EPD Seizes 1.7 Pounds of Meth and Three Firearms

  • Largest methamphetamine seizure in EPD history
  • Citizen information contributed to probable cause for search warrant

While on routine patrol on River Street in Elkins this morning, EPD officers D.T. Sayre (Patrolman First Class) and N.G. Elbon (Patrolman) contacted two individuals, Eric Armstrong and Roger Ware.

After obtaining consent for a pat-down search for officer safety, EPD found Armstrong to be in possession of a firearm and a personal-use amount of a white crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine. Arm strong was detained for further investigation. A search of his backpack found approximately 135 grams of a white crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine.

After attempting to flee officers, Ware was also found to be in possession of a firearm, as well as a digital scale and baggies.

Based on this encounter and information about Armstrong received from the public, officers received and executed a search warrant for Armstrong’s residence in Heavener Acres, which he shares with Krystal Ann Dellagatta.

Officers contacted and detained Dellagatta at this residence. She directed officers to three safes hidden under a bed and containing additional amounts of a white crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine. Officers also found ledgers, scales, and other items consistent with the ongoing distribution and sale of controlled substances.

Armstrong, Ware, and Dellagatta were transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

In total, this investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 750 grams (1.7 pounds) of a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine and three firearms. The street value of the alleged methamphetamine is approximately $85,000.

“This is the largest methamphetamine seizure in EPD history,” says EPD Chief Travis Bennett.

City Hall News: Week of June 21, 2021

Elkins, W. Va., June 19, 2021: City hall is closed Monday in observance of West Virginia Day. Trash will be collected on the usual schedule. Meeting this week are the Elkins Water Board and council’s Boards & Commissions Committee.

The Elkins Water Board (which oversees the city’s water system) meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. to hear an update on the water-meter replacement project and review invoices and financial statements.

The Boards & Commissions Committee meets Thursday at 9 a.m.  This is an ad hoc committee charged with reviewing the establishing ordinances and current practices and procedures of city-appointed boards and commissions to ensure compliance with state law. This week, the committee will discuss the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, the Elkins Planning Commission, and the Elkins Housing Authority (the governing body for Gateway Apartments).

In addition to ongoing work on the sewer/stormwater separation project and the water-meter replacement project, two separate crews are milling and paving city streets in various locations around the city. Please subscribe to the city’s newsletter to receive closure announcements: www.cityofelkinswv.com/newsletter-signup.

Business license renewals are due to the Treasurer’s Department by June 30. You must be current on B&O taxe in order to renew. If you have not yet received a license renewal form in the mail, or if you are applying for your first license, you must first submit a copy of your state business license to the Treasurer’s Department.

Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held in the Elkins City Hall council chamber. Unvaccinated persons must wear face coverings.


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Waterfront Study

Last Thursday, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton presented to council a study of recreation and tourism development opportunities along the Tygart Valley River waterfront in Elkins. You can learn more about the study by clicking here. This study is also connected to the city’s participation in the HubCAP program, which you can learn about on this page.

Street Paving Wednesday and Thursday

The 2021 street paving season has begun.

Today, contractors are already milling joints at the ends of the following alleys and streets. Parking and traffic will not be significantly disrupted.

  • Coca Cola Alley between 11th Street and 10th Street
  • 7th Street between Harrison Avenue and Gorman Avenue
  • George Street between Maryland Avenue and Heavner Avenue
  • Moose Alley between Davis Avenue and Kerens Avenue
  • Intermountain Alley between 5th Street and 6th Street

Thursday, contractors will mill the following streets. Streets will be closed with no parking while milling proceeds.

  • Main Street between Glendale Avenue and Worth Avenue
  • Pleasant Avenue between State Street and Orchard Street
  • 3rd Street from Kerens Avenue to Henry Avenue
  • Henry Avenue from Randolph Avenue to Second Street
  • Railroad Avenue from Sweco Furniture to Wilson Street
  • S. Henry Avenue from 10th Street to the dead end at the pedestrian bridge

Learn more about paving and patching in Elkins by clicking here.

Business License Renewals Due June 30

Business license renewals are due to the Treasurer’s Department by June 30. You must be current on B&O taxes in order to renew.
If you have not yet received a license renewal form in the mail, or if you are applying for your first license, you must first submit a copy of your state business license to the Treasurer’s Department. (For more information about state licensing requirements and procedures, click here.)
If you have questions, please call (304) 636-1414, ext. 1318 or ext. 1721.
 
More information about business licenses and taxes is here.

ARPA Committee Reviews Rules at First Meeting

Elkins, W. Va., June 15, 2021: Mayor Jerry Marco’s ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The committee was established to advise the Elkins council as it considers how to make use of approximately $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) awarded to the city earlier this year.

The ARPA Advisory Committee consists of the chairpersons of each of council’s five standing committees. The committee’s chairperson will be Mike Hinchman (chairperson of the Finance Committee). The committee’s other members are Marilynn Cuonzo (Municipal Properties Committee), Rob Chenoweth (Personnel Committee), David Parker (Public Safety Committee), and Nanci Bross-Fregonara (Rules & Ordinances).

At this first meeting, which was held in the council chamber at city hall last Tuesday, the committee reviewed guidance documents received from the U.S. Treasury Department. These documents are still undergoing public review and comment and may change further before being finalized.

At recent meetings, the Elkins council authorized creation of a bank account for managing the city’s ARPA funds and authorized Mayor Marco to execute documents required by the U.S. Treasury prior to disbursement of any funds. No disbursement of ARPA funds has been received by City of Elkins yet.

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, ARPA funds will be distributed in two equal disbursements, half in 2021 and half in 2022. ARPA funds cannot be used to cover expenditures made prior to March 3, 2021. Funds must be obligated no later than December 31, 2024, and expenditures to cover those obligations must occur no later than December 31, 2026.

