murder and abuse of a corpse charges, stating that the suspects had beaten the victim in two separate locations and stabbed and strangled him to death at the second location, then dismembered his body and left parts of it in different places. The victim was a 19-year old drug addict who also allegedly sold heroin to support his own drug habit.
The suspects arrested were Anthony Baumgartner, 23; Jeffrey Allen, 21; and Stephen Harkness, 22. At least one of the suspects has ties to the white supremacist movement. Baumgartner, who has several white supremacist tattoos, was a relatively recent recruit to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), with the rank of “Stormtrooper First Class.” He attended a major NSM rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 2012 and also attended or organized local NSM events in Boone County. He claimed to have in the past been involved with a First national bank severna park Klux Klan group; this has not been verified.
Baumgartner and the others also admired outlaw motorcycle gangs and Baumgartner claimed on one Web site that he was the former president of a biker club boone county sheriff twitter “SS Bandits.” This has also not been verified.
Recently, he posted to a white supremacist site that “I want to get back in the race war so me and a few other boys in my area are starting to clean up [the] area of drugs and so called street gangs…we had […] enough and its time we stand up and take back what is ares [sic].”
In neighboring Ohio, meanwhile, federal prosecutors in mid-January indicted another neo-Nazi, Richard Schmidt of Bowling Green, on weapons charges. Schmidt, a convicted felon, allegedly had a horde of weapons that included at least 18 assault weapons and more than 40,000 rounds of ammo. According to NBC News, a law enforcement officer said there was evidence that Schmidt possibly was planning attacks on Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area.
Schmidt was a long-time member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, recently acting as its Toledo contact point, and in the past also occasionally attended meetings of the NSM.
Three people were injured late Wednesday in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver on I-65, police said.
A man and woman, boone county sheriff twitter yet to be identified by police, were headed north on southbound I-65 in a silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix in Boone County northwest of Indianapolis, police said, when they struck amazon us playstation store gift card Dodge van driven by an Indianapolis man about 11 p.m. The van’s driver, Mohamed Mansaray, was working as an Indianapolis Airport taxi driver, police said.
All three individuals in those vehicles were taken to IU Methodist and St. Vincent hospitals with injuries, police said.
A third vehicle behind the taxi also was involved, police said, but less significantly. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.
Police suspected alcohol could be involved, said Corp. Chris Burham of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, but that remained unconfirmed. Conditions of those involved in the crash were not immediately available.
Contact Star reporter Bill McCleery at [email protected] or (317) 444-6083. Follow him at twitter.com/BillMcCleery01.