Huntington Police Department - Huntington, WV

Media Releases & Advisories

Huntington Police Department News Release
February 5, 2014

On Feb. 4, 2014, members of the Huntington Police Department’s Special Emphasis Unit, along with West Virginia State Police, executed a search warrant at 2610 Adams Ave.

The search warrant was obtained after information was compiled from the HPD tip line (304-696-4444) and numerous complaints from members of the community.

Arrested at the scene were the homeowner, James Meade, 53, who was charged with felony delivery of controlled substance with additional charges pending; and Francis Ross, 35, of Chesapeake, OH. She was charged with capias prostitution. Three additional individuals were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers recovered a small amount of crack cocaine, prescription drugs, items used for the distribution of narcotics and six firearms, one of which was reported stolen.

Animal Control was notified to take possession of six pit bull puppies that were found to be neglected within the residence.
“Due to the deplorable living conditions found within the residence, HPD Code Enforcement will be notified for follow-up investigation, and a nuisance letter will be issued to the homeowner for corrective action,” Capt. Rocky Johnson said.

Huntington Police Department News Release
February 5, 2014

We have received a couple of phone calls inquiring whether the Huntington Police Department's K-9 Unit is using phone solicitations to raise funds.  This press release is just a reminder to the public that neither our department, nor FOP Gold Star Lodge #65, uses phone solicitations as a means of raising funds.

These calls may be originating from a legitimate entity, but please take precautions to ensure it isn't a scam before making any donations.  If you feel you are the victim of a crime, contact your local authorities to report the incident.  An officer with Huntington Police Department can be reached by calling 304-696-4470 or 304-526-8585.

Huntington Police Department News Release
January 31, 2014

On 1/31/2014 at about 0701 AM a motor vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of 10th street and 9th avenue in Huntington, West Virginia.  A witness provided information that a vehicle traveling north on 10th street had struck a female pedestrian in the intersection and then fled the scene.  The female that was struck is 13 years old and was transported to the hospital for treatment of facial wounds.  The witness provided a description of the suspected hit and run vehicle as a silver or white Chrysler Sebring convertible.

On 1/31/2014 at about 2:30 PM a traffic/crash investigator located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description in a parking lost located in the 1100 block of 6th avenue.  Investigators were able to link the vehicle to the incident by matching evidence which had been located and secured at the original crash scene, by the responding officer.

Investigators were able to identify the driver of the vehicle as Nancy L. Mathis of Huntington, West Virginia.  Mathis has been charged with hit and run causing injury in Cabell County Court.

Huntington Police Department News Release
January 14, 2014

On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at approximately 5:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of St. Mary Medical Center to attempt to locate a mentally challenged patient and were advised that the patient had left against medical advice under a Mental Hygiene Order.  At approximately 6:06 p.m., an officer located the patient at the O’Reilly Auto Parts lot on 31st Street.  The patient was transported back to the hospital by the officer without incident.

Upon arrival at the hospital, the officer and a nurse escorted the patient back to an ER examination room.  While escorting the mentally challenged patient to the exam room, she became increasingly agitated and disruptive, knocking equipment to the ground.  The patient was placed in the examination room for further evaluation.  Moments later, hospital staff advised the officer that a Mental Hygiene Order for the patient had been denied by the Mental Hygiene Commissioner, and the hospital could not provide additional treatment.

At that time, the officer opened the exam room and advised the patient that the hospital was done treating her and HPD would be willing to provide transportation home. The already agitated patient became more upset and aggressive, attempting to overturn a computer stand and attached equipment, as well as jumping on and off the hospital bed.  The patient was repeatedly noncompliant with the officer and nurses’ requests for her to calm down and not damage equipment.  After ignoring the officer and nurses’ requests and her continued attempts to overturn the computer equipment, the officer moved into the room to prevent injury to the patient or others.  As the officer got close to the patient, she struck him in the face, knocking off his glasses and causing a laceration to his left ear and abrasion to the left side of his face.  The officer immediately initiated handcuffing the patient, but was unable to do so due to her resistance.  During the struggle, both the officer and the patient went to the floor.  Once on the floor, while the patient was on her back, the officer was able to secure one handcuff.  The officer repositioned the patient on her stomach and secured the second handcuff.  At that moment the patient became unresponsive.  The officer requested immediate medical assistance from hospital staff.  Efforts to revive the patient were unsuccessful and she was pronounced deceased a short time later. 

The deceased has been identified as Annie Earle, B/F/66 years old, residing at 1012 4th Ave., Huntington.

The Huntington Police Department and the FBI have initiated a joint investigation of the in-custody death of Annie Earle.  The results of the investigation will be presented to the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the Department of Justice, for review.

As per protocol on matters such as this, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave for a period to be determined by the Chief of Police.

Huntington Police Department News Release
January 3, 2014

The Huntington Police Department is at present investigating a missing person complaint, Diane Lee Bess (21) of Huntington was last seen on 12/24/13 when she left her home in the 200 Blk of Main St. (Guyandotte) to go shopping, Her family has not heard from her since. Ms. Bess is described as a light skin black female, 5’2”, 120 Lbs, Hazel eyes, light brown shoulder length hair. Ms. Bess was last known to be wearing black sweat pants, Crème colored jacket with no hood, and pink tennis shoes. Anyone with information concerning this person is asked to call 304-696-4444.