The committee will next begin evaluating proposed expenditures as well as planning for public input opportunities. The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, at 1:30 p.m.

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Street Closures in South Elkins for Pavement Milling

Bear Contracting, the contractor for the sewer/stormwater separation project, will be milling streets in South Elkins starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16. (See list below.) This work is expected to last into Thursday.

These closures are consecutive, not simultaneous. However, this process will result in significant disruptions to traffic. Please choose alternate routes.

Closures:

  • S. Railroad will be closed from the Tygart Valley River to Eleventh Street. Tenth Street will be closed between S. Railroad and S. Davis.
  • Eleventh Street will be single-lane with flaggers at the 11th Street/S. Davis intersection and at the 11th Street/S. Railroad.
  • South Davis will be closed between 10th and 11th Streets and between 11th Street and N. 12th Street.

The purpose of milling is to remove the top layer of the street to prepare it for resurfacing.

To learn more about the sewer/stormwater separation project, click here.

To learn more about street paving and patching in Elkins, click here.

City Hall News: Week of June 14, 2021

Elkins, W. Va., June 12, 2021: Park camp starts Monday. Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Elkins Planning Commission. Council meets Thursday.

EPRC’s summer camp for kindergartners through rising sixth graders runs June 14-July 30, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Lunch is provided. There is no preregistration; children are registered on the first day they attend and then must be signed in and out by a parent or other authorized adult. More information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/summer-time-parks-time.

On Monday at 10 a.m., the Public Safety Committee meets on an agenda that includes discussions of body-worn and vehicle cameras and regional SWAT collaboration. The committee will also hear reports from public safety officials.

EPRC meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Phil Gainer Community Center to open bids for the PGCC’s gym flooring project and to discuss Randolph County Flash, the FY 2022 budget, and a book walk.

The Elkins Planning Commission meets virtually on Thursday at 1 p.m. The commission, which has been drafting a new set of zoning laws for the last several years, is making final changes and preparing to present its draft ordinance to council and the public later this summer. Log-in info: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet final and may be updated through Tuesday. Current items include an update to the establishing ordinance of the Elkins Tree Board, changes to the “drug house” ordinance, and an ordinance required to finalize the recent codification and publication of city laws, which may be found online here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/government/elkins-city-code.

All meetings are at Elkins City Hall (401 Davis Avenue) unless otherwise stated. Face coverings are required for attendees who are not fully vaccinated.

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Summer Time = Parks Time!

Summer is here, and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission wants everyone to know that the city’s parks are open for business fun!

The Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission (EPRC) operates five parks, which together comprise 70 acres: Bluegrass Park, Davis Street Park, Elkins City Park, Glendale Park, and River Bend Park. This extensive park system is available for picnics, walks, fishing, organized athletics, or just a little peace and quiet. Davis Street Park, Elkins City Park, Glendale Park and River Bend Park all feature children’s play equipment. Glendale Park and River Bend Park have soccer fields, Glendale has a football field, and River Bend has a baseball diamond and two sand volleyball courts. Bluegrass also has a baseball diamond. There is a loop walking trail joining Glendale and River Bend Parks. Glendale, River Bend, and City Park also feature pavilions, which are available for rental. Learn more on this page.

EPRC is also excited to announce the recent hiring of the city’s first youth development coordinator. Owen Peet, a recent Davis & Elkins College graduate, will be leading youth programming in the city’s park system. One of his first big tasks will be running EPRC’s free summer day camp in Elkins City Park for children in grades K-5 (i.e., rising sixth grader this summer). Camp runs June 14-July 30, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Lunch is provided. There is no preregistration; children are registered on the first day they attend and then must be signed in and out by a parent or other authorized adult. In inclement weather, activities may shift to the Phil Gainer Community Center for the day (no transportation provided; parents must drop children off and pick them up at PGCC).

A few things to keep in mind:

Restrooms are available at all city parks except Davis Street and Bluegrass. However, at River Bend, portable toilets are temporarily in use because of a sewage-pump failure. They’re working on it!

Glendale is looking better and better with some recent tree plantings and the ongoing installation of boulders donated by the J.F. Allen company. Soon, there will also be a Pollinator Garden near the playground.

EPRC does not run any organized sports activities. However, we are fortunate to have several active leagues:

  • Bengals Youth Football (practices at Glendale Park)
  • Elkins Little League (practices at River Bend Park)
  • Elkins Babe Ruth League (practices at Bluegrass Park)
  • Seneca Soccer (practices at Glendale Park and River Bend Park)
  • Summer Sand Volleyball League (plays at River Bend Park)

Enjoy your summer–and your parks!

Water Shutoff Scammers Visiting Elkins Residences

Elkins, W. Va., June 8, 2021: City of Elkins is warning of a scam targeting local residents. The scam involves imposters knocking on doors, claiming to represent the city’s water utility, and demanding immediate in-person payment to avoid shutoffs. The city has received reports of two such incidents, and police are investigating.

Dan Stemple, a clerk in the city’s Utility Billing Department, says that city employees will never contact residents this way.

“If your account is overdue, you’ll receive a notice in the mail, then an automated phone call,” he explains. “If we don’t have your phone number, we’ll leave a tag on the front door of the property. No city employees ever visit you in person or call you to demand payment.”

If city employees do need to visit a property, such as to access a water meter or perform other work, they will be easily identifiable.

“Any city employees doing that kind of work would be in uniform and driving a clearly marked city vehicle,” says Stemple. “If you have the slightest concern about whether you are talking to a genuine city employee, you can also call to doublecheck.”

If you are contacted by anyone asking for money on behalf of the city, please call 911. To ask questions about this or any other utilities-related matter, please contact the Utility Billing Department:

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