Halloween Pranks Keep Kanawha Deputies Busy

UPDATE 11/1/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some Halloween mischief kept Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies busy Thursday night.

The incidents happened about 9 p.m. Thursday in the eastern part of the county.

Sheriff's Deputies say they responded to a call where a person was shooting a pellet gun at vehicles passing by. At least one vehicle was damaged. Deputies searched the woods with night vision technology
and FLIR (thermal imaging) which detects body temperature, but the gunman got away, according to a news release.

Meanwhile, in the Quincy Mall parking Lot, deputies say teenagers threw eggs at drivers in the area. No one was hurt, but the teenagers were cited.

Then, about the same time deputies say they were called to an accident where Allen David Pettry, 50, of Miami, crashed into a stopped vehicle and power pole. Deputies say traffic was backed up in the area because a vandal roadblock.

Investigators say Pettry was charged with Driving Under the Influence.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/31/13 @ 11:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When hundreds of children are on the streets, a routine call becomes far less routine.

"Kids are going to be kids, it's Halloween, mischief is going to occur," said Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Cumberledge.

That mischief is why Deputy Cumberledge is on duty, on his day off. Across Kanawha County, more than 30 deputies are on patrol; almost three times the usual number for a Thursday night.

For parents, that extra enforcement makes all the difference.

"Seeing the officer out here, it makes you feel a little safer," said one parent.

From the small conversations to the jokes, members of law enforcement were out on Halloween night looking out for anything out of the ordinary.

However, they were also keeping an open ear to what neighbors are saying.

"Usually they're the ones who are going to know what's going on more than we are," said Deputy Cumberledge.

Thankfully, officers aren't alone on their patrols. Many communities like West Gate in Cross Lanes have volunteers like Tom Kuhn limiting the number of cars.

"We ask them to park, and walk through the neighborhood," said Kuhn. "It makes it much safer for the kids."

It's all in an effort to provide more treats, and fewer tricks to these miniature monsters.

"Ninety-eight percent of the time we're dealing with someone on the worst day of their life," said Deputy Cumberledge, "you know, we're there because of a negative reason. Nights like tonight, we're out talking to people, everyone's having fun."

Deputies will continue the increased patrols through Saturday night.

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