The Times West Virginian

Local News

December 12, 2013

‘We need help’ to stop home burglaries

Citizens take their concerns to county commission meeting

FAIRMONT — “We need help.”

A delegation of concerned citizens told this to the Marion County Commission at its quarterly Wednesday night meeting for help with the string of home burglaries taking place around the city and county.

They offered some suggestions, such as forming community watch groups and pooling law-enforcement agencies.

The group had not gone to Fairmont City Council because many of the burglaries are taking place outside city limits and because the commission is the governing body of the county.

Plus they suggested pooling law-enforcement agencies, with city, county and state working together.

Commission President Randy Elliott advised them to organize their goals. He also suggested attending the next Mayors on the Move meeting to share their concerns.

“We can follow up after the holiday and see if it’s slowed down any. But keep an eye on it.”

He praised the hard work and professionalism of Marion’s law-enforcement agencies.

“These people are very concerned about the burglaries going on in the day time,” Elliott said after the meeting.

“We hope to talk to get more presence of police in the areas, to let these burglars know someone is in the area.

“Our hope is they catch some more of these people. If there is the presence of police in the areas and they see that, I’m sure they’ll stop.”

Hard-hit areas include Watson, Farms Drive and the area near Fairmont Senior High School.

Elliott reiterated what police have been telling people.

“Be more vigilant. Form a community watch.”

According to Fairmont Police, the break-ins are taking place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. mostly at residences without visible security systems. Small, high-value items are being taken.

Residents are advised to be on the lookout for unfamiliar people or vehicles in their neighborhoods or for people carrying backpacks or duffel bags, where they could conceal stolen items.

Kris Cinalli, county administrator, said he will contact Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter today about coordinating  agencies to “try to solve the case.”

“We can focus on one area where the concentration of the burglaries seem to be taking place.

“There can be quite a few areas in the county that can benefit from this.”

The commission will meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Room 403, J. Harper Meredith Building, Fairmont.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at

Text Only
Local News
  • UMW Rally UPDATE: Roberts and Caputo arrested during UMW Pittsburgh rally

    After marching from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, around 15 United Mine Workers of America (UMW) leaders were arrested.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fairmont bank robbery suspect in custody

    Officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the West Virginia State Police responded to an armed robbery Thursday morning at WesBanco in Marion Square.

    July 31, 2014

  • UMW leaders at rally: ‘We will stand up and fight’

    Several United Mine Workers of America (UMW) leaders spoke at a labor rally in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

    July 31, 2014

  • image.jpg HAPPENING NOW: UMW's Roberts says EPA rules will 'devastate Appalachia'

    During a press conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center United Miner Workers of America (UMW) president Cecil Roberts talked about the reason why 5,000 miners and their families are protesting the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alva Groves Family -ts.jpg After 63 years, remains of Korean War veteran coming home

    After 63 years, the remains of a Korean War veteran are coming home.
    Those remains are of Cpl. Alva Clifford Groves, of Four States, who lost his life during the Korean War. Groves will be brought home to West Virginia on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • UMW to protest EPA Clean Power Plan

    Members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMW) will be gathering today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to protest the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan.
    Mike Caputo, vice president of UMW International District 31, will be one of the many Marion County and North Central West Virginia members participating in the rally and march at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

    July 31, 2014

  • Alecto executive to speak at chamber dinner

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s 61st annual dinner is putting a spotlight on the future of Fairmont General Hospital.
    The keynote speaker for this year’s event, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13, is Mike Sarrao, executive vice president of Alecto Healthcare Services, the company that is in the process of purchasing Fairmont General Hospital.

    July 31, 2014

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial gets funds

    The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Marion County is closer to completion thanks to an allocation from the county commission.
    During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners passed a motion to allocate $5,000 to the memorial. The money came from the county’s coal severance tax fund.

    July 31, 2014

  • Fairmont man faces heroin charges

    A Fairmont man has been arrested on heroin charges.
    Tyrell Anthony Smith, 24, of Fairmont, was arrested Tuesday by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and has been charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin.

    July 31, 2014

  • Alecto executive to speak at chamber dinner

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s 61st annual dinner is putting a spotlight on the future of Fairmont General Hospital.

    July 30, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads