GILBERT - For a local municipality that includes a population of a little over 400 residents, having a record month of 109 arrests and 40 citations would typically be unheard of. For the officers who make up the Town of Gilbert Police Department, these numbers are accurate for the month of August and speak volumes about the dedication of the local law enforcement to keep the public safe.
According to the Asst. Police Chief of Gilbert, N. Glanden, the Rt. 52 corridor that travels through their town is a hub for illegal drug activity, and says that there are just about as many vehicles that travel the local roads that are out of state as there are from West Virginia.
“We have conducted numerous drug arrests that have included individuals from California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, just to name a few,” stated Glanden. “If you come to Gilbert or pass through our town and you’re up to no good, I can assure you that you will be arrested.”
Glanden, along with Police Chief M. Rasmussen, Sgt. D. Salmons and Patrolman W. Lester , have also taken three fugitives from justice who was wanted in other states off of the street within the last 2 weeks.
Matthew Kennedy, who was wanted in N. Carolina on charges of conspiracy to traffic opium and heroin, was one of the fugitives arrested and the defendant also had an outstanding warrant for burglary charges against him from neighboring Wyoming County.
Steven Rowe, wanted in Tennessee for aggravated DUI and aggravated assault, was arrested by the Gilbert P.D. and charged with DUI after he was observed weaving across the center line of the roadway and a traffic stop was conducted. Rowe is incarcerated in the Southwestern Regional Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Tennessee on the charges from that state.
Luke Carter was arrested during a traffic stop after he was found to have a warrant against him in the Commonwealth of Va. for numerous driving offenses and failure to appear in court
“We stay busy – we certainly don’t slack here in Gilbert,” remarked Glanden. “We take our jobs very seriously, and we don’t take any chances when it comes to compromising the safety of our residents.”
“Our officers are out and about day and night to curtail any crimes within our town. If you’re not a law abiding citizen, we suggest you choose another route to travel.”
The Gilbert Police Department is made up of a total of 5 officers and receives assistance from officers with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police when requested.