The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 28, 2012

9 arrested as a result of warrant roundup

Multiple individuals were arrested Friday in Fayette County as a result of a warrant roundup, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Early Friday morning several law enforcement agencies united to conduct a round-up of wanted fugitives from the county, Sheriff Steve Kessler said.

As a result, 27 felony and 11 misdemeanor warrants were served on the nine individuals.

Arrested were:

— Terry Ellis, 24, of Scarbro, drug offenses

— Kellen Jeffries, 45, of Fayetteville, capias warrant

— Scott Elswick, 36, of Fayetteville, assault

— Darla Mobley, 49 of Pax, truancy

— James Chittum, 20, of Danese, conspiracy and grand larceny

— Haymond Hanshaw, 33, of Lookout, grand larceny

— Linda Hanshaw, 27, of Lookout, conspiracy and grand larceny

— Susan Boley, 30, of Edmond, fraudulent schemes and attempt to commit a felony.

All of the suspects were taken into custody without incident and  arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court, he said, adding the bond status is unknown at this time.

“With all of the daily routine duties and responsibilities of the sheriff’s office, it is often difficult to locate and arrest individuals wanted on criminal warrants,”

Kessler said.

“Sometimes a deputy can spend an entire shift — in between responding to 911 calls for service — attempting to locate and arrest a single wanted individual,” he added.

Through participation in the CUFFED fugitive task force — Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division — sponsored by the U.S. Marshal’s Office for Southern West Virginia, police were able to call on additional resources to locate and apprehend the wanted individuals, Kessler explained.

“Several members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office have been sworn in as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals.”

“These deputies can be called upon to go to other counties and jurisdictions to assist other law enforcement agencies, including the Marshal’s Service, in apprehending fugitives,” Kessler said.

“Likewise, when we need assistance, we can call upon personnel from other jurisdictions who have the same special deputation to assist us in locating and apprehending fugitives within the county,” he added.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by personnel from the CUFFED Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshal’s Service, sheriff’s departments in Raleigh and Greenbrier counties and Beckley Police.

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to call police at 304-574-4216, Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867, or submit a tip through the Crime Tips section of the sheriff’s website, www.fayettesheriffwv. net.

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