Huntington Police Department News Release
November 15, 2013

At 1933 hours 911 received a call to respond to 1926 Adams Ave Huntington WV in regards to a shots fired call. The suspect, 23 yr old Jared Dewayne Tripplett of Huntington discharged a firearm in his residence, nearly striking his ex-girlfriend. She was not injured and was able to leave the residence. Jared Triplett then temporarily barricaded himself inside the residence. The Huntington Police Tactical Team were deployed and secured the scene. The Hostage  Negotiation team responded to the scene, established contact with the suspect and were able to convince Triplett to surrender peacefully to officers at approx 2044 hours. Detectives responded to the scene along with members of the Crime Scene id unit. Jared Triplett was subsequently  taken into custody and charged with wanton endangerment.

Huntington Police Department News Release
November 4, 2013

The City of Huntington, the Huntington Police Department (HPD), in conjunction with Mountain State Computer & Networking Solutions (MSCNS) and the Cabell Wayne Homeland Security Committee (CWHSC) is proud to formally announce the launch of “Heads Up Huntington,” (HUH) the first uniform emergency and disaster notification system available as a smart phone application.  The public launch will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:30am at the monthly CWHSC meeting held at the Tri-State Fire Academy.  HUH is a single app that provides users with critical information in the event of an emergency or disaster incident, as well as multiple other areas of information such as school closings, boil water advisories, major traffic accidents, etc. 
This one-of-a-kind product is a custom scripted software application that allows the end user the ability to select which notifications are important to them, as well as the data entry delegate to discern the priority level at which information is sent out.  The app is free to the public, and is available in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
HPD introduces this app as the first official installment of its “Community Force” (CF) initiative.  Occasionally, members of HPD develop a concept for a program which does not contain an element of Law Enforcement, but is a powerful tool for the overall betterment of our community.  These projects fall under our “Community Force” Initiative.
The CF Initiative is the department’s method of fostering positive ideologies into the community at large, and provides the residents with resources to enable an atmosphere of progress, growth, and most importantly, hope.  Any project under the CF title has little to no element of law enforcement, but rather has been created within the department to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in multiple disciplined collaborations with our stakeholders.
Chief Holbrook stated: “As we reflect on our mission statement, it is the last line: “Meet the expectations of our community” which has inspired our obligation to provide innovative and forward thinking concepts which exceed the conventional philosophies of police departments, and encourage all citizens to be involved in our “Community Force.””
Mayor Steve Williams added, “We challenge every department within the City of Huntington to set a standard that encourages the development of innovative solutions that will make our City safer and more responsive in a manner that sets a threshold for other communities throughout the country to emulate. The HPD, Mountain State Computer and Networking Solutions, and the Cabell Wayne Homeland Security Committee have established a standard for our region, state, and nation by creating the first of its kind uniform emergency and disaster notification system for smart phones. The collaborative efforts of these organizations will make us safer in the Tri-State and will have long term effects on all our municipal operations for years to come.”

Huntington Police Department News Release
November 3, 2013

Update: The victim from last Saturday’s homicide has been identified as Collins Jamall Harris (31) of Detroit, MI.  The investigation is ongoing.  Lt. j. Williams

11/2/13 @ 1945 Hrs. CCEMS and HPD responded to 1259 26th St. after a call was received at the 911 center, that a male was at that location and he had been shot, upon arrival to the residence officers found a deceased black male, possibly in his 30’s who had been shot. At this time investigators are working to identify the victim, there is not a suspect or motive developed at this time, there were no  reports of gunshots in the area prior to response to residence. Scene is being processed by the Forensic unit. You will be updated as new information becomes available.

Huntington Police Department News Release
October 27, 2013

On 10/26/13 at 0052 Hrs. HPD responded to the 1800 Blk. of Artisan Ave. for reported gunshots, on arrival officers attempted to locate the scene of incident. At 0059 Hrs. two gunshot victims arrived via private vehicles to Cabell Huntington Hospital, Victims Dwight Waldon (60) and Tayvon Gaulds (19) both of Huntington, had each received a gunshot wound to the lower extremities, each are expected to recover. Suspect description was given as a black male, 5’ 10”, 160 Lbs, dressed in all black and wearing a facemask. Victims could not provide much detail of the incident, evidence at scene indicates approx 10 shots were discharged during the incident, several homes sustained bullet damage, as well as one vehicle, no suspects at this time. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call 304-696-4444.

Huntington Police Department News Release
October 9, 2013

On October 7, 8 and 9th, 2013 the Huntington Police Department was the regional host for port security training. This training was provided by the West Virginia Department of Transportation Public Port Authority, through the Federal Port Security Grant Program. The recently allocated funding was designed for training to prepare law enforcement in prevention, response to and in recovery from terrorist attacks occurring on inland waterways.

The training was taught by an expert group of instructors, specializing in tactics for high risk inland waterway vessel boarding and searching. The instructors provided training to the Huntington Police Department, Kanawha County Sherriff’s Department and Galia County Ohio Sherriff’s Department.

Chief Holbrook stated “The Ohio River remains the largest and busiest inland waterway in the transporting tonnage of commerce. This training grant provides us with world class training from industry experts preparing our officers to respond to unique maritime security events”.

The Marathon Petroleum Company provided one its newest vessels and crew for the waterway portion of the training. Additionally The Huntington Fire Department provided river rescue and safety support during the training